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July 31, 2006

Victoria’s Secret Angels Launches Very Sexy Makeup in the City of Angels

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Victoria’s Secret launched the sexiest color on earth with Victoria’s Secret Angels Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulard and Selita Ebanks in the City of Angels earlier today at The Grove in Los Angeles, steps away from CBS Studios and the legendary Farmers Market.
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Victoria’s Secret was packed with predominantly females of all ages, and yes some males too.  A DJ played music in the background as people anxiously awaited their chance to meet the Angels.  The winding line exited out the door and ended up being cut off with time constraints.  Security personnel were plentiful to keep the crowd in check.

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Each of the Angels, signed the Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy print, with Giselle the only one absent at the autograph signing from the picture.  They had a smile for everyone and never seemed to tire from the two hours of autographs.  Between autographs they would often look up to the flicker of flash bulbs from just about everywhere. 

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Pink lemonade, “Very Sexy” pink logo dark chocolate treats with Ghiradelli Raspberry and dark chocolate kept the energy going.

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Free makeovers utilizing the Very Sexy Makeup were available beginning at noon through midnight today.  A Very Sexy T-shirt as part of the day’s promotion included titles of the colors. Kicking off the 50 days of sexy in Los Angeles were the Victoria’s Secret Angels.  Since I’m in the dark on the 50 days of sexy, wasn’t the preview the ideal time to let everyone know?  

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If you happen to be on Victoria’s Secret email list and happened to see the ad -  their “Very Sexy Makeup, The Sexiest Color on Earth” with a very sexy Angel – it invites that seductive promise – buy this Very Sexy Makeup and you too can look like this.  Isn’t that why cigarette and alcohol commercials were banned from tv?As for the ad, the steaminess, the seduction… and when can I get that Very Sexy makeup?

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Tomorrow August 1st,  Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup launches in select Victoria’s Secret Stores in the Los Angeles area and launches nationwide in September.  For those of you who can’t wait, I checked on their website and didn’t find it yet.  Perhaps tomorrow?  Or maybe someone can pick it up for you or you’ll find it on eBay.

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Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup held some surprises.  I must admit, I’ve never been a Victoria’s Secret fan of makeup.  The shades were must-have in everything from foundation, powders, eyeliners, eyeshadow palettes, bronzers, nails, and tons of lip colors in lipsticks, glosses and lip lacquer compacts to much more.  The textures were suprisingly smooth.

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The colors are - can you use the term too much – sexy?  Even the color names put you in the mood – Bare Naked, Hottie, Hard to Get, and Afterglow to name a few.  When you open up the black compact with “Very Sexy” in pink, the mirror says “Very Sexy” to remind you.  Fun it is and who hasn’t bought makeup for the name (and color too) – just ask Nars about the popularity of their color Orgasm. 

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An even broader product line, makeup artists attired in black, and Victoria’s Secret may even make an impact on the MAC hold of popularity. 

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Shaggy Dog on DVD: Red Carpet

THE NEW COMEDY CLASSIC ARRIVES ON DISNEY DVD AUGUST 1st

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Walt Disney Pictures Presents

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THE SHAGGY DOG

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TIM ALLEN STARS AS THE FAMILY DAD… AND DOG!

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Includes Disney’s First-Ever “Bark-Along Bone-Us Feature” For Dogs,
Hilarious Deleted Scenes, Bloopers

 

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents The Shaggy Dog, the fresh, funny update of one of Disney’s most beloved family comedy classics, on DVD August 1st . Starring the ever-popular Tim Allen (“The Santa Clause,” TV’s “Home Improvement”), The Shaggy Dog follows the hysterically hairy adventures of Deputy D.A. Dave Douglas (Allen), a workaholic trial lawyer and sometimes distant dad, who by a strange accident turns into a big shaggy dog. The fur flies as Dave comically tries to adjust to a whole new way of looking at the world, and discovers how much a family really means to him.

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The “Bark Along Bone-Us Feature” is a Disney first: a feature for the family dog to enjoy as well as the family. This special feature combines fun dog-themed footage with two audio track options: for the canines in the family to enjoy, there is a “barking and woofing” audio track, and for the humans in the family, an alternate audio track that features a new version of the song “Woof There It Is” with new lyrics created especially for The Shaggy Dog. Bonus features also include: deleted scenes; bloopers and outtake goof-ups from the set; and director/producer feature audio commentary.

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The Shaggy Dog features a doggone great cast with Tim Allen, Kristin Davis (TV’s “Sex In The City”), Zena Grey (“In Good Company”), Spencer Breslin (“Raising Helen”), Robert Downey Jr. (“Good Night And Good Luck”), and Coal, the film’s adorable Bearded Collie.

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The Shaggy Dog will be available for U.S. $29.99 (SRP), Canada $37.99 (SRP). Fullscreen and widescreen versions are included on the same DVD disc.

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Tim Allen gains a whole new point of view on becoming a great dad when he’s accidentally transformed into a great big dog in The Shaggy Dog, the deliriously funny update of the Disney family comedy classic.


Workaholic D.A. Dave Douglas (Allen) takes on his latest legal case, involving a criminal animal laboratory. It’s yet another assignment that takes him away from his wife (Kristin Davis) and kids (Zena Grey and Spencer Davis), who yearn for his attention.

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The adventure begins when Dave morphs into the body of the family’s new pet Bearded Collie, and becomes ‘the shaggy dog.’ With perked-up ears and a front row seat on the family carpet, Dave is able to gain an entirely different perspective into his family’s secrets and dreams. Inspired by what he discovers, Dave wants nothing more than to become man’s – and his family’s – best friend.

Screenplay by The Wibberleys and Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel & Michael Begler. Produced by David Hoberman and Tim Allen. Directed by Brian Robbins.

 

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This DVD is enhanced with Disney’s FastPlay, an exclusive easy start-up feature from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. With Disney’s FastPlay, viewers can let the DVD play automatically. This family-friendly, patent-pending technology plays the movie and includes a selection of bonus footage without any additional viewing navigation. Or, viewers can choose to navigate through a simplified menu using their remote control.

Disney’s FastPlay includes the exclusive EasyFind menu system, available only on Disney DVDs. EasyFind menus provide consistent categories and graphic icons for easy identification of bonus material features.

STREET DATE: August 1, 2006

Suggested retail price: U.S. $29.99, Canada $37.99
Rated: PG For Some Mild Rude Humor.

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Bonus materials not rated.
Feature run time: Approximately 99 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 1.33:1, formatted 4x3

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2.40:1 enhanced for 16x9 TV screens
DVD Sound: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English audio.
Spanish, French subtitles
Spanish, French audio (Fullscreen only)
Close captioned for the hearing impaired (Fullscreen only)
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry. Buena Vista home Entertainment is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista videocassette and DVD product. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.

 

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NASA NEWS

NASA SELECTS TEAMS FOR SPACE WEATTHER MISSION AND STUDIES

Four university teams will share $100 million to provide experiments
and supporting hardware for a future NASA mission to study near-Earth
space radiation. This type of radiation is hazardous to astronauts,
orbiting satellites and aircraft flying high altitude polar routes.

The teams will initially use $4.2 million to perform a one-year cost,
management and technical study prior to assembling and testing their
scientific payload for the mission. The anticipated lifetime cost of
payload development is $96 million.

Called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, the two-spacecraft mission is
scheduled for launch in 2012. The mission will study how
accumulations of space radiation form and change during space storms.
Space weather storms involve constantly changing magnetic and
electric fields and gusts of radiation particles that produce intense
energy. This energy can black out long-distance communications over
entire continents and disrupt the global navigational system.

"This research will provide information to aid those working in this
environment to respond proactively to space radiation events, rather
than reactively," said NASA's Heliophysics Division director Dick
Fisher.

NASA also has selected three teams to share approximately $2.3 million
to conduct studies for small missions that will augment the 2012
mission. NASA will review the studies and select one investigation
for continued development.

Proposals for the 2012 mission and studies were submitted to NASA in
response to an Announcement of Opportunity released in August 2005.
Selected teams and experiments for the 2012 mission:

- Boston Univ., Boston; directly measure the near-Earth space
radiation particles to determine the physical processes that produce
radiation enhancements and loss

- University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; understand the origin of plasma
waves that energize space particles to radiation levels; measure the
distortions to Earth's magnetic field that control the structure of
the planet's radiation belts

- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; study electric fields in space
that energize radiation particles and modify the structure of the
inner magnetosphere

- New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.; determine how
space weather creates what is called the "storm time ring current"
around Earth and determine how that ring current supplies and
supports the creation of radiation populations

Selected teams for studies and areas of research to augment the 2012
mission:

- University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo.; a potential U.S.
contribution of scientific instrumentation for a Canadian scientific
satellite

- University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.; measure the response
of the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere to space weather forces

- Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; seek to discover the mechanisms
that cause the Earth's radiation belts to periodically drain away
into the planet's atmosphere

The National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va., plans to enhance
the mission's scientific goals by contributing an experiment to
gather additional data that will better characterize the radiation
environment in space. The experiment will extend the measurement
capabilities to a range beyond what was originally planned for the
mission.

These investigations and the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission are
part of NASA's Living with a Star Program. The program is designed to
understand how and why the sun varies, how planetary systems respond
and the effect on human space and Earth activities.
The program is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, Md., for the agency's Heliophysics Division of the Science
Mission Directorate.

For more information on NASA's Living with a Star Geospace Program,
visit:

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Bombardier Signs Algeria's Tassili Airlines for Four Q400 Airliners

Tassili Airlines to Become 17th Q400 Operator

 Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Tassili Airlines of Algiers, Algeria has signed a contract for four 74-seat Q400 turboprop airliners. The airline is the first Q400 customer in Algeria and the second in Africa.

The value of the contract based on list prices is $103 million US. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2007.

A subsidiary of the Sonatrach State Energy Group, Tassili Airlines will initially transport workers to several oil fields in Algeria. It plans to add domestic and international scheduled airline service within the next few years.

"We selected the Bombardier Q400 because of its superlative fuel economy, speed and passenger comfort," said Captain Rachid Nouar, Director of Operations at Tassili Airlines. "Bombardier's Q Series and Dash 8 turboprops have proven to have a high reliability in the sometimes harsh North African climate. In addition, the Q400 aircraft has an unbeatable performance in very high temperature conditions."

"We welcome Tassili Airlines to the growing list of Bombardier Q400 operators," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "Tassili is the 17th operator to recognize the outstanding mission capability and operating costs of the Q400. This airplane is reshaping the regional air transport market."

Firm orders for the Bombardier Q400 aircraft stood at 177 aircraft at April 30, 2006 with 118 aircraft delivered to operators in Europe, North America, Africa and the Asia/Pacific region.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

Bombardier and Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

 

 

1031 Exchange Advantage Creates Consumer Guide to a Successful 1031 Exchange Transaction

Roadmap Publication Helps Real Estate Investors at All Levels Learn Tax-Free Options
1031 Exchange Advantage, a leading 1031 Exchange Accommodator, has announced the release of the "1031 Exchange Advantage Roadmap Guide," a comprehensive guide to tax-free exchanging. The Roadmap, available through the company's website, outlines nine major exchange opportunities, including little known rules regarding home offices, oil & gas rights, and raw land. Virtually any type of property transaction can qualify, including foreclosures.

Significant appreciation in property values across the U.S. has stimulated new interest in the decades-old 1031 exchange rules. These rules have traditionally only been used by larger real estate investors. 1031 Exchange Advantage has answered the consumer-level demand for help with tax-savings by publishing the 1031 Roadmap. The company is making the guide available at: www.1031exchangeadvantage.com.

 

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"We designed the Roadmap to help trigger creative investment scenarios that can enhance the earning power of real estate investments," stated David Greenberger, President of 1031 Exchange Advantage. "The guide shows how to eliminate unnecessary complication to insure a smooth and profitable exchange transaction."

The Roadmap includes a checklist for investors to plan and organize each transaction. "Record gains for the uninitiated means record taxes on capital gains. Anyone who is sitting with significant gains may not be aware that the tax laws allow them to sell and reinvest all the gains without paying taxes when they qualify," stated Greenberger.

1031 Exchange Advantage (www.1031exchangeadvantage.com) helps analyze investors' goals, such as wealth accumulation, cash flow, relocation or retirement. By providing this analysis, the company enables investors to achieve an optimum strategy for maximizing their objectives, while taking advantage of tax free provisions under the current income and estate tax codes

 

 

 

Caneum, Inc. Continues the Addition of Key Customers Signing a One-Year Agreement for Outsourced Recruiting Services for Ostendo Technologies

Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing Company Will Provide Outsourced Talent Placement as Part of Its Rapidly Expanding HR BPO Service Offering

Caneum, Inc. (OTCBB: CANM), a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services, today announced that it has closed a one-year recruiting support agreement with Ostendo Technologies to source, identify and recruit key engineering talent. Ostendo is bringing to market several innovative products in the High Definition Flat Panel display market and has extremely complex engineering capability requirements.

"We needed a partner who truly understands the problems we are solving for the market," said Joaquin Fernandez-Silva, Chief Operating Officer of Ostendo Technologies. "Caneum has been instrumental in delivering the right kind of engineering talent to our team and has a compelling service offering for high growth companies such as ourselves. Their speed, focus and ability to identify and recruit highly specialized engineering talent have been extremely important to making our company a success."

"We are very excited to work with Ostendo Technologies and are happy to have been entrusted with placing several key technical positions for the development of their core product portfolio," commented Robert Morris, Senior Vice President of Caneum. "This agreement continues to validate the compelling nature of our HR BPO service offering and serves to reinforce the high value that we can deliver for growth companies of all sizes and market focus. We look forward to assisting Ostendo rolling forward and in deepening the relationship that we have developed to date."

About Caneum, Inc.:

Caneum, Inc. is a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services across vertical industries, including technology, energy, government, transportation, financial services, education and healthcare. The Company provides a suite of business strategy and planning capabilities to assist companies with their "make versus buy" decisions in the areas of data, network, product development, product maintenance and customer support, and fulfills its services in-house, on-shore, near-shore and off-shore, depending on the business goals and objectives of its global customers. In parallel, the Company is opportunistically pursuing accretive acquisitions within its core outsourcing product and service suite in order to broaden its core capabilities, expand its customer base and supplement its organic growth. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.caneum.com.

About Ostendo Technologies, Inc.:

Ostendo Technologies, Inc. is a fabless developer of Light Emitting Diode (LED) based display products for the consumer and commercial display market. The Company provides a suite of Flat Panel Display products based on its proprietary LED based display technology. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.ostendotech.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. The Company wishes to caution readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors noted in the Company's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, such as the rapidly changing nature of technology, evolving industry standards and frequent introductions of new products, services and enhancements by competitors; the competitive nature of the markets for the Company's products and services; the Company's ability to gain market acceptance for its products and services; the Company's ability to fund its operational growth; the Company's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the Company's ability to diversify its revenue streams and customer concentrations; and the Company's reliance on third-party suppliers.  

 

 

Action Products International Revises Warrant Terms

Action Products International, Inc. (NASDAQ: APII) -- Today the Board of Action Products elected to extend the term of the warrants that were due to expire on January 31, 2007 at 5:00 PM (Eastern time). As a result of the changes, the warrants are exercisable at $3.25 per share until January 31, 2007 and $3.75 per share from February 1, 2007 until January 31, 2008. The new expiration date is January 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM (Eastern time). There were no other changes in the terms of the warrants. Action Products distributed the warrants on July 20, 2006 to its shareholders of record on January 18, 2006.

 

 

BSIC, Back to the Basics, Down to Earth Growth

Independent oil and gas exploration company Basic Earth Science Systems (OTCBB: BSIC) has been chosen for this week's "SPOT Feature" in the Knobias Small-Cap ClipReport. Each week, Knobias scours the small-cap universe to find overlooked companies with sound fundamentals and one or more growth catalysts on the horizon. The weekly "SPOT" feature may be accessed via our daily ClipReport newsletter (free to all subscribers). To receive the Small-Cap ClipReport daily, please visit: http://www.knobias.com/front/product/clipreport/

BSIC, Back to the Basics, Down To Earth Growth

Basic Earth Science Systems (OTCBB: BSIC) is an independent oil and gas exploration company engaged in the upstream segment of the industry, which comprises the exploration, acquisition, development, operation, production and sale of crude oil and natural gas. Activities are focused in the North Dakota and Montana portions of the Williston basin, the Denver-Julesburg basin of Colorado, the southern portions of Texas, and onshore portions of the Gulf Coast.

The BULLS Say...

Small U.S. Oil Player Balancing Risk-Reward. Unrelenting conflict in the Middle East and growing energy demands have made cheap oil a thing of the past. As the world scrambles for new sources, BSIC is finding oil in the U.S. This tiny independent seems to cover (albeit in tiny ways) both ends of the risk-reward spectrum. BSIC has an established base of working interest in 77 domestic oil wells and 9 gas wells that have produced significant double-digit revenue and net income growth. The company has virtually no debt and is diversifying into natural gas. Simultaneously, BSIC has a self-described "swing for the fences" opportunity in their 2% interest in the Christmas Meadows Prospect, which commences drilling in Aug-06 (next month). In the middle sits projects from 2H-06 where production has yet to be added to an updated reserve estimate.

 

The BEARS Say...

Limited Resources Create Risky Model. BSIC's limited resources cause them to focus on smaller and/or marginal properties. This model has a high degree of risk and the company has had its share of disappointing results. In many cases, their wells begin with high flow rates only to decline significantly. When this happens, great expense may be required to reach commercially viable production.

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Beckman's Right to Transfer Its HPV Business to Ventana Is Upheld

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VMSI) today commented on the July 27, 2006 ruling in an arbitration between Beckman Coulter, Inc. and Digene Corporation. In that decision, an International Center for Dispute Resolution arbitration panel ruled that Beckman had the right to assign its HPV business and intellectual property to Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. In reaching this conclusion, the panel rejected Digene's central argument in the arbitration that a 1990 Cross-License Agreement to which Beckman was a party prohibited assignment of Beckman's HPV business and intellectual property. The panel also refused to consider Digene's request to invalidate Beckman's assignment to Ventana. However, the panel declared that the assignment included a provision that was not permitted by the Cross-License Agreement. Ventana is working to correct that provision. Additionally, the panel declared that the Cross-License Agreement does not permit the sale of HPV cell paste. Ventana does not sell HPV cell paste to third parties.

This ruling has no effect on Ventana's ability to continue to provide HPV products directly to the global market.

Digene sued Ventana in 2001 in Delaware District Court, later adding Beckman as a party, and sought, among other remedies, an injunction against the sale of the Ventana INFORM HPV products, unspecified monetary damages, and cancellation of the acquisition of the Beckman HPV business. In 2004, the Court required Digene to arbitrate the claims it asserted against Beckman. The District Court proceedings against Ventana, which had been stayed pending the outcome of the arbitration, are expected to resume in the near future.

Ventana develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The Company's clinical systems are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana's drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds.

Visit the Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. website at www.ventanamed.com

 

 

 

 

Bayou City's Mclean #1 Well Re-Entry Shows 500 Feet of Gross Interval That Appears to Be Capable of Producing Commercial Hydrocarbons

Bayou City Exploration, Inc. ("Bayou City") ("the Company) (OTCBB: BYCX) announces that its Mclean #1 well, a re-entry of an existing well bore in Live Oak County, Texas, has reached total depth as planned and without incident.

A major oil company drilled the original well to a total depth of 12,500 feet in 1985. After reviewing surrounding sub-surface geology and the associated productive zones, Bayou City's exploration team re-examined the original well logs and determined that the original operator had potentially bypassed pay in the Wilcox formation. The team decided to re-enter and re-log the well.

Following the successful re-entry, the well was re-logged on July 20, 2006. Analysis of the new logs showed approximately 500 feet of gross interval in the Wilcox formation that appears to be capable of producing commercial hydrocarbons. Encouraged by the log analysis, Bayou City and its partners have set production casing and elected to attempt to complete the Mclean #1. The well is tentatively scheduled to be fracture stimulated and tested within the next three weeks.

The Mclean #1 is part of an overall position of 2,961 acres owned by Bayou City and its partners. Bayou City and its partners have previously drilled the Mary Lyne #1 on the leases to the Queen City Sand and are currently in the process of installing production equipment including a pumping unit on this well. This should be completed by mid-August. A third well, the Prasek #1, is scheduled to be drilled in the next month to test the Hockley C and the Cole Sands.

Bayou City has a 9.375% working interest in the Live Oak Project.

About Bayou City Exploration

Bayou City Exploration, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration firm focused on developing proven geologic trends in East Texas, South Texas, the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. Based in Houston, Texas, Bayou City leverages its management team's multidisciplinary expertise in applying advanced 3-D seismic analysis, 3-D processing algorithms, amplitude attribute and imaging technologies to the analysis and selection of high-potential prospects with low exploration risk. The Company's database has more than 7,500 square miles of 3-D data, most of it covering Bayou City's focus area, as well as 13,000 linear miles of 2-D data.

This news release may include forward-looking statements, with respect to achieving corporate objectives, developing additional project interests, the company's analysis of opportunities in the acquisition and development of various project interests and certain other matters. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein.

 

 

 

 

Michael Gross Resigns From Apollo Investment Corporation's Board of Directors

Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: AINV) (the "Company") today announced that Michael S. Gross, the Chairman of the Board, has resigned from the Company's Board of Directors and as its Chairman, effective as of July 31, 2006.

Mr. Gross advised the Company that "his resignation would allow him to better pursue other opportunities in the alternative asset arena." Mr. Gross recently became the Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee and a Senior Partner of Magnetar Capital LLP. Mr. Gross expressed his "confidence in the continued success of the Corporation." John J. Hannan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, "wished him well in his future endeavors."

ABOUT APOLLO INVESTMENT CORPORATION

Apollo Investment Corporation, or the Company, is a closed-end investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company's investment portfolio is principally in middle-market private companies. The Company invests primarily in mezzanine loans and senior secured loans in furtherance of its business plan and also invests in the equity of portfolio companies. Apollo Investment Corporation is managed by Apollo Investment Management, L.P., an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading private equity investor.

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Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

 

 

 

 

 

American Dental Partners Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2006 Financial Results

American Dental Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPI) announced financial results today for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2006.

Comparing the second quarter of 2006 with the second quarter of 2005:

--  Net revenue was $55,078,000 as compared to $49,427,000, an increase of     11%. --  Earnings from operations were $5,723,000 as compared to $5,280,000, an     increase of 8%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), earnings from operations increased 15%. --  Net earnings were $3,183,000 as compared to $2,954,000, an increase of     8%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006 results (discussed     below), net earnings increased 15%. --  Diluted net earnings per share were $0.25, as compared to $0.23, an     increase of 9%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), diluted earnings per share increased 17%. --  Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.31 as compared to $0.29,     an increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), diluted cash net earnings per share increased     14%.     

Comparing the first six months of 2006 with the first six months of 2005:

--  Net revenue was $109,144,000 as compared to $97,572,000, an increase     of 12%. --  Earnings from operations were $10,811,000 as compared to $9,865,000,     an increase of 10%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     results (discussed below), earnings from operations increased 16%. --  Net earnings were $5,974,000 as compared to $5,463,000, an increase of     9%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006 results (discussed     below), net earnings increased 17%. --  Diluted net earnings per share were $0.46 as compared to $0.43, an     increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     (discussed below), diluted net earnings per share increased 16%. --  Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.59 as compared to $0.55,     an increase of 7%. Excluding stock-based compensation expense from 2006     (discussed below), diluted cash net earnings per share increased 13%.     

Patient revenue of the Company's affiliated dental group practices, which is not consolidated with the Company's financial results and is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $84,047,000 for the quarter as compared to $75,821,000 for the prior year's same quarter, an increase of 11%. Same market revenue growth for the Company's affiliated dental group practices as measured by patient revenue was 10% for the quarter.

For the quarter, cash flow from operations was $6,678,000, capital expenditures were $1,368,000 and amounts paid for affiliations, including contingent payments and affiliation costs, amounted to $3,690,000. The Company expanded two dental facilities and completed four practice affiliations which were combined with its existing affiliated dental group practices in Arizona, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. The Company also completed one platform affiliation with Deerwood Orthodontics and entered into a Service Agreement with a professional association in Minnesota with the intention of developing two de novo practices. The Company intends to operate this affiliation separate from its existing Minnesota affiliates.

The Company's debt to total capitalization stood at 19% at June 30, 2006, compared to 24% at December 31, 2005. The Company achieved an annualized cash return on committed capital of 21% for the quarter and cash return on equity of 15% for the quarter.

The Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (R) "Share-Based Payment," effective January 1, 2006. As a result, the Company recognized $374,000 in stock-based compensation expense, $227,000 net of tax or $.02 per diluted share, during the second quarter and $677,000 in stock-based compensation expense, $411,000 net of tax or $.03 per diluted share, during the six months ended June 30, 2006.

During the second quarter, the Company incurred approximately $370,000 in legal fees related to the previously announced litigation between the Company's Minnesota subsidiary, PDHC, Ltd., and PDG, P.A., the affiliated practice at Park Dental. The Company has been made aware that PDG, P.A. is no longer accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Cash net earnings and cash earnings from operations are non-GAAP financial measures. In accordance with the requirement of SEC Regulation G, please see the attached financial tables for a presentation of the most comparable GAAP measures and the reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure and all additional reconciliations required by Regulation G.

For further discussion of these events and a comprehensive review of the second quarter ended June 30, 2006, the Company will host its previously announced conference call on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, which will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.amdpi.com. The call will be hosted by Gregory A. Serrao, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. To access the webcast, participants should visit the Investor Relations section of the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.amdpi.com and www.streetevents.com approximately two hours after the call through 6:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 8, 2006.

American Dental Partners is one of the nation's leading business partners to dental group practices. The Company is affiliated with 20 dental group practices which have 200 dental facilities with approximately 1,873 operatories located in 18 states.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of the historical information contained in this news release, the matters described herein contain "forward-looking" statements that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or collectively impact the matters herein described, including but not limited to the possibility that we may not realize the benefits expected from our acquisition and affiliation strategy, economic, regulatory and/or other factors outside the control of the Company, which are detailed from time to time in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's SEC reports, including the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.

                      AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                            FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS                  (in thousands, except per share amounts)                                 (unaudited)                                      Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended                                          June 30,            June 30,                                     ------------------- -------------------                                       2006      2005      2006      2005                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------  Net revenue                         $  55,078 $  49,427 $ 109,144 $  97,572 Operating expenses:      Salaries and benefits             22,396    20,595    44,936    40,977      Lab fees and dental supplies       8,971     7,976    17,682    15,610      Office occupancy expenses          6,482     5,498    12,817    11,028      Other operating expenses           4,850     4,565     9,668     9,127      General corporate expenses         3,378     2,602     6,730     5,200      Depreciation expense               1,939     1,669     3,851     3,314      Amortization of intangible       assets                            1,339     1,242     2,649     2,451                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------           Total operating expenses     49,355    44,147    98,333    87,707                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Earnings from operations                5,723     5,280    10,811     9,865      Interest expense, net                470       392       954       822                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Earnings before income taxes            5,253     4,888     9,857     9,043      Income taxes                       2,070     1,934     3,883     3,580                                     --------- --------- --------- --------- Net earnings                        $   3,183 $   2,954 $   5,974 $   5,463                                     ========= ========= ========= =========  Net earnings per common share:      Basic                          $    0.26 $    0.25 $    0.49 $    0.46                                     ========= ========= ========= =========      Diluted                        $    0.25 $    0.23 $    0.46 $    0.43                                     ========= ========= ========= ========= Weighted average common shares  outstanding:      Basic                             12,280    11,960    12,275    11,915                                     ========= ========= ========= =========      Diluted                           12,848    12,635    12,850    12,585                                     ========= ========= ========= =========                          AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                            FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)                                                      June 30,   December 31,                                                      2006         2005                                                  ------------ ------------ ASSETS Current assets:      Cash and cash equivalents                   $      2,081 $        592      Receivables due from affiliated dental       group practices                                  14,415       14,751      Other current assets                               7,362        6,966                                                  ------------ ------------           Total current assets                         23,858       22,309                                                  ------------ ------------  Property and equipment, net                            44,682       45,184                                                  ------------ ------------ Other non-current assets:      Goodwill                                           5,095        5,095      Intangible assets, net                            98,789       97,260      Other assets                                         612          798                                                  ------------ ------------           Total non-current assets                    104,496      103,153                                                  ------------ ------------           Total assets                           $    173,036 $    170,646                                                  ============ ============  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities:      Accounts payable and accrued expenses       $     21,632 $     20,131      Current maturities of debt                           123          123                                                  ------------ ------------           Total current liabilities                    21,755       20,254                                                  ------------ ------------ Non-current liabilities:      Long-term debt                                    26,108       32,039      Other liabilities                                 16,269       16,458                                                  ------------ ------------           Total non-current liabilities                42,377       48,497                                                  ------------ ------------            Total liabilities                            64,132       68,751                                                  ------------ ------------  Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity                                  108,904      101,895                                                  ------------ ------------           Total liabilities and stockholders'            equity                                $    173,036 $    170,646                                                  ============ ============                          AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                         Supplemental Operating Data                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)      Reconciliation of GAAP earnings, as reported, to cash net earnings                                                Three Months     Six Months                                                 Ended           Ended                                                June 30,        June 30,                                             --------------- ---------------                                              2006    2005    2006    2005                                             ------- ------- ------- -------   Net earnings (as reported)                  $ 3,183 $ 2,954 $ 5,974 $ 5,463 Add: Amortization of intangible assets, net  of tax                                         811     750   1,605   1,480                                             ------- ------- ------- ------- Cash net earnings (1)                       $ 3,994 $ 3,704 $ 7,579 $ 6,943                                             ======= ======= ======= =======   Weighted average common shares outstanding   12,848  12,635  12,850  12,585                                             ======= ======= ======= ======= Diluted net earnings per share              $  0.25 $  0.23 $  0.46 $  0.43                                             ======= ======= ======= ======= Diluted cash net earnings per share (1)     $  0.31 $  0.29 $  0.59 $  0.55                                             ======= ======= ======= =======    Calculation of cash return on committed capital and cash return on equity       for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005                                   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended                                       June 30,              June 30,                                 --------------------  --------------------                                   2006       2005       2006       2005                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  Earnings from operations        $   5,723  $   5,280  $  10,811  $   9,865 Add back:  Amortization of  intangible assets                  1,339      1,242      2,649      2,451                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Cash earnings from operations  (2)                            $   7,062  $   6,522  $  13,460  $  12,316                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= Annualized cash earnings from  operations                     $  28,248  $  26,088  $  26,920  $  24,632                                 =========  =========  =========  =========  Average committed capital (3)   $ 133,902  $ 122,693  $ 134,596  $ 120,041  Cash return on committed  capital (2)                           21%        21%        20%        21%  Net earnings                    $   3,183  $   2,954  $   5,974  $   5,463 Add back:  Amortization of  intangible assets, net of  taxes                                811        750      1,605      1,480                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- Cash net earnings (1)           $   3,994  $   3,704  $   7,579  $   6,943                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= Annualized cash net earnings    $  15,976  $  14,816  $  15,158  $  13,886                                 =========  =========  =========  =========  Average stockholders' equity  (3)                            $ 107,078  $  92,280  $ 105,400  $  90,535  Cash return on equity (2)              15%        16%        14%        15%                         AMERICAN DENTAL PARTNERS, INC.                         Supplemental Operating Data                               (in thousands)                                 (unaudited)         Patient revenue of the affiliated dental group practices (4)                    Three Months Ended              Six Months Ended                      June 30,           %           June 30,         %                 -------------------           --------- ---------                   2006      2005     Change     2006      2005     Change                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Patient revenue  - affiliated  practices:   Platform    dental    groups    affiliated    with the    Company in    both periods    of    comparison    (5)          $  83,519 $  75,821       10% $ 161,899 $ 145,555       11%   Platform    dental    groups that    affiliated    with the    Company    during    periods of    comparison         528         -      N/A      6,434     3,808       69%                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Total patient  revenue           84,047    75,821       11%   168,333   149,363       13% Amounts due to  the Company  under service  agreements        53,832    48,148       12%   106,808    95,063       12%                 --------- --------- --------  --------- --------- -------- Amounts  retained by  affiliated  practices      $  30,215 $  27,673        9% $  61,525 $  54,300       13%                 ========= ========= ========  ========= ========= ======== 

(1) Cash net earnings and diluted cash net earnings per share are not measures of financial performance under GAAP. Cash net earnings excludes amortization expense related to intangible assets, net of tax. The Company incurs significant amortization expense related to its service agreements while many companies, both in the same industry and other industries, no longer amortize a significant portion of their intangible assets pursuant to Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 142 - Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. The Company believes that cash net earnings and diluted cash net earnings per share are important financial measures for understanding its relative financial performance.

(2) Cash earnings from operations is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. The Company believes that cash return on committed capital and cash return on equity are useful financial measures for understanding its financial performance.

(3) Average committed capital calculated as average of beginning of quarter and end of quarter debt, including current portion, plus stockholders' equity. Average stockholders' equity calculated as average of beginning of quarter and end of quarter stockholders' equity.

(4) Patient revenue of the affiliated dental group practices is not consolidated with the Company's financial statements.

(5) Same market patient revenue excludes new platform affiliations that occurred during the periods of comparison in which a new service agreement was entered into.

 

 

 

API Outsourcing Featured as an Industry Leader in CFOsources

API Outsourcing, Inc., a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider of state-of-the-art invoice automations, was featured as an industry leader in a recent article published by CFOsources, a BPO consultant company.

In their July issue, API Outsourcing was compared to over 300 technology companies worldwide that offer BPO services. CFOsources stated, "Of all the Accounting solutions we have seen, none have even come close to providing the value that API Outsourcing can provide -- in as short of time and for the cost." Unlike other companies that compete with less expensive labor, CFOsources noted that API uses technology as the tool for transformation. CFOsources said, "We see this as a process change using technology, which differs from some offshore companies that use lower labor costs to save companies money."

As companies try to evaluate outsourcing service providers, many find it difficult to compare multiple trading partners. CFOsources, a global BPO consultant company, analyzes service providers, technology solutions, outsourcing solutions, and international business trends. CFOsources invests the time to understand complex solutions and deliver the information to their clients in simple terms.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

About API Outsourcing, Inc.

API Outsourcing, Inc. (API) is a leading Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider of invoice automation solutions for mid-size to Fortune 1000 companies. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, services are delivered through onshore production facilities. API delivers solutions to transform clients' manual paper-dependent billing, accounts payable and doc ument management processes into innovative automated processes. The company currently manages over 280 million transactions for clients annually. Clients benefit from the significant increase in process efficiency, profitability and financial control. API uses Six Sigma techniques to deliver high quality, consistent service. API's clients include Rayovac, EDS, Randstad North America, Affinity Plus Credit Union, G&K Services, AMN Healthcare and Lee Enterprises. Please visit www.apioutsourcing.com or call 651.675.2600 to learn more.

