Soulman’s Bar-B-Que To Be Featured On Discovery Channel’s Misfit Garage

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Dallas, 03/28/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que CEO, Brett Randle, will be making a small screen debut Monday night, March 28th on Misfit Garage as he represents North Texas’ beloved Bar-b-que tradition on prime time.

“We were thrilled to participate in Misfit Garage. While I cannot reveal too much about the episode, I can assure you that we had a great time on the shoot and I know those guys are as serious about their cars as we are about barbeque” Randle says.

Misfit Garage is a Discovery Channel reality show featuring Tom Smith and Jordan Butler, as well as Thomas Weeks and Scot McMillan from Fired Up Garage in Dallas. Its third season began in February 2016 and will continue Monday evening, March 28th at 9pm CST with episode 4 of season 3: “Crushed GTO and Chopped ’41 Ford Part 2”.

About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

For more than 40 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please barbecue lovers…Texans! Their selections of meats are cooked “low and slow” over hickory in a time-honored tradition: beef brisket, ham, hot links, sausage, turkey, chicken, pulled pork and, the crowd favorite, ribs. Ranch House Beans and Spicy Cream Corn are among the delicious homemade sides. Soulman’s currently owns and operates 14 North and East Texas locations in Cedar Hill, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Lancaster, Mesquite, Quinlan, Rockwall (2), Royse City, Terrell, Van and Allen. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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SocialCentiv Now Offering Sentiment Analysis, Performance-Based Pricing

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Dallas, 03/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Intent-based Marketing Firm Able to Pull Data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus

SocialCentiv (http://socialcentiv.com/)—a full-service, intent-based Twitter marketing company that helps businesses find new customers—announced today that it is including sentiment analysis in its offerings, as well as making the move to performance-based pricing, also known as pay per click (PPC). By adding sentiment analysis to its suite of services, the company will be able to provide clients even greater insights which can result in even higher click-through rates (CTR) than its current average of 34 percent, while the change in pricing structure will yield even higher ROI. Post campaign, SocialCentiv is able to delve into the data and demonstrate how overall brand sentiment and engagement was lifted across multiple social media platforms.

SocialCentiv utilizes Twitter searches and replies directly to intent-based tweets. Its software is able to generate such high CTRs (compared to the Google AdWords average of 2 percent) thanks to its patented algorithms that search Twitter posts and target potential customers using keywords and geolocation.

It is also able to work with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus from the moment of access, providing powerful insights and analyses that boost engagement.

For example, a restaurant may choose “need food” as one of its conversation keywords. Once the keywords are identified within the geolocation radius set by the client (say, 5 miles), SocialCentiv’s team responds with a pre-approved @reply to the Twitter user using the client’s Twitter handle, usually within a few minutes, that includes a link to a landing page or website with a rich offer/coupon (e.g., free drink or free side with entrée purchase). The keywords have identified that the need or want is there, and the personalized reply with a targeted offer makes it hard for the recipient to say no. By offering them what they want when they want it, CTRs escalate.

When the user/recipient clicks on the offer link, it’s considered a CTR. When the Twitter user/recipient shares, retweets or favorites the tweet, and his Twitter network sees the offer tweet and clicks on the link, it creates a compounding effect of additional CTRs, which escalates the CTR percentage to triple digits—and in many industries, tops 100 percent.

Discovering and acting upon exactly what Twitter users want at exactly the time they want it is the cornerstone of intent-based marketing. In our social media age, people are not shy about voicing their wants and needs. SocialCentiv recognizes it has a lot of data at its disposal on behalf of its clients. With the addition of sentiment analysis, clients will be able to get a contextual view of who is driving their CTR, and open the door to new consumer profiles and attributes. For example, SocialCentiv will be able to supply:

·       If targeted demographics are, in fact, the correct ones;

·       What customers truly feel about their brand, and why;

·       What is stopping potential customers from purchasing their goods or services;

·       Discover new keywords and search times;

·       Correctly shape the right tone and language to be used in outreach;

·       Readjust strategies and tactics in light of findings.

