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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – En 1985, Alastair Macdonald notó que el sentido de la Navidad para sus hijos estaba centrado en la figura de Santa Claus y los calcetines que se cuelgan para que deje regalos, y esa no es la verdadera historia de la Navidad. Pero cuando Macdonald salió de compras en busca de lecturas más auténticas sobre la Navidad, se sintió decepcionado al ver que los clásicos de estas fiestas como “La noche antes de Navidad” y “Rudolph” , ignoraban el mensaje de la Navidad.

Durante los siguientes 25 años, Macdonald trabajó para crear un nuevo libro de Navidad para niños, un clásico que diera mucho juego similar a Dr. Seuss, pero que comunicara la verdadera historia de la Navidad. “Era una de esas ideas que se negaban a desaparecer”, dice Mcdonald: “Empecé a escribir la historia una Navidad, cada año añadía algo, y al final de cada Navidad, guardaba el manuscrito.”

El mágico libro de Macdonald, titulado “La primera Navidad” cuenta la historia de la Navidad a través de los ojos de un narrador inesperado – el fiel burrito de Joseph, Zeke. Zeke narra los eventos de la historia de la Navidad con una voz divertida y cantarina que atrae mucho a los niños sin comprometer la dignidad y la seriedad del nacimiento de Cristo. La historia ofrece una especie de bálsamo para aquellos padres que quieren re-enfocar la atención de sus hijos sobre los aspectos espirituales de estas fiestas.

“El hecho es que, para mí el escribir La primera Navidad ha sido una experiencia tan cargada de momentos de mágicos que podría escribir ríos de tinta al respecto”, afirma Macdonald. “La experiencia ha fortalecido mi creencia en Dios y en su silenciosa intervención en este mundo”.

Este estupendo libro de Macdonald cargado de detalles será un importante tesoro para muchas familias que viven la fe. El libro ha sido impreso en cinco tintas, incluyendo la dorada, y contiene 21 ilustraciones del artista egipcio Adel Nassief, un cristiano cóptico que pinta murales en iglesias ortodoxas de todo el mundo. Las ilustraciones de Nassief ofrece la magia de un mundo antiguo, ayudando a los niños a recordad momentos especiales de la historia.

Para más información, visita www.FirstChristmas.net. El mejor sitio para comprar el libro es Amazon.com También se puede encontrar en las tiendas de Barnes and Noble, www.randomhouse.com o llamando al 800-793-2665.

Software Revolutionizes Capital Formation

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In a down economy, when investors do not want to take risks, entrepreneurs struggle to raise capital through the traditional venues. But some entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to raise capital.

New technologies help raise capital in new ways. Entrepreneurs are using software programs to organize and streamline their fundraising efforts.

One company that specializes in assisting start-up and early-stage companies raise seed, development and expansion capital through the issuance of securities, Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC, has created software that teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to raise capital. The program, Financial Architect, substantially reduces the cost and time needed to raise capital.

Timothy Daniel Hogan, a former Wall Street Investment Banker, created Financial Architect with several goals in mind. First, Financial Architect teaches people how the real world of capital works through the e-book “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies.”

Second, Financial Architect helps entrepreneurs create a “Marketable Deal Structure” for the securities that investors want to buy, while enabling entrepreneurs to keep the vast majority of common ownership interest and voting control. Better yet, Financial Architect helps Entrepreneurs avoid falling into debt as well.

Financial Architect also helps businesspeople produce the required securities-offering documents so that they are fully compliant with federal and state securities laws.

Third, the software teaches entrepreneurs how to access real investors for personal introductions, which help get the job done.

In creating Financial Architect, Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC has taken one of the most complex, arduous and expensive processes and reduced it to a simple, easy and inexpensive system. Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC has borne 90 percent of the cost and has done 90 percent of the work involved in the process, allowing entrepreneurs to finish the process of capitalizing their companies.

You can get started by reading the abridged version the e-Book, “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies.”

To download a copy, visit, www.CommonwealthCapital.com and enter promotional code 1492.

“Senior” Author Flynt Proves There’s No Age Limit on Dreams

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – While most almost-60-year-olds are card-carrying members of AARP, counting down the days until they spend time with their grandkids or until they hit the links for 18-holes, Mike Flynt decided he wanted to play college-level football. He was 59.

To understand the how and the why, you’ll have to read his new book, “The Senior,” which details his experience as the oldest contributing member of a college football team in NCAA history. Suffice it to say, Flynt is striving to prove that certainly there is life after football, but should you choose to, you can always go back and achieve your dreams, no matter the age.

Flynt grew up in Odessa, Texas, a relatively small town by Texas standards with a big heart for football. And like most young boys, Flynt grew up living and breathing the sport.

So much so that in high school, he was on the first state championship team at Odessa Permian, the same high school that inspired the movie “Friday Night Lights.”

From there, Flynt went on to play linebacker for three years at Sul Ross State University. In his senior year, a fight resulted in Flynt being kicked out of school – one year before his eligibility was up. He completed his credits elsewhere, finally receiving his degree from the very college that had asked him to leave.

