Fundraiser for CCSVI to take place in Toronto

– An evening of great wine, tantalizing food and stories of hope at the Taste to Liberate in support of Multiple Sclerosis and CCSVI research and treatment is scheduled to take place in Toronto next week.

The event, a five course meal with wine pairings, on Monday September 20th, at Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant in Toronto’s historic distillery district is expected to raise funds and awareness for this so-called controversial treatment.

CCSVI, or Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency, is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the veins that drain the blood from the brain and chest and appears to have a strong correlation with Multiple Sclerosis.

“Although we recognize that the CCSVI Liberation Procedure is not a cure to MS, the anecdotal evidence is substantial and the preliminary research done internationally certainly warrants more investigation into the correlation between MS & CCSVI” reported Helen K. Cosburn, Event Chairman. “While the Canadian government may not be ready to offer CCSVI treatment to MS patients, there is certainly a need for further investigation.  At The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation we hope that the funds we raise at our upcoming event can in some small way contribute to this research and help Canadians get the answers and treatment they need.”

Half of the funds raised from the evening will go to support much needed research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a leader in CCSVI research in Canada.

“St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton believes in the value of continued research and investment to rigorously test Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s theory into CCSVI,” says Dr. Ian Rodger, VP of Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Principal Investigator of the CCSVI study being conducted at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. “We have an obligation and responsibility to MS patients to complete expeditiously our critical examination of the CCSVI hypothesis. We are one of several important global research studies that have a remarkable opportunity to expand the focus of MS research and in doing so improve the quality of life for MS patients around the world.”

The Foundation recognizes that despite efforts to support research here in Canada, this will not help those MS patients who want access to this treatment now, and do not have time to wait.  This inspired a split in the funding raised at the event. While, half of the money raised will go to support  research, the other half has been allocated to support two patients in their journey towards liberation. “Together the two ways of giving allow us to make a big difference for individuals now, as well as making a small contribution towards big change in the future” reported founder Brian K. McWilliams.

For more details on the event as well as to purchase tickets, visit The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation online at

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The Brian K. McWilliams Foundation is Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the health, wellness, and education of individuals and families around the world. The Foundation works with a selection of registered charities that champion these causes.

The Montclair Art Museum Brings Back Free Powwow

– A powwow is a Native American celebration that has evolved from a sacred ritual called a “Grass Dance,” part of a complex ceremony performed by warrior societies among various tribes of the Plains. Today, it is an event where all people can meet to honor American Indian culture and discover its rich legacies. The powwow event at MAM will help to introduce families to Native American traditions through engaging activities and events.

   Families can experience a lively performance of singing and drumming by the Heyna Second Son Singers, and dancing by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird Dancers. They will perform traditional Iroquois dances and songs. Delicious Native American food will be served and unique crafts will be for sale. Children will have the chance to participate in hands-on art projects and craft demonstrations.

   Louis Mofsie, also known as Green Rainbow, from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and the Winnebago Tribe of Wisconsin, has many credits to his name. He is well known as the leader of the Heyna Second Son Singers and the Thunderbird Dancers. The Thunderbird Dancers have contributed enormously to preserving and perpetuating Native American culture through their performances, and have enchanted a vast array of audiences with songs and dances representing the varied traditions of the American Indian peoples.


The Powwow is made possible by a grant from Investors Savings Bank. Generous in-kind support provided by Arizona Iced Tea.

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The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) presents exhibitions and programs that reflect its collection of historic and contemporary American and Native American art. MAM’s Yard School of Art offers classes for people of all ages.

SecureConnect Announces Financial Protection for Customers

– MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 20, 2010) With the recent release of new packages, BHI SecureConnect has introduced its Breach Protection Program, providing an additional layer of financial security for customers. Causing concern among merchants, the fines associated with a security breach are potentially devastating and have caused many to seek financial protection for their businesses.  Unique to the industry, the SecureConnect Breach Protection Program covers up to $100,000 in merchant fines, assessments and related expenses attributed to a qualified PCI data breach. “We have seen an increasing trend of similar programs throughout the industry, however none provide the level of monetary coverage that SecureConnect does” said Blake Huebner, Director of Information Security at BHI SecureConnect.

Available as a standard feature in the Select, Premier and Elite packages, the Breach Protection Program is one of many new additions to help merchants address the PCI Data Security Standards and ensure a secure business environment.  “We have really focused our offerings to best serve the needs of customers.  The Breach Protection Program provides added peace-of-mind to merchants in the case of a data breach” said Kristyan Mjolsnes, Director of Marketing at BHI SecureConnect. In combination with the many enhanced services and features, this added protection helps create an end-to-end solution that benefits customers, acquiring bank partners and integration vendors.  The addition of the Breach Protection Program among other new services has been very well received.

“Both existing and new customers are excited about everything we are offering” said Huebner. The new packages are flexible and scalable to meet the unique needs of a single store owner as well as national corporate brands, enabling businesses of any size to implement a comprehensive network security and PCI compliance initiative.  With accountability growing amongst acquiring banks, vendors like SecureConnect allow merchants to deploy critical services to protect their cardholder data environment and validate compliance each year, In fact, through this approach, SecureConnect is able to not just deliver compliance, but true security beyond PCI.

About BHI Advanced Internet, Inc. provider of SecureConnect

Arabic Studies International Fosters Collaboration

– Arabic Studies International (ASI) was established to foster a greater understanding of the Arabic fields of study and to create collaboration among practitioners, translators, scholars, authors, teachers, and those interested in these fields.  

As the organization grows to over 100 members, the organization plans on additional methods of increasing interaction and group learning.  Plans currently include a blend of online and live sessions for discussion of current trends and topics.  Members would be eligible for discounted registration at all organization events.