“By making sentiment analysis available to our clients, we’re able to mine even deeper into strategic, customer-driven expressed intent, affinities and insights, ensuring that we’re serving offers at precisely the right touch points when people are ready to buy,” said Bernard Perrine, SocialCentiv’s co-founder and CEO. “One of our quick-service restaurant clients never thought that a common customer attribute was working mothers who participate in some form of yoga, and who typically tweet, ‘I need to feed the kids.’ Discovering these key descriptors, they were able to add to their keyword list and focus their conversations and offers to an otherwise untapped audience, leading to potential customers.”

In Q4 2015, SocialCentiv beta-tested its PPC pricing model and discovered its clients were experienced with the model and appreciated it. SocialCentiv’s customers set a budget and only pay for the tweets that are clicked on. Unlike Google AdWords, SocialCentiv’s PPC model does not involve bidding on keywords, the size of keyword bids, quality scores or auctions. And, unlike AdWords, SocialCentiv’s direct-reply tweets can be shared, retweeted and acted upon by others, not just the direct-reply user, thus bringing the CTR to unprecedented triple-digit percentages through virality.

“Daily, we are faced with two opportunities,” said Perrine. “First, brands don’t connect social media with sales and ROI. Second, when we tell potential clients that we have a 34 percent CTR average, they sometimes don’t believe us because the number is so much higher than the national CTR average. Moving to PPC reaffirms to our clients that 1-to-1, intent-based marketing works, and that they’re getting the most bang for their lead-generation bucks—creating an ROI in social networking.”

SocialCentiv’s unique mix of social media, content marketing, incentive-based rewards, intent-based marketing, marketing automation, keywords/geolocation search algorithms, sentiment analysis and pay-per-click pricing connects businesses to consumers in real time. The company has developed, patented and deployed a unique software that recreates 1-to-1 marketing on a mass scale to help businesses actively reach, engage and reward consumers utilizing Twitter. With a variety of features, the technology is applicable to DIY, small- to medium-sized businesses as well as managed services for large, multinational brands.

About SocialCentiv

SocialCentiv is a full-service SaaS marketing company that helps its partners find new customers and opportunities on Twitter with its patented software, turning conversations (tweets) into customers in real time. SocialCentiv’s lead generation software monetizes social media through keywords, geographic location and sentiment analysis. SocialCentiv combs Twitter in real time, looking for relevant tweets that express an intent to purchase a product or service, giving the business the opportunity to communicate 1-to-1 with the user and turn her into a customer. SocialCentiv boasts an average 34 percent click-through rate (some industries have much higher averages).

Campaigns include social listening, influencer engagement, geographic targeting, sentiment analysis, professional tweeting team, keyword optimization, machine learning, dedicated account managers, conversion tracking, custom tweet replies with images, and enhanced reporting and analytics. SocialCentiv’s pricing packages range from full service to pay-per-click options.

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North Park Lexus At Dominion Wins Elite Of Lexus Award

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SAN ANTONIO, 03/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

When North Park Lexus at Dominion opened its doors in 2014, it did so with the intention of providing drivers more than just stunning luxury cars, but an exceptional shopping experience, too. Early efforts to provide San Antonio drivers with a luxurious dealership experience have been successful, as North Park Lexus at Dominion has earned an Elite of Lexus award for its inaugural year, joining a select group of the county’s most remarkable car dealerships.

In order to be honored with the prestigious Elite of Lexus award, which only seven other dealerships in Texas won for 2015, North Park Lexus at Dominion had to prove itself worthy of such a title through exceptional sales and service satisfaction. Winners are determined based on customer feedback from surveys rating owner satisfaction and the sales and services processes. Those dealers that consistently rank as exceptional and that exceed Lexus’ certification standards are recognized for their hard work. The award is reserved for dealers that truly excel in everything they do, from sales to service to the overall ownership experience. It’s a highly coveted honor amongst dealers, as Elite of Lexus status cements a dealership’s place as one of the foremost Lexus dealerships in the U.S.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious accolade, and during our first year in business nonetheless,” said Todd Vagi, General Sales Manager of North Park Lexus at Dominion. “When a customer visits our San Antonio Lexus dealership, our goal is always to exceed their expectations from test-drive through delivery. We’d like to thank the amazing Lexus owners and the surrounding San Antonio community for helping us achieve this coveted distinction.”

