The USA Today News » Featured News http://theusatodaynews.com Latest News and opinions from USA Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:42:58 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 New possibilities for development business http://theusatodaynews.com/new-possibilities-for-development-business/89195/ http://theusatodaynews.com/new-possibilities-for-development-business/89195/#comments Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:40:05 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=195 Marketing consulting site trend-strategy.com presents in July new product strategy and brand strategy reports for 2011. These reports for 2011 are packed with new products and new brand examples, plus associated ideas, technologies and advertising, essential to guide your product and brand positioning.

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Skiing in Yllas Lapland http://theusatodaynews.com/skiing-in-yllas-lapland/89185/ http://theusatodaynews.com/skiing-in-yllas-lapland/89185/#comments Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:39:04 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=185 Aug 28, 2010 – Yllas ski centre is the largest in Finland when it comes to the number of hills, total length of slope and altitude of hills. The Gondola lift makes climbing to the top of Yllas fell comfortable and the Gondola lift can also be used in the summer months to travel to the top of the fell. The longest slope in Finland is Jattipitka, and is three kilometres long. The hill is 463 meters from the hill to the ground level and is known for giving a thrill.

There are 24 semi difficult slopes and 6 difficult slopes for those that love the thrill of speed, the length of the slopes mean you can literally blast down at top speed and why not take on the world cup slope which is the only FIS approved super G slope in Finland.

The polar nights are of no hindrance to skiers because a total of 29 slopes in Yllas are illuminated so you can enjoy the twists and turns of the slopes and the blue moments that descends onto the fells. Whilst in Yllas you really need to get to know all of the 62 slopes to really appreciate what they have to offer. The lifts in Yllas range from the Gondola lift, chair lifts, tow lifts and carpet lifts.
On the Akaslompolo side of the fell you have the new fun park which offers challenges for skiers of all abilities and the park area includes a junior park for children and beginners. Yllas ski centre also caters for all abilities and lessons are run daily for the beginner and intermediate skiers, there is also family schools where you can have lessons together which is good for the little ones.

There is also the opportunity to try different things whilst in Yllas and there is every opportunity to try telemark skiing and snowboarding which are both within your easy grasp in Yllas. The quality of the instructors is second to none with all instructors highly qualified. The ski shop attached to the ski centre will also advise on the best equipment to hire and will help you find everything you will need including for the children. When you ski for the first time, it is paramount that you have the right equipment and feel comfortable and remember the instructors and the ski staff have been doing their job for a long time and know what they are talking about.

The Taiga centre in Yllas sport resort has everything you could need from ski rental and maintenance, sports store, service desk, ticket sales and some fantastic restaurants. Even if you don’t intend skiing the ski centre and fells are well worth a visit anyway.

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Current Affairs: First Lady walks into public relations nightmare http://theusatodaynews.com/current-affairs-first-lady-walks-into-public-relations-nightmare/89173/ http://theusatodaynews.com/current-affairs-first-lady-walks-into-public-relations-nightmare/89173/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:38:51 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=173 First Lady Michelle Obama took a lavish four day trip to Spain breaking the principles of frugality promoted by the President back home. Meanwhile the withdrawal of the State Departments warning for African Americans travelling to Spain to be aware of racial prejudice by the police sparks further
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The five star holiday resort in the Costa Del Sol region of Spain where Michelle Obama, her daughter, and friends have been staying is certainly out of the price range of many Americans. Creating a potential distance between the First Lady and those the President seeks to represent, just when the midterm votes are looming.

The rescinding of the Travel warning for African Americans at the same time as her departure is also ill timed.

Philip Cowley, State Department spokesman said the advisory came from and incident some 18 month ago which “ Upon review, we thought it was no longer current and we reviewed it.”

The incident occurred when two members of a government department were stopped for no reason in Spain and one was held and was later released with injuries he obtained whilst incarcerated.

Spain’s recent history; emerging from a Dictatorship in 1975 ( after the death of General Franco),
which was characterized by large scale emigration to Europe and South America, indicates it has little experience of the issues . Now with rising unemployment it is telling that it is the immigrant population that has borne the brunt of the layoffs. Estaba Ibarra Spokesman for the Movement Against Intolerance states

“We have many racists in Spain as anywhere else In Europe”

Certainly the First Ladys’ visit has been seen by the majority of Spanish as a resounding success. Tourist Officials even going so far as to say her visit has rekindled Marbella, putting it back on the premier tourist location map.

The question is has the First Lady with her Poise, American flair and European designer clothing done enough to be an ambassador and role model for those needing some racial education and has the price paid been too high back home.

