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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 1

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2012 — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Sunday, April 1st.  Now that spring is here, people are taking trips to enjoy the natural beauty of some of the nation’s premier parks and gardens.  A half million of them will come to Muskogee, Oklahoma for the annual Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park this month.  There, they will find 625 different varieties of azaleas, sharing more than 130 acres with redbuds, dogwoods and other blooming plants.  Many will take home ideas for their own gardens.  Across the U.S., more than two-thirds of households take part in lawn and garden activities.  Just under a third grow flowers, and a quarter plan their own landscaping.  One-in- four have vegetable gardens, and 12 percent have a decorative water garden.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 194
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1242

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

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New Guitar DSP Plugin Turns Hacks Into Shredders

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 01, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/macProVideo.com, an Online Education Site featuring tutorial-videos for music makers, today announces a new guitar plugin called “Phoenix Pro” that is guaranteed to turn novice guitar players into rockstars. In partnership with Phoenix Digital Audio Teknologies of Germany, macProVideo.com‘s team of in-house programmers have created a true, revolutionary audio DSP processor that can physically model the sound of top guitar pros like Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, or BB King and apply them to any guitar recording, no matter the skill level of the original player.

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According to macProVideo.com CEO Martin Sitter, “As a software education company that works daily to help artists become better musicians, we’re constantly looking for quick ways to help our clients get that huge, polished pro sound. With the new Phoenix Pro DSP Plugin, we’ve designed an incredible physical modelling processor that will allow even the roughest and most amateur guitar recording to ‘rise from the ashes’ and soar like a Phoenix.”

A plugin like Phoenix Pro has long been considered the Holy Grail of audio production. Through complex algorithms (called “Morphic Phrasing Technology”) designed by the legendary guitar engineer Toby Pitman, Phoenix Pro provides detailed control over all major aspects of getting that “big” guitar sound, including player Skill Level, Dexterity, Groove, and Complexity. Players can also choose between several different styles, turning poor-quality guitar recordings into Rock, Jazz, Reggae, or Country masterpieces. With 12 popular guitar playing styles available at the dial of a knob, Phoenix Pro’s genre-mashing is guaranteed to become the centre-piece audio DSP plugin of every project studio.

Ease of use was a primary concern for Toby Pitman and the macProVideo.com team when designing Phoenix Pro. To use the plugin, Guitar players simply record a one-take pass of their riff, then insert Phoenix Pro on the track containing the recording. Through a few simple adjustments to the plugin parameters, and then a twist of the giant “Amount” knob, the artist can “dial-in” the sound they are looking for, turning a thin studio recording into a monster, arena-shaking anthem.

Available for audio engineers & guitar players of any skill level (though targeted mostly at beginners or those too lazy to do the work required to get the sound they’re after), Phoenix Pro is designed for use with all major DAWs including GarageBand, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, and Cubase.

Phoenix Pro needs to be heard to be believed. macProVideo.com, in conjunction with Toby Pitman and Phoenix Digital Audio Teknologies, have produced a demo video that shows you how this incredible DSP processor functions. Watch the video here:

For more information, visit macProVideo.com/hub.

Media Contact: Kim Bowie macProVideo.com, 604-563-5007, kim@macprovideo.com

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Tribune Television Stations and WGN America No Longer Available Via DirecTV

CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 — As of midnight, tonight, Tribune television stations in 19 markets across the country will no longer be available via DirecTV, denying subscribers access to the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by those stations. DirecTV subscribers will also be unable to watch WGN America, Tribune’s national cable network.

Tribune Broadcasting’s contract with DirecTV will expire at midnight, Saturday, March 31. A new agreement has not been reached. By federal law, without an agreement in place, DirecTV cannot carry the signal of Tribune’s local television stations. Tribune’s local stations in the eastern time zone will be the first to be denied by DirecTV to its subscribers. Stations in other time zones will follow.

“This situation is extremely unfortunate,” said Nils Larsen, Tribune Broadcasting president. “We don’t want anyone to lose the valuable programming we provide, but we simply cannot get fair compensation from DirecTV and we cannot allow DirecTV to continue taking advantage of us.”

DirecTV has never compensated Tribune for the rebroadcast of its television stations and Tribune is asking for an agreement that is similar to those that DirecTV already has in place with hundreds of other broadcasters and program providers.

“As baseball season gets underway, DirecTV’s inflexibility means sports fans in some of our local markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, will be deprived of one of baseball’s most cherished events—Opening Day,” said Larsen.

In Chicago, Cubs and White Sox baseball games broadcast on WGN-TV will be lost to subscribers, including the home openers of both teams. DirecTV subscribers in Philadelphia will lose access to Phillies baseball on WPHL-TV, including the team’s home opener. In Washington, D.C., subscribers who are fans of the Nationals will not be able to see Nationals games on WDCW-TV, including their Opening Day contest with the Chicago Cubs. In New York, DirecTV subscribers will lose access to Mets baseball broadcast via WPIX-TV. Finally, DirecTV subscribers across the country will lose access to HD sports programming such as Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball broadcast by WGN America.

“In addition, local news, weather, traffic and sports coverage will also be lost, as well as the high-quality entertainment programming we offer on our local stations,” said Larsen. “This is a terrible outcome for the communities we serve and we regret that DirecTV has put us in this position.”

In those markets in which Tribune owns the local Fox affiliate, DirecTV subscribers will lose entertainment programming such as “American Idol,” “Glee,” “New Girl” and sports programming such as NASCAR and Major League Baseball. In those markets where Tribune owns the local affiliate of The CW Network, DirecTV subscribers will lose programming such as “America’s Next Top Model,” “Gossip Girl,” “Supernatural,” “Vampire Diaries,” and the series finale of “One Tree Hill.” In New Orleans, where Tribune owns the local ABC affiliate, “Modern Family,” and NBA basketball games will be unavailable to subscribers.

“There are options for DirecTV subscribers,” said Larsen. “They don’t have to miss their regular news or favorite shows. Our broadcast stations are available for free in HD with a TV antenna or through an alternative pay-TV provider.”

Tribune has established a web site, www.telldirectv.com, to enable DirecTV subscribers to register their concerns about losing this valuable programming. “We’ve seen tremendous traffic to the website and a very high volume of calls, and we know that people will be disappointed and upset,” said Larsen. “We’re urging DirecTV subscribers to continue to make sure they are heard by calling DirecTV and engaging in social media via Twitter and Facebook.”

TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago‘s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.