Those who visit North Park Lexus at Dominion are treated to a one-of-a-kind, resort-style dealership experience. The custom-built 72,000-square-foot luxury dealership is fully equipped with a litany of perks for shoppers, including eight fireplaces to relax by, a private massage room, a nail salon, quiet areas for reading and meditation, a beverage and snack bar and much more. With a no-haggle price policy, a vast selection of new and pre-owned Lexus vehicles and a desire to cultivate a unique car-buying and -servicing environment, the South Texas Lexus dealership differentiates itself from others in its area.

About North Park Lexus at Dominion:

Since opening its doors in 2014, the North Park Lexus at Dominion’s goal has been to provide its customers a home away from home. As a member of the prestigious Kahlig Auto Group, North Park Lexus at Dominion brings Texas drivers more than 15 years of customer service experience in a brand-new environment. Its resort-style showroom is one-of-a-kind, as it provides customers a relaxing dealership environment and a host of exclusive perks. The South Texas Lexus dealership combines a vast selection of the finest new and pre-owned Lexus models with a top-notch service center to ensure excellence throughout the ownership experience. Find North Park Lexus at Dominion online at http://www.northparklexusatdominion.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthParkLexusatDominion. You can also call their sales team at 210-816-6000 or visit the dealership at 21531 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd. in San Antonio.

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Transformance Crowns Winner In Pocket Change Mobile Game Design Challenge

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Dallas, 03/24/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

“Saving Pennies” Concept Will Become Vital Part of eLearning Platform
Transformance, Inc. and Games for Change have crowned a grand prize winner of the Pocket Change Game Design Challenge. Created to provide kids and young adults with a gamified platform for learning how to save money, the Pocket Change contest drew a wide variety of concepts, which were then narrowed down to five finalists.
All had a chance to present to an esteemed panel of judges, and when the dust settled, Rajee Jones’ Saving Pennies game concept was chosen as the grand prize winner. Jones was presented with a check for $10,000 and his game now goes into production, destined to become a vital component of Transformance’s multiple e-learning platforms set to debut at a launch party at the end of April.
“When my name was called as the winner, I was pretty shocked,” said Jones, an iOS software engineer with Dallas-based Bottle Rocket Studios. “Coming from a programming background, I was always taught to show, not tell, when presenting, and it worked out perfectly.”
Saving Pennies is an arcade-based puzzle game focused on teaching players to build wealth and overcome debt through saving strategies and repayment plans. Time-based interactions allow users to see real-world scenarios that inspire financial literacy and independence. The inspiration for the game came from the extremely popular Candy Crush app.
“We had such a great response for this game design challenge,” said Ken Goodgames, president and CEO of Transformance. “Seeing these game concepts—especially the winning design—lets us know that taking a gamified approach to teaching financial literacy to kids is going to work, and it’s going to work well.”
Rajee Jones wasn’t the only winner, however. Runner-up finisher Parking Lot Studios scored a big commitment for having their game concept, Once Upon a Knight, produced through a mentorship with Istation. Istation is a leading education-tech provider whose mission, along with game promotion by co-challenge organizer Games for Change (G4C), is to provide a catalyst for learning and social impact through digital game development. Other mentoring and presenting sponsor roles for the Pocket Change Game Design Challenge included Noggin Labs and Lumos Partners.
Once the game concept is completed, the winning entry will be distributed through Transformance’s online portal and mobile app (developed in partnership with Noggin Labs) and also featured as part of Transformance’s e-learning programs targeting young adults.
For more information on the Pocket Change Game Design Challenge, please visit the Transformance Pocket Change mobile app and online portal or call 1-800-249-2227.
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About Transformance, Inc.
In 2015, the agency will have delivered more than 125,000 consumer interactions through financial counseling, outreach and education. In 2016, the agency expects to serve up to 1 million low and moderate income families with transformative financial learning solutions accessible online and through a new mobile app.
Since its founding in 1974 as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas, the agency has empowered clients to overcome adversity and attain their financial goals. Services include credit/budget counseling, financial education, housing counseling, individual debt management and bankruptcy counseling. Transformance will:
• Provide a national nonprofit resource dedicated to confidential and professional counseling to assist financially distressed or economically vulnerable families
• Develop and foster community educational programs on family money management, budgeting and the wise use of money and credit
• Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with the credit community, employee assistance programs, professional counselors and community-based social service agencies
• Provide opportunities for economic empowerment of low and moderate income families and with a particular focus on at-risk communities such as seniors, military families, veterans, communities of color and single, female-headed households
• Enable good financial knowledge early in life through its focus on education of students (K -12) and their parents through agency strategic partnerships
Transformance, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1974, and is a United Way Service Provider as well as a HUD-approved multistate housing counseling and education organization. The agency is formally accredited every four years by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families (COA) to ensure compliance with top industry standards and best practices. The agency has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, with satellite offices in Arlington; Austin; Amarillo; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
To read more about Transformance, Inc., or for an annual report, visit http://www.transformanceusa.org.
About Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change (G4C) facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts, with an aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, G4C convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects. G4C is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, led by President Susanna Pollack.
Please visit the G4C website at http://www.gamesforchange.org.
About Istation
Istation is an award-winning, comprehensive e-learning program used by more than 4 million students and educators around the world. Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. The animated, game-like interface engages students so effectively that they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated.
Istation is led by Chairman and CEO Richard H. Collins. Since its founding in 1998, the Dallas-based firm has seen tremendous growth. The company’s animated learning program now helps students in 44 states and four countries to learn and grow.
Please visit the company website at http://www.istation.com.
About NogginLabs
NogginLabs Inc. is an award-winning developer of gamified e-learning tools and platforms serving both the internal needs and client needs of major corporations and nonprofit organizations. NogginLabs’ expertise includes e-learning, simulation learning, “gamification,” mobile learning, rapid learning, learning portals and overall learning strategies. The company has been selected by Transformance, Inc. to develop the Pocket Change mobile app.
Founded in 1997, NogginLabs is led by CEO Traci Knudson and Founder Brian Knudson and operates out of its Chicago headquarters.
Please visit the company website at http://www.nogginlabs.com.
About Lumos Partners
Lumos Partners is a tech sector-focused boutique investment banking firm with offices in Dallas, Texas, and Silicon Valley bringing extensive operational and funding experience in SaaS, cloud storage and computing, telecom and Internet, e-commerce, digital media, consumer tech, education tech, financial tech, health care information technology and health care devices. Lumos served as the exclusive financial adviser to GoFundMe in its 2015 recapitalization. Six founders are veterans of the tech sector and have combined deal experience exceeding $30 billion in transaction value. Firm principals include Vivek Goyal, Eddie Le and Eric Kim.
Lumos Partners is a Securities and Exchange Commission-registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. Please visit the firm website at http://www.lumospartners.com.
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Career Development Program Kindness, Inc. Cures Spring Fever