Deciding that his passion lay in training athletes like he was at one time, Flynt spent the next five years as a strength and conditioning coach at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M.

In the early 1980’s, Flynt resigned from A&M in order to start training the next generation of athletes – children. His organization, “Train Up A Child” was designed to help parents who home-schooled their kids to strength train safely, without equipment, while still achieving aerobic development.

Fast forward to 1999, and a new epidemic was sweeping the country – childhood obesity. Determined to make a difference, Flynt used his knowledge and talent as a springboard and created Powerbase Fitness – a portable device that uses resistance tubing to help users increase their strength.

With more than four decades of fitness training under his belt, Flynt applied for and received his fourth year of eligibility from the NCAA, allowing him to try out for the Sul Ross State football team – and bringing him full-circle.

“I think it was Carl Yastrzemski who used to say, ‘How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?’ I’d be in my late 20s or early 30s, because that’s how I feel,” Flynt says.

Author Creates New Christmas Classic

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In 1985, Alastair Macdonald noticed that his children’s sense of the holiday spirit centered around Santa Claus and stockings, not the true story of Christmas. But when Macdonald went shopping for more spiritual bedtime reading, he was disappointed to see that holiday classics, like “The Night Before Christmas” and “Rudolph,” ignored the Christmas message.

Over the next 25 years, Macdonald would work to create a new children’s Christmas book, a classic with engaging wordplay akin to Dr. Seuss, but that communicated the true story of Christmas. “It was one of those ideas that refused to die,” said Macdonald. “I began writing the story one Christmas. Every year I would add to it, and at the end of each Christmas I would put the manuscript away.”

Macdonald’s enchanting book, entitled “First Christmas,” tells the story of Christmas through the eyes of an unexpected narrator -; Joseph’s loyal donkey, Zeke. Zeke faithfully recounts the events of the Christmas story in a playful, singsong voice that appeals to children without compromising the dignity and seriousness of the birth of Christ. The story provides a soothing balm for parents hoping to re-focus their children’s attention on the spiritual aspects of the holiday season.

“The fact is, writing ‘First Christmas’ has been blessed by so many moments of grace that I could fill volumes about them,” said Macdonald. “The experience has strengthened my belief in God and his quiet intervention in our world.”

Macdonald’s lovely, sumptuous book will prove an heirloom for many faithful families. The book is printed in five inks, including gold, and contains 21 illustrations by Egyptian artist Adel Nassief, a Coptic Christian who paints murals in Orthodox churches around the world. Nassief’s illustrations provide an old-world charm, helping remind children of a special moment in history.

For more information, visit www.FirstChristmas.net. The best place to purchase the book is at Amazon.com. It can also be found at Barnes and Noble book stores, www.welcomebooks.com or by calling 212-989-3200 -; ask for Eric or Wade.

Finding Solutions to Fund Your Green Idea

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans with business-minded solutions to environmental issues need money before they can save the planet. But companies are creating new software systems that can help eco-conscious entrepreneurs.

For example, Timothy Daniel Hogan, a former Wall Street investment banker and the CEO of Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA), wrote an e-book entitled “The Secrets of Wall Street -; Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies.” This e-book serves as the most comprehensive guide available in the world of raising capital.

CCA is a ten-year-old investment banking advisory firm serving the capital-raising needs of the entrepreneurial community. Business owners have successfully raised capital using CCA’s do-it-yourself Financial Architect System. Major universities use Hogan’s e-book in their course programs.

“This book is a complete primer that is straightforward, accurate, and practical,” wrote Raman Chadha the Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University. “It simplifies the legal and financial complexities of the funding process in direct language, and is focused on getting the entrepreneur to do what he or she does best -; take action.”

In addition to its capital-raising software, the CCA provides clients with access to accredited “angel” investors, private equity funds, hedge funds, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and many other sources of capital, around the world, that have an interest in funding start-up and early-stage companies.

The CCA software brings successful strategies used by major corporations to smaller ventures. “The company’s goal is to educate business owners; and to provide them with the legal documents and other tools necessary to develop effective deal structures, with the goal of attracting more investors,” wrote Freida J. Curry, Executive Director Center for Urban Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Bottom line, their mission matches Center for Urban Business’s mission of helping small businesses to achieve the next level of significant growth.”

To download your complimentary-abridged edition copy, visit: www.CommonwealthCapital.com and enter promotional code 1492.

A New Guide to Children’s Vaccinations

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Having children vaccinated according to a doctor-recommended schedule can help protect them from a number of serious diseases. However, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study revealed that approximately 74 percent of children are delayed in receiving one or more vaccinations during the first two years of life. Delaying a baby’s vaccines could put him or her at risk of getting a vaccine-preventable disease.

Fortunately, a new guide written by Heidi Murkoff, president and co-founder of the What to Expect Foundation, and author of the best-selling “What to Expect” pregnancy and parenting book series, could help keep parents on schedule. The guide gives parents useful information about their child’s vaccinations, including information about which vaccines experts recommend and what parents can do to help protect their kids from vaccine-preventable diseases. It also includes a vaccine chart and planner to help parents and pediatricians work together to help keep track of the shots that children receive.