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Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Victorious, LMFAO, SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber, Puss in Boots and More Win Coveted Orange Blimps at Nickelodeon’s 25Th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Mega-stars including Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, LMFAO and Justin Bieber reigned as this year’s favorites, winning top honors at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 31, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast).  Hosted by international superstar and 10-time KCA winner Will Smith, the awards were broadcast from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles where kids’ top choices in television, movies, music and sports were revealed through a flying blimp, silver robot and sword swallower.  Smith made an aerial entrance onto the venue by parachuting down from the official KCA blimp, a 246-foot orange airship situated above the arena.  After rappelling to the stage and deactivating a booby trap set by a mysterious Creepy Voice determined to stop the show, Smith kicked off the silver anniversary celebration with a performance of “Can U Handle This” and balloons filled with confetti and slime.

First Lady Michelle Obama made her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, presenting Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year’s The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States.  The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same. 

The star-studded event got off to an immediate sticky start with Halle Berry‘s surprise sliming in her audience seat.  Looking good in green, Lautner received the ultimate gooey prize for accepting Smith’s challenge to a push-up contest, while presenter Chris Colfer was doused in slime by an exploding blimp at the podium.  In an epic battle that had the giants of wrestling literally swimming in the goo, The Big Show took down The Miz in the inaugural KCA Slime Wrestling World Championships.  Hosted by Nick’s Jeff Sutphen with WWE superstar Santino Marella serving as referee, the showdown was set in a special ring that slimed the audience each time one of them hit the ropes or the corner posts.  Much to his disappointment, Cee Lo Green was not so green after being revealed as the Creepy Voice who tried to ruin the show.  Instead, he got “ice cream sundae’d” by Smith who said being slimed was an honor and his behavior was unslimeable.  Bieber, the mystery celebrity who won the live viewer vote during the show, received both a blimp and a slime bath as he and Smith closed the show in signature green style with slime cannons in the grand finale. 

Kids paid tribute to their favorites by casting over 220 million votes March 1-March 31 in 20 categories. In addition to the Kids’ Choice Awards website on Nick.com, families were able to vote via the Nick mobile website (wap.nick.com) and through a KCA app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod.  Fans were also able to vote for their favorite stars using a Facebook application on the Nickelodeon Facebook page.  Users voted from a tab on the page and, for the first time ever, the entire voting experience could be embedded directly into Facebook wall posts.  Also new this year, fans were able to vote for their favorite nominees on Twitter through the use of custom hash tags and SMS subscribers could vote on a category per day for the three weeks leading up to the event.

Orange blimps were presented to Adam Sandler for Favorite Movie Actor; Kristen Stewart for Favorite Movie Actress; Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked for Favorite Movie and Puss in Boots for Favorite Animated Movie. Taylor Lautner won top honors for Favorite Buttkicker and Katy Perry took home the blimp for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for her role of Smurfette in The Smurfs.  In the television categories, Favorite TV Show went to Victorious; Favorite Reality Show to Wipeout; Favorite Cartoon to SpongeBob SquarePants; Favorite TV Actor to Jake Short; Favorite TV Actress to Selena Gomez and Funniest TV Sidekick to Jennette McCurdy.  In music, top honors went to Selena Gomez for Favorite Female Singer; Big Time Rush for Favorite Music Group and Justin Bieber for Favorite Male Singer; while the track “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO won for Favorite Song.  Most valuable players Tim Tebow and Danica Patrick won for Favorite Male Athlete and Favorite Female Athlete, respectively.  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series garnered Favorite Book and Just Dance 3 won for Favorite Videogame.

Global superstar Katy Perry took home a blimp and made her KCA performance debut, rocking the stage with “Part of Me,” off her just-released special edition CD Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.  Later in the show, international pop sensation One Direction — Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan — gave a scream-worthy performance of their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful.”  The group will also perform the song in a special guest appearance on an upcoming episode of iCarly, “iGo One Direction,” premiering Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). 

The star-studded telecast featured additional celebrity participants, including: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Miranda Cosgrove, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Heidi Klum, Chris Rock, Big Time Rush, Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Cody Simpson, Jennette McCurdy, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Victoria Justice, Nolan Gould and many others.

For the first time ever, E! broadcast live from the Galen Center during an hour-long Live From the Red Carpet pre-show featuring celebrity arrivals and interviews with the nominees, with select moments airing on Nickelodeon.  Hosted by Ross Mathews and Kelly Osbourne, the coverage included a musical performance by Keke Palmer and Max Schneider (How to Rock) of “Me and You Against the World,” an original song from Nick’s upcoming original TV movie Rags

In celebration of the KCA milestone, Nickelodeon upped the digital presence of the 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards across a variety of platforms that included cross-platform interactive experiences, before, during and after the big show, on Nickelodeon websites, Twitter, Facebook, and mobile and iOS devices.  Leading into the awards, special guest correspondents Daniella Monet (Victorious), Jeff Sutphen (BrainSurge), and Zach Sang captured all the action on the orange carpet in a live stream on Nick.com and multiple platforms — Facebook, Android and iPhone smart phones and iPads.  During the Countdown to Kids’ Choice pre-show, kids were able to participate in the experience with total access to live event coverage, including an exclusive performance by Keke Palmer of “Stand Out,” another original song from Rags.  Exclusive Nick cameras offered multiple viewing angles and were featured alongside celebrity tweets, interactive polls, real-time updates and photos from the orange carpet and backstage.  Fans at home were able to submit questions to the pre-show hosts and saw their poll results displayed on large screens on the orange carpet.  Coverage during the event included a live backstage companion stream and interviews during the main show, live on the app and on Nick.com.  After the show, fans can relive their favorite show moments by watching video highlights from the live show, flipping through orange carpet, live event and performance photos and read through recaps. 

This year, kids not only picked the winners, but they got to help host Smith make this awards show the biggest, messiest and slimiest show ever, by collecting goo for the Global Slime Collection via a gamefied digital experience in the weeks leading up to the big show.  Through brand-new iPad, iPhone, iPod and iOS apps, and the KCA website, kids were tasked to find slime hidden throughout the photo galleries, news and videos, which was then used throughout the show.

The apps and website featured clips and photos from past Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards shows, along with promotional spots, dedicated information pages on Smith and nominees, a KCA news blog, trivia, personality quizzes and two new KCA-themed online games.  Nickelodeon’s virtual worlds and websites — Monkey Quest, Neopets and Petpet Park–also launched exclusive KCA-themed promotions and games.

The live broadcast of Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards was simulcast in Times Square and encores Saturday, March 31 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite and Sunday, April 1, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT).  Replays of the awards will air on TeenNick Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and on Nicktoons Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m. (ET).  Additionally, a half-hour special, KCA: One More Slime!, featuring highlights and exclusive bonus footage from the big show, will premiere Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. (ET/PT) with encores on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. (ET/PT). 

