Irina Firstein

by admin on April 17, 2014

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I work to enhance and expand peoples ability to experience deeper connection with themselves and others, connection as key to physical and mental health and well-being. Also, in my job as a therapist I help individuals and couples in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be.


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VapeBash1It’s almost time for VapeBash’s third annual vape meet! This Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, VapeBash will take over the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The Windy City Vapers Club produces this event every year to celebrate all things vaping. This event is super fun. If you discuss e-cigs on ECF, other forums, and in Facebook groups, it’s really fun to meet the people in real life (IRL) who you only know online. If you’re curious about trying an e-cig, then you’ll get to try tons of different kinds, and learn from the best in the industry.

Here’s the deets:

VapeBash 3

  • Day 1: Fri., April 11, 2014: 12pm – 2am
  • Day 2: Sat., April 12, 2014: 2pm – 2am
  • Location: Westin O’Hare, 6100 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018
  • Admission: Free
  • Parking: $8/day (tell the hotel front desk that you’re attending VapeBash to get this discounted rate)
  • Bring: Your party pants, a bottle of water, and any vape gear you want to swap with someone.
  • Age: Must be at least 18

All the big names in vaping attend this event – Grimm Green, Phil Busardo, VapinGreek, and more. It’s basically a huge party where you can talk with and meet other vapers, meet your favorite reviewers, try out new products, buy some vape gear, win prizes, and get your fill of everything e-cigarette related.

I just found out that they’ve scheduled two special guests to speak during the event. Greg Conley, a huge smoke-free and e-cigarette advocate is going to talk about e-cig politics, regulation, and advocacy at 7pm on Friday and 3pm on Saturday. This is definitely one I’m not going to miss!

The Vaping Militia will be speaking one hour before Greg on both days (6pm Friday and 3pm Saturday).

There’s going to be a raffle and Steam Punk Costume Contest on Saturday night. The top three winners will receive prizes.

A few tips for anyone new to vape meets:

• A ton of vendors will have their vapor juices available to sample. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of this! So be sure to drink plenty of water or your throat might want to dry out. Also, you might want to think about going down one or two nicotine levels than you normally vape. You’re going to be vaping a ton, and don’t want to get dizzy from too much nicotine.

• Wear comfy shoes. There’s a lot of walking involved. You’ll want to check out all the vendor tables, and don’t want to have to sit down because your feet are sore!

• Some people like to swap vape gear during the event. Bring any old stuff you don’t use anymore that you could swap with a fellow vaper!

This is a guest blog post by Audrey Schroder, Vapor4Life’s Social Media Manager & SEO Strategist. Read more on the Vapor4Life electronic cigarette blog.


Custom Furniture for the Elite!

by admin on April 10, 2014

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Generally speaking, when you contemplate any great immigrant success stories, there springs to mind a logical natural progression, a variety of ups and downs and the occasional moments of insight. But with the ongoing tale of Enzo and Frank Astone, two Italians who immigrated to North America, the past 30 years has been marked by lightning strikes of inspiration and startling creativity. There baby, Superior Seating Hospitality! A luxury manufacture of high end sofas, chairs, bar stools, tables and anything else. It is the most meticulous crafted furniture you have ever seen!


“We avoid price comparisons and we urge our customers to express themselves, to go along with their imaginations, be creative. It removes the implied restriction of showroom stock, gives them freedom. They can have a Vegas look, any look, fantasy or classicism if they want it.” Enzo Astone CEO. The result, an impeccable high-end product, always delivered on time, as designed, exuding value and always appreciated.







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by admin on April 8, 2014

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Chicago House Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Reportedly Passes Away

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Judge Cynthia Brim

Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours on Friday in a bid to save her $182,000-a-year job. The seven-member panel – made up of judges from outside of Cook County as well as two citizens – will later issue a written decision.

Brim was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year for shoving a sheriff’s deputy outside the Daley Center during a manic episode in March 2012. A day earlier, while on the bench, she broke into an extended rant while presiding over a traffic court call at the Markham courthouse.

“I just broke like a pencil,” Brim told the commission Friday, saying she was feeling stressed that day because there was only one courtroom deputy present for a busy call. “It was totally inappropriate for me to say what I did at that time – or any other time.”

Brim was effectively suspended from her duties as a judge after the battery charges were filed but was nonetheless returned to the bench by voters weeks later. She has continued to collect her $182,000 salary since her 2012 suspension.