 

 

 

Lyric Jeans Hosts Private Party for New York Dolls

 Lyric Jeans, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: LYJN), a cutting-edge premium clothing company, hosted a private party for the New York Dolls on Friday night, July 28th after a Tower Records appearance on the Sunset Strip to promote their long awaited album "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This." The band's hit songs "Personality Crisis" and "Looking For A Kiss" are part of Lyric's debut collection which includes jeans, belts, t-shirts and leather jackets.

After signing autographs for thousands of fans at Tower Records, band members David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Steve Conte and Sami Yaffa headed over to Lyric's Los Angeles showroom for an exclusive after party attended by their entourage and close friends. Krol Vodka, Monster Energy Drink, Fiji Water and Hansen's Soda sponsored the bar. Vienna Cafe catered the affair with gourmet mini burgers, veggie & grilled shrimp skewers and tuna tartar.

"The New York Dolls were ahead of their time not only with their punk rock music, but also with their over the top cross dressing style and chrome lipstick branded logo," said Hanna Rochelle Schmieder, President of Lyric Jeans. "Their unique fashion sense influenced the look of many glam metal groups like KISS, Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue and so it makes sense that their style and lyrics serve as creative inspiration for several pieces in our collection," she continued.

 

Lyric Jeans is a music driven premium clothing line involving lyrical content on jeans, denim wear and accessories. Each pair of jeans reflects the personality, style and flare of the artist and song through its design. With the vision of fusing the world of music with fashion, Lyric Jeans employs a cutting-edge design strategy allowing consumers to express themselves stylishly through song lyrics. The company's strength is in its relationships with the music industry and its ability to access the Hollywood community, tastemakers and trend-setters. www.lyricjeans.com

To view pictures from the party with the NY Dolls go to http://www.lyricjeans.com/press.html

Lyric Jeans Media Contact: Publicity@LyricJeans.com

Included in this release are certain "forward-looking" statements, involving risks and uncertainties, which are covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Lyric Jeans, Inc. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from those referred to or implied by such statements. In addition, actual or future results may differ materially from those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, including continued maintenance of favorable license arrangements, success of market research identifying new product opportunities, successful introduction of new products, continued product innovation, sales and earnings growth, ability to attract and retain key personnel, and general economic conditions affecting consumer spending, Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Lyric Jeans, Inc. and Universal Media Holdings, Inc. do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law.

Safe Harbor: This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 27E of the Securities Act of 1934. Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Actual performance and results may differ materially from that projected or suggested herein due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, ability to obtain financing and regulatory and shareholder approvals for anticipated actions.

 

 

 

 

Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. Announces 2nd Quarter 2006 Earnings

 Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIGP) today reported its operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2006. Mercer Insurance Group, Inc. (the Company) offers commercial and personal lines of insurance to businesses and individuals in six states through its insurance subsidiaries: Mercer Insurance Company, Mercer Insurance Company of New Jersey, Inc., Financial Pacific Insurance Company and Franklin Insurance Company.

The Company acquired Financial Pacific Insurance Group, Inc. on October 1, 2005, and it is included accordingly in the Company's 2006 consolidated financial statements. Consequently, comparisons of the Company's current quarter and six month period with the comparable 2005 periods must take into account the impact of the acquisition on the 2006 Consolidated Statements of Income in order to make meaningful comparisons. Financial Pacific is a specialty writer of commercial lines which writes primarily in four western states, and provides insurance to commercial accounts in the contractor, manufacturing, retail, services and wholesaling businesses.

The Company reported net income, determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in the quarter ended June 30, 2006, of $2.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, which was an increase of $1.8 million over the comparable prior quarter's net income of $1.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. After-tax realized investment gains included in net income for the current quarter were $197,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, as compared to $52,000, or less than $0.01 per diluted share in the same period in the prior year. Operating income (a non-GAAP measure defined as net income less after-tax realized gains or losses) in the second quarter of 2006 was $2.7 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, as compared to $1.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2005. The Company's GAAP combined ratio for the second quarter of 2006 was 96.4%, as compared to 96.1% for the same quarter in 2005.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2006 were $36.9 million, an increase of $21.1 million over the 2005 second quarter revenue of $15.8 million. Net premiums earned for the quarter were $33.6 million, an $18.7 million increase over net premiums earned of $14.9 million in the same period of 2005. Net investment income increased $1.7 million to $2.4 million for the quarter, as compared to $740,000 in the comparable period in 2005.

In the six months ended June 30, 2006, the Company reported GAAP net income of $5.5 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, which was an increase of $3.4 million over the prior year's net income of $2.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. After-tax realized investment gains included in net income for the current six months were $399,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, as compared to $64,000, or $0.01 per diluted share in the same period in the prior year. Operating income in the first six months of 2006 was $5.1 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, as compared to $2.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the same period of 2005. The Company's GAAP combined ratio for the first six months of 2006 was 96.4%, as compared to 96.3% for the same period in 2005.

Revenues for the first six months of 2006 were $73.3 million, an increase of $41.6 million over revenue in the first six months of 2005 of $31.7 million. Net premiums earned for the period were $67.2 million, a $37.2 million increase over net premiums earned of $30.0 million in the same period of 2005. Net investment income increased $3.0 million to $4.5 million for the six months, as compared to $1.5 million in the comparable period in 2005.

In reviewing the Company's performance for the quarter, Andrew R. Speaker, Mercer's President and CEO, said, "The integration of our recent acquisition of Financial Pacific Insurance Group continues on track, and we are pleased with its performance. It was also pleasing to learn that A.M. Best recently included Financial Pacific Insurance Company in the Company's pooled financial strength rating of A (Excellent), in accordance with the ratings of the other members of the Company's insurance pool. The Company's strong 2006 performance reflects our continuing disciplined focus on underwriting, despite an increasingly challenging marketplace, and the more balanced mix of property and casualty insurance business which resulted from the acquisition of Financial Pacific. In addition, the Company's increased investment income reflects improvements in fixed income securities yields over that of the previous year."

Certain of the statements contained herein (other than statements of historical facts) are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include estimates and assumptions related to economic, competitive and legislative developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to change and uncertainty that are, in many instances, beyond the company's control and have been made based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management's expectations so that the effect of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Actual financial results including premium growth and underwriting results could differ materially from those anticipated by the Company depending on the outcome of certain factors, which may include changes in property and casualty loss trends and reserves; catastrophe losses; the insurance product pricing environment; changes in applicable law; government regulation and changes therein that may impede the ability to charge adequate rates; changes in accounting principles; performance of the financial markets; fluctuations in interest rates; availability and price of reinsurance; and the status of the labor markets in which the Company operates.

                     Consolidated Statements of Income               (in thousands, except per share and share data)                                                          Quarter Ended                                                            June 30,                                                        2006        2005                                                    (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  Net premiums earned                                  $  33,631  $  14,862 Investment income,  net of investment expenses                              2,369        740 Realized investment gains                                  298         80 Other revenue                                              587         87   Total revenue                                         36,885     15,769  Losses and loss adjustment  expenses                                               21,549      7,312 Amortization of deferred policy  acquisition costs                                       7,848      3,902 Other expenses                                           3,052      3,063 Interest expense                                           304          -   Total expenses                                        32,753     14,277  Income before income taxes                               4,132      1,492 Income taxes                                             1,237        427  Net income                                           $   2,895  $   1,065  Net income per common share:   Basic                                              $    0.48  $    0.18   Diluted                                            $    0.47  $    0.17  Weighted average number of  shares outstanding:   Basic                                              5,994,228  5,877,160   Diluted                                            6,191,449  6,101,548      Supplementary Financial Data  Net written premiums                                 $  41,234  $  16,780  Book value per common share                          $   17.62  $   16.69  GAAP combined ratio                                       96.4%      96.1%                        Consolidated Statements of Income               (in thousands, except per share and share data)                                                          Six Months Ended                                                             June 30,                                                         2006       2005                                                     (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  Net premiums earned                                  $  67,168  $  29,975 Investment income, net of  investment expenses                                     4,460      1,484 Realized investment gains                                  605         97 Other revenue                                            1,078        172    Total revenue                                        73,311     31,728  Losses and loss adjustment expenses                     42,195     15,034 Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs                                       15,140      7,801 Other expenses                                           7,487      6,021 Interest expense                                           601          - Total expenses                                          65,423     28,856  Income before income taxes                               7,888      2,872 Income taxes                                             2,343        814  Net income                                           $   5,545  $   2,058  Net income per common share:    Basic                                             $    0.93  $    0.35    Diluted                                           $    0.90  $    0.33  Weighted average number of shares outstanding:    Basic                                             5,982,071  5,939,968    Diluted                                           6,154,893  6,172,231        Supplementary Financial Data  Net written premiums                                 $  80,929  $  29,941  GAAP combined ratio                                       96.4%      96.3%                             Consolidated Balance Sheet                    (in thousands, except share amounts)                                                      June 30,   Dec. 31,                                                       2006       2005                                                   (unaudited) ASSETS Investments, at fair value:   Fixed income securities, available-for sale     $ 255,283  $ 229,129   Equity securities, at fair value                   15,719     14,981   Short-term investments, at cost, which     approximates fair value                           2,397      4,289           Total investments                         273,399    248,399 Cash and cash equivalents                            13,113     20,677 Premiums receivable                                  46,430     37,497 Reinsurance receivable                               84,769     79,214 Prepaid reinsurance premiums                         17,521     21,554 Deferred policy acquisition costs                    17,291     10,789 Accrued investment income                             2,783      2,625 Property and equipment, net                          11,949     11,720 Deferred income taxes                                 9,115      3,588 Goodwill                                              5,633      5,633 Other assets                                          4,526      5,002 Total assets                                      $ 486,529  $ 446,698  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities:   Losses and loss adjustment expenses             $ 228,340  $ 211,679   Unearned premiums                                  88,710     78,982   Accounts payable and accrued expenses              15,844     13,761   Other reinsurance balances                         26,128     18,574    Trust preferred securities                         15,533     15,525   Advances under line of credit                       3,000      3,000   Other liabilities                                   2,369      1,778        Total liabilities                          $ 379,964  $ 343,299  Stockholders' Equity:   Preferred Stock, no par value, authorized               -          -    5,000,000 shares, no shares issued and    outstanding   Common stock, no par value,                             -          -    authorized 15,000,000 shares, issued    7,054,233 and 7,068,233 shares, outstanding    6,550,669 and 6,463,538 shares   Additional paid-in capital                      $  67,018  $  67,973   Accumulated other comprehensive income               (500)     2,851   Retained earnings                                  50,441     44,896   Unearned restricted stock compensation                  -     (1,654)   Unearned ESOP shares                               (4,073)    (4,383)   Treasury Stock, 503,513 and 501,563 shares         (6,321)    (6,284)        Total stockholders' equity                   106,565    103,399   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $ 486,529  $ 446,698
 
 
 

DOD: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Seal of the PentagonDoD Identifies Navy Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.



            Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Koth, 30, ofTowson, Md.,
died July 26 at Camp Victory, Iraq, after ordnance exploded during a
disposal operation.  Koth was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile
Unit Eight, serving with Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad.



            The incident is under investigation.

 

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties




The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who
were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins, 22, of Frederick, Md., died
July 27 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar
province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.



Lance Cpl. Adam R. Murray, 21, of Cordova, Tenn., died July 27 while
conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was
assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Cpl. Timothy D. Roos, 21, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died July 27 from wounds
received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. 
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Pfc. Enrique C. Sanchez, 21, of Garner, N.C., died July 27 while
conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.  He was assigned to 3rd
Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

 

 

 

Flag Officer Assignments


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen announced the following flag
officer assignments:



Rear Adm. (lower half)(selectee) Thomas J. Eccles is being assigned as
deputy commander for undersea warfare, SEA-07, Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C.  Eccles is currently serving as major program manager for Seawolf,
Program Executive Office Submarines, Washington, D.C.



Rear Adm. (lower half) (selectee) John Elnitsky II is being assigned as
commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Washington, D.C.  Elnitsky is
currently serving as major program manager for undersea mobility, PM
399, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

 

FLAG OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
announced today that the President has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau for reappointment to the grade of vice admiral and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  Rondeau is currently serving as director, Navy
Staff, N09B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon, Washington,
D.C.




General Officer Announcement


            Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today
that the President has nominated Army Brig. Gen Carroll F. Pollett for the
appointment to the grade of major general.  Pollett is currently serving as
commanding general, United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort
Huachuca, Ariz.

 

DOD CONTRACTS

_AIR FORCE



            McDonnell Douglas Corp.,Long Beach, Calif., is being
awarded a
$780,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  This is an undefinitized
contract
action for a foreign military sales delivery order contract that will
provide
four C-17 aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  The C-17
system
group, in accordance with air mobility command, has arranged for the
reallocation of four C-17 aircraft delivery positions from the Air
Force
Multi-Year Procurement II (MYPII) contract, F33657-02-C-2001, for
delivery to
RAAF.  At this time, $390,000,000 has been obligated.  Negotiations
were
complete July 2006.  This work will be completed in phases: first
delivery
November 2006; second, May 2007; third, January 2008 and fourth,
February
2008.  Headquarters 328th Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson
Air
Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.  Public Affairs point of
contact is ASC/PAM at 937-255-3334 (FA8614-06-D-2006, delivery order
0001).



            Engineering Research and Consulting Inc., Huntsville, Ala.,
is
being awarded a $72,435,099 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursement,
firm-fixed-price contract.  This action provides for research in
propulsion
sciences:  The research in propulsion sciences contract will provide
on-site
theoretical and experimental scientific and engineering research and
development in rocket propulsion at the Air Force research laboratory
located
at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali.  A strong effort in basic research is
required, but elements of the broader research and development scope
and
technology transition are also included.  Research will focus on
discovery,
synthesis, characterization, and development of energetic and
non-energetic
materials, research, development, and modeling of novel propulsion
methods and
devices, and combustion modeling and aero physics interactions.  The
contractor shall function in government/contractor teams.  Typical work
performed includes propellant research, analytical chemistry, the study
of
fracture mechanics, investigating aero physics interactions, bench
level
contractor researchers work along-side government scientists and
engineers and
collaborate on the research and development activities.  At this time
no funds
have been obligated.  This work will be complete in September 2011.
Solicitation began March 2006.  Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards
Air
Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA9300-06-C-0023).







            Business Technologies and Solutions, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, is
being
awarded a $14,905,898 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
cost-plus-award-fee and cost-reimbursement contract modification.  This
action
provides for the technical and acquisition management support program,
provides a wide range of diverse non-engineering, technical and
acquisition
management support required in the acquisition, development, production
, and
support of various equipment and weapon systems within the air armament
center
and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  At this time no
funds
have been obligated.  This work will be complete September 2007. 
Headquarters
Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity
(FA9200-05-C-0002/P00005).



            Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Littleton, Co., is being
awarded an $8,053,729 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The purpose of
this
action is for AFRL/VS to exercise the option portion of this contract,
which
result in a critical design review (CDR) and post CDR activities to
achieve
space situational awareness capabilities and functionality into to a
Nan
satellite package.  During the basic portion of the contract, the
objective
was to perform the development activities and conduct a tailored
preliminary
design review to achieve space situational awareness capabilities and
functionally into a Nan satellite package.  At this time $400,000 has
been
obligated.  This work will be complete August 2007.  Air Force Research
Lab,
Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. is the contracting activity
(FA9453-06-D-0330).



            Honeywell International Inc., Defense and Space Electronic
Systems, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $6,816,888
firm-fixed-price
contract.  This contract is to continue spiral development of existing
ballistic missile range safety technology (BMRST) systems and procure
additional BMRST system is a mobile global positioning system (GPS) and
telemetry based space launch range safety systems.  At this time
$6,816,888
has been obligated.  Solicitations began March 2006.  Negotiations were
complete June 2006.  This work will be complete July 2007. 
Headquarters Space
and Missile Defense Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.,
is the
contracting activity (FA8818-06-C-0033).



            Integral Systems Inc., Lanham, Md., is being awarded a
$6,427,101
cost-plus-award fee contract modification.  This contract change
modifies the
command and control system-consolidated (CCS-C) effort to support the
test
automated operations (TAO) development for the wideband gapfiller
satellite
(WGS) program.  This change will also incorporate new WGS requirements. 
The
CCS-S program provides an upgraded capability to command and control
the Air
Force's communication satellites, including the defense satellite
communication system, Milstar, advanced extremely high frequency, and
wideband
gapfiller satellites.  At this time $2,756,535 has been obligated. 
This work
will be complete June 2010.  Headquarters Space and Missile Defense
Systems
Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity
(F04701-01-C-0012/P00099).



            Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being
awarded
a $5,369,597 firm-fixed-price contract modification.  This is a
modification
to the C-15 avionics modernization program and the procurement of Lot
II and
Lot IV mobility readiness spares for the avionics modernization
program.  At
this time $5,369,597 has been obligated.  Negations were complete June
2006.
This work will be complete June 2008.  Headquarters Aeronautical
Systems
Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting
activity
(F33657-98-C-006/P00183).

_

_ARMY



            AM General L.L.C., South Bend  , Ind. , was awarded on July
27,
2006, a $595,816,409 modification firm-fixed-price contract for
M1151A1s with
B1Kit and to establish ceiling prices for armor kits.  Work will be
performed
in South Bend, Ind., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
This
was a sole source contract initiated on July 17, 2000.  The Army
Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).



            Walsh Construction Co., Chicago, Ill., was awarded on July
27,
2006, a delivery order amount of $30,138,800 as part of a $30,138,800
firm-fixed-price contract for renovations of Specker Barracks.  Work
will be
performed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and is expected to be completed by
July
1, 2007.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal
year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on June 13, 2006.  The
Army
Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity
(W912DQ-05-D-0016).



            General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights,
Mich., was
awarded on July 27, 2006, an $8,318,171 modification to a
cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract for systems technical support for the Abrams Tank program. 
Work will
be performed in Sterling Heights, Mich., and is expected to be
completed by
Dec. 31, 2006.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current
fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on Nov. 23,
2001.  The
Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments, Warren, Mich., is the contracting
activity
(DAAE07-01-C-N075).



            Honeywell International, Clearwater, Fla., was awarded on
July 27,
2006, a delivery order amount of $7,525,000 as part of a $7,525,000
firm-fixed-price contract for inertial navigation unit for the Bradley
fighting vehicle system, Knight vehicle, Bradley fire support team, and
Abrams
integrated management.  Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., and
is
expected to be completed by July 31, 2008.  Contract funds will not
expire at
the end of the current fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract
initiated
on July 25, 2006.  The Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Rock
Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAE20-01-D-0092).

_

            Allison Transmission, Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on
July 27,
2006, a $5,850,525 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for
X200-4A
transmissions in containers used on the M113 vehicles.  Work will be
performed
in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
This
was a sole source contract initiated on June 21, 2006.  The Army
Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (DAAE07-03-C-N197).

_

_NAVY



            Raytheon Systems Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Keyport,
Wash.,
is being awarded an estimated $95,388,012 firm-fixed-price modification
to
previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-6101) for the consolidated
MK48 and
MK54 torpedo kit hardware, with engineering and repair services.  The
primary
purpose of this modification is to purchase the necessary quantities of
torpedoes and support services necessary to support fleet operational
requirements for the various torpedo product lines.  This contract
combines
support for the Navy (70 percent) and the Government of Australia (30
percent)
under the foreign military sales program.  Work will be performed in
Keyport,
Wash. (90 percent), and Portsmouth, R.I. (10 percent), and is expected
to be
completed by June 2009.  Contract funds in the amount of $150,000 will
expire
at the end of the current fiscal year.  The contract was not
competitively
procured.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting
activity.



            Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS), a Northrop Grumman
Corporation Co., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$58,427,517 cost-plus-award-fee contract for CG 47 and DD 963 class
integrated
planning yard services.  NGSS will provide expert design, planning, and
material support services for both maintenance and modernization.  Work
will
be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by
July
2011.  Contract funds in the amount of $1,000, will expire at the end
of the
current fiscal year.  The contract was not competitively procured.  The
Naval
Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity
(N00024-06-C-2306).



            McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Boeing
Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $44,286,967 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0027) for 28
Harpoon
all-up-round (AUR) missiles which consist of 20 tactical block II
airlaunch
AUR missiles for the Governments of Chile (10) and Pakistan (10); four
exercise block II grade B AUR for the Government of Canada; two
tactical block
II Harpoon missile body AUR for the Government of Austrilia; and two
tactical
block II airlaunch AUR for the Government of Malaysia.  The contract
also
includes six warhead sections for the Governments of Canada (4) and
Australia
(2); 24 MK631 canister AUR containers for the Governments of Pakistan
(10),
Chile (10) and Canada (4); six MK992 exercise/warhead containers for
the
Governments of Canada (4) and Australia (2); and one MK607 airlaunch
AUR
container for the Government of Australia.  This contract combines
purchases
for the Governments of Chile ($15,843,630; 35.78 percent), Pakistan
($15,793,603; 35.65 percent), Canada ($7,600,780; 17.16 percent),
Australia
($2,632,379; 5.95 percent) and Malaysia ($2,416,548; 5.46 percent)
under the
foreign military sales program.  Work will be performed in St. Charles,
Mo.
(50.28 percent), McKinney, Texas (14.12 percent), Toledo, Ohio (5.83
percent),
United Kingdom (5.18 percent), Huntsville, Ala. (3.72 percent),
Clearwater,
Fla. (3.61 percent), Galena, Kan. (2.29 percent), Elkton, Md. (2.08
percent),
Kirwood, Mo.(2.00 percent), Middletown, Conn. (1.78 percent), and other
various locations throughout the United States (9.11 percent), and is
expected
to be completed in June 2007.  Contract funds will not expire at the
end of
the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md.,
is the contracting activity.





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            Rockwell Collins, Inc., Government Systems Division, Cedar
Rapids,
Iowa, is being awarded a $25,754,556 ten-year requirements contract for
performanced based logistics (PBL) support of the AN/ARC-210(V)
electronics
protection radio system used on numerous aircraft platforms, ground
stations,
and aboard ships.  This contract includes one five-year option period,
which
if exercised, brings the total estimated value of the contract to
$53,195,424.
Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and work is expected to
be
completed by July 2016.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured. 
The Naval
Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00383-06-D-007G).



            Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors Electronics
Park, a
division of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y., is being
awarded a
not-to-exceed $23,354,302 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price
modification under previously awarded letter contract
(N00024-05-C-6237) to
exercise an option for production of three installation and checkout
kits and
supporting equipment for three remote minehunting vehicle (RMV) units,
engineering services, and overhaul of the remote minehunting
engineering
development models (EDMs) numbers 1 and 2.  This effort is in support
of the
remote minehunting system (RMS) program.  The AN/WLD-1(V)1 RMS consists
of a
high-endurance, remotely controlled, off-board, low-observable,
semi-submersible vehicle that will be used for mine reconnaissance. 
The goal
of the RMS is to provide fleet combatants with the capability to detect
and
classify bottom and moored contacts.  The RMVs will be incorporated
into the
DDG 91 through DDG96 class ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. 
This
effort consists of procuring the INCO kits and support equipment for
the first
three RMVs, overhauling the remote minehunting EDMs #1 and #2, and
engineering
services.  Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (60 percent), and
Riviera
Beach, Fla. (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by August
2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 
The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity.

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            Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems (NGES),
Annapolis, Md.,
is being awarded an $18,630,236 cost-plus-award-fee delivery order to a
basic
ordering agreement for the advanced SEAL delivery system (ASDS)
reliability
improvement program (ARIP).  ASDS is a United States Special Operations
Command sponsored effort to develop a dry combat submersible for use by
special operations forces (SOF) and the necessary host submarine
interfaces.
The SOF Undersea Mobility Program office (PMS399) of the program
executive
officer for submarines provides for technical, engineering,
integration,
material, and logistics support for ASDS.  Under this delivery order,
NGES
will perform critical system reviews to systematically review the
ASDS-1
design in order to support the development of a plan for increasing the
availability and reliability of ASDS, analyze supply support
alternatives and
diminished manufacturing sources, and provide other related support. 
Work
will be performed in Annapolis, Md. (40.9 percent); Newport News, Va.
(42.6
percent); State College, Pa. (5.6 percent); West Bethesda, Md. (4.5
percent);
Groton, Conn. (2.6 percent); Bethpage, N.Y. (0.9 percent); McLean, Va.
(0.8
percent); Rockville, Md. (0.4 percent); Crane, Ind. (0.4 percent);
Falls
Church, Va. (0.4 percent); Charlottesville, Va. (0.4 percent);
Torrance,
Calif. (0.4 percent); and Knoxville, Tenn. (0.1 percent) and is
expected to be
completed by May 2007.  Contract funds in the amount of $2,177,422 will
expire
at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not
competitively
procured.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting
activity (N00024-04-G-6202).



            Custom Analytical Engineering Systems, Inc., Flintstone,
Md., is
being awarded a $9,997,208 cost-plus-fixed-fee (term and completion)
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical,
engineering,
and analytical support to assist in development of composite materials
for
extended range munitions, advanced gun propulsion, and advanced
propulsion
systems.  Work will be performed in Flintstone, Md., and is expected to
be
completed by July 2009.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
current fiscal year.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren
Division,
Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity (N00178-06-D-3030).



            Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Mass., is
being
awarded a $9,660,001 cost-plus-fixed fee,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for oceanographic
research
and development efforts in support of the joint robotics program's work
on
advanced robotics systems.  Tasking will include, but is not be limited
to,
research and development of unmanned systems to perform ocean floor
exploration, data analysis of current flow and effect from
oceanographic
events and anomalies; and through data grids and maps, evaluate the
magnitude,
variability and co-variation in respect to the accuracy and quality of
the
original data.  Work will be performed in Woods Hole, Mass., and is
expected
to be completed by September 2011.  Contract funds will expire at the
end of
the current year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  The
Naval
Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting
activity (N00164-06-D-6672).



            Rolls Royce, plc in Bristol, England, is being awarded a
$5,352,621 priced order (5351) under previously awarded contract
(N00383-04-G-001M) for procurement of ring base plates used in support
of the
F-402 engine.  Work will be performed in Bristol, England, and work is
to be
completed by August 2009.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of
the
fiscal year.  This contract was not awarded competitively.  The Naval
Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.



_DEFENSE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTING ORGANIZATION_



            T-Systems Business Services, GmbH, Godesberger Allee 117,
D-53175
Bonn, Germany, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract.  The
contract has
a performance period of one year for installation of the network, with
a
three-year period of cable plant administration following network
installation.  Total cost of the contract for the four-year period is
$5,536,249.  This contract will provide a fiber optic backbone
consisting of
defined segments traversing public and private lands in Germany  with
terminating points on selected U.S. military installations.  It will be
used
to transmit critical command information to DoD personnel.  The
requirement
was solicited and awarded on a full and open competition basis.  The
solicitation was synopsized on the federal business opportunities
website as
well as the DITCO contracting opportunities website.  Six offers were
received.  The contractor is a foreign vendor with offices throughout
Germany
.  The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization-Europe
is the
contracting activity (HC1021-06-C-2000).



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Oakland 3, LA Angels 1 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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1.5 MILLION SPECTATORS TURN OUT FOR ISTANBUL AIR RACE

 

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1.5 million spectators crowded the banks of the Golden Horn estuary in

Istanbul, Turkey to watch American pilot, Kirby Chambliss win the Red

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Chambliss' dramatic victory further cements his status as the Series

favourite, although Bonhomme, flying in a new Edge 540, has made a

dramatic move to the top of the Air Race's leading flyers, joining the likes of

American Mike Mangold, the reigning World Series champion, and

Hungarian Peter Besenyei.

Flying at speeds of more than 400kph, the world's best pilots were

racing against the clock in a bid to win points in the fifth leg of the

international series. Chambliss currently has the overall lead with a

total of 22 points in the World Series standings, followed closely by

Besenyei and then Mangold. The results were the narrowest in the history of the Red

Bull Air Race, with Bonhomme just 0.48 seconds behind Chambliss. Mangold

missed out on a top spot after hitting an Air Gate and incurring a 10 second

penalty.

Chambliss was thrilled with his win, exclaiming "I am a very lucky man

today!" adding, "You have to be consistent. I go out there and always

fly aggressively. To me second place is nothing but the first loser."

Crowds watched in awe as the pilots raced through the high speed

course, negotiating a series of 'air gates' just metres above the water. Taking

place for the first time in Istanbul, chicanes were a brand new feature

of the race track, with pilots having to weave through the single pylons

as well as fly between the parallel gates.

The next race takes place on the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary on

20th August.

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Results - Race 5, Istanbul 29.7.06

1 Kirby Chambliss USA 02:56.86

2 Paul Bonhomme GBR 02:57.34

3 Peter Besenyei HUN 02:58.88

4 Mike Mangold USA 03:06.98

5 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 03:07.63

6 Nigel Lamb GBR 03:08.43

7 Alejandro Maclean ESP 03:16.98

8 Steve Jones GBR 03:18.13

9 Klaus Schrodt GER 03:20.18

10 Frank Versteegh NED 03:28.38

 

World Series 2006 Overall Standing

1 Kirby Chambliss USA 22 points

2 Peter Besenyei HUN 19

3 Mike Mangold USA 17

4 Klaus Schrodt GER 6

4 Paul Bonhomme GBR 6

4 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA 6

7 Alejandro Maclean ESP 3

7 Michael Goulian USA 3

9 Nigel Lamb GBR 2

10 Steve Jones GBR 0

10 Frank Versteegh NED 0

 

Race Calendar 2006

Abu Dhabi, UAE 18th March

Barcelona, Spain 6th May

Berlin, Germany 27th May

St Petersburg, Russia 17th June (cancelled)

Istanbul, Turkey 29th July

Budapest, Hungary 20th August

Longleat, UK 2nd September

San Francisco, USA 7th October

Perth, Australia 19th November

(C) UNKNOWN

 

*Michael Goulian did not take part in the Istanbul Air Race

 

 

MLB trade tracker
 

Monday, July 31

• Los Angeles Dodgers get Julio Lugo; Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor-league 3B Joel Guzman and OF Sergio Pedroza.

• Dodgers get RHP Greg Maddux; Chicago Cubs get SS/3B Cesar Izturis

• New York Mets get RHP Roberto Hernandez and LHP Oliver Perez; Pittsburgh Pirates get OF Xavier Nady.

• Mets get RHP Scott Linebrink; San Diego Padres get LHP Oliver Perez and RHP Heath Bell. 

• New York Yankees get 1B/OF Craig Wilson; Pirates get RHP Shawn Chacon.

• Padres get 2B Todd Walker and cash; Cubs get minor-league RHP Jose Ceda. 

• Texas Rangers get RHP Kip Wells; Pirates get minor-league pitcher Jesse Chavez.

• Rangers get DH Matt Stairs; Kansas City Royals get minor-league RHP Joselo Diaz.

• Detroit Tigers get 1B Sean Casey; Pirates get minor-league P Brian Rogers. 

• Cincinnati Reds get LHP Rheal Cormier; Philadelphia Phillies get RHP Justin Germano. 

• Reds get RHP Kyle Lohse; Minnesota Twins get minor-league RHP Zach Ward.

Sunday, July 30 • St. Louis Cardinals get 2B Ronnie Belliard; Cleveland Indians get INF Hector Luna.

• New York Yankees get RF Bobby Abreu and RHP Cory Lidle; Phillies get four minor leaguers: LHP Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and RHP Carlos Monasterios.

Friday, July 28

• Rangers get: OF Carlos Lee and minor-league OF Nelson Cruz. Milwaukee Brewers get: RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Kevin Mench, OF Laynce Nix and minor-league LHP Julian Cordero. 

• San Francisco Giants get LHP Mike Stanton; Washington Nationals get minor-league pitcher Shairon Martis.

 

 

 

Corey Pavin, on winning his first tournament in over a decade at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee 

 

Becomes the eighth player with multiple victories in Milwaukee (1986, 2006). The others: Dave Stockton (1968 and 1973), Dave Eichelberger (1971 and 1977), Calvin Peete (1979 and 1982), Scott Hoch (1995 and 1997), Loren Roberts (1996 and 2000), Jeff Sluman (1998 and 2002) and Carlos Franco (1999 and 2004).
 
* Becomes the third wire-to-wire winner in the history of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, joining Ed Sneed (1974 at Tuckaway Country Club) and Ben Crane (2005 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course). On the PGA TOUR this season, there have been two other wire-to-wire winners - Phil Mickelson (BellSouth Classic) and Stuart Appleby (Shell Houston Open).
 
* Ties the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee 72-hole scoring record of 260 with 2005 champion Ben Crane and 2000 champion Loren Roberts.
 
* Birdied his first six holes (Nos. 1-6) in the first round en route to a PGA TOUR front-nine record total of 26. The 8-under-par total bested the 27 by four players - Mike Souchak (1955 Texas Open), Andy North (1975 B.C. Open), Billy Mayfair (2001 Buick Open) and Robert Gamez (2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic). The 26 also topped the previous low total on the front nine at Brown Deer Park Golf Course, a 28 by J.P. Hayes in the third round in 2002 and Loren Roberts in the first round in 1998.
 
* In the first round, tied the course record of 61 set by Ken Green (Round 3, 1988) and later matched by Robert Gamez (Round 1, 1991) and Steve Lowery (Round 4, 1999). The 61 was a career low for the 14-time PGA TOUR winner, besting his previous low of 62 in the third round of the 1990 H-E-B Texas Open and the first round of the 2004 Buick Championship. Both rounds of 62 were posted on par-70 golf courses.
 
* The 61-64--125 (15-under) start matched the lowest first 36-hole total in PGA TOUR history. The previous U.S. Bank Championship record was set by Ben Crane last year at 127, rounds of 62-65.

 

 

 

Remarks by President Bush at Tee Ball Game

The following is a transcript of remarks by

President Bush at a tee ball game:

  The South Lawn   July 30, 2006    2:45 P.M. EDT  

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. You know, as we listen to our "National Anthem," it reminds us how blessed we are to live in a land where our boys and girls can grow up in a peaceful world. And on today, our hopes for peace for boys and girls everywhere extends across the world, especially in the Middle East. Today's actions in the Middle East remind us that the United States and friends and allies must work for a sustainable peace, particularly for the sake of children.

And so I want to welcome you here to the White House. What an honor to be with the Commissioner, Willie Mays. (Applause.) See, when I was growing up, I wanted to be the Willie Mays of my generation, but I couldn't hit a curve ball. So instead, I ended up being President.

