Friday, January 7, 2011

Universal Background Screening Offers Next Generation Oral Drug Testing Solution for Employers

Universal Background Screening Offers Next Generation Oral Drug Testing Solution for Employers

The oral drug testing system now offered by Universal Background Screening provides FDA-approved laboratory accuracy with quicker, easier collection. Oral drug testing allows employers to hire new employees faster, and minimizes lost work time for testing of current employees. Oral fluid collection is done on-site, eliminating the need for applicants or employees to travel to a laboratory collection site.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -–

The oral drug testing system now offered by Universal Background Screening provides FDA-approved laboratory accuracy with quicker, easier collection. Oral drug testing allows employers to hire new employees faster, and minimizes lost work time for testing of current employees. Oral fluid collection is done on-site, eliminating the need for applicants or employees to travel to a laboratory collection site.

Since 1996, the number of employers that conduct pre-employment drug tests has dropped from 81 percent to 62 percent, according to the American Management Association. One reason for this decline may be the complications of collecting a urine specimen for testing.

"In the experience of many organizations, traditional urine drug screening slows the hiring process," said Nancy Hyttel, Vice President of Operations for Universal Background Screening. "As the economy continues to grow, employers rapidly need to add new staff. There is no time for delays."

Unlike the urine tests most commonly used for employment-related drug testing, oral testing does not require a visit to a laboratory collection site – a process that many people find embarrassing or awkward. Instead, the applicant places the lollypop-sized device in his or her mouth while a small pad absorbs saliva. The device is then placed into a sealed vial, which is sent via overnight delivery to the laboratory for testing. The entire process, including paperwork, takes less than five minutes.

"Employers are discovering that our oral drug testing program is more convenient for both their hiring managers and the applicant, since the sample is provided immediately on the job site," Hyttel added.

Once the laboratory has completed testing, Universal Background Screening delivers results via its online management system directly to the employer. Negative test results are typically available the next business day. Positive tests are re-checked, and then the applicant is contacted to rule out any prescription drugs that may be responsible for the positive result. This step provides the applicant the opportunity to confidentially review any pertinent medical information, without disclosing medical conditions to a potential employer.

The oral test is just as effective and legal as a urine test. The system utilized by Universal Background Screening tests for the standard “5 panel” of drugs recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP and amphetamines – including methamphetamine and ecstasy. Upon request, the test can also check for barbiturates, benzodiazepines and methadone.

Pricing for Universal's oral testing program are comparable to urine testing. Small business testing a few employees per month can expect to pay about $40 per test, while larger employers may qualify for volume pricing.

About Universal Background Screening

Universal Background Screening offers a comprehensive selection of pre-employment screening solutions. Nationwide services include criminal background checks, driving records, credit reports, employment verifications, reference checks, drug testing and more. With over 30 years in the investigative business, and serving clients in 45 states, Universal is a recognized leader in the employment screening industry. Additional information can be found online at www. universalbackground. com.

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Vic Plessner to Interview at the Muay Thai Institute in Thailand

Vic Plessner to Interview at the Muay Thai Institute in Thailand

Host Vic Plessner of “Global Issues”, a successful Internet Radio Talk Show on RadioBangkok. net Channel, will do his show from the Muay Thai Institute in Thailand.

(PRWEB) April 24, 2006 –

Vic Plessner, the Host of “Global Issues” which is broadcast every Tuesday (2am 10am 6pm) and Friday (Noon and 8pm) and on Saturday (4am) EST, an internet talk radio show on the RadioBangkok network (http://www. radiobangkok. net/ (http://www. radiobangkok. net/)) will discuss the ancient art of Muay Thai, a style of competitive boxing using hands, feet, and elbows.

Mr. “A” of the Muay Thai Institute explains to Vic the history of Muay Thai and why people travel from all over the world to go to his school in Rangsit, Thailand.

“During the interview, I get a chance to speak with one of the students, a former owner of a Karate school in the US who traveled to Thailand to study at the Muay Thai Institute. I also learn about the music that is played before a bout and during the contest. In the past, I heard the music but never appreciated what it means to the fighter or his teacher.” said Vic.

