Cosmetology Offers Domestic Violence Victims New Path

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many women who suffer from domestic violence feel powerless to remove themselves from abusive relationships because they are financially dependent on their abuser. This leads many to stay in an unhealthy or even dangerous environment.

Empire Beauty Schools, one of the nation’s largest systems of cosmetology schools, has created an educational assistance program to help these women. The Empire Gives Back Endowment Program allots money for clients of domestic violence relief organizations across the country. The endowment will provide up to $3,000 towards attending any Empire Education Group beauty school. The goal of the fund is to help abuse victims afford a cosmetology education, which can mean a path to financial independence.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of cosmetology is projected to grow 20 percent between 2008 and 2018. And aside from its healthy job outlook, cosmetology has proven to be an answer for mothers who need a flexible job schedule that will allow for their childcare needs.

“Domestic violence affects one out of every four women, and that includes our clients and even our Empire family,” says Franklin K. Schoeneman, CEO and Chairman of Empire Education Group. “Thanks to our endowment program, students have come to us from many of the women’s shelters we support around the country, and we have witnessed first-hand how the opportunity for a cosmetology career can change a life.”

Empire is not the only organization to embrace the concept that cosmetology can be a solution for women who desperately need a lifeline. Beyoncé Knowles just opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House, a drug and alcohol addiction-recovery center in New York. Knowles, whose mother once ran her own salon, said that she felt like the program needed something that was geared towards women.

Career assistance is only one way the salon industry helps in the fight against domestic violence. Hairstylists often share intimate client relationships, allowing them to notice signs of abuse that others may miss. Women usually see their hairdressers regularly, building trust over time, and sometimes feel more comfortable confiding in their hairdresser than family members or friends. Empire educates students on how to inform abused clients about where to get help.

“We’ve worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Office on Violence Against Women to launch our Empire Gives Back awareness and fundraising program, and we are hopeful that our new endowment program will be a path to a new career and, hopefully, a new life for women in need,” said Schoeneman.

To learn more, visit www.empiregivesback.com.

Expanded Health Insurance Options Increase Choices for Cancer Care

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – UnitedHealthcare and Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) announced a new multi-year agreement that will expand health care options and accessibility for many cancer patients at all four hospitals in the CTCA network.

The new agreement, effective July 1, 2009, provides UnitedHealthcare Options PPO customers access to more than 330 physicians across all four CTCA-affiliated cancer treatment hospitals. CTCA serves patients with complex cancer at hospitals located in Philadelphia and Tulsa and suburban Chicago and Phoenix.

“This is a welcome choice for cancer patients,” said Kimberly Perrin of Washington, D.C., a UnitedHealthcare plan participant who is being treated at CTCA. “Cancer patients need increased access to quality cancer care and more options when it comes to choosing a hospital that is right for each of us.”

UnitedHealthcare Options PPO customers can call the number on the back of their UnitedHealthcare member identification card to verify they have access to the CTCA hospitals. Cancer patients may also call 888-353-7687 to speak with a CTCA oncology information specialist for access verification.

“This is very good news for consumers across the nation,” said Tom Wiffler, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Illinois. “The addition of CTCA to UnitedHealthcare’s broad national network gives our customers increased choice, and access to affordable, quality health care.”

The agreement is consistent with UnitedHealthcare’s longstanding commitment to promote evidence-based decision-making and aims to benefit employers and employees alike by promoting consistent, high-quality care.

“Our new agreement with UnitedHealthcare will enable more patients to access our fully integrated, individualized model of cancer care,” said Steve Bonner, president and CEO of CTCA. “At CTCA, we strive to empower patients as advocates and decision-makers. Giving patients and their families more cancer care options extends that commitment to patient empowerment.”

“Cancer patients deserve choice, access and quality when it comes to medical decisions; among the most important decisions they’ll make in their lives,” said Dr. Edgar D. Staren, senior vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer at CTCA.

For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, visit www.cancercenter.com.

Put Your Lucky Dog on NASCAR’s Raceway

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Avid NASCAR fans should be familiar with the racing term “lucky dog.” During a race, the Lucky Dog Rule allows the driver of the next lapped car behind the leader to gain back a lap during a caution — a time when drivers are forced to reduce speeds due to trouble on the track. But a new contest takes the term “lucky dog” a bit more literally.

NASCAR fans and pet lovers will find much to love in “The Luckiest Dog of NASCAR” Contest, which could put one lucky winner’s pooch on Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Pedigree Toyota Camry during the Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix on Nov. 15. The winning dog’s owners will receive a three-day, two-night trip to the race.

And what does it take to win? Creativity and a dog unafraid to dress-up. During the entry period, which runs through Sept. 12, 2009, dog-loving NASCAR fans can log onto NASCAR.com/pedigreeluckiestdog to either upload a race-themed photo of their dog, or to vote on the other photos. Each voter is automatically eligible to instantly win one of 200 available $25 Pedigree gift cards. There’s no limit to how many times a person may vote.

Every week, the popular vote on NASCAR.com will determine a finalist. After voters choose 20 weekly finalists, a panel of judges will select one grand prize winner on or about Oct. 1, 2009. The judging process will be based on creativity, originality and adherence to the NASCAR theme.

“We’re excited to give one pet owner the chance to publicly profess the love they have for their dog,” said John Anton, Marketing Director of the Pedigree Brand. “At Pedigree, everything we do is for the love of dogs, and this contest is really about giving people a platform to celebrate the bond between them and their best friend.”

How to Sell a Home in a Depressed Market

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Mark had a $7,000 dollar-a-month problem -; a mortgage on a home he couldn’t sell.

Mark, a real estate professional, built the $1.25 million dollar property in an upscale Phoenix, Ariz. neighborhood, then watched it sit for over a year. With mortgage payments eating into his potential profits, Mark dropped his price several times. Buyers weren’t interested.

“If you told me then what I know today, I would have shot you,” Mark said jokingly. What didn’t Mark know? That the housing market would crash.

In today’s depressed housing market, profits prove unrealistic. Homeowners with sitting properties need to sell quickly.

Mark, accustomed to selling homes himself, turned to the Fast Action Homes Sales System to learn how to sell his property. Signs, printed ads and a custom-built Web site led to a weekend bidding war.

With a grueling year and a half on the market behind him, Mark sold his property in only three weeks following use of the new system. In selling for market value, Mark escaped the holding costs that threatened to ruin his personal finances. Figuratively, he lost two fingers in his real estate deal -; but he saved his hand.

In a down market, people who are set on a high asking price will see holding costs drain money from their wallets. The market cannot absorb the number of homes needing sale. Experts predict that the housing market will only worsen. Waiting for an upturn will leave sellers bankrupt.

On the same weekend that Mark sold his property, two other Phoenix residents also used the Fast Action Homes Sales System.

Judy, an interior designer, used the Fast Action System to attract over 100 visitors to an open house. She received nine offers.

John, an appraiser, rented his house to the wrong people -; his former tenants caused $30,000 in damages. To pay for repairs, John put himself in credit card debt. He needed to sell the house just to cover his bills. The Fast Action Home Sales System led several buyers to offer market value for John’s house. John could not profit from the sale, but he could cover his losses.

Today’s market leaves property owners with two options. They can either rent out their properties until the market improves, or they can escape the worst by selling their homes now.

To access a quick-start guide to the Fast Action Home Sales System, either visit www.RealEstateKit.com or call 1-800-669-1038.