Daystar Academy Zoom Disco Dance Party Lifts Spirits Of Homebound School Kids & Their Parents

Daystar Academy, an IB School, hosts weekly dance parties via Zoom to help families cope with the stress of Covid-19 changes and continue building community.

It was especially a blessing for us to have such a fun ‘plan’ when much feels so indeterminate. We continue to be so grateful for all the efforts that the whole Daystar team puts into eLearning.”

— Daystar Academy

CHICAGO, IL, USA, March 31, 2020 / — Daystar Academy transformed a planned fundraiser into a free online dance party and still raised $15,000 to benefit the school. The event was so well-received, they will host a free dance party each Saturday to keep children and families connected and help "flatten the curve" during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

Like most schools across the country, Daystar Academy, an IB World School in Chicago’s South Loop has made the transformation to online education in record time. Teachers have been providing online coursework and video chat connections to make sure that students stay on track, motivated and excited. One other transformation Daystar is making focuses on supporting the social aspects of school life.

Though it pales greatly in comparison to the gravity of everything going on across Chicago and the world this week, transforming a very important fundraising event into a free time of fun and celebration for families obeying the shelter-in-place guidelines was another way Daystar Academy contributed to flattening the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daystar Academy’s transformation of its annual fundraiser into a virtual disco dance party on Saturday evening, March 28, was an opportunity for families to dress up, Zoom in, and let loose. Daystar Academy parent, Beth Fioritto, said that her son “was so excited about the disco party and creating his costume! And, I’m not gonna lie, I had a pretty great time figuring out a disco costume from the stuff we had on hand. It was so nice to have something different to do and be able to feel like a community.”

During the party, popular disco tunes played and families from across Chicagoland could see each other in 70’s fashion dancing and greeting one another via their laptop, tablet and phone. This virtual dance welcomed 105 families. Though there was no charge to participate, the event raised more than $15,000 through previously purchased tickets, silent auctions and raffles.

The event was so well-received that Daystar Academy will now host a dance party every Saturday evening. With so much that has changed in our world, it is important to make a point to gather together and have fun, build connections, and celebrate community. This dance party is an effort to help the Daystar Academy community take a break from the stress of the week and enjoy some time together with other families with students coping with Covid-19 changes. Another Daystar parent, Tracey Brewer, commented that, "The Disco Night was especially a blessing for us to have such a fun ‘plan’ when much feels so indeterminate. We continue to be so grateful for all the efforts that the whole Daystar team puts into eLearning.”

For further information about this event or how the Daystar Academy community is addressing the Covid-19 challenges via eLearning, contact:
Tami Doig, Head of School
Daystar Academy
Phone: (312) 965-6709

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Daystar Academy is a faith-based, culturally engaged, globally minded preschool through high school in Chicago’s South Loop, preparing students to positively impact the world. Daystar Academy is a deliberately socioeconomically diverse community. Sixty percent of Daystar families receive tuition assistance, with over $1.5 million dollars in financial aid awarded each year. For more information, go to

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New York Allows Sale Of Alcoholic Beverages During Coronavirus Shutdown As Market Shrinks To $528 Billion

LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, April 1, 2020 / — In 2020, the alcoholic beverages market will shrink from its estimated market size of $552 billion to $528 billion. The State government of New York has lifted restrictions on selling alcoholic beverages amidst the coronavirus pandemic, so that they can now be delivered to customers if they are ordering takeout. In the United States, New York City has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, which has put it in a “wartime mentality” that is taking away from the life of the city. With the shutdown of settings for public gatherings such as restaurants, bars, clubs, wineries, and distilleries in order to curb the outbreak reducing exposure, such establishments are losing a large amount of business and will face economic hardships. This action by the government will undoubtedly help offset the toll that the businesses are facing during this pandemic.

