Why are Teens searching for Suicide Methods Online? NoBullying Investigates in an article released today

London, UK (PRWEB) October 28, 2014

More and more every day, teens and youths are actively surfing the World Wide Web for easy suicide methods and ways to die painlessly. Why are tomorrows leaders suicidal with no way out of their depression? NoBullying finds the answers in an article released today.

It is now official that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. About 4,600 young people, between the ages of ten to twenty-four, die from suicide each year in the United States alone.

What is alarming is that teens are using the internet to search for suicide methods and there are numerous websites and blogs that are dedicated to aid those impressionable teens and youths in committing suicide under no supervision from parents and caregivers whatsoever.

From terms such as painless suicide methods to I want to die and slit wrists, search engines are bombarded everyday with queries about suicide and how to commit suicide. Should Google and other search engines interfere? In the world of free internet and freedom of information, the answer is: of course not.

Suicide is especially impactful for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Bullying is a major cause of youth suicide, when those under attack see no other way out. Many adults question why dont these depressed youth seek help or reach out. Often they do reach out, but others ignore calls for help or do not take them seriously. In the case of bullying, often a call for help has no effect whatsoever on the daily torments these youth are facing.

If there are problems at school, it helps to talk about similar problems that others have. This keeps the young person from feeling they are on the spot and opens the opportunity to feel less alone. Sometimes a very bold statement works in this regard. If it is true, saying something such as When I was your age, I felt like killing myself. may spark communication. It surprises young people to learn how common this feeling is. The difference between having a suicidal feeling and acting upon it, is literally the difference between life and death and it is all up to parents to talk it out with children or teens showing suicidal signs.

Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying says Teens and Youths are actively depressed and suicidal with no place to turn to but the anonymous and accepting world of the internet, it is up to parents and caregivers to protect their children from depression and suicide.

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of cyber bullying and cyber harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.

The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.

QA Graphics Brings Employee Training to Life Through Animation

Ankeny, Iowa (PRWEB) October 16, 2014

In todays competitive business environment, organizations are consistently seeking ways to maximize their return on investment and streamline processes. Leading organizations understand that well-trained employees are the cornerstone to their success.

3D Interactive and Realistic E-Learning Tools

When a global agricultural company was seeking a short training video, they came to QA Graphics with a vision of an end product. QA Graphics turned that vision into a contemporary, 3D interactive and realistic e-learning tool that has the potential to transform the production process.

The client initially wanted a short instructional video that showed the seed production process from harvest to delivery. Because of the clients contingent of seasonal employees, there often is a lack of understanding of the entire production process. Without a complete understanding of what happens when corn is picked, delivered, husked, conditioned and treated, for example, quality and productivity may be sacrificed. It can be difficult for employees to grasp the full capabilities of equipment or even how to fix a simple malfunction.

Standard equipment and process manuals are often technical, one dimensional, and lack relevance when it comes to scale. Language and learning style variances also can influence overall results. QA Graphics knew that the key to better trained employees was to bring the processes to life through animation.

QA Graphics worked closely with the client team to gain a thorough understanding of the production process. This included a facility tour, where photographs were captured that provided details about the equipment and overall plant layout. The client also invested in a 3D facility scan to obtain point cloud data of the exact layout and dimensions. Because a desired outcome of the training tool was a visual fly-through of the facility, the point cloud data helped QA Graphics to accurately and quickly model the corn receiving, conditioning and treatment facilities.

Armed with diverse content, QA Graphics created a storyboard for the client to review. The storyboards included details of each scene, outlining what was occurring in the scene and the accompanying narrative. Once approved by the client, the storyboard served as a roadmap throughout the development of the video, which led to efficiencies in cost and production time.

Robust Animation Provides Flexibility

QA Graphics chose animation for the process in lieu of video footage. Animation offers flexibility by keeping the training process contemporary, and allowing for real-life equipment scaling and demonstrations of how equipment works. For example, if a component of the equipment needs to be replaced, an operator can go to a kiosk or computer and see firsthand how to replace the part. Animation also protects secure information by allowing programmers to slightly alter the visibility of proprietary components. Beyond these features, images and narration generally can be updated in a more cost-effective and timely manner than video footage.

With a realistic training tool that provided information on specific tasks as well as the overall production process, the client can confidently move new employees into production work sooner. Because employees arent left to interpret training manuals on their own, ROI improves in everything from productivity, to a reduction in potential workplace safety injuries.

