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Wal-Mart plans to lay off 2,300 workers at its Sam’s Clubs, the company said Friday.

Wal-Mart plans to lay off 2,300 workers at its Sam’s Clubs, the company said Friday.

CNN news told, that’s 2% of the workforce for the wholesale club chain, which has nearly 600 locations in the United States.

A little less than half of the employees affected are assistant managers, according to Sam’s Club spokesman Bill Durling. Before the layoff, each club’s fresh section — which sells meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, produce and baked goods — had six managers. Half of those jobs have been eliminated. Instead there will be three fresh section managers, who will be paid more, Durling said. Continue reading “Wal-Mart plans to lay off 2,300 workers at its Sam’s Clubs, the company said Friday.” »

Championship Tractor Pull Roars Into the 2014 Western Farm Show in Kansas City

Championship Tractor Pull Roars Into the 2014 Western Farm Show in Kansas City

Western Farm Show – Championship Tractor Pull


Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

As one of the nation’s top indoor tractor pulls, the Championship Tractor Pull at the 2014 Western Farm Show will present truck and tractor drivers with many unique challenges compared to outdoor events, adding to fan fun and excitement at this highly popular competition.


Scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 21-22, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., the event will feature 125 drivers and vehicles from throughout the Midwest, with $ 56,000 in prize money at stake. Each night features a different show with a total of 10 competing truck and tractor classes, including Light Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Modified Tractors, Pro Stock Trucks and Tractors, and the powerful Super Stock Tractors.

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C2FO Names Industry Leaders to Advisory Board

C2FO Names Industry Leaders to Advisory Board


Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) December 30, 2013

C2FO, the world’s market for working capital, has named advisory board members to serve as key resources to the rapidly growing enterprise.

John Adams, David G. Brown, Lance T. LeMay and Jay Mandelbaum are industry leaders whose expertise will provide welcome counsel as C2FO continues to exceed milestones.

Adams is a Managing Director at XMS Capital, an investment banking advisory firm founded in 2006. He has 27 years of experience in investment banking across a number of industries in M&A, public and private financing as well as restructuring. During 1986-1999 he was with Morgan Stanley in NY, Chicago and London, where he ran the firm’s European M&A Business Development effort. From 1999-2013 he was with Lazard in Chicago where he ran the firm’s Midwest Investment Banking business, the North American Private Equity business and the Global Automotive group.

Brown is a venture capital and private equity investor. He is the Managing Partner of Oak Hill Venture Partners and a Vice President of Keystone, LP (formerly known as the Robert M. Bass Company). He is a Member of Headwater Partners I, an intellectual property investment fund. He has invested in more than 45 companies and funds since 1993. Brown is a founding investor and currently serves on the board of directors of five private companies.

LeMay serves as Managing Director at OpenAir Equity Partners. LeMay previously founded and served as Managing Partner at October Capital. At October Capital, LeMay led investments in and assisted his management teams in developing innovative solutions across a diversity of industries, including web-enabled services, mobile, agricultural data services, digital media and advertising, logistics, and financial services.

Mandelbaum is a senior advisor, investor and Board Member to private growth companies focusing on payments, mobile commerce, digital marketing and financial services. He has worked as a senior executive in the financial services industry for over twenty years. Most recently, he was an Executive Vice President and Operating Committee member at JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for corporate strategy, marketing and communications, and the bank’s mobile and digital activities (including Chase Mobile and While at JPMorgan Chase, Mandelbaum also served on the Investment Committee of One Equity Partners and the Board of Directors of Highbridge Capital Management.

“We are honored to have such a strong cadre of advisors. The addition of these esteemed leaders to our advisory board will enhance our ability to deliver on the promise of C2FO, which is to provide the most efficient delivery of working capital to companies around the globe,” added Kemper.

C2FO is Collaborative Cash Flow Optimization. C2FO helps companies across the globe collaborate with their supply chain in a live, web-based market to achieve accelerated cash flow and increased efficiencies in working capital management and profit.

About C2FO

C2FO is the world’s market for working capital and risk-free profit. C2FO is the only working capital exchange that allows companies to optimize their working capital positions in a live, bid/ask environment. Companies across the globe use C2FO to increase their gross and net profit while simultaneously producing vital Early Cash Flow Delivery to their supply chain. C2FO is Collaborative Cash Flow Optimization. Learn more about C2FO at or contact or phone 816-268-2570.