This new publication, “The What to Expect Guide to Immunizations: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Vaccinations,” is now available free to parents and parents-to-be online at www.whattoexpect.org and in select pediatricians’ offices. Here’s a look at some useful information you’ll find in the guide.

There are things parents can do to help children feel less pain with every prick.

– Hold your baby when they receive a shot -; studies show this helps babies cry less.

– Breastfeeding before or during the shot may lessen the pain babies feel.

– A little dab of sugar water on your baby’s pacifier or tongue, given right before the shot, can minimize the ouch factor.

– Ask your doctor about pretreating the area with a prescription anesthetic cream before the shot.

The guide also suggests that parents ask their pediatrician about combination vaccines, single shots that include vaccines against two or more diseases. Today, more and more new combination vaccines are available. Children can receive one or more of these to reduce the number of shots needed. With combination vaccines, it may be easier to ensure your child gets all the vaccinations they need without delays, making it more likely that the vaccination schedule will be finished on time.

“There’s great news when it comes to the number of shots your child will be getting,” explains Murkoff. “The combo vaccines that combine immunizations against two or more diseases at the same time -; in one shot -; are becoming more common. They’re just as safe and effective as individual shots. Which means your child will get fewer shots -; with the same protection. How’s that for win-win?”

This new guide explains everything that parents need to know about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that are recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. GlaxoSmithKline provided funding and other support to The What to Expect Foundation for the development of “The What to Expect Guide to Immunizations: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Vaccinations.”

For more information, visit www.whattoexpect.org or talk with your pediatrician.

Prevention is the Best Cure for Heart Disease

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In America, heart disease kills someone every 35 seconds, making it the nation’s leading cause of death. And while medical technologies like advanced testing methods, surgeries, pacemakers and transplants do help save lives, the best “cure” for heart disease lies in its prevention.

Cardiologists can detect the earliest signs of heart disease, like high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Cardiologists can help patients change their lives before full-blown heart disease develops, but many people don’t seek treatment until they suffer permanent damage.

When should patients see cardiologists? Risk factors for heart disease include poor diet, diabetes, inactivity, stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and heredity. People with any of these risk factors should speak to a cardiologist, because early treatment can prevent future problems. Patients experiencing cardiovascular symptoms, like dizziness, strange pains in areas adjacent to the chest, chest pain or shortness of breath should dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Smoking, a high-risk behavior, makes patients two to four times more likely to develop heart disease. Other contributors, like physical inactivity and obesity, can be addressed through lifestyle and diet changes, while high blood pressure can be treated by your doctor.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), a nonprofit organization that advocates for quality cardiovascular care, tells people to practice prevention every day.

To help heart patients, the ACC created an innovative Web site, www.CardioSmart.org. The site doesn’t just offer advice for Americans struggling with heart disease, but also teaches patients to evaluate their risk and preserve or improve their heart health.

Users can speak with cardiologists via an interactive forum, connect with heart disease patients and see the latest research regarding specific conditions.

The ACC has also recently published a book, Slay the Giant, that explains how to prevent heart disease in an engaging, easy-to-read manner. “CardioSmart and Slay the Giant offer explanations for just about everything needed to understand heart health and heart disease,” says Dr. Alfred A. Bove, M.D., F.A.C.C., the President-Elect for the ACC, “With a strong emphasis on prevention of coronary disease and poignant directives on how to reduce heart disease risk, these are priceless tools for everyone who wants to avoid the ravages of coronary disease.”

To learn more about heart disease prevention or the book “Slay the Giant,” go to www.CardioSmart.org.

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In 2008, from Nov. 17 to 23, millions of young people will attend events and network online – all to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

What will connect business-minded youth from over 70 countries? Global Entrepreneurship Week, the first worldwide event of its kind, was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark Foundation to inspire and connect people. Governments, businesses, non-profits, schools, teachers and thousands of other organizations will participate.

For example, Commonwealth Capital Advisors, an American investment banking advisory services firm serving entrepreneurs worldwide, will give away 1 million eBooks telling aspiring entrepreneurs how to raise enough capital to start a business. Chile will hold a 10k race. The Netherlands will launch the week from the floor of Euronext, a pan-European stock exchange.

“We need engaged citizens who understand the value of rewarding innovation – from lowering the cost of doing business, to pursuing national policies that accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies in energy, health and other fields,” said Dr. Susan Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

However, the week won’t just instruct future entrepreneurs in markets ranging from fashion to engineering. Many events hope to facilitate discussion about poverty, climate change and sustainability – issues that effect the business world. Organizations hope to tap the next generation’s enterprising and idealistic spirit to solve issues, like creating sustainable economic growth worldwide.

The week will help young people from Ecuador to Afghanistan to the U.S. exchange ideas and network. In an increasingly globalized world, open and international communication seems vital to solving today’s – and tomorrow’s – issues.

As British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “By unleashing the creativity and ideas of young people all over the world, we can create the successful products and businesses of tomorrow.

If you would like to view Commonwealth Capital’s eBook, visit www.CommonwealthCapital.com and use the promotional code 1492. For more more information about the 2008 Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit http://unleashingideas.org.