The alcoholic beverages market is segmented into alcoholic beverages, beer (breweries), wine and brandy (wineries), spirits (distilleries), and liquors, among which the wineries market accounts for the largest share in the global alcoholic beverages market. As per the Global Market Model – with the year-to-year growth rate from 2019-2020 decreasing from a whopping 7.19% to 2.57%, the strategies implemented will allow the market to attempt a rise towards the original forecast.

The general growth in the alcoholic beverages market is due to the increased demand for spirits and wine in both developed and developing countries, increasing number of alcohol consumers, and rising disposable income in emerging countries. Therefore, the market is sure to make a revival. It is calculated to close the gap between the pre- and post-coronavirus forecasts through the next few years, with 2022’s estimate now coming to $603 billion.

The Global Market Model is the world’s most comprehensive database of integrated market information available. The ten-year forecasts in the Global Market Model are updated in real time to reflect the latest market realities, which is a huge advantage over static, report-based platforms.

*The model is based on the consumption of goods and services in monetary terms (nominal growth), and therefor differ from GDP forecasts published by many leading institutions such as the world bank and IMF.

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Thomas Gaiter Foundation, NAMED “2019 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews


Thomas Gaiter Foundation is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,”

— Perla NI, CEO of GreatNonprofits

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — For Immediate Release:

Thomas Gaiter Foundation, NAMED “2019 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews

Thomas Gaiter Foundation announced today it has been named a “2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.
Thomas Gaiter Foundation (TGF) provides necessities such as safe water, food, clothing, and basic school supplies to those who need it. We aid all individuals in need, including the disabled and the veterans, as well as render health services in disaster relief programs. We also provide need-based scholarships for college education and technical schools at various universities across the country and abroad.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that Thomas Gaiter Foundation received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. "Thomas Gaiter Foundation is a wonderful organization that sets its sights on benefiting those close around us as well as around the world. Their two focus points of education and health make their mission relatable to every human on this Earth.", according to one of the reviews.

“Thomas Gaiter Foundation is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is a well-deserved recognition not only of their work but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with this organization.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers, and recipients of aid.
The complete list of 2019 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at

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Mission Accomplished – Women Veterans ROCK! Is Making History At Their 2020 Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill

Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs standing over a podium in the senate building addressing the 2020 Women Veterans ROCK! delegation

Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs address The Women Veterans ROCK! 2020 Delegation for Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill.

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Your conference last year helped shaped the Women Veterans Task Force. Much of your input became the backbone of what we worked on with the Deborah Sampson Act”

— Rep. Mark Takano, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — In celebration of America's national recognition of Women’s History Month, Women Veterans ROCK! annually convenes 100 of the country’s leading Women Veterans and Military Women for Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill. Their mission is to bring attention to federal legislators and federal policy makers the important issues affecting today's Women Veterans and Military Families.

Women Veterans ROCK! hosted members of The Women Veterans 2020 Delegation from all around the Mid-Atlantic Region on March 12, 2020. The Delegation's Civic Engagement Briefings; Congressional Briefings; and Women Veterans Caucus provided members of the Delegation with important opportunities to give voice to their concerns with Congressional Leaders on legislation relevant to today's Women Veterans and Military Families.

The Delegates met with congressional leaders including: Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman, The House Veterans Affairs Committee, (CA; 41st Congressional District); Congresswoman Susan Wild, Member of The House Women Veterans Task Force, (PA; 7th Congressional District); and Members of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus.

"We thank Chairman Takano for his participation in Women Veterans ROCK! 2020 Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill. The Women Veterans Delegation also appreciates his declaration about the important impact of the work of Women Veterans ROCK! On The Hill – and – to that we say, Mission Accomplished! We remain committed to building productive partnerships with our legislative leaders on The Hill," says, Deborah Harmon-Pugh, National Campaign Chair of Women Veterans ROCK!; The Women Veterans 2020 Delegation; and
The Women Veterans Civic Leadership Institute.

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Women Veterans ROCK! is a Coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations Supporting Women Veterans and Military Families. It is sponsored by The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation, a federally registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Community Organization. It is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with satellite operations in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Region.