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MyLondonInfo Now Listing Upwards of 1,000 Restaurants http://theusatodaynews.com/mylondoninfo-1000-restaurants/89134/ http://theusatodaynews.com/mylondoninfo-1000-restaurants/89134/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:30:43 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=134 SURREY, ENGLAND, August 26, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — MyLondonInfo has announced it now boasts a list of more than 1,000 restaurants in the Central London region. Having partnered with livebookings.com, the MyLondonInfo website now offers an online booking functionality for the majority of these restaurants. Not only will users be able to book their preferred time and venue but they will also be able to take advantage of special offers and deals made available by the restaurants.

Now in its second year, MyLondonInfo is keen to offer its listed restaurants the opportunity to interact electronically with their customers. In order to promote this, restaurant customers are encouraged to leave reviews, both good and bad. These reviews are published on the individual London restaurants page as well as on a scroll bar on the Mylondoninfo homepage. Users are also encouraged to contact the restaurants directly through the website interface. All reviews are then published and enquiries are followed up by the Mylondoninfo team to ensure everybody is happy.

The majority of the restaurant listings are focused on the West End including Piccadilly Restaurants and Soho Restaurants. Both of these areas are ideal for a pre-theatre London meal. Many of the restaurants offer very generous deals to those who will vacate their tables by 19:30. Over time the plan is for the team to keep expanding the area covered whilst all the time keeping the quality of the reviews first class.

Colin Iffland, Director of MyLondonInfo, said: “We have gone to a great amount of effort ensuring our reviews are balanced and fair. We have endeavored to provide more than the normal single paragraph lifted from a Restaurants website and whilst more expensive and time consuming we have provided comprehensive information on the establishment. Our listings include photos, virtual tours, a booking engine and detailed contact information. We hope this extra level of care and attention will contribute to an enjoyable dining experience for all.”

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Walk, Golf and Gala Keep the Chris Elliott Fund Moving Forward as They Fund a Cure for Brain Cancer http://theusatodaynews.com/sport/89128/ http://theusatodaynews.com/sport/89128/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:26:50 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=128 SEATTLE, WA, August 25, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — The 3rd Annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk was a stellar one this year, as over 2000 people participated and gave their time to help fund a cure for brain cancer. One of those teams truly made a difference as they raised over $36,000 dollars in hopes of funding their Chris Elliott Fund Integrative Patient Support Program at the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Center in Seattle. As an official Walk Partner who put in countless hours behind the scenes to ensure the success of this event, the Chris Elliott Fund, better known at the Walk as Team CEF, won second in overall fundraising efforts this year as they paid for nearly half of their annual program costs as their funds went directly to The Ivy Center. They will donate over $300,000 dollars over the next five years and this donation will go directly to the Chris Elliott Integrative Patient Support Program at The Ivy Center. Jean Smart, (3 time Emmy Award winning actress) joined Team CEF after losing her sister to brain cancer last January. Jean spoke on stage, and let everyone know that “this disease must come out of the shadows and into the light, and more money is needed for research. We simply can’t do it alone.”

The Walk closed that afternoon on June 26, 2010, and exactly one month later, the Chris Elliott Fund (CEF) kicked off their 9th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in which 18 plus celebrities and athletes came together to help raise funds for brain cancer research. Tom Parks (Comedy Central) hosted the $10,000 dollar putting contest while other celebs such as Stephanie Zimbalist (Remmington Steele) and past head coach Don James (Huskies Hall of Fame) gave it their all as they golfed all 18 holes and came back for the BBQ and award ceremony. Several teams were so moved by the overall event– one in particular came on stage during the award ceremony, and gave a $7,500.00 dollar donation on behalf of their friend Art Saunders, who also golfed that day, and is currently undergoing brain cancer treatment. “The turnout was amazing this year, and we couldn’t have raised over $20,000 dollars for brain cancer research without the help of everyone who showed up today and gave their all to ensure we had something to give back and uphold our mission: to end brain cancer through education, awareness, advocacy and research.” (Dellann Elliott, President & CEO, Chris Elliott Fund)