Laura and I welcome you here, along with the Commissioner. It's a proud day for us to welcome -- a little hot for baseball, but I know these teams are up for it. First I want to welcome the Civitan Club of Frederick Challengers from Thurmont, Maryland. (Applause.) We're glad you all are here. We also want to welcome the Mayor, Mayor Marty Burns of Thurmont. Welcome, Mr. Mayor. (Applause.) Thanks for coming. There he is. (Applause.) Marty used to work at Camp David, by the way.

I also want to welcome the Challenger Braves from Shady Spring, West Virginia. (Applause.)

We welcome both teams, the coaches, the helpers, and the families. We're glad you're here. (Applause.) We're lucky today to have not only one Major Leaguer, but three Major Leaguers with us. Coaching first base, the lefty, Al Leiter. Welcome, Al. (Applause.) At third base, Dan Wilson. Glad you're here, Dan, thanks for coming. (Applause.) Proud you're here.

We welcome Steve Keener, who is the President and CEO of Little League International. (Applause.) We want to thank the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital who carried the colors. (Applause.) I want to thank Nichola Kouzes, who sang the "National Anthem." Nicola did a fabulous job here on the South Lawn. Thank you. (Applause.) She did a good job, didn't she. (Applause.) Not only a good job, but a great job.

We're lucky today to have an old hand at calling this game -- the former announcer of the Washington Senators, Charlie Brotman. Welcome, Charlie. Glad you're here, thanks for coming. (Applause.) Glad you're here.

And finally, we have a tradition here, and that is we actually don't throw out the first ball, we actually put the first ball on the tee. And joining me today is Kevin Turley. He's a Special Olympics gold medalist. Kevin, thanks for coming. Thank you for being a part of this. (Applause.)

You ready? Everybody ready? And right before we play ball we'll give the Little League Pledge. Ready for the pledge?

"I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best."

Play ball. (Applause.)

END 2:52 P.M. EDT

Source: White House Press Office

 

 

Bank of America Teams Up With Boston Red Sox To Host Youth Baseball Clinic; Future Big Leaguers To Take the Field in Merchantsauto.com Stadium

Former Red Sox Pitcher Jim Corsi to teach local youth fundamentals, values
WHAT:   More than 150 boys and girls, representing community organizations
from throughout New Hampshire, will become Boston Red Sox players 
for a day and experience the thrill of playing baseball with a  
major leaguer. As participants in the "Bank of America Play Ball
Youth Baseball Clinic," children aged 8-14 will learn about 
hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from former Red Sox
Pitcher Jim Corsi. After this once-in-a-lifetime coaching session, 
Corsi will speak with the young athletes about his own career in 
the Major Leagues and how his experiences with baseball have  
helped him to achieve both on and off the field.   
WHEN:   Tuesday, August 1           9:30 a.m.    
WHERE:  Merchantsauto.com Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
One Line Drive           Manchester, New Hampshire    
WHO:    - Jim Corsi, former Red Sox pitcher           -
 Albert N. Romero, senior vice president, Bank of America 
150 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater  
Manchester, Seacoast Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club
of Manchester, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Child and 
Family Services, Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, Salvation
Army and Nashua Children's Home will participate 

 

 

 

The Glen Marks 'Mad Max' Papis' Debut in NASCAR(R) NEXTEL Cup With Furniture Row(R) Racing

 Road-racing specialist Max Papis has earned another notch in his belt. Papis will make his driving debut in his career first NEXTEL Cup race with Furniture Row(R) Racing. Papis will be driving the #78 Chevy Monte Carlo at Watkins Glen International road course on August 13th.

Furniture Row(R) Racing is elated about the opportunity to work with Papis. Crew Chief, Joe Garone explains. "Max is a world class athlete, and we feel very fortunate to have him on board with us, as we head into our road course ventures at the Glen. We just returned from a test at Virginia International Raceway. This marks the first time we have worked together. Despite the bad weather, it was very promising."

Papis is known as a fierce competitor on the track in various series. Papis, earned the name "Mad Max," for his on-track prowess en route to winning the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 2002. Recently, he finished an IROC series career-best second place, behind NASCAR's Tony Stewart, at the Crown Royal IROC series race last month at Daytona.

Stewart acknowledged Papis after his IROC win. "To me it's a huge honor to win this race with guys like Max Papis, who are really good on the road courses," said Stewart. "This is probably one of the biggest wins I've had because of that."

Papis will utilize the expertise developed in his career to handle the Glen's 2.45 mile, 11-turn road course for Furniture Row(R) Racing. Papis is anxiously awaiting the opportunity. "I am very thankful for Furniture Row(R) giving me the opportunity to make my first Nextel Cup start. The crew has been great to work with and Joe (Garone) and I have a great relationship. I'm looking forward to getting in the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet and having a strong run."

2006 has been an exciting year for Papis both on and off the track. "I've run the Daytona 24 Hours race, the Indy 500, Le Mans, watched Italy win the World Cup and, the most exciting thing, watching my son, Marco, being born. I am truly enjoying life right now and my NASCAR debut just adds to the excitement. I'm proud to represent my country, Italy, and to be the first Italian in the modern era to be in NASCAR and I'm going to work as hard as I can to make the most of the opportunity and make my country proud. I hope to have a great weekend at The Glen," states Papis.

A native of Como, Italy, Massimiliano Papis moved up the ladder of European formulas during his late teens and early 20s before finding a Formula One test ride with Lotus and Honda in 1994. The following year, he competed in seven Formula One races with Arrows.

In 1996, Papis posted three wins in IMSA World Sports Car, and then joined CART, where he won three races in five years. Since then, Papis has been one of the top competitors in American sports-car racing. He posted an overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2002, a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship in 2004, and class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Daytona. He also secured two runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Papis also drives in the Crown Royal IROC Series.

Furniture Row(R) Companies is one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. The company is comprised of five specialty store brands including: Sofa Mart(R), Oak Express(R), Bedroom Expressions(R), Denver Mattress Company(R), and Big Sur Water Beds(R). For more information, please visit http://www.furniturerowracing.com/.

 

 

 

 

Dale and Thomas Popcorn(TM) the Official Popcorn of the New York Mets

The Classic American Snack Food Teams Up With The Most Exciting Team in Baseball.

Dale and Thomas Popcorn, the first brand in premium popcorn, is proud to announce, that last night, it launched its Popcorn, Indiana(TM) kettlecorn line at Shea Stadium in front of 50,000 fans, thus becoming the official popcorn of the New York Mets. Throughout the 2006 season, sports and snack lovers alike will have the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime, while munching on a brand new and upscale version if the classic American snack food, with the premier of Popcorn, Indiana at Shea Stadium.

Popcorn, Indiana(TM) is a line of gourmet kettlecorn sold at specialty shops, supermarkets and many other outlets nationwide. Popcorn, Indiana, is inspired by a town of that name, 20 miles from Bloomington, IN, and celebrates the long tradition of kettlecorn as an authentic American snack food, served at country fairs, community gatherings and of course, baseball games.

At the fan packed Mets vs. Cubs game last night, the 14 member Popcorn, Indiana spirit squad, clad in Indiana red, got the game started with a "pop" by handing out 25,000 Popcorn, Indiana bags to ecstatic Mets fans, setting the tone for a exciting, memorable, and delicious evening of baseball and popcorn.

"We are so thrilled to launch Popcorn, Indiana at Shea Stadium," says Warren Struhl co-founder of Dale and Thomas Popcorn. "There is no other place we would rather showcase our fantastic kettlecorn than at the home of an exciting team like the New York Mets."

"The New York Mets could not think of a better brand to partner with than Dale and Thomas Popcorn," says Jeff Wilpon owner of the New York Mets. "Once I tasted Popcorn, Indiana I knew this was something Mets fans and New Yorkers just had to try -- that's why we are so proud to launch this great tasting, gourmet product at Shea Stadium."

Popcorn, Indiana is also available at many of the nation's top retailers including Shop Rite, select Whole Foods, Linens N' Things, Cracker Barrel and other major outlets. Popcorn, Indiana is rapidly becoming the hit of the snack food isle, shoppers have gravitated to the alluring red Popcorn, Indiana bag and have been snatching it up for parties, events and just for a fantastic everyday treat. Visit www.popcornindiana.com for more information.

About Dale and Thomas

Dale and Thomas, is a privately held company, which manufactures America's first line of farm fresh -- chef crafted -- premium popcorn products. The Englewood, New Jersey based snack food company sells through wholesale, retail and direct channels, and has recently introduced Popcorn, Indiana(TM) a wholesale, premium, kettle corn line sold at supermarkets, chain stores and boutiques throughout the county. The company has also achieved a high level of recognition as it was selected by Oprah Magazine as one of her favorite things. The company's Chef Ed has appeared on the Today Show, The View, as well as other national television appearances. Currently centers are located in: New York City, Teaneck, New Jersey, and Lake Success Shopping Center, with additional openings in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey in the coming months. Dale and Thomas Popcorn is also available at www.daleandthomas.com and 1800-POPCORN.

Source: Dale and Thomas Popcorn

 

 

 

Tiger Woods Commits to 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship:World No. 1 Woods Will Join Defending Champion Olin Browne and Leading Playing Field to Compete for 2006 Title

Tiger Woods has announced his intention to compete at the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship, Aug. 29-Sept. 4 at the Tournament Players Club of Boston. Woods recently completed a successful defense of his British Open championship and won his 11th major title on Sunday, July 23rd.

Woods, the most recognizable golfer in the world, will return to Norton, Massachusetts to play in the Deutsche Bank Championship for the fourth consecutive year. He tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2004 and is currently playing up to his renowned standard since the U.S. Open, finishing as runner-up at the Cialis Western Open before capturing his third British Open crown, which vaulted him to No. 1 on the PGA TOUR's money list. He continues to be the world's top-ranked golfer.

"It's a thrill to come back to the Deutsche Bank Championship, a tournament I have always enjoyed playing in a region where there is a deep appreciation for golf," Woods said. "I feel very positive about the shape of my game right now and I hope I can reward the fans in New England with a little extra something to cheer about."

2005 Deutsche Bank Championship winner Olin Browne, who used to spend many summers in Cape Cod as a young boy and played amateur golf in New England, hopes to successfully defend his Deutsche Bank Championship title, which provided him with renewed feelings of confidence and drive on the PGA TOUR.

"My roots are here and I have a lot of friends and a lot of memories in this part of the world so the Deutsche Bank Championship does feel like a home game for me," Browne said. "New England sports fans are among the greatest fans in sports. They're loyal to their teams. They'll always love their teams. They'll always love their players. It's about time we have golf back in Boston."

The $5.5 million Deutsche Bank Championship, which has become one of New England's Labor Day sports traditions is entering its fourth year and showcases a 156-player field vying for a winner's check of $990,000. Woods and Browne headline a world-class field that is scheduled to include 2003 champion Adam Scott as well as New England natives and fan favorites Billy Andrade, Brad Faxon, Brett Quigley, James Driscoll and Tim Petrovic.

Browne had not won on the PGA TOUR in six years until breaking a five-way tie after 54 holes at the 2005 Deutsche Bank Championship with a final-round, 4-under-par 67. He defeated Jason Bohn by a stroke and earned his third PGA TOUR title a $990,000 paycheck. The victory headlined Browne's career-leading year in golf in which he played in his first TOUR Championship and ranked 26th on the PGA TOUR money list; he earned $2,171,928, the highest in his golf career.

More importantly, Browne's victory at TPC Boston earned him exempt status on Tour for 2006 and 2007.

"It's a tremendous relief not to have to write letters," said Browne, who has made $419,537 on the PGA TOUR this year. "The Deutsche Bank Championship kept an eye on me last year and made sure I had a tournament to play in, and I'll be forever grateful for that."

New England fans will have plenty of hometown representation in New England natives Andrade (Bristol, RI native), Faxon (Barrington, RI resident), Petrovic (born in Northampton, Mass.), Quigley (Ft. Devens, Mass.) and Driscoll (Boston-born and living in Brookline, Mass.). Andrade was tied for the lead at last year's Championship after three rounds before tying for 15th alongside Petrovic and Faxon, whose best finish here was a tie for ninth in 2004. Driscoll, a rookie in 2005, missed the Championship last year due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. Quigley will hope to reach weekend play in his fourth start here.

"I love playing close to home," said Quigley, who, like his Champions Tour uncle, Dana Quigley, and Faxon, played golf for Barrington High School. "I've been thinking about the Deutsche Bank Championship a lot. I'll try to go out there and be a little more relaxed this year. You have people cheering for you all the time. You'll come up to a tee and see someone you haven't seen in 15 years, and that's really fun. At a tournament like this, close to home, you could see 500 people you know. It's nice to see the support of the fans and of Deutsche Bank to give golf fans in the area an outlet."

Added Andrade: "Having a tournament in the Boston area, it's a great place to have an event for golf -- a great market, and it is great for our community."

Championship week for the Deutsche Bank Championship begins with practice rounds Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 30, and a pro-am competition on Thursday, Aug. 31. The four-day Championship begins Friday, Sept. 1, and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 the only official Monday finish on the PGA TOUR. The first two rounds of the Championship will be covered on USA Network and the final two rounds will be televised on ABC-TV.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the official Championship website at www.dbchampionship.com or by calling (877) TIX-4DBC or 877-849-4322. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis for each day and are limited to 10 individual tickets per person. Limited daily tickets are still available.

About Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) is a leading global investment bank with a strong and profitable private clients franchise. A leader in Germany and Europe, the bank is continuously growing in North America, Asia and key emerging markets. With Euro 1,035 billion in assets and 64,103 employees, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services in 73 countries throughout the world. The bank competes to be the leading global provider of financial solutions for demanding clients creating exceptional value for its shareholders and people.

  www.db.com    About the Tiger Woods Foundation 

Established in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation empowers young people to reach their highest potential by initiating and supporting community-based programs that promote the health, education and welfare of all of America's children. In addition to offering youth-driven programs through the Tiger Woods Learning Center and Start Something program, the Foundation hosts fundraising events during the year, including the Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide, Tiger Jam presented by AT&T and the TWLC Block Party. Information on the Foundation can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org .

About IMG and IMG Media

IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,300 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, European football, rugby, cricket, motorsports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facility, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult and professional athletes each year.

IMG Media, which includes our content production subsidiaries TWI and Darlow Smithson Productions, is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of traditional and new media content and services, with Internet, broadband and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content. IMG Media produces and distributes over 9,000 hours of sports, documentary, docu-drama, entertainment, and popular factual content annually, over multiple platforms across 200 countries, including award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 200,000 hours of footage.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com and www.darlowsmithson.com .

About The Tournament Players Club of Boston

The Tournament Players Club of Boston is an addition to the PGA TOUR's prestigious Tournament Players Club Network. Featuring a signature Arnold Palmer-designed course, the TPC of Boston offers a quality golf experience for all levels of play. The course offers five sets of tees, measuring 7,178 yards from the championship tees, and features a 10-acre practice facility and elegant 34,000 square-foot clubhouse. Located in the Great Woods of Norton, MA, the TPC of Boston opened in June 2002 as the 22nd Tournament Players Club, which is owned by PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties. The Network includes more than 30 facilities, including licensed courses and international facilities.

Source: Deutsche Bank

 

 

Richfield, Wis. Cabela's Set to Open September 22, 2006 :Destination Superstore Expects to Lure 4 Million Visitors, Becoming One of Wisconsin's Top Tourist Attractions

Cabela's(R), known as the World's Foremost Outfitter(R) of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will open its newest destination retail store in Richfield, Wis., Friday, September 22, 2006.

Four million people are expected to visit the Richfield store annually, making it one of the largest tourist attractions in the state. Extraordinary in design and showcasing thousands of products from its world-famous catalog, a customer's average length of stay is a remarkable 3 1/2 hours, with half of the visitors coming from outside of 100 miles.

The 165,000-square-foot, large-format superstore is being built on a 60-acre site in Washington County, generally described as the triangle formed by the intersections of U.S. Highway 41, U.S. Highway 45 and State Highway 145 in the towns of Richfield and Polk. Plans call for approximately 20 acres of the 60-acre site to be developed by additional businesses that could include hotels, restaurants, complementary retail stores or other travel and tourism-related businesses.

The Richfield location is the second Cabela's destination retail store in Wisconsin. The company operates a smaller retail store and massive distribution center in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

"The Badger state is a recreational outdoor wonderland. Those who are fortunate to live and work in Wisconsin and the region are passionate about hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor activities," said Dennis Highby, Cabela's president and CEO. "We could not be more excited to bring Cabela's to Richfield and to the greater Milwaukee area, which is enjoying substantial retail and commercial growth."

The Wisconsin DNR says sport fishing alone is a $2.3 billion dollar industry that supports more than 26,000 jobs in Wisconsin and generates $100 million in state tax revenue.

The Richfield, Wis., store will be built in Cabela's trademark style that evokes the feeling of the outdoors. Cabela's stores are known as top-notch educational and entertainment attractions.

The general contractor is Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, one of the country's top commercial general contractors and construction managers.

Equivalent to about three football fields in size, Cabela's is much more than a retail store, it's an experience. Cabela's provides unique attractions for every member of the family including:

   -- More than 400 animals in extensive museum-quality dioramas, including       an African scene, which re-create animals in action in their native       habitats;    -- The Cabela's hallmark, two-story Conservation Mountain, complete with       running waterfalls and stream, a trout pond and wild game displays in       their distinctive habitats;    -- Huge 40,000-gallon, walk-through aquarium, stocked with freshwater       fish, including those native to the region;    -- 8,000-square-foot wildlife museum with an extensive collection of       trophy mounts;    -- Hundreds of wild game trophies displayed in an exceptional showroom.    -- Other highlights include a boat showroom and maintenance shop, laser       arcade, furniture department, gun library, restaurant, general store,       fly fishing shop, bargain cave and gift shop.  

Store manager Scott Foley will hire up to 400 employees to carry on the company's tradition of excellent customer service. Cabela's employees, most of whom are expected to come from the area surrounding the Richfield store, are famous for living the outdoor lifestyle and having intimate knowledge of outdoor products. Visitors will find hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife watching gear, as well as outdoor clothing and outdoors-styled gifts and furnishings ( http://www.cabelas.com/ ).

Store hours will be Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store address is: One Cabela Way, Richfield, Wis., 53076.

About Cabela's Inc.

Cabela's Incorporated ( http://www.cabelas.com/ ), headquartered in Sidney, Neb., is the nation's largest direct marketer and a leading specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the company's founding in 1961, Cabela's has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the United States and has long been recognized as the World's Foremost Outfitter(R).

Through Cabela's established direct business and its growing number of destination retail stores, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela's also issues the Cabela's Club(R) VISA credit card through which it offers a related customer loyalty rewards program as a vehicle for strengthening its customer relationships.

Cabela's Richfield store will be the company's 17th retail location in a line of famous destination stores. The company this year will open retail stores in Glendale, Ariz.; Boise, Idaho; and La Vista, Neb. Cabela's has announced plans to open stores in 2007 in Wheat Ridge, Colo.; East Hartford, Conn.; Adairsville, Ga.; Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Gonzales, La.; Hazelwood, Mo.; Reno, Nev., and East Rutherford, N.J. A Montreal, Quebec, store is scheduled for early 2008.

Cabela's operates retail stores in Kansas City, Kan.; Dundee, Mich.; Rogers, Owatonna and East Grand Forks, Minn.; Sidney and Kearney, Neb.; Hamburg, Pa.; Mitchell, S.D.; Fort Worth and Buda, Texas; Lehi, Utah; Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and Wheeling, W.Va.

    CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS   
      UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995  

This press release (other than historical information) contains "forward-looking statements" that are based on the Company's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results, performance or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition that the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ability to negotiate favorable purchase, lease and/or economic development arrangements; expansion into new markets; market saturation due to new destination retail store openings; the rate of growth of general and administrative expenses associated with building a strengthened corporate infrastructure to support the Company's growth initiatives; increasing competition in the outdoor segment of the sporting goods industry; the cost of the Company's products; supply and delivery interruptions; adverse weather conditions; fluctuations in operating results; adverse economic conditions; increased fuel prices; labor shortages or increased labor costs; changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends; increased government regulation; inadequate protection of the Company's intellectual property; other factors that the Company may not have currently identified or quantified; and other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in the "Factors Affecting Future Results" section of the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005, which is available at the Company's website at http://www.cabelas.com/ and the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/ . The words "believe," "may," "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "objective," "seek," "plan," "will" and similar statements are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Cabela's

 

 

Independent Tests Show Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta and Passat are Leaders in Safety:IIHS and NHTSA recognize Volkswagen's innovative active and passive safety equipment

 Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the four-door 2006 Rabbit has been named a "Top Safety Pick-Silver" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the latest in a series of accolades for the exceptional safety designed into Volkswagen models. Earlier this year, the IIHS named the 2006 Jetta a "Top Safety Pick- Silver."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recognized the safety and performance for the 2006 and 2007 four-door Volkswagen Rabbit, Jetta, and Passat, giving them all four stars for driver and passenger frontal crash protection. The Rabbit and Jetta earned five stars for driver and rear passenger side crash protection and the Passat earned five stars for the driver and four stars for the rear passenger side crash protection.

The 2006 Passat carries a "Top Safety Pick-Silver" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the top performance rating in both the front and side impact tests conducted by the Institute.

"Safety is implicit in Volkswagen engineering," said Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Our philosophy is to bring the most effective active and passive safety technology to the widest range of models, at a moderate price."

Advanced passive and active safety equipment is standard on all Volkswagens -- including driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system, Side Curtain Protection(R), rear passenger side thorax only (available as a $350 option on the Jetta, Passat, and four-door Rabbit), rear crash optimized head restraints, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and three-point safety belts for all seating positions. Front seat belts use pre-tensioners with load limiters to optimize occupant protection.

Contributing to Volkswagen's reputation as an innovative leader in safety is equipment that can help avoid accidents in the first place, such as four- wheel disc ABS brakes coupled with an Engine Braking Assist system (EBA). An electro-mechanical power steering system can help assist with straight-ahead driving adjustments. Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) is an active safety item that independent research shows is an increasing vital safety feature. Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Brake- pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist are additional available features that help to keep drivers and passengers safe.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Jetta, GTI, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

 

Team Toyo's Robby Gordon Wins at Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II

Robby Gordon, driving his Red Bull / Toyo Tires(R) Chevy trophy truck, bested the class at Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II, by winning Saturday's Main Event as well as the Heat Race. The off-road racing event was run on a special short course inside the dirt track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Terrible's Cup II is part of the SCORE-International Off-Road Racing Series and was held in front of a near capacity grandstand crowd this past Friday and Saturday.

Enjoying a break in his busy NASCAR(R) schedule, Gordon brought his Toyo Tires(R) Open Country M/T(TM)-equipped race truck to Las Vegas to enjoy the intense 6-lap, sprint format races. Gordon dominated Saturday's races, finishing 35-seconds ahead of the field in the heat race, and then backing that up with an incredible 23-second margin of victory over SCORE Series Trophy Truck regulars during the Main Event. According to Gordon, "My Toyo Open Country M/T tires delivered all the traction I needed to dominate the main event. That helped to make this weekend a lot of fun."

According to Steve Hutchinson, Senior Director of Marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation, "Robby Gordon rocked Las Vegas with his performance this past weekend. Toyo Tires is excited to be a part of his winning effort."

To learn more about the Open Country line of tires from Toyo Tires(R), and to find out more about Team Toyo(TM) race drivers, log on to toyo.com. During 2006, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation celebrates its 40th Anniversary. Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of high performance and original equipment replacement tires for passenger car, light truck, commercial truck, bus, off-road and construction applications.

Source: Toyo Tires

 

 

TheCarConnection.com Test Drives the Retro Dodge Challenger, Goes Topless in the Volkswagen EOS Convertible, Previews the Next Mini Cooper, Uncovers the 2008 Chevrolet Impala - and More, This Week

Wonder what it'll be like to drive the 2008 Dodge Challenger? Get a sneak peek in this week's issue of TheCarConnection.com, http://www.thecarconnection.com/ . The Web's automotive authority takes the show-stopping Challenger concept car for a spin then reveals the must-know, inside story of the 2008 production coupe.

There's a refreshing change in the air at Volkswagen, and it goes by the name of EOS. Find out more about the German automaker's new hardtop convertible in this week's issue of TheCarConnection.com.

Evolution doesn't always move fast. The 2007 Mini Cooper is a case in point. But even if it gives you a sense of deja vu, you'll want to find out more about the changes in store for this big car in a small package.

Chevrolet's full-size front wheel drive sedan, the Impala, was given a major facelift for 2006, but TheCarConnection's spy photographers have captured an all-new Chevy full-size sedan undergoing high temperature testing in the Southwest desert. Is this the next-generation Chevy Impala? Find out more this week.

You'll also find exclusive preview shots of the next-generation Mercedes- Benz C-Class. Check it out on TheCarConnection.com or wait until next year's Geneva Motor Show.

What's in a name? Ever wonder why you're driving a Mustang, a Camry or an S600? Get the inside story on the art of naming cars on TheCarConnection.com.

Ford is getting flaky with the Fusion. In business news, find out why the automaker is adding something unexpected to your next box of cereal.

Let TheCarConnection's OnSite Mechanic address all your repair problems.

And don't forget to enter the Third Speeders' Excuses Contest. Let us know the best line that ever got you out of a ticket. There are some great prizes for the best excuses.

 

 

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Cell Phones The Savior Or Not!

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira Top '2006 MTV Music Awards' Nominations With Seven Each Madonna and Panic! At The Disco Follow With Five Nominations Each, Christina Aguilera Grabs Four Nods

Paul McCartney To Release New Classical Work 'Ecce Cor Meum'

Janet Jackson Changes Title of New Album

Country Music Superstar Vince Gill, Academy of Country Music and the Home Depot to Build New Playground in New Orleans

Amazon.com Announces Library Processing for Public and Academic Libraries Across the United States

Maxell Announces X Game Event Promotions and Activities

HSN'S Joy Mangano Acheives Milestone With Sale Of 100,000,000th Huggable Hanger  

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

America's Dream Date Brings Reality TV Online

GoFish.com Launches New Programming Model for Advertisers to Participate in User-Generated-Video Boom

DreamWorks, Aardman, Mark Burnett Productions and AOL Join Forces to Create the Groundbreaking Online Gaming Experience 'Flushed Away Underground Adventure'

MTV Overdrive to Broadcast Live Behind the Scenes Feed of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

Volvo Names Local Newnan Woman Finalist in World's First Treasure Hunt for Buried Vehicle :Jenny Buckalew of Newnan, Ga. Joins Two U.S. Finalists and Four International Finalists on August 6 at Secret Location for On-the-Ground Race to Uncover Buried Volvo SUV

Nickelodeon Continues Roll as Number-One Rated Network Among All Kid Demos for July

MobiTV and CHUM Interactive Announce New Entertainment Channels for Canadian Line-up:Popular New Channels Target Young Adults With Premier Music & Entertainment Content

Kelly Rowland Pregnancy Rumors False

GSN Is Giving Away $5,000 a Day During the Month of August as Part of the Network's Special 'GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES'

Trump Entertainment Resorts Breaks Ground on New $250 Million, Nearly 800-Room Hotel Tower

GSN and American Media, Inc. Partner on Initiative for Tabloid-Themed Game Show

Autodesk Launches Maya 8: Equips 3D Artists for Next-Generation Game and Film Production

A Blockbuster Re-Awakens: 'Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose' Featuring Meat Loaf and an All-Star Supporting Cast is Unleashed on Virgin Records

The FUNimation Channel Launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006

Top anime programming available as part of Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package

'Ambassador of Poker' and PartyPoker.net Host Mike Sexton Donates Half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champion Winnings to Five Charities

 ZoomAlbum(TM) Available for Mac OS 

Beyonce and Mathew Knowles Respond to Speculation Regarding Release Date of Beyonce's Upcoming Album, 'B'Day'

Sinclair's 'The Point With Mark Hyman' Wins Two Aurora Awards

Carolina Crossroads Announces Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day Concert August 19

Contemporary Christian Music Artists Featured At Outdoor Summer Concert In Roanoke Rapids

MLB.COM Unveils Exciting New Video Game :MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) Blends Fantasy Baseball, Card Games

500,000 King Tut Tickets Sold at The Field Museum

Planit(R) Chosen to Create The Walters' New Online Museum

--Museum joins agency's growing list of prestigious arts marketing clients--

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott Will Appear as a Guest on the Charlie Rose Show

John Stossel to Address Young Conservatives at 28th Annual National Conservative Student Conference

Merle Haggard's Top Hits Collected for Capitol Nashville/EMI'S Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

Single-Disc Career and Label-Spanning Anthology Packs 26 Tracks, Including 14 #1s and Duets With Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith In Stores: September 12, 2006

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

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Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in Musictoday, Continuing Its Expansion Into Complementary Live Concert Business Lines

Mitsubishi to Make SIRIUS Satellite Radio Standard or Factory Option on
All Models in 2007

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Rolls Out the Red Carpet for a Special Hometown Screening of 'Bring It On: All or Nothing'

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Cell Phones The Savior Or Not!

I have attended event after event where cell phones eventually come up in the discussion as the savior of that industry .

Television production companies, record producers, motion picture companies they all see cell phones as their saviors.

It is a market that each feels can be cultivated to their advantage.

Everyone down to newborns have cell phones today. With each day the capabilities of a cell phone increase.

The picture quality of the internal cameras is better, the storage capabilities of the phones has been increased.

Major companies are setting up their own pod casting networks to download their material to cell phones.

Everyone is climbing on the cell phone band wagon.

It can be used for advertising, putting up material that people would not pay to see to begin with, ridding their inventories.

In other words the answer to every media company financial problems, “The GOLDEN FLEECE.”

Unfortunately as I have also heard ,the same people that when they were very young first made a mess of the feature film industry then later, television, radio, magazines, records, Cds, Newspapers and now DVD’s are those plotting the future of cell phones.

They have not taken in to account that there are already to many IPODS on the market that already do what they are working with cell phones to do. That X-BOXES and PLAY STATIONS are being made to do these same things.

That the economy is not providing the disposable income needed to provide the extra money needed to pay for all these downloads. Already the average person is over burdened by their current cell phone bills.

They are not taking into account that it can take forever to download anything of size.

That why would anyone pay extra money to see something on a postage stamp screen.

That there is more storage capacity on IPODS then currently available on cell phones so why spend the money on a new and more expensive cell phones.

That people hate advertising so why would they want to have it sent to them on their cell phones even if they get a show for little or a reduced price?

That much of what will be available is already free or no one would pay to see or hear to begin with.

Cell phones the savior of every media company in the world and business’s trying to get their messages out cheaply, I THINK NOT.

(William Hoehne)

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira Top '2006 MTV Music Awards' Nominations With Seven Each Madonna and Panic! At The Disco Follow With Five Nominations Each, Christina Aguilera Grabs Four Nods

Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Panic! At The Disco, Ludacris and The Killers Scheduled to Perform

 

For the First Time Ever, Viewers Will Have Access to All Nominated Videos on MTV Overdrive

23rd Annual Awards Show Will Broadcast Live From Radio City Music Hall In New York City on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00 P.M. (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT)

 From the historical and scenic Top Of The Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, MTV today announced the nominees for the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards." Shakira and The Red Hot Chili Peppers topped the list with seven nominations each for "Hips Don't Lie" and "Dani California" respectively. Madonna's "Hung Up" and Panic! At The Disco's, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," follow with five nods while Christina Aguilera received four nods for "Ain't No Other Man." It was also announced that Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Panic! At The Disco, Ludacris and The Killers are scheduled to perform on the big show. In addition, it was announced today that The Raconteurs will provide the soundtrack for the VMA's live throughout the show. Host, additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

The "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY on Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 8:00 PM (LIVE ET/Tape Delayed PT).

"The VMA's is the first place you'll see Justin Timberlake perform, an all new show stopping performance from Beyonce, the much anticipated return of The Killers, T.I., hip hop's newest mega star and the breakout band, Panic! At The Disco," said MTV President, Christina Norman. "This is the beginning of what will no doubt be the most star-studded event and the hottest ticket of the year."

"New York City is proud to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards back to its rightful place at Radio City Music Hall and we are certainly happy that this year's show is expected to generate more than 25 million dollars in economic activity for our hotels, restaurants and other attractions," said Mayor Bloomberg. "MTV has transformed music and popular culture unlike any other medium before it and since its birth. It's no coincidence that MTV started here in New York City and catapulted itself and modern music into homes all across the globe. MTV's is a quintessentially New York story, and we're glad to have the VMA's back."

This year, for the first time, viewers will have access to all nominated videos on MTV Overdrive (http://www.vma.mtv.com/). The ballots for "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" were sent out to an exclusive industry group and viewers who determined the nominees for the telecast. Approximately 2,000 viewers and individuals including record labels, production companies, and management firms selected the nominees for awards categories encompassing wide-ranging contemporary music forms rap, dance, R&B and rock. Also, for the first time ever, voting for the General Categories will be open to all music fans and not just a select group of viewers and industry professionals. Viewers can start voting on the General Categories (excluding Viewer's Choice) starting July 31st through August 20th. Voting for "Viewer's Choice" begins August 7th through August 31st. Viewers can vote by visiting http://www.vma.mtv.com/.

In addition, this year there will be two new categories for the Online Gaming community to vote on through Gametrailers.com at http://www.gametrailers.com/vma/ and Xfire at http://www.xfire.com/cms/xf_mtv_vma. Gamers will vote for "Best Video Game Soundtrack" and "Best Video Game Score." Winners will be announced live on http://www.vma.mtv.com/ on August 31st during the MTV Overdrive broadcast.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the official business advisor of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards."

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards." Ian Stewart and Summer Strauch are Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Producer/Director. Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The official sponsors of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" are Acuvue, Chevrolet, 
Dodge, Herbal Essences, JC Penny, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Virgin Mobile USA.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's
leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates
the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION,
 MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, 
SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and
 THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services,
 all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with
 its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more
 than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless
 and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint 
ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can 
be seen worldwide. 

