Monthly Archives: April 2009
Apr 30 2009
H1 N1 – Swine Flu

ER Triage at Colton Arrowhead hospo
San Bernardino. Probable cases.
Schools are closing

300 Schools closed in 11 states

Joe Biden already stuck his foot in his mouth, saying he would not advise flying.

Apr 30 2009
Top Brands Press Release

Google is the world’s first $100 billion brand, number one for the third year running
New York, New York, 29th April 2009 — the fourth annual BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking published today by Millward Brown Optimor reveals that brands sustain their value, despite the tough economic environment.
The BrandZ Top 100 ranking identifies the dollar value of brands. It does this by combining financial data with research on consumers and business-to-business users from BrandZ, the world’s largest brand equity study.
The value of the top 100 brands has held its value at $1.95 tn (a marginal increase of 1.7 percent). Google is number one with a value of $100 bn, Microsoft is number two at $76.2 bn, and Coca-Cola enters the top three for the first time at $67.6 bn.
“In the current environment, where the value of many businesses has fallen, brand has become even more important because it can help to sustain companies in tough times,” said Joanna Seddon, CEO Millward Brown Optimor. “Those who continue to invest in their brand will be better positioned for business growth as the economic situation starts to improve than those who have cut spend.”
There are 15 new brands entering the ranking this year. Pampers is the highest entrant at no. 31, followed by Nintendo (no.32) and VISA (no.36). Trends identified from this year’s rankings are:
Value — Brands that represent good value for money have done well, this is about quality as much as price, for example Wal-Mart (+19 percent), ALDI (+49 percent) and Auchan (+48 percent). H&M (+8 percent) is now the number one apparel brand.
Vice — People still reward themselves with little treats when money is tight. Brands such as McDonald’s (+34 percent), Marlboro (+33 percent) and Budweiser (+23 percent) have all done well.
At Home — Brands that can be experienced at home have shown strong growth. This includes home shopping: Amazon (+85 percent) and eBay (+16 percent); Coffee that can be prepared at home: Nespresso (+27 percent) and Nescafe (+23 percent); and gaming — Nintendo jumped into the ranking for the first time at no. 32.
Wireless — The increased popularity of using the internet on the move through devices such as the iPhone and BlackBerry has led to huge increases for the mobile operators category as a whole, driven by demand for data services. Vodafone enters the top 10 for the first time this year (+45 percent).
Commenting on the ranking, Eileen Campbell, Global CEO of Millward Brown said:
“It is a fantastic achievement to be one of the most valuable brands in the world, and we congratulate all brands that are featured in this ranking. At a time when marketing spend is under greater scrutiny than ever, this ranking is a way for marketers to identify the value that their brand is creating for the business.”
About Millward Brown
Millward Brown ( is one of the world’s leading research agencies and is expert in effective advertising, marketing communications, media and brand equity research. Through the use of an integrated suite of validated research solutions — both qualitative and quantitative — Millward Brown helps clients build strong brands and services. Millward Brown has more than 75 offices in 48 countries. Millward Brown Optimor focuses on helping clients maximize the returns on their brand and marketing investments. Millward Brown is part of Kantar, WPP’s insight, information and consultancy group.
Outside of North America:
Miquet Humphryes
[email protected]
+44 1926 826179
U.S. and Canada:
Lauren Raisl
[email protected]

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Apr 30 2009
CDF Annual Education Conference & Food Faire

 Recurring bloating, gas, or abdominal pain
 Chronic diarrhea or constipation or both
 Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
 Pale, foul-smelling stool
 Unexplained anemia
 Bone or joint pain
 Behavior changes/depression/irritability
 Vitamin K Deficiency
 Fatigue, weakness or lack of energy
 Delayed growth or onset of puberty
 Failure to thrive (in infants)
 Missed menstrual periods
 Infertility male and female
 Spontaneous miscarriages
 Canker sores inside the mouth
 Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
Symptoms of Celiac Disease may include
one or more of the following:
Have you or a family member ever
been diagnosed with the following?
 Type 1 Diabetes
 Dermatitis Herpetiformis
 Thyroid Disease
 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
 Peripheral Neuropathy
 Sjögren’s Syndrome
Do not self diagnose. Talk to your healthcare
provider about Celiac blood tests
that are available for the preliminary
diagnosis. In order to get accurate test
results, it is important that you are
following a daily diet that contains

You’ve heard of Crohn’s
Disease, Cystic Fibrosis,
Multiple Sclerosis and
Parkinson’s disease.
Have you heard of
Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease affects more
people than all of these
disorders combined! Alarming
numbers because Celiac
affects children as well as
adults, men and women.
Yet 97% of people with Celiac
Disease go undiagnosed.
Celiac Disease is one of
the most common genetic
conditions in the world. Celiac
is a multi-symptom, multi-system
disorder, activated by eating
gluten – proteins found in
wheat, rye and barley.
Symptoms vary and are not
always gastrointestinal.
If you can identify with any of
the symptoms or diagnoses
listed here – you might have
Celiac Disease.