During an economic downturn, CEF is on a mission to end brain cancer, and thus far they are two for two, and have raised over $50,000 dollars towards brain cancer research. This is an incredible feat considering this local non-profit relies solely on volunteers to get the job done. CEF is now gearing up for their 9th Annual Gray Ribbon Gala & Benefit Auction, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Grand Ballroom on September 25, 2010. This is CEF’s marquee event in which they hope to raise over $100,000 dollars to support the Chris Elliott Fund Integrative Patient Support Program, and to fund the Christopher S. Elliott Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Local celebrities John Curley and Jim Dever of Evening Magazine will be the host auctioneers of the evening, and once again Jean Smart will attend and offer up her fur coat for auction as she helps CEF reach their 100,000 dollar goal. The evening should be a memorable one as CEF shows video highlights of why we need to build awareness for this disease, as we are all convinced that the statistics of diagnosis for brain cancer are certainly much higher than the research stats tout that are currently available online. Kathy Goertzen , Katie Barrows, and John Barrows (brain cancer survivor) of Microsoft will all be featured in this touching video about fear, hope, awareness and change. Brain cancer patients and their caregivers come together to speak about this disease, about advanced brain tumor treatment, genetic testing of the live tumor prior to surgery, and what is needed to overcome the obstacles and survive.

The Chris Elliott Fund has had a stellar year, and it’s not over yet, as they continue to fund cutting edge research, and continue to fight the battle for everyone inflicted with this disease. At the end of the day, CEF can look back and give over $150,000 dollars towards their programs, brain cancer research, and to help patients and others move forward and get the treatment they deserve. Not bad for a local non-profit, who has no employees on their roster, but gets by with passion, perseverance and volunteers who make it happen day in and day out. It just goes to show you, that even one person can make a difference in the fight against brain cancer, and in this case Dellann Elliott, President & CEO of the Chris Elliott Fund, has truly shown that one person can truly make a big difference.
To sign up for the 9th annual Gray Ribbon Gala & Benefit Auction, please go to www.chriselliottfund.org and under the events tab click on Gala and look for the register now button. It’s up to all of us to end brain cancer.

About the Chris Elliott Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research

The Chris Elliott Fund for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research (CEF) is a non-profit organization that raises funds specifically aimed at ending brain cancer through education, awareness, advocacy and research. CEF has raised more than $1 million for brain cancer research across the country and provides countless resources, information and support to people living with the disease. CEF funds groundbreaking research in the Christopher S. Elliott Neuro-oncology Lab for Glioblastoma Brain Research and Applied Science Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The organization has developed and is currently funding the Chris Elliott Fund Integrative Patient Support Program at the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment in Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute. CEF’s Patient Outreach and Advocacy Committee provides education and awareness for patients and physicians nationwide.

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Brain cancer is the most malignant form of cancer known to humankind with an average survival rate of two years. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20. Each year, 8 of every 100,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with primary malignant brain tumors. Approximately 20,000 Americans die each year from this disease. Unlike some other cancers brain tumors do not discriminate against gender, ethnicity, age, overall fitness, or socioeconomic status. Over five hundred terminal cases of brain cancer will be diagnosed in the Seattle-Metro area alone this year.

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Lord of the Rings Slot Game Already Creating a Stir in the Online Casino Community http://theusatodaynews.com/lordoftherings-slot-gam/89125/ http://theusatodaynews.com/lordoftherings-slot-gam/89125/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:22:53 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=125 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, August 26, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Lord of the Rings Slot game has started to create quite a stir and buzz already, this even before its official release on 2nd September at Microgaming-powered casinos.

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On Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Stone Pigman Takes Stock of Its Work Contributing to New Orleans Recovery/Rebuilding http://theusatodaynews.com/finance/89122/ http://theusatodaynews.com/finance/89122/#comments Sun, 22 Aug 2010 08:18:04 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=122 Law firm’s latest initiative supports New Orleans College Prep Charter School with new uniforms and other improvements; long list of transactions and pro bono work helping city regain its footing; key projects in hospitality, economic development, housing, sports, culture, infrastructure and public works