Source: MTV

 

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures

BEST MALE VIDEO Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX "Touch It (Remix)" The Big Bang Aftermath/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom and Busta Rhymes Producer: Joyce Washington Production Company: F.M. Rocks Nick Lachey "What's Left Of Me" What's Left Of Me Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: Ray Kay Producer: Clark Jackson Production Company: Rockhard Films James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions T.I. "What You Know" KING (The Album), ATL (The Movie) Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records Director: Chris Robinson Producer: Melissa Larsen Production Company: HSI Productions Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" Late Registration Roc-A-Fella Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Hype Williams Production Company: Naaila Entertainment

BEST FEMALE VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions Kelly Clarkson "Because of You" Breakaway RCA Director: Vadim Perelman Producer: Rhonda Vernet Production Company: Tate USA Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films

BEST GROUP VIDEO All-American Rejects (The) "Move Along" Move Along Interscope Records/Doghouse Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance" From Under The Cork Tree Island Records Director: Alan Ferguson Producer: Valerie Romer Production Company: Anonymous Content Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions

BEST RAP VIDEO 50 Cent "Window Shopper" From "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" The Motion Picture G-Unit/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom Producer: Adam Witaker Production Company: F.M. Rocks T.I. "What You Know" KING (The Album), ATL (The Movie) Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records Director: Chris Robinson Producer: Melissa Larsen Production Company: HSI Productions Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX "Touch It (Remix)" The Big Bang Aftermath/Interscope Records Director: Benny Boom and Busta Rhymes Producer: Joyce Washington Production Company: F.M. Rocks Yung Joc featuring Nitty "It's Goin' Down" New Joc City Block Ent./Bad Boy South Director: Lenny Bass Producer: Helen Urriola Production Company: DNA Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone "Ridin'" The Sound of Revenge Chamillitary/Universal Music Director: Life Garland Producer: Hagai Shaham Production Company: Lotus Filmworks, Inc./Terrero Films

BEST R&B VIDEO Beyonce featuring Slim Thug & Bun B "Check On It (Pink Panther)" Destiny's Child #1's Music World/Sony Urban/Columbia Director: Hype Williams Producer: Matthew Stillman Production Company: Stillking Productions Mariah Carey "Shake It Off" The Emancipation of Mimi Island Def Jam Music Group Director: Jake Nava Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: F.M. Rocks Chris Brown "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White/Chris Brown Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Mary J. Blige "Be Without You" The Breakthrough Matriarch/Geffen Records Director: Matthew Rolston Producer: Nina Grossman Production Company: HSI Productions Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris "Unpredictable" Unpredictable J Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Matthew Stillman Production Company: Stillking Films

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO Black Eyed Peas (The) "My Humps" Monkey Business A&M Records Director: Fatima Robinson and Malik Sayeed Producer: Tony McGarry Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" Late Registration Roc-A-Fella Records Director: Hype Williams Producer: Hype Williams Production Company: Naaila Entertainment Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures Three 6 Mafia "Stay Fly" Most Known Unknown Hypnotize Mind/Sony Urban/Columbia Director: Bernard Gourley Producer: Jeff Brown Production Company: Immigrant Film Daddy Yankee "Rompe" Barrio Fino En Directo El Cartel Records/Interscope Records/HHH Director: Jessy Terrero and Carlos Perez Producer: Meredith Welsch Production Company: Lotus Filmworks, Inc./Terrero Films

BEST DANCE VIDEO Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Sean Paul "Temperature" The Trinity VP Records/Atlantic Records Director: X Producer: Craig Fleming Production Company: HSI Productions Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg "Buttons" PCD A&M Records Director: Francis Lawrence Producer: Lynn Zekanis Production Company: DNA

BEST ROCK VIDEO 30 Seconds To Mars "The Kill" A Beautiful Lie Virgin Records America Director: Bartholomew Cubbins Producer: Alexander Moon and Douglas Friedman Production Company: A Common Thread, Inc. Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Green Day "Wake Me Up When September Ends" American Idiot Reprise Records Director: Samuel Bayer Producer: Tim Lynch Production Company: RSA Films

BEST POP VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Pink "Stupid Girls" I'm Not Dead LaFace/Zomba Label Group Director: Dave Meyers Producer: Joseph Sassone Production Company: Radical Music Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland "Promiscuous" Loose Mosley Music/Geffen Records Producer: Ron Mohrhoff Production Company: HSI Productions

BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country" City Of Evil Warner Bros. Records Director: Marc Klasfeld Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Rockhard Films Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana "Run It" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Rihanna "S.O.S." A Girl Like Me Def Jam/SRP Director: Chris Applebaum Producer: John Hardin Production Company: Reactor Films

VIEWER'S CHOICE Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana "Run It" Chris Brown Jive Records/Zomba Label Group Director: E. White Producer: Roger Ubina Production Company: F.M. Rocks Rihanna "S.O.S." A Girl Like Me Def Jam/SRP Director: Chris Applebaum Producer: John Hardin Production Company: Reactor Films Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance" From Under The Cork Tree Island Records Director: Alan Ferguson Producer: Valerie Romer Production Company: Anonymous Content Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Kelly Clarkson "Because of You" Breakaway RCA Director: Vadim Perelman Producer: Rhonda Vernet Production Company: Tate USA

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO 10 Years "Wasteland" Version 2 Autumn Effect Republic/Universal Records Director: Kevin Kerslake Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Merge @ Crossroads Films Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" Back To Basics RCA Director: Bryan Barber Producer: William Green Production Company: F.M. Rocks Choreographer: Jerri Slaughter Sean Paul "Temperature" The Trinity VP Records/Atlantic Records Director: X Producer: Craig Fleming Production Company: HSI Productions Choreographer: Tanisha Scott Madonna "Hung Up" Confessions On A Dance Floor Warner Bros. Records Director: Johan Renck Producer: Lene Bausager and John Winter Production Company: RSA Films Choreographer: Stephanie Roos Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Choreographer: Sho-tyme Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg "Buttons" PCD A&M Records Director: Francis Lawrence Producer: Lynn Zekanis Production Company: DNA Choreographer: Mike Mindon

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Special Effects: Jack Effects Pearl Jam "Life Wasted" Pearl Jam J Records Director: Fernando Apodaca Producer: Eddie Vedder/Jason Mueller Special Effects: Fernando Apodaca Beck "Hell Yes" Guero Interscope Records Director: Garth Jennings Producer: Nick Goldsmith Production Company: Anonymous Content Special Effects: Hammer & Tongs (Garth and Nick) U2 "Original Of The Species" How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Interscope Records Director: Catherine Owens Producer: Catherine Owens and Katie Manning Production Company: Spontaneous Special Effects: John Leamy & Lawrence Nimrichter Missy Elliott "We Run This" The Cookbook From Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment's "Stick It" Hollywood/Gold Mind/Atlantic Records Director: Dave Meyers Producer: Barbara Benson Production Company: Radical Music Special Effects: Louis Mackall

BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO 10 Years "Wasteland" Version 2 Autumn Effect Republic/Universal Records Director: Kevin Kerslake Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Merge @ Crossroads Films Art Director: Trae King Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Art Director: Justin Dragonis Common "Testify" BE G.O.O.D./Geffen Records Director: Anthony Mandler Producer: Lou Miguel Production Company: Box Fresh Pictures Art Director: David Ross Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Oral Fixation Vol. 2 Epic Records Director: Sophie Muller Producer: Grant Jue Production Company: Oil Factory Art Director: Laura Fox Panic! At The Disco "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" A Fever You Can't Sweat Out decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Director: Shane C. Drake Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio Production Company: Red Van Pictures Art Director: Lindy McMichael, Jamie Drake, Erin Wieczorek

BEST EDITING IN A VIDEO All-American Rejects (The) "Move Along" Move Along Interscope Records/Doghouse Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Editor: J.D. Smyth Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Editor: Peter Goddard Angels And Airwaves "The Adventure" We Don't Need To Whisper Suretone/Geffen Records Director: The Malloys Producer: Dave Robertson Production Company: Black Dog at RSA Films Editor: Clark Eddy U2 "Original Of The Species" How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Interscope Records Director: Catherine Owens Producer: Catherine Owens and Katie Manning Production Company: Spontaneous Editor: Olivier Wicki Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic Records Director: Robert Hales Producer: Coleen Haynes Production Company: HSI Productions Editor: Ken Mowe

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO A.F.I. "Miss Murder" Decemberunderground Interscope Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Marcienne Friesland Production Company: DNA Cinematographer: Wells Hackett Prince "Black Sweat" 3121 Universal Records Director: Sanaa Hamri Producer: Nicole Acacio Production Company: Anonymous Content Cinematographer: Checco Varese Ashlee Simpson "Invisible" I Am Me Geffen Records Director: Marc Webb Producer: Hagai Shaham Production Company: DNA Cinematographer: Jeff Cutter Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California" Stadium Arcadium Warner Bros. Records Director: Tony Kaye Producer: Rachel Curl Production Company: Above The Sea Cinematographer: Tony Kaye James Blunt "You're Beautiful" Back To Bedlam Custard Records/Atlantic Records Director: Sam Brown Producer: Kat Armour-Brow Production Company: Flynn Productions Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan

VIDEO GAME CATEGORIES BEST VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK Final Night Round 3 (Electronic Arts) Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts) NBA 2K6 (2K Games) Driver: Parallel Lines (Atari) Marc Ecko's Getting Up (Atari) BEST VIDEO GAME SCORE Hitman: Blood Money (Jesper Kyd) Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Tom Salta) Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Even "Magnet" Johansen) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Jeremy Soule) Electroplankton (User Generated Soundtrack)

 

 

Paul McCartney To Release New Classical Work 'Ecce Cor Meum'

Release Date: September 26th, 2006

Paul McCartney releases his new full- length work of classical music Ecce Cor Meum through EMI Classics on September 26th, 2006. Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) is Paul's fourth classical album since his first released in 1991, The Liverpool Oratorio.

Ecce Cor Meum has been more than eight years in the making and its origins 
follow in the historic tradition of composers that have been commissioned
 to write music for  the world-renowned Magdalen College Oxford. 
Paul was specially invited by  Anthony Smith (President of Magdalen 
College 1998 - 2005) to compose something  to set the seal on 
a new concert hall for the college. His hope was for 'a choral 
piece, which could be sung by young people the world over in the 
same way  that Handel's Messiah is.'

Ecce Cor Meum, an Oratorio in four movements, is scored for choir and orchestra. The text combines both English and to a lesser degree, Latin. Paul's knowledge of Latin comes from his classical education at The Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where he had learnt three languages by the time he was 12. Paul says: "Not all of this has been retained over the years as my path went in other directions, but my love of language remains, and as Latin is known and sung by choirs all over the world, I felt it would be appropriate to use at times during the piece."

Like many great composers Paul, started with the music and then looked for a subject that fits. Several ideas for lyrics occurred to him, but they only gelled when he took part in a concert of John Tavener's music in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York. "While I was waiting to do my bit, I was looking around the church and I saw a statue, and underneath it was written 'Ecce Cor Meum.' I had done some Latin at school and I always had a fondness for it. So I worked it out. I believe it means Behold My Heart."

In November 2001, the first version of Ecce Cor Meum was given its first preview performance by the Magdalen College Choir, which was conducted by Bill Ives at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. This was a great learning experience for Paul. "Eventually I made it all come together through correcting a lot of misapprehensions -- a lot was learned before the Sheldonian performance, but a lot of it was learned afterwards. An experienced choral composer knows that children can't be given huge sustained passages; they don't have the energy and the stamina. At the Sheldonian there was some quite hard stuff that I didn't realize because I'd done it on the synthesizer (which has endless stamina!), but during that first performance, the solo treble couldn't come on for the second half -- I think I'd used him up in the first half! These are things that people either learn because they are taught them immediately at the first lesson or you learn through the years, so it was good to go through the piece a lot of times, and we took out huge choral sections and gave them to the orchestra. If it had been a Beatles song I would have known how to do it. But this was a completely different ball game."

Produced by John Fraser, Ecce Cor Meum was recorded this year at the legendary Abbey Road Studios between March 13th and 17th. It was performed by EMI artist Kate Royal (soprano); The Boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge; The Boys Of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford and The Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields conducted by Gavin Greenway.

 

 

Janet Jackson Changes Title of New Album

CD Hitting Stores on September 26th Now to Be Titled '20 Y.O.'

 Janet Jackson has decided to change the title of her upcoming album from "20 Years Old" to "20 Y.O." at the suggestion of fans participating in an album cover design contest the R&B superstar is holding on Yahoo! Music.

On July 17th, Janet -- in conjunction with Yahoo! -- launched "Design Me" (http://designme.janetjackson.com/) in which fans were able to download and "remix" images of the singer to come up with their own album covers. Four winners are to have their designs grace the first one million copies of Janet's new album. When several fans submitted designs with covers that read "20 Y.O." instead of "20 Years Old," Janet liked it so much, she decided to officially change the album's title. The CD hits stores on September 26th.

The design competition has stirred up anticipation for the music icon's new album, which executive producer Jermaine Dupri promises will "blow a new generation of minds" as it marks the anniversary of Janet's career-making 1986 album, Control. Janet has re-teamed with her original collaborators, legendary hit-makers Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis, and Grammy-Award winner Dupri to create a dynamic production trio. "20 Y.O." has been described as a celebration of what was going on musically back in the day when Control was released.

The first single from 20 Y.O. is the breezy, laid-back "Call Me," featuring St. Louis hip-hop star Nelly, which hit radio on June 19th and has already cracked the Top 40 pop chart and is a Top 15 track at urban radio. The video, shot by noted director Hype Williams, premiered on BET's "Access Granted" on July 26th. The video is also an AOL exclusive and in rotation at VH1, VH1 Soul Spotlight and MTV Hits.

Source: Virgin Records America

 

 

 

Country Music Superstar Vince Gill, Academy of Country Music and the Home Depot to Build New Playground in New Orleans

KaBOOM! Playground to Honor Gill as 2006 Recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award

 The Academy of Country Music(R) and The Home Depot(R), the world's largest home improvement retailer, announced today that country music superstar Vince Gill will join volunteers from The Home Depot and the surrounding community to construct a new KaBOOM! playground in one day at the relocated campus of the International School of Louisiana (ISL) in New Orleans on September 25, 2006. The playground is being built in honor of Gill, who was the 2006 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award at the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

In its fifth year, the Humanitarian Award recognizes artists who serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need. In addition to recognition at the awards show, the Humanitarian Award recipient is honored with a KaBOOM! playground donated by The Home Depot in the city of his choice. Gill requested that his playground be built in New Orleans in order to help the city rebuild.

"It is truly an honor to be able to build this playground in New Orleans and give the children at the International School of Louisiana a reason to smile and a place to play," said Gill. "Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, it is an obvious need for the community."

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, ISL operated out of two undersized rented facilities, neither of which had adequate playspaces. Both buildings were destroyed in the flooding caused by the storm, and the school was relocated to a former Orleans Parish school building with no playground equipment on site. The new playground being built at ISL will provide a safe and fun place to play for almost 400 students currently enrolled at the school.

"Many of us in the country community are still hit hard when we remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," commented Bob Romeo, Academy of Country Music executive director. "It is wonderful to see how many of our artists are out there still trying to bring awareness to these hard-hit communities, and by Vince Gill picking New Orleans as the site for his KaBOOM! playground build, it is just another example of the dedication he and our community have to helping one another."

Gill was selected to receive the Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award by a special blue-ribbon committee comprised of executives in the country music industry as well as local and national philanthropic leaders for his ongoing community service and charitable giving of his time and talent. Past recipients of the Humanitarian Award include Reba McEntire, Lonestar, Martina McBride and Neal McCoy.

"In recognition of The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, we are pleased to partner with KaBOOM! to build a playground in honor of Vince, an individual who shares his valuable time unselfishly to help others," said Roger Adams, senior vice president, Marketing, The Home Depot. "As part of The Home Depot's ongoing commitment to rebuild the Gulf region affected by the hurricanes, Team Depot associate volunteers will work side by side with Vince to not only build the playground, but to provide a gathering space for the entire community."

The playground design was created with input from children from the community who attended a "Design Day" event on July 19. The children's drawings will be used to create the final design for the playground, which will be constructed in just one day this fall by hundreds of volunteers, including Gill.

THE RECIPIENT

Seventeen-time Grammy award-winning artist Vince Gill has sold more than 22 million albums. Among his many musical honors include his induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 1991 and winning five Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition to his music and performing, Gill is also dedicated to giving back to those in need. Gill dedicates much of his time to programs for children's recreation and education, the terminally ill, the homeless and hungry, cultural and environmental preservation, and the humane treatment of animals. In 1993, Gill established "The Vinny," an annual pro/celebrity golf tournament, to raise money for the Junior Golf program. Gill also sponsors and participates in dozens of organized charities, and nearly all of his concerts have a local charity component.

Vincent Grant Gill was born in 1957, in Norman, Okla., the son of a federal judge and a homemaker. By the time he was in high school, he had become proficient on the banjo and guitar and was playing in his first bluegrass band. After graduation, he began pursuing music professionally, working with such acts as the Bluegrass Alliance, Boone Creek, Sundance and, most famously, Pure Prairie League. Gill also toured with Rodney Crowell's high-octane backup band the Cherry Bombs. In 1983, he signed to RCA Records, where he scored his first solo country hits, among them "Oklahoma Borderline" and "Cinderella." Gill moved to MCA Records in 1989. The following year, he achieved his big breakthrough with "When I Call Your Name." His high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have made him a favorite duet recording partner for dozens of fellow artists, from Ralph Stanley to Barbra Streisand.

Gill has created a 4-CD set of 43 new and original songs that MCA Records will release Oct. 17 under the title "These Days." The collection is an artistic tour de force that displays Gill's mastery of lyrics and musical styles.

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOUISIANA (ISL)

The International School of Louisiana (ISL) is a tuition-free public charter school that emphasizes an awareness of the global community with respect for its variety of people and cultures. All classes at ISL are taught in Spanish or French by native-speaking teachers, with the exception of English, physical education and art. With its language immersion program, ISL prepares students for the diverse and challenging work and marketplace of the 21st century. The mission of ISL is to provide a challenging education emphasizing French and Spanish language immersion, international awareness, the celebration of diversity and community responsibility. For more information, visit www.isl-edu.org.

THE HOME DEPOT

The Home Depot(R) is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,080 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. Through its HD Supply(SM) businesses, The Home Depot is also one of the largest diversified wholesale distributors in the United States, with more than 900 locations in the United States and Canada offering products and services for building, improving and maintaining homes, businesses and municipal infrastructures. In fiscal 2005, The Home Depot had sales of $81.5 billion and earnings of $5.8 billion. The Company employs approximately 355,000 associates and has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer and the No. 13 Most Admired Corporation in America for 2006. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.

KaBOOM!

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. In 2005, KaBOOM! launched Operation Playground, a two-year initiative to build 100 playgrounds in Gulf Coast communities affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. KaBOOM! offers a variety of resources, including a Web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC

The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy, which is comprised of more than 4,000 professional members and more than 35,000 associate members, is headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Source: Academy of Country Music

 

Web site: http://www.isl-edu.org/

Web site: http://www.kaboom.org/

Web site: http://www.acmcountry.com/

 

Amazon.com Announces Library Processing for Public and Academic Libraries Across the United States
 2006--Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it has launched Library Processing, enabling its thousands of library customers to receive Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records and have books and other media they order from Amazon.com fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation services. This end-to-end processing service will significantly reduce library overhead costs and decrease the time from "box to shelf" so that library patrons will have faster access to newly ordered media titles.
"Libraries already use Amazon.com when they need fast and reliable delivery of products at competitive prices, but our library customers have told us they would like Library Processing in order to better serve their patrons," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books, magazines and corporate accounts. "Amazon.com is proud to offer libraries this seamless, end-to-end processing service which will make it even easier for libraries to shop with us."
When library customers order products from Amazon.com, they will have the option of including MARC records, labels and barcodes as part of their order. Amazon.com library customers will also have the option of having hardcover books delivered with Mylar jacketing - a protective covering used by most libraries - taped over the jackets. Each of these services can be tailored to meet the needs of each library, and each library will be able to manage their processing profile online.
"Now, more than ever, libraries are under enormous pressure to meet the increased demand of library services while doing so with less money and resources," said Julie Brinkley of the Dauphin County Library in Pennsylvania. "We're very eager to have Amazon.com provide Library Processing. It will be a great time-saver for the library system."
To create a "Processing Profile," a customer simply needs to go to http://www.amazon.com/processing. From there, they can complete a web-based form to provide all the information Amazon.com needs to tailor their processing. Once a library creates a profile, the library can decide which orders they want to apply processing to.
Over the last year, Amazon.com has introduced several new library-specific features including the Librarians' Store, online invoicing, approval slips, and partnerships with sellers that enable libraries to more easily sell their used books. Library Processing represents another step forward in providing libraries with an easy way to meet their collection and acquisition needs. For the latest list of new features and services for libraries, visit www.amazon.com/libraries.
About Amazon.com
Amazon.com, Inc., (Nasdaq:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.
Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.
As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.
Forward-Looking Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, payments, fraud, consumer trends, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and all subsequent filings.
Quote Sheet MARCIVE, Inc.
"We think librarians are going to love saving time with authority-processed records from MARCIVE when they buy from Amazon.com," said Scott Fleming, Chief Operating Officer, MARCIVE, Inc. "For over 25 years, MARCIVE has been helping librarians get the cataloging they need at the price they want. We have always offered our customers choices and we see working with Amazon.com as a choice that librarians are going to want."
OCLC Collection Management Services
"Through this cataloging partnership with Amazon.com, OCLC will deliver WorldCat metadata records to libraries at the point of need--online, during the acquisitions process," said Phyllis Spies, Vice President, OCLC Collection Management Services. "Now, libraries that buy books and other materials from Amazon.com will automatically receive the corresponding catalog record delivered from OCLC, have their holdings set in WorldCat, and receive labels from Amazon.com. This is an added benefit for libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription; the service will be provided at no additional charge."
TLC
"TLC has built its reputation as an innovative library technology partner by including progressive cataloging tools and quality MARC records," commented TLC CEO Annette Harwood Murphy. "With BiblioFile OnDemand, librarians can use those tools with the incredible resources of Amazon.com to obtain quality MARC records within seconds after placing an order. We are delighted with the new service and hope our customers will be too."
 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxell Announces X Game Event Promotions and Activities

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Partners with Maxell for On-Site Music Experience

Maxell Corporation hopes to spin some magic with several promotions intended to energize fans of the X Games including access to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, mobile recording and multimedia studio outfitted with musical instruments and audio and video capabilities worthy of the Black Eyed Peas, who have recorded many of their new tracks while onboard. The X Games will be held in Los Angeles, California, August 3-6, 2006.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, located in the Xperience area, will host tours and give X Games attendees the opportunity to get hands-on experiences with the state-of-the-art equipment. The Bus will also feature an outdoor stage with the hottest DJs and Beatboxers. In conjunction with the DJs, a Maxell designed series of break dancing contests, organized by ESPN, will take place in between the scheduled sporting events. Winners of each contest will be awarded VIP-style prize packages including Maxell DVD media, CDs and iPod accessory products. Maxell is one of the founding sponsors of both the Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with a $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year prize in support of music and music education. For more information on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visit http://www.lennonbus.org/.

In addition to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Maxell will feature a prize wheel game -- styled to resemble a DVD disc -- that incorporates images of various Maxell products that game players win each time they spin the wheel. Prizes include CDs, DVD discs and iPod skins.

"A large part of our X Games sponsorship is the opportunity to add to the on-site experience for the attendees," said Cheryl Severini, senior marketing manager at Maxell. "The attendees of this event are the consumers that love recording and enjoying all types of music, games and video entertainment, so this is a perfect way for Maxell to be a part of their lifestyle."

Maxell recently launched a new consumer Web site that incorporates an online game targeted at younger consumers that features five characters representing various genres of music. The goal of the game is to eliminate the characters as "The Blow Away Guy." Consumers can go to the new Web site to get information on Maxell events, purchase Maxell apparel and review new and featured products including recordable DVD's and iPod compatible speakers.

Maxell returned to its heritage and formally brought back the "Blow Away" icon to its marketing mix as of December 2005. The legendary image has consistently stood for performance directed at consumers who want the best entertainment experience and is the centerpiece of a multi-million dollar integrated marketing campaign that kicked-off this year.

About Maxell

Maxell Corporation of America, a technology and marketing leader, is a full line manufacturer of digital media products for consumer, professional and data storage markets. Maxell is a recognized brand for over thirty years that delivers a comprehensive line of digital tape and disc-based recording media products for consumer audio, video, camcorder and data storage applications. The company also manufactures and markets a wide range of consumer battery products, as well as a full line of electronics care, maintenance, and accessory products including headphones, plasma TV cleaners, and iPod cases and speakers. http://www.maxell.com/

Source: Maxell Corporation of America

 

 

 

HSN'S Joy Mangano Acheives Milestone With Sale Of 100,000,000th Huggable Hanger

HSN's 'Mother of Invention' Sells Enough Hangers to Wrap Around the Earth; Lucky HSN Purchaser to Receive "Home Full of Joy" Mangano Products

Electronic retailer HSN, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) , and successful inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano achieved a major milestone on Sunday, July 30 when Tracey Storey from Springfield, TN purchased the 100,000,000th huggable hanger sold on the popular shopping network. Not long after its introduction on HSN in 2000, the lightweight, ultra-slim hanger quickly became a bestseller on HSN and HSN.com and has gone on to become the best-selling item in the history of the global retailer.


 

As an extra bonus for purchasing the 100,000,000th hanger, Ms. Storey will receive a vast array of Joy Mangano household products for her entire home, ranging from Comfort & Joy bedding systems to problem-solving products like the My Little Steamer clothes steamer and the Sonic Jewelry Cleaner. She is just one of the many viewers from every state of the union who purchased the hangers throughout the day and called in to congratulate Joy and share in the special live celebration.

"I am so thrilled and proud to have reached this milestone," said Mangano. "Huggable Hangers have really made a difference in people's homes, and that means so much to me. And congratulations to Tracey -- it was an exciting night for us both!"

"Joy epitomizes the creative, entrepreneurial spirit that thrives here at HSN and we are proud of her latest accomplishment," states Rob Gruen, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for HSN. "Her ability to take something as common as an everyday clothes hanger ... see a need for one that saves space and doesn't let clothes slide off ... and then create a solution that sells over one hundred million units is an amazing talent."

HSN's Mother of Invention, Joy Mangano, made her HSN debut in 2000 and has revolutionized the home solutions industry with groundbreaking new inventions like the Miracle Mop, the Jewel Kit, the Piatto Bakery Box, the Clothes It All luggage system and the Handy Hook Mirror. Known for her ability to re-invent household products to improve functionality and ease of use, she designed the Huggable Hanger with gentle curves and a velvety surface that keeps clothes neat and doubles closet space.

Joy started as a single mom of three children struggling to pay the bills and make her life easier. Now she is a role model to inventors and women proving that a good idea, perseverance and the right merchandising platform does pay off.

About HSN:

HSN, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) , originated the electronic retailing concept in 1977 and has since evolved into a global multichannel retailing giant, offering thousands of unique products in fashion, beauty, home, jewelry and electronics. Customers who shop on HSN can find name brands such as Sony, Kodak, Gateway Computers, the Todd English Collection for the home, and Esteban, the guitar virtuoso, as well as fashions from Randolph Duke, Nine West and Beverly Feldman. HSN's product offerings can be found across a number of retailing platforms including TV, where HSN reaches 89 million U.S. households and is now the 4th largest cable television network in the U.S.; the Internet, through its easy-to-use Web site, http://www.hsn.com/ ; and catalogs, with its Cornerstone Brands portfolio of titles including Alsto's, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Improvements, IOS, Smith and Noble, The Territory Ahead and TravelSmith. In 2005, HSN generated worldwide consolidated sales of $3 billion, answered 62 million calls and delivered 60 million products worldwide

 

 

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

Bug Music, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, enters its 32nd year by partnering with Crossroads Media, which has made a significant equity investment in Bug, it was announced today by Dan and Fred Bourgoise, partners of Bug Music. Bug Music will use the capital infusion to continue and expand upon its mission of focusing on its songs, songwriters and music publishers with personalized administration and innovative creative services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crossroads Media is a partnership between Tom McGrath, former President of Paramount Enterprises, and Spectrum Equity Investors, a media and entertainment-focused private equity firm.

In conjunction with the new partnership, Dan and Fred Bourgoise will step down from their day-to-day duties at Bug and, along with Crossroads Media, have named John Rudolph as CEO, and have promoted David Hirshland, an 11-year Bug veteran, to President. Rudolph is formerly head of Music Analytics, a music publishing consulting firm, and previously the CFO of Windswept Pacific. Mark Anders, current Managing Director of Bug Limited based in the U.K., has been named President of International. All other senior executives remain with the company. Dan and Fred Bourgoise will provide ongoing consultation to the company and serve on the Board of Directors alongside McGrath and representatives from Spectrum.

Noted Rudolph: "Dan and Fred have built a company with an independent ethos over the last 30 years that values at its core the songs and songwriters it represents by providing efficient and aggressive client services. I am honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by Dan and Fred and look forward to leading this very special business and its staff through its next stage of growth."

Dan Bourgoise commented, "This investment by Crossroads Media will allow Bug to maintain its core values of service to the songwriters and excellence in publishing while giving it the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace, as well as take advantage of new opportunities that arise almost daily. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the music publishing business." Added Fred Bourgoise, "I look forward to the next evolution of Bug as the music world completes this revolutionary shift from analog to digital technologies and from physical to virtual distribution. I feel inspired by this new association with Crossroads and Spectrum and am delighted to continue to advise and work for the writers, publishers, managers and attorneys that I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last three decades. This company has been our life's work and we feel this partnership and the news management appointments only strengthen and extend that legacy."

Tom McGrath, senior managing director of Crossroads, said, "Bug Music is one of the world's premiere independent music publishers with an unparalleled reputation for integrity and service to its many clients. I am delighted to be in business with Dan and Fred whose personal reputations and leadership abilities know no peer. I am particularly pleased that John Rudolph has agreed to join us as CEO. John's experience with Windswept Pacific and his leading role in so many music acquisitions, investments and partnerships over the past few years while running Music Analytics will be invaluable to Bug."

About Bug Music

Founded in 1975, Bug is one of the world's leading music publishers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Nashville, New York, London and Munich, Bug owns and/or manages approximately 120,000 copyrights. The Company has built a strong reputation as the "songwriter's" publisher by vigorously supporting copyrights of songwriters and publishers and providing personalized administrative and creative services. Clients include the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as classic and contemporary writers and artists such as Morningwood, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Peaches, Los Lobos and The Guess Who. Bug songs currently appear throughout the Billboard charts and can be heard in ad campaigns by Levi's, Lincoln Mercury and Carnival Cruise Lines among others.

About Crossroads Media

Crossroads Media is a Los Angeles-based strategic partnership between Spectrum Equity Investors and Mr. Thomas McGrath. Mr. McGrath is the former President of Paramount Enterprises, a role in which he had responsibilities for many activities of that division, including: Famous Music (music publishing), Paramount Parks (theme parks), Famous Players (movie theaters), and Viacom Consumer Products, encompassing licensing, merchandising, themed entertainment, and theatrical production. In addition to serving as President of Paramount Enterprises, Mr. McGrath also served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Entertainment Group, which included Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television.

About Spectrum Equity Investors

Spectrum Equity Investors is a private equity firm specializing in investments in the media, communications, and entertainment industries throughout North America and Western Europe. Founded in 1994 and based in Boston and Menlo Park, Spectrum has over $4 billion in capital under management. Current portfolio companies include AMC Entertainment, Apprise Media, CBD Media, Classic Media, Eutelsat S.A., NEP, and Patriot Media and Communications. Additional information on Spectrum can be found at www.spectrumequity.com.

 

 

 

America's Dream Date Brings Reality TV Online

GoFish.com Launches New Programming Model for Advertisers to Participate in User-Generated-Video Boom

GoFish, a leader in the online video space, today announced the debut of America's Dream Date, an interactive reality show online that allows participants to submit videos of themselves, join the cast of the show, fight to distinguish themselves from the pack and avoid elimination with hope of ultimately winning a luxury dream date vacation to Paris. Thousands of contestants are poised to upload their own creative videos and use grassroots efforts such as emailing to friends and promoting themselves on their social networking sites, to gather votes for their videos and move one step closer to claiming their place as America's Dream Date.

Cast members have already begun submitting short, creative videos of themselves during July's pre-registration casting call. Today, the show will begin to air with contestants uploading videos to compete for votes from the viewing community. The first six weeks (July 31 through September 14) will allow anyone to get in on the action through uploading their own videos highlighting why they should be crowned America's Dream Date. Viewers will vote on individual videos, collaborate and share opinions as well as track their favorites all through the GoFish.com site, the participants with the most votes from the community will win.

On September 15, the dreaded elimination stage will cull all cast-members down to a final group of 10 men and 10 women, based entirely on the community's votes. In the final two week elimination period, the viewing community will be able to play matchmaker and decide who will ultimately be the final America's Dream Date couple and win the prize. The top couple will be paired and sent on a luxury dream date vacation in Paris. The second and third place couples will win dream dates in Las Vegas. GoFish will broadcast footage of these final dates after they take place so that America's Dream Date viewers can see how it all works out.

"America's Dream Date is the perfect platform for channeling the energy and enthusiasm around user-generated video into branded vehicles that sponsors are attracted to," says cofounder and CEO Michael Downing.

Submissions can be uploaded at www.gofish.com. Contestants and the viewing community will drive the action around the show and determine the outcome, with the winners announced on September 30.

With America's Dream Date, GoFish takes the common reality show concept everyone is familiar with -- a small number of people actually participating in a show while millions watch -- and turns it on its head by allowing millions to both participate and decide the outcome of a show. The entire program is created and driven by the viewing community who become active participants by submitting videos or voting as part of the audience.

With this new interactive reality platform, GoFish combines the most compelling features of prime-time reality TV programming with the immersive and rich on-demand features of an online community. The format encourages users to fully immerse themselves in an ongoing reality show that is the first-of-its kind in the user-generated video space.

GoFish & Branded Programming

Unlike other user-generated video sites, GoFish is creating branded/sponsored interactive shows that tap into the energy and enthusiasm around personal video. In the first season of America's Dream Date, Jetset Beverage Inc., owners of the new Jetset energy drink, will be the primary sponsor.

"Partnering with GoFish on America's Dream Date made perfect sense to us," says Jeff Silver, President and CEO of Jetset. "We target the same young, savvy crowd who are participating in the user-generated content revolution and Dream Date gives us a great way to reach this market through a show made for them and by them."

"As user-generated programming continues to take a bigger bite out of the television broadcast pie, our sponsorship model for America's Dream Date -- in this case Jetset Beverage -- is reminiscent of the early days of television when big brands would 'own' a program throughout its run," says Downing. "We have two additional shows in development now with similar sponsorship dynamics."

About GoFish

GoFish is leading the online community for original user-generated video programming. The GoFish Interactive Reality Platform is a first-of-its kind technology for developing and deploying original user-generated programming within the context of a show. The Interactive Reality Platform enables GoFish to bridge the gap between major brand advertisers/sponsors and the rapidly growing world of user-generated video creation.

NOTE: GoFish and America's Dream Date are registered trademarks of GoFish, Inc. All other products and services mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

 

 

 

DreamWorks, Aardman, Mark Burnett Productions and AOL Join Forces to Create the Groundbreaking Online Gaming Experience 'Flushed Away Underground Adventure'

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features are collaborating with Mark Burnett Productions and AOL to create the "'Flushed Away' Underground Adventure," DreamWorks' first online game with custom animation integration, it was announced today by Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Starting in early October, the game will be available for free exclusively at www.aol.com/flushedawaygame, and will offer a series of online challenges, each featuring a different character, setting, or storyline from the film. "Flushed Away," will be released in theaters nationwide on November 3rd.