Applications for this type of animated product offering are endless from manufacturing processes, to selling the benefits of equipment, and to fostering an understanding of complex engineering protocols. The service combines all of QA Graphics versatile capabilities into a dynamic e-learning tool!

About QA Graphics

QA Graphics is a leader in the building automation and green building industries, providing HVAC graphic development services, system graphics, 3D floor plan graphics, and energy dashboards to help organizations educate occupants about building performance and sustainability. The company also provides marketing solutions such as interactive applications, 3D design and animation, web/app development, videos, and other multimedia. Visit http://www.qagraphics.com to learn more.


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Unique Public/Private Partnership Sparks Significant Reduction in Energy Usage For Jefferson Parish Public School System

St. Rose, Louisiana (PRWEB) October 24, 2014

Star Service, Inc., today announced the initial results of a multiple-year program designed to help the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) conserve energy and reduce energy costs in the district.

The JPPSS Louisianas largest public school system partnered with Star Service to help the school system reduce energy consumption by identifying schools which could implement targeted energy reduction solutions that could be integrated seamlessly with no adverse effect on the learning environment while reducing energy consumption, increasing equipment reliability, and enhancing equipment life.

To date the program has been implemented in 14 selected sites across the district and is saving JPPSS nearly 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity and $ 160,000-plus a year (see sidebar).

With an eye towards creating the greatest possible cost benefit efficiencies, Star Service:

Integrated new equipment where it would save money or add efficiencies to the HVAC system.
Created custom software designed to let the building operators control and monitor individual sites.
Reduced equipment run time from 24/7/365 to run only when the building is occupied or when the site requires a certain conditioned space temperature.
Engineered and installed a custom system that allows online monitoring and control of HVAC equipment remotely, and sends automatic notifications when unscheduled events occur all through JPPSS Ethernet System.

One of the main concerns schools have in the Gulf South is humidity control and recovery time when starting the Air Conditioning systems early in the morning. In some cases schools even resort to bringing their boilers on during the hot summer months to help control humidity, and running systems 24/7 to make sure the environment is comfortable when students and teachers arrive. In most cases if the systems are properly re-commissioned and the cooling, heating and control systems are properly maintained and configured there is no need to operate them 24/7 or to use the boilers.

The re-commissioning process is an integral part of Star Services Guaranteed Maintenance Program. The re-commissioning process, new equipment, custom software and online monitoring program for the school district were all implemented under Stars existing maintenance contract, with no additional funding by JPPSS.

The collaborative effort between the Jefferson Parish Public Schools Facilities Maintenance Department and Star Service allowed Star to tie their equipment into existing JPPSS data systems at no additional expense.

In just one of the schools, Janet Elementary, JPPSS was able to reduce electrical consumption by 296,700 KWH for a savings of $ 23,736 a year in energy bill reduction (see chart).

Star Service, Inc. will continue to work with the Jefferson Parish Public School System on a variety of energy-conservation projects and programs, bringing its sophisticated knowledge of hardware and software to bear on the complex problem of energy conservation. Other services offered by the company include engineering, installation and project management, software design and implementation, automation and controls, preventative maintenance, and equipment repair and replacement.

Of the energy-saving pilot program, Jefferson Parish Public School System COO Lale Geer says, We are very excited about the results were seeing.

Citing Star Services flexibility, leadership in energy management, and wide-ranging, complementary areas of expertise, Lale Geer adds that With many school districts today struggling to meet their energy and other needs efficiently and cost-effectively, this public/private partnership has the potential to be a model for what school systems across the nation can do to measure and better manage their resources.

Now, instead of paying the Utility Company, $ 160,000 a year can be redirected back into the classroom to help improve the learning environment for the students and teachers of Jefferson Parish Schools. All the work was funded out of the existing budget, with no new funding required, no complex procurement, and no risk.


Star Service, Inc. is a full-service mechanical contractor specializing in preventive maintenance and turnkey installation of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. The firm offers design and installation of cutting-edge HVAC and control systems for industrial and commercial facilities of all sizes. Founded in 1952, today the company has locations throughout the Gulf Coast Region, including Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Jacksonville, FL; New Orleans, LA; Mobile, AL; Lafayette, LA; and Lake Charles, LA. The St. Rose, LA-based Jefferson Parish Public School System is Louisianas largest school district. It includes eight advanced study academies, ten schools with magnet programs, and three charter schools. Its 6,000 teachers and administrators serve nearly 50,000 students Pre-K through 12th grade.