Presenting sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards are General Mills, Hasbro, Honda and Target.  Associate sponsors are Bounty™, Nintendo and Skechers.

The following are Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards winners:


Favorite TV Show

Favorite Reality Show

Favorite TV Actor
Jake Short (A.N.T. Farm)

Favorite TV Actress
Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place)

Funniest TV Sidekick
Jennette McCurdy (iCarly)

Favorite Cartoon
SpongeBob SquarePants



Favorite Male Athlete
Tim Tebow

Favorite Female Athlete
Danica Patrick



Favorite Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Favorite Movie Actor
Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)

Favorite Movie Actress
Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1)

Favorite Animated Movie
Puss in Boots

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Katy Perry (The Smurfs)



Favorite Music Group
Big Time Rush

Favorite Male Singer
Justin Bieber

Favorite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favorite Song 
“Party Rock Anthem” (by LMFAO)



Favorite Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Favorite Videogame
Just Dance 3

Favorite Buttkicker
Taylor Lautner


Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards will be available on Nickelodeon On Demand beginning Monday, April 2 and KCA: One More Slime! will be available beginning Monday, April 9.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is more global than ever in 2012, seen in over 300 million households around the world.  Within hours of airing live in the United States and Canada, the show will roll out in additional international markets, providing kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show faster than ever.  In many international markets, the 2012 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as Nickelodeon Italia’s Favorite Star and Nickelodeon UK’s Favorite Show.  Voting for the 2012 KCAs spanned over six continents across 13 localized voting sites in 11 different languages, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.

Nickelodeon’s 25thAnnual Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions.  Bob Bain, Marjorie Cohn and Paula Kaplan are Executive Producers.  Media outlets can reference the most up-to-date information on Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards by logging onto www.NickKCApress.com.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids.  It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does.  The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years.  For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIANews, VIA.BNews).




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AuraSound kauft Kernvermögenswerte von Arvani


AuraSound, Inc.

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AuraSound fait l’acquisition des actifs clés de Arvani


« L’acquisition Arvani est une autre étape clé dans le cadre de notre stratégie annoncée précédemment en vue d’accroître nos ventes de façon significative en dehors du marché américain », a déclaré M. Harald Weisshaupt, chef de la direction et président de AuraSound. « En plus de fournir à AuraSound la marque reconnue Arvani, cette étape offre un accès immédiat à certains détaillants bien établis dans plusieurs pays. Nous avons amorcé les rendez-vous clients et prévoyons au cours du prochain trimestre d’expédier dans ces nouveaux canaux nos produits barre de son TV, leaders de l’industrie. Je suis très heureux de voir Ove se joindre à l’équipe de direction AuraSound ; il dispose d’une longue expérience, d’une connaissance du marché ainsi que de nombreuses relations commerciales. Il apporte le leadership nécessaire pour s’assurer que nous respectons nos objectifs ambitieux de croissance de notre chiffre d’affaires sur le marché européen. »    

À propos de AuraSound, Inc.

AuraSound jouit de 25 ans d’expérience spécialisée dans la conception et la fabrication de haut-parleurs très haut de gamme, et propose constamment une expérience audio optimale. La large gamme de produits AuraSound comprend des barres de son TV, des amplificateurs de haute qualité pour les téléviseurs, des caissons de basse à la pointe de la technologie ainsi que des transducteurs tactiles pour les marchés audio professionnels et spécialisés. Les produits AuraSound reposent sur des amplificateurs brevetés et exclusifs NRT®, des BassShakers, des haut-parleurs d’aigus Line Source, et bien plus encore. Grâce à l’acquisition de ASI Audiotechnologies en 2010, AuraSound s’est enrichie de nouveaux clients, de technologies de transducteurs exclusives supplémentaires, de nouveaux modèles d’amplificateur d’application spécifique et de modèles ID primés. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez consulter le site Web à l’adresse : http://www.aurasound.com.  

Contact :

Ove Kristensen

Directeur général, Europe

AuraSound, Inc.

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Branham Law Group, LLP Investigating Groupon for Financial Reporting Failures

DALLAS, March 31, 2012 – Branham Law Group, LLP is investigating potential securities law violations by certain officers and/or directors of Groupon, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN) (“Groupon”). At issue is whether certain officers and directors of Groupon breached the required fiduciary duties to shareholders and issued false and misleading statements.   These issues have been raised by the recent, and repeated, failures of Groupon to implement proper accounting protocols.

Groupon shareholders with information about these issues or who are looking to learn more about their available rights and remedies should contact Trey Branham at 855-722-5910 or at tbranham@branhamlawgroup.com.

Groupon issued a press release on Friday, March 30, 2012 conceding that their financial statements required restating, admitting that they were materially false and that fourth quarter income fell well short of projections.  Groupon’s auditors, Ernst & Young, confirmed that the error demonstrated a “material weakness in internal controls.”   These misstatements are similar to those made by Groupon prior to its debut on the public markets.

“We are deeply troubled by Groupon’s apparent inability to get a handle on their finances and make accurate disclosures to shareholders,” said Trey Branham, Managing Partner of the Branham Law Group, LLP.  Damaged Groupon shareholders have the option of filing a class action lawsuit to recover damages incurred as a result of disclosures.

The Branham Law Group, LLP has extensive experience in securities and commercial litigation and handled claims of investor fraud, partnership oppression, shareholder derivative suits, and class actions of all types. The Branham Law Group also advises whistleblowers on appropriate courses of actions.

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Ironman Champion Chris Lieto Shows How His After-Workout Routine Helps Fuel His Success

GALVESTON, Texas, March 31, 2012 — Triathlete and three-time Ironman Champion Chris Lieto knows how to finish a race; not only by breaking the finish tape, but also by refueling with lowfat chocolate milk. On Saturday, Lieto unveiled his new “got chocolate milk?” ad at Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston.

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Lieto knows lowfat chocolate milk has the right mix of protein and carbs, scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles after a strenuous workout, especially a back-to-back swim, bike and run.  Plus, replenishing with chocolate milk is a simple and effective way to help the body recover after a hard workout  so athletes can perform at their best during the next bout of exercise. Lieto’s new “got chocolate milk?” ad will debut in Sports Illustrated on April 23.

Lieto’s new ad copy reads, “After a hard workout, I drink in the scenery. And then I refuel with chocolate milk for protein and to replenish electrolytes. It’s my little reward for a 70-mile joyride.”

Visit Facebook.com/gotchocolatemilk to see Lieto’s new ad and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and footage from his ad shoot. Elite athletes, coaches and trainers of Team REFUEL know lowfat chocolate milk is a delicious and effective way to refuel and recover for your After. Learn more at www.GotChocolateMilk.com.


