Brooklyn Borough President visits Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices in recognition of Autism Awareness Month

Borough President meets students at Shema Kolainu

Staff at Shema Kolainu present Eric Adams with student artwork

Mrs. Gili Rechany, the Educational Director of Shema Kolainu discusses the tools students learn in Daily Living Skills classroom

School and center for children with Autism hosts a observation tour for Eric L. Adams

BROOKLYN, NY, KINGS, April 20, 2018 / — BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, Friday April 20th, 2018, / — Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, A School and Center for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), was pleased to host Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, as an honored guest.

The Borough President was warmly greeted by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, SK Founder and CEO, Mr. Ezra Friedlander, CEO at The Friedlander Group, Mrs. Suri Gruen, the Program Director and Mrs. Gili Rechany, the Educational Director. Mr. Adams was guided through the school and was introduced to the various classrooms, activity areas, and sensory therapy rooms the model school offers. Mr. Adams was particularly impressed with the Daily Living Skills Center, where children are taught to become more independent by learning practical life skills in an applicable environment. The room is set up to practice tasks such as laundry, cooking, making the bed, and even operating as a mock grocery store. Mr. Adams inquired about the range of potential improvement that takes place in a child’s duration a child's stay at the school. Dr. Weinstein responded by explaining how the school has been very successful over the years improving the life of our students by giving them the tools and providing therapy geared toward their personal needs. In fact, many children that have come to Shema Kolainu that were non-verbal, began speaking or learned to communicate and connect using AAC (Alternative and Augmented Communication device). This is made possible through the consistent practice and learning techniques provided by the school’s dedicated therapists and teachers. Dr. Weinstein added, “every child has a range, our goal is to give them a way to communicate”. He recalled a personal experience of encountering a child struggling to speak, which was the driving force behind initiating a specialized and intensive speech program.

Mr. Adams was amused to hear children from two separate classrooms refer to him as "Mr. Policeman" because of the blue jacket he wore. As a special thanks, a piece of artwork created by one of the students, was framed and presented as a gift and he happily responded, “Thank you, I really like it, I’m going to hang it in my office.”

Shema Kolainu is a non profit, multi-cultural school providing quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring. Shema Kolainu offers a broad spectrum evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with ASD and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment.

Shema Kolainu offers a series of Free Autism Workshops to families and educators at Touro College in New York City, on a monthly basis. This October, 2018, the organization will be sponsoring a national conference on job training and workforce placement for individuals with Autism and all disabilities. For more information please visit

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Blue Moon Advisors Presented 8 Fund-Ready Clients at 2nd Quarterly Event

Blue Moon Advisors 2nd Quarter 2018 Event

Blue Moon Clients who achieved our coveted Capital Readiness Report score of 925 or higher! All the companies presented were unique, innovative and solved a problem.

All projects completed the Capital Readiness Report with a score of 925 or higher.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, April 20, 2018 / — Blue Moon Consortium, Inc., doing business as “Blue Moon Advisors,” presented its most recent completed projects that received the Company’s proprietary Capital Readiness Report score of 925 or higher at the 2nd quarterly event. The event took place at their newest office expansion in Las Vegas on April 12, 2018.

The Clients who spoke at the event went through the Blue Moon Advisors Capital Readiness Report process successfully. This is an objective and subjective process that analyzes a company's business opportunities. The system is based on a 1000 points scale, which a Client must achieve a score of 925 or higher to be considered "fund-ready." This is a process that has proven more than 75% effective in predicting the ultimate success of a venture during its seed, startup, and growth stages. Developed by Blue Moon Advisors during nine years of research where they closely tracked approximately 300 companies seeking capital, the CRR is a deliverable diligence tool for entrepreneurs and capital providers.

The following companies were featured:

MYM Nutraceuticals (
MYM is currently building three large-scale production facilities in both Canada and Australia. Upon completion of these three projects, the total amount of greenhouse growing space will exceed 2.7 million square feet. The Company is growing rapidly as it has acquired numerous subsidiary companies and partnered with substantial industry leaders. This publicly traded company (CSE: MYM) has seen its stock rise from 50 cents CAD per share during summer 2017 to end of year stock prices ranging from 3 to almost 5 CAD; The Company is currently trading in the range of 1.70 to 2.38 CAD .

IDAR, Inc. (
IDAR, Inc. is a new American, multinational conglomerate headquartered in Southern California being created from six existing entities being rolled up. The Company owns multiple subsidiaries within the infrastructure, development, and repair industry. IDAR's portfolio encompasses several industries including, but not limited to, Electrical Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), Charging Station Electrical Infrastructure, Solar Photovoltaic, Energy Storage, Lighting Retrofit, and Concrete Repair Market.