Visitors can join ASI for free, and search Arabic related jobs, network among their peers, add publications and photos, and help to promote the Arabic community.

Dina Elbahesh, ASI co-founder, announced “We are thrilled with the participation of so many professionals from around the world and are currently planning a special event.  This will be announced as soon as details are finalized and will be the first of many events and conferences that we will host to promote the study of Arabic worldwide”.  

ASI is a membership based/membership driven organization developed to promote collaboration, networking and communication across the varied fields of Arabic Studies.    Based in the United States, the organization is open to members worldwide.  Individual Membership benefits include networking among Arabic Studies professionals and students; access to various discussion forums including those focused on culture, linguistics, literature, research, and pedagogy; job postings, a customizable member profile, opportunities to post information about your publications, add blog articles, receive a monthly E-Newsletter, and reduced registration rates for future conferences.  Plans are underway for Arabic-related workshops and speaker sessions in various locations around the United States.  Additional details can be found at the ASI web site,, designed and maintained by Vietaly Enterprises, Inc.

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Vietaly Enterprises,, is a female minority owned business located in Birmingham, Alabama, specializing in web site design and development, graphic design, printing and publications, and planning conferences, trade shows and events.


Choose Your Own Special Perfect Handbag

The genuine designer handbags are an vital item for most women, helping carry around the day and night’s necessitates. Yet in spite of its value in functionality, the handbag is also one of the most necessary-and stylistically telling-pieces in fashion. Thus, it’s essential to deliberate different features when choosing a handbag, to guarantee you get the most out of both its functionality and style.

Many women have at least one or two genuine designer handbags, which they use everyday and pair with most outfits. What’s more, most of these handbags end up being impartial in color-for example, browns, nudes, or plain black. However, choosing a genuine designer handbag to mesh with most “looks” doesn’t mean it has to be boring. select for a distinctive style, while sticking with a impartial color and you will still be able to spice up any clothes. Alternatively, kick it up a level by choosing a genuine designer handbag with metallic or subtle print detailing.

However, no one ever said you genuine designer handbag can’t be colorful. If you are not afraid to stand out, select for bright hues like red, yellow, orange or green. Don’t always worry about your handbag matching with every clothes. A lot of bright colored handbags-especially those that are solid colored-will tribute many different outfits. Just bear in mind not to let your handbag-clothes combination get too busy with prints and bright colors.

When it comes to detailed “looks”, certain styles of handbags are definitely fitting. For example, if you normally dress up for the office, odds are you will want a handbag to match. select for a structured bag with two top handles for a chic, lady like look.

On the other hand, if you are trying to accomplish a more careless look, pick up a Burberry Check Print Messenger Bag ( Worn across the body, these bags leave your arms free; but there are certainly more stylish than backpacks. Looking for something hip? Sling a slouchy like a Versace ‘Giselle lock’ hobo bag ( …) over your shoulder. And if your style is a bit edgier, pick up a clutch bag decorated with metal hardware or studs.

Size is another critical feature when it comes to choosing a handbag. Ever see anyone walking around with an brimming purse? It’s not a pretty sight-and its one purse difficulty that should be avoided at all costs. Sure, we all have days when we lug around more than usual. But if you typically tote a ton around, you’re better off sizing up on your genuine designer handbag.

That being said, however, you should also deliberate your have size when choosing a handbag. If you’re petite, don’t lug around a huge bag that overpowers your frame. Instead, go for something relative to your size. If you tend to lug around a lot in your purse size up to a medium bag at most. On the other hand, if you are tall or wide, a tiny bag will seem too small. Try one that’s on the larger side for a look that’s better suited to your frame.

Last but not least, learn to let go when it’s time for a new genuine designer handbag. Many women tend to get fond of their handbags-which is not surprising, taking into account it accompanies them everywhere. But when holes, worn leather, tears, or frayed stitching start to show, it’s time to move on to a new bag. Keeping these few tips in mind when shopping of handbags will guarantee you get one that suits not only your practical needs, but also your distinctive style.

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Women and teens always need a new outfit for every occasion. After all you never know when someone is going to ask you to go out! You might have to be ready at a moments notice. Women designer jeans, womens clothing dresses, and women’s jackets will make your closet ready with potential items for those just incase moments. Oh but wait don’t forget to buy perfumes for every occasion as well.Maybe that cute guy at work finally asked you out and wants to go to dinner and dancing. With some northface jackets, and womens dresses in your closet you will be all set for the night. You never know he may have suits for men in his closet and you always want to be prepared.

But lets say that doesn’t happen. What if you need some casual clothes to wear everyday, maybe to work, running errands, or just relaxing at home! You can raid your closet for your favorite women’s nightgown, petite clothes, or maybe plus size clothes.

As Good Times Roll Now Only 38% of Turkish Public Want to Join EU

– Whilst the Turkish Government determinedly continues in its quest for EU accession, the public are rapidly going off the idea.  73% fancied membership in 2004 but a September 2010 poll drops that figure to a meager 38%.  It seems it was never about being European, it was about the economic benefits, and now Turkey has the world’s third fastest growing economy for Q2 2010 (10.3% – beaten only by Singapore and Taiwan) those benefits are shrinking.

Daniel Dias for developer Signature International building Horizon Sky close to Bodrum comments, “There are winners and losers in an economic crisis and Turkey’s emerged as a clear winner.  Brits have turned their back on the Eurozone and are choosing value-for-money Turkey, which operates in Turkish lira, for their holidays and overseas property buying.  The two industries, tourism and real estate, are close cousins and their fortunes interlink.  As a developer we’re handling several clients who’ve holidayed here for the first time then fallen for Turkey’s charms and want to have a permanent base here.  The result is increasing prosperity for the country and a flourishing development for us.”

Indeed Turkey is gobbling up all the plaudits in 2010.  On the tourism side, Cond