Our priority is preparing military women for post-military public leadership (in business leadership; civic leadership; and nonprofit leadership). Subscribe to Women Veterans ROCK! On the Hill – the Podcast at anywhere you stream your podcast! – Or visit our website at

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CCHR Encourages the Public to Report Psychiatric Abuse and Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.”

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Question: Who commits more healthcare fraud and abuse?  A. Hospital administrators?  B. Medical doctors?  C. Psychiatrists?  Answer: Psychiatrists commit 40% of all Healthcare fraud.

Question: Who commits more healthcare fraud and abuse? A. Hospital administrators? B. Medical doctors? C. Psychiatrists? Answer: Psychiatrists commit 40% of all Healthcare fraud.

With $1.7 billion allocated to mental health programs in response to COVID-19 fears and concerns, CCHR anticipates increase in telepsychiatry fraud and abuse.

With $1.7 billion allocated to mental health programs in response to COVID-19 fears and concerns, CCHR anticipates increase in telepsychiatry fraud and abuse.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health industry watchdog, operates a free hotline to report abuse.

Florida is the number two state in the country for Medicaid fraud recoveries and a 'hotspot for health care fraud.'”

— South Florida Business Journal

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — With the recent passage of the federal stimulus package, which allocated $425 million for mental health services and an additional $1.32 billion for community mental health centers, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International announced that they will be increasing oversight of the mental health industry. [1]

Following the lead of CCHR International, the Florida chapter of CCHR is also increasing its oversight due to concerns that there will be an increase in telepsychiatry and a potential for greater abuse and fraud across the state.

“Within days of the passage of the stimulus package a Tampa psychiatric practice sent out a press release that they are now offering ‘drive-in’ telepsychiatry,” said the president of CCHR Florida Diane Stein. “CCHR is very concerned that in an effort to provide help during the COVID-19 crisis that instead of providing help the door to rampant fraud may have been opened.” [2]

In May of 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General ‘announced charges against 24 defendants associated with five telemedicine companies for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes involving more than $1.2 billion in losses”. [3]

Then in September of 2019, the “Department of Justice announced the indictment of 35 people across the country on charges connected to allegedly fraudulently billing Medicare for more than $2.1 billion in what the department called the “’largest healthcare fraud schemes ever charged.’ According to Medical Economics, at its core, the scheme, involved “illegal bribes and kickbacks to medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries.” [4]

As reported the South Florida Business Journal, Florida is the number two state in the country for Medicaid fraud recoveries and a “hotspot for health care fraud.” [5]

CCHR is not the only organization that is concerned with the potential for fraud in Florida as a result of the passage of the federal stimulus package. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced today that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.” [6]

“At this time, it is more important than ever to ensure that people receive real help and do not become the victims of fraud and abuse,” said Stein. “CCHR is working remotely but more diligently than ever to ensure that if people need to report abuse, we are there for them.”

CCHR operates a hotline free of charge where people who have been the victim of psychiatric abuse or fraud can make an official report by calling 800-782-2878 or online at Report Psychiatric Abuse or Fraud.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit

[1] Mental Health Watchdog Keeps Service Open for Consumers to Report Abuse & Fraud
[3] Telehealth: Two Steps Forward For Payment, Three Steps Back For Fraud?
[4] Medicare fraud: Feds indict 35 in alleged $2.1 billion fraud scheme involving telemedicine
[5] Medicaid fraud recoveries top $165M in Florida
[6] U.S. Attorney in Tampa launches coronavirus fraud task force
Investigators will target fake cures, fake charities, cyber-extortion and scams targeting people’s stimulus payments.

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Who Commits More Healthcare Fraud and Abuse? – ‘The Quiz’ – CCHR

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Bikini Wax Services: Sugaring vs Waxing — What You Need to Know

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A natural bikini waxing alternative, learn about sugaring, the painless alternative to waxing.