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InventHelp Inventors Develop Improved Safety Belt (BGF-692)

InventHelp Inventors Develop Improved Safety Belt (BGF-692)


Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 24, 2013

“One of our best friends suffers from arthritis, which makes it very difficult for her to buckle and unbuckle her safety belt,” said one of two inventors from Grand Rapids, Mich. “We hated seeing her in pain. That is why we came up with this idea.”

They developed the ULTIMATE SAFETY BELT SYSTEM to enable the user to buckle and unbuckle the safety belt more easily. The design eliminates bending, twisting and reaching. The invention promotes proper safety-belt usage. It is ideal for individuals with arthritis, the elderly and individuals with limited mobility. Additionally, it is adaptable for use with any vehicle, and it is producible in different colors.

The original design was submitted to the Bingham Farms office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 12-BGF-692, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at

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Enterprise Video Market (Analytics, Security, Web Conferencing, Webcasting, Collaboration, Streaming) Worth $11.21 Billion by 2018 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

Enterprise Video Market (Analytics, Security, Web Conferencing, Webcasting, Collaboration, Streaming) Worth $ 11.21 Billion by 2018 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets


(PRWEB) December 23, 2013

The report “Enterprise Video Market (Conferencing, Webcasting, Video on Demand, Video Streaming, Asset Management, CMS, Video Collaboration, Video Analytics, Video Security, Managed Services) – Global Advancements, Market Forecasts & Analysis (2013 – 2018)” provides a comprehensive market and forecast analysis of the overall market, segmented by hardware, software, services, delivery modes, applications, regions and verticals.

The report covers all the major sub-segments of the enterprise video market and provides the quantitative (market size and market growth) and qualitative (trends, analysis and insights) for those segments. This comprehensive coverage of the enterprise video market provides important inputs, such as drivers, restraints and opportunities in this market, profiles the major players in this market, maps the competitive landscape and provides the overall perspective on the enterprise video market in the various verticals and regions.

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Enterprises have been witnessing a growing need for video interfaces in communication, due to its ability to improve productivity and outreach. Enterprise video brings flexibility in remote working conditions and reduces the overall capital expenditure. The growing demand for on-demand video services, advancements in technology and use of collaborative techniques in video content delivery are driving the market for enterprise video. The latest advancements in video technologies are high efficiency video codec, alter-HD, web real-time communication, search, indexing, captioning, Transcoding and aggregation. These technologies are enriching the video delivery among enterprises. Though these technologies are still in nascent phase, but it is expected to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years.

MarketsandMarkets has segmented the enterprise video market by type of hardware: Video Casting Devices, Video Recording and Storage Devices, Video Management and Control, and Video Distribution; by type of software: Video Content Management , Video Security, Video Analytics Software, Video Encoding and Decoding, Video Collaboration, and Video Asset Management; by type of services: Consulting, Managed Services, and Systems Integration; by type of delivery Modes: Video Streaming, Web Conferencing, Webcasting, and Video Conferencing; by type of applications: Corporate Communication, Learning and Development, and Knowledge Sharing and Management; by verticals: Academia and Government, BFSI, Consumer Goods and Retail, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, Telecom and IT, Healthcare, and Transportation and logistics; by regions: North America (NA), Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Latin America (LA).

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the enterprise video market to grow from $ 11.21 billion in 2013 to $ 35.57 billion in 2018. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.9% during the forecast period.

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Henry County, Illinois Tourism Bureau Invites Visitors to Dance with Nature

Henry County, Illinois Tourism Bureau Invites Visitors to Dance with Nature

“A Fine Winter Walk” By photographer Kris Love of Osco, Illinois

Henry County, Illinois (PRWEB) December 23, 2013

On a crisp winter day, visitors can watch wildlife roam freely; eagles swoop majestically, or see a captivating winter sunset. Winter provides a landscape to invigorate the soul of anyone who visits the Henry County area. Henry County, Illinois has outdoor beauty in a rural landscape setting.

“Henry County is an especially satisfying example of the nurturing side of us – orderly fields, sturdy barns, and lovingly tended cattle. You can start the day well before dawn and get a genuine smile with your coffee, and collapse into a simple and clean room after a full day’s shoot. No destination resorts here – the point is to be out in nature, the ‘real’ world,” said Kris Love, an avid local photographer.

