Biggest Loser finalist Joe Ostaszewski to bike across America inspiring national fight against obesity Jul 30, 2014 11:13AM

CHEVY CHASE, Md., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joe Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist and former Florida State University defensive lineman, says the Biggest Loser show saved his life. Now, he's "riding it forward" in a 2,900-mile bike ride across the country to inspire others and help save American youth from the dangers of childhood obesity.

Ostaszewski is partnering with National 4-H Council to engage 4-H, the nation's largest youth development organization with programs in every county and parish in the country, in the effort to mobilize and motivate American youth through "Riding it Forward." His ride will begin on July 31 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. and conclude on September 26 at the Biggest Loser Ranch in Calabasas, Calif., making 42 stops in nine states along the way. Marucci Sports, which strives to provide every child the chance to be a big leaguer in everything they do, is also joining the effort as a national sponsor.

Ostaszewski was a finalist and fan favorite on Season 14 of Biggest Loser, where he lost a staggering 147 lbs. Following the show, Ostaszewski made it his mission to not only live healthier himself, but also to help youth and their families make healthy decisions.

"Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that is threatening the lives of millions of Americans, and I am living proof that there is a cure," said Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist and co-founder, Wear Your Soul Project. "The focus of my Wear Your Soul Project is equipping today's youth to live healthy, active lifestyles, which aligns perfectly with the mission of 4-H to empower young people to tackle urgent issues and Marucci Sports' commitment to engaging youth in physical activity."

"More than 3.2 million youth participate in 4-H Healthy Living programs each year. Not only are they improving their own habits and behaviors, but they are also leading efforts to empower their peers, families and communities." said Jennifer Sirangelo, president & CEO, National 4-H Council. "We are thrilled to include 4-H'ers in this 'Riding it Forward' initiative with Joe to provide more avenues for engaging young people as change agents for healthy living."

Public Invited to "Join Joe"Along the "Riding it Forward" journey, Ostaszewski will engage with local 4-H healthy living activities including healthy cooking competitions, nutrition quiz bowls, youth yoga and instructional seminars. At each stop, youth will be invited to make a pledge to healthy living and sign their name on the "Riding it Forward" RV that will travel with Joe across the nation.

Youth who can't join one of the tour stops will also be able to pledge to run, walk, bike or exercise a certain number of miles and secure donations for each mile they complete. All proceeds will go to support Wear Your Soul Project and National 4-H Council's mission to empower youth across the nation to live healthier lives. For more information, please visit www.ridingitforward.com.

"Marucci Sports looks forward to supporting all of the Riding it Forward events and being a positive catalyst for change in any way we can," said Kurt Ainsworth, founder and CEO, Marucci Sports. "Life is a journey and it is our responsibility to give kids the tools necessary to succeed on that journey."

About "Riding it Forward""Riding it Forward" will kick-off on July 31 at National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. Ostaszewski will speak to a crowd of more than one hundred youth on the need to eat healthy, exercise regularly and make the right choices. He will be joined on-stage by Biggest Loser Youth Ambassador Noah Gray, a.k.a. Biingo, from Biggest Loser season 14, who, alongside the senior leadership team of National 4-H Council, will send Ostaszewski off on his journey.

National 4-H Council will support marquee events with local 4-H Clubs at the following locations along the tour:

  • Chevy Chase, Md. (July 31)
  • Nashville, Tenn. (August 12)
  • Little Rock, Ark. (August 19)
  • Oklahoma City, Okla. (August 26)
  • Amarillo, Texas (September 4)
  • Flagstaff, Ariz. (September 17)
  • Los Angeles, Calif. (September 25)
  • Calabasas, Calif. (September 26)

To follow Ostaszewski on his journey, or to learn more about "Riding it Forward," please visit www.ridingitforward.com.

About 4-H4-H, the nation's largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org.

About Wear Your SoulWear Your Soul is a non-profit corporation formed by Joe and Henry Ostaszewski. The identical twin brothers are dedicated to improving the health of our nation's children by tacking obesity, an epidemic plaguing our country. Wear Your Soul Experiences encourage non-competitive sports that help children fighting obesity improve their physical, mental and emotional health. For more information about the organization, visit their website at www.wearyoursoul.org.