Ken Griffey, Jr. & Winky Wright Lead Winning Teams in MJCI Celebrity-Amateur Competition

LAS VEGAS, March 31, 2012 – World-renowned “hitters” Ken Griffey, Jr. and Winky Wright brought their skills to the golf course and emerged victorious in the celebrity-amateur tournament of the 11th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) at Shadow Creek Golf Course, hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino.

Working in concert with their respective foursome of amateur golfers, Griffey, Jr. shot a 19-under par 53 in the first round of the celeb-am Thursday, while Wright’s team shot a sensational 22-under par 50 during Friday’s second round. Griffey, Jr.’s team tied host Michael Jordan‘s foursome but earned the win via tiebreaker.

First round of MJCI’s two-person, 36-hole celebrity-only scramble teed off this morning (click here for pairing and tee times); champions will be announced tomorrow at 3 p.m. The winning celebs each will take home $20,000 for their designated charities.


  • The legend himself, Michael Jordan, was in great spirits during MJCI’s celebrity-amateur tournament, driving around Shadow Creek in a Carolina blue No. 23 golf cart blaring R&B tunes. Following an incredible drive on the 18th fairway, a spectator shouted to Jordan that he should “show Tiger [Woods] a thing or two [about golf].” Jordan chuckled and answered, “I’m not stupid!” and followed it up with, “Let’s play 18 more!”
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers driving what spectators called the “best shot of the day” on Shadow Creek’s very first hole. Rodgers’ luck continued throughout the two-day tournament; when he knocked in a birdie putt on No. 5 his entire team tackled him in celebration.
  • ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon said in an interview that “every kid in Chicago, ages 5 to 50, idolizes Michael Jordan as the best sports player of all time because of the impact he left on the city.” Wilbon joked that his five-year-old son asked him if Jordan will ever retire.
  • Actress/model Angie Everhart spotted a pint-size beauty queen among the spectators and offered to let the eight-year-old tiara-wearing princess putt her ball on the 9th hole. The ecstatic young girl leaped at the chance, but got stage fright once she got to the green and shyly handed the putter back to Everhart. Later in the day, Everhart exclaimed that meeting fans and sharing experiences was “the best play of my game today.”
  • Even after years of marriage, “the Great One” still aims to impress his wife. While in conversation on hole 9, Janet Jones-Gretzky ducked as the team behind her yelled “fore!” and a golf ball flew overhead, landing within feet of the hole. Instantly suspicious, she asked, “Was that Wayne?” After confirming that husband Wayne Gretzky hit the beautiful shot, she said knowingly, “He’s showing off for me.”
  • NHL wonder Brett Hull must’ve been excited about his shots for the day, as he literally skipped his way to Hole No. 9 where he earned a par.
  • When a golf ball was tossed to World Cup champion Brandi Chastain, she instinctively tried to stop it like a soccer ball, prompting jokes about her attempt at creating a sports crossover. Chastain sparked laughs on day two when she warned onlookers to “back up because this ball can go anywhere!” as one of her teammates stepped up to putt.
  • Uncharacteristic of a pitcher, former Atlanta Braves’ star John Smoltz smashed a 300-yard drive down the No. 1 fairway, starting an amazing second day in the tournament.
  • Cedric the Entertainer began his round with a fake English accent yelling, “Good Morning! Don’t mind the accent, sometimes it just feels right.” Chuckling to himself he later remarked, “I don’t know where that came from.”
  • Although normally quiet, Shadow Creek has been anything but during the first two days of MJCI. The music’s bumping and celebs are dancing as their favorite music plays during every swing, compliments of built-in stereos on their golf carts. Hockey all-star Gretzky’s team was seen dancing to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” and later blasting Pink Floyd. Aaron Rodgers‘ team sported a shiny red cart blared NE-YO’s “Because of You” on the 17th hole.
  • Luck was on Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s side at the 18th. Like a scene out of a movie, Dr. J showed his smooth moves when his third shot ricocheted off a rock in the lake, bounced back onto the green and rolled five feet from the pin. The crowd went wild!

Returning to Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the second time the exclusive golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.

MJCI celebrities in attendance include Michael Jordan, NE-YO, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Eddie Cibrian, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Julius Erving, Angie Everhart, Joey Fatone, Marshall Faulk, Terry Francona, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Sugar Ray Leonard, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Joe Morgan, Paul O’Neill, Maury Povich, Ahmad Rashad, Salli Richardson, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Matt Stafford, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Tico Torres, Brian Urlacher, Michael Wilbon, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.




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Tribune Statement On DirecTV Negotiations

CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 – Tribune Broadcasting released the following statement regarding its negotiations with DirecTV:

“Tribune Broadcasting has not reached an agreement or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of its contract, which expires at midnight tonight.  Any statement by DirecTV to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading.”

TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago‘s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.

SOURCE Tribune Broadcasting

Maxthon 3 wird zum Nummer 1 Browser bei den About.com 2012 Readers ‘Choice Awards benannt

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2012

Maxthon (http://www.maxthon.com), ein weltweit agierendes Software-und Web-Services-Unternehmen, hat die Auswahl von Maxthon 3 als Sieger der About.com 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards für den besten Kleinmarkt Browser bekannt gegeben. Mit 72% der Stimmen, war der Maxthon 3 der ausschlaggebende Gewinner und besiegte unter anderem SeaMonkey (14%) und RockMelt (5%). Diese Nachricht folgt einer Reihe von Siegen für Maxthon 3 mit den About.com Readers ‘Choice Awards, einschließlich dem letztjährigen Sieg – mit großem Abstand – in der gleichen Kategorie.

“Dieser Sieg ist ein weiterer Beleg für die Exzellenz und globale Popularität von Maxthon 3″, sagt Jeff Chen, Hauptgeschäftsführer von Maxthon “Wir möchten unseren Dank an die Preisrichter bei About.com und den Fans, die sich die Zeit nahmen, ihre Meinung zu äußern und Maxthon 3 auf Platz 1 wählten, ausdrücken. Dies ist eine große Ehre, die wir gerne annehmen.”

Das beliebte leserorientierte  Awards-Programm begann beim About.com ‘s Technologie-Kanal im Jahr 2008 und hat mittlerweile auf die besten Produkte, Funktionen und Dienste über eine Vielzahl von Themen zu markieren, expandiert. Über das Internet, in Expertenbegutachtung, Fan-Blogs und im Vergleich mit anderen Web-Browsern, hat Maxthon 3 durchweg Lob von den Nutzern aus allen Nationen der Welt erhalten. Benutzer zitierten am Häufigsten die unüber-troffene Geschwindigkeit von Maxthon 3 (das Ergebnis von proprietären Erweiterungen des Open Source WebKit-Widergabe Maschine), dessen freie Cloud-Services und Maxthon 3 branchenführende Unterstützung des sich ständig weiterentwickelnden Standards HTML5, waren am häufigsten zitiert von den Nutzern.