Love’s favorite photo area is the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park; for nature photographers, this is a must. Love says, “It’s where I get the most bang for my buck.” Love describes a variety of photo shot possibilities: waterfalls and ice, historic wooden locks, a pair of joggers framed by bare trees, and maybe an eagle, deer, hawk, pheasant, or fox. Love says the canal is accessible in many locations by car, so it is easy to take short or long walks based on the weather. The canal is easily accessible via Interstate 80 with exits number 7 in Colona, number 19 in Geneseo, number 27 in Atkinson, and number 33 in Annawan. Love mentions another opportunity for outdoor photographers who enjoy cross-country skiing with a camera: Johnson’s Sauk Trail Park. Sauk Trail has a winter population of geese and other birding opportunities.

Henry County, Illinois offers rural landscapes with various photographic opportunities from nature at Sauk Trail, ethnic history at Bishop Hill, wind towers at Galva, to Heritage Village, and the Henry County Courthouse in Cambridge. Area barns in snow also make hard-to-resist attractions, as does the historic architecture in Geneseo, Kewanee, Galva, and Orion. Photographers will find Henry County back roads colorful and joyful when the sun rises and sets against the open landscape.

Cathy Foes, Henry County Tourism Bureau Director, has an office at the Amtrak Station in Kewanee. Foes often sees photographers taking railroad photos as she looks out her office window. Foes has learned from the photographers that they are train enthusiasts and travel State Highway 34 from Chicago following the railroad. Their goal is taking pictures of trains and train stations along the way. “Photographers are in awe as they arrive in Kewanee and see the opportunity to photograph not only the new train station, but also the Kewanee Walldog murals created this past July,” said Foes.

Both Love and Foes encourage visitors to renew spirits along the Henry County back roads during any season. Relive Henry County heritage or connect with new friends with a warm, friendly hello in the restaurants and specialty shops. There is no shortage of fun in any season visitors come to Henry County. Colorful blossoms line the road in spring.

Summertime brings homegrown festivals and warm weather to explore our communities. In the autumn, Henry County gathers a bountiful harvest. Families visit for rural recreation to pick pumpkins and learn about Henry County agricultural roots at fall festivals. Visitors are invited to Henry County during any season; to have a great time and to come back often.

Henry County is located in western Illinois, between the Quad Cities and Galesburg, Ill. The fertile farmland is bisected by the Hennepin Canal and dotted with charming small towns replete with antique shops, bakeries, and country cafés. For information on everything visitors need to plan a getaway, including historic sites, attractions, and places to stay, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926 or visit

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Announcing New Episode of American Farmer, Airing December 17, 2013 on RFD-TV

Announcing New Episode of American Farmer, Airing December 17, 2013 on RFD-TV

Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) December 16, 2013

DMG Productions proudly announces an upcoming episode of American Farmer, which will air on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. EST on RFD-TV.

In this episode, American Farmer follows Bayer CropSciences to Research Triangle in North Carolina for an exciting look at their innovative crop solutions, seed traits, and productivity solutions. In addition, viewers will learn about the extension of Bayer CropScience’s soybean footprint and the Bayer Bee Care Program.

American Farmer will learn about Pathway Biological, and how they are working with farmers and fertilizer suppliers in order to improve soil and plant health, and enhance crop performance in the U.S. and globally. American Farmer will explore Pathway Biologic and their belief that their advanced microbial product technology, and their revolutionary, patented flagship product, MERGETM – merging microbes with fertilizer into a single product – are poised for widespread commercial deployment into mainstream agriculture.

In addition, the show will feature The Scoular Company, a 120-year old company dedicated to providing diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients.

“We are honored to present the agriculture community with such amazing educational information,” said Charlie Cowan, producer for the series. “With constant changes in technology being brought about every day, there is no time like the present to learn about the latest and greatest additions to farm country.”

About American Farmer:

American Farmer is a breakthrough program on a mission to showcase the latest advancements in agriculture and farming. From seed to harvest, livestock and more, our producers have traveled the country covering the people, places and issues impacting all areas of farm country.

American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30am EST on RFD-TV as well as Saturdays at 1:30pm and Midnight EST on RURAL-TV.