About Marucci SportsBased in Baton Rouge, La., Marucci was founded by two former Major Leaguers and their athletic trainer who began handcrafting bats from their garage. Fast forward 10 years, and that dedication to quality and understanding of players' needs has turned the company into an All-American success story with Marucci being the number one bat in the Big Leagues. Today, Marucci makes wood and aluminum bats, batting gloves, bags, protective gear, and other baseball accessories. Star players like Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, and Andrew McCutchen invest their hard-earned money and time to advise Marucci on product design and test its products.

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CastleOak Securities Ranked #1 by Black Enterprise as Top Minority-Owned Investment Bank in Taxable Securities Jul 30, 2014 11:11AM

NEW YORK, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CastleOak Securities, L.P., a leading New York-based boutique investment banking firm, was ranked by Black Enterprise magazine as the nation's top minority-owned investment bank in taxable securities and a top minority owned business in the U.S. in its June 2014 edition.  This is the fifth consecutive year that CastleOak was recognized by Black Enterprise as being among the top African-American owned firms in the financial services industry.   

"We are deeply honored to be recognized by Black Enterprise as the country's leading minority owned investment bank in taxable securities," said David R. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of CastleOak Securities.  "We strive to deliver the highest standard and quality of service to our customers, and this recognition is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated employees.  We are grateful to be recognized for our principles and practices, and thankful to both our employees and our clients."

Black Enterprise magazine is a premier business news and investment resource focusing on African-American owned businesses. Annually, Black Enterprise ranks the nation's largest African-American owned businesses, and the June 2014 issue marks the 42nd edition of its "Top 100" report.

About CastleOak SecuritiesCastleOak Securities L.P. is a boutique investment bank focused on the capital markets and serving a broad array of corporate, governmental and institutional investor clients.  Headquartered in New York City, and with five regional offices, CastleOak specializes in primary and secondary sales and trading of fixed income, equity, municipal and money market securities.  For more information, visit www.castleoaklp.com.

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Online Defamation and How to Respond on the Right Side of the Law: Tips and Suggestions for 2014 Jul 30, 2014 11:10AM

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

In the world of online reputation management, it is imperative to create and maintain a layer of defense from outside attacks. While the internet is a valuable tool to spread information and shape opinions, it can also be abused when people have anonymous access with the intention to commit a crime or engage in any other harmful activity.

For as long as the internet has existed, the possibility of wrongdoing has also been present. Although the methods have changed and advanced over the years, their purposes have remained the same. Online defamation in particular is a serious offense. It can damage reputations, result in a loss of revenue, and cause a great deal of stress from a lack of control over personal names and brands.

When people and businesses are victims of such activities, an internet law attorney is extremely useful. Mark Ishman, a leading attorney who focuses his practices with cases of online defamation and other cybercrimes, believes that the law can assist defamation victims in getting the right kind of help for such violations including the process of repairing the damage that has occurred.

   •  It is important to remember that when defamed online, clients should obtain as much information as possible. This would include printing the false, deceptive and misleading statements and that includes the website's url, the date of the postings and the user name that authored the posting.
   •  This evidence will helpful in building a case with sufficient data so that it can be handled efficiently. Moreover, laws regarding defamation online are being created and modified as more cases are initiated and need to be addressed according to the advancements of technology and current trends. What many victims do not know is that the law can assist in identifying somebody who is posting online anonymously.
   •  To trace the anonymous poster, they will need to obtain his user name and IP Address that links this user to a specific device. Therefore, the days of being anonymous online are becoming an aspect of the past.
   •  Internet crime attorney Mark Ishman believes that clients do not deserve to be the victims of those who wish to cause harm through anonymity. As time passes, people who commit online defamation are becoming more aware of the efforts to prosecute those who commit such activities. In other words, spreading slander online with the intent to hurt a person or business can have serious consequences.

Phoenix online reputation expert and Reputation Maxx founder and CEO Walter Halicki said, "When somebody attacks a brand online through defamation, it's in the interest of that brand to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

Online defamation attorney Mark Ishman is available to assist those businesses and individuals who have damaged reputations due to defamation of character online. For more information on how the law can assist in defending a reputation, please visit http://ishmanlaw.com Moreover, Reputation Maxx believes in establishing protection for clients and being aware of any attacks as soon as possible to respond effectively. For more information on how to be proactive in defending a reputation, please visit http://reputationmaxx.com

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Pizza Patron Sets Summer on Fire With $3.99 Pizza Deal Jul 30, 2014 11:09AM

DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/14 -- A large pepperoni pizza will soon cost less than a fast food burger or sub sandwich. Starting Monday, Pizza Patrn, the nation's leading Mexican pizza chain, will roll out $3.99 large pepperoni pizzas every Monday thru Wednesday for a limited time.