I have been sugared into a new woman. Forget Waxing. Painful and dangerous are two words I don't want anywhere near my tender Brazilian area Inspired by ancient Egyptian organic hair removal …”

— The Internet Bachelorette

MOBILE, AL, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — +++

When it comes to effective hair removal techniques, sugaring and waxing are both popular alternatives to shaving. But which method is better? Least painful? Waxing has been a popular salon offering for decades. Still, increasing numbers of people are searching for Brazilian sugar wax near me because they've come to understand the benefits that sugaring features. Learn about the similarities and differences between these two popular shaving alternatives. If you are looking for a bikini waxing service instead of searching bikini wax near me, look at LA Bikini's Sugaring method.

What is Waxing?

To remove hair by the waxing technique, technicians will apply hard or soft wax—usually a combination of both—to the person's eyebrows, legs, back, or bikini line. The wax is applied in the same direction that the hair grows. Once the wax has sufficiently dried, the technician will pull off the wax in the opposite direction of the hair's growth. Pulling hair out by the root is useful but can be painful. There's an 'ouch' factor with waxing not seen when sugaring.

What Is Sugaring?

Sugaring is the modern painless way for excellent hair removal results. It features a sugar-based paste that is all-natural and has no preservatives, unlike wax. To perform sugaring for hair removal, technicians will apply the sugar paste in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This is important to note, as it is the opposite of the first step in the old waxing method. Your technician will remove the sugaring paste in the direction that the hair is growing. The result is considerably less pain than what one typically experiences with waxing.

What Are the Pros and Cons for Waxing?

Waxing has been one of the few popular hair removal methods for decades. Unfortunately, it can be painful, causing people to squirm in the salon while undergoing the process. Waxing removes hair from the root, which is a replacement for shaving. The process not only removes the hair but also exfoliates, so it removes dead skin cells as well. Many salons feature waxing, so it's easy to come by if you're in need of a hair-removal session.

Waxing does have some downsides, however. It hurts. The pain associated with bikini wax is real. The pain isn't always a momentary discomfort either. Many people leave their waxing session with inflamed, irritated skin. They may need to use creams or ointments to soothe the skin and cannot go out into the sun until it heals, or the discomfort will only increase.

Wax is an adhesive. So, it's going to hurt when it's ripped or torn off—no matter how gentle the technician tries to be.

The wax itself can be problematic. Most people don't know what's in it. It typically contains a mixture of resin, oils, and other preservatives along with beeswax. The chemicals contained in wax mixtures can actually burn the skin and increase the risk of a painful infection. Instead of silky smooth skin, people can be left with inflamed skin that's painful to the touch.

Another issue with waxing is that it can only be applied once, due to the harsh nature of the procedure. So, if the wax doesn't pull out all the hair beneath it, you can be left with broken hairs in place or patches of hair that didn't adhere to the wax.

The Pros and Cons of Sugaring

Sugaring can help you get that silky smooth skin you crave—and typically with less pain than the waxing technique. There's really little to fear about all-natural sugaring paste because it doesn't contain the harsh chemicals that wax does. Instead, its ingredients are sugar, water, and lemon. Some makers may add honey or botanical oils to make their proprietary mixes. Just like wax, the sugaring paste exfoliates the skin, but more gently, which is why people report less pain when they're experiencing this method. And because there is less pain and skin irritation, the paste can be reapplied if needed during a single session.

Sugaring wax is not an adhesive, so it doesn't adhere to your live skin cells. There also aren't any chemicals that can burn your skin. So, you won't have that ouch factor you experience with waxing. The gentle ingredients won't cause your skin to become inflamed or irritated either. Unlike wax, bacterias don't breed in sugar paste, so you have less to be concerned about on the infection front too!