Since 1990, Celiac Disease Foundation
(CDF) has been dedicated to promoting
awareness of Celiac Disease to increase
the rate, and shorten the time, of
diagnosis. CDF is constantly expanding
the supportive community for patients,
families and healthcare professionals.
CDF is actively involved in advocating
for patient concerns and networking
with other national and international
organizations to improve the quality of
life for Celiacs and their families.
Celiac Disease Foundation is a
nonprofit, public benefit corporation
dedicated to providing services and
support regarding Celiac Disease
and Dermatitis Herpetiformis, through
programs of awareness, education,
advocacy and research.
CDF is a national membership
organization. Become a member and
help support our ongoing efforts to raise
awareness of Celiac Disease. Find out
more by visiting the CDF website at

CDF Annual Education Conference & Food Faire

Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

New Location!!

Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(Parking included with validation)



Professor of Pediatrics, Section Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center


Executive Medical Director, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Alba Therapeutics


Professor of Medicine, adult gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota


Clinical Pharmacist, Nutrition Support Service, Nationwide Hospital,
Columbus, Ohio, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy,
Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Columbus, Ohio


“The Missing Ingredient” with Frank Baldassare


“One on One Session” with Pediatric Gastroenterologist STEFANO GUANDALINI, MD
“One on One Session” with Adult Gastroenterologist JOSEPH MURRAY, MD
“Ask the Dieticians” – One on One with Registered Dieticians
Lunchtime sessions for newly diagnosed and parents of celiac children
CDF Connections & Chapters – meet and greet
Presentation of Champion of Celiac Disease Awareness Award
Gluten-free Goodie Bag with each registration
Continental gluten-free breakfast and lunch**
Gluten-free food demos
Gluten-free pizza and beer tasting
Extensive vendor displays with gluten-free food samples and sales
Fundraising raffle

**Please contact the CDF office if a dairy free or vegetarian meal is required.



Registrations after April 15, 2009 $130.00
Youth: (under 14 years)

NOTE** There will NOT be a supervised Children’s Program this year.

Walk-ins Day of the Conference $130.00

Cancellation fee: $25

(Note: last day for online registration – April 30, 2009)

Tax deductible to the extent allowed by law

Online Registration Now Closed

For more information or to Register over the phone
call CDF office at 818-990-2354

Download the CDF Conference Program here

If you are a CDF member or are on the CDF mailing list look for your program in the mail!


For sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information contact [email protected]


Hotel information

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 East Cordova Street
Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 449-4000 or (800) 457-7940
Sheraton Central Reservation Office (800) 325-3535
Request the Celiac Disease Foundation group rate ($129 a night)

On-line reservations

Apr 29 2009
USC Thornton School of Music Finals from CenterStaging

Live from Studio 11 at CenterStaging in Burbank, CA..

Apr 29 2009
WTG Tee & See Event – 7th Annual

WTG is hosting the 7th Annual Tee & Sea event May 14 & 15, 2009.
Over 10k in prizes
Provider Presenations
Awards Dinner
For more info:

Some of the providers: Level 3, XO, Time Warner, Above Net, Integra, Qwest, TelePacfic, Covad, TNCI and more.

Vince Bradley and the team at WTG(World Telecom Group) always put on a stellar event.

Apr 29 2009
Cinco De Mayo Tasting Whole Foods Arroyo Pasadena

Sunday, May 3rd
Cinco De Mayo Tasting!

12pm-3pm Complimentary

In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, we’re providing a full array of delicious samples! Come get a taste of our tasty meat and fresh seafood, along with the traditional rice and beans and cool refreshing beverages that go hand-in-hand!

Apr 29 2009
Whole Foods Value Tour

For those looking to save money at Whole Foods, be sure to inquire about going on a Value Tour offered by Whole Foods.

You can find some of the best bargains at Whole Foods by going on this tour.

