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Green Cross Russia develops groundbreaking method that generates cleaner and cheaper energy from animal waste

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Moscow/Geneva (PRWEB UK) 28 April 2014

Green Cross Russia announced today the development of an innovative method converting animal waste into biogas for half the price and running on cleaner energy than existing biogas facilities in Europe. This groundbreaking method – the Green Cross Method – was developed in a farm on the outskirts of Moscow.

President of Green Cross Russia, Sergey Baranovsky, is passionate about his organization’s mission to produce energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In his words, the fact that “a relatively small NGO, and not big government or industry” developed the new method is an interesting development. “Nobody else has been able to come up with an effective, economical way to convert manure into environmentally friendly, organic source of energy.”

The Green Cross Method produces clean energy and generates heat from burning methane (CH4) derived from biogas.

The plant where the Green Cross Method is in use initially began processing manure from between 30 to 100 head of cattle into biogas. This biogas has a composition of 80% methane, can be produced within 36 to 48 hours and has a total output of 30-kilowatt hours of electricity. The plant also burns clean energy without emitting carbon dioxide (CO2) or methane into the atmosphere.

Animal emissions account for approximately 18% of CO2 and CH4 in the air worldwide according to Baranovsky. “Our method will give the agricultural sector ‘tools’ to prevent pollution of the atmosphere,” he said.

Currently, the plant processes waste from about 200 cows, but Baranovsky points out the cost-saving factor is based on biogas production for more than 700 cows. Based on this output, the Green Cross Method has a return on investment from biogas energy production in just one and a half year, as opposed to standard biogas facilities operating in Europe, which can take up to 10 years before having a fair return.

Energy generated by the biogas plant is powering agriculture and livestock facilities at a farm operated by the Russian Institute of Livestock. This farm is establishing an educational centre for farmers and has plans to promote this model in neighboring states. “Rapid action to reduce global carbon emissions is needed if we are to de-carbonize the global economy in the coming decades. The latest IPCC report has showed that this is not only possible but also affordable without sacrificing living standards,” said Green Cross International’s (GCI) Chief Operating Officer Adam Koniuszewski.

The next step—promoting and installing the biogas system—is an important one to Baranovsky. While he is pleased about the positive effects the Green Cross Method has on the environment, advances can only be made in society if all farms use this system. “Governments and industries must now take an active role in finding international markets for this important source of energy,” ends Baranovsky.


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Carole Apotheloz

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Key Air Partners With Asset Insight, Inc. to Provide Optimal Aircraft Management Solutions

Oxford, CT (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

Key Air, a leading national provider of best-in-class aircraft management and worldwide executive jet charter services recently partnered with Asset Insight, Inc., developers of the Asset Grading System Process™, to provide asset optimization solutions for Key Air clients in order to protect and enhance their aircraft’s financial performance.

Asset Insight’s proprietary Grading System Process evaluates and simplifies complex technical data into standardized, actionable, financial figures – the “Asset Insight Index” –creating a simple-to-understand, uniform, and objective method by which to grade and financially value an aircraft with respect to its optimal maintenance condition. The Asset Insight Index serves as a “credit score” for assets. The better the aircraft’s maintenance condition, the better its Index.

Key Air’s partnership with Asset Insight can also greatly benefit an aircraft owner should the owner wish to consider upgrading their asset, as the Index provides insight as to how the aircraft is currently positioned in the market.

“Key Air provides significant asset management service and expertise to our aircraft owners, in addition to being a proven aircraft management and charter company,” stated Greg Kinsella, Key Air President and CEO. “Partnering with Asset Insight provides Key Air and our aircraft owners with a more quantitative approach to the asset management responsibilities we take seriously. Key Air is proud to be the first aircraft management company to offer this significant level of asset management service to our aircraft owners.”

“Key Air’s extensive focus on asset management will provide its managed aircraft clients the ability to make better-informed decisions, thereby offering them the opportunity to optimize their aircraft’s value,” said Tony Kioussis, President of Asset Insight, Inc. “An aircraft’s maintenance condition is a major component of its value. Asset Insight’s services enable anyone holding, or planning to hold, an ownership interest in an aircraft the ability to assess more accurately the value of the asset through a better understanding of the aircraft’s maintenance condition and how it compares to other aircraft of comparable make/model and age, especially those competitive models listed for sale.”

In continuing its commitment to excellence with providing robust customized aircraft management solutions, Key Air is proud to offer the latest innovations to managing their clients’ assets to fully optimize the aircraft’s value.