Is there a downside to sugaring? Not really—except, not all salons offer it! If you want to try sugaring instead of waxing, you'll need to find a salon that provides this service and LA Bikini in Mobile does just that! Fortunately, as sugaring grows in popularity, the LA Bikini experience is evolving to meet that demand and the Mobile saloon is growing in size and in local popularity

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Only Wide-Scale Use of a Fully At-Home Test Will Make a Dent in COVID-19

An at-home blood test that uses a finger prick to sample blood.

We already have a great prototype for an at-home blood test, and millions of Americans already use it every day.

To win this war and save American lives, we need an at-home sampling and processing blood test, and we need it soon.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — There was justifiable excitement when Abbott announced a new 5-minute test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. More rapid and widespread testing at point-of-care will do much to help us win this war.

Ultimately, though, hospital-based or office-based testing devices, like Abbotts, aren’t going to make a big-enough dent in this battle. Only at-home sample collecting and processing will truly help us get our arms around this enormously difficult to defeat new enemy and defeat it.

In my earlier article, I outlined a 3-step plan to save lives. The third, and arguably most important, step of that plan is the rapid wide-scale deployment of a fully at-home blood test for COVID-19. In this article, I will more fully explain why this is so critical, and so doable, financially, technologically and psychologically.


Can you imagine a diabetic going to the hospital four times a day, 365 days a year, to get his or her blood-sugar level tested? Because diabetics need frequent, easy-to-use blood tests, the market responded with an at-home sampling AND processing kit that helps millions of American diabetics manage their condition fully at-home.

Without this tool, it is safe to assume that many diabetics would be flying blind, living their lives at the whims of an invisible killer – much as we are today with the coronavirus.

The 5-minute Abbott test is a game-changer, to be sure. The President, the FDA, and private business should be applauded for expediting its development and approval.

But touting it as a patient/consumer-centered test is misleading. It’s only a “5-minute test” if you live at a hospital or doctor’s office. For many Americans, particularly those who rely on public transportation, the start-to-finish testing process could actually consume at least four-and-a-half hours.

This, obviously, is an impractical and psychologically intolerable amount of time for most Americans, if you want them to test themselves (and others) every time they seek entry back into their “virus-free” homes. Yet, this would be the price they would have to pay, daily, if they went back to work at their plant or office.

If you were a soldier in a foxhole, would it be reasonable to expect you to spend four hours every time you need to get a bullet to fire your next round?


What we need to win the war as soon as possible is a test kit having ALL of the following features:

1. Very fast results: If we plan to keep our homes a virus-free safe haven, we need to be able to quickly test anyone who seeks entry into it. This means we need super-fast (no longer than 15-minutes, and preferably 5-minutes) sampling and processing, combined, i.e. as fast as the current finger-prick blood sugar testing.
2. Mobile: So we can use it at home or on the road.
3. Convenient: Easy-to-carry and low-profile, so that it can be kept in the average entry way.
4. Ease-of-use: A simple finger prick should do it. The current nasal- and throat-swabs are difficult to do correctly (meaning a high, very dangerous, false-negative rate) and painful for the patient.
5. No time, energy, or transportation costs: Quick, easy, and at-home.
6. Low-aggregate costs: No personnel or labs needed to sample or interpret results.
7. No prior-authorization needed: Nobody should need an order from their doctor to quickly learn if they have COVID-19. Test can be done any time, day or night.
8. High-quality and “idiot-proof”: No medical – or even high school – degree needed.
9. Safe and effective: Proven repeatedly over many years of use.
10. Highly accurate: Very low error rate, especially dangerous false-negative rate


I personally know of three companies that, if soon they receive adequate funding for further development, manufacturing, and distribution, and robust regulatory support, can very quickly help us accomplish the goal of having a large-scale at-home-test program that could meet these requirements, nationwide.

Why are all of those features of great importance? Because, if the tests aren’t widely and aggressively used, we won’t come close to being able to save, by my count, 50,000 American lives. It would be like performing D-Day with only 1,000 soldiers, instead of 156,000.