For more information, visit or call (866) 496-4065.

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(866) 496-4065 x 875 / charlie(at)americanfarmertv(dot)com

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Actors, Models and Talent for Christ Go Mainstream

Actors, Models and Talent for Christ Go Mainstream

James Toller

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 24, 2013

Adam She, AMTC’s Executive Director, is an international Christian leader whose goal is to find, prepare and lift God’s talent to influential positions in the entertainment industry. His passion is to ignite a new generation of Christians to become men and women of action.

Jenn Gotzon shares that passion. Jenn is an AMTC Presenter, Mentor, Scout and Coach. She is also a Hollywood actress and although she did not participate in the SHINE Program, she is very involved with AMTC and fully supports the vision to see the Great Commission of Jesus Christ fulfilled in film, fashion, music and theater.

Three top movies that Jenn has starred in this year are: God’s Country, Alone Yet Not Alone and Doonby. Jenn will be showing ‘Doonby’ at AMTC’s Friday Night at the Movies.

Damien Horne is part of the country rock group The Farm. Their 2012 debut album The Farm Inc. has had two chart-topping singles, including the Top 20 “Home Sweet Home.”

Damien says, “The Farm and I are currently on the road. We got together about 3 years ago as individual writers. We’re making ‘our kind of country music.’ By that I mean that we’re so different individually. Krista has a classical background. Nick is old school country and I grew up in old gospel and soul. We have different backgrounds of music genres and we merge them to make our kind of country.” Damien was also a featured actor in the 2011 feature film Courageous.

James Toller is an international fashion model. He is the ‘face’ of AMTC, appears on it’s billboards and is the front model of it’s promotional video. James went to Hong Kong in the of summer 2011 right after he graduated from AMTC. He’s been a runway model for Malan Breton and Ken Chen, is a regular model for Belk Department stores, modeling brands like Calvin Klein and Lacoste and works for Abercrombie and Fitch in NY.

Adam is excited to see AMTC success stories move into prominent positions on the mountains of arts, entertainment and media. He considers the mission field of media to be the most important mission on earth today.

The AMTC SHINE event will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando Florida from Dec. 31 through Jan. 5, 2014. For more information about the SHINE program, visit<


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Bovine Colostrum Is an Effective, All-Natural Remedy to Prevent Bacterial Illness from Tainted Chicken

Bovine Colostrum Is an Effective, All-Natural Remedy to Prevent Bacterial Illness from Tainted Chicken

Douglas Wyatt, Founder Center for Nutritional Research

Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) December 23, 2013

According to a December Consumer Reports article, an analysis of more than 300 store-bought, raw chicken breasts showed that 97% of the samples contained illness-causing bacteria. The chicken breasts were purchased across the U.S. and included organic brands and those labeled “raised without antibiotics”. The most common bacteria detected was Enterococcus, which occurred in 79.8% percent of the samples, followed by E. coli (65.2%); campylobacter (43%); klebsiella pneumonia (13.6%); salmonella (10.8%); and staphylococcus aureus (9.2 %). Virtually every sample contained some type of bacteria, including the “organic” and “no antibiotics” breasts.

Even more disturbing were the findings that nearly half (49.7%) of the samples contained at least one type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and another 11.5% contained two or more types of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Although consumers are advised to cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165° F and to follow safe handling practices, unintentional cross contamination and subsequent ingestion is exceedingly common. Chicken is the most popular meat consumed in the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “more deaths are attributed to poultry than to any other commodity.”

Yet poultry isn’t the only source of food poisoning. Forty-eight million people become ill from eating tainted food every year, and the majority of these cases are caused by raw vegetables and fruits. Poor worker sanitation, runoff from nearby livestock farms, and application of manure all contribute to periodic illness outbreaks. The problem is only compounded by livestock operations that regularly feed antibiotics to cattle, pigs, and fish even in the absence of illness. This creates strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which when humans encounter, are impervious to our drugs.

Douglas A. Wyatt, Founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, strongly encourages people of all ages to consider bovine colostrum powder as an added defense against bacterial pathogens in the nation’s food supply. “Bovine colostrum contains natural antibodies against Enterococcus, E. coli, campylobacter, klebsiella pneumonia, salmonella, and staphylococcus aureus, among hundreds of others. These superbugs may be antibiotic resistant, but they’re no match against antibodies. Taking colostrum on a daily basis, in addition to proper food handling habits, can help prevent these nasty, deadly pathogens from infecting us.”