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Saturday afternoon our must-see live act is Trentemøller, who will be making an exclusive US festival stop at Bayfront Park in Miami.


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During the 1940′s and 1950′s, Blackie’s attracted a clientele ranging from Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to the Harlem Globe Trotters and Rocky Marciano to the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges. Many mid-20th century celebrities would stop by on layovers when connecting in Chicago via Dearborn train station.

Chef Jacob D. Sloan launched a new menu this month with Fresh Pastas, Specialty and unique Burgers, as well as refined and inspired Appetizers, Steaks, and Chops. The entire menu is now all handmade fresh daily, no frozen foods. and

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Avoiding Cross-Border Financial Planning Pitfalls

What’s the quickest way to turn traditional financial planning upside-down? Place a border in the middle of your tax and financial life. Financial, tax and estate planning can be a difficult undertaking for most individuals and couples.  Imagine the added complexities of planning between two countries; it requires proper advice to know where the minefields are.

Every day, we see the unique tax and wealth management challenges of those whose lives, assets and relationships straddle both sides of the U.S./Canadian border.  For some, assets remain in Canada while work and life are grounded in the U.S.  Other clients are U.S. citizens who live and work in Canada.  Some even own assets in one country even though they spend no time there.  Fortunately for our firm, my colleagues and I can closely identify because we live these types of lives.  We’ve spent years helping clients gain from the good and avoid the bad (or even ugly) outcomes of cross-border financial planning.

With recent gold medal victories for Canadian Olympic hockey teams (men and women), some might suggest Canadians shouldn’t fear the Americans anymore.  But with the passage of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Act’s looming implementation later this year, there are plenty of Americans in Canada who live in fear of their own country.

U.S. citizens are considered to be residents of the U.S. for income, gift and estate tax purposes—regardless of where they live, die, generate income or hold assets.  Therefore, these individuals have an obligation to file U.S. income tax returns annually on worldwide income. Further, they must provide specific information on a variety of additional IRS compliance forms related to their ownership or interest in certain kinds of assets.  They also need to ensure that their estate planning is properly attended to given their U.S. citizenship or marriage to a U.S. citizen.

We often find that most domestic U.S. or Canadian-based financial advisors are not aware of the specific cross-border planning requirements these individuals or couples face.  It’s important to highlight a few common mistakes that are made in cross-border financial planning:

  • The Residency Factor: With the recent signing of FATCA, Americans who live and work abroad can no longer afford to keep their heads in the sand.  If you were born in the U.S., you are a U.S. resident for income, gift and estate tax purposes. If you were born in Canada to two U.S. citizen parents, you are a U.S. citizen.  If you were born in Canada to one U.S. citizen parent, you may be a U.S. citizen depending on certain conditions.  These so called “Accidental Americans” have their own set of planning requirements.
  • Parting with Your U.S. Citizenship: Given the greater planning complexities of U.S. citizens who live or work abroad, it’s not uncommon to hear the suggestion that they just give up their U.S. citizenship or return their Green Card.  These days, plenty of folks are doing just that.  In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department recently published the names of individuals in the Federal Register who renounced their U.S. citizenship or gave up their long-term residency by turning in their Green Cards.  This happened a record-breaking 2,999 times in 2013, a 221% increase over the prior year’s total.  Keep in mind, giving up one’s citizenship or Green Card is not an easy undertaking.  There can be some rather tedious and daunting income tax implications, and one’s ability to return to the U.S. down the road for lifestyle reasons could be compromised. 
  • Think Twice About U.S. and Canadian Tax Planning: Some traditional tax savings opportunities that might be utilized in Canada or the U.S. (or the specific state you reside in) may not work in cross-border situations and could even cause you greater problems.  For example, putting money in a Canadian retirement account, such as a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), might reduce your Canadian tax, but it doesn’t do a thing to reduce your U.S. tax.  In fact, it might even cause you to pay additional U.S. tax as the level of net tax paid in Canada might be lower and not sufficient to reduce your overall U.S. tax. 

Life across borders can catch you off guard and come at a hefty price if you aren’t prepared. In future columns, we’ll expand on the topics above and share other cross-border planning mistakes we often see in our practice.