The Whole Foods in Pasadena on Arroyo offers the value tour, just call and schedule an appointment.

465 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105 USA

Phone 626.204.2266

Apr 29 2009
CableVision new Services

Cable Vision is launching a 100mb internet service. Download full length HD movies in 10min. Service is to cost $100/month

Apr 28 2009
Free Chicken Giveaway – KFC – El Pollo Loco

KFC and El Pollo Loco are having a Chicken War Give Away—at-Least-Theres-Free-Food-Involved.html

KFC offered a free piece of chicken Monday as part of their new
grilled chicken offering.  I went to the local KFC/Taco Bell in Echo
Park and noticed the homeless folks camped out at the sad Echo Park
Vons.  They didn’t see the TV commercials this weekend (obviously) and
they were thrilled when I told them of the free offering so off they
went for a tasty warm morsel.

El Pollo Loco has upped the ante and is offering a free promotional
2-piece chicken + tortilla + salsa meal to anyone who asks  One day
only!  Want to join me in escorting the homeless in downtown LA to a
nearby El Pollo Loco?

Taste the Fire® for FREE
at El Pollo Loco on April 28

Official Rules

  • The Taste the Fire® Offer (“offer”) consists of one flame-grilled leg and one flame-grilled thigh, two tortillas (choice of flour or corn) and fresh salsa.
  • Offer is available upon request only.
  • Valid only at participating locations.
  • No coupon necessary.
  • Limit one offer on April 28, 2009 until 8:00 p.m. per customer.
  • Must be present to receive. Sides, drinks and breast substitutions are extra.
  • Available for walk-in orders only (dine-in or carry-out). Not available for delivery or drive-thru. While supplies last.
Apr 28 2009

Next Generation eRecruitment
Companies use Jobvite to manage all aspects of hiring on an easy to use Web 2.0 platform.

Jobvite is the only eRecruitment application that engages people to send targeted job invitations to contacts in their social networks. With Jobvite, companies can increase referral hiring and decrease recruiting costs. Learn more »

News and Events
Upcoming Webinar: See a demo with new social network features.
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Jobvite Delivers Industry First Integration with Social Networks.
Press release »
Jobvite’s New Tools May Be Game-changers for
Social Network Recruiting. Article in »
Jobvite Must Be One Cool Tool
Article in Cheezhead »
Apr 28 2009
LaidOffCamp Los Angeles

May 1, Los Angeles — LaidOffCamp Los Angeles. Enterprising individuals in professional transition will have a unique opportunity to gain perspective, discover new passions, and reinvent their careers at LaidOffCamp LA. The format features an open, participatory discussion forum designed to educate, empower, and connect community members. Panels, workshops, and discussions will include topics such as: building your personal brand, transitioning to a new industry, legal & accounting demands of launching a new business, finding affordable health insurance, alternative working spaces, alternative income sources, and how to become a freelancer.

Apr 28 2009 Back online

Dear Victor,

Prosper is back with even more ways for you to earn a great return.

To activate your portfolio plans and to start investing right now, sign in and review our new
Lender Registration Agreement.

Introducing New Ways to Invest on Prosper
While speaking about Prosper, Preston DuFauchard, the Commissioner of the California Department of Corporations, said recently, “New ideas and approaches are needed to increase access to consumer and small business credit, especially in today’s environment.”

We couldn’t agree more.

At Prosper, our aim is to provide you with more than just investments. We feel it’s time to take back the system and provide the financial stewardship our country needs – one based on Americans helping Americans. To help bring this about, we’ve worked hard for the past six months to offer you new ways to invest and grow.

Invest on Our Open Market

In response to our nation’s credit crisis, you will now be able to invest in loans made by other financial institutions through our new Open Market initiative. Open Market listings describe existing loans made or owned by lending companies offered for sale on Prosper (such as a car loan).

And because Prosper can offer you a one-to-one relationship between the investment and the underlying asset, these loans are inherently transparent and less complex than traditional debt securitization and other traditional bank lending methods.*

Sound good? There’s more.

Improved Risk Rating System

We’ve been working diligently at revamping our risk rating system, too. Our new robust system allows us to maintain consistency when rating listings—regardless of the loan seller, type of credit score used or type of loan being offered for sale.