“We know what it means, to miss New Orleans” – Louis Armstrong, by way of Louis Alter & Eddie Delange
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ — In the days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Crescent City, longtime New Orleans law firm Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. took out ads in regional and national media invoking the song made famous by Louis Armstrong.
Of course, the firm wasn’t simply being poetic. That’s because like most local businesses, Stone Pigman had to relocate after the floods, placing many of its attorneys at a satellite office in Baton Rouge.
But almost immediately after the waters began to recede, Stone Pigman was back in New Orleans, participating in major civic and commercial projects that put it in the center of rebuilding efforts across the city. From the refurbishing of historic City Park to the rehabilitation of the iconic Saenger and Mahalia Jackson theaters, along with important transactions involving the New Orleans Saints and the Windsor Court and Royal Orleans Hotels, Stone Pigman has been active in advancing the city’s dramatic recovery.
Those efforts are continuing even as New Orleans readies to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina’s fateful strike on August 29. In its latest initiative, the firm is renewing support for New Orleans College Prep, a public charter school opened in 2007 to provide Orleans Parish students a quality public education.
The law firm is purchasing uniforms for each of the school’s newly-enrolled 200 students later this month, and subsidizing renovations of its kitchen – some 95% of College Prep’s students are on a federal lunch program. Stone Pigman attorneys previously helped paint hallways and classrooms and hosted luncheons at the firm’s offices. Since ushering in its first class of 125 sixth graders in August 2007, College Prep has launched an elementary school and eventually plans to serve students from K through 12th grade.
“In our brief history, we’ve made great strides in creating a gap-closing, performance-driven public school for low-income students of Orleans Parish, who faced some of the greatest challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” said NOCP founder and director Ben Kleban. “We extend warm thanks to Stone Pigman for the tremendous support the firm has provided, not only financially but in volunteering talent and resources in improving our facility and furthering our mission. We congratulate the firm for contributing to our city’s renaissance on so many levels.”
Stone Pigman also contributed to the rebuilding of New Orleans City Park, the 1,300-acre parcel that is central to the city’s outdoor recreational life. Stone Pigman partner Paul Masinter served as park board president and head of the legal committee, where he was effectively on loan to the park and helped lead negotiations with FEMA and other government entities, along with private donors, that were vital to the park’s extensive rebuilding. And, for a public facility that had to lay off most of its staff after the hurricane, Mr. Masinter also became a welcome inspiration for other park volunteers.
“In addition to helping raise $83 million to fund renovations, Paul was in the park virtually every day, including weekend days, doing things like planting trees and even picking up garbage. You would have thought he was a member of our staff,” said Robert Becker, CEO of the park. “It was a huge boost for us to have Paul come in and help run things after Katrina. City Park, with all its amenities, plays such a vital role for residents of New Orleans and surrounding communities. We had seven million visitors last year, and the park’s revival has been key to the recovery of the neighborhoods around it.”
Stone Pigman corporate attorneys Scott Whittaker and Rikki Bagatell have represented Canal Street Development Corporation in connection with the renovations of the Mahalia Jackson and Saenger theaters.
“I cannot say enough positive things about how the firm’s attorneys have helped us,” said Cynthia Connick, executive director of the Canal Street Development Corporation, which is overseeing the theater projects. “The Saenger, and the return of Broadway and other first-rate theater to New Orleans, is especially significant because it helps drive an economic revival by sparking confidence in investing in other nearby theaters that are now closed.”
Stone Pigman represented Zelia, an entity created by the family of Saints owner Tom Benson, purchased the New Orleans Centre mixed use project. The office tower, now known as Benson Tower, is being renovated to house state offices. The former mall is being redeveloped as part of a sports and entertainment district next to the Louisiana Superdome for Saints games and other events. Post-Hurricane Katrina, the firm also represented the purchasers of two iconic New Orleans hotels – the Royal Orleans Hotel and the Windsor Court Hotel.
Stone Pigman Management Committee chair Wayne Lee, said of the firm’s ongoing post-Hurricane Katrina commitments: “From those darkest days after the deluge, when the city was basically an inaccessible flood zone, and we first mobilized to reopen our offices, we looked to be active, integral contributors to the recovery process – whether at the individual grassroots level, through our pro bono work or through our business matters helping clients jump-start economic activity, tourism, entertainment, municipal services and cultural offerings.”
Mr. Lee has played his own pivotal role in the city’s comeback. He chaired the New Orleans Community Support Foundation which sustained an ambitious recovery planning process that combined private grant funds, professional consultants and grass roots participation from the communities and displaced citizenry. The fruit of that effort, The Unified New Orleans Plan, submitted to the city in early 2007, was a key element in securing $117 million in federal funds for infrastructure restoration.
“Five years out, it’s gratifying to take stock in what we’ve been able to help accomplish in bringing New Orleans back to health,” said Mr. Lee. “It’s especially instructive in light of the setback the region has been dealt most recently with the oil disaster in the Gulf. Despite unbelievable odds bearing down on us in 2005, our city has rebounded in ways that many surely thought impossible. For those of us who have been here throughout the process, it’s hard not to have a glass half-full perspective envisioning what we can achieve over the next five years.”
Here is a recap of some of the noteworthy recovery matters the firm has handled over the past five years:
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The firm provided free office space and legal assistance to an out-of-state law firm that teamed up with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services to help low-income homeowners clear title and claim ownership to inherited property damaged by Katrina. With legal title established, homeowners could then apply for FEMA aid, recovery grants, insurance, and loans to rebuild.