The game will be aimed at players of all ages -- kids and their parents will compete together to complete the online challenges successfully. By solving the individual puzzles, kids and their parents will be rewarded with digital prizes. The entire interactive experience leads up to a grand prize sweepstakes during the opening weekend of "Flushed Away."

What sets "'Flushed Away' Underground Adventure" apart is the new character animation designed exclusively for the game itself. This marks the first time that DreamWorks Animation is expanding the universe of its films by creating an original, totally immersive online environment.

The game is being developed by Mark Burnett Productions, who previously collaborated with DreamWorks on "The Contender" and the upcoming show "On the Lot." The game will premiere on AOL in October and will be accessible to anyone exclusively through AOL at www.aol.com/flushedawaygame on demand through November. The collaboration between AOL and Burnett grew out of the companies' partnership on "Gold Rush," the breakthrough interactive event that premieres on AOL in September and involves challenges and clues based on pop culture.

Based on the "Gold Rush" interactive gaming model, Katzenberg and Burnett sought to create an exciting online experience for children and their parents to enjoy together, and, at the same time, introduce the characters of the film to an audience in a new and refreshing way.

Commenting on the announcement, Katzenberg said, "We couldn't be more pleased about teaming up with Mark Burnett and AOL on this revolutionary new online game concept. We believe that the game will stand on its own as an exciting and fun piece of new entertainment. With special custom animation that expands the world of 'Flushed Away,' the game will be the perfect complement to the moviegoing experience."

Burnett said, "The media landscape is changing radically. People are absorbing and interacting with their entertainment content in new and more sophisticated ways, and this is especially true of kids. The next generation of audience members expects and deserves so much from its content, which is why this project is so exciting to me and my company."

Added Jon Miller, Chairman and CEO of AOL, "The 'Flushed Away' game is interactive, immersive and engaging, and the mini-'Flushed Away' universe will get kids -- and their parents -- excited about the characters and imagery a month before the movie opens. This is really what the web is perfectly suited to do."

The game will feature real-time 3D environments that allow the user to take control of the camera and explore expanded environments of the underground city of "Flushed Away." Designed to present unique game play with each repeat visit, the game will expand each day, revealing new areas of the 3D world and a new challenge every day. The games' video clips and cutting- edge, real-time physics simulations as collision detection, gravity, and particle effects will combine to provide an immersive experience.

ABOUT "FLUSHED AWAY"

In this new comedy set on and beneath the streets of London, we meet Roddy St. James (Hugh Jackman), a pampered pet mouse who thinks he's got it made. But when a sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie) -- the definition of "low life" -- comes spewing out of the sink and decides it's his turn to enjoy the lap of luxury, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the loo for a dip in the "whirlpool." Roddy's plan backfires when he inadvertently winds up being the one flushed away into the bustling world down below. Underground, Roddy discovers a vast metropolis where he meets Rita (Kate Winslet), a street-wise rat who is on a mission of her own. If Roddy is going to get home, he and Rita will need to escape the clutches of the villainous Toad (Sir Ian McKellen). Toad, who royally despises all rodents, dispatches two hapless henchrats, Spike (Andy Serkis) and Whitey (Bill Nighy), as well as his cousin -- that dreaded mercenary, Le Frog (Jean Reno) -- to see that Roddy and Rita are iced ... literally.

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features present "Flushed Away." Directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, the film is produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, and Cecil Kramer.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS

DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE:DWA) is principally devoted to developing and producing computer-generated, or CG-animated, feature films. With world- class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG-animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience.

Source: DreamWorks Animation SKG

 

 

MTV Overdrive to Broadcast Live Behind the Scenes Feed of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards

'VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored' Gives Fans Access to Stars, Drama, and All the Backstage Action They Never Get To See

MTV Mobile to Offer Real Time Video Updates Featuring Clips of Performances and On Stage Antics to Fans

Star Studded Awards Show to Live On-air, Online, and on Mobile on August 31st

-- For the first time ever in awards show history, MTV will expose fans to the insanity on and off the stage at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. While the VMAs are airing live on MTV, Overdrive, the network's broadband channel, will air "VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored", an unprecedented live view of the ALL the action behind the scenes and backstage viewers have never gotten to see. In addition to the television and broadband experiences, MTV Mobile on all wireless carriers will also offer updates and recaps of the VMAs within minutes. This year's multiplatform experience builds on MyVMAs 2005 where there were more than 14.7 million streams of VMA content from MTV Overdrive. The star studded awards show will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, August 31st at 8:00PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT).

"Always looking to innovate, we knew we had to find an experience to address the fact that young people are simultaneously watching the VMAs and online chatting in real time with their friends about the unexpected moments and speculating about what's going on backstage," said Christina Norman, President of MTV. "So, we decided to deliver the access they crave by bringing them behind the curtain."

Additional VMA programming elements on MTV Overdrive, accessible at VMA.MTV.com, will include a live simulcast of MTV News' pre-show, interviews with talent, more music, more interaction with the MTV VJs and MTV News correspondents both live during the television broadcast and on-demand after the show. VMA.MTV.com will also get viewers prepped for the biggest night in music with highlights from past VMAs, performance playlists, VMA NYC tour, Bling Report, just to mention a few of the shows. Past VMA Overdrive shows will also be featured on VOD.

During the show, viewers will be able to email photos of themselves and their VMA experience to VMA.MTV.com. A few lucky viewers' photos will be chosen to be displayed onto the large video screens onstage, as the VMAs help give a face to the viewers watching at home.

"VMA Live: Backstage Uncensored" then turns into MyVMAs beginning immediately after the show. Every performance and celebrated moments from the stage will be available on demand to our viewers. The backstage experience will also be available in case they miss any parts when it was streamed live. "MyVMAs" users will be able to customize their own VMA experience on MTV Overdrive. "MyVMAs" will allow viewers to re-live and re-mix their own VMA experience by combining their favorite moments from the star-studded night with exclusive, bonus segments, all available in an a la carte, on-demand menu. "My VMAs" puts control in the hands of music fans and allows them to experience the VMAs the way they want.

In addition, MTV2 will have a live simulcast of the VMAs. MTV2 will also feature live hits throughout the event with MTV2 VJs providing colorful commentary on everything that's going on, replays of outstanding moments and performances that are worth a second look, and forecasting upcoming performances and awards, as well as getting VMA dish from celebrities that stop by. The winner of the MTV2 Award will be presented with a Moonman during the live hits. During the show, mtvU will feature videos of nominees, performers and presenters who were once regulars on the college channel and "graduated" to MTV. During this special VMA music block from 8PM - 11PM, mtvU will go live twice an hour to college student correspondents and mtvU VJs giving updates from the show, as well calling out upcoming performances and awards. mtvU will feature several hours of college-themed VMA coverage in the run up to the show, including a special installation of "Dean's List" hosted by a VMA-nominated artist that started out on mtvU, reports from a college student serving as a VMA seat filler, and college professors using their academic powers to predict who will take home the coveted Moonmen.

Also, MTV Networks high-definition channel, MHD: Music High Definition, will have the first-ever VMA simulcast presented in HD. MTV World will also bring the action to their own channels - MTV Desi, MTV K, MTV Chi with a live simulcast of the show. Additionally, the World channels will have their own correspondents on site to provide a customized point of view of the 2006 Video Music Awards, for their audiences, re-airing the show at a later date with new red carpet perspective.

Additional elements on MTV Mobile include the launch of a mobile boutique on MTV.com featuring ringtones from VMA nominees and wallpapers. The MTV Mobile VMA experience doesn't end when the live show does. Enjoyed Justin Timberlake's live performance? Fans of MTV Mobile video will also be able to enjoy backstage, red carpet and additional VMA coverage. Presented by Virgin Mobile USA, the leading youth wireless network, MTV will be introducing the first-ever Ringtone of the Year award this year, where fans will be able to vote on their favorite ringtone. Virgin Mobile users will be able to "vote" for the Ringtone of the Year by downloading free tones from the nominees as announced on TRL the week of the VMAs. The winning ringtone will then be available as a free download on Virgin Mobile over the weekend following the VMAs. In addition, Virgin Mobile users will be able to vote exclusively for the "Viewer's Choice" award from their phones.

Last but not least, URGE, MTV Network's digital music service, will be launching a VMA homepage on August 1st, including exclusive editorial content on this year's nominees, and playlists of each category's nominees and past winners dating back to the very first VMAs. To access all VMA coverage, users can visit www.URGE.com to download the service for free.

The "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.3 billion people via MTV's global network of 50 channels reaching 481.5 million households around the world as well as through syndication. Its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's 43 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the "2006 MTV Video Music Awards" are Acuvue, Chevrolet, Dodge, Herbal Essences, JC Penny, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Virgin Mobile USA.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV

 

 

Volvo Names Local Newnan Woman Finalist in World's First Treasure Hunt for Buried Vehicle

Jenny Buckalew of Newnan, Ga. Joins Two U.S. Finalists and Four International Finalists on August 6 at Secret Location for On-the-Ground Race to Uncover Buried Volvo SUV

-- Look what the tide's washed in! Volvo Car Corporation today announced that Newnan's Jenny Buckalew is one of seven international finalists in its global, multi-media treasure hunt for a pirate-themed Volvo XC90 V8. The would-be pirate was among the first individuals worldwide to complete a fun, yet challenging online treasure hunt Volvo launched on June 12 and concluded four weeks later.

Buckalew will be flown to an undisclosed location on August 6, where she will be joined in the final leg of the competition by two more Americans and one finalist each from Japan, UK, Spain and Austria.

The wildly popular hunt, a multi-media campaign developed as a part of Volvo's sponsorship of the Disney summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, has elicited participation from more than 52,000 online contestants in the U.S. alone.

Buckalew, a 35 year-old mother of three, will be accompanied by husband William Buckalew on her journey to the final leg of the hunt -- Volvo providing travel and accommodations for one guest per finalist. "My husband and I made the treasure hunt a real family affair," said Buckalew. "We competed against each other to solve puzzles and I absolutely loved the new challenge. The hunt, from beginning to the coming end, is a great summertime activity that I have thoroughly enjoyed."

Once at the final hunt location, Buckalew and each of the six other finalists will set off on a manic on-the-ground search for the buried vehicle. The format for the final leg of the competition will be reminiscent of reality TV shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race, with contestants participating in a two-day series of mental and physical challenges that will either eliminate them from the competition or advance them closer to the buried vehicle. The first treasure hunter to unearth the SUV keeps it. The victor and results of the final hunt will be released to the public on August 11, followed by a series of webisodes chronicling the hunt premiering online at www.volvocars.us/thehunt on August 25.

The buried one-of-a-kind, Volvo XC90 is valued at approximately $82,000 and features a variety of elements inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, including menacing graphics from the film, black leather seats, custom painted 20 inch wheels and more.

Volvo's promotion of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grew out of the partnership with Disney for the worldwide Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo ship bears the name of the same boat in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, "The Black Pearl." The Ocean Race began in Vigo, Spain on Nov. 12, 2005 and ended in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 17, 2006.

About Volvo Cars of North America

Volvo has been building cars with Safety in mind for over 75 years. The current 2006 model line-up of Volvo Cars includes: the award-winning new S40 and its wagon counterpart the all-new V50; the award-winning XC90; the sporty S60 sedan -- including the award-winning performance sedan -- S60 R and the performance wagon version -- V70 R; the S80 luxury sedan; the versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); and the soon-to-be released new Volvo C70, the convertible with the innovative retractable hardtop.

Source: Volvo Cars of North America

 

 

Nickelodeon Continues Roll as Number-One Rated Network Among All Kid Demos for July

Marks Nick's Sixth Consecutive Month of Year-to-Year Growth with Kids 2-11

Nick.com and NickJr.com Leading into Best Month Ever for Unique Visitors and Exhibit Double Digit Growth; TurboNick and Nick Jr. Video Garner More than 223 Million Streams in 2006

Nickelodeon, the number-one rated cable network on a total day basis for eleven consecutive years, closes out the month of July with increases in year-to-year ratings for the sixth consecutive month with kids 2-11. The network remains the number-one brand with kids, ahead of its closest competitor by +48% with kids 2-11, +36% with kids 6-11, and +29% with tweens 9-14, year-to-date. In July, Nick outpaced its closest competitor by +30% among kids 2-11, and emerged the clear network leader with kids 2-5, +47% ahead of The Disney Channel and +136% ahead of Cartoon Network in the K2-5 demo. In addition, year-to-date, Nickelodeon shows the biggest growth of any kids network with preschoolers (kids 2-5), up +6%, and currently owns the top 7 of 10 preschool shows on television*.

Nickelodeon is also dominating on its digital platform offerings, showing growth from year-to-year and over the past seven months as well:

- Nick.com and NickJr.com are on their way to having their best months

ever -- Nick.com with more than 15.3 million unique visitors and

NickJr.com with more than 7.4 million unique visitors, a +4% and

+10% growth, respectively, from June's delivery.

- For 2006, Nick.com has generated 565 million game plays to-date, and

Nickjr.com has garnered approximately 438 million game plays, equating

to a +74% and +75% growth versus the like time period in 2005 for

Nick.com and NickJr.com, respectively.

- On a monthly basis, Nick.com is averaging more than 13.8 million unique

visitors year-to-date, +65% versus the like time period in 2005.

Nickjr.com is averaging more than 6.2 million uniques, an increase of

+59% versus 2005.

- TurboNick is fast approaching its 150 millionth streams for the year,

and has had approximately 39 million streams in July, an increase of

+29% over June 2006. Year-to-date, Nick Jr. Video has served up over

73 million streams, and generated 13 million streams in July, a monthly

increase of +17%.

Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, 1/01-7/30/06

In July 2006, the network averaged a 3.8/1.3 million kids 2-11; a 4.0/505,000 with kids 2-5; 3.5/706 kids 6-11; 2.7/568,000 among tweens 9-14; and 2.2 million total viewers (P2+). Year-to-date, the network is averaging a 3.9/1.3 million with kids 2-11; a 4.5/568,000 with kids 2-5; 3.7/754 among kids 6-11; 2.6/527,000 tweens 9-14; and 2.2 million total viewers.

Nickelodeon, in its 27th 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, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for eleven consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) .

* Source: Nielsen Media Research, based on Nick Total Day (M-Th 6:30a - 9p, Fri 6:30a - 10p, Sat 6a - 10p, Sun 6a-9p), July 2006-To-date (6/26/06-7/27/06), Kids 2-11, 2-5, 6-11 & 9-14.

Nickelodeon Programming Hours: M-Th: 6:00 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fr-Sat: 6:00 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (ET/PT)

 

 

 

MobiTV and CHUM Interactive Announce New Entertainment Channels for Canadian Line-up

Popular New Channels Target Young Adults With Premier Music & Entertainment Content

MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and digital radio services for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices, and CHUM Limited, Canada's premier media company and content provider, today announced the addition of four new music and entertainment channels for the MobiTV(TM) Canada line-up. The channels bolster the existing content, with an emphasis on programming that appeals strongly to viewers of mobile television, who are interested in compelling "bite-sized" content such as music videos and entertainment news.

"CHUM's content is perfectly suited for MobiTV Canada's viewers, who can tune in Live anytime, anywhere to catch the best music videos or get up to speed on the latest celebrity gossip," said Erik Smith, Vice President of Business Development and Programming for MobiTV.

"We are constantly looking at new ways to reach our audiences with our exclusive and engaging content. With MobiTV, audiences on the go can now watch some of their favourite CHUM stations via their cell phones," said Maria Hale, Vice President, Content Business Development, CHUM Limited.

Available today in the MobiTV program guide in Canada, subscribers will find the following new channels:

MuchMusic: An integral part of today's pop culture landscape, "The

Nation's Music Station" has been delivering fans an unparalleled music

television experience since 1984. Direct from our famed streetlevel

studios in downtown Toronto, each and every program day not only hits the

best in top musicvideo, but creates a destination where fans can stay

connected to exclusive live performance and interview from today's hottest

musical artists and celebrity guests, the latest entertainment buzz and

specialty programming. Check out Canada's favourite web destination for

teens, www.muchmusic.com .

Star!: Canada's only specialty television channel dedicated to the world

of entertainment news and information. Star! brings you all the latest in

the world of show biz, including red carpet coverage and in-depth

interviews with the biggest names in entertainment. www.star-tv.com

MuchVibe: Designed to superserve urban music fans across Canada, MuchVibe

is the source for top music videos, interviews, concert specials, concert

listings and classic clips from the CHUM music video archive. Hip hop, rap,

r&b, old school, reggae and more -- MuchVibe has it covered.

www.muchvibe.ca

MuchMoreRetro: Dedicated to the music videos of the 80s and 90s,

MuchMoreRetro is uniquely styled for those who grew up watching their

music on television. From the artform's early, experimental years to the

big-budget extravaganzas of the last decade, MuchMoreRetro is the source

for 24/7 classic video flow from artists from Madonna to Nirvana and more.

www.muchmoreretro.com

The addition of the CHUM properties for MobiTV Canada follows the launch of other key programming content earlier this summer: The Learning Channel, Toonworld TV Classics, FOX Sports, Comedy Time, MAXX Sports, MAXX LOOK and SPEED Channel were made available to viewers in May and June of this year. This now brings the total number of channels to 22, ranging from news, sports and weather to premier music and entertainment content, available on 16 handsets on the three major carriers in Canada.

About MobiTV

MobiTV, Inc. is the first mobile television and digital radio service provider for cellular, WiFi and broadband enabled devices worldwide. The MobiTV(R) service for mobile is available in the US through Sprint, Cingular and Alltel; in the United Kingdom through 3 and Orange UK; to Canadian customers through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility; through America Movil in Latin America; and other regional carriers around the world. MobiTV can be accessed on laptops via the AT&T WiFi network. The Emmy(R) Award winning service has more than one million paying subscribers and offers many popular TV channels from content providers such as MSNBC, ABC News Now, CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV, NBC Mobile, CNBC, The Discovery Channel, TLC and The Weather Channel, along with cartoons, music videos, comedy and more. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately-held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA. For more information please visit www.mobitv.com .

About CHUM Limited

CHUM Limited (TSX: CHM/CHM.B, www.chumlimited.com ), one of Canada's leading media companies and content providers, owns and operates 33 radio stations, 12 local television stations and 21 specialty channels, as well as an environmental music distribution division. Through international format licences and program sales, CHUM's original content is seen in over 130 countries worldwide and is distributed via new media platforms, including interactive television, wireless services and exclusive CHUM-branded Internet properties.

Source: MobiTV, Inc.

CONTACT: Barb Matheson of CHUM Limited, +1-416-591-7400, ext. 2599, or
barbma@chumtv.com; or Susan George of SutherlandGold Group, 1-866-262-7373,
ext. 113, or sgeorge@sutherlandgold.com, for

Web site: http://www.chumlimited.com/

Web site: http://www.mobitv.com/

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland Pregnancy Rumors False

Contrary to rumors appearing online and in the tabloids, Kelly Rowland, of Destiny's Child, is not pregnant.

Statements attributed to Kelly regarding her alleged pregnancy were never made by the artist and a purported interview with the AMG never took place.

Kelly is hard at work on her career and looking forward to the upcoming release of her second solo album, "My Story ... Kelly Rowland."

 

 

 

GSN Is Giving Away $5,000 a Day During the Month of August as Part of the Network's Special 'GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES'

Mobile Marketing Campaign Promotes the August 1 Premieres of CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE

Participants Who Text Message in While Playing CHAIN REACTION or STARFACE Mobile Games Have A Chance to Win the $5,000 Daily Prize

GSN is extending its play-along capabilities beyond the television screen with an innovative mobile marketing sweepstakes developed to promote the upcoming August 1 premieres of two series, CHAIN REACTION, executive produced by Michael Davies ("Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") and STARFACE, hosted by Danny Bonaduce. The new network campaign, GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES, will award a daily prize of $5,000 for the month of August to one lucky participant who sends in a text-message that day and correctly answers either the CHAIN REACTION or STARFACE puzzle advertised. The winner will be announced the next day over the air on GSN. The announcement was made today by Dena Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Marketing, GSN, who conceptualized the campaign.

"As the leader in real time play along entertainment, GSN is thrilled to bring another way to play and win to our viewers for the launch of CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE. Now viewers can play along with their mobile phones every day for a chance to win cash as well as have their name announced during the nightly telecast," remarked Kaplan on the campaign's formation.

Players who would like the opportunity to win one of the 31-daily cash prizes can do so by following the instructions presented through ads that will appear in such publications as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, Parade, People, US and National Enquirer. The aggressive multi-million dollar media buy also includes banner ads on Yahoo! and AOL portals as well as E! Online and TV Guide. In addition, GSN will air several promos throughout the day promoting the sweepstakes and informing viewers how to play along. The sweepstakes advertising began July 27, but the sweepstakes officially starts August 1 and ends on August 31.

GSN SUMMER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES will offer different puzzles representing the game play of the two series. The mobile games associated with CHAIN REACTION resemble the series by offering word chains in which every word is related to the one before and after it. The game is such that players will need to answer via text message which of the words presented is the missing word of the five-word connecting chain. The player is given one of four choices.

The STARFACE mobile game involves a test of the player's knowledge of celebrity gossip. The game involves the player answering a question about a film or TV star. The player is given four choices to choose from for the right answer.

Once a person has text-messaged a correct answer, he/she is then subscribed and eligible to win that day's daily cash prize. A player can only enter to play once day, but with that being said, he/she has 31 opportunities to win.

In addition to targeting consumers, the sweepstakes also includes affiliate involvement. Kaplan extended the sweepstakes for affiliate game play by offering them a chance to win a 60" flat screen Sony TV. Affiliates are asked to text message in the right answer to the following question -- "Which was the first network to introduce one-screen interactive programming? Is it GSN, G4, ESPN or ABC?"

Both, CHAIN REACTION and STARFACE premiere on August 1. The word game, CHAIN REACTION, hosted by Dylan Lane airs Tuesday through Saturday at 9:00 PM/8:00 C. The pop-culture gossip game series STARFACE airs immediately afterward on those same nights at 9:30 PM/8:30 C with first-time game show host Danny Bonaduce.

No purchase or text messaging necessary. Void were prohibited. Open to all legal U.S. residents, 18 years or older as of 7/27/06. Each daily sweepstakes (31 separate dailies) begins at 12:00 a.m. PT and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT that day. Ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/31/06. Standard text messaging charges apply to text entries. Text entry is designed to work with most major wireless carriers, but Sponsor makes no guarantee that any particular carrier will participate. See official rules at www.gsn.com/summerchallenge for complete details, including odds, eligibility restrictions and how to enter for free without using a cell phone.

About GSN

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com

-GSN-

Source: GSN

 

 

 

 

 

Trump Entertainment Resorts Breaks Ground on New $250 Million, Nearly 800-Room Hotel Tower

*** Donald Trump to Tour Tower Site at the Trump Taj Mahal This Thursday ***

Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ:TRMP) announced today that construction officially commenced in July 2006 on the new, $250 million hotel tower at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (the "Taj Mahal").

"As we constantly strive to create a more entertaining and exciting atmosphere at each of our properties, the construction of our new hotel tower is planned to greatly increase our guest capacity at the Taj Mahal," said Mark Juliano, the Company's Chief Operating Officer. "As we renovate the casino floor and develop more dining and retail options at the Taj Mahal, these rooms will serve as a critical component of our plan to expand our business and attract more valuable customers."

Completion of the tower construction is expected during the summer of 2008. The new tower is planned to add 786 rooms to the Taj Mahal, which currently has 1,250 rooms in the existing hotel tower. Standing 40 stories high and 450-feet tall, the tower's rooms include 716 generously apportioned standard guest rooms and 70 suites with ocean views. The primary architect on the project is the Friedmutter Group.

Construction of the new tower is in addition to the Company's previously announced $110 million renovation and expansion plan. Projects already completed include the renovation of nearly every hotel guest room at all three Trump properties; the entire casino floor renovation and the opening of 24 Central Cafe at Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel; the Ego Bar and Lounge, Trump Exchange retail store, The Asian Gaming Pit and the new noodle bar, The Rim, at the Taj Mahal. Construction of the new retail and dining entrance corridor to the Taj Mahal is underway, as is the renovation of the casino floor. The master plan for the Trump Marina Hotel Casino is also currently being developed.

"We believe that expanding the Company's guest room inventory in Atlantic City is a critical component of our overall plan to capitalize on the changing and growing gaming marketplace," said James B. Perry, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "As Atlantic City continues to transform into a destination market for customers, our expansion and renovation plan is being specifically tailored to create new entertainment options, to increase the overall quality of experience at Trump properties, and to increase value for shareholders of the Company."

Editor's Note 1: Mr. Trump will participate in a ribbon cutting at the Trump Exchange and will tour the new tower construction site, both at the Taj Mahal, on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 1 p.m.

About Trump Entertainment Resorts:

Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. is a leading gaming company that owns and operates three properties. The Company's properties include Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, located on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, located in Atlantic City's Marina District. Together, the properties comprise approximately 371,300 square feet of gaming space and 3,180 hotel rooms and suites. The Company is the sole vehicle through which Donald J. Trump, the Company's Chairman and largest stockholder, conducts gaming activities and strives to provide customers with outstanding casino resort and entertainment experiences consistent with the Donald J. Trump standard of excellence. Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. is separate and distinct from Mr. Trump's real estate and other holdings.

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GSN and American Media, Inc. Partner on Initiative for Tabloid-Themed Game Show

The National Enquirer Will Be Integrated Into Episodes of STARFACE Series in Exchange for Advertising and Editorial in AMI Titles

GSN and American Media, Inc. (AMI) today announced a multiplatform brand integration deal involving the cable network's new tabloid-themed game series STARFACE, hosted by Danny Bonaduce, and AMI's top selling celebrity magazine National Enquirer. The joint branding effort will integrate National Enquirer into half of the series' episodes by featuring a "National Enquirer Hot Corner" segment. GSN, in turn, will receive advertising and editorial in both The National Enquirer and Globe and their websites. The announcement was made today by Dena Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Marketing for GSN.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be partnering with the industry's top celebrity magazine on our new tabloid-style show, STARFACE. National Enquirer is a perfect media brand partner for the series," said Kaplan.

David Pecker, AMI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "This innovative partnership is the first of its kind and gives us the chance to reach out to a growing market of game-related programming on national network television. We are excited about this deal and believe it will further our efforts to promote our publications through new mediums."

STARFACE is a funny, fast-paced game series premiering Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30 PM/8:30 PM C running weekly, Tuedsays through Saturday nights, on GSN. The series pits three contestants against one another to test their knowledge of everything to do with the famous and the infamous. In the "National Enquirer Hot Corner," Bonaduce unveils a series of unique, provocative celebrity photographs, each with a set of questions having to do with that individual.

In addition to renaming the round the "National Enquirer Hot Corner," Bonaduce will direct viewers to purchase the latest issues of National Enquirer and Globe to see its new special STARFACE editorial section. The network will also broadcast co-branded promotional spots for the magazines and will promote the show through GSN's viewer database of over 800,000 registrants. GSN will also feature National Enquirer banners on GSN.com.

In turn, AMI will be publishing a special STARFACE editorial column in the National Enquirer and Globe TV sections that will run every other week for 10 weeks beginning August 1. National Enquirer will also promote STARFACE on its website, nationalenquirer.com, and will stream video content.

STARFACE will air as the second half of an hour block with Michael Davies' CHAIN REACTION as its lead-in. CHAIN REACTION, in which teams of men and women complete phrases after being given the first and last words of a chain, also premieres on GSN on Tuesday, August 1.

About GSN

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems, telcos and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

About American Media, Inc.

American Media, Inc. is one of the largest media companies in the U.S. The company publishes six of the 14 best selling weekly magazines, including the National Enquirer and Star. AMI also owns Weider Publications, the leading publisher of health and fitness magazines, including Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Flex, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. The company also publishes the best selling country music magazine, Country Weekly; a Latino entertainment magazine, !Mira! and more mini-mags and digests. In addition to print properties, AMI owns Distribution Services, Inc., the country's #1 in-store magazine merchandising company.

-GSN-

Source: GSN

 

 

 

Autodesk Launches Maya 8: Equips 3D Artists for Next-Generation Game and Film Production

64-bit Technology Support and Multithreading Enhancements Offer New Levels of Scalability and Speed

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today launched Autodesk Maya 8 software, the newest version of its Academy Award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering solution. Maya has been used by a variety of clients, including BMW, CNN, Disney, Epic Games, Industrial Light & Magic, Midway Games and Weta Digital, to create breathtaking 3D imagery for feature films, interactive games, broadcast graphics and industrial design. Autodesk Maya 8 meets the demands of next- generation productions by addressing the real-world production challenges 3D artists are currently facing. Maya 8 will be showcased at the Autodesk booth #1706 at SIGGRAPH 2006, August 1-3 at the Boston Convention Center.

Marc Petit, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice president, said, "3D artists are tackling some overwhelming challenges right now, such as dealing with huge, increasingly complex data sets while moving to next-generation game development platforms and having to deliver even more photo-realistic imagery. Teams are getting bigger and require sophisticated collaboration and data management tools. Autodesk Maya 8 addresses these production hurdles by combining a flexible platform with a highly optimized software core, boosting productivity and improving pipeline efficiency."

Maya 8 offers a combination of 64-bit support, multithreading and algorithmic optimizations that enable artists to load massive datasets and interact with them more efficiently than ever before. Key areas of the software, including skinning, draw tessellation, and subdivided polygon proxy meshes, have been multi-threaded to scale with the number of processors or cores available, thereby accelerating formerly time-consuming tasks on today's workstations and those of the future.

"Autodesk Maya 8 software's 64-bit support has opened up a world of possibilities by allowing our artists to manage very large scenes," said Jack Brooks, VP Technology, Walt Disney. "Maya 8 is an integral element of our 64- bit pipeline. We used the beta in pre-production for an upcoming film. Being able to extend Maya's functionality through the API allowed us to customize it to meet our demanding requirements."

Maya 8 offers a host of productivity advancements, particularly for modeling and texturing. The Transfer Polygon Attributes feature enables modelers to transfer UVs, color per vertex (CPV), and vertex position information between surface meshes of differing topologies. This is particularly useful when working with two different versions of an object or character, e.g. one that is high-resolution and one that is low-resolution. In addition, new and improved workflows and tools such as Polygon Bridge, multiple edge loop insertion and enhanced UV layout help maximize productivity for the most common tasks.

Maya 8 enables artists to better manage data when using multiple 2D and 3D packages within the production pipeline. This is achieved through application programming interface (API) extensions, enhancements to Autodesk FBX file exchange technology, the addition of interchangeable geometry caching between Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max animation software, and new interoperability with Autodesk Toxik collaborative compositing software.

Emmanuel Valdez, chief creative officer at High Moon Studios in California, said, "At High Moon Studios, we have artists from all types of disciplines -- from animation to character modeling. They have to work together and share 3D data, regardless of the software they're using. That's why we've chosen to use Autodesk Maya, along with Autodesk 3ds Max and MotionBuilder. These products are open and offer the industry's best creative tools."

Autodesk helps 3D artists in game development, design visualization, film, television, broadcast and graphic design focus on realizing their ideas without being limited by production complexities. Autodesk's media and entertainment 3D product portfolio is comprised of Autodesk Maya 8, 3ds Max 9 (announced separately) and VIZ 2007 animation, modeling and rendering software, as well as Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 character animation software. Interoperability is achieved between these products via Autodesk FBX, a free 3D file exchange format.

Autodesk Maya 8 Key Features

With Maya 8, Autodesk demonstrates its commitment to meeting the demands of next-generation productions by addressing the fundamental challenges artists face today. Maya 8 offers the following features to maximize productivity and pipeline efficiency:

-- 64-bit support for Windows and Linux

-- Scalable multithreading to improve performance on multiprocessor

systems

-- Ability to override viewports with a user-defined renderer, such as a

game engine

-- Optimized mental ray 3.5 core for superior rendering performance and

memory usage

-- Polygon Bridge and Transfer Polygon Attributes

-- Support for high dynamic range (HDR) and floating-point images

-- Support for interactive viewing of native and custom mental ray shaders

-- Improved Autodesk FBX plug-in to provide tighter integration between

Maya and applications such as 3ds Max and MotionBuilder

-- Interchangeable geometry cache between Maya and 3ds Max, allowing for

the exchange of complex data between the two packages

-- Export of render layers to Autodesk Toxik software's database

For a complete list of new features in Maya 8, please visit www.autodesk.com/maya.

With support from HP and Intel, a number of third-party developers in the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) Sparks program have already produced 64-bit versions of their plug-ins to support Maya 8, giving users immediate access to a pool of 64-bit development tools.

Pricing and Availability

Autodesk anticipates that Maya 8 will be available in English in August 2006, and in additional languages in the future. The 64-bit version of Maya 8 will be supported on Windows and Linux. The 32-bit version will be supported on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. For a complete list of supported operating systems, please visit www.autodesk.com/maya (Features & Specifications -- System Requirements).

Autodesk suggested retail pricing for Maya 8 is US $1,999 for Maya Complete (Standalone) and US $6,999 for Maya Unlimited (Standalone). The upgrade price from Maya 7 Complete to Maya 8 Complete is US $899, and the upgrade price from Maya 7 Unlimited to Maya 8 Unlimited is US $1,249.

Maya Platinum Membership

The Autodesk suggested retail price for Maya Platinum Membership starts at US $1,299 per year and is available for purchase simultaneously with the product purchase. Platinum Membership customers qualify for access to the latest software updates, technical support case management, valuable product extensions and e-learning materials. For more information about Maya Platinum Membership, contact an Autodesk authorized reseller or visit http://www.autodesk.com/maya-support.

Maya LearningTools

A variety of Learning Tools are available for Maya, ranging from introductory to advanced skill levels. Learning Autodesk Maya 8 | Foundation is a new book that enables users to quickly familiarize themselves with Maya 8. It offers a hands-on introduction to key Maya tools and techniques by enabling users to create and animate characters based on the Sony Pictures Animation feature film Open Season. Learning Autodesk Maya 8 | Foundation is priced at US $69.99. For additional details, please visit www.autodesk.com/learning-tools.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder and Toxik are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. We may make statements regarding planned or future development efforts for our existing or new products and services. These statements are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services or features but merely reflect our current plans, which may change. Purchasing decisions should not be made based upon reliance on these statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist or change after the date on which they were made.