We do this in part by combining our proprietary Prosper score with one pulled from Experian’s Scorex Plus. This allows you to better analyze a listing’s level of risk since the final rating represents an estimated average annualized loss rate range—making it easier for you to decide which listings may be your best investments. While we cannot guarantee performance, now you’ll have even more financial information on potential borrowers, along with the assurance that the new Prosper minimum credit score is 640 for individual marketplace listings. At Prosper, we constantly strive to provide you with all of the financial assurance and tools you need to make it easier to invest through us.

Coming Soon…Trade Existing Loans

In other exciting news, you will soon have the option to be able to buy, sell and trade Notes on our new Trading Platform. Please be aware that trade investing through Prosper is not available at this time, as it is subject to regulatory approval.

At Prosper, we’re excited to welcome you back with these new ways to invest—all built upon the financial transparency, vigilance and openness you deserve.


Prosper Loans Marketplace

Apr 27 2009
Swine Flu Spreads

Robert Kim Farley – Disease Control

Heighten state

Swine Flu Local Rseponse

7 cases reported. School age children on some of them.

Flu symptoms

Gov of California is taking action

Use precaution but lots of common sense.

Patterns are being looked at

Swine Flu – Airlines – LAX business as usual.

Swine Flu Outbreak

Many cases are coming from Mexico.

Apr 26 2009
Seesmic Desktop Twitter
Apr 26 2009
Ponzi Scheme in Southern California

Over 70 million lost by investors here in the Los Angeles area. The lawsuit mentions approx 400 investors may have lost all their money.

CBS has an exclusive on the investigation.

Apr 25 2009
Godaddy 99-cent domains

GoDaddy is offering 99-cent domain name registration for 1 year with code 99BUYCOM. 20-cent ICANN fee applies, making it $1.19 per domain.

Go Daddy $7.49 .com Sale 120x60

Apr 25 2009
Merengue Bakery & Cafe Monrovia

Merengue Bakery & Cafe
110 E Colorado Blvd
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 358-5650
“Food that will make you dance”

Open Mon-Thu 6am-7pm; Fri 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-6pm; Sun 7am-4pm
Opened: Summer 2008
Owners: Mike Mulhall and George Algarin
Like Portos but more modest, and tastier.

A gem of Monrovia. Delicious food., much tastier than Portos, friendly service, a must when visiting Monrovia. Even if you don’t like cuban foods the regular sandwiches are delicious.

Welcome to Merengue Bakery and Café!

We are one of Southern California’s premier cuban bakeries, located in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. We offer a wide variety of foods and services for
everyone to enjoy. While our emphasis is placed on Cuban cuisine, we offer much more than just that.

With menu items ranging from Cuban sandwiches to paninis to potato balls to Argentinian empanadas, we’ve succeeded in building a menu around our all time favorites! Our display cases are packed with fresh pastries, mouth-watering desserts and amazing cakes. We also offer catering and custom cake services. We live up to our reputation that our food will truly make you dance!

Apr 24 2009
Glendale Gigi’s Farmers Market

Everything is fresh.

Including our approach to a farmer’s  market.

Gigi’s Farmers Market

10am-2pm Every Saturday on Caruso Ave.

The Americana at Brand

Off Colorado Blvd in Glendale

Life style Caruso

Apr 24 2009
Tiemans Fusion Coffee

April 24, 2009

Congrats to the folks at Tiemans for the coverage on CBS 11pm News with Paul Magers and Laura Diaz.

The coffee infused with all sorts of berries claims to help your skin, hair, nails improve.

The Tieman’s roasting facility is located in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

High antioxidants.


Coffee or Tea?

Healthiest drink you will have all day.


goji berries

drink your coffee


David Tieman 0 Founder of the Tieman’s

4 football fields


macha tea, sustained release of energy

Taste test was good.

It worked

Athletes – creates a new kind

Fusion Coffee

Laura and Paul agree they will give it a try.

I’ve tried the Tieman’s Coffee and although I cannot say for certain that it will give you energy or make your hair grow faster, it does taste pretty good . At least as good as some of the best coffee you can purchase.

Learn more about Tiemans Fusion Coffee here:

Apr 24 2009
Whole Foods Pasadena Locavore Event
P1200450 by you.
P1200451 by you.

Pasadena Whole Foods on Arroyo held an event on how to be a “locavore” eating foods that are grown locally.

Every Saturday and Sunday the Whole Foods on Arroyo Parkway holds a farmer’s market.

Here’s some pictures from the panel discussion and Star Tea Company sampling tasting at Cisco Home across the street from Whole foods.

Click here to view

Thanks to Ashley with Whole Foods for organizing this informational and education event.


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