EBSCO Partners with OpenAthens to Provide Single Sign-On Solution

IPSWICH, Mass. (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making it possible for organizations to provide their users with a single access portal though which they can discover and seamlessly access all library resources regardless of where that content is located. EBSCO has expanded its partnership with OpenAthens from Eduserv to provide a single sign-on solution which allows users to avoid using multiple passwords to log in to the organizations accounts.

The agreement builds on a successful collaboration between EBSCO and OpenAthens in Australia and New Zealand and allows EBSCO to resell OpenAthens to customers around the world. Combining OpenAthens with EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Full-Text Finder (FTF) creates an access portal that can discover all library resources along with an authentication system that provides seamless access across virtually all content providers. EDS and FTF can be configured to sense a users authentication method and provide appropriate links to target sites.

Were really excited to be building on our partnership with EBSCO, said Stuart Pearce, Executive Director of OpenAthens. Over the past eight years we have developed a close working relationship with EBSCO in Australia and New Zealand and developed close integration between OpenAthens and EBSCO products. In recent times this relationship has spread to other parts of the world including Canada, Spain, Holland, India and South Africa. This has built the foundations for this new global agreement at a time when we believe we can deliver significant value to our mutual customers through increased efficiency and deliver a great user experience. Our customers will be able to take advantage of the complementary products, making access for their users simple and available anywhere.

Using the single sign-on approach to authentication, OpenAthens allows an institution to centrally manage its users and the resources they can access. OpenAthens supports both IP and username/password authentication to allow on-campus users to authenticate without a username/password. It works with content providers that offer authentication using: OpenAthens; Shibboleth; IP Address (requires subscription to OpenAthens Managed Proxy); or username/password.

EBSCO Chief Product Strategist, Oliver Pesch says that bringing together OpenAthens with EBSCO provides an exceptional solution. Customers want seamless access and single sign-on for their users to access content no matter where that content resides. OpenAthens offers the best of all worlds with the added bonus of central reporting.

The OpenAthens/EBSCO solution provides an option for organizations where single sign-on is a major need but is difficult to achieve with conventional approaches. It can serve organizations that must have named user capabilities that transcend their firewalls and integrate with third-party research and learning products and institutions that are required by law to strictly control access to their intranet as well for organizations that want to enjoy the benefits of single sign-on but lack the technical infrastructure or expertise to support the authentication method.

For more information about using OpenAthens with EBSCO resources, visit http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery/technology/openathens.

About OpenAthens/Eduserv

OpenAthens has more than 4 million users worldwide including a large proportion of UK universities and universities across the world, prestigious medical organizations worldwide including the Department of Veterans Affairs in North America, the National Health Service in the UK, South Australia Health, and global corporate research organizations including Abbvie and Philips Research. For more information on OpenAthens see our website watch our videos or follow us on Twitter.

Eduserv is a not-for-profit IT services company. Services include identity and access management, managed cloud and digital development.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: http://www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

American Parkinson Disease Association call for applicants for prestigious George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship to be awarded in 2015-2016.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

The American Parkinson Disease Association is pleased to announce the application process for this prestigious award is now open. The George C. Cotzias, MD Memorial Fellowship was developed by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) in 1979 to honor Dr. Cotzias who was a pathfinder in the pharmacologic exploration of brain functions and in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with levodopa. The goal of the award, which provides financial support to recipients of $ 80,000 per year for 3-years, is to stimulate young neurologists to follow in Dr. Cotzias footsteps in understanding new discoveries that will lead to advances in treating neurological movement disorders. The fellowship is awarded to promising young neurologists to help them establish careers in research, teaching and patient services relevant to the problems, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related neurological movement disorders.

I recognize the APDA Cotzias Fellowship as one of the most important events in establishing my long-term commitment to Parkinson disease research. I received my award in 1996, which was a crucial moment in my career, states David G. Standaert, MD, PhD, Chair of the APDA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair of Neurology, and Director of the Division of Movement Disorders at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I had just completed my movement disorders training and was a new assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. The financial support provided by the Cotzias Fellowship enabled me to develop my research direction and I believe that holding such a prestigious award was of tremendous value to me in establishing collaborations and relationships within the PD research community.

APDA was founded in 1961 to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for Parkinson’s disease. In that time APDA has raised and awarded more than $ 86 million to fund research, patient services and education, and to raise public awareness. As the countrys largest grassroots organization, APDA serves the more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and their families through a national network of chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, support groups, eight Centers for Advanced Research, and grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinsons.