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A Blockbuster Re-Awakens: 'Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose' Featuring Meat Loaf and an All-Star Supporting Cast is Unleashed on Virgin Records America

Rock's Most Epic Adventure Continues With October 31, 2006 North American Album Release

Special Stage Production of Songs from Trilogy Planned for DVD, Television Broadcast and One-Night-Only London and Broadway Events

MEAT LOAF, one of the singular, game- changing performers in the annals of American rock, will return to unleash the long-awaited third installment in the most successful rock album series of all time, Bat Out of Hell III, this coming fall. The album, released on Virgin Records in North America, delivers to a new generation of listeners -- and to his many millions of longtime followers worldwide -- the still-unique, still-audacious, and still-unequalled Meat Loaf fusion of baroque, operatic emotion, brilliant, larger-than-life storytelling, jaw-dropping theatricality and raw rock-and-roll electricity.

The greatest epic saga in rock history opens its new chapter on October 31, 2006, with album release on Virgin Records in North America, and Universal Records outside of North America. "Meat Loaf holds such a unique place in pop culture," Virgin Records Chairman/CEO Jason Flom commented. "His name, voice and artwork have come to symbolize great American pop/rock music. We are excited to be involved with Meat Loaf and Bat Out of Hell III because good things always come in threes -- and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell is Bat Out of Hell II, and the only thing better than Bat Out of Hell II is Bat Out of Hell III!"

Meat Loaf fans all over the world will be treated to an historic and very fitting theatrical spectacular when Meat Loaf -- Bat Out Of Hell Acts 1, 2 & 3 Live at Royal Albert Hall is presented on October 16th, 2006, for one night only. The program will be recorded for DVD release and for worldwide television broadcast. Bat out of Hell will also come to New York as a very special one-time event later this fall, on the stage of Broadway's famed Palace Theater. The show will feature songs from all three Bat Out of Hell albums in the trilogy, and Meat Loaf will share the stage with special guests, still to be announced.

Bat Out of Hell III was produced by hit-maker Desmond Child (Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher) with additional vocal arrangements by Todd Rundgren (producer of the first Bat out of Hell). "Bat Out of Hell albums are really renegade records; when they come out they are never like anything else," observed album producer Child." (In this project), Meat Loaf saw a door open to a new style that is the future of Bat Out of Hell. He wears all of his emotions on the outside." Meat Loaf agreed: "I took all the songs a little more personal; I became more internal on this record, (and) there were less character studies."

Seven songs on the album were written by Jim Steinman, producer of Bat Out of Hell II, and principal songwriter of the first two albums in the trilogy. His involvement follows the resolution of a lawsuit over the Bat out of Hell trademark between the longtime friends and collaborators Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman. The two came to an amicable agreement that ensured that Jim Steinman's music would be a continuing part of the Bat out of Hell legacy.

Bat Out of Hell III also includes songs by Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), John 5 (Marilyn Manson), and Marti Frederiksen (a contributing Aerosmith songwriter). Nikki Sixx confirmed that the boundary-busting creative spirit of the first two albums has been maintained on this third episode of Bat Out of Hell. "We were not worrying about the format of the songs ... just making a great piece of music," he said. Added John 5: "The world knows that's he's an amazing talent. He's back and he wants to kick ass ... He's living those lyrics."

Co-starring vocal and instrumental performers on the album include Steve Vai, on the Gothic thriller "Land of the Pigs;" the legendary Brian May of Queen, on a revival of Steinman's song "Bad For Good;" and Marion Raven, in her U.S. introduction. Raven is featured on Meat Loaf's interpretation of the Jim Steinman-penned immortal, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and is the first female recording artist since Cher to duet with Meat Loaf. He enthused: "Marion's perfect for the song because she's a real personality." Added Child: "She's mystical, she's dark; she's icy but she's warm; she's fun but she's also really deep. She was meant to do it."

Packed out with such newly-written hits as "Blind as a Bat" and "The Monster is Loose," Bat Out of Hell III extends the Meat Loaf saga into an epic trilogy, taking its place as a classic among classics. The release of Bat Out of Hell III marks the triumphant return of a franchise that is unique in the rock era, said Meat Loaf manager, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, and executive producer of Bat Out of Hell III, Allen Kovac. "It took fourteen years to make Bat Out Of Hell II, and almost fourteen years to make Bat III, because it's such a major undertaking. There's a quality and standard to uphold." The album was mixed by Grammy-winning studio engineer Greg Collins (U2).

The two previous albums in the series have sold an estimated 45 million copies to date around the world. Bat Out of Hell, the immortal and genre-transforming original, released in 1977, with songs by Jim Steinman and production by Todd Rundgren, ran for an extraordinary 82 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold in excess of 14 million copies in the U.S. alone. It included the Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman signature hits "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," and the show-stopping "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights."

The second installment, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, released in 1993, included the classic international chart-topper "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance. Meat Loaf has a total of 24 multi-platinum, platinum and gold RIAA awards.

Meat Loaf has appeared in the movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show (as Eddie); Roadie; Fight Club; Wayne's World; Out of Bounds; The Squeeze; and Leap of Faith, among a total of nearly 60 television and film roles. At the outset of his performing career, he also appeared onstage in Hair in Los Angeles, Detroit and on Broadway.

For more information, please go to www.meatloaf.net

Source: Virgin Records

 

 

The FUNimation Channel Launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006

Top anime programming available as part of Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package

-- FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, announced today that the FUNimation Channel launches on Verizon FiOS TV on August 1, 2006. The FUNimation Channel is a 24-hour digital network featuring programming from top anime brands in the United States and it will be added to the FiOS TV Premier package.

"We are very happy to bring top anime programming to Verizon FiOS TV," explained Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package is the most widely subscribed tier with a great price and optical fiber digital quality. We are confident the FUNimation Channel will drive awareness of the Verizon FiOS TV offerings as we have the unique ability to directly target 18- to 24-year-old entertainment fans, as well as video game and pop culture audiences."

Verizon FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming including more than 20 high-definition channels. It is now available in parts of north Texas, Florida, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York -- and will expand to other markets in 2006.

FUNimation is working with OlympuSAT, a leading distributor of independent digital programming networks, for the distribution of the FUNimation Channel. OlympuSAT is the exclusive distributor of the FUNimation Channel, which is now available to video service providers across the nation.

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD and VHS video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company currently provides its products to over 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Company, LLC, FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. For more information, please visit the company's web site at http://www.navarre.com/ .

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new, 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation Entertainment, the FUNimation Channel, or any of FUNimation's properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or jeff.dronen@funimation.com.

About OlympuSAT

OlympuSAT, Inc. distributes independently owned and operated digital networks on individual transponder platforms and currently represents more than twenty diverse channels through their Hispanic and Faith & Families Packs. A turnkey service provider, OlympuSAT facilitates technical related services for the transponder and uplink along with affiliate sales services. Additional services provided to networks include, as needed, master control, advertising sales and traffic and billing services. The OlympuSAT suites are distributed via Intelsat Americas 13. An affiliate of Ocean Communications, OlympuSAT is based in West Palm Beach Florida, serving homes nationwide. http://www.olympusat.com/

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

 

 

 

'Ambassador of Poker' and PartyPoker.net Host Mike Sexton Donates Half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champion Winnings to Five Charities

"Ambassador of Poker" and PartyPoker.net (www.partypoker.net) host Mike Sexton fortified his honorary title when he donated half of his $1,000,000 Tournament of Champions winnings at the official WSOP party at the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Sexton awarded $100,000 each to the Special Olympics, The Buoniconti Fund to help cure paralysis, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project that helps families of those wounded or killed in battle, and Children Incorporated, which provides food and school supplies for underprivileged children around the world. Children Incorporated is the primary recipient of donated monies from fellow poker player Barry Greenstein, known as the "Robin Hood of Poker."

For years, Sexton has advocated that the poker world should make more charitable donations, pushing pros and businesses to make substantial contributions. Modeling his concept on the PGA Tour's approach and its huge prize pools, he suggested that major poker tournaments should donate a percentage of the money to charity.

Sexton said: "It was fantastic that the charities sent representatives to the WSOP official party. I hope that the proceeds of my win help the amazing work they do."

Warren Lush, spokesman for PartyPoker.net said: "It is an honor to have Mike Sexton as part of the PartyPoker.net team. He leads by example and when he wins a lot of other people win, too."

The Tournament of Champions provided Sexton with his second WSOP bracelet in 17 years. The first was in Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo in 1989. He now stands among the top 10 for all-time number of finishes in the money at the WSOP with 37 cashes. He has nearly $2.7 million in total tournament winnings.

About PartyPoker.net

Founded in 1997, PartyGaming Plc is the world's leading online gaming company and owns and operates PartyPoker.net, "The World's Largest Poker School." PartyGaming is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker PRTY.

 

 

 

 

ZoomAlbum(TM) Available for Mac OS

Lets iPhoto 6 Users Create and Share Miniature Albums Made in Minutes

 ZoomAlbum™ (www.zoomalbum.com) software is now available for Mac OS X users. This easy-to-use software takes just minutes to turn digital images into handmade, 3"X3", professional-looking mini-albums that fit into the palm of your hand. ZoomAlbums are the perfect complement for iPhoto 6 (http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/) users who can now immediately create and share albums, instead of ordering online and waiting for their albums to be shipped.

 

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ZoomAlbums, which contain twelve photos printed on glossy, high-quality paper, are extremely easy to create. Its Mac software automatically lays out images from iPhoto library into the ZoomAlbum book format, and with ZoomAlbum Creator™, you can rotate, crop, zoom, re-arrange and add text to customize your album and create "stories" that make your album come alive. The hardest part is deciding on which 12 photos to print!

 

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"Imagine how much fun it is to create albums you can share during vacation, pass around at your wedding, or give as a bridal shower gift, 'Timmy's first day at the zoo,' holidays with the family, office parties; the possibilities are endless because with ZoomAlbums, you don't have to wait," said Doug Rowan, ZoomAlbum CEO. Continued Rowan, "Mac is the platform of choice for many professional photographers; making ZoomAlbums are a great way for them to increase sales and provide instant gratification for their customers."

ZoomAlbum photo sheets come with easy-to-follow instructions (on the back of each sheet) that walk you through an origami-like folding routine that produces, with the help of simple adhesive backing, a five-page booklet with images on both sides of each page, and one on each inside cover. You can also print your own album covers.

To make a ZoomAlbum, all you need is a PC (Windows or Mac) and an Inkjet color printer. ZoomAlbum supplies everything else (software, photo sheets, album covers) to create charming and lasting keepsakes.

ZoomAlbums are ideal for the whole family, and can be created in just minutes:

1.  Choose Photos - Download the latest ZoomAlbum Creator software from www.zoomalbum.com at no cost. Simply insert or drag-and-drop images from your computer, digital camera or cell phone into the boxes on your computer screen. Rotate, crop, zoom, re-arrange and add text to customize your album.  2.  Print Page - Set your printer to glossy photo paper and high quality; print the page onto our exclusive, high-quality photo paper. Your entire album will emerge on a single sheet, ready for assembly.  3.  Assemble Album - Fold your printed photo sheet, press the pages together, and insert the folded sheet into your ZoomAlbum cover for your finished pocket-sized photo album. 

About ZoomAlbum, Inc.

ZoomAlbums (www.zoomalbum.com) are an exciting and patented new way to turn digital images into handmade, professional-looking albums of twelve glossy photos. These high-quality little albums fit right into the palm of your hand. All you need is a PC and Inkjet color printer. ZoomAlbum supplies everything else (software, photo sheets, album covers) to create charming and lasting keepsakes. You can even print your own personalized covers. ZoomAlbum photo sheets come with easy-to-follow instructions that walk you through a folding routine that produces, with the help of forgiving adhesive backing, a booklet of twelve, durable and high-quality photographs. The software is simple and you can insert text captions, rotate, flip, zoom and crop photos. The hardest part is deciding on the 12 images. Album kits are sold at selected retail outlets and are available for direct purchase at www.ZoomAlbum.com

 

Beyonce and Mathew Knowles Respond to Speculation Regarding Release Date of Beyonce's Upcoming Album, 'B'Day'

NAn item appearing in the press on Friday, July 28 falsely speculated that the upcoming release and pre-sale date for Beyonce's new album, "B'Day," were set in response to an upcoming album release by LeToya Luckett, a former member of Destiny's Child.

In order to put a stop to these unfounded rumors, Beyonce and her manager, Mathew Knowles, have each issued statements clarifying the facts of the situation.

"I have enormous respect and admiration for LeToya as an artist and a business woman and I wish her incredible success with her debut CD and her career," said Beyonce. "LeToya and I have known each other since childhood and, because of all we've been through, I know that we both really care -- and want what's best -- for each other.

"We are pleased that LeToya has chosen to include our House of Dereon designs in her Lady Elle boutique in Houston and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

"It makes me sad that that people are trying to stir up a controversy where there is none. LeToya makes fantastic music and it would be great if her fans, as well as the press, could simply enjoy it on its own merits and not engage in negative speculation."

"I'm shocked and amazed that this is even an issue," said Mathew Knowles. "It's standard practice in the music industry for upcoming albums to go on pre-sale well in advance of an in-store date.

"From the time Beyonce began working on her new album, 'B'Day,' we wanted to release it in early September to coincide with her 25th birthday on September 4. Our pre-sale strategy is a logical and sensible lead-in to that target date and has nothing to do with the scheduled releases of any other albums by any other artists."

Source: Music World Music; Sony Urban Music; Columbia Records

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/

 

 

 

 

Sinclair's 'The Point With Mark Hyman' Wins Two Aurora Awards

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) announced that "The Point," a daily commentary by Mark Hyman and aired on Sinclair's news stations, has been honored with two Aurora Awards for excellence in the Social Issues and Documentary category. Sharing in the awards is Dina Nesheiwat, Sinclair Producer for "The Point." Eligibility included commentaries that aired during 2004 and 2005. It was announced earlier this year that Hyman and Nesheiwat also received four Telly Awards for excellence in 2006.

Receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:

"The 2000 Election Fiasco" documented, with video excerpts, the November 7, 2000 election day newscasts from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and FOX News Channel announcing at 7pm ET that all polls were closed in Florida during the extremely close 2000 presidential election. Yet, more than 350 polling stations located in the Florida panhandle were open for another hour until 8pm ET (7pm CT). In the following 2002 off-year elections, more than 20,000 more Floridians voted in the panhandle than in 2000. This strongly suggests that the premature news announcement of closed polling may have dissuaded thousands from voting and thereby contributed to the 2000 election fiasco. This commentary was also awarded a Silver Telly, the highest award given, for 2006.

Also receiving a Gold Aurora Award was the following commentary:

"Courts of Madison County" was a look at Madison County, Illinois, the lawsuit capital of America where the judges usually act in favor of trial attorneys. It highlighted one successful lawsuit where the attorneys' share of a $93 million verdict was $84.5 million, leaving the plaintiffs with just over eight million dollars. This commentary was also awarded a Bronze Telly for 2006.

The Aurora Awards is an international film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional and corporate videos. The Aurora Awards competition is designed to recognize local, regional, independent, and industrial excellence and it specifically targets programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level. Judges reviewed thousands of entries from the U.S. and abroad this year.

Recent television winners of Aurora Awards include CBS, CNBC, Court TV, Discovery Channel, FOX News Channel, HBO Films, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and PBS.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's television group is affiliated with all major networks and reaches approximately 22% of all U.S. television households. For more information, please visit Sinclair's website at http://www.sbgi.net/.

Source: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolina Crossroads Announces Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day Concert August 19

Contemporary Christian Music Artists Featured At Outdoor Summer Concert In Roanoke Rapids

Carolina Crossroads has announced that multi-platinum contemporary Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day will perform at an outdoor summer concert on August 19 at the Roanoke Rapids music and entertainment venue. Concert tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce office located at 1604 Julian Allsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids. Ticket prices are $20 for lawn seating, $25 for gold seating and $35 for platinum seating. Groups of 50 or more attendees receive a $5 per ticket discount. Group sales must be purchased at the Chamber office or at http://www.carolinacrossroads.com/. The August 19 concert is the second in a series of "Randy Parton & Carolina Crossroads Present" concerts.

"The concert will provide a terrific setting to listen to great contemporary Christian music in a comfortable outdoor location," said Randy Parton, managing member of Moonlight Bandit Productions, LLC.

"Concert-goers will have a fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of the beginnings of Carolina Crossroads and the Randy Parton Theater while enjoying some great music," said Michael Dunlow, president of Carolina Crossroads.

For additional information, call Ticketmaster at 888-481-2726 or the Halifax County Tourism Development Authority at 800-522-4282.

About Steven Curtis Chapman:

Steven Curtis Chapman has sold nearly 10 million records and recorded more than 15 projects with Sparrow Records since 1987. This spring, Chapman received his 50th Dove Award, more than any other artist. He has received five GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award, recorded over 40 No. 1 radio hits, as well as numerous other honors. His platinum and gold albums include Speechless, Heaven in the Real World, Declaration, Greatest Hits, Music of Christmas, Signs of Life, The Great Adventure, More to This Life, For the Sake of the Call and All about Love. For more information, visit http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/.

About Third Day:

Third Day is a platinum-selling, Atlanta-based band. Recently, they received their fourth GRAMMY nod for their Love Wire album and are selling out venues across the nation on their "Where You Are Tour." In the past decade, Third Day has collected 22 No. 1 radio singles and sold almost six million albums, including one platinum record, one platinum DVD, and eight gold records. The band has garnered 24 career Dove Awards, two GRAMMY Awards, and two consecutive American Music Awards. For more information, visit http://www.thirdday.com/.

About Carolina Crossroads:

Carolina Crossroads is an entertainment and tourism destination in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. The location will offer live performance theatres, shopping, hotels, convention and conference facilities, recreation and amusements, and unlimited dining options. The Randy Parton Theatre, which opens in 2007, will anchor the Carolina Crossroads Music Theatre and Entertainment District and feature a 35,000 square foot, 1,500-seat amphitheater. Randy Parton developed the theatre and has played a major role in creating criteria for making Carolina Crossroads a featured location for live country music and a nationally recognized travel destination. For more information, visit http://www.carolinacrossroads.com/.

 

 

 

 

MLB.COM Unveils Exciting New Video Game

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) Blends Fantasy Baseball, Card Games

In its continuing effort to promote and expand the game of baseball in fun and exciting ways, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, has launched a unique and innovative new game, MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM).

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) combines the excitement of opening a new pack of trading cards with the strategy of a revved up fantasy baseball draft and the random luck of a Hold and Draw card game as fans try to field the best lineup of Major League Baseball players. The goal of the game is to score the most points and there are numerous paths players can take to reach that goal. There are times when fans will want to add the best players available at each position. At other times it will be advantageous to go with the cards that are dealt, especially when players from the same team show up and trigger one of the bonuses. The continuous juggling of which players to add or keep in your lineup is what makes MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) a uniquely compelling experience with its simple, yet deeply addictive gameplay.

The game, licensed by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, was developed by Sandcastle Studios in Carlsbad, California.

"We play fantasy sports, and we play the console video games, too," said Tom Casey, CEO of Sandcastle. "But we really wanted something that didn't require so much of an investment of time to play. The first idea was to create a fantasy baseball game that you could play in five to 10 minutes. Then we started adding some of the random elements you'd see in a hold-and-draw card game. That's where we started coming up with ideas for injury penalties and team bonuses. It's funny, because baseball fans have loyalties to their favorite players and teams. This game, like fantasy baseball, kind of messes with those loyalties. Because if you want to win, sometimes you have to give up on your favorite player or team."

One thing that makes MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) so unique from any other video game -- even from those that simulate actual play-by-play -- is its ability to stay current. It's not a game that is updated once in the offseason. Rosters and player values are pulled from MLB.com stat feeds so they are fresh, and there is an "Update Roster" choice in the main menu. In fact, there will be a mass update of the rosters right after the July 31 trading deadline as well, as the essence of this game is the promise of a different player's likeness always there to keep you in a general manager's decision mode.

"There are so many different ways to play," Casey said. "But we don't force you to play any certain way. That's one of the appealing things about MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM). Anyone who likes baseball can just get in and start playing. You don't have to think too hard. The games are very short. You'll start to see people play over and over and over again. As they go through that process, they start to discover and say, 'Oh, I could do that.' You keep getting better. It's always challenging."

Fans are offered a free, full-featured trial of the game on arcade.MLB.com, "so everything is in there," said Casey. We're just trying to give you a taste of it so you can make a decision as to whether you like it. Hopefully you will and will want to keep playing, and it's a very simple process to purchase it for unlimited use." Unlimited use of the game costs $19.95.

For the upgrade, no additional downloads or CD-ROMs are necessary. It is instant activation, so fans can be using it again in minutes. The paid game can be installed on multiple computers. Free customer/technical support also is available.

MLB.COM SHUFFLE(TM) is one of hundreds of games available to play at the MLB Arcade at http://arcade.mlb.com/.

Source: MLB Advanced Media L.P.

 

 

 

 

500,000 King Tut Tickets Sold at The Field Museum

The Field Museum in Chicago has sold 500,000 tickets to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition. More than 3,000 years after his reign, Tutankhamun, the celebrated "boy king," has proven to be a cultural phenomenon in Chicago and around the world.

The 500,000 tickets sold to Tut include a record number of groups from 41 different states. Visitors have traveled to see the exhibition from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida and Brazil. The Museum has sold more than 4,500 of its popular premium memberships, Tut at Twilight and Royal Tut. Both premium memberships include benefits such as discounted tickets, priority admission and exclusive member viewings.

Due to high ticket demand, The Field Museum will extend its hours to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs on August 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24 and 27 until 9 p.m., with the last entry at 7 p.m. In addition, the Museum will open earlier in the mornings-at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 3, 2006.

The Field Museum also will host Tut at Twilight nights as an opportunity for guests to view Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs during exclusive evening screenings with reduced crowds each Tuesday in August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.). Tut at Twilight gives visitors an opportunity to see the exhibition after work or school in addition to the Museum's regular hours. Tickets cost $50 each and include an audio tour narrated by Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. McDonald's will remain open, as well as the King Tut Store, located at the exit of the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition-twice the size of the 1977 exhibition-will view stunning artifacts that portray the splendors of life and death in the 18th Dynasty, the era in which Tutankhamun and his family ruled. This "Golden Age of the Pharaohs" produced some of Egypt's most famous rulers and most exquisite works of art.

A special section of the exhibition explores the mystery of Tutankhamun's death using the marvels of modern CT scanning technology. Images made from these scans let visitors look into the face of the young pharaoh for the first time. The scanning of Tut's mummy is part of a landmark, five-year Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by National Geographic, that will CT-scan the ancient mummies of Egypt. The portable CT scanner was donated by Siemens AG and National Geographic.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and The Field Museum. The tour is sponsored by Northern Trust. Its Chicago sponsor is Exelon, proud parent of ComEd.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students with ID, $16 for children aged 4-11 and includes general admission into the Museum. Discounts apply for Chicago residents. For tickets, call 866-FIELD-03 or visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/tut.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs runs through January 1, 2007. The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

Source: Field Museum

 

 

 

 

Planit(R) Chosen to Create The Walters' New Online Museum

--Museum joins agency's growing list of prestigious arts marketing clients--

Planit, the Baltimore-based marketing communications agency, today announced that it has signed a contract with The Walters Art Museum to create for the internationally recognized institution a fresh new, interactive web site that will redefine the museum's online presence. The new site is scheduled to launch in August.

The Walters joins the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts on Planit's growing list of high-profile arts and culture clients. "Planit was chosen above a number of prominent national and local agencies for both projects," said Planit President Matt Doud. "To say we are excited about the niche we are creating for ourselves in this space would be an understatement.

"Being chosen to work with what is considered by many to be one of the best art museums in the U.S., and not only that, one of Baltimore's greatest treasures, is immensely gratifying."

For The Walters, Planit has been charged with creating an online experience that engages visitors as strongly as the museum does. The new site represents the first phase of The Walters' five-year plan to have its entire collection of approximately 30,000 objects, representing 55 centuries of art, represented online.

"The inquiries we receive most often from visitors to our web site pertain to requests for more information regarding specific pieces," said C. Griffith Mann, Associate Curator, Medieval Art at The Walters. "By enhancing this portion of our web site, we will be able to share The Walters' expansive collection with students, teachers, history and art enthusiasts, and scholars from around the world."

"We will be able to serve our online visitors in entirely new ways," said Michael Smith, Director of Marketing. "Based on Planit's presentation and catalogue of work, we felt they were the best agency to handle this ambitious project."

The site will provide a much more visual presentation of The Walters' collection than is currently available online and will include hundreds of highly searchable new images as well as in-depth educational resources such as classroom curricula, lesson plans, and a variety of interactive media. Selected audio tours of the museum will also be among future additions to the web site.

The Walters attracts between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors a year, and is one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of treasures, The Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes in America, and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Walters' Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western medieval art collections are among the best in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of Renaissance and Asian art. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in The Walters' collection.

About Planit(R)

Planit (http://www.planitagency.com/) is a Baltimore-based communications agency providing advertising, design, direct, interactive, animation, and public relations services across various industries. The agency, established in 1994, uses the philosophy of IDEAS TRANSFORM to deliver breakthrough creative and measurable results. Planit's clients include Chevy Chase Bank, CitiFinancial, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and XLHealth.

Source: Planit

 

 

 

 

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott Will Appear as a Guest on the Charlie Rose Show

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) President and CEO Lee Scott will appear as a guest on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS on August 1, 2006.

The show follows Scott giving Rose a tour of a Wal-Mart store undergoing renovation in Secaucus, N.J. It also includes a studio interview with topics ranging from Wal-Mart's role in the global marketplace to the company's Hurricane Katrina response to the transformation at Wal-Mart.

The Charlie Rose Show airs on over 200 PBS affiliates each weeknight. To find out when and on what channel the show airs in your area, you can visit either of the following websites on your home computer: http://www.charlierose.com/ or http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html .

 

 

 

 

John Stossel to Address Young Conservatives at 28th Annual National Conservative Student Conference

John Stossel, co-host of ABC's 20/20, will address Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference. The National Conservative Student Conference convenes in the nation's capital each summer to teach students about conservative ideas and how to advance them in the face of liberal hostility. More than 400 participants from 39 states and 179 colleges and universities are attending the 28th annual National Conservative Student Conference. Mr. Stossel will speak about his book, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel -- Why Everything You Know is Wrong.

What: Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student

Conference

Who: John Stossel

When: Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The George Washington University, Marvin Center,

800 21 street, 3rd floor

 

As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement for 37 years, Young America's Foundation introduces thousands of young people to conservative ideas through national conferences, campus lectures and activism programs, internships, and seminars at the Reagan Ranch. Young America's Foundation preserves the Reagan Ranch as a premier presidential property and living tribute to Ronald Reagan's life and ideas.

 

 

 

Merle Haggard's Top Hits Collected for Capitol Nashville/EMI'S Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

Single-Disc Career and Label-Spanning Anthology Packs 26 Tracks, Including 14 #1s and Duets With Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith

In Stores: September 12, 2006

Following the February release of ten classic Merle Haggard albums on five CDs, Capitol Nashville/EMI Music Catalog Marketing continues its "Year Of Hag" catalog campaign with the September 12 release of Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard. The new career and label-spanning CD collects Haggard's top hits and favorites from the vaults of Capitol, MCA, Epic, Anti-, and Compendia, including 14 Country #1s and duets with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith. Ken Nelson, now 96, Haggard's longtime Capitol Records producer and a Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee, contributes new liner notes to the package, and 23 of the CD's 26 tracks were written or co-written by Haggard.

Capitol Nashville/EMI's in-depth Merle Haggard catalog retrospective was launched on February 21 with the release of ten original albums Haggard recorded for Capitol between 1965 and 1971, all digitally remastered and paired chronologically on five CDs with a bevy of rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks. The single-disc packages present the cream of Haggard's crop of 38 Capitol LPs, with new liner notes penned by music scribes Chris Morris, Chet Flippo, Holly George-Warren, Joel Selvin and Geoffrey Himes. Four albums, Hag, Someday We'll Look Back, Pride In What I Am, and The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde, made their CD debut, coupled with Strangers, Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive, Branded Man, Mama Tried, and Sing Me Back Home. Continuing the "Year Of Hag" campaign, spiritual and songwriter-themed packages are planned for release in 2007.

"For 40 years, Haggard's been country music's most compelling figure."

- Newsweek (February 13, 2006)

Merle Haggard made his chart debut in 1963 with "Sing a Sad Song" and has enjoyed the longest span of any artist on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. In addition to 38 #1 Country hits, Merle Haggard has charted scores of Top 10 singles. He's won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, including NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award this year. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music, but Haggard's impact on modern music reaches well beyond the genre line.

Producer Don Was, who has worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, told Newsweek in 1996, "He'll tell you he's a country singer, but to me the essence of rock and roll is a cry for freedom and rebellion. And I don't know anyone who embodies it better. Every aspect of his life is a refusal to submit."

Merle Ronald Haggard was born in 1937 outside Bakersfield, California. His parents had moved the family there after their farm in Oklahoma burned down, and his father found work as a carpenter for the Santa Fe Railroad. The family lived in an old boxcar that they converted into a home. Though struggling to make a meager living, they had a sturdy shelter and food was always on the table. Haggard's father died of a stroke when Merle was nine years old, a devastating event for the young boy. With his world turned upside down, Haggard turned rebellious. He hopped a freight train when he was just ten, making it to Fresno before being picked up by the authorities. For the next few years, he would find himself in reform schools, sometimes making an escape, only to get thrown back in again.

The angel on Haggard's shoulder during these troubled times was his love and talent for music. Starting out as a fan of Bob Wills, Haggard eventually found his musical idol in Lefty Frizzell, and worked up a pretty impressive copy of his singing style. "For three or four years I didn't sing anything but Lefty Frizzell songs," Merle told Music City News. "And then, because Lefty was a fan of Jimmie Rodgers, I learned to imitate him too." Haggard got the chance to see Lefty perform in person when he was 14. "He was dressed in white -- heroes usually are," Merle said.

Haggard was already starting to make small amounts of money here and there by playing music, but it wasn't enough to keep him out of trouble. In and out of jail throughout his teen years for small crimes, he found himself doing serious time in San Quentin at the age of 20. "Going to prison has one of a few effects," he told Salon in 2004. "It can make you worse, or it can make you understand and appreciate freedom. I learned to appreciate freedom when I didn't have any."

Haggard was released from prison in 1960. After making an impression working in local clubs, he joined Las Vegas star Wynn Stewart's band in 1962 on bass. When he got a chance to record his own single, Haggard chose the Stewart composition, "Sing A Sad Song." It came out on the small Tally Records label in 1964 and made it into the Top 20. His follow-up singles didn't do quite as well, until "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" went into the Top 10 and brought him to the attention of Capitol Records. He proved himself a hitmaker with three Top 10 singles in 1967, including his first #1, "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive."

Johnny Cash encouraged him to address his problems directly in verse. "I was bull-headed about my career. I didn't want to talk about being in prison," Haggard recalls, "but Cash said I should talk about it. That way the tabloids wouldn't be able to. I said I didn't want to do that and he said, 'It's just owning up to it.'" When Cash introduced him on his variety show, he said, "Here's a man who writes about his own life and has had a life to write about."

The true grit of Merle Haggard is expressed in many of the hits he's recorded, from "Sing Me Back Home," another #1 in 1967, to "Mama Tried," which topped the chart in 1968, an apology of sorts to Haggard's religious and hardworking mother. Hag's tender side is further revealed in "I Started Loving You Again" and "You Still Have a Place In My Heart" from 1968's The Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde, and "I Just Want To Look At You One More Time" from 1969's Pride In What I Am.

"What impresses most are the lyrics: Like Johnny Cash, Haggard is always on the side of the downtrodden. These are the real thing, works of pure American genius."

- Playboy (May 2006)

With the Vietnam War serving as a lightning rod for opposing views, the United States was politically divided. "Working Man Blues," issued in 1969, delivered a clear message of solidarity to the blue-collar country audience. That sociological stance was solidified with Haggard's most popular song, "Okie From Muskogee." He says the song started as a joke, but it also drew a clear line between "us" and "them." Haggard spoke for the Americans who didn't smoke marijuana, didn't burn their draft cards, didn't grow their hair long and shaggy and were "proud to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse." In the ensuing years, Richard Nixon invited him to sing at the White House, Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, gave him an unconditional pardon for his past criminal offenses, and George Wallace asked him for an endorsement -- which Haggard turned down.

Merle Haggard is not only a part of Capitol's rich history, he also plays a vital role in its present. He continues to reap accolades for new albums and performances, including 2005 and 2006 touring with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and his most recent Capitol Nashville album, Chicago Wind. The 2005 CD has won critical praise from all corners of the media, with People declaring in its 4-star review, "Haggard is as close to Nashvillle royalty as it gets." Many of Haggard's bristly anthems have proven to be timeless torches for a new generation of outlaws. Toby Keith has embraced Hag's "Fightin' Side Of Me" as a modern-day war cry, often performing the fiery song in concert.

www.merlehaggard.com

Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard

1. THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN (2:45) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded June 28, 1966, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #3)

2. BRANDED MAN (3:06) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded April 10, 1967, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

3. SING ME BACK HOME (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded September 18, 1967, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

4. THE LEGEND OF BONNIE AND CLYDE (2:04) (Merle Haggard - Bonnie Owens)

Recorded January 31, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

5. TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN (2:22) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded February 1, 1968, Hollywood, CA

6. MAMA TRIED (2:11) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 8, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

7. I'M BRINGING HOME GOOD NEWS (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded August 27, 1968, Hollywood, CA

8. I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN WHAT I AM (2:48) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded August 26, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #3)

9. HUNGRY EYES (3:26) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 9, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

10. WORKIN' MAN BLUES (2:33) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 16, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

11. SILVER WINGS (2:44) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 9, 1968, Hollywood, CA (Produced by Ken Nelson)

12. OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE (2:42) (Merle Haggard - Roy Burris)

Recorded July 17, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

13. THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME (2:53) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded December 23, 1969, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

14. SOMEDAY WE'LL LOOK BACK (2:32) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded May 12, 1971, Hollywood CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #2)

15. IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER (2:41) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded January 16, 1973, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

16. THINGS AREN'T FUNNY ANYMORE (2:42) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded July 11, 1973, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

17. HONKY TONK NIGHT TIME MAN (2:39) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded October 23, 1973, Hollywood, CA

18. OLD MAN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (2:19) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded: April 30, 1974 (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

19. LIVING WITH THE SHADES PULLED DOWN (2:56) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded April 28, 1975, Nashville, TN

20. I THINK I'LL JUST STAY HERE AND DRINK (4:31) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded 1980, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

21. BIG CITY (3:00) (Merle Haggard - Dean Holloway)

Recorded July 9, 1981, Hollywood, CA (Highest Country Chart Position: #1)

22. PANCHO AND LEFTY (4:46) - with Willie Nelson (Townes Van Zandt)

Recorded November 9, 1982, Nashville, TN (Highest Country Chart

Position: #1)

23. I'M LEAVING NOW (3:07) - with Johnny Cash (Johnny Cash)

Recorded: May, 2000

24. RUNAWAY MAMA (4:08) (Merle Haggard)

Recorded: July, 2001

25. THAT'S THE NEWS (2:33) (Merle Haggard)

Released: September 23, 2003

26. SHE AIN'T HOOKED ON ME NO MORE (3:36) - with Toby Keith (Scotty

Emerick - Toby Keith)

Released: May 17, 2005

Source: Capitol Nashville/EMI

 

 

Bug Music Partners With Crossroads Media to Expand Its Client Services and Innovative Solutions in Music Publishing

Crossroads Media Makes Significant Equity Investment in Bug Music to Support Continued Growth

Bug Music, one of the world's largest independent music publishers, enters its 32nd year by partnering with Crossroads Media, which has made a significant equity investment in Bug, it was announced today by Dan and Fred Bourgoise, partners of Bug Music. Bug Music will use the capital infusion to continue and expand upon its mission of focusing on its songs, songwriters and music publishers with personalized administration and innovative creative services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crossroads Media is a partnership between Tom McGrath, former President of Paramount Enterprises, and Spectrum Equity Investors, a media and entertainment-focused private equity firm.