Medicreations (
Medicreations LLC supplies state of the art medical equipment for dermal procedures and software systems that analyze medical data. The Company was founded by Ms. Dana Skovronek in Brooklyn, New York. With the new MediLight plus and other devices, Medicreations offers a ground-breaking solution for various dermal procedures and a high-end analysis system to organize the medical data collected through the SmartCare mobile application. Further, the Company has a patent-pending solution to disrupt the aesthetic procedure world, as well as a Diabetes wound healing device.

Rex programming (
The Company was founded in summer of 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Rex Programming is an after school learning program that teaches kids from ages 5 to 18 how to create video games, animations, websites, mobile apps, build robots, and software applications by teaching computer coding skills. The curriculum is a collaborative effort between teachers and computer science experts. The program is self-paced and very easy for students to follow on their own. Over 2,000 children have learned computer science from Rex Programming.

Altitude Products (
Altitude Products cannabis product variety boxes include in-house branding packages such as The Weekend Box, Bella, CBD, Jack of All Trades, and Arthur & Celesto. Additionally, the Company offers licensed brands like Caviar Gold and Whoopi & Maya. The projected revenue for both boxes is $33 Million and $10 Million with net operating profits of 47%. Altitude Products’ sister Company, Social Media Unicorn (SMU), offers digital marketing services for cannabis brands. With industry knowledge and connections, SMU provides a customized marketing package that is versatile to achieve quality results for cannabis brands.

1Up Golf (
The Company will utilize a state of the art technology system, designed by Foresight Sports, to enhance the golfing experience. The system allows players to enjoy multiple games of fun and skill, including stroke play based on the layouts of world famous golf courses, accuracy and distance games and golf roulette. The system tracks and collects data about each shot and displays game information to players on consoles located in each suite. Additionally, the system integrates with the POS systems, making ordering food and beverage simple, and to customer's technology devices to encourage social networking. Upon successful funding, the Company will enter the marketplace in 2019 and plans to have up to 5 locations in development by 2025.

CRS Alarms (
CRS Services Limited was founded in 2003 by Steven and Cristina Boyer to provide top of the line products, services and installation that matches the urgency of being secure promptly for residential and commercial clients. The Company is dedicated to continuous training and support of its personnel, so the team can always accommodate clients 7 days a week. Within the first year of opening, CRS Services became a top 10 Monitronics Dealer. With a customer-centric approach, the Company has serviced over 17,000 clients.

Gas Jacket (
Gas Jacket, Inc. is a start-up enterprise to be domiciled in Nevada as a C-Corp, with operations in Iowa Park, Texas and California. The company is led by its founder and inventor, Timothy Smith. Mr. Smith identified a problem in the commercial gas piping industry and created a solution to this issue with an entirely new, improved product called the Gas Jacket – a revolutionary way of “sleeving” gas lines in commercial buildings. The Gas Jacket surrounds existing pipes to help redirect gas outside of the building during a gas leak. The invention is simple to use, lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to remove, thus, saving time, labor and materials.

All companies had their entire financial package ready for investors to review. Some have already raised capital since achieving the score, which is a testament to the success rate of the Blue Moon Advisors’ proprietary system. To receive the business finance documentation for these “fund-ready” companies, email

Karl Rader
Blue Moon Advisors
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Ramesh Kesanupalli, Founder – Nok Nok Labs, Co-Founder – FIDO Alliance Talks About Latest Developments, Growing Traction

Ramesh Kesanupalli, Founder – Nok Nok Labs, Co-Founder – FIDO Alliance


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NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, April 20, 2018 / — *************************************************************************************************************** Thank you for joining us again today, Ramesh, at this momentous time in the adoption of FIDO. Please update us on the most recent developments.

Ramesh Kesanupalli: Thank you. Coming into 2017, there are over 3B+ devices that are FIDO capable in the market around the world. As on today FIDO is in daily use securing billions of logins and some of the largest, most respected brands in the world.

We’re thrilled that the ideas and inventions Nok Nok Labs started with in 2012 have seen adoption by the world’s largest banks, payments and ecommerce players, largest healthcare company and the world’s leading mobile operators.

There are three big developments to focus on:
 First – FIDO has increasingly become the defacto standard for user and device authentication. It is referred to by regulators, standards bodies and governments as the effective way to do authentication. This trend is already continuing in 2018 with more specific references to FIDO popping up in corporate and government RFPs.

 Second – The Alliance has continued to expand to include the largest and most significant players around the world from every vertical and every geography. Recently Amazon joined the Alliance board and we have a very significant player to be announced soon.

 Third – W3C And FIDO Alliance have announced on April 10th 2018, the FIDO for browsers using the WebAuthn specification, which Nok Nok Labs, Google, Microsoft & others have been working on for over 2 years to bring FIDO to the browsers. During RSA Microsoft, Google, Nok Nok Labs and Mozilla have successfully demoes the interoperable FIDO based authentication using WebAuthn.