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Terry Ritchie is the Director of Cross-Border Wealth Services at Cardinal Point Capital Management Inc., a cross-border wealth management firm with offices in the United States and Canada.  Terry has been providing Canada-U.S. cross-border financial, investment, tax, transition, and estate planning services to affluent families for over 25 years.  He is active as an author, speaker and educator on international tax and financial planning matters.

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The Engle

by admin on March 28, 2014

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From Engler Innovations

The Engle is the first percussion mallet made for guitar. It allows guitar players to create new rhythmic patterns and tonals variations. The Engle features a cherry wood handle, stainless steel arm, and polymer head. It can be used by left or right-handed players, on electric or acoustic guitars.

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Point Of Sale System Singapore

by admin on March 27, 2014

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Point of sale system for f&b business and retail stores in Singapore. EPOS System point of Sale system help the retailer in their everyday sales transactions, keeps a perfect tally of the daily takings and translates them into easily understood reports for future planning.

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Do you remember times when you were all set for a second look at a movie but couldn’t remember the name? Or felt like watching something new but had nothing but a general subject in mind? There is a new website called FunkyFlick, which will solve those problems with a single click.

FunkyFlick will provide personalized movie recommendations based on a book, a movie or any Wikipedia page. This is a new technology which analyzes the meaning behind English text and offers suggestions which fit that meaning.

There are many movie recommendation search engines which come up with titles based upon what you have watched before. FunkyFlick doesn’t need to know that. FunkyFlick recommendations are based on what you like, not on the preferences of some group of people you don’t even know. FunkyFlick doesn’t need to know your age, gender or interests to produce results.

The secret sauce: FunkyFlick’s ability to read the meaning behind English text and to understand the concepts within that meaning. This allows the FunkyFlick movie recommendation system to pick movies metaphysically. For example, if one does a keyword search based on “wisdom”, over a thousand movies which happen to mention wisdom will pop up. FunkyFlick will read the Wikipedia page about wisdom which covers its history, philosophy and meaning to different cultures and religions and pick movies which highlight these features. Since FunkyFlick uses the meaning behind English text, the result is precise and will turn up 36 or fewer movies per inquiry, making the choice of deciding what to watch right now much easier.

FunkyFlick was founded by a former Google engineer who had a vision about how to find movies to view without having to scroll through endless lists of titles, depend on other people’s opinions or search for movies by genre. He wrote a program that really understands the meaning of what you type.

FunkyFlick was incorporated in July, 2013 in Santa Clara, California. The beta version website was launched in January of 2014. IOS and Android versions are still under development and will be launched soon.


FunkyFlick’s power is demonstrated by its ability to read descriptions of all movies, TV shows or books from Wikipedia and compare them with any other Wikipedia entry or with sentences you type. This is an infinitely powerful way to find movies you want to watch.

Pull up FunkyFlick at and explore the site. Sign-up is free and there are opportunities to buy movies through Amazon and iTunes.

FunkyFlick’s purpose is to become the Number One search company based on true English writing. Using FunkyFlick means no more keyword searches or endless lists of search outcomes. In the future, FunkyFlick will enable searches of books, web applications, news, Christmas gifts – anything a search engine can do now but many times more powerful. FunkyFlick will make it possible to purchase any product you like the instant you find it.

Watch as all its features become workable and post your comments and reactions in the onsite Forum. FunkyFlicks will welcome your reactions and suggestions.

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Pro Logic (Drake, P. Reign, Waka Flaka) T-Minus (Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj) and Beat Merchant (Ginuwine, Belly, Max B) will come together to produce the highly anticipated album for RIPPA entitled (Move Ya Feet)

With over 126,000 YouTube views, his first single “Drinks Up” (produced by South West Ent. Australia), has gained a growing international following. His highly anticipated second release “Everybody Get Up” produced by Juno award winning Beat Merchant, will leave a lasting impression with its infectious rhythm and flow as Rippa shows his diversity on this musical masterpiece.

The recent social media frenzy over his v-log released this past February 2014, has confirmed that people cannot get enough of Rippa, watching his every move on his journey as an artist. From MTV UK to international DJ’s his v-log has been re-tweeted and talked about throughout the world.