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Dallas, 03/23/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Kindness, Inc. – a career development program created by Operation Kindness, North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – is giving companies the cure for spring fever. Employees are eager to step out of the office to experience the warm spring weather and corporate training at Operation Kindness’ expansive landscaped park. The corporate leadership program is designed to encourage teamwork, philanthropy and career development in the business sector by bringing the office together for a full day of team exercises and interactions with cute animals too!

Hosted by Steve A Klein, CEO of Professional Development Center, employees participate in a full day of corporate training featuring three different workshops that focus on understanding communication styles, increasing teamwork and improving intentional communication. More than simple office exercises, each company benefits from personal interactions with Operation Kindness animals. Interactions with the shelter’s animals reinforce the important lessons team members will learn throughout the day while keeping the workshop fun and engaging.

“Kindness, Inc. blends together the best in corporate training and the things you love about Operation Kindness – our animals and the beautifully landscaped park,” say Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Our professional trainer, Steve Klein, helps teams improve communications and collaboration which improves the team’s productivity and morale.”

Through these specialized events, employees are able to enhance their communication skills, improve individual and team accountability, boost priority management and empower coaching skills – while energizing their team. Kindness, Inc. is designed for groups of 10 – 20 employees. Each participant is provided lunch, a team t-shirt and certificate of participation for $250 per employee. To schedule a workshop or for more information about Kindness, Inc., please contact Lynn Handley at lhandley@operationkindness.org.

About Operation Kindness
Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In 2016, Operation Kindness will celebrate their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 80,000 animals since their inception. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.

Join Operation Kindness in their mission to care for homeless animals by becoming a member of the Happy Tails Society. This group of dedicated friends provides a monthly gift to help pay for the medical care, medicine, food, shelter, nurturing and behavior training the pets need to have a second chance at life. Learn more about Operation Kindness at http://www.OperationKindness.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Operation-Kindness/30251945822).