“Maxthon 3 existiert und wird von einer weltweiten Gemeinschaft von Elite-Nutzern bestimmt. Die umsichtige  Resonanz und Intelligenz, die sie bringen, hat die Entwicklung zu einem großartigen Produkt gemacht”, sagt Karl Mattson, Geschäftsführer von Maxthon International / Produktions-leiter. “Ein Sieg wie dieser ist etwas ganz Besonderes für uns. Es ist ein gemeinsames Ergebnis der individuell bedingten Evangelisation zeigt, dass die MX3-Gemeinschaft ein einzigartiges und großartiges Produkt geschaffen hat.”

Über Maxthon

Mit Hauptsitz in Peking, ist Maxthon Ltd ein innovatives Software-Unternehmen und Entwickler von anspruchsvollen Web-Browsern, die neue Standards in Einfachheit, Schnelligkeit und Sicherheit setzen. Jeden Monat nutzen mehr als 130 Millionen Menschen in 120 Ländern der Welt, den Web-Browser Maxthon. Maxthon bringt auch seine Best-of-Breed-Browsing zu der Android-Plattform für mobile Geräte und Tablet-Computern. Für weitere Informationen über Maxthon besuchen Sie bitte http://www.maxthon.com.

Laden Sie Maxthon Mobile für Android-Handys hier:


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Laden Sie Maxthon Mobile für 10 “Android-Tablets hier:



Carowinds Open for the 2012 Season on March 31

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 31, 2012 – In 1903, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina became symbolic to the Carolinas as the site of the “first flight.” Now, more than 100 years later, Carowinds is giving guests the opportunity to experience what the Wright Brothers pioneered; the sense of soaring through the air, as the amusement park debuts WindSeeker – a $6.5 million, thirty-story-tall swing ride designed to give riders the feeling of flight.

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“This is a must-ride attraction for both families and thrill-seekers alike as the sense of soaring thirty stories in the air is both exhilarating and breathtaking at the same time,” said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “The immense scale of this ride alone is truly stunning as it changes the skyline of Carowinds for the third time in as many years.”

With the addition of WindSeeker, guests will notice several enhancements around the new ride, including:

  • More than 15,000 square feet of pavers
  • Midway shade structures with 20 new benches
  • A new patio area outfitted with numerous tables and chairs for guests to relax, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the incredible view!

“As the tallest ride ever built in the park, WindSeeker definitely ups the thrill factor at Carowinds,” said Josh Harington, Regional Representative of the Southeastern Region of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE).”This is one of those rides where you ask yourself, ‘how much higher is this thing going to go?’ before you realize you are only half way up! This is a tremendous addition to the park and I know guests of all ages will enjoy this exciting new attraction.”

Guests can also look forward to two NEW live shows in 2012- debuting on June 9!

  • Got County:  An all-new contemporary country show featuring the newest country sounds.  
  • Rockin’ the Decades: From the early sounds of rock to your favorite 80′s hits…this show has it all.

To learn more about the exciting 2012 season at Carowinds, please visit www.carowinds.com.

Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Bryn Winburn: 704-587-9050

SOURCE Carowinds

Hair-raising Hats Steal the Show at Dubai World Cup 2012

DUBAI, UAE, March 31, 2012

Dubai-based salon and Hairdressing Academy create hairstyles that outshine the hats at The Dubai World Cup 2012

Two hairstyles stole the show at the races this year- Formul’A Hairdressing Academy and VOG color your life astounding hairstyles, one emulating a horse and the other a replica of the iconic Burj Khalifa.


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Formul’A French Hairdressing Academy artistically crafted the horse hairstyle in honour of the Dubai World Cup and as a tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who has a passion for horses.

VOG color your life, a newly opened, prestigious French hair and beauty salon with six disciplines, creatively designed the Burj Khalifa hairstyle to pay homage to the tallest building in the world which is located in Dubai.

The avant-garde hairstyles illustrate the talent and innovative skills of Formul’A Academy and VOG color your life teams with both hairstyles creating a stir at the renowned Dubai World Cup event.

About VOG color your life:

Founded in 1982 in Paris, VOG color your life is an international chain with 289 salons across Paris, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Partnered with Formul’A French Hairdressing Academy all VOG color your life employees are trained to the high industry standards delivering professional and skilled services in our salons.  VOG color your life embodies high style and sophistication, offering its clients an integrated approach to hair and beauty. VOG color you life is located in Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road.

Services Offered:

  • Hair
  • Make-Up
  • Nails
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Slimming

About Formul’A

Formul’A was founded in Paris, France in 1982 and benefits from over 25 years experience in developing professional hairdressers and novices alike in French Academies.

Formul’A pioneer training methods will guarantee understanding for fast and effective results.  Formul’A will give you an immediate advantage, a professional way to impact your business, which is crucial to your salon’s success.

Formul’A Academy opened its first Dubai branch in 2007 and offers a variety of courses for all levels and skill sets.

Short Courses available:

Cut & Style

Elite Cut

Creative Highlights & Coloring

Chignons Technique

Creative Chignons



Extra Curriculum

Make Up with top Make-up Artist Katie Cousins


Evening Courses:

Blow Dry

Cut & Style


Styling Courses

Formul’A is located in Knowledge Village, Block 11 and open Sunday to Thursday from 9.30am to 6pm. For bookings or more information, please contact Formul’A on +971(0)4-438-0122 or email academy-info@formula-academy.net.

VOG color your life is situated in Sunset Mall Plaza Level and open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm. For bookings and more information, please phone +971(0)4-380-89-60.


Contact Information:

For further media enquiries please contact:

Katie Harvey



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FrameForge Previz Studio Introduces New S3D Functionality

SAN DIEGO, CA, March 31, 2012 — FrameForge Previz Studio 3 has been used on the production of hundreds of S3D (Stereo 3D) Movies since it introduced its revolutionary Stereo 3D version three years ago, and now Innoventive Software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of even more powerful and accurate virtual S3D Rig creation. [Read more...]