About Key Air

Established in 1985, Key Air’s expertise and reputation for providing safety, reliability and exceptional customer service enabled its expansion from a regional operation to its current national status. Custom, tailored-fit aircraft management solutions and boutique style services exemplify Key Air’s commitment to individualized care. Its successful remote aircraft management model extends to seven base locations nationwide. Key Air manages an impressive charter fleet of modern midsize to ultra long range aircraft all meticulously maintained to offer clients a broad range of solutions to meet their travel needs. Committed to the safety and security of its clients, Key Air garners several prestigious safety accreditations, including Industry Audit Standard registration from the Air Charter Safety Foundation, International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO) and continued Platinum operator status by ARG/US.

For more information about Key Air and our offerings, visit us at or call at 888.539.2471.

About Asset Insight

Asset Insight, Inc. ( provides asset evaluation and financial optimization services. The Asset Insight Index and related analyses derived by the company’s “Asset Grading System Standard” (Patent Pending) provide the ability to translate the asset’s technical condition into easy-to-understand, actionable financial information. Asset Insight is independent of any manufacturer, appraisal firm, financial services firm, or technical services facility, enabling it to provide an unbiased view of an asset’s condition with respect to its technical status and related financial exposure.



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Consumer Reports Reveals the Best Used Cars and Ones to Avoid

YONKERS, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

With prices at historic highs – even for models with high mileage and seemingly excessive wear – and with so many vehicles from which to choose, shopping for a used car can be a challenge. To help Americans choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2004 through 2013.

The full report is available in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Issue, which is on newsstands now, and at the 2014 Autos Spotlight page on Highlighted are the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs available in four price ranges: from $ 10,000 or less up to $ 25,000. Each performed well in CR’s testing when new and had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey. And all models came standard with electronic stability control (ESC).

“When shopping for a used car, it’s really important to find a car that drives well and will hold up down the road. Our guide makes it easy for shoppers to choose a great used car by highlighting the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs in four different price ranges,” said Rik Paul, auto editor, Consumer Reports.

In the $ 15,000-$ 20,000 price range the following cars made Consumer Reports’ list of best used cars:

SMALL CARS: 2012-13 Hyundai Elantra and 2011-13 Subaru Impreza

These are as roomy and as comfortable as larger, more expensive cars. The Elantra combines nimble and secure handling with a fairly comfortable ride. The Impreza sedan and hatchback both offer standard all-wheel drive along with sporty handling and a great ride.

SEDANS: 2011-12 Toyota Camry, 2010-11 Toyota Camry Hybrid, and 2008 Acura TL

Both the four- and six-cylinder Camry deliver impressive fuel economy along with a comfortable ride, a roomy cabin, and superb reliability. For even better gas mileage, the Camry Hybrid gets 34 mpg overall and 41 on the highway. A sportier alternative is the Acura TL, which has long been one of our favorite sedans to drive.

SUVs: 2006-07 Lexus RX and 2009-10 Subaru Forester (nonturbo)

The Lexus RX is comfortable, nicely finished, and extremely reliable. The hybrid version gets good fuel economy. The Forester is more utilitarian but handles well and has an excellent ride. Access is easy, and the view out is the best among SUVs.

The Consumer Reports used cars to avoid list includes 2004 to 2013 models that have had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to CR’s Annual Auto Survey. Among the more than twenty models that made the list are the BMW X5 (6-cyl.), Chrysler Town & Country, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagen Beetle.

For more information on used cars pick up a copy of Consumer Reports’ April Annual Auto Issue, which is available on newsstands now wherever magazines are sold, or visit the 2014 Autos Spotlight page on

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.


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Tips On Trips Spots The Hot Trends In Summer Programs For Teens

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Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) February 28, 2014

“Summer programming for teens has become a very competitive industry. Parents are looking for ways to occupy their younger teens that cannot yet hold jobs. And, parents of older teens are looking for resume builders and experiences from which their teens can craft college essays,” says Eve Eifler, co-owner of Tips on Trips and Camps, Inc.

Co-owner Carey Rivers adds, “The trends that seem to be driving the summer program industry right now are demands for shorter programs to accommodate the busy teen schedule and demands for more bang for the buck.”

Eifler agrees, “While programs abroad used to be strictly delineated between language, community service, or adventure travel; today, teens can choose one program in which they can do all three. And, teens can participate in two distinctly different trips in one summer under the same organization. To allow for this, these organizations provide escorted flights from one country to the next destination.”

Rivers highlights social entrepreneurship as another hot trend in teen summer camp programming. She says, “these programs teach teens business-based solutions to social problems like poverty and ecology. Students learn environmental stewardship and leadership skills at top American universities or in foreign settings such as South Africa or Switzerland.