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Families At Cook Children’s Don’t Fight Cancer Alone

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Dallas, 03/23/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Every day in the United States, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer – resulting in hospital stays that last up to 12 days and cost more than $40,000. This is in addition to out-of-pocket expenses like food, travel and accommodations. To offset the expenses that come with a cancer diagnosis, Heroes for Children awards grants within one week that average $750.

Over the past nine years, Heroes for Children has awarded $700,046 to families with children being treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, providing assistance to more 962 applicants. Among them is Linda Ahern’s 6-year-old son Micah, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was only 15 months old and has been fighting ever since. Micah, his three siblings and parents were first introduced to Heroes for Children when they participated in the Holiday Heroes program the Christmas after Micah relapsed in 2013.

“Heroes for Children helped us when there were no other resources. They threw a huge party at TCU and bought gifts specific for each of our kids, not just Micah. It was the most special Christmas we’ve ever had. We felt so loved and cared for,” says Micah’s mom, Linda Ahern. “And now here we are two and a half years after his relapse, and Heroes for Children is still helping out our family through financial support. At this point, all of Micah’s treatment is to prolong his life and not for a cure. But we know that no matter what we are going through, there is someone there that will help us. It makes our journey lighter and easier to bear.”

Too many families cope with a cancer diagnosis without a strong network of support. They struggle to pay their rent or mortgage, utility bills and day-to-day expenses such as groceries and gas and, sadly, in some cases require assistance with funeral costs. To ensure families are not fighting alone, Heroes for Children provides moments of normalcy and respite for the entire family through social assistance programs such as Movie Day, Holiday Heroes, Valentine’s Day dinner, Night at the Museum, Laptops for Love and much more.

“I love meeting families like the Aherns, who despite fighting this battle for more than five years, continue to find hope,” says Larissa Linton, co-founder and executive director of Heroes for Children. “After watching our daughters battle cancer, Jenny Dowen and I understand how isolating a cancer diagnosis is. That’s why we co-founded Heroes for Children – to make sure children battling cancer and their families never fight alone.”

The Ahern family is just one of 4,500 families Heroes for Children has assisted since its inception in 2005. Heroes for Children has awarded more than $5.5 million dollars to families across the state of Texas who have children battling cancer.

About Heroes for Children

Heroes for Children is a unique nonprofit organization that provides social and financial assistance to families with a child battling cancer. Since 2005, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families’ worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of fighting cancer and care giving. Since its inception, more than $5.5 million has been given to 4,200 families in need. To learn more about Heroes for Children, please visit http://www.heroesforchildren.org.

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NFM Lending announces first NFM Salute

Linthicum, MD, United States, 03/23/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

NFM Lending is pleased to launch its NFM Salute initiative by honoring the first NFM Salute, Coulter C. Houchens, Sr., father of current NFM Lending employee, Jeanette Salamon.

“Our entire family is thrilled that my Daddy has been chosen as the first honoree for the NFM Salutes Campaign!” said Salamon. “He exhibits so much honor and pride in having served in WWII, and other than his family, it is his military service that he is proudest of.  He remains to this day a silent hero, never boastful, but always remembering and giving the honor to the ‘boys’ he served with, who lost their lives in WWII, as being the real heroes. Thank you, NFM, for recognizing my Daddy, Coulter Christian Houchens, Sr., a man who served our country proudly.”

Military and veteran causes are important to NFM Lending. For the past eight years, NFM Lending has held a Support Our Troops Drive, collecting items for care packages to send to U.S. troops overseas. In addition to employees and employee family members who are active military or veterans, several members of NFM’s executive team are veterans, including Jason Ponsonby, Director of Sales, who served in the United States Air Force for nine years.

“The NFM Salutes program is another great addition to the longstanding commitment to community involvement at NFM Lending,” said Ponsonby. “We help active military members and veterans each day with home ownership, and now will also be able to honor the service, sacrifice, and courage of the NFM Salute recipients. It is an honor to have Coulter Houchens, Sr. as the first recipient of a NFM Salute.  His service during World War II is an incredible example of sacrifice and courage. Thank you to Coulter, and all members of the armed forces, and veterans, for your commitment to service in protecting our country.”