Gen. Eisenhower didn’t do it, and I don’t believe President Trump will either. He is looking for “The One Big Thing,” a knock-out punch.

Based on my decades of experience in the health sciences, including previously serving as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, I know that at-home-sample-collection and processing, which will help us accomplish aggressive testing in enormous numbers, is the only way we are going to win this war.

This is doable. We just need our leaders to make this Phase I of my plan happen, very, very soon.

The Hon. John Norris is an FDA Former Principal Deputy Commissioner, a Harvard Former Health Policy and Management Faculty Member, a Massachusetts Former Chairman of the Clinical Laboratory Regulation Reform Commission, and Chairman of FDTH Regulatory Affairs Strategies, as well as an inventor-entrepreneur and frequent drug, device, Healthcare-IT, clinical lab, and hospital-system visionary, innovator, advisor, and board member. He can be reached at

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Domestic Violence Victims Have More To Fear Than COVID19–New Website Aims To Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide

Survivors of intimate partner homicide attempts whose stories were featured in the documentary film, Finding Jenn's Voice, gather as a group dressed in white looking to camera

Survivors of intimate partner homicide attempts featured in Finding Jenn’s Voice

Logo created for Voices4Change features concentric circles symbolizing community coming together -  in teal and purple, colors representing the "NoMore" campaign and Domestic Violence Awareness

Voices4Change Logo

Fining Jenn's Voice Film Poster featuring photos of survivors of intimate partner homicide and a silhouette of a pregnant woman.

Finding Jenn’s Voice Film Poster

Responding to the increased risk for intimate partner homicide during the COVID-19 pandemic, Voices4Change offers free film streaming, resources, and training.

READING, PA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — Each year, 50,000 women are murdered by their partners or family members worldwide and in the United States more than 4 women each day are killed by intimate partners. With the spread of Covid-19 and the subsequent orders for social distancing, the risks to victims of intimate partner violence are on the rise. Law enforcement officials across the country and around the world are already reporting an uptick in domestic violence calls amid fears that the current crisis increases the likelihood of lethal or near-lethal abuse.

Domestic violence perpetrators frequently use isolation to control, intimidate and facilitate their abuse. With more and more communities facing a lock down, victims find themselves literally imprisoned with their abusers, with none of their usual support systems (i.e. work, school, community) available to escape the violence. It’s a situation that some have described as a “ticking time bomb” (

“As a survivor of domestic and gun violence, I’ve been describing the situation of women and children being isolated at home right now with an abuser as a powder keg,” said Kate Ranta, featured in FINDING JENN’S VOICE and author of Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph.“ Abusers thrive in situations exactly like this, where they have complete power and control. Their victims are trapped, and it’s extremely volatile and dangerous.”

During this time of uncertainty and fear, many people are turning to online resources for information and support. is a digital resource for intimate partner violence survivors and professionals. The site offers online training for healthcare professionals and law enforcement, discussion forums for survivors and professionals, and a portal to FINDING JENN’S VOICE.

FINDING JENN’S VOICE is an award-winning documentary film which examines the risks of homicide during pregnancy and reveals the nature of abusive relationships. Featuring the stories of survivors of intimate partner homicide attempts and grounded in the research of leading domestic violence experts, the film paints a picture of intimate partner violence that looks beyond the black eye.

Filmmaker and social worker Tracy Schott observes, “Film is a powerful medium in creating social change. Through this website, we hope to change the horrific statistics and consequences of intimate partner violence by helping people recognize abusive relationships before they become deadly. Given the increased dangers associated with social distancing, I think it’s important to remove any financial obstacles to getting this information where it can save lives.”

Schott has partnered with a number of organizations who are helping to get the word out to their constituents about this offer: Conference on Crimes Against Women, Global Peace Film Festival, Global Rights for Women, JWI (Jewish Women International Alliance to End Domestic Abuse), Respond Against Violence, Women Count USA, and 1GEN have all pledged to support this effort. “We’re committed to offering this service for free for the month of April but hope to find the support to continue to do so indefinitely,” says Schott.