Vic who has been involved with the sport of Judo and Jujitsu, on and off for 30 years, said this show was special to him as he has always been intrigued with Muay Thai.

Vic is known for being direct with his guests. “I might disagree with a particular guest but I will never shout them down or talk over them unless I need to go to a commercial break. People are sick and tired of TV and Radio shows where the host seems to encourage everyone being rude and cuts off the guest if they disagree. I try to ask polite hard questions but I want my guests to enjoy the show and feel comfortable” said Vic. “So far it has worked and each guest seems to become a friend for life.”

The Internet Radio Talk Show, “Global Issues”, gives listeners the opportunity to expand their horizons on prominent affairs that address worldwide concerns and interests. This show is dedicated to informing the public on issues that pertain to them by introducing guests from various government agencies and the private sector who are working to improve global and national interests throughout the world.

“Our guests are passionate about issues like Singing, Walking Around the World to raise money for kids infected with the AIDS virus, World Hunger, Authors, Euthanasia, the China Olympics, US/World Relations, Identity Theft, Drug Addiction, Defense Budgets, and Terrorism” said Plessner. To access the show, log on at http://www. radiobangkok. net/ (http://www. radiobangkok. net/).

Host Victor Plessner draws on his experience of being a leading Global Security Consultant with over 35 Years Experience. For more information visit http://www. vhpconsult. com/ (http://www. vhpconsult. com/)

Contact Information

Vic Plessner

Skype: vhpgroup

Cell Phone in Thailand: +66 7-114-9557 or Local: 07-114-9557

US Phone: 201-984-5933


Give Your Home A Spanish Style Makeover

Give Your Home A Spanish Style Makeover

If you dream of moving to Spain but can't face the hassle of sourcing furniture or the cost of kitting out your new home, then you should consider taking advantage of a new incentive on offer from Taylor Woodrow de España.

London, UK (PRWEB) June 2, 2008

The only major UK house builder building homes in Spain is currently offering to provide up to 10,000 euros* towards the cost of furniture to anyone buying one of their stunning homes on the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Mallorca.

Nick Freeston, Head of UK Operations for Taylor Woodrow de España, said: "Buying a home in Spain can take time - and that's before you've even thought about decoration and furnishing. Personalising your property once you have bought it is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly. Liaising with local craftsmen and furniture stores can be a daunting prospect, which is why our team of experts will be on hand to recommend furniture suppliers who will be able to offer interior design advice and make sure everything is installed ready for you to move in."

So, whether you're looking to create a colourful Mediterranean haven or a city chic style apartment, this new incentive should help get you started. To help give you style inspiration, Taylor Woodrow de España has outlined some top interior tips to make the most of your new home.

1. Theme - Start collecting style ideas early. Tear out interior pictures from magazines, and make notes of striking colour schemes you see in shop interiors and show homes. Window dressings in department stores can also provide you with ideas of accessories that could be used to dress your home. Having an idea of the 'look' you'd like to create is going to make picking furniture much easier.

2. Colour - If you want to add a splash of colour but don't want to be too adventurous then consider picking an accent colour that can be used throughout the home. By keeping walls and furniture in neutral colours you can then add flashes of brightness in the form of cushions, vases and home accessories.

3. Wall art - Rather than traditional framed artwork, wall art gives a fresh and modern feel to any space. There are many different options, from sculpted brass to tiled glass, with the added benefit that you can move it from room to room if you get bored of the view. Source local Spanish markets for 'authentic' pieces or if you're feeling confident, you could even pick up the paint brush and create your own masterpiece using a blank framed canvas.

4. Mirrors - Reflective surfaces create light and give the appearance of more space - especially useful for those looking to buy a smaller one bedroom apartment. There are plenty of styles to choose, from huge floor length mirrors positioned on the ground and tilted back onto the wall to smaller porthole style convex mirrors which give an unusual look. Placing mirrors next to lights or windows also maximises the feeling of openness.