NFM Salutes is an initiative in which one military member or veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes will be chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, http://www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $2,500 donation to a military or veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. Houchens chose the Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.

Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of several non-profits that support active military members and veterans, including Platoon 22, AnySoldier, Soldier’s Wish, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor our military and veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.

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NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 27 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender™.”

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Opportunity To Vacation At An Alaskan “Insider”

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Talkeetna, AK, USA, 03/21/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Alaska’s popularity as a vacation destination has grown steadily during recent years but there has not been a great deal of focus on what travelers can find in the interior of the state. The new Talkeetna Love-Lee Cabins, located in Denali Country, offer the freedom, comfort and resources for custom itineraries. There are only three cabins, built in 2015, a little over two miles from Talkeetna. They are open all year, but reservations for this coming summer are filling up rapidly.
Talkeetna is the Native Athabascan word for “where three rivers meet”. The town is at the confluence of the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and Little Susitna Rivers. They combine to form the Big Susitna River which moves the third largest amount of water in North America. Talkeetna is the largest town in Denali Country and is often used as base camp for climbers starting their ascent of Mt. McKinley. Other activities available to visitors include Flight-seeing tours, Canopy Zip Line tours through beautiful country, high performance riverboat tours, ATV tours and a variety of exceptional live theatre, music and art gallery options.
Each Love-Lee cabin has a private deck, full kitchen with utensils, a dorm-sized refrigerator and complimentary coffee, creamer, and sugar. There are jetted spa bathtubs and showers, queen-size beds and linens, attractive décor, Direct TV, a wall-mounted 40” flat screen television and a shared gas barbequing grill.
The new, modern cabins are on a 14-mile bike trail which runs from the Parks Highway into downtown Talkeetna. They are less than a mile from “The Overlook” roadside viewing and photo area offering a spectacular view of Denali and the entire Alaskan Mountain Range. The cabins are only a ten minute walk from X-Y Lakes and fishing, swimming, boating, and trail hiking. Visitors who are too tired to fix dinner in their own kitchen are only half a mile from the Flying Squirrel Café.
The Talkeetna Love-Lee Cabins are an ideal location from which to explore “inside” Alaska, a fascinating alternative to the coast. For more information, go to http://www.LoveLeeCabins.com . For questions, e-mail Manager@LoveLeeCabins.com or call (907) 947-8009.
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New Singing Technologies At ICASSP 2016: Anyone Can Sing Like A Professional

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Moscow, Moscow, Russia, 03/21/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Despite the fact that singing as an art occurred virtually at the same time as the civilization appeared, rather few people can sing well. And now, only this innovative technology can significantly improve the quality of song performance in karaoke, even if the performer has no talent or ear for music.

We can represent singing as a mathematical model by decomposing the contour into certain parameters. Each track in karaoke has its own contour and the Sing Assist singing technology adjusts the performer’s vocal to it. The output singing (the synthesized voice) is automatically modified to match the required octave, pitch, and tune.

Professional vocal with natural voice

The singing processor made by the developer IT4YOU processes the source vocal data to match each standalone pitch. To avoid appearance of defects during the enhanced singing synthesis, the hardware part of the product smooths the song music on the temporal scale. Due to this, the performer’s voice remains natural.

When combining (mixing) the synthesized voice and the music, the software uses the voice technology patented by the developer, in which it is possible to achieve guaranteed enhancement of the singing performance of the singer even in the case of complex voice quality (defects of the speech path).

Functionality and options

The revolutionary technology is represented in the quality of the software, which is supported even by ordinary PC, as well as mobile devices based on Android and iOS platforms. Everyone who has been shy of his vocal performance in karaoke, can sing now as a professional. The software features a dedicated community, as well as support of social media, in which performers can share their records, create albums, get comments, evaluate other singers, and do a lot of other things.

The singing processor can be widely used in karaoke bars for enhancement of performers’ singing and application of professional effects (echo, fading, reverberation, choir, etc.) without involving a soundman. This will not only allow singers to overcome the psychological discomfort, but also allows the guests to enjoy the pleasant performance of songs.

The advantage of the technology resides in the real-time voice smoothing. Also, the developer has implemented the solution that allows to avoid training the system before using it, in which users can sing immediately after they have selected a song.