With these developments, FIDO can be deployed on pretty much any platform (Android, Windows 10, iOS etc), most major browsers and with any method of authentication through the use of the FIDO protocols. Bill Gates had it right in 2004 when he predicted the death of the password. Please summarize for us how FIDO works and what are the key differentiators?

Ramesh Kesanupalli: Good point, Bill did spot the problem, but I believe he was optimistic on the timeframe. There are two fundamental problems – there is no single method of authentication (e.g. tokens, fingerprint sensors, Facial, IRIS etc..) that will replace passwords. The second problem is that no single company, however large, smart, or powerful can solve the problem on their own as the world has evolved in to a very heterogeneous market.

Nok Nok Labs was started with those insights and knew that our designs and ideas needed wider support from the industry ecosystem which is why we created the FIDO Alliance with some key partners and recruited the industry’s largest players to join us.

FIDO’s focus is on getting agreement on the common framework for authentication. The basic idea is that a person authenticates to a device using a token, biometric or other method of authentication. The device completes that local verification and then issues proof of that to the server. Biometrics if used, stay on the user’s device so you don’t have to worry about server-side collections of biometric templates getting hacked and the user gets privacy. Tokens are required to use public private key pair so there is no fear of a master key getting breached/stolen. The protocol is designed to mitigate phishing, malware and Man-in-the Middle attacks that authenticators like passwords, SMS and OTPs are vulnerable to today. All this is based on public-private key pair design to eliminate scalable attacks on our companies and on our computing infrastructures.

The benefit to an end-user is the choice of a natural and simple method of authentication – whether its biometrics, tokens, wearables or a combination of those. The benefit to developers is that they no longer needs to understand each authentication method and code for it individually, nor do they need to know the intricacies of the security mechanism. Those are all abstracted behind a simple API that remains the same across methods. The benefit to IT is that they get a single server to map onto hundreds of use cases and future-proofs them while eliminating scalable attacks like phishing, server side attacks.

The core concepts are so powerful that at Nok Nok Labs, we have helped our customers deploy it to protect cloud, mobile and IoT applications as well some advanced environments in areas like blockchain related applications, national ID schemes, self-sovereign identity systems etc. What are the benefits of FIDO Alliance Membership?

Ramesh Kesanupalli: We influenced the FIDO Alliance to create a balance between vendors and users of the standard. That’s why we have Google sitting next to Bank of America and Microsoft next to Paypal and DOCOMO. The feedback and input of relying parties who use the standard is vital to making sure we get it right. And it’s not just the largest companies – some of our best insights come from small but knowledgeable and committed members who are giving a hand to shape the standard – remember the Alliance is a volunteer-led entity with a very small staff.

A membership in the alliance allows you direct input into the standards, access to best practices, knowledge of certification and interoperability that can help in selecting a vendor or in implementing your own application. We are seeing huge adoptions in Japan, Korea, China and India as massive deployments across Asia roll out. Members also have access to the FIDO plenary meetings where we gather to work on the standards and the ecosystem and preview the work for the rest of the membership. Can we drill down a bit into FIDO Certified Products? What are the metrics?

Ramesh Kesanupalli: Currently, there are over 400 products that are certified by the FIDO Alliance. They break down into authenticators (e.g. Fingerprint sensors, Face, tokens etc.), servers, devices, and solutions. Many of the solution providers like my company Nok Nok Labs specialize in web-scale and carrier-grade implementations that are battle tested by the largest companies in the world. Some others may specialize in offering software-as-service around FIDO etc. The function of the Alliance interop and certification is to ensure that these products work with each other.

To ensure coverage across platforms, operating systems and use cases we have a family of protocols. To make adoption easy – Nok Nok Labs supports the full family of protocols for access to the widest set of use cases. Any updates regarding the FIDO Board you would like to mention?

Ramesh Kesanupalli: We were excited to have Amazon join the Board of Directors in late 2017. Amazon brings with it one of the world’s largest transaction platforms servicing over 200 million active users. As you can imagine Amazon wants to ensure users can transact where and when they want with any device, but more importantly Amazon wants that done securely. Amazon joining the Alliance is further validation that the FIDO Standard is the best possible way of building an authentication framework for the future.

The important part is that the board realizes that 2018 will be FIDO’s SSL moment – the moment when a standard goes from being a niche, techy thing to being the foundation for how we do things and every member is committed to ensuring that we can deliver.

It is a very exciting time to be part of the FIDO Alliance and there are very interesting things afoot.

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The Ongoing War in the Middle East between Radical and Moderate Isam: A Recipe for World War

The cold-war ended 1991, but, as the saying goes that “history repeats its self,” seems to occur. In fact, history is about to repeat itself, either as a physical-war or a cold-war.”