Experiences abroad for teenagers have been a popular thing for years. A high school student can explore a foreign culture by studying on a college campus or staying with a host family. A new type of experience, however, is one in which a student has already developed a passion at home and wants to experience that skill in a foreign setting. Eifler agrees, “A student can paint in a small community in Ireland or develop their writing in Prague. They can explore public health issues and learn preventive medicine in Nicaragua or do a photography workshop in London.”

Food and sustainable living is certainly a new area of interest to many teens and parents alike and the industry has responded with a multitude of farm to table programs, both domestically and abroad. Rivers adds, “Kids have become disconnected from the land and from where their food is derived. With some trips to Italy, teens can learn organic farming and culinary skills and form an appreciation for the entire process of food production and eating. In Nicaragua, they can practice their Spanish and work on healthy gardening with native people.”

Specialty camps have existed for a while now, but it was not until very recently that those specialties were linked to religious philosophy. Jewish specialty programs have sprung up in outdoor adventure, science, business and sports. Eifler says, “The idea of the traditional Jewish co-ed camp will always remain; but, for the teen who missed that experience or is just not a traditional camper, he can pursue an interest in science or business alongside a Jewish cohort and, simultaneously, understand things like how Jewish ethics inform business decisions.”

Every teen program director wants to go where “no man has ever been,” but has to balance that with parents’ concerns over safety. Rivers agrees, “Teen tour operators have responded with a wealth of more stringent security protocols to ensure that travel is safe for kids no matter how far or distinct. It is not uncommon to find teen programs that travel to Uganda or Vietnam. Eastern Europe has also become a major teen destination to countries like Croatia and the Czech Republic.”

Tips on Trips consultants have been advising parents for the last 43 years. They have U.S. regional offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, California, and abroad in France and Barcelona. Parents can receive expert advice by telephone, email or in person.

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Ayla Offers Winter Skincare Tips for Dry, Acne-Prone Skin

Luzern Laboratories Hydra-Enzyme Mask

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

Combat that dry, dull, acne-prone skin with natural skincare tips and products. Ayla (, an online natural skincare boutique, offers advice from top skincare experts and product recommendations for those who are looking to give their skin, particularly dry and breakout-prone complexions, the relief and nourishment it craves.

Thrashing winds, dry air, chilly temperatures, and indoor heating all can suck extra moisture from skin—leaving skin looking dull, flaky, or inflamed. Dry skin with acne is particularly challenging to treat because most acne treatments are made for oily skin. Luckily, top New York City facialist Julia March provides Ayla with a few cures and preventive measures to combat winter woes.

Here are Julia’s top five tips for dry skin with acne:

1)    Once or twice a week, use a salicylic acid or white willow bark cleanser rather than a leave-on acne treatment. Leave-on medication typically dries out skin even more and causes further breakouts. (Medik8’s betaGel is an exception and works well on dry skin as a spot treatment).

2)    Wash face with plain lukewarm water in the morning and use a creamy cleanser on alternate evenings when not using a salicylic acid cleanser.

3)    Keep the rest of your regimen simple and gentle: just moisturize with a lotion or light cream, such as MyHavtorn’s Organic Face Cream during the day.

4)    At night, take a break from creams when breakouts are occurring to let skin breathe and encourage its natural detoxification process. Instead, use an oil or a gel mixed with oil. (Great choices include The Organic Pharmacy’s Antioxidant Gel and Kahina’s Argan Oil.)

5)    Hydrate and nourish skin with a clay mask mixed with raw honey either once a week or bi-weekly if skin feels very dry.

Julia also recommends using a weekly hydrating mask to keep skin balanced and nourished, such as the new Hydra-Enzyme Mask from Luzern Laboratories. Introduced just in time for the coldest months of winter, Luzern’s Hydra-Enzyme Mask leaves skin hydrated and radiant. Naturally made with exfoliating pumpkin enzyme as well as moisturizing hyaluronic acid, organic sweet almond oil, and olive-derived squalene, this mask helps dissolve dead surface cells and infuse skin with hydration for a brighter, suppler complexion. It also contains stabilized vitamin C and organic licorice extract to leave skin firmer and diminish the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles. This mask is excellent for all skin types, particularly those dealing with clogged pores, dullness, and dehydration. With buddleja davidii extract to fight free radicals and fight inflammation, it’s also great for sensitive skin.

For more information on winter skincare for dry, acne-prone skin, click here.

About Ayla

Ayla is an online beauty retailer that offers consumers personal guidance for skincare that works. To ensure its customers get healthy, great-looking skin from the inside out, Ayla combines the best natural, organic, and “nasty-ingredient-free” products with expert recommendations and holistic skincare advice. Since 2011, has built a loyal following for its highly personalized and convenient experience. Ayla is a privately held company with headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

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