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 31

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2012 — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Saturday, March 31st.  At exactly 8 p.m. on this date in 1880, a switch was thrown and Wabash, Indiana became the first town in America to be illuminated by electric lights.  Newspaper reports said people were overcome with awe and many sank to their knees in wonder.  Most American homes used oil lamps and gaslight until well after the turn of the 20th century, and electric power didn’t reach every farmhouse in the nation until the 1950s. The average U.S. home used just 264 kilowatt hours a year in 1912, chiefly for lighting.  With the dramatic growth in electrical appliances and electronic devices, the average home now uses 11,500 kilowatt hours annually.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  American Speakers Calendar of Events
Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 827
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 952

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

Briggs Auto Applauds New Chrysler Advertising Campaign

MANHATTAN, Kan., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — For the past several years, Chrysler has gained critical acclaim for its Super Bowl ads. Now, the company is picking up where it left off with a series of ads that continue the story and inspire the public. Briggs Auto, the premier dealer for new cars in Kansas, is applauding Chrysler for the new series of advertising, as it exemplifies what the lineup of Chrysler cars in Kansas – and their owners – are all about.

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Chrysler is putting out four separate ads, one for each the 2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Wrangler and Ram trucks. According to Chrysler, each ad was inspired by a story that the company had heard from someone around the country. The realization adds heavily to the human element and speaks highly of the type of people that choose Chrysler products.

Debuting during the NCAA Final Four and national championship games, the advertising spots are sure to grab the attention of the American public much like the famous Eminem and Clint Eastwood Chrysler spots did before them. Of course, the ads also carry the popular “Made in Detroit” theme that was popularized on the original commercials as well.

Briggs Auto carries a full selection of new and used cars in Kansas, including the full lineup of Chrysler cars. The dealership can be contacted at 785-565-5521 or online at http://www.briggsauto.com.

Media Contact: Eric Giroux Briggs Auto, 785-565-5521, eric.giroux@briggsauto.com

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SOURCE DealerFire

Experts at Quinnipiac University’s G.A.M.E. II Forum Say Social Media is Dramatically Changing How Financial News is Communicated

NEW YORK, March 30, 2012 – Social media is dramatically changing the way financial information is being communicated.

That was the consensus of financial communications experts who addressed the Quinnipiac University School of Business’ Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) II Forum Friday at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

“Social media is so powerful,” said Scott Peterson, co-founder of Relay Station Social Media of Washington, D.C. “It’s now. It’s happening and it’s only going to get bigger.”

Peterson was one of five experts on the panel, “Social Media in Financial Markets,” at the G.A.M.E. Forum, a three-day event that attracted more than 1,000 business students from 115 universities and 38 countries. 

Peterson was joined by Josh Brown, vice president of investments, Fusion Analytics of New York, Dorothy Friedman, vice president of marketing, Americas, at Fidessa of New York, and Ray Pellecchia, vice president of corporate communications for the New York Stock Exchange Euronext of New York. Jim Binder, director of public relations for The Options Industry Council and Options Clearing Corporation of Chicago, moderated.

The experts explained how they use various social media platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and blogs to communicate. Friedman said she uses Twitter to connect with journalists and analysts; Facebook to recruit; and LinkedIn to stay in touch with existing clients.

“I started blogging in 2008 when Wall Street started to crumble,” said Brown, author of The Reformed Broker blog. “I wrote about things that I didn’t read in the papers. When people started to read it, I had to keep writing.”

Brown said, “Twitter is going to be more valuable to business than Facebook. Twitter is a global information utility. If you use Twitter, you don’t have to pay for newsfeeds and databases.”

The speakers encouraged the audience to follow people they want to learn from on Twitter and to maximize their LinkedIn profiles. “When I meet a person, the first thing I do is go to their LinkedIn page to learn more about them,” Peterson said.  “It’s the new background check.”

In addition to the panel on social media, the second day of the conference featured presentations on a wide variety of topics, including asset allocation and investment strategy, portfolio management, forensic accounting, hedge funds, risk mitigation and electronic bond trading.

Forty Quinnipiac students worked with David Sauer, the founder and chair of the forum, to organize the event which included 122 speakers from 93 companies. Sauer, a finance professor at Quinnipiac, said, the third annual G.A.M.E. Forum will take place April 4-6, 2013 in New York City.




SOURCE Quinnipiac University

Gualdo Hidalgo, Director of Latin Heritage Foundation, Appointed as Director of Latin News Agency

WASHINGTON, N.J., March 30, 2012 – Gualdo Hidalgo, Executive Director of Latin Heritage Foundation, has been appointed as Executive Director of Latin News Agency.

The Latin News Agency has the mission to keep people informed about Latin American countries’ issues and about people from Hispanic descent, no matter where they live.

Gualdo Hidalgo was born in Cuba.

When he was 7 years old, he fled with his father, who was in danger of being killed because he used to travel for business to the area where Fidel Castro‘s guerrilla operated.

Living at the guerrilla whereabouts as a child, he met Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and he spent two months at Che Guevara guerrilla headquarter located in El Hombrito, Cuba, while his father stayed there for business with the peasants.

When the author was 11 years old, he delivered a speech aired live by Cuban TV during an event celebrating an anniversary of guerrilla Second Front led by Commander Juan Almeida.

A former instructor of Philosophy and Spanish language and Literature, he graduated also from the National School of Broadcasting, Havana, Cuba and as Screenwriter from The Cuban National Institute of Radio and TV.

Hidalgo has been profiled on books published in London and New York by Georgetown University, Harvard University and Freedom House. On the last Program Report on Human Rights, 2010, Columbia University requested from Hidalgo to comment about the quality of Columbia University Human Rights Programs.

Gualdo Hidalgo has taught Philosophy, Economics, Spanish Language and Literature, Culture, Politics and TESOL for colleges and universities. He is also a Spanish/English translator and has translated for many corporate institutions like Colgate Palmolive, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City Department of Transportation, etc. Also, he graduated from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, United States, as a teacher of English as a Second Language.

SOURCE Latin News Agency

Mega Million Suds Set to Flow at Big Brew Beer Festival

SOMERSET, N.J., March 30, 2012  /PRNewswire/ – Beer lovers and music fans of the “Jersey Sound” are gearing up for the Big Brew Beer Festival coming to the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset May 4th & 5th.

Dozens of different breweries from around the nation and world will be showcasing their unique libations. It will be the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to speak to brewery representatives and discover new beers.

“I could not be more pleased with the list of participating brewers. They all bring unique beers to the table and an enormous passion for brewing,” said festival organizer Allison Kohler of JMK Events. “The Big Brew Beer Festival will offer event goers a diverse group of beers to choose from including popular brands and craft beers.”

There are three action-packed sessions starting Friday from 7 to 11 pm with a live Mariachi Band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo followed by the popular Jersey band, The Nerds.

From 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, the festival kicks off with a live Mariachi Band and music from the Tropical Storm Band.