— Aldo Ajou Deng -Akuey

NAIROBI, NAIROBI, KENYA, April 20, 2018 / — Until 1917, the world before Jesus Christ (born 2018 years ago), Prophet Mohamed (died on 8 June 632 AD ) and President Thomas Jefferson, was not divided into blocks or ideological camps.

The world was ruled by Emperors-such as Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire etc., Kings and the like autocracies. Human liberties, freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, were unheard of. The citizens were subjected to extraction and exploitation of one man and his family. In Germany, Karl Max (1818-1883) and Friedrich Angels (1820-1895), theoretically formulated a socialist ideology to compete with one autocracy, authoritarianism, exploitation and enslavement of human by human.

These medieval systems were then subjected to the emerging revolutionary movements in the United Kingdom, UK, (1688-1689), France (1789-1799), USA, (1775-1783) and Russia in November 1917. The first three revolutions had similar principles, dedicated to the protection of the unalienable human liberties, freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law. Wherelse Russian revolution trended for communist proletarian dictatorship.

Thus on 8 March to 7 November 1917, Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924), effectively overthrew Tsar Nicholas 11 (1868-1918), the Monarch who ruled Russia from 1894 to 1917. The Russian revolution of 1917 dismantled the Tsarist autocracy and led to the rise of the Soviet Union (Wikipedia). The Soviet Union emerged as a serious challenge to liberal democracies in UK, France, the USA and their allies in Western Europe. The Soviet Union expanded and swiftly engulfed most of Eastern Europe. This revolution introduced, for the first time in history, the ideological dichotomy between Western and Eastern Europe from 1917 to 1991.

The two ideologically emerging blocks, Eastern and Western Europe, strongly divided the world in terms of politics, economics, social fabric, and the arms race. Besides this ideological dichotomy between the two parallel blocks, there was a third block of powerful fascists dictatorship in Germany and Italy, led by Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), and Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) respectively. Both men were fierce fascists dictators that posed the security threat, not only for Europe but for the whole world, starting with first world war of 1914 to 1918. Eventually, Adolf Hitler ignited the Second World war by invading Poland from the West. Equally, Russia reacted and attacked Poland from the East. This was the root cause which, unquestionably, led to the second world war of 1939-1945.

In 1939 the developed world divided and faced themselves in an unprecedented war ever fought on the planet earth. The USA, UK, France, China and international allies joined Russia in the war against the fascists Germany, Italy, Japan and their allies too. The war lasted for six years running. Sixty million, soldiers and civilians, were killed and more hundreds of million were wounded. The war ended after liquidation of Adolf Hilter, Bonito Mussolini and total defeat and occupation of Germany, Italy, Japan, and allies worldwide. The war ended effectively in 1945.

As the war ended, there was a need for the Allies, victors of the second world war, led by the USA, the UK, France, Russia, and their Allies in the war against Germany and its allies, decided to call for “the United Nations Conference on International Organisation (UNCIO), a Convention of delegates from 50 nations. The Conference took place from 25 April to 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, California (Wikimedia).” This Conference also reviewed the Charter of the League of Nations which was formed after the first world war 1918, to cater for international peace and security. But the League of Nations failed to stop the second world war,1939-1945. The 50 delegates from fifty Allied countries plus Poland, whose delegate was delayed because of engagement in elections, signed the present United Nations (UN) Charter, a name that was suggested by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

Under the new Charter, the United Nations got fully established in 1946, thus ending the devastating war against the international fascism. But the ideological divide between capitalist West and communist East of Europe, led by the USA and Russia respectively, persisted and established what became known as the cold-war (1946-1991).

A physical-war or cold-war may return. But, since Al Qaeda Radical Islamic movement, led by Osama bin Laden (1957-2011) attacked the New York International Trade Center on 11 September 2001 (9/11), the US went to war, within and outside America, in pursuit of Radical Jihadist, who has sworn to destroy America, Christianity, and Judaism. Lately, Russia has escalated what looks like a renewal of physical or cold war. Now Russia, Iran, and Turkey have decided to defend Hafiz Al Saad of Syria, depicting as one of their allies.

On 10 April 2018, the US, UK, and France reacted over the use of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime against the civil society in Syria. They sent missiles to Syria, destroying chemicals targets. Russia says it will answer the missiles. If it does, then it could amount to an intensified war, similar to the war going on in Yemen. The war in Yemen demonstrates the real components and contenders to coming war. The West and its allies led by Saudi Arabia-Egypt and the Islamic moderates in the Middle versus Russia-Iran and Radical Jihadists in the world. This war will be fought in the Middle East, specifically in the Arab-Persian Gulf. The war will end here, but the cold war will reconvene and continue unabated between Russia and it’s Jihadist radicals and the western support to Muslim moderates.