APDA has had a hand in funding most of the PD scientific discoveries in the last 50 years including the work of Dr. Cotzias which led to establishing the effectiveness of high oral doses of Levodopa in treating PD, the work of Dr. Roger Duvoisin and his team that led to identifying the role of heredity and environment in PD, the research of Dr. Menek Goldstein establishing the role of dopamine agonists in PD treatment, and the research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, which led to the discovery of a mutation in the gene alpha-synuclein, named PARK1.

Through its research funding, APDA is able to attract young scientists who are new to the PD field, fund promising research that provides a pipeline to the future and fund pilot demonstration projects that are routinely leveraged for further funding. APDA is proud that five recipients of the Cotzias Fellowship have achieved leadership roles and department chairmanships at distinguished academic and clinical institutions:

James Bennett Jr., MD, PhD Virginia Commonwealth University

David Eidelberg, MD North Shore University Hospital

J. Steven Fink, MD – Boston University

John Growden, MD – Massachusetts General Hospital

Serge Przedborski, MD – Columbia University

David Standaert, MD, PhD University of Alabama Birmingham

Ray L. Watts, MD University of Alabama Birmingham

G. Fredrick Wooten, MD University of Virginia

The SAB is composed of prominent panel of 12 of the countrys most respected neurologists and scientists in Parkinsons disease research who each represent expertise in the major areas of the disease. APDA in its relentless pursuit to Find a Cure, pledges to continue research initiatives to meet the collective goal of one day putting an end to this devastating neurological movement disorder that affects more than 1 million Americans.

Applications are also open for APDAs Research Grants and Post Doctorial Awards. For complete details and to click herehttp://www.apdaparkinson.org/research/research-opportunities/

Application deadline for all APDA funding in academic year 2015-2016 is April 1, 2015.

All grants are awarded through a competitive application process in which APDAs SAB rigorously review all research applications, contemplate and debate the merits of each grant proposal and recommends funding of the most promising studies while keeping in mind APDAs critical role in driving forward progress and supporting the researchers of the future.

Solving a Multi-Billion-Dollar Problem: Inmar and Gates lead AASA Webinar on Warranty Insight for Automotive Suppliers

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Inmar, a company that operates intelligent commerce networks, today announced it had conducted an exclusive webinar for the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) on Thursday, October 9.

Titled Maintenance Required: Repairing Warranty Management in Automotive Aftermarket, the webinar was co-presented by Rob Zomok, Inmars senior director of supply chain performance analytics, and Dave Miller, vice president of marketing, Gates Corporation. The discussion focused on helping automotive aftermarket parts suppliers explore possibilities of collaborating with auto parts retailers to find warranty-policy balance that serves efficiency, discipline and cost management in the reverse supply chain. Miller discussed metrics, value points and learnings toward short-term handling cost reduction and potential for substantial long-term savings evidenced in its recent efforts to utilize data analytics in its supply chain and returns processes.

The overall discussion examined best-practices development for warranty returns management and benchmarking gains from other industries facing similar warranty challenges where increasingly liberal retail returns policies can be extremely costly for all trading partners throughout the supply chain continuum.

Automotive aftermarket parts suppliers face significant challenges with managing costs and policies for warranty returns, Zomok said. Retailers and suppliers can collaborate to see their respective supply chains as one integrated process and find ways to balance warranty returns policies in ways that manage costs and make gains possible for both trading partners.

To see an informative infographic detailing some of the findings and recommendations shared in the webinar, click here.

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Inmar is a technology company that operates intelligent commerce networks. Our platforms connect offline and online transactions in real time for leading retailers, manufacturers and trading partners across multiple industries who rely on Inmar to securely manage billions of dollars in transactions. Our Promotions, Supply Chain and Healthcare platforms enable commerce, generate meaningful data and offer growth-minded leaders actionable analytics and execution with real-time visibility. Founded in 1980, Inmar is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with locations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

For more information about Inmars products and services, please call 866.440.6917 or visit http://www.inmar.com.

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Harbortouch Unveils New Built-for-Purpose Tablet POS Killer

Allentown, PA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

Harbortouch, a leading national point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, has unveiled Harbortouch Echo, a sleek, built-for-purpose POS system that is considered a tablet killer. Harbortouch Echo combines the power and functionality of a traditional POS system with the simplicity and sleek design of a tablet-based system. The company has also redesigned its flagship Harbortouch Elite system with a thinner profile, streamlined design and dramatically improved performance over its predecessor. Both systems are offered as part of the companys ground-breaking free POS system program.