On Saturday night, the event rocks out from 6 to 10pm with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Southside Johnny is often referred to as the “Grandfather of the Jersey Sound”.

There are a limited number of tickets available. Discounts are offered for pre-purchased tickets online at: www.bigbrewbeerfestival.com.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 200 Club of Middlesex County, an organization dedicated to supporting members of local, county and state law enforcement agencies, fire departments and first aid & rescue squads. The organization provides financial assistance and comfort to families of law enforcement and public safety officials who are killed or disabled in the line of duty.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794.


Valy as Afghan Wireless Brand Ambassador

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 30, 2012 — Afghan Wireless (“AWCC”), Afghanistan‘s leading telecom operator and one of Afghanistan‘s largest private employers, has today announced that Valy Hedjasi (“Valy”), Afghanistan‘s most successful international pop singer, will become its brand ambassador.

Valy started playing traditional Afghan instruments at the age of seven.  He has gained international recognition since his first two singles Delama Shekoondi and Bia Tu were released from his album “After Love.”  His third single Qatanghani has also received critical acclaim.  Valy’s concerts and recordings are extremely popular in Afghanistan and with Afghans all over the world.

Valy will be readily available to AWCC’s customer base through:

  • Concert Performances
  • Caller Ring Back Tones
  • Music downloads from AWCC’s Website
  • Special Appearances
  • Customer Appreciation Events
  • Free promotional music to AWCC Customers

“AWCC is very pleased and proud to have Valy serve as its new Brand Ambassador,” said Amin Ramin, AWCC’s Managing Director.   “AWCC understands the popularity of Valy and the sense of national pride his performances and recordings bring to Afghans here at home and to all Afghans globally.  AWCC with its nationwide reach will work to share Valy’s talents across all of Afghanistan.  AWCC is as committed to bringing excellent service to our customers in Afghanistan and in helping to bring pleasure into their daily lives.  Valy and AWCC are a natural combination.”

Valy had this to say about his AWCC Ambassadorship: “I grew up with two things in my hands, a musical instrument and a mobile phone connected to AWCC.  When I was a teenager if I wasn’t singing then I was talking to friends over the AWCC network.  It’s fantastic to now be associated with AWCC, a company that I feel a real connection with.”

Valy will soon be visiting Afghanistan to kick off a series of concerts, performances and to introduce some exciting new plans from AWCC.

About Afghan Wireless – Headquartered in Kabul, AWCC serves approximately 4,000,000 subscribers throughout Afghanistan; and is one of the largest employers of Afghans was founded by Ehsan Bayat.  AWCC employs over 4,300 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly.  AWCC is a leader in delivering wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business customers.  Additional information is available at www.afghan-wireless.com or through Telephone Systems International (“TSI”) website at www.tsiglobe.com

SOURCE Afghan Wireless

BenefitsPro.com Celebrates Achievements, One Year Anniversary

CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 30, 2012 — This week BenefitsPro.com, a Summit Business Media Website for benefits brokers, HR managers, and retirement advisors, is celebrating numerous achievements since the site launched one year ago.

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Notable accomplishments include:

  • FreeERISA reached, and surpassed, its quarter of a million active user milestone. There are over 775,000 benefits and retirement professionals currently using this premier Prospecting Tool!
  • In 2011, BenefitsPro editorial content saw a 364% increase in total pageviews over the previous year.
  • Company listings in BenefitsPro’s Buyers Guide for Brokers grew by 18% in 2011 compared to submissions in 2010.

BenefitsPro.com was launched to cover every facet of the employee benefits business, from employee participation to regulatory issues, as well as the latest in practice management and sales strategies. The Website was structured specifically for benefits brokers, HR managers, and retirement advisors and is further organized into 17 subtopics. BenefitsPro provides instant access to the robust FreeERISA database, the Buyers Guide for Brokers and relevant web seminars. Featured content includes exclusive contributions from industry opinion leaders, magazine content from Benefits Selling, mobile functionality, and more.

“It’s very rewarding to reflect on the number of achievements made within the past year,” said Tamara Patterson, Publisher for the Employee Benefits Group. “We’re thrilled with the success that BenefitsPro has had among both its readers and advertisers.”

“This is an important milestone for BenefitsPro,” said James E. Green, Group Editorial Director. “Since we launched just a year ago, we’ve exceeded all of our traffic targets. Our focus will be to continue to grow as a resource for all of the key constituencies of the employee benefits and retirement community.”

For more information, please visit BenefitsPro.com.

About BenefitsPro.com

BenefitsPro.com is a powerful online resource that provides breaking news, market trends and analysis to all professionals in the employee benefits industry including benefits brokers, benefits managers and retirement advisors. Backed by the expertise of Benefits Selling magazine, FreeERISA and Summit Business Media, BenefitsPro.com illuminates the complex and ever-changing benefits market, opening the lines of communication and creating a community, unlike any other Website.

About Summit Business Media

Summit Business Media is the leading B2B media and information company serving the insurancefinanciallegal and investment advisory markets.  Summit strives to be “The Next Generation of Business Information” for executives and practitioners by providing breaking news and analysis, in-depth practice management strategies, business-building techniques and actionable data.  Summit services the information needs of its customers through numerous channels, including digital, print, and live events.  For more information, please visit www.SBMedia.com.

Available Topic Expert(s): James Green

For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=94307

SOURCE Summit Business Media

User Experience Agency EffectiveUI Promotes Ken Guiberson to Chief Technology Officer

DENVER, March 30, 2012 – EffectiveUI, a leading user experience (UX) agency, created the new role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) that will be filled immediately by current executive Ken Guiberson.  As CTO, the former Kodak engineer will be responsible for the overall technology vision of EffectiveUI, including managing the Technology Services team, a group of technologists that, along with EffectiveUI’s Customer Insight and Design teams, deliver award-winning creative and humanizing software to its Fortune 500 clients. Guiberson will also play an essential role in working with its clients’ corporate technology executives on their digital experience strategies.

Traditionally, technology professionals have been largely responsible for delivering quality software on time and budget but often because of competing priorities or time constraints, the user experience took a secondary role, sometimes with significant business impact. However, they are finding that being involved upfront in the digital experience prevents the pitfalls and costs that can happen from placing a company’s UX strategies at the bottom of the technology priorities list.

“What drives me professionally is a passion for building interfaces that allow human beings to naturally interact with complex systems,” said Guiberson. “I’m excited to continue to collaborate with the EffectiveUI technology team in providing our clients with a competitive foothold in their customer’s digital experience.”