In conclusion, the World Wars, first and second, in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, respectively, in conformity and similarity to what happened in Poland 1939, when Germany invaded Poland from the west and Russia attacked Poland from the East, thus building up the third World war to its effects. Now, with Yemen, Saudi Arabi- Egypt in South Yemen and Iran in North Yemen, both backed by the USA and Russia respectively, the third World war is on practically physically,Russia respectively, the third World war is on practically physically, in proxy or already posing the war-coldness in the making.

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Alexander Golberg Jero: The Art of Problem Solving

Alexander Golberg Jero Research on Brain Functions and Executive Problem Solving Techniques.

Two Parts of a Beautiful Mind to Concur the Universe ”

— Alexander Golberg Jero

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 20, 2018 / — Critical thinking skills and precise thinking skills come from 2 different parts of your brain. What this means for you is that you should be utilizing your entire brain especially if you are thinking in the abstract to come up with an important decision in your life. Think about the problem in the abstract, as this will help you to come to the right solution for your problem. This will help you to take a closer look at the art of problem solving and the science behind brain functions so that you can get a better understanding for how all of this works.
The most important thing to remember in this entire problem-solving process is that your brain utilizes different parts depending on the task that it is doing. By learning how the brain functions, you can better learn how to employ the different parts of your brain to use your brain more effectively. When you practice these skills enough, coming up with the right decision will come naturally because you have learned all about how the thought process works.
The first part of this is to understand the brain function and how it applies to critical thinking and other tasks. This is the basis for the entire process. There has been a lot of research into brain functions, especially when it comes to creativity. There was a recent study on this where researchers looked at the brain scans of individuals who were looking for innovative ways to use common products that we use every day. This study showed that the creative brain is just wired a bit differently from other people. Creative people are able to simultaneously stimulate brain networks that generally do not work with each other. These was evidence in this study of 3 different subnetworks that were in play when creative people think: the default mode network, salience network, and executive control network. Each of these subnetworks is shown to have a huge impact on creative thought.
The default mode network is believed to be the part that is involved in mental stimulation and memory. Theoretically speaking, it is this part that is used for imagination and spontaneous thinking as well as for brainstorming. The salience network is the area that is believed to detect any valuable information in the environment and mentally. This study shows that this could be the area that is responsible for sorting through any ideas that come from the default mode network. The last subnetwork, the executive control network, is believed to allow the brain to focus on any good ideas while discarding any that are not working. This is one theory that can help offer some insight in the creative thinking process.
It is also important to know all about executive functions. Executive functions are known as being the highest cognitive processes, which are responsible for your critical thinking skills. These critical thinking skills take place in the prefrontal cortex. There are other cognitive functions that take place that are relevant to this process, but the executive functions are the most complex of these functions. The functions of our prefrontal cortex are what separates us from other animals because it is so much more complex. Memory and learning takes place in the hippocampus, making you utilize this part of the brain for your critical thinking skills as well. Visual processing and auditory processing takes place in different parts of the brain as well.
Now that you know all about the biology of problem solving, it is now time to get into the conditions of the process. You first need to think about the obstruct with the same attention that you think about the problem. The abstract should never be related to the problem at all, as this can pose some problems with the thought process. Never exaggerate the problem because this can make you feel more anxious and it can hinder your problem-solving skills. This all means that you should be separating the problem and the abstract so that you will not be thinking about these at the same time.
A trick that can be very helpful here is that the abstract can be generated from the subjects and objects found within the environment around you. There does not need to be any particular meaning to the abstract; it’s just there for your own personal reference. Every problem that you are trying to think through requires you to come up with its own unique abstract. You are also able to use the dreams that you have at night as an abstract for your problems if you think about them on a daily basis.
Having a little bit (or even a lot of) messy disorganization in your work can be very helpful to this process, as this can help you to generate the abstract for making executive decisions. Think about this abstract right after you finish analyzing the problems. At times like this, ignore logic. Logic can actually hinder this process because it can prevent you from thinking outside of the box, which is necessary for creative thinking. You should also never use substances, like drugs or alcohol, as this will also get in the way of your critical thinking process.
Creative thinking has a long process to it but by using this knowledge, you are going to be able to naturally come up with the creative solutions to any problem. There is an art to problem solving, but to do this better you need to know the brain functions and tips how to use them to your advantage. Eventually, you will naturally come up with solutions without having to second guess your every decision. Master the art of problem solving to become an innovator; someone who changes the way other people see things. Everyone has the ability to think outside of the box and I want to encourage people to change the way they currently think to become a creative thinker. When you do, the possibilities will be endless.