5. Positioning - Think carefully before you position your furniture and if you're starting from scratch, consider items that will double up, for example as storage or an extra bed. Corner sofas are a great way of making the most of space and look modern. Symmetry also works well, for example in the bedroom, position a side table on each side of the bed with matching lamps on each.

6. Focal point - Finally, always try to create a focal point to any room to draw you into the space. A great way of doing this is to highlight a personal memento, a photo album or travel book to add your own personality. It's also the perfect conversation opener when guests visit.

The furniture package incentive is currently available across a range of Taylor Woodrow de España developments in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. Here, house hunters will find a stunning collection of luxury apartments, penthouses and town houses, suitable for a range of budgets.

For further information call the sales team on 08000 12 10 20 or visit www. taylorwoodrow. es

*the offer is available on selected plots and developments and is based on a credit being paid to the purchasers bank account for the value of a standard furniture pack up to a maximum charge of 10,000 euros after legal completion on the new home.

Notes to Editors

Taylor Woodrow España is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taylor Wimpey plc, a homebuilding company with operations in the UK, North America, Spain and Gibraltar. It aims to be the homebuilder of choice for customers, employees, shareholders and for the communities in which it operates.

On 3rd July 2007, Taylor Woodrow plc and George Wimpey Plc completed their merger to form Taylor Wimpey plc, the UK's largest homebuilder.

For further information please visit the company's website - www. taylorwoodrow. es

For further press information and photography, please contact:
Rosie Gurnett
Haslimann Taylor PR
Tel: 0121 355 3446
Rosie@haslimanntaylor. com


WBAI-FM Radio Celebrates “Courting Mae West”

WBAI-FM Radio Celebrates “Courting Mae West”

Mae West, Texas Guinan, and Jim Timony are on the Air Making Mischief Again

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 24, 2005

Actress Louise ["Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"] Lasser has fond memories of Manhattan’s trolley cars and elevated trains. “As a child I lived on the East Side, and my father used to take me on the Third Avenue El. You’d be high up, where you could peek in windows and picture life from a new angle. In this privileged position, you could watch things that pedestrians couldn’t see.” Lasser visited WBAI’s studios on Wall Street last weekend just to watch something listeners won’t see. It was a taping of dramatic scenes from “Courting Mae West,” a play based on true events during the 1920s when the Sixth Avenue El and trolleys were part of life. WBAI will air these episodes on Arts Magazine and as part of Women’s History Month.

During the Roaring 20s, only a few people had a privileged insider’s view into the judicial proceedings at Jefferson Market Court and Jail. Mae Westinan, and Jim Timothyrial there many times during 1927 and 1928. Much of this was unjust and politically motivated. By listening to WBAI in the coming weeks, you can picture Mae’s legal woes from a new angle. Find out why Louise Lasser has become a “Courting Mae West” fan.

Mae Westn Foster [member of AFTRA]

As "Courting Mae West" gears up for a workshop production in midtown Manhattan, Noreen Foster, a native New Yorker, is reconsidering the finer points of a Brooklyn accent. For over a year, Diamond Lil's corsets, silk lingerie, baubles, and gravity-challenging hats were double-parked in a closet as Miss Foster went traveling with the First National Tour of "Menopause - the Musical." As MAE WEST, Noreen Foster will rejoin the entire cast in “Courting Mae West,” set in New York City during 1926-1929 and written by playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo. It’s the most entertaining way to discover Roaring 20s history.

Texas Guinan: Courtney Gable [member of AEA]

For a February 9, 2005 Staged Reading of "Courting Mae West," actress Courtney Gable stepped into the gem-studded cowgirl boots of the millionaire speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan [1884-1933] and won many hearts east of the Rio Grande. At home even in a Greenwich Village Jail - - "the only place where my jewelry feels safe" - - Texas offers wise witty words to Mae West on October 2, 1928 before a police raid at the Biltmore Theatre. As multi-faceted as a diamond, Courtney Gable has distinguished herself as the Fight Mistress who added poetry in motion to Nicu's Spoon production of "SubUrbia," which won an OOBR [2004].