Company officials say the lower-than-low price is designed to grab attention and drive new traffic to the stores during the particularly challenging summer season in the pizza business.

The Pizza Patrn promo is available to customers every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for 9 weeks from August 4th thru October 1st. It's good only on carry out pizzas, with no limit on purchases. All Pizza Patrn locations in the U.S. will offer the promo. A large, one-topping pizza from Pizza Patrn typically costs around $6.

"We believe this is the strongest offer of the year in the pizza industry," says Andrew Gamm, brand director for Pizza Patrn. "In this economy, we have seen that customers don't mind picking up the pizzas when they are getting such great value in return."

The promotion received very strong customer response during market testing and the company hopes to see similar numbers for the rollout. "A price-based promotion like this gives people a reason to try the brand out with very little risk," says Gamm. "And, because the deal is less than five bucks, we know that it will show up on customers' deal radar."

Pizza Patrn hopes guests will purchase multiple pizzas plus sides and beverages. "That's when $3.99 becomes $10 or $12, and the restaurant owners win," says Gamm.

Gamm also stated that as part of its new efforts to grow the brand, Pizza Patrn Inc. will entertain licensing agreements with companies who have access to special outlets like national grocery chains, major food services corporations, airport locations, college and university campuses and hospitals.

About Pizza Patrn Since 1986, Pizza Patrn has been committed to making its promise of "Ms Pizza. Menos Dinero." a reality for every customer. From the beginning, the brand has been recognized for its 'fresh-dough' pizza, its low prices and its trademark "friendly, bicultural service." In 2007, the company drew international media attention with its PIZZA POR PESOS program when it began accepting Mexican Pesos at all of its restaurants. In 2012, the company's PIZZA POR FAVOR" promotion that gave free pizzas to anyone who ordered in Spanish sparked international news coverage and lively debate throughout the U.S. Today, Pizza Patrn is the leading Mexican pizza brand in the U.S. and remains dedicated to bringing its unique experience to life with every pizza made, and in every community it serves.

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Tenet Appoints Garry L. Gause as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Region Jul 30, 2014 11:09AM

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) named Garry L. Gause as chief executive officer of its Southern Region. In this role, Gause will lead the overall direction, strategy and operations for the region’s 10 geographically dispersed acute care hospitals, one critical access hospital, 34 outpatient centers and related healthcare services.

“Garry is an accomplished healthcare executive who has demonstrated expertise and success in hospital and multi-facility operations management,” said Britt T. Reynolds, president of hospital operations at Tenet. “I am confident Garry will effectively lead the Southern Region in providing high quality care to the communities we serve.”

Gause has been with Tenet for 16 years and most recently served as the chief executive officer of the Birmingham Market and as chief executive officer of Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to joining Tenet, Gause served as chief executive officer at hospitals in Birmingham, Decatur and Cullman, Ala., as well as in Olympia, Wash.

Tenet’s Southern Region includes hospitals and other operations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. These include Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga.; Brookwood Medical Center; Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C.; Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, S.C.; East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.; Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head, S.C.; North Fulton Medical Center in Roswell, Ga.; Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C.; Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, Ga.; and Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson, Ga.

Gause's appointment is effective immediately. A national search, internally and externally, has been initiated for successors to Gause for CEO of the Birmingham Market and for CEO of Brookwood Medical Center.

[Editor’s Note: For a high-resolution photograph of Garry Gause, please contact Tenet Corporate Communications at mediarelations@tenethealth.com.]

About Tenet

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading healthcare services company, through its subsidiaries operates 79 hospitals, 193 outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for healthcare providers serving more than 700 hospital and other clients nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related healthcare facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” – that is, statements that relate to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as “expect,” “assume,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” or “will.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. Particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the factors disclosed under “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, periodic reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information contained in this release is as of the date hereof. The company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments.

Tenet uses its company website to provide important information to investors about the company including the posting of important announcements regarding financial performance and corporate developments.

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