Alexander Golberg Jero
Celebrity Intelligence Project
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New Website Dedicated to Transforming Mental Health Crisis Systems Launched by NASMHPD

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, April 20, 2018 / — National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Executive Director, Dr Brian Hepburn, announced today the creation of a new website dedicated to providing the framework needed to optimize mental health crisis services within communities.

“There is a roadmap to a safe, effective and value-focused mental health crisis system. NASMHPD is proud to be the lead organization in the creation of the website. With the tools and information presented on this website, any community can make improvements to their crisis system and see meaningful results.”

According to Dr. Hepburn, mental health crisis services are an integral part of the health care continuum. A crisis system is only as healthy as its ability to provide timely and effective care for those in need. Challenges in current crisis systems often revolve around access to the right care at the right time. Lack of access frequently leads to an escalation of the crisis that then requires a more costly intervention. These cases tax the crisis system as well as those seeking services.

In order to address these challenges, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention created a task force to advance objective 8.2 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). The results were Crisis Now: Transforming Services is Within Our Reach. To promote these principals, NASMHPD is partnering with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and RI International.

Co-lead for the Action Alliance Crisis Services Task Force, David Covington said “The website houses resources around the core elements of a sustainable effective crisis system and provides a self-assessment as an important starting point. It offers practical solutions to maximizing care and improving community safety in a sustainable way.”

Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, added, “The website demonstrates a system that diverts people in the midst of a mental health crisis away from the caregivers of last resort, emergency departments and law enforcement to those that can best help. Additionally, the website shows these solutions are being applied now and points to those who have successfully implemented these principles in their communities.”


NASMHPD (, founded in 1959 and based in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the $41 billion public mental health service delivery system serving 7.5 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD (pronounced "NASH-bid") is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City, the Lifeline engages in innovative public messaging, development of best practices in mental health, creative partnerships, and more to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (, the public-private partnership working with more than 250 national partners advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention with the vision of a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide and a goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Catalyst for the Zero Suicide in Healthcare and Crisis Now: Transforming Services innovations.

RI International (, a global organization with more than 50 programs throughout the United States and abroad, provides Crisis, Health, Recovery and Consulting services, wherein our values and priorities include: maintaining a recovery culture, ensuring clinical best practices, making safety a priority for all, measuring value and results, optimizing quality and compliance, and serving as a key resource for First Responders.

Brian Hepburn
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Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Power or Energy Worker with Mesothelioma in Pennsylvania to Call Them for Instant Access to The Nation's Most Skilled Compensation Lawyers

If we had one important compensation tip for an energy or power plant worker with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania, it would be to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for honest advice about attorneys”

— Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 20, 2018 / — The Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center is urging any kind of power plant worker, a coal miner or a energy worker with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania to call them anytime at 800-714-0303 for direct access to some of the nation's most skilled lawyers who will be able to provide the diagnosed person with a free compensation claim evaluation. The group is trying to protect energy or power workers with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania from a local car accident lawyer who may not qualified to provide an honest and detailed financial claim evaluation. http://Pennsylvania.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center believes the typical power plant or energy worker with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania could receive a compensation settlement that might exceed one million dollars or more. However, this will only happen if a power or energy worker in Pennsylvania is represented by some of the nation's most experienced mesothelioma attorneys as they would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303.

According to the Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center, "If we had one incredibly important compensation tip for an energy or power plant worker with mesothelioma in Pennsylvania, it would be to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 for honest advice and suggestions about what specific attorneys you should be talking with. The reason we place such a high premium on a person like this having the very best mesothelioma attorneys, is because we know for a fact it will take one of these incredibly skilled lawyers to get the best possible compensation for their client." http://Pennsylvania.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize their services for diagnosed victims of mesothelioma are available throughout the state of Pennsylvania including communities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Eire, Upper Darby, Reading, Scranton, or Bethlehem. For additional information, a diagnosed person with mesothelioma or their family members are urged to contact the Pennsylvania Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 800-714-0303.

For the best possible treatment options in Pennsylvania we strongly recommend the following two heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital: Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia:, or the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute:

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Pennsylvania include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, steel mill workers, coal miners, manufacturing workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. Typically, the person’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. http://Pennsylvania.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Mesothelioma Victims Center is a national advocate 100% focused in on doing everything possible to ensure people with mesothelioma in every state receive the best possible financial compensation settlement. The group offers on the spot access to some of the nation’s most skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorneys because to receive the very best possible financial compensation a diagnosed person must be represented by the most capable mesothelioma lawyers in the United States as they would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
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William Lightner reflects on award-winning contributions to fields of religion and spirituality

Crediting much of his success to his education, William Lightner has gone on to lead a varied and prosperous life.

MARIETTA, GA, UNITED STATES, April 19, 2018 / — From finance executive to evangelist and public speaker, the Judson University, Illinois, graduate was recently awarded the title of 2018 Religious and Spiritual Services Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who.