Another issue of great concern is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved poultry that has been slaughtered in the U.S. and Canada to be shipped to China, processed there, and subsequently returned to the U.S. for human consumption. Critics say this decision puts consumers at a health risk due to the lax oversight in Chinese processing facilities. “If U.S.-processed chicken is already contaminated, are we opening ourselves up to additional contamination by transporting it half way across the globe? Pathogens have a great talent for mutating. Since so many people either don’t know where their chicken comes from or don’t fully understand the health implications, the need for bovine colostrum is more important than ever,” says Wyatt.

Bovine colostrum contains a plethora of pathogen-fighting substances against not only bacteria, but also viruses and fungi. When cattle are exposed to pathogens in their environment, they create antibodies which are transferred to their offspring in their colostrum. “There is currently only one colostrum manufacturer that ensures its products contain the specific antibodies necessary for protection against illness. Colostrum must undergo a rigorous testing protocol to certify that it is from the first milking and is free of antibiotics and pesticides in order to be effective.” To learn more, visit the CNR blog.

The Center for Nutritional Research is a not for-profit organization dedicated to the continued research and promotion of bovine colostrum. The Center for Nutritional Research has pioneered colostrum collection and processing technology for human consumption.

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Accident at Work Kills 18 Irish Farmers in 2013, So Far

Accident at Work Kills 18 Irish Farmers in 2013, So Far

Bolton, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 23 December 2013

The HSA highlighted that a recent study indicates that farmer’s health is poorer than any other occupational group. (1)

With these statistics in mind, a new Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and the HSA. The document outlines that the organisations will cooperate, in an attempt to promote improved health and safety standards, in Irish Farms. (1)

Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive Officer, of the Health and Safety Authority said: “Research carried out by the organisation provides us with a better understanding of what influences people’s behaviour leading to an accident occurring. (1)

“There is a constant need for vigilance on farms in relation to safety and we urge all farmers to take time to assess the risks on their farms and take corrective action. The work of other organisations through the Farm Safety Partnership in promoting health and safety on farms is also acknowledged.” (1)

However, the issues that those employed in Agriculture face, in reference to health and safety, is not isolated to Ireland. Fatalities in the farming industry plague most of the United Kingdom and Europe.

Commenting on the accident, Thomas Fairclough, Executive at Asons Solicitors said:

“Agriculture has one of the worst fatal accident, and occupation ill health records, of any major employment sector. Only construction has a comparable incidence rate of fatal accidents at work. However, there has been a steady decline in fatal accidents in construction, but this is less so for agriculture.

“Less than 1.5% of the working population is employed in agriculture, yet the sector is responsible for between 15% and 20% of fatalities to workers each year. The industry also has a rate of self-reported illness, which is typically higher than the average for all industries.”

According to the HSE, in the decade between 1999/2000 and 2008/09, a total of 436 people were killed as a result of agricultural work, and many more have been injured or are suffering from poor health due to their employment. (2)

The fatal injury rate in agriculture for 2010/11, was 8.0 deaths per 100,000 workers. This compares to an average for 9.6 per 100,000 workers from the previous 5 years; the highest of any industrial sector. In agriculture, the area for particular concern is the self-employed workers. (2) Of the 436 people killed over the past ten years in the UK 56% (245) were self-employed. (3)

1.2% of workers in agriculture and fishing also suffer from long standing health problems, or a disability, caused by an accident at work. 3.2% of workers have been diagnosed with industrial diseases, which they have contracted as a direct result of their employment. (4)

If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of an accident at work, then you may be able to make an accident at work claim. Asons Solicitors deal with personal injury claims and industrial diseases, such as occupational asthma and vibration white finger, you can contact them on: 01204 521 133 or you can fill out their claim form at

(1)    18 lives lost on Irish farms so far this year – – Agriland December 2013

(2)    About health and safety in agriculture – – HSE December 2013

(3)    Agriculture – – HSE December 2013

(4)    Agriculture in the EU: Statistical Information – – European Agency for Safety and Health at Work December 2013


About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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