Individuals and organizations interested in joining Voices4Change are encouraged to reach out to

Voices4Change was created by Tracy Schott, MSW, MS owner of Schott Productions. Ms. Schott worked as a child and family therapist, specializing in child sexual abuse cases for 15 years. In 2000, she made the unusual career change to film and video production with a goal of creating social change through media. In addition to FINDING JENN’S VOICE, Schott Productions has created television content, commercials and short films, many dealing with mental health and social issues. Schott Productions is based in Pennsylvania.

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Theos Medical System Launches Pixie Tunes Pregnancy Headphones for Moms to Share Music and Talk to the Baby in the Womb

Theos Medical Systems, a leading manufacturer of consumer launches the revolutionary Pixie Tunes baby bump pregnancy headphone system for mom’s-to-be.

SANTA CLARA, CA, USA, March 31, 2020 / — Theos Medical Systems, a leading manufacturer of consumer products announced today the launch of Pixie Tunes baby bump pregnancy speakers for mom’s to share music, sound and talk to their baby in the womb.

Pixie Tunes is a revolutionary pregnancy speaker system which safely delivers soft, low-frequency sounds to the unborn baby from an iPhone, iPad, Android or mp3 player. Pixie Tunes helps moms-to-be bond with their baby and share special moments with them. Pixie Tunes is available in two versions; Premium and Elite.

Pixie Tunes Premium incorporates state of the art high fidelity active speakers with safe sound level technology. The active speaker system has built in volume control and amplitude limiter to safely play back sounds to your baby. The maximum volume level is similar to mother and father speaking aloud to their baby in the womb. Simply insert into your phone or portable audio device and its ready to play.

Pixie Tunes Elite transform your Apple Air Pods headphones, Samsung headphones and regular headphones into belly bump speakers. Open the product, place your headphones into Pixie Tunes and close; you are ready to play your favorite sounds to your bundle of joy.

Pixie Tunes Premium and Elite attach to the belly using reusable medical grade skin-safe silicone adhesive patches. The adhesives can be placed on the belly and adjusted based on baby's position for maximum comfort to the mother. Specially designed reusable silicone adhesives will not leave any residue on skin nor stain clothing and each pair lasts several weeks.

Unlike traditional pregnancy headphones, Pixie Tunes does not need any belts, straps, buckles or special clothing. The lightweight system is easy to adjust will not irritate skin. No on/off switch or settings needed. Mom’s-to-be can use Pixie Tunes at home, work, on a walk, wherever they like. The system can also be used with pregnancy support garment or maternity pant. Moms can play their favorite sounds, music or talk to your baby in the womb Includes precision stereo audio splitter so mom or dad can simultaneously listen to what is being played to your baby in the womb!

To promote launch of Pixie Tunes, the company has launched its website where visitors can check out detailed product features, watch videos and read customer reviews. The company also announced that effective immediately, all domestic customers will get free shipping on purchase of Pixie Tunes. To celebrate the product launch, customers can save up to $5 on already low prices of Pixie Tunes when ordered online.

According to a company spokesperson, “We are thrilled and proud to debut Pixie Tunes for expecting mothers. Connecting with your baby is emotional and essential to our customers who are looking to understand novel ways to bond with their baby. Pixie Tunes is truly another way we are committed to creating the best possible experience for our customers. We are certain that Pixie Tunes will be a leader in the pregnancy speaker space. The novel design and high-quality components make Pixie Tunes the perfect baby shower gift for expecting moms and best in class womb music player. With the new product launch, we expect an increase in website visitors and product consumption. We look forward to feedback and the exciting new developments to come.”

Designed and engineered in USA, Pixie Tunes are available for purchase on Walmart and Amazon in addition to the Pixie Tunes website. Prior to releasing the product to consumers, the company tested the product with several moms.