"Judson University was an outstanding college for me because of the higher education setting and their worship of God – they made me into the man I am today," remarks William Lightner.

Graduating the Illinois-based educational institution before joining the military, and later taking up successful careers in professional sales and finance, Lightner has further gone on to travel the globe in his role as a religious evangelist.

Strathmore's Who's Who recognizes Lightner for his years of dedicated hard work in the fields of religion and spirituality. He was selected from over 1,100 shortlisted individuals to take this year's title.

Lightner, also the author of End Time Prophecy Made Easy, has traveled tens of thousands of miles in his religious and spiritual pursuits, all the while serving God in his new-found evangelical role.

"I've traveled tens of thousands of miles to almost 30 different countries over the course of several years," explains Lightner, who has assisted hundreds of individuals around the world, often on a one-to-one basis, in finding comfort in religion.

During his travels, Lightner has also addressed vast crowds typically numbering several thousand at a time. Here, he would teach people to acknowledge fellowship and faith through prayer, allowing them to live what he calls, "a more sound life as a follower of Christ."

Receiving news of his award win, Lightner remarks, "I'm incredibly proud to have been selected as this year's Religious and Spiritual Services Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who. It's fantastic recognition and a great accolade."

"I couldn't be happier," he adds.

Strathmore's Who's Who is a yearly publication which profiles and features successful individuals from the worlds of education, medicine, research, healthcare, business, law, government, sciences, engineering, and the arts. The predominantly biographical publication honors professionals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their respective fields.

Lightner explains, "Strathmore's Who's Who encourages accomplished professionals to network, take part in research, share information, and carry out mutually beneficial business."

The awards also recognize achievement in fields such as elementary and special needs education, emergency medicine, geoscience and geological consulting, healthcare therapy, and literary arts, as well as many others.

First educated at a private Baptist school, Lightner later joined Vestal High School in New York, before completing his education at Judson University.

It wasn't until later in life that Lightner decided to take a break from the mainstream, choosing instead to undertake a six-month training and development process to join a well known religious mission. "They're one organization I've loved doing work for," notes Lightner. "I'm honored to be connected with such a great group."

Now recognized as a popular evangelist and public speaker, Lightner believes that a considerable degree of his success in this area is owed to his passionate and personable nature. "I also believe it's about being powerful with words, which is something I strive to do every day," adds Lightner in closing.

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587 Fifth Avenue Lobby Rendering

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15K Sq Feet of Premier Office Space Remaining and Renovated Lobby of Newly Revitalized Property Nearing Completion

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 19, 2018 / — The Xerxes Group (“Xerxes”) and Infinity Real Estate (“Infinity”) announced today the successful leasing of the property’s unique 4,110-square foot Penthouse suite to Independent Music Publisher Arcade Songs.

The building’s full lobby renovation by award-winning design firm, Julian Von Der Schulenburg, is also under way and set to maximize the lobby’s spatial experience by doming the space to double the ceiling height. The revitalized lobby is on schedule for completion by June 1.

The extensive renovation of the classic, 10-story, 45,000-square foot building, located between 47th & 48th Streets, also includes upgrading several floors and renovating the elevator cabs.

With the penthouse now leased, Advisors Commercial Real Estate (“ADVISORS”) is marketing the remaining space available on the column-free third floor (4,425 SF), which connects by internal staircase to the fourth floor but may be leased separately (4,425 SF), the eighth floor (1,518 SF) and the column-free ninth floor (4,110 SF).

The third, fourth, and ninth floors – which feature 11-foot high ceilings and polished concrete floors – will each receive newly installed tenant-controlled HVAC systems and new bathrooms. The ninth floor will also feature a state-of-the-art pantry with high-end finishes and stainless-steel appliances.

Industry veteran and executive managing director, Jeffrey Zund, who leads ADVISORS’ leasing team, Brett Hanfling and Elie Steinberg, noted “We look forward to leasing the remaining spaces at 587 Fifth Avenue to entities like Arcade Songs that recognize the building’s long-term value and convenient location,” said Zund.

Daniel Gohari added, “Xerxes and Infinity welcome Arcade Songs to 587 Fifth Avenue and look forward to similar entities following their lead as we continue to co-market with Jeff and the team at ADVISORS.” JV partners Xerxes and Infinity have collaborated successfully on two other New York City properties. Scott Bennett of Prime Manhattan Realty served as Arcade Songs’ broker.

About The Xerxes Group, LLC (
The Xerxes Group is a real estate investment and acquisition firm founded by Daniel Gohari and Arash Gohari in 2010. The firm focuses on acquiring value-add office, retail, and residential investments in primary commercial business districts across the country with an emphasis on New York City and Miami. The principals have over 35 years of combined experience in real estate development and private equity investments. They own and are partnered in over 3 million square feet of real estate across the United States. Since inception, the firm has consummated over $500 million in deals. As of 2016, Arash joined WeWork as Executive Vice President of Global Real Estate, and Daniel founded Avenue Property Group,, a spin off of The Xerxes Group.