In conjunction with the new partnership, Dan and Fred Bourgoise will step down from their day-to-day duties at Bug and, along with Crossroads Media, have named John Rudolph as CEO, and have promoted David Hirshland, an 11-year Bug veteran, to President. Rudolph is formerly head of Music Analytics, a music publishing consulting firm, and previously the CFO of Windswept Pacific. Mark Anders, current Managing Director of Bug Limited based in the U.K., has been named President of International. All other senior executives remain with the company. Dan and Fred Bourgoise will provide ongoing consultation to the company and serve on the Board of Directors alongside McGrath and representatives from Spectrum.

Noted Rudolph: "Dan and Fred have built a company with an independent ethos over the last 30 years that values at its core the songs and songwriters it represents by providing efficient and aggressive client services. I am honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by Dan and Fred and look forward to leading this very special business and its staff through its next stage of growth."

Dan Bourgoise commented, "This investment by Crossroads Media will allow Bug to maintain its core values of service to the songwriters and excellence in publishing while giving it the flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace, as well as take advantage of new opportunities that arise almost daily. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the music publishing business." Added Fred Bourgoise, "I look forward to the next evolution of Bug as the music world completes this revolutionary shift from analog to digital technologies and from physical to virtual distribution. I feel inspired by this new association with Crossroads and Spectrum and am delighted to continue to advise and work for the writers, publishers, managers and attorneys that I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last three decades. This company has been our life's work and we feel this partnership and the news management appointments only strengthen and extend that legacy."

Tom McGrath, senior managing director of Crossroads, said, "Bug Music is one of the world's premiere independent music publishers with an unparalleled reputation for integrity and service to its many clients. I am delighted to be in business with Dan and Fred whose personal reputations and leadership abilities know no peer. I am particularly pleased that John Rudolph has agreed to join us as CEO. John's experience with Windswept Pacific and his leading role in so many music acquisitions, investments and partnerships over the past few years while running Music Analytics will be invaluable to Bug."

About Bug Music

Founded in 1975, Bug is one of the world's leading music publishers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Nashville, New York, London and Munich, Bug owns and/or manages approximately 120,000 copyrights. The Company has built a strong reputation as the "songwriter's" publisher by vigorously supporting copyrights of songwriters and publishers and providing personalized administrative and creative services. Clients include the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as classic and contemporary writers and artists such as Morningwood, Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Peaches, Los Lobos and The Guess Who. Bug songs currently appear throughout the Billboard charts and can be heard in ad campaigns by Levi's, Lincoln Mercury and Carnival Cruise Lines among others.

About Crossroads Media

Crossroads Media is a Los Angeles-based strategic partnership between Spectrum Equity Investors and Mr. Thomas McGrath. Mr. McGrath is the former President of Paramount Enterprises, a role in which he had responsibilities for many activities of that division, including: Famous Music (music publishing), Paramount Parks (theme parks), Famous Players (movie theaters), and Viacom Consumer Products, encompassing licensing, merchandising, themed entertainment, and theatrical production. In addition to serving as President of Paramount Enterprises, Mr. McGrath also served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Entertainment Group, which included Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television.

About Spectrum Equity Investors

Spectrum Equity Investors is a private equity firm specializing in investments in the media, communications, and entertainment industries throughout North America and Western Europe. Founded in 1994 and based in Boston and Menlo Park, Spectrum has over $4 billion in capital under management. Current portfolio companies include AMC Entertainment, Apprise Media, CBD Media, Classic Media, Eutelsat S.A., NEP, and Patriot Media and Communications. Additional information on Spectrum can be found at www.spectrumequity.com.

 

 

 

Great To Be Nominated" Visited by  "The Exorcist"

 
 

Beverly Hills, CA – The 1973 Best Picture nominee “The  Exorcist” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. The film, based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, will be shown on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Actress Linda Blair, cinematographer Owen Roizman and editor Bud Smith, all of whom received Oscar® nominations for their work on the film, will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.

In “The Exorcist,” Ellen Burstyn stars as Chris MacNeil, an actress dealing with dangerous changes in the behavior and physical appearance of her daughter, who is deemed “possessed.” Blatty, who adapted his own book for the screen version, was inspired by a reported exorcism in the Washington, DC area in 1949. The film received a total of 10 Academy Award® nominations and took home the Oscars® for Sound (Robert Knudson, Chris Newman) and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Blatty). The film also received nominations for Best Picture (Blatty, producer), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Miller as Father Damian Karras), Actress (Burstyn as Chris MacNeil), Actress in a Supporting Role (Blair as Regan MacNeil), Art Direction (Bill Malley; Set Decoration: Jerry Wunderlich), Cinematography (Roizman), Directing (William Friedkin) and Film Editing (Jordan Leondopoulos, Smith, Evan Lottman, Norman Gay).

The Oscar-nominated animated short “The Legend of John Henry” and the Oscar-winning live action short “The Bolero” will be screened prior to the feature.

Tickets for “The Exorcist” may be purchased at a cost of $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Curtain time for the feature is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

©A.M.P.A.S.®

 

Time Out New York On Demand Launches www.timeoutnewyork.tv

 Time Out New York On Demand takes a byte out of the Big Apple with its new broadband video channel. Offering hundreds of free video profiles and reviews, www.timeoutnewyork.tv provides users with an in-depth look at the latest and greatest places to go, from restaurants to shopping, making it the premiere online destination for how to spend your "time out" in the city. New content will be added weekly including video blogs with up-to-the-New-York-minute tips from Time Out New York editors.

"Our mission is to provide our users with content that can be accessed whenever they want from wherever they are," says Eric Levin, president of City on Demand, the creator of TONY On Demand. "We are now in the workplace, the suburbs, and available as an everyday complimentary resource to New Yorkers and tourists alike."

Time Out New York On Demand's broadband video network marks a new venture for TONY. "The Time Out New York brand is perfectly suited to multiple platforms, as demonstrated by our successful extension into video on demand, radio and now broadband. We're looking forward to our continued expansion and expect many great things to come for TONY," said Alison Tocci, President and Group Publisher at Time Out New York.

"Time Out New York on Demand is an innovative service for the City of New York's global marketing efforts. We are excited for its expansion into broadband, which will now allow millions of potential visitors worldwide to see all of the amazing things the City has to offer," said James Donofrio Senior Vice President, Sales and Partnerships for NYC Marketing.

www.timeoutnewyork.tv is powered by Maven Networks. Maven makes it possible for professional media companies to quickly and easily design and launch scalable and engaging broadband video businesses.

About Time Out New York

Since 1995, Time Out New York (TONY) has provided New Yorkers with comprehensive information on how to best spend their free time, with its weekly presentation of more than 2,000 things to do. For more information, please visit timeoutnewyork.com.

About Time Out New York On Demand

Launched as a free On Demand Channel (1112) on Time Warner Cable in late 2005. and now available on broadband, the service offers high-quality video reviews of numerous NYC destinations.

Source: Time Out New York On Demand

 

 

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launches #1 'Unforgivable' Fragrance in France With a 2 Day Celebration in

St. Tropez -

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launches #1 'Unforgivable' Fragrance in France With a 2 Day Celebration in St. Tropez -

  WHAT:         Sean Diddy Combs will host a private dinner party aboard
his yacht in St. Tropez on July 31st to celebrate his "Unforgivable" fragrance's
success in North America and the UK and its upcoming international launch. 
The dinner, to be  held on Diddy's private yacht, will be an ultra-exclusive
affair for 50 of the most "Unforgivable" people in the world, personally 
by Diddy.  Following dinner, the 50 and their guests will depart the yacht for an
after-affair at VIPs.  To recuperate after a long-night of partying, Diddy 
will host his infamous White Party, this year being held at Nikki Beach in St. Tropez. 
Launched in North America in February of 2006, the fragrance reached number 
one status in record breaking time.  That success was mirrored in the UK 
where it launched at  Selfridges in June 2006 and enjoyed one of the biggest
launches in the store's history.  The fragrance and the future of the brand 
continue to look promising with its upcoming international launch in the Spring
2007.  The scent exudes the energy, sexiness and elegance of Sean Combs. 
Available at department and specialty stores across America and Canada, 
suggested retail price is $55.00 USD for 2.5 OZ and $75.00 USD for 4.2 OZ.  
In the UK "Unforgivable" is available at Selfridges with a suggested retail price of 
35 pounds for 75 ML and 45 pounds for 125 ML.
WHO:  Expected Attendees: Pamela Anderson, David and Victoria Beckham, 
Penelope Cruz, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Sigler, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, 
Ivana Trump, Donatella Versace, John Demsey (President Sean John Fragrances), 
Emma Heming,   Brent Bolthouse and more.    

  

Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in Musictoday, Continuing Its Expansion Into Complementary Live Concert Business Lines

Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) , a leading live event and venue management company, announced today that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Musictoday, a world leader in connecting artists directly to their fans through online fan clubs, artist e-commerce and fulfillment, VIP packaging and artist fan club and secondary market ticketing.

Founded in 2000 by Coran Capshaw, Musictoday was born out of the need to create direct artist-to-fan e-commerce tools for artists he managed. In a very short time, Musictoday's roster has grown to over 500 clients, including Dave Matthews Band, the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Christina Aguilera, AC/DC and the Grateful Dead.

Musictoday employs more than 200 personnel and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2005, the company's gross sales exceeded $100 million.

"Our mission is to build larger and more passionate communities of fans around our artist clients," said Mr. Capshaw. "Partnering with Live Nation will allow us to provide the artist with a full suite of services related to the live experience. We are now in the unique position to create opportunities for artist-fan interaction both online through our platforms and offline at venues, taking fan communities beyond the virtual world to the places where artists and fans converge. Together we will offer artists unparalleled marketing reach while championing new and innovative products for their fans."

"Coran and his team at Musictoday have pioneered a new business that has empowered artists by enabling them to build direct sales relationships with the music fan," said Live Nation Chief Executive Officer Michael Rapino. "As the global leader in concert ticket sales, our investment in Musictoday will enable us to access additional revenue streams centered around the live concert experience including artist merchandise web stores, fan clubs and ticketing. This further adds complementary product lines to our core live music and venue divisions."

About Live Nation

Live Nation is a leading live event and venue management company focused on creating superior experiences for artists, performers, corporations and fans. Live Nation owns, operates and/or has booking rights for 153 venues worldwide and produced more than 29,500 events in 2005. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol "LYV." For more information regarding Live Nation and its businesses, please visit the company's website at www.livenation.com.

Source: Live Nation

 

 

Mitsubishi to Make SIRIUS Satellite Radio Standard or Factory Option on
All Models in 2007




SIRIUS to be Offered on Four Models This Fall and Full Vehicle Lineup
Next Year

Mitsubishi Motors North America and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq:
SIRI) today announced that Mitsubishi will offer SIRIUS as a standard
feature or factory option on four models this fall, and throughout the
entire 2008 Mitsubishi model line, available in the United States next
year.



This fall, SIRIUS will be standard equipment on the model year 2007
Galant RALLIART, Endeavor SE and all Raider LS and DuroCross double cab
pickup trucks. On most other trim levels of the Galant, Endeavor and
Raider and on the all-new Outlander, SIRIUS will be available as a factory
option. All SIRIUS-equipped vehicles will include a six-month, pre-paid
subscription.

"Mitsubishi is excited about adding SIRIUS to more of its vehicle lines
as a standard feature or a factory option," said Mike Krebs, Vice
President of Product Strategy at Mitsubishi Motors North America. "Our goal
is to offer Mitsubishi customers the very best in-vehicle experience
possible, and we believe that SIRIUS' unique programming greatly enhances
our quality offering."

"Mitsubishi has been a great partner in the growth of SIRIUS, and we
are very pleased that they have decided to expand the number of vehicle
lines offering SIRIUS," said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. "Now, more
Mitsubishi drivers will be able to experience for themselves the best
programming available on radio."

About SIRIUS

SIRIUS delivers more than 125 channels of the best programming in all
of radio. SIRIUS is the original and only home of 100% commercial free
music channels in satellite radio, offering 67 music channels available
nationwide. SIRIUS also delivers 61 channels of sports, news, talk,
entertainment, traffic, weather and data. SIRIUS is the Official Satellite
Radio Partner of the NFL, NBA and NHL and broadcasts live play-by-play
games of the NFL, NBA and NHL. All SIRIUS programming is available for
a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in
more than 25,000 retail locations, including Best Buy, Circuit City,
Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, RadioShack and at
www.shop.sirius.com .

SIRIUS radios are offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge,
Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury,
Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Scion,
Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz also offers SIRIUS in its
rental cars at major locations around the country.

Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to purchase a
SIRIUS radio and subscription.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all
manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development
operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States.
Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles,
and light trucks through a network of approximately 540 dealers. For
more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888)
560-6672 or visit http://media.mitsubishicars.com .

Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to,
expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance
with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts
and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve
estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results
to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking
statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety
by reference to the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the year ended December 31, 2005 filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on
our operational results are: our dependence upon third parties, including
manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers, automakers and programming
partners, our competitive position and any events which affect the
useful life of our satellites. 
 

 

 

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Rolls Out the Red Carpet for a Special Hometown Screening of 'Bring It On: All or Nothing'

 Film's Star Solange Knowles-Smith and Recording Superstar and Grammy(R) Award-Winning Artist Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child Scheduled to Attend    What:   In celebration of the August 8th DVD release of "Bring It On: All           or Nothing," Universal Studios Home Entertainment is hosting a           special hometown screening of "Bring It On: All or Nothing" in           Houston, Texas.    Who:    Film's star Solange Knowles-Smith to be joined by Grammy(R)           Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child to celebrate           the release.    When:   Wednesday, August 2, 2006              Where:  AMC MJ Northline Mall           113 Northline Mall           Houston, TX  77022  

About "Bring It On: All or Nothing": The DVD Original, "Bring It On: All or Nothing", stars Hayden Panettiere (NBC's fall drama "Heroes," Face of Neutrogena, "Racing Stripes," "Ice Princess"), Solange Knowles-Smith ("Johnson Family Vacation") and marks the movie debut of Def Jam recording sensation Rihanna. "Bring It On: All or Nothing" is a high-energy, attitude-filled comedy about a cross-town rivalry that builds to a no-holds-barred face-off. Loaded with more attitude than ever, this movie offers a first-rate lineup of extras and a hot soundtrack from today's top artists including Rihanna, Solange, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Weezer.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

OPEN TO PUBLIC

VIVID GIRLS BRIANA BANKS AND STEFANI MORGAN TO HOST FIFTH BIKE & HOT ROD NIGHT WITH THE STARS AT HARPER’S SPORTS BAR IN NORTHRIDGE


WHO: Vivid Girl Briana Banks, one of the most beautiful and popular adult actresses in the world and Vivid Girl Stefani Morgan, star of hit movie “Rawhide, “ will host the fifth Bike & Hot Rod Night with the Stars which is open to the public over 18 years of age.
WHAT: Bring your bike, your hot rod or just yourself to the party.  Briana and Stefani will sign copies of Vivid DVD samplers as well as photos for their fans.

 

Highlights of the night include surprise visits from other Vivid Girls, a wet T-shirt contest with cash prizes ($300/1st place, $150/2nd place and $50/3rd place) that the Vivid Girls will judge, as well as Best Hot Rod and Best Bike prizes. 
WHERE:   Harper’s Sports Bar in Northridge at 19333 Business Center Drive/818-349-3474.
WHEN:     Monday night, August 7th starting at 6 pm.

 About Vivid: The Vivid Entertainment Group is the world’s leading adult film company.  Founded in 1984, Vivid pioneered the “Vivid Girl” concept, under which top adult film stars are signed to exclusive agreements that are styled on the old Hollywood contract star system.  Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment for the couples market.  It has created wide brand-name awareness through its films and through licensing and marketing programs The company is known for its innovative technological advances such as full function DVDs, a fast growing wireless program that is already active in 20 countries, its introduction of Burn-to-DVD technology and its popular website www.vivid.com. Vivid is a major supplier of content for pay-per-view networks in North America and internationally. The best selling hardcover book How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide, was co-authored by the Vivid Girls and published by HarperCollins. For more information contact rm@vivid.com.    

 

 

You Know What Time It Is! The #1 Rated Series on VH1 Is Back for Another Season as 'Flavor of Love 2' Premieres Sunday, August 6 At 10pm

Catch The Full Premiere Episode on VSPOT at VH1.com Beginning Wednesday, August 2, Four Days Before The On-air Premiere

 Set your clocks as VH1's smash hit "Flavor of Love" returns for its second season on Sunday, August 6 at 10:00PM on VH1. Can't wait until this Sunday? Beginning Wednesday, August 2, the full premiere episode will be available on VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel at http://vspot.vh1.com/.

In the extended 90 minute season two premiere viewers meet the twenty new ladies competing for Flavor Flav's heart. Even more outrageous and sexy, these girls are brassy, bold and determined to get their man -- at any cost.

Throughout the episode Flav gives all the girls his trade mark nicknames and spends quality time getting to know them to determine who gets a clock and whose "time is up." From the first five minutes to the final thirty seconds, this is a series premiere that cannot be missed!

"Flavor of Love 2" on VSPOT and VH1 Mobile

In addition to the VSPOT sneak peek of episode one, each episode will be available on VSPOT in its entirety for 48 hours every Wednesday following its Sunday night broadcast. VSPOT and VH1 Mobile will also host "extras" each week including, never-before-seen footage from the show and aftershow segments hosted by "Goldie" from season one of "Flavor of Love."

VH1 Mobile is also giving viewers a chance to participate via their mobile phones with instant episode-driven polls. Each week viewers can text their answers to a question asked at the beginning of the show. The results will be dynamically generated and displayed at the end of each show.

During its first season, "Flavor of Love" was the highest rated series in VH1 history, with three of its ten episodes making VH1's top ten rated commercial telecasts of all time. For its 90-minute season finale, "Flavor of Love" again made VH1 history by becoming the network's top rated telecast of all time (adults 18-49 rating of 3.51).

VH1's "Flavor of Love" is executive produced by Mark Cronin, Cris Abrego and Ben Samek for Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures, who also produce the ongoing successful series "Surreal Life" and the highly rated "My Fair Brady: The Wedding Special!" Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Michael Hirschorn oversee the series for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

51 Minds Entertainment is a dynamic reality television production company established by Executive Producer Cris Abrego of 51 Pictures and Executive Producer Mark Cronin of Mindless Entertainment. Mark and Cris came together to create the pop culture hit The Surreal Life, which has wrapped its sixth season. Because of the success of this show and their previous track records, VH1 offered them an unprecedented output deal for creating original programming for the channel. Fueled by the success of the shows provided by 51 Minds, VH1 created "Celebreality" -- a themed night which consists of celeb-based reality programs. The "Celebreality" 51 Minds programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever.

  * all times ET/PT
 
 

World Premiere of STEP UP

 

                    Monday, August 7th at The ArcLight
 
WHO:       From the film: 
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew   Sidora, Damaine Radcliffe,
De'Shawn  Washington, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Henderson, Tim Lacatena, 
Heavy D, Alyson Stoner, Director   Anne Fletcher, Producers Adam Shankman, 
Jennifer Gibgot, Erik Feig, Patrick  Wachsberger, Executive Producer Bob Hayward,                               Writers Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg.               Special guests:  Musical sensation Ciara from the film                               soundtrack ... and more!    WHAT:      To celebrate the Los Angeles Premiere of Touchstone Pictures              and Summit Entertainment's STEP UP.    WHEN:      Monday, August 7th, 2006        WHERE:  ArcLight Cinemas                           6360 Sunset Boulevard              6:00PM    Celebrity Arrivals            Hollywood              7:00PM    Screening    

Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get

one shot. Tyler Gage (CHANNING TATUM) is a rebel from the wrong side of

Baltimore's tracks -- and the only thing that stands between him and an

unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora

(JENNA DEWAN) is a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore's

ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts -- and the only thing standing in the

way of her obviously brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her

senior showcase. When trouble with the law lands Tyler with a community

service gig at Maryland School of the Arts, he arrives as an angry outsider,

until his skills as a gifted street dancer draw Nora's attention.

 

Now, as sparks fly between them, both on and off stage, Tyler realizes he has just

one performance to prove that he can step up to a life far larger than he

ever imagined. Featuring the directorial debut of leading choreographer

Anne Fletcher, the film also stars R&B superstar Mario, Drew Sidora as well

as rap legend Heavy D, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington and

Academy Award(R) nominee and Golden Globe(R) winner Rachel Griffiths.


 

TOUCHSTONE PICTURES and SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT'S 
STEP UP                       Opens Friday, August 11, 2006 


 

Source: Touchstone Pictures

 

  

 

July 30, 2006

I.DoT was the most impressive of all exhibits we viewed at the Las Vegas Market.

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Consideration to design, impact, and presentation in sharing the latest trends in Italian design were appearant

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We were welcomed into the exhibit by greeters eager to share Italian design.  Walking through their exhibit, one was reminded of an art or museum showing not a furniture trade show.

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After you view the pictures and read about their project below, we’re sure you’ll agree. 

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I.DoT, considers the Las Vegas Market Center, the U.S.’s most promising centre for trade which hosted the I.DoT and ID_CS with the Las Vegas Market as the new international trade fair dedicated to home furnishing. Buyers were hosted from 83 countries with over 1000 leading exhibitors with 63,000 design professionals expected. 

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The real protagonist of the I.DoT project is the MADE IN ITALY design. Italian Design’s leadership for competitiviness and innovation is well known thanks to the synergy of firms and designers. So the protagonists of the I.DoT project are Italian enterprises that play an important international role in the evolution of the design field (FIRMS), the talent of famous designers (DESIGNERS) and the innovative spirit and creativity of young designers (YOUNG DESIGNERS). I.DoT presents the selection of the 100 best contemporary italian design products (PRODUCTS) for the two years international tour 2006-2007 in 8 important cities related to the world of design.

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Aside from being an international point of reference and an official acknowledgement of prestige for the designers and companies selected, I.DoT is an important communication tool: introducing the latest and most worthy products of the Italian design system to the world. The International Critical Committee, formed from representatives from the world’s leading design institutions, selects the pieces which make up the I.DoT exhibition based on considerations of quality, innovation, content and above all, the latest trends in Italian design

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For this reason, for those products selected, I.DoT represents a certificate of the excellence that is Made in Italy, an industry whose value is world famous.

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I.DoT offers an chance to examine the concept of Lifestyle. Highlighting the new frontiers of Italian Design to a portion of the American market markedly different to the East-Coast market of New York. Las Vegas is also a chance for I.DoT to demonstrate the flexibility of design Made in Italy. This is shown by the exhibition settings specially created by Denis Santachiara for I.DoT and the winning designs of the De Angelis prize. Alongside this sits the exhibition design by Paola Navone for ID_CS. Two designs special designed to travel the world whilst representing the idea of Made to Measure which is a hallmark of Italian design. These settings create a series of mini-environments, protecting and highlighting the products on display. Miniature worlds which when placed together form an exhibition which changes with every new host city.

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I.DoT, Italian Design on Tour 2006/2007

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New Lines in Italian Design

+ The Almerico De Angelis Young Designers Award

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 INTERNATIONAL TOUR PROGRAM

2006/2007 – Third Edition 2006/2007 of I.DoT and the First presentation of the winners of the The Almerico De Angelis Young Designers Award: (link: http://www.idcsontour.it/setFrame.html )

tour date Previous showing in NEW YORK In the spaces at the Tunnel @ The Waterfront 

2° tour date LAS VEGAS during the Las Vegas Market, a conference “Italian Design: still valuable? Defining and refining identity for marketability in the USA” will also be presented.

3° tour date 14-16 September in Shanghai, China during the Shanghai Design Biennial, I.DoT and ID_CS will participate in a series of conferences and workshops. (to be defined).

4° tour date November in Mumbai, India hosted by the prestigious School of Architecture JJ College. During the exhibition period I.DoT e ID_CS will organise and host a series of competitions, conferences and workshops (to be defined).  

5° tour date May in Berlin (I.DoT will take part in the DESIGNMAI Festival, where it first showed in 2004)

6° tour date September in Londra During the festival 100% Design London. One of the most important events in the contemporary design calendar. The festival showcases the la test in lighting, accessories, wall and floor coverings, fabrics, kitchen and bathware. It is the foremost English design event.

ID_CS , Italian Design Classic Selection

The Roots and the Avant-garde

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 INTERNATIONAL TOUR PROGRAM

2005/2006 First Edition of ID_CS

1st-3rd tours Previously viewed in Moscow at the Ruarts Gallery, Paris during the Salon du Meuble and New York in the spaces at the Tunnel @ The Waterfront

4° tour date 24 - 28 July in LAS VEGAS during the Las Vegas Market, a conference “Italian  Design: still valuable? Defining and refining identity for marketability in the USA” will also be presented.

5° tour date 14-16 September in Shanghai, China during the Shanghai Design Biennial, whose theme is “Better Design, Better life”. This event will play host to exhibitors, visitors and design experts from alla round the world. The second edition of the Biennial hosted over 20.000 visitors and this year, I.DoT and ID_CS will participate in a series of conferences and workshops.  

6° tour date November in Mumbai, India hosted by the prestigious School of Architecure JJ College, the oldest and most important university of its kind founded in Asia, and recognised internationally. During the exhibition period I.DoT e ID_CS will organise and host a series of competitions, conferences and workshops.

 

Setting Designs 2006/2007

Denis Santachiara for I.DoT + The Almerico De Angelis Young Designers Award 2006  (www.denisantachiara.it/ )

Paola Navone per ID_CS (www.idcsontour.it/setFrame.html )

The Story   

I.DoT, New Lines in Italian Design (www.idot.it)  

ID_CS, Italian Design Classic Selection, the Roots and the Avant-Garde

(2006 First Edition, www.idcsontour.it/setFrame.html )

The Almerico De Angelis Young Designer Award 2006 (First Edition)

      (www.idot.it)

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 IDA 

Italian Design Agency is a cultural marketing agency. Based in Milan, but soon to open offices in Chicago, IDA is specialised in the design industry and works with companies looking to internationalise their brand. The experience, contacts and skills gained through the organisation of international events such as I.DoT (Italian Design on Tour) and most recently ID_CS (Italian Design Classic Selection) have allowed IDA to create a ‘know how’ in the fields of business and integrated communication. IDA works with the identity of the company, reinforcing those key values which define the current entrepreneurial climate. It is true that in all the world the success of Made in Italy is inextricably linked its ‘intangible’ spirit of creativity, its strong impact and the efficiency of its production methods, IDA translates this value, making it tangible and intelligible.

Italian Design Classic Selection - www.idcsontour.it

East Design - www.eastdesign.org

SOURCE: Italian Design on Tour, www.idot.it

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I. Dot SELECTED FIRMS

ALESSI

ALTEK

ANTI DIVA

ART CERAM

ARTEMIDE

BERLONI BOSCAARREDI

CASADESIGN CASAMANIA

BY FREZZA CRASSEVIG

DANESE

DR lADE

ELMAR

ESTEL 0 FFICE

FRANCOCECCOTTI

FRIGHETTO

GABER

GIORGETTI

IB RUBINETTERIE

ISEA BAGGIO KOSE

LAGO

LA PALMA

MATTEO GRASSI

MAZZALI

MDF ITALIA

METAL SPOT

MISSONI BYT&J VESTOR MIZAR

MONTINA

RUGGIU

SPHAUS

STUDIO ITALIA DESIGN

TARGA ITALIA

VERSUSCHIRICO

YCAMI

I.DoT SELECTED DESIGNERS

ADRIAN I & ROSSI

ARCHIRIVOLTO

DODO ARSLAN

SATOSHI ASAMI

VITTORIO BAGGIO

FABIO BORTOLANI

ANTONIO BULLO

CHI WING LO

DOMENICO CHIRICO

LlNO CODATO

CARLO COLOMBO

LUCIANO DALMONEGO

CARLOTTA DE BEVILACQUA

FRANCESCA DONATI

MAURIZIO DURANTI

ENZO EUSEBI_NOTHING STUDIO

PIERO ESPOSITO

EUROLINEA

FAVARETTOAND PARTNERS

MARCO FERRERI

NAOTO FUKASAWA

ERNESTO GISMONDI

CORY GROSSER

ZAHA HADID

HERZOG & DE MEURON

JAMES IRVINE

ORAITO

DANIELE LAGO

SOPHIE LARGER

DAVID LEWIS

MASSIMO MARIANI

ALESSANDRO MENDINI con ANNALISA MARGARINI

SANDRO MENEGHELLO & MARCO PAOLELLI

NEULAND INDUSTRIEDESIGN

LUCA NICHETTO & CARLO TINTI

JEAN NOUVEL

ON OSTWALD & NOLTING

CRISTIAN PAVANELLO FRANCO POll

KARIM RASHID

ROSARIA RATTIN

LEONARDO ROSSANO

ORAZIO SPADA

T&J VESTOR

HAAS TON

PIO & TITO TOSO

PATRICIA URQUIOLA

SEAN YOO

lTIlCSi

ID_CS SELECTED FIRMS

ANNIBALE COLOMBO

ARS VIVENDI

ASSI D'ASOLO

BIZZOTTO Classic Sensations

BRIAN FORM

CANTORI

CARLO RAMPAZZI & SERGIO VILLA

CARPANELLI

CREAZIONI by Silik

DECORI by Mobilificio d'ATte Marchetti

GAROFOLI

INTERIOR BELTRAMINI LE SOFA'

MAZZALI

MINITALLUX

NOVO

PROVASI

TA-BRU

TU RATI & C.

ID_CS SELECTED DESIGNERS

LORIANO BARANI

GASTONE BIZZOTTO

LEOPOLDO CARPANELLI

GIUSEPPE CARPANELLI

IVANO COLOMBO

ANNIBALE COLOMBO

LUCIANO COLOMBO

MARCELLO CUNEO

LUCIANO DAL BELLO

LUCIANO DALMONEGO

CESARE FERRARI

FERNANDO GAROFOLI

FEDERICO GREGORUTTI

GIORDANA MARCHETTI

GIULIANO MELIOLI

ELISABETTA NORFINI

MARCO PAGNONCELLI

IRENE PINI

CARLO RAMPAZZI

FRANCO TARGIONI

UMBERTO TURATI

THE ALMERICO DE ANGELIS

YOUNG DESIGNERS' AWARD - WINNERS

99lC ARCHITECTURE MEDIA DESIGN

DODO ARSLAN

FILIPPO BICH

MARCO CIAMPA, ANGELO COSTA, TATJANA TREBESCH AND ELISABETTA VITALETTI DISSOCIATE

GAM PLUS FRATESI

CONSTANZE JAKOB @ LIBERA UNIVERS ITA' DI BOLZANO

GUALTIERO SACCHI

ENRIQUE LUIS SARDI

GIANMARIA SFORZA FOGLIANI

 

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Sometimes people trying to help make things better for our fighting men in Iraq make things worst

Below is what is supposed to be a letter in support of those in Iraq and pictures from them.

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Baker Company not one of last marine units in Iraq even at time thios was orginally sent out and all pictures that were included which will not be published are properties of news organizations and not taken by those this letter was supposed to be from.

 

This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Pass it on to everyone
and pray.











SLEEP LAST NIGHT?








Bed a little lumpy...




Toss and turn any...



Wish the heat was higher...



Maybe the a/c wasn't on...



Had to go to the john...



Need a drink of water...





Scroll down


















Yes... It is like that!


Count your blessings, pray for them,


Talk to your Creator

and

the next time when...


the other car cuts you off and you must hit the brakes,

or you have to park a little further from Walmart than you want to be,

or you're served slightly warm food at the restaurant,

or you're sitting and cursing the traffic in front of you,


or the shower runs out of hot water,




Think of them...


Protecting your freedom!






DO NOT DELETE-PLS PASS ON-Message from Iraq






The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay
tribute To our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine
Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing
that is By taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It
would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow
countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let
the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our !
country." Semper Fi

1stSgt Dave Jobe


The attached photo was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine
companies in Iraq. They would like to have it passed to as many people as
possible, to let the folks back home know that they remember why they're
there and that they remember those who've been lost.

A True Story That Doesn't Make The News:MAYBE!!!

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All,
>I tell you, you can never predict what the day will bring. Some days
>are rough, some are odd, some good &then there are some that you will
>never forget. Yesterday was one of those days that I will never forget
>as long as I live. I tell you, I was totally blown away. What happened
>to me yesterday out does all of the photos I have sent and all the
>stories I have told to you about my experiences over here. The day
>started off as any other, planning the mission, briefing it, and
>heading out the gate. It was about 120 degrees and we had been on
>mission for about 3 hours. Everybody was miserable and no one in the
>community was cooperating. It was just a plain old bad day. The kids
>were the usual, always there to get a toy or candy. I was not in the
>mood that day to be pleasant, so I separated myself from the group
>passing out the gifts and just pulled rear security. I even told kids
>to keep away, but this one child, who appeared to have down syndrome,
>just kept watching me. Every time I moved, he moved. He was literally
>like my shadow. I pointed to the guys giving out gifts and told him to
>go to them and he shook his head no. I just looked at him like what do
>you want.





Now here is the part that just broke me down. He slowly
>walked over, looked up at me, stuck out his hand and said, in
>English, 'Thank you for making me safe!'