Available On ITunes & Spotify !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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The Smartest Dictation System in the World

In all areas of business – whether it’s the Government sector, the world of high finance, Health care, the judicial system, construction, media, or Education, dictation systems need to be the smartest to keep up with the ever changing world. Being able to achieve your daily objectives in the most efficient way possible through dictation. MIRSK, a Danish owned company, was founded in 2004 and has grown to make the most efficient dictation systems. When you think dictation, you think of old clunky dictation with a tape and a secretary pumping a paddle under the desk, now with, , those days are over. Your company’s objectives will be achieved in half the time.

Speech recognition technology was developed for those in the disability community, but now is an essential business asset. Digital Dictation – An ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) system works by way of the software producing a speech wave form. From this wave form, the software then decodes the “extras” of the user’s speech, meaning the “ums” and “ahs” and converts it into a usable and viable sentence by way of converting the sentence into a “sequence of vectors which are measured throughout the duration of the speech signal”

Cloud-Based Dictation Software – Companies now want, safe and reliable cloud services upon which they can rely. MIRSK provides the means by which you can dictate and broadcast to your company’s people or clients from anywhere in the world at any time.  When you work smarter, with MIRSK,, you free yourself, which makes you mobile, and ready to take on anything!

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Randy Ichinose has started his new project called onthebrinkofextinction with Blackdinasty.
Their sound is a mix of hardstyle, chillstep and post-rock and you can find a preview of their first demo on Soundcloud:

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In the second part of this two-part series on advising snowbird clients, Terry Ritchie of Cardinal Point looks at four important items that should be on a snowbird’s checklist as they prepare to head south for the winter. First, get familiar with the residency requirements for healthcare benefits in your jurisdiction; some require specific minimum periods to be eligible for publicly funded health care when in Canada. Second, snowbirds should travel with a “border kit” that serves as proof that you’re a Canadian tax resident (click on the article link for specific documents to include). Third, Ritchie warns against attempting to time the currency market when converting cash. If you plan to make the cross-border lifestyle a long-term situation, make sure you have U.S. dollars hedged for that purpose. Finally, review your estate planning situation, as Canadians who die owning more than $60K in U.S. real estate and securities held personally require the executor to file a U.S. estate tax return.

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Miss OneFilAm Radhaa Nilia join Celebrities at the 15th Annual Children Uniting Nations Event

Beverly Hills, CA - Miss OneFilAm Radhaa Nilia, along with other celebrities where in attendance to support the ‘Children Uniting Nations’ benefit and fundraiser event, held at Warner Bros. Estate in Beverly Hills, CA.

This annual event has been hosted by celebrities such as Prince, Halle Berry, Mel Gibson, Christina Milian, David Bowie, Pierce Brosnan, Dean Cain, Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, Wyclef, Chris Tucker, and many more. Proceeds from the event benefit Children Uniting Nations (CUN) and its programs for at-risk children.

“I feel incredibly grateful to be part of this special occasion in honor of helping children” says Miss Nilia, who wore a ravishing red dress and jewelry by Samira Gem Creations.

Along with being a crowned Miss OneFilAm, Radhaa Nilia is also an Award winning Filmmaker. She won Best Director on her first film ‘Hope Cafe’ and ‘Best Actress’ for her role in ‘Freight Train’.

Acclaimed Comedian Tommy Davidson, was the Host for the evening festivities. Tommy Davidson career was launched with ‘In Living Color’ and has become a legend for his for his signature Stand Up Comedy which everyone got a chance to enjoy.


Celebrities such as Actress Radha Mitchell, gathered to help raise funds and awareness for Children Uniting Nations. Guests were seated at tables underneath a large see-through tented area. There was an extravagant three course dinner for the guests, followed by a Silent Auction event held inside the tent in front of the stage, where several celebrities helped to raise money for Foster Care Charity (Children Uniting Nations). The Auction featured a decorative collection of extremely rare sports memorabilia, ranging from an Authentic Peyton Manning Broncos Jersey signed by the entire Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Championship team, to photos of the famous Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier fight, signed by both fighters. There was even an autographed Joe Namath Jersey, and a signed Dan Marino Miami Dolphin’s helmet.

A partial list of celebrities in attendance at the party that evening, included Italian model Fabio, former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, turned comedian, Mike Tyson, and Legendary Screen Actor and Musician Jeff Goldblum—who’s band performed later in the evening. Children Uniting Nations is a registered non-profit organization that relies on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund its’ programs.


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Body Shaper Referral Program

by admin on March 19, 2014

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Save 20% on all leggings, tights, shaper & more

Plus earn $5.00 cash back when you refer a friend


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