“Prior to releasing Pixie Tunes, we worked closely with several moms-to-be who reviewed both Pixie Tunes Premium and Pixie Tunes Elite and what we got was excellent, invaluable feedback. We received inputs from real users on audio quality, shape, form factor, overall aesthetics and functionality. What many mothers wanted was the ability to simultaneously listen to sounds with their baby and the ability to talk to their baby. We transformed how that was done traditionally with Pixie Tunes. While Pixie Tunes Premium provides high-fidelity stereo sounds to the baby, Pixie Tunes Elite is a brilliant option for mom’s who want to continue to use their existing in-ear headphones.” said a company spokesperson.

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How open source ad blockers could save you 2 hours a week

The results of open source ad blockers show they are effective at removing ads.

Some of the results of a new study on open source ad blockers. Some ad blockers block the add and leave white space, but uBlock Origin cuts all ads and makes more content viewable on the screen.

A new study shows open source ad blockers would save the average Internet user more than 100 hours a year while also saving energy and pollution.

Although free and open source ad blockers save energy and are good for the environment, people use them primarily to block annoying ads and save themselves time.”

— Professor Joshua Pearce

HOUGHTON, MI, US, March 31, 2020 / — A new study meant to investigate energy conservation of free and open source ad blockers has unexpectedly shown that Internet ads are wasting shocking amounts of your time.

More importantly, the results show how you can get that time back. The study estimates that the average Internet user would save over 100 hours a year by using uBlock Origin, a free and open source ad blocker. “uBlock Origin was the most effective ad blocker tested, but all ad blockers save time, energy and money”, explained Joshua Pearce, a Professor of Engineering at Michigan Technological University.

The results show that page load time dropped 11% with AdBlock+, 22% with Privacy Badger, and 28% with uBlock Origin. These are not significant on a single page, but Internet users spend more than half of their time online rapidly clicking through websites spending less than 15 seconds on a given page. “With all these clicks, the additional time to load ads really starts to add up,” says Pearce.

The article “Energy Conservation with Open Source Ad Blockers” published in the journal Technologies was originally conceived to address rising energy consumption. Internet-related electricity consumption is rising rapidly as global Internet users spend more than 6.5 hours per day online. Americans, for example, have more than doubled the time they spend online since 2000 to almost 24 hours a week. Open source ad blockers have the potential to reduce the time and thus electricity spent by eliminating ads during Internet browsing and video streaming.

In the study, three open source ad blockers were tested against a no-ad blocker control. Page load times were recorded for browsing a representative selection of the globally most-accessed websites including web searching (like Google, Yahoo and Bing), information (like and news sites (like CNN, Fox and the New York Times). In addition, the study analyzed the time spent watching ads on videos for both trending and non-trending content. This part of the study was more challenging because of the lack of data on what ratio of YouTube watching time is spent on trending and non-trending content. The time wasted viewing ads per video ranged from 0.06% up to staggering 21%. Thus, total hours lost to loading ads was only recorded for browsing.

“Overall, the results showed that the energy wasted loading ads is not trivial,” summarized Pearce. As a lot of the electricity used for running computers continues to come from coal, which causes air pollution and premature death, the study analyzed the potential for ad blockers to save American lives. The results were shocking: the energy conserved if everyone in the United States used the open source ad blocker would save over 36 Americans lives per year.

Electricity costs money, so cutting ads could also save consumers money. Pearce said, “In the United States, if all Internet users enabled Privacy Badger on their computers, Americans would save more than $91 million annually.” Globally, the results of the investigation were even more striking. uBlock Origin could save global consumers more than $1.8 billion/year.

Pearce points out, “This study was done before everyone was forced to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so all the values can be viewed as conservative under estimates.” Overall, the study found open source ad blockers are a potentially effective technology for energy conservation.

“Although free and open source ad blockers save energy and are good for the environment, people use them primarily to block annoying ads and save themselves time,” concludes Pearce.

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Source: EIN Presswire