About Infinity Real Estate, LLC (
Infinity Real Estate is a privately‐owned developer, owner, and manager of high quality real estate in primary U.S. markets. The Company’s portfolio includes over 60 individual properties representing approximately 2.5 million square feet of retail, office and hospitality space and over 1,000 urban luxury rental apartments. Through its affiliates and portfolio companies, Infinity has managed in excess of 115 properties representing over 20 million square feet. The Company’s principals have led or have directly transacted in over $5 billion of real estate related investments spanning the acquisition or development of individual properties and portfolios, as well as several private corporate deals. The Company has established a strict investment discipline centered on active management of all its projects. Infinity Real Estate was founded in 2005 by Steven J. Kassin and is headquartered in New York City. For more information about Infinity Real Estate, visit

About Advisors Commercial Real Estate
Advisors Commercial Real Estate (“ADVISORS”) is a privately held full-service commercial brokerage which delivers client success by outperforming the market. ADVISORS leverage proprietary intelligence and management tools with a multidisciplinary expertise in all facets of major commercial asset types, corporate services, international services, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as marketing and advisory and consulting services. With over 150 brokers and asset managers in twelve offices throughout the United States, ADVISORS deliver insights and expertise into markets for owners, buyers, tenants, and other clients, at a local, regional, national level, and international level.

About 587 Fifth Avenue
The 10-story mixed-use office and retail property includes over 4,000 square feet of prime Fifth Avenue retail immediately adjacent to H&M’s global flagship store. The ground floor is occupied by Karen Millen, a premier UK-based fashion retailer with 25 stores in the United States and over 75 stores globally. The property also offers approximately 40,000 square feet of boutique office space.

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Jim Watkins, COO, Acuitive Solutions

Transportation IT veteran, former Descartes executive and Neomodal co-founder joins global TMS platform

Jim is a seasoned transportation technology executive and a recognized leader driving IT operational and organizational effectiveness.”

— Phil Marlowe, founder, president and chief logistician, Acuitive Solutions.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, April 19, 2018 / — Acuitive Solutions, which provides cloud-based software for complex international transportation management to the world's best-known retailers, announced today that James R. "Jim" Watkins, a 25-year veteran of the transportation and information technology industry, has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer.

"Jim is a seasoned transportation technology executive who throughout his career has been a driving force for IT operational and organizational effectiveness," said Phil Marlowe, Acuitive's founder, president and chief logistician. "His proven leadership, technology development skills and deep management experience are a strategic addition to Acuitive's team at a time when our global, cloud-based TMS portal is experiencing accelerating growth with premium fashion, retail, home improvement, apparel, and home and office decor companies."

As Acuitive's COO, Watkins will be responsible for strategic planning, platform operations, system architecture and deployment, product development and customer service.

Prior to joining Acuitive, Watkins headed a private equity firm which invested in and provided business strategy consulting for entrepreneurial ventures in the start-up technology and construction industries.

His career has included increasingly responsible executive management and operational roles with leading software, transportation and retail consumer goods companies. Previously, Watkins co-founded and was chief technology officer for, a start-up technology portal providing ocean TMS software. When NeoModal was later acquired by Descartes Systems, Inc., Watkins joined Descartes as vice president of the transportation management group, where he lead the development and expansion of Descartes' TMS platform from ocean into functionality for truck and other transportation modes.

Earlier, he served as chief information officer for Sea-land Service, Inc., heading a 750-person IT team and managing a $100 million technology budget for this ocean transportation, trucking and intermodal services provider. He joined Sea-Land from Pepsi-Cola International, where he was director of information technology. He started his career with Electronic Data Systems as an engineer, later working for Peat Marwick and McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant.

Watkins is a graduate of New York State University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in Finance.

ABOUT ACUITIVE SOLUTIONS — Charlotte, NC-based Acuitive Solutions deploys a cloud-native global TMS platform that helps reduce cost and bring unprecedented efficiency and responsiveness to global supply chain management operations. Founded in 2002, Acuitive has built a portfolio of integrated, Web-based software tools and workflows that facilitate real-time collaboration, and provide an extraordinary degree of control and agility for businesses, their local and global service providers and suppliers to manage the complex process of international air and ocean freight shipping. Acuitive serves leading companies in the home improvement center, premium fashion, retail, home and office décor and apparel markets. Our focus is on what we do best: superior, truly global transportation management solutions. For more information, call (704) 321-4992, email us at, or visit us on the web at

Gary N Frantz
Acuitive Solutions
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