In recent years, there has been a lot of attention surrounding tablet-based mPOS systems, notes Harbortouch CEO Jared Isaacman. However, we have started to see a backlash against these tablet systems as merchants realize their limitations. These systems utilize underpowered consumer hardware and have limited software functionality both on the front-end and back-end. They often lack key features that businesses need to operate efficiently and offer limited back-end reporting capabilities. Harbortouch Echo delivers an answer to these problems in terms of both hardware and software.

The Echo software includes all of the front-end and back-end features businesses need, with functionality for both retail businesses and restaurants. There are no two businesses that are exactly alike, Isaacman stresses. As a result, we have developed unique module-based software for the Echo system which allows businesses to hide features they dont need in order maintain an uncluttered interface for simplicity and ease of use. This allows the business to make the system as simple or advanced as they require. This approach also enables the software to scale with the business.

Our built-for-purpose hardware is custom manufactured to stand up to the rigors of everyday use in high traffic restaurant and retail environments, Isaacman noted. Harbortouch Echo has an all-in-one design and brushed aluminum finish for maximum durability and a sleek, modern appearance. It features a 13.3 screen to deliver better usability compared to the considerably smaller screen size of the tablets in the marketplace today. The Echos base can swivel to allow the customer to sign on-screen for credit card transactions.

The redesigned Elite model shares the same sleek appearance and modern design elements as Harbortouch Echo to create a uniform style across the companys equipment lines. Harbortouch Elite features a 15 screen and includes more advanced features than Harbortouch Echo to cater to larger restaurants and retail stores. Three software options are available for Harbortouch Elite: Hospitality, Retail and QSR & Delivery.

Both models utilize hybrid cloud technology to provide the benefits offered by the cloud such as real-time reporting and redundant back-up while maintaining the advantages of a local system including faster speed and the ability to operate if the Internet goes down.

In addition, Harbortouch has also developed a proprietary networking technology called HTNET that creates an encrypted wireless network at the businesss location to deliver superior reliability and security compared to traditional Wi-Fi.

Another reason that many merchants have become disenchanted with tablet systems is the lack of support offered by their providers. Isaacman points out, Most of these tablet systems are developed by startup companies who dont have experience in the industry or have the ability to adequately support their customers. Merchants cant afford to wait for someone to get back to them if their system has a problem or they need additional training for new staff. In our 15 years in business, Harbortouch has had time to learn our customers needs and establish the support infrastructure required. We offer 24/7 customer support and extensive training and support resources.

Tablet systems have appealed to many business owners due to the perceived low cost compared to traditional POS systems. However, mPOS systems typically require a surprisingly significant up-front investment in addition to an ongoing monthly service fee. For example, in order to get set up with Square Register, a business owner needs to spend $ 500 for the tablet itself, $ 100 for the stand, $ 230 for a cash drawer, $ 220 for a receipt printer, and $ 120 for a barcode scanner. Those prices are directly from the companys website and are pretty standard among most of the tablet providers. Isaacman notes, Thats nearly $ 1,200 before the merchant even gets started and then theyre on the hook for a monthly fee in the $ 79-$ 99 range for as long as they use the service.

Harbortouchs free POS program, on the other hand, provides merchants with all the equipment they need to get started with absolutely no up-front costs. With this unique POS-as-a-service model, the only charge to the business is a monthly service fee of $ 69 per month for Harbortouch Elite or $ 39 per month for Harbortouch Echo. This program represents the lowest cost of ownership for any POS system on the market. In addition to the dramatic cost advantages, this approach offers many other significant benefits to the merchant such as free software updates and feature upgrades, access to innovative new services as they are released, 24/7 support, and most notably, free equipment replacements if their system ever breaks or malfunctions for as long as theyre processing with Harbortouch. Isaacman adds, This lifetime warranty on the equipment is unheard of in the POS industry and offers a tremendous value for any business.

Harbortouchs unique position as a provider of both POS systems and payment processing services ensures that the companys customers will always be able to support the latest payment technology such as EMV, NFC and Apple Pay. Harbortouch has also developed numerous innovative technology add-ons for its POS systems including online ordering, online reservations and tableside ordering.

For more information on Harbortouchs free POS program, visit http://www.harbortouch.com.