Stone Pigman provided office space and legal support to lawyers from the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, which came to New Orleans to study and make recommendations on improving the region’s criminal justice infrastructure. In 2009 Stone Pigman was honored for its support to the Vera Institute at the Institute’s fourth annual benefit.

Stone Pigman litigator Phil Wittmann led the restructuring of the indigent defender board and reformed the public defender system in New Orleans after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Some of the reforms included vertical representation and leasing of new office space for staff and the public defenders, resulting in a more efficient criminal defense system for its clients.

Stone Pigman litigator Jennifer Bechet served on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Task Force on Blight, one of the working groups he convened as mayor-elect to make recommendations on the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and other urban problems. Ms. Bechet contributed to the final report issued to Mayor Landrieu this past May.

The firm supports three-year-old charter school New Orleans College Prep by purchasing uniforms for its 200 incoming students and supporting renovation of its kitchen, which must support 180 students daily on the federal lunch program.

The Pro Bono Project’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Event in December 2009 recognized Stone Pigman attorneys for their legal work on behalf of disadvantaged clients in New Orleans.

Stone Pigman attorney Carmelite Bertaut, president-elect of the New Orleans Bar Association when Katrina hit, assumed the presidency when storm damage kept the president out of town. As president de facto and then president, Ms. Bertaut worked with the Bar’s staff and directors to help get the city’s courts and law firms functioning in the aftermath of the storm. Ms. Bertaut also worked closely with the U.S. Justice Dept. to reorganize parts of the city’s criminal justice system, efforts critical to the city’s rebuilding.

Stone Pigman Management Committee chair Wayne Lee led the New Orleans Community Support Foundation as it solicited a broad base of input for The Unified New Orleans Plan, a restoration and rejuvenation plan that helped the city secure $117 million in federal funds for infrastructure repair.

Real estate partner Michael Schneider served as President of the Lakewood Property Owners Association and, along with litigator Larry Orlansky, worked on blight elimination and restoration of one of New Orleans’ flooded neighborhoods. Although every home in the neighborhood flooded, approximately 92% of the neighborhood homes are now reoccupied.

Note: Established in 1929, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. is one of New Orleans’ leading law firms, with more than 60 attorneys practicing in two principal offices, in downtown New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The firm has long been recognized for its eminence in corporate, tax, real estate and litigation work, representing clients nationally as well as throughout the Gulf South region. For more, visit www.stonepigman.com. Paul Masinter is the responsible Stone Pigman lawyer for the content of this press release.

From:
Allan Ripp 212-262-7477 arippnyc@aol.com

Elaine Seaward 504-593-0953 eseaward@stonepigman.com

SOURCE Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

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ID Experts Selected by FEMA for Data Breach Prevention and Privacy Support http://theusatodaynews.com/fema/8993/ http://theusatodaynews.com/fema/8993/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:30:45 +0000 Susanne Floe http://theusatodaynews.com/?p=93 Government Agency Expands Protection Services Post-Katrina Data Breach

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has selected ID Experts® to provide data breach prevention and privacy support and services for its entire organization. ID Experts, the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes, will provide FEMA with preventative data breach services including data breach risk analysis and forensic investigation; remediation services in the event of a data breach, including notification, customer service, and identity protection programs including credit; and identity monitoring services. Additionally, FEMA will receive privacy office staffing support and privacy training for FEMA field staff, from ID Experts in partnership with Front Rowe, Inc., a leading information management solutions company. FEMA has contracted with ID Experts for privacy services for up to five years.
ID Experts was selected by FEMA after successfully handling its data breach in early 2009 that impacted more than 18,000 Hurricane Katrina disaster applicants, whose personally identifiable information was mistakenly posted on two web sites. ID Experts provided fully-managed data breach response and identity theft protection and recovery assistance to these victims.
“FEMA is being proactive in protecting the people it serves,” said Bob Gregg, CEO of ID Experts. “We look forward to expanding our work with federal agencies to handle all the key issues surrounding the management of privacy programs.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
About ID Experts
ID Experts is the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes. The company has managed hundreds of data breach incidents, protecting millions of affected individuals, for leading healthcare organizations, corporations, financial institutions, universities and government agencies. In healthcare, the company contributes to relevant legislation and rules including HITECH and is a corporate member of HIMSS. ID Experts is active with organizations that advocate for privacy for Americans including ANSI/Identity Theft Prevention, Identity Management Standards Panel and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. For more information, visit http://www.idexpertscorp.com/.

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