Guiberson joined EffectiveUI in February of 2006 and is currently the Rochester, New York office’s General Manager. Prior, Guiberson was a software engineer at Kodak where he led the user interface development of the world’s first Flash-based, WiFi-enabled digital camera. Before Kodak, Guiberson served four years in the United States Army as a Nuclear Medical Science Officer. Guiberson has a M.S. in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Guiberson and his family will relocate to Colorado this summer.

“We feel very fortunate that we have an executive of Ken’s caliber within our ranks to fill this critical position,” said Rebecca Flavin, CEO, EffectiveUI. “Since joining us in 2006, Ken has served as the lead technologist for a number of clients, including Adobe, NBC and United Airlines, all who have benefited from his UX and technology leadership to improve their customer experiences.”

About EffectiveUI
Founded in 2005, EffectiveUI is a full-service user experience agency that simplifies complex experiences, bringing value to people’s lives. By researching and articulating user needs, our team of customer insight, design and development experts create custom applications that improve digital interactions and enhance emotional engagement with a company and brand. EffectiveUI has worked with some of today’s top companies – including AAA, American Greetings, Boeing, CenturyLink, Discovery Channel, eBay, GE Health, National Geographic, Navy Federal Credit Union and TIAA-CREF – to provide a strategic vision and to increase revenue, brand awareness, customer loyalty and usability.

To learn more about EffectiveUI, visit www.effectiveui.com, send an email to info@effectiveui.com or call 888-310-5327.

SOURCE EffectiveUI

Explore Exotic Lands – Africa, Asia & India – With Virtuoso® Tuesday, April 3, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT: Register Today!

NEW YORK, March 30, 2012 – Virtuoso®, the global travel agency network renowned for creating exceptional experiences, invites those passionate about travel to explore distant lands that undoubtedly sit on everyone’s wish-list:  Africa, Asia and India.  Tuesday, April 3, 10:00 am3:00 pm PDT, marks Virtuoso’s first-ever Virtual Travel Show dedicated to these incredible destinations. Virtuoso is offering a rare glimpse into its exclusive network by opening up participation to all. Anyone wanting access to the valuable promotions revealed during the show, or to learn more about traveling to these areas, can be placed with a Virtuoso advisor for additional discussion and collaboration.

Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle online with 20 of the best travel companies, all of which offer products or services in these regions, as well as Virtuoso’s renowned travel advisors – everything one needs to plan the perfect exotic getaway. Highlighted destinations include countries such as South Africa and Kenya, teeming with exotic wildlife and natural beauty, as well as cultural treasures like India and Asia. These areas serve as sought-after locales for couples, families, singles, baby boomers and business travelers alike.

Virtuoso’s Virtual Travel Show allows attendees to access invaluable travel information from the convenience of their own homes or anywhere with Internet connectivity. Would-be travelers can visit online exhibits and engage in question-and-answer sessions with upscale cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, on-site ground operators, airlines and tourism boards representing these prime locations. Exclusive travel incentives will be revealed during the show, and attendees will be eligible to win prizes and cash incentives.

“Whether new to the Virtuoso network or an established client, consumers will find value in the information exchange with some of the world’s most renowned travel companies, as well as access to some of the best travel advisors in the industry,” says Kristi Jones, President and COO of Virtuoso. “What separates this experience from a typical Web search is that it’s interactive rather than one-sided. Everything has been vetted by Virtuoso; there’s no clutter of unwanted material or concern that a product has been misrepresented. Participants will come away from it better informed and inspired to see the world.”

The specifics for Virtuoso’s Exotic Lands Virtual Travel Show:

  • The show will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, from 1:00p.m.6:00p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • Attendees are asked to register in advance at www.virtuoso.com. Virtuoso is currently waiving the registration fee.  Attendees will be eligible for cash cards, prizes, travel vouchers and exclusive offers.
  • Exclusive offers and promotions for travel to Africa, India and Asia are available via Virtuoso’s online Exotic Lands Destination Guide.
  • Technical requirements include a computer with internet access. High-speed Internet (Cable, DSL, Network) and computers running Windows PC with Internet Explorer 6.0 minimum or Firefox x 3.6, or a Mac with Firefox 3.6 or Safari 4.x or higher, will provide the best quality. The basic functionality is similar to visiting any website and playing a video with sound. No need for a phone, as sound will play through the computer.

Although the live interaction portion of the show takes place on April 3 only, consumers can access all special promotions and information on any of the participating travel providers throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.

SOURCE Virtuoso

Raelians Top Off ‘Happiness Academy’ with Antiwar Protest on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, March 30, 2012 — Raelians from around the world will gather in front of Bally’s Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, March 31, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to protest against the upcoming predicted war with Iran and against warfare in general, according to a statement released this morning by the International Raelian Movement (IRM).

Several hundred members of the International Raelian Movement (www.rael.org) are in town for their annual North American ‘Happiness Academy,’ held at the Alexis Park Hotel from March 25-April 1. This afternoon, they will be on the public sidewalk in front of Bally’s, located at 3645 Las Vegas Blvd., with the protest to take place at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo Road.

“Our spiritual leader, Rael, has just called for a worldwide protest against war in general and against the media-hyped, all-too-likely upcoming war with Iran in particular,” said Raelian Guide Ricky Roehr, who heads the IRM’s North American Continent branch. “It’s a case of perfect timing because we’re just coming off a weeklong celebration of love and harmony at our annual Happiness Academy. This protest will allow us to share our vision of a nonviolent world with the public and also go on record against waging war with Iran or any other country. We invite all those who oppose war to join us today in front of Bally’s and make their wishes known in a public display of opposition to the greatest danger facing humanity – modern warfare.”

Roehr said Rael has just conferred the title of ‘Honorary Guide’ on two individuals, Roni Edry and Michal Tamir, for starting a ‘We Love You’ campaign on Facebook, and that while acknowledging their contribution to the good of all humanity, he took the opportunity to also call for a worldwide protest against war with Iran.

“Radical change cannot come from governments, who are only concerned about keeping their power,” Rael explained in a statement released earlier this week. “[A] love revolution can only come from the people…”

According to Rael, humanity has only one way to survive: adopting radical, global nonviolence. But with rumors of impending war with Iran swirling in the corridors of the Israeli and American governments and the Western media already sounding the alarm, the Raelian spiritual leader is especially concerned, Roehr said.

“I’m asking the entire world … to protest against waging war with Iran in every way they can, whether on the Internet or in the streets,” Rael urged in the statement released by the IRM earlier this week. “People have had enough of the media and government manipulation that conditions them to accept and promote violence…. If fear disappears and nonviolence prevails, no government, politicians, laws, money or media will be needed, and the world can become a beautiful, anarchist society of collaboration, sharing, compassion and love. That’s the world we are meant to live in!”

SOURCE Raelian Movement

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