Find the booth number 20 of IT4YOU, the software developer, at the ICASSP 2016 Exhibition and evaluate the breakthrough in the world of singing technologies. Do not miss the technology presentation that is about to revolutionize the karaoke world.

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Official Opening of the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla

Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 03/21/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The second edition of the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla kicked off on Friday, March 18, 2016 in the southern city of Dakhla , Morocco , under the theme ”Africa and South-South Cooperation”.

Founded in 1986 in Switzerland, the Crans Montana Forum is a non-governmental organization aimed at encouraging international cooperation, dialogue, development, stability, peace and security in the world.

The event brings together heads of States and governments, ministers, MPs and businesses from all over the world, but more particularly from Africa, the Arab world, central Asia and South America.

More than a thousand participants from 131 countries and representatives of 27 regional and international organizations take part in the forum.

The opening ceremony was marked by the message sent by HM King Mohammed VI to participants.

In his message which was read out on Friday by chairman of the Council of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, Ynja Khattat, the Sovereign recalled that at the previous forum’s meeting, he shared his ambition to see a new development model crafted for this region “which is so dear to me.”

“It is the result of a promising strategy through which we seek to bring our three southern provinces to a level of development that will enable them to fully play their role as an African economic hub and as a bridge between Europe, the Arab Maghreb the Sahel region,” the Sovereign explained.

The decision to meet, once again, in the city of Dakhla has more than just a symbolic meaning, HM the King stressed, noting that “it bears witness to the fact that fresh momentum has been given to the vision we have of the Moroccan Sahara as a place conducive to interaction as well as a platform for time-honored human and commercial relations and for the exchange of knowledge between the South and the North.”

Today, development plans are a tangible reality, the monarch said.

“During recent visits to the Sahara region, I launched a number of large-scale development projects, honoring my commitment to the citizens of our southern provinces,” the Sovereign said, citing the forthcoming creation of competitive economic hubs to stimulate growth, provide jobs, enhance cultural expression, uphold human rights and protect the environment.

These hubs are expected to support productive sectors, such as agriculture, sea fishing and ecotourism, while also enhancing land, air and sea transport networks between the southern provinces and the Kingdom’s other regions on the one hand, and between the region and other African countries on the other, HM the King explained.

“Special attention has also been paid to the social side through, for example, the implementation of a number of projects to improve the quality of education as well as health and socio-economic services,” the Sovereign underlined.

“I wanted these structural projects to coincide with the implementation of advanced regionalization, following the recent regional elections, the establishment of bodies that were elected directly by the citizens and the provision of important constitutional and legal powers as well as financial and human resources,” HM the King emphasized.

“For decades, our Continent suffered tremendously in a world divided by colonization. It reeled under the effects of ideological conflicts which were not of its making. Today, it is high time Africa regained its rights vis-a-vis both history and geography: a rich history of African peoples united by centuries of exchanges and diverse ties, and geographical facts which show just how important it is to have integrated, complementary sub-regional groupings,” the Sovereign pointed out.

“Africa should have a say in this global debate. It should neither keep quiet nor allow itself to be dictated to, let alone be forced to choose between development and the preservation of the environment,” HM the King emphasized.

It is this vision that Morocco has chosen to champion as it prepares to host the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech next November, the Sovereign said.

HM the King voiced the hope that this global conference will celebrate South-South cooperation for the preservation of the environment. I also hope it will put Africa and all developing countries at the heart of the international agenda.

“Our overall objective is to make sure that the voice of a united, strong and determined Africa is heard and that it is heeded,” the Sovereign stressed, adding that it is up to the international community to devise development patterns that ensure the well-being of people, while meeting the requirements of sustainability.

“We must all act along these lines and listen to the creative segments in our societies, namely our youth, for they are the ones who are innovating and who are shaping tomorrow’s world,” HM the King pointed out.

It is also the responsibility of States to champion forward-looking plans and to strive to implement them through determined action and structural projects, the Sovereign said, stressing that however ambitious public policies may be, they will remain fragile if they are not fully embraced by the citizens and civil societies.

“This is the very essence of sustainable development,” the Sovereign concluded, noting that to be robust and sustainable, development must be driven by a vision shared by all stakeholders in society, and each one should decide how he or she is going to embody that vision.

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