Jim Timony: Michael Citriniti [member of AEA]

For a February 7, 2004 reading in the original courtroom where Mae West was on trial in 1927 as well as the February 9, 2005 Staged Reading of "Courting Mae West," actor Michael Citriniti's superb Irish brogue lent a raffish charm to the lovable scoundrel Declan Rourke. The brogue's in vogue during the week of St. Patrick when Citriniti takes on another Irishman: James A. Timony, Mae's rosary-bead-slinging lawyer/ manager. When Timony (like Mae) was sent to prison in April 1927, his leadership ability was noted by the warden, who put him in charge of the toilet-cleaning brigade. Citriniti has abandoned his Gaelic accent to play a galactic gigolo, an alien, and various alienated gentlemen in theatrical projects in addition to work in TV, radio, film.

Arts Magazine - Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p. m. Prairie Miller, host

WBAIÂ’s Arts Magazine is a vibrant weekly mix of cultural news, views and interviews, dramatic readings, and the organic and intricate ways that art always intertwines and fuses dynamically with political currents of the day.

WBAI - 99.5 FM in New York

Peace and Justice Radio


Http://www. wbai. org (http://www. wbai. org)

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As consumers are turning more to making online purchases, companies now have a new media vehicle to get consumers to purchase direct from their website. The Marketing Dept has developed a family of catalogs that provide the companies website alongside the product.

(PRWEB) July 18, 2003

Coeur d’Alene, ID – The Marketing Dept. Inc. introduces A Search Engine In Print™, a new media vehicle to reach Internet-savvy shoppers. This variation on catalog marketing is designed specifically to drive customers to a manufacturer's website to make a purchase.

The difference between a Marketing Dept. catalog and a traditional catalog is how customers purchase products. Each catalog prints the manufacturer's web address alongside a product description and photo, driving the consumer to purchase direct from the manufacturer's site. Doing so eliminates any middleman costs to manufacturer normally associated with catalog placement.

"We’ve come up with an exciting new idea," said company president David Ziegler. "Consumers love catalogs. They love buying from catalogs – and they love buying direct from the manufacturer. Using print catalogs, we drive consumers to buy direct from a manufacturer's website.

"Search engines don't work," continued President David Ziegler. "Unless consumers know exactly what to look for, a small manufacturer who has exactly what theyÂ’re looking for might never be found. We have a way for these manufacturers to be found. If a manufacturers is hoping to be found by customers shopping on the web, they need to advertise their web address. WeÂ’ve dramatically increased the visibility of the manufacturer's product."

Consumers who receive a Marketing Dept. catalog are chosen because of their experience making Internet purchases and upscale lifestyle.

Currently, The Marketing Dept. offers three catalogs. ‘Outlook & Attitudes’ is a lifestyles catalog offering unique, eclectic and hard-to-find products that fit the lifestyle of the catalog reader. ‘FirstLine’ is a selection of innovative ‘business toys’ for the corporate world. ‘100 Miles’ provides customers with destinations, excursions and travel-related products. All catalog placements are eligible for agency discounts. The first catalogs are scheduled to mail at the beginning of the Holiday Shopping Season.

"Shopping on the Internet is an incredible growth industry," added Ziegler. "And weÂ’ve got a great way for people with unique products to tap into that growth."

The idea came to Ziegler as he was trying to market his own unique pet first aid product line.

"I began looking for a viable option for smaller businesses like mine with unique products to drive customers to my site that wouldnÂ’t eat up all my profits or cause me to charge too much for my product," said Ziegler. "What I wanted just didnÂ’t exist."

"Now it does," Ziegler was quick to add.



David Ziegler


Davez@mdicatalogs. com

800.837-9279/ Fax - 208.292-1277

The Marketing Dept.

606 W. River Ave, Coeur dÂ’Alene, ID 83814

Www. mdicatalogs. com


Tim Putnam

Public Relations/Copy Manager

The Marketing Department

208.676-8477 / 800.837-9279

Fax - 208.292-1277

Timp@mdicatalogs. com