About Harbortouch

Harbortouch is a leading national supplier of point of sale (POS) systems, serving tens of thousands of businesses across the nation. The company offers an unparalleled free program that supplies a full-featured POS system to restaurants and retail businesses with no up-front costs. Custom programming, professional installation and onsite training are included with every order and award winning customer service and technical support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to offering state-of-the-art POS systems, Harbortouch also delivers a full range of merchant services such as credit/debit and gift card processing. For additional information, visit http://www.harbortouch.com.

CT Scanners Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

CT scanners have a buyer power score of 3.0 out of 5. According to IBISWorld analyst Keiko Cadby, this score reflects a medium level of buyer bargaining power due to changing regulations, robust demand and limited product options. High market share concentration, few substitutes and a medium level of product specialization reduce options available to buyers. However, expected patent expirations and the entry of more standardized CT scanners during the next three years are forecast to increase options and foster price competition, mitigating the rising average price of CT scanners.

Prices for these products have been increasing over the past three years primarily due to patent activity in new-and-improved CT scanner technologies, and their resulting premium pricing strategies, continues Cadby. Additionally, rising research and development (R&D) spending and wages have been contributing to product price increases as innovators have been struggling to improve image quality while reducing exposure to radiation. However, due to the increased availability of standardized CT scanners (which are far less expensive than their cutting-edge counterparts) and fierce competition among suppliers, average prices are not expected to skyrocket in the three years to 2017. Major suppliers of CT scanners include GE Healthcare, Siemens AG and Toshiba.

Demand for CT scanners is robust due to the rising number of adults aged 65 and older. The elderly demographic prompts the most demand for CT scanner diagnostic procedures than any other age group, primarily because of a growing culture of proactive and educated patients seeking preventative and diagnostic care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows previously uninsured patients to seek medical treatment and existing insured patients with better coverage to be more liberal with healthcare needs, boosting demand for new CT scanners. The wide acceptance and use of these products benefits buyers because most suppliers focus on existing contracts rather than reaching out to new markets. For more information, visit IBISWorlds CT Scanners procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of computerized tomography (CT) scanners. These devices utilize a series of X-ray photos taken from multiple angles to create cross-sectional images of a body’s internal structure to create 3D images. CT scans are used as a security measure for objects such as airport baggage. They are also used in medical settings to develop internal photos for nearly all parts of the body including organs, blood vessels, bones and the spinal cord. CT scans are also referred to as CAT and Multi-Slice CT (MSCT) scans.

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IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

Importance of Education in Pakistan

In this rapidly advancing era, the importance of education cannot be denied. It is crucial for progress and prosperity of any nation. With literacy rate as low as 51.6 percent, (63.7 for males and 39.2 percent for females), 53 million of world’s illiterates are found in Pakistan. Islamabad ranks second with the highest number of out-of-school children.

Economic Growth

It has been proved by development experts that basic education is essential for financial and societal progress. Every year of school increases individual’s wages by 10 per cent globally. As many as 164 multinational companies working in Pakistan with an investment of 55.779 billion rupees are dependent on qualified people. Local industries also require educated people to proceed. A skilled and educated person has an immense potential to work efficiently.


Needless to say that educated societies are disciplined and there is less violation of rules and regulations. People work in harmony with one another. Authorities are respected and people tend to fulfill their responsibilities.

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Anti-Evolution Curriculum Debate Lives On

Despite the Supreme Court ruling banning creationism and intelligent design in science classrooms, evolution is still on trial in Texas and Louisiana. I feel like it’s the Scopes monkey trial all over again. [Or at least the fictional account I read in Inherit the Wind.]

Both Texas and Louisiana are voting on changing the curriculum to allow for “weaknesses” in the theory of evolution to be introduced to students. Many science teachers see this as a backdoor approach to integrating creationism or intelligent design (basically creationism 2.0) into science curriculum and potentially, science text books.

Since Texas makes up such a large percentage of the textbook market, publishers will likely tailor their national materials to suit their needs. “These weaknesses that they bring forward are decades old, and they have been refuted many, many times over,” Kevin Fisher, a past president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, said after testifying. “It’s an attempt to bring false weaknesses into the classroom in an attempt to get students to reject evolution.” NYT article

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Premier Internet Marketing Education – 10 Tips on How to Find the Best Internet Education

Where do you go to get the internet marketing education that will truly make the difference? The difference in your understanding, or (if you’re building a business) the difference in how you approach the marketing of your business, or perhaps your job (if you’re responsible for directing the marketing tactics for a brand)?

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SO – Let me help you save all that time and share with you the steps, the thought processes, on how to find that right internet educational resource that will work for your online needs and goals.

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