I didn't know what to say, My
>words just stuck in my throat. All I could do was smile and do my best
>to keep it together, he wouldn't even let go of my hand. He just kept
>looking up at me and shaking my hand. I mean what do you do? It was
>absolutely the best thing that could have happened to me on that day
>or even on my whole tour over here, totally unbelievable. I didn't
>know it at the time, but one of the other guys had a camera and caught
>the moment. During de-brief the unit was showing slides on the
>projector for the days mission and this photo popped up. I lost it and
>I had to walk out of the room. It took me several minutes to shake it
>off. Unbelievable!! Remember this picture/moment every time the news
tells you about all the bad going on over here! We are absolutely making
a difference, even if it is only one step at a time!!! I hope all of my
last 15+ days go this way.....See you all in August.
>WOW!!!!
>
>v/r
>Brian
>
>BRIAN A CISSELL, BMC(SW/AW)>
>BMC(SW/AW) BRIAN A CISSELL
>OPERATIONS OFFICER / NCOIC
>2/101st BCT RO, FOB MAHMUDIYAH
>MNC-I7
>USACE-GRC
>APO, AE 09342
>Office: 540-542-6769 or 540-678-3864
>Iraqna: 0790-236-0774
>brian.a.cissell@tac01.usace.army.mil

 

The picture has been said to have been taken by a member of unit named SSG Peck.

 

(None of the above is varified.)

 


 

Politics to Lead Second Half 2006 Ad Spend

Though found in a variety of places, this Ad Spending forecast from TNS Media Intelligence in June is a valuable data reference document. The current report shows that total U.S. advertising spending is expected to increase 4.9 percent in 2006 to $150.3 billion. This is a downward revision from the company's prior forecast of 5.4 percent growth issued in January.

The first half of 2006 is projected to register a 4.5 percent gain, says the report, while the second half of the year is expected to advance by 5.3 percent, led by robust levels of political advertising.

Steven J. Fredericks, President and Chief Executive Officer, TNS Media Intelligence, said "Although our revised forecast is downward, total advertising spending is still on track to achieve respectable, moderate gains during 2006. Performance will be sharply delineated along sector lines with Internet, Spanish Language Media and most forms of television registering above average growth rates while radio and print media lag behind."

2006 Total Ad Expenditures(Quarterly Growth (Estimates)

Time Period

% Change Vs. 2005

First Half 2006

4.5%

First Quarter 2006

5.2% (actual)

Second Quarter 2006

3.8%

Second Half 2006

5.3%

Third Quarter 2006

4.6%

Fourth Quarter 2006

5.8%

Full Year 2006

4.9%

Source: TNS Media Intelligence

2006 Growth Estimates By Media

% Change Vs. 2005

Internet

13.00%

Spanish Language Media

12.90%

Spot TV

8.90%

Outdoor

7.70%

Network TV

6.00%

Cable TV

6.00%

Consumer & Sunday Magazines

3.60%

Syndication TV

2.60%

Radio

2.10%

Newspapers

0.20%

Business-To-Business Magazines

-0.30%

Source: TNS Media Intelligence

FSR, Inc. and D-Tools Collaborate to Provide System Integrator™ Users with Detailed Product Information

 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that FSR,Inc. has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. FSR, headquartered in West Paterson, NJ, has been manufacturing products for the audio, video and machine vision industries for over 25 years. Detailed information about FSR’s A/V products is now available to users of D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator software.

“We are excited to be a part of the MVP program because it is constantly expanding,” said Jan Sandri, President, of FSR, Inc. “With our product information directly available to such a vast growing market of system integrators and custom installers we not only extend our market reach, but System Integrator 4.5 users get the most out of our products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program is designed to help provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 2,000 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate proposals to their clients.

D-Tools System Integrator 4.5 (SI 4.5) enables systems integrators and custom installation professionals to create detailed projects managed with automated proposals, scheduling, pick lists, purchase orders, drawings and additional documents that streamline the integrated installation of audio and video products. By using a single, shared project file, system integrators and custom installers can download free product information from D-Tools’ comprehensive database of tens of thousands of products and their accessories, giving them the distinct advantage of designing systems using the most current product information, while saving hours of product research time.

“FSR has a dynamic and thorough product line that is constantly evolving”, said Adam Stone, President, of D-Tools. “It’s a great addition the MVP program and we are pleased that they made the decision to join. They have been in the A/V industry for many years so having their quality products and expertise will greatly benefit SI users.”

About FSR, Inc.
FSR Inc. has been manufacturing products for the audio, video and machine vision industries for over 25 years. Headquartered in West Paterson, New Jersey, FSR manufactures over 150 standard products plus provides custom design and manufacturing for various OEM accounts. FSR is well known for hotel audio control, floor and wall boxes, camera switches, and audio and video control and switching equipment. Our equipment is designed and manufactured in our facility. The products you purchase from us are "made in the USA." Technical and sales support is always available from the main office or our rep offices throughout the country. Most products are shipped from stock within 24 hours. For more information, please visit http://www.fsrinc.com or call 973-785-4347.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools is a worldwide leader in easy-to-use, highly accurate system design software. The company, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, offers a wide range of products and services created to simplify the complicated design, engineering, documentation and estimating processes that accompany residential and commercial installation projects of any size. Over 2,000 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is the recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award (2004, 2005, 2006), National Systems Contractors Association and Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award (2004, 2005) and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software. For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com or visit D-Tools online at http://www.d-tools.com

Welcome to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006!


The official daily newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh


Issues: | July 23 | July 24 | July 25 | July 26 | July 27 | July 28 | July 29 | July 30 |

SUNDAY, JULY 30

 
Annual whirlwind drawing to a close
Well, well, here it is Sunday, the seventh and final day of another wonderful, exciting, revealing, emotional, groundbreaking (insert your own adjective) week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. Read more  

WASP: How women helped win a war
Mickey Brown got her first airplane ride from her brother-in-law and immediately fell in love with being in the air. She earned $12 a week working for some attorneys and spent $8 for each flying lesson. Read more  

Poberezny: EAA to shift resources, keep core programming
EAA President Tom Poberezny pledged to continue being a member-centric organization and keep its focus on its homebuilding past during the organization’s annual meeting Friday. Read more  

AeroShell Square Building to honor memory of Daryl Lenz
Daryl Lenz, who worked as EAA’s director of aircraft maintenance for many years, perished in a traffic accident earlier this year. Daryl, who resigned from EAA in August 2004 to take a teaching job at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, still retained the role of organizing and managing aircraft attractions on AeroShell Square during EAA AirVenture. Daryl also worked closely with the sport pilot and aircraft maintenance offices. Read more

Flying for the cure
Ramona Cox, one of this year’s forum speakers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is known for her adventurous solo bush flying. But she’s at AirVenture for another reason: raising money in support of the 99s International Organization of Women Pilots and its 99s Flying For A Breast Cancer Cure program. Read more

General aviation challenges on the horizon
Over the week, AirVenture Today has reported on the key issues facing the general aviation community and the work being done here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Each year, AirVenture brings together representatives of general aviation and government officials to work cooperatively to preserve and improve general aviation—work that continues year-round. What are the key issues that will dominate the dialogue between now and AirVenture 2007? Read more

One Six Right packs ’em in
Nearly 2,000 EAAers and guests had a chance to see the high definition (HD) version of Brian Terwilliger’s documentary film, One Six Right, during two screenings Friday night at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. Read more

Warbird favorites as diverse as AirVenture
Hundreds of warbirds line the grass and concrete of the EAA AirVenture grounds, each with its own cheering section among the thousands of show visitors. An unscientific—very unscientific—poll of visitors to the Warbirds area revealed the following preferences. Read more

A dream come true
Attendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Friday watched a man’s dream come true when Maj. John Klatt taxied his Staudacher S-300D out to the flightline with his aviation heroes to perform in the daily air show. Klatt, flying for the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Guarding America, Defending Freedom Aerobatic team, was about to wow the crowd with his own aerobatic routine in his first AirVenture performance. Read more

Fly a mile in these shoes
Steen Aero Lab is now carrying Piloti flying shoes. Piloti flying shoes grew from a line of products developed for competitive race car drivers. Competitive racers have learned that just as having the right gloves and helmet contributes to their ability to perform, the right shoes are necessary as well. When flying, discomfort is a safety issue…no pilot needs any extra distractions in the cockpit, especially when flying a high-performance aircraft requiring precise rudder or brake inputs. Read more

Pegasus Interactive releases VFLITE GPSMAP 396 interactive guide
Pegasus Interactive Inc. said it has created a new Computer-Based Training (CBT) program for users of the Garmin GPSMAP 396. The VFLITE GPSMAP 396 Interactive Guide provides scenario-based, guided simulation training. Read more

Sen. Inhofe stands up for GA during annual AirVenture visit
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) made two major announcements at EAA AirVenture yesterday morning, one concerning the future of the Washington, D.C., ADIZ, the other about proposed rules that would require avgas to contain alternative fuels. Read more

NASA’s homebuilder, astronaut, EAA member visits AirVenture
When Scott Horowitz comes to AirVenture, he’s a homebuilder, a jet pilot, an astronaut, and more. Builder and pilot of an upgraded Quickie airplane (a photo of which he proudly carries in his wallet), Horowitz is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and F-15 pilot who just happens to have four space shuttle missions under his belt. Read more

Aircraft Awards 
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EAA Seaplane Base shows another side of aviation, AirVenture
Planes on floats bob at anchor by a small cabin in a quiet lagoon. It could be a wilderness retreat in the North Woods, but it’s the EAA Seaplane Base on the shore of Lake Winnebago. If signs weren’t there, you would drive right by the entrance off Highway 45. It seems a world away from the hubbub of Wittman Field, but it’s easy to get to by shuttle buses that run all day from the Amphibian parking area on the AirVenture flightline ($2 round trip). Read more  

Going home
This year marks my 16th straight Oshkosh, and not all of those have been AirVentures. I forget how long it’s been since they officially gave it that name five, six years - but I remember thinking it was a terrible idea and wondering if I’d ever get used to calling it anything other than "Oshkosh." It took a few years, but it finally sank in. "AirVenture" it is. And not only was it not a bad idea; it was a great idea. Oshkosh is the place; AirVenture is the event. It’s that simple, and it goes to show that while it might be hard to make a change, if it makes sense, even old dogs can get the idea. Read more

Around the Field
The Cozy Girls … the amphib from Ontario … Ann & Fred reminisce … departure time. Read more

Oshkosh restorer rehabbing man’s father’s plane
In 1930, Roger Descomb and his brother, Charlie, owners of Descomb Flying Service based at Connecticut’s Hartford-Brainard Airport, purchased a New Standard D-29. That in itself is not unusual; since they opened the business in 1919, the Descombs have owned dozens of airplanes, including a Taperwing Waco, several Gee Bee Sportsters, the five-seat New Standard D-25, Fairchild 22, Travel Air 2000, Cabin Waco, de Havilland Moth, Taylor Cub, and the list goes on. Read more

Next-generation engine monitors arrive at AirVenture
In recent years, digital engine monitors have helped revolutionize powerplant management for pilots. By showing temperatures for individual cylinders, they can help pilots spot a small problem before it becomes a bigger one. Now, the next generation of digital engine monitors has arrived, providing one-box solutions displaying all engine functions in a single glass panel-type screen. Read more

GAMI: Propelling aircraft engines into the future
General aviation is being transformed by innovations like composite materials, glass-panel cockpits, and real-time weather displays. But one important part of general aviation seems stuck in the last century: the engines that power most of our aircraft. For several years, General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI), of Ada, Oklahoma, has been producing aftermarket products to change that situation. Its GAMI fuel injectors, for example, enable piston-powered aircraft engines to operate much more efficiently. Here at EAA AirVenture, visitors can learn about the technology GAMI is currently developing that could help propel aviation powerplants into the future. Read more

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CMAS JOE TALBOT AWARD POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED TO INDUSTRY LEADER LOUISE SCRUGGS

 

By Wendy Pearl

Photo: Amanda Eckard / CMA

© 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

Fifty years ago, Louise Certain Scruggs, wife of famous banjo innovator Earl Scruggs, took on the role of manager and booking agent for the now legendary bluegrass outfit Flatt and Scruggs, making her the first female manager and booking agent in Country Music history. On May 8, this extraordinary woman was posthumously honored by CMA with the presentation of the Joe Talbot Award during a reception at CMA. Earl Scruggs and sons Gary Scruggs and Randy Scruggs accepted the award on her behalf.

With her driving business ethics and ability to see outside the box, Louise significantly helped to progress Country and bluegrass music on a global scale, said CMA COO Tammy Genovese. “She worked tirelessly throughout her life to promote Earl and the music she loved and we are proud to honor her.

Brian Mansfield, Country Music Editor for USA Today, was on hand to make the presentation to attending members of the Scruggs family.

Louise was every bit as important to bluegrass as the men who held the instruments, Mansfield said.

Thanking CMA for the Award on behalf of his his family, Randy said of his mother, She believed in the dignity and the respect of the artists.

The Joe Talbot Award is voted on by the CMA Board of Directors, and awarded to a person (living or deceased) in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of Country Music’s values and traditions. The Award was created in 2001 and bestowed posthumously on its namesake, Joe Talbot, a beloved lifetime member of the CMA Board who passed away in 2000. In 2004, Janette Carter received the Award.

As a female executive, I wish I had been able to present this Award to Louise for all she represented to this industry as a female role model, Genovese said. Fortunately, Louise knew before she died that she was the recipient of the Joe Talbot Award, but her failing health prevented us from presenting it to her while she was with us, but her legacy and inspiration will certainly remain.

For years, Louise Scruggs ran Scruggs Talent Agency Inc. out of the couples Madison, Tenn., home. In 1959, she booked Earl to play at the first Newport Folk Festival. The performance was well received and Bluegrass entered the popular folk world. This significant breakthrough led to broader national gigs for Flatt and Scruggs and a call to record the theme song for the popular television show The Beverly Hillbillies.

Flatt and Scruggs went their separate ways in 1969 and Earl and sons Gary, Randy and Steve formed the Earl Scruggs Revue. Booked and managed by Louise, the band performed everywhere from the countrys most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and the Fillmore Auditorium to national and international music festivals.

Louise continued working to further the music of Earl up to the time of her passing on Feb. 2, 2006. She was 78. During her life, she was at Earl’s side as he received countless awards and accolades including being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1985 with Lester Flatt), winning multiple GRAMMY Awards, receiving the National Medal of the Arts and becoming a Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree.

 

 

LOUISE SCRUGGS: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE BANJO MAN
By John Hood

 

© 2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.

                                                           Louise Scruggs; Photo: courtesy of the Scruggs Family

Earl and Louise Scruggs had a business relationship that lasted a half century and - more importantly - a love affair that lasted a lifetime. It's a partnership that blossomed into one of the most creative, fruitful artist/manager relationships the music industry has ever seen.

In fact, Louise played such a pivotal role in her husband's career that the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum made her an integral part of its "Banjo Man: The Musical Journey of Earl Scruggs" exhibit, which opened in March 2005 and continued through June 2006.

As the exhibit traced Earl's musical journey, it also chronicled Louise's impact on his career, which began when she took over booking for the legendary Flatt & Scruggs in 1955.

"He was getting ready to leave one day," said Louise of her almost accidental entry into the music business. "He was in a hurry. He had a name on a notepad and said 'Here's a guy in Virginia. Could you give him a call and see if you can set this date up?' So I took the name and called the guy and booked the date. When he came back home that night, I said, 'I got that date for you. Do you have any more calls you want me to make?' He said, 'Yeah, I have.'" 

So began a historic partnership and a perfect match: Earl was a musical visionary, and Louise was a visionary in marketing her husband's music.

"She's the best manager I've ever witnessed," Earl said. "She's not hard to get along with, but she likes to see things taken care of. That's what it's all about with her - taking care of business."

Louise did more than take care of business; she created new opportunities for her husband. She helped develop and nurture the Martha White sponsorship that gave Scruggs and partner Lester Flatt a national audience, and recognized the late 1950s folk movement as an opportunity to take her husband's music to a completely new demographic.

"She was promoting Flatt & Scruggs way beyond the bluegrass and traditional Country audience," said Mick Buck, Curator of Collections for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. "When the folk music boom of the late '50s and early '60s hit, a lot of the college kids really responded to Flatt & Scruggs music, especially Earl's banjo playing. They heard his banjo playing as a connection to older, more traditional forms of music. Louise was aware of that, and was instrumental in booking Earl as solo act at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival."

Louise also had keen instincts. For instance, she overcame her initial hesitation when Flatt & Scruggs were approached to do the theme music for the 1960s "The Beverly Hillbillies" TV series.

"I turned them down when they first approached me about doing the theme music because of the word hillbilly," she said. "I'd seen movies where they portrayed Southerners as illiterate, with a thick accent that I hated. Mr. (Paul) Henning, who wrote and directed the show, said that if I was that concerned, he'd send the pilot out and let me see it. So he did. We saw it and thought that it looked pretty good."

The duo's musical contribution to the show worked out so well that Louise saw a natural next step. "I thought it just might make a killer record," she said. "I called Don Law, their producer, and he thought it was a good idea too." The result was a Country smash, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett."

D.J. McLachlan, who has helped Louise guide Earl's career for almost 30 years, said he believes the Scruggs have been so successful because they are cut from the same cloth.

"He's an ultimate creator and so is she," said McLachlan. "He creates and explores, and she finds and shares new ideas of where his music can go. She always thought that he was an international star, and that his music would cross lines and borders. When other bluegrass bands were worrying about which high school auditorium they were going to play next, Louise was planning on getting her husband into Carnegie Hall."

The partnership forged by the Scruggs has not only kept his career relevant for more than 50 years, it's also been remarkably free from conflict.

"He's not difficult to work with," said Louise with a grin. "Seeing Earl accepted by the public has been the most rewarding thing about my career. Everybody loves him. His fans appreciate him so much. He enjoys it too. That's great to see."

"We've had a love affair that's lasted and grown into more than it was when we first married," added Earl.

On the Web: www.earlscruggs.com

Inspector Lewis Joins The Line-Up on MYSTERY! Online

Inspector Lewis Joins The Line-Up on MYSTERY! Online

The legacy of Inspector Morse continues on MYSTERY! Online at http://www.pbs.org/mystery/lewis/

Inspector Robert Lewis, former sidekick to the legendary Inspector Morse, has been on a lengthy assignment in the British Virgin Islands. Now he's back with the Thames Valley Police in the familiar territory of the English university city of Oxford -- five years after the death of his long-time police partner.

Lewis and the much younger Detective Sergeant James Hathaway investigate the death of an American college student, Regan Peverill. Inspector Lewis also stars Clare Holman, reprising her role as pathologist Laura Hobson; Jemma Redgrave, Lizzie McInnerny, Michael Maloney and Jack Ellis. Morse creator Colin Dexter makes a Hitchcockian appearance as a college scout.

Visit MYSTERY!’s Inspector Lewis companion Web site for

• Production Notes: Access a list of music and locations from the production, as well as comments from Lewis’ creator Colin Dexter, and actors Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.
• Story Synopsis: Spoiler alert! This includes a detailed plot of the program, including the ending.
• Who’s Who: A guide to the complex web of characters.
• Cast and Credits: The actor playing the murderer looks familiar.  Where have you seen him before?

The MYSTERY! Web site is produced in association with WGBH Interactive, Boston, which produces Web sites supporting WGBH national series such as NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and ARTHUR. The WGBH Educational Foundation is the single largest producer of primetime television programs and Web sites seen nationally on PBS and PBS ONLINE.

PBS.org, PBS's award-winning site on the World Wide Web, produces high-quality Web programming as it pioneers the convergence of television and the Internet. PBS.org features more than 150,000 pages of content as well as companion Web sites for more than 500 PBS programs and specials, and is one of the most popular "dot-org" Web sites in the world. 

 

Story Synopsis

Plot Revealed Below!

Regan Peverill, a gifted American student, is found shot dead. The prime suspect is Danny Griffon, a friend and fellow math student at Oxford University.

Inspector Lewis, having just returned from a two year assignment in the British Virgin Islands, is temporarily assigned the case, against the wishes of his new superior, DCS Jean Innocent. Sergeant James Hathaway is assigned to assist him on a temporary basis.

Danny is the son of a formula one racing driver, Johnny Griffon, who died in a car accident. When his father died, Danny became heir to Griffon Motors, a luxury sports car company, which is now facing bankruptcy and in talks to merge with a Japanese company. Until Danny comes of age, the company is being run by his Uncle Rex, Johnny's twin brother, and Tom Pollock, a family friend. Danny believes that Rex is responsible for his father's death, and is also convinced that Rex is having an affair with his mother Trudie, an accusation they both deny.

At the time of his father's death, Danny was cautioned for criminal damage when he attacked his Uncle Rex's car. Inspector Morse was the investigating officer. Lewis discovers a cryptic clue among the case papers that indicates Morse had uncovered a Griffon family secret.


Danny is found by the river in Binsey, having apparently committed suicide. The gun found in his hand is the gun that was used to kill the American student, Regan. DCS Innocent believes it to be an open and shut case; Danny killed the girl and then killed himself. But Lewis and Hathaway aren't so sure. The crime scene indicates that Danny didn't die where he was found; he must have been moved there.

Denniston, Danny's tutor and confidante, tells Lewis that the night before Danny's death, Danny came to see him. Danny was in a terrible state having discovered that Rex had slept with Regan. Danny believed that Rex had killed Regan and then tried to frame him for her murder.

Upon hearing the news of Danny's death, Jessica Pollock, Tom Pollock's daughter, who was in love with Danny, attempts suicide at the very spot where Danny was found dead.

That evening the body of Tom Pollock is found wrapped up in a shower curtain in the trunk of his car. Rex is caught on a CCTV camera parking the car at Oxford train station.

Lewis deciphers Morse's cryptic clue and discovers that Trudie was having an affair with Tom Pollock, not Rex Griffon. He confronts them both. Rex and Trudie claim that on the night Danny died, he came to the house and shot Tom Pollock. At the time, Tom was taking a shower in Trudie's bathroom; Danny must have assumed he was Rex. They tried to cover the murder up because they feared it might jeopardize the deal with the Japanese.

Trudie confides in Lewis that Tom Pollock was in fact Danny's father. Danny never knew. She had revealed the truth the day her husband died. Johnny had roared off in his car and then crashed.

Trudie had confessed the truth to Jessica, before her attempted suicide. Trudie had wanted to try and make Jessica understand why she had always blocked any kind of romantic relationship between her and Danny: they were brother and sister.

Danny's computer gives Lewis the proof he is looking for. Regan Peverill had emailed Denniston and Danny the night she died because she had found a critical flaw in Denniston's famous mathematical proof that had won him a Field's medal. Because the university server had gone down, Danny only received the email the day after Regan's death and had gone round to confront Denniston. Denniston had killed Regan to secure his professional reputation at Oxford University and framed Danny for her murder. He killed Danny to keep him quiet and then killed Tom Pollock, believing him to be Rex Griffon, to give added credence to Danny's apparent suicide.

With the case solved, Innocent reluctantly agrees to keep Lewis on in CID, rather than moving him over to a training post which had been her first suggestion. Hathaway has been assigned to a new inspector, but asks Innocent that he remain with Lewis.

 

Cast


DI Lewis

Kevin Whately
DS Hathaway

Laurence Fox
Dr. Laura Hobbs

Clare Holman
Ch. Supt. Innocent

Rebecca Front
Danny Griffon

Charlie Cox
Rex Griffon

Jack Ellis
Ivor Denniston

Michael Maloney
Kate Jekyl

Lizzy McInnerny
Tom Pollock

Danny Webb
Trudi Griffon

Jemma Redgrave
Regan Peverill

Sophie Winkleman
Bernard Beech

Colin Starkey
Mr. Tanigaki

Dennis Matsuki
Jessica Pollock

Flora Spencer-Longhurst
Air Stewardess

Rosalyn Wright
DI Knox

Alex Knight
Hal Bose

Marc Elliott
Club Secretary

Michael Hobbs
Locksmith

Adam Smethhurst
Uniformed PC

Mark Small
Secretary

Janet Maw
College porter

Colin Dexter


Inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter

StoryRussell Lewis

ScreenplayStephen Churchett

Executive producersMichele Buck
Ted Childs
Damien Timmer

Executive producer/WGBHRebecca Eaton

ProducerChris Burt

Co-producerKate McKerrell

DirectorBill Anderson

MusicBarrington Pheloung

Director of photographyChris O'Dell BSC

EditorPam Power

CastingSusie Parriss

Production designerRobin Tarsnane

Line producerGraeme MacArthur

Art directorNiki Wateridge

Costume designerJohn Lindlar

Hair + make-up designAnne Oldham

Post-production supervisorFarley Thomson

1st assistant directorNicki Ballantyne

2nd assistant directorAlex Mercer

3rd assistant director

Emma Peter

 

Kevin Whately on his role as Inspector Lewis:

Whately, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, abandoned a future as an accountant to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He has been acting since the late '70s and has appeared in numerous television programs as well as films.

Kevin Whately owes his role as Lewis to an out-of-town theatrical flop. After the success in the early 1980s of the British television series Auf Wiedersehen Pet (in which he played the role of Neville Hope), Whately met John Thaw to read for the part of Robbie Lewis. Whately remembers his meeting with Thaw, original producer Kenny McBain and casting director Michelle Guish.

"I thought I wouldn't be able to appear in Morse anyway, because at the time I was out of town in a comedy directed by Ray Cooney. We thought it would come into the West End for a long run -- but luckily it flopped in somewhere like Hornchurch or Bromley and left me free to be Lewis! I've always liked the character, so now we'll see how audiences react to his return."

Five years after he was last seen as Lewis, a role which occupied him in 32 Inspector Morse films over a 14 year period, Whately has returned to both the role and to Oxford.

"People had talked about it; it had been suggested for years and I had pooh-poohed it. It wasn't until (executive producer)Ted Childs actually said 'How about this?' that I thought seriously about it. I have huge respect for Ted and the idea had come originally from ITV drama executive producers Michele Buck and Damien Timmer who I knew well; the fact I knew all of them and producer Chris Burt, and trusted them, was a big factor. Russell Lewis' story and Stephen Churchett's script had the ghost of Morse flitting around, which I liked. With the sheer number of detectives on TV, you are constantly being offered new cop roles, several a year. But when this came up, you think, 'There's a back story and people like the Lewis character,' so you've got a head start. The Morse films had a quality to them which is maybe unusual these days, and Michele promised me it would have the same production values which made a huge difference."

But Lewis as an inspector has a long history in the annals of the Morse films.

"The idea of Lewis being an inspector goes way back to Geoff Case's script for Who Killed Harry Field in 1991; the subsidiary story throughout that film was 'Could Lewis be an inspector?' and Morse saying 'No, I don't think so,' when actually Morse knew fine well that he could but didn't want to lose him. If Lewis hadn't got his promotion, he probably would have gone off into private security or one of those jobs, like a lot of police officers do. But it's very obvious in this film that, like Morse, he loves investigating murders and being at the sharp end of police work. It is quite a fiendish plot, and I love the fact that maths are involved; that's quite Morseian."

But Whately admits that he ignored the fact that he was playing the eponymous role.

"It never occurred to me, so my shoulders weren't weighed down! We were working at such a speed. It did seem a slightly more frenetic pace than used to be on Morse, maybe just because I had much more to do. So I didn't have time to think 'Oh God, I wish John was taking the weight!'"

Talking about the new partnership with Laurence Fox's James Hathaway, Whately explains.

"Hathaway is a hugely bright young cop, the sort of graduate policeman that Lewis wouldn't like very much, and obviously he has a hot line to the superintendent and seems to be her man. So he doesn't trust him from that point of view. But gradually, and I think quite subtly over the length of the film, they gain a mutual respect. It sounds a bit of a cliché, but I think it's well done. I think there's a lot of potential there. Both Lewis and Hathaway are nice people; I think we'd have to ginger it up for the future. I think it works fine in this story because there is a bit of grit in the relationship."

After his five-year absence, Lewis is back in a new world where women are in the police hierarchy:

"Morse never quite related to women as human beings; he tended either to fall in love with them or stick them in prison because they were murderesses -- or both! But Lewis has always seemed absolutely relaxed and fine with women."

Though it was back in front of the cameras in Oxford for the first time since he and many of the crew filmed The Remorseful Day, Whately had visited the university city in the intervening years.

"I fronted the Magdalen Bridge restoration appeal a few years ago, and have been involved with a few other Oxford charities, including a children's home north of the city. But we hadn't really done much in Wadham College in the past films; there's still quite a lot of Oxford that we haven't shot in -- or that didn't invite us. This time they let us have our location base right in the middle of the city by the Radcliffe Camera, which we used to do on the very early Morses before they banished us down to the station yard! But Oxford is good to shoot in because wherever you point a camera looks great, and the light is always nice because of the Cotswold stone. I asked very early on if we could get as many of the core team people; most of them are pals and they are the best. They were always the top people on Morse."

In contrast with Hathaway, Lewis can be seen as old-fashioned when it comes to new technology, something with which Whately sympathizes.

"Sending emails from your hand, as Hathaway does, really astonishes me... I can't stand people being able to get hold of me at the drop of a hat. I guess I am a bit of a technophobe; things like computers tend to go wrong and if you can't fix them, then you spend your whole life waiting for somebody to come and sort you out. I've got by very happily for 50 plus years without! I don't need it! I don't want it!"

How about being reunited with Lewis's creator, Colin Dexter?

"It was fab; he was on the set a lot when we were in Oxford and you could tell it was just such a buzz for him to be back. But it did take quite a few takes for us to do our scene with Colin as a college scout... I can't remember why. It's got to have been Colin's fault and if it wasn't, I am saying that it was; especially if it was my fault!"



Laurence Fox on his role as James Hathaway:

Trained at RADA, Laurence Fox is the son of actor James Fox, the cousin of actress Emilia Fox and the nephew of actor Edward Fox and producer Robert Fox. His credits to date include roles in Masterpiece/Mystery titles Miss Marple: The Sittaford Mystery, Jericho, Island at War and Foyle's War.

Despite the fact that he was unfamiliar with Morse history, when he took on the role of James Hathaway, Lewis's new partner, Laurence Fox was instantly at home in Oxford.

"Kevin took me around Oxford, into little chapels and pubs, and would talk about the colleges and the quads, I'm an obsessive flesh-eater, so he showed me places where you could get really great barbecue! The minute you see that face, you trust him and you want to go for a beer with him. Kevin's a great guy. He's keen on the truth and understanding what other people think. He's not totally different from my own father. Though Kevin and I come from totally different backgrounds, and have incredibly different politics as well, not once did we have an argument about anything.

"On my first day, I just strolled in like this was brand new... I had no context for the history of Morse, other than when I was acting, to defer to the idea that what happened before was obviously very important to Kevin's character, Lewis. I allowed my character to believe that, in the police force that he worked for, this guy was a legend."

Fox had family ties to his character, the theology student turned fast-track detective.

"My sister is a theology graduate from Cambridge, and my older brother briefly considered becoming a priest. So what research there was came around the kitchen table! So much of this has to come from your instinctive reaction to a script. In some examples, research can be very helpful, but I often find it can hurt and hinder you, because you think, 'I don't know anything, I'm screwed! The script was good enough for me to know what Hathaway was like and to get a very strong sense of him."

But Fox says he shared a secret with his character.

"I decided that something had happened to Hathaway -- which is why he hadn't continued on the path of becoming a priest. He tells Lewis that he was too frivolous for the priesthood. That's a lie; he's just not telling the real reason. I've got my reason -- which is my secret and his. Hathaway is hard-working, diligent and seeks approval. As a young actor like me, who has managed to have some success early on, you develop a sense of confidence beyond your experience; Hathaway's probably got that as well. He's not exceptional. He's got a very real vulnerability and he does respect other people's opinion. He's a secretive sort of guy. I don't sense that he likes people to know a lot about him. He would rather give nothing away."

James Hathaway is a great advocate of new technology, forever using his Blackberry in the course of his police duties. But this ability has not rubbed off onto Fox.

"I've just learnt how to email, but I don't know how to attach things. I like it that way... I really like being without it; I don't want to become dependent on it."

What does Hathaway think of having a women boss in Jean Innocent (played by actress Rebecca Front)?

"She likes him; he's hard working and doesn't get in the way. He's a modern, politically correct creature. He's totally un-Establishment. For him, if women can do the job, then fine. It's the world I grew up in, where I've had women bosses, like he has. He doesn't turn on the charm for anyone. But he does start to respect this guy Lewis."

 


Sci-Tech Applications for 2006 Academy Awards® Due August 1

 

Beverly Hills, CA — To be considered for a 2006 scientific and technical achievement award in film, applicants must submit a completed entry form to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the Tuesday, August 1 filing deadline.

In late May, the Academy mailed more than 850 letters and entry forms to individuals and companies around the world specializing in motion picture science and technology.

“The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee casts a wide net when looking for achievements to consider for Academy Award® recognition,” explained Awards Administration Director Rich Miller. “The achievement can be a device or a discovery, a formula or a method, but it must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.”

The committee, which is composed of film industry engineers, scientists and craftspeople, will evaluate all submissions before making recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for award consideration.

The Academy recognizes scientific and technical achievement on three levels: Technical Achievement Award (a certificate), Scientific and Engineering Award (a plaque) and the Academy Award of Merit (an Oscar® statuette).

The 2006 Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2007, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Individuals and companies that did not receive the initial mailing and want to make a submission can download an application packet or apply online at www.oscars.org/scitech/.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Miller’s office at (310) 247-3000, ext. 130 or via e-mail at scitech@oscars.org.

Comic Industry Veteran Michael Davis Joinswith UMI to Launch New Series with a Multicultural Cast of Characters and Positive Content

 

Chicago, IL—UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc), the largest independent African American media firm providing positive content for the urban market, announces one of the biggest launches in comics history for the young multicultural audience—The Guardian LineThis series is the superbly styled result of the combined resources of UMI and creator of The Guardian Line Michael Davis. 

 

 

“This series of comics will invite young readers to become part of a universe filled with memorable and inspiring characters who look just like them.  Teenagers and kids in America face daily choices between good and evil.  As The Guardian Line keeps them highly entertained and coming back for more, it will nudge them toward the good,” states president of UMI, Carl Jeffrey Wright. 

 

 

“American youth culture is an _expression of Black culture,” says Michael Davis, co-creator of the Emmy winning animated show Static Shock! and one of the founders of the Black comic publishing phenomenon, Milestone Media.  “Black culture determines trends in clothing, music and language for young people from every cultural background in this country and worldwide.  These comics are not just for black kids.  They are universally appealing, both to urban readers who will recognize the realistic portrayal of their world and to affluent suburban hip-hop fans who haven’t experienced that world but are nevertheless drawn to the trends it creates.”   

 

 

For over 35 years UMI has been the trusted source for teaching materials and inspirational book titles in the African American church market  They are poised to reach a network of 40,000 churches and 1,500 bookstores with The Guardian Line—a larger audience than that of even Michael’s own Milestone Media. The Guardian Line will be available to the general market through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of English-language comics and related merchandise.

 

 

The Guardian Line includes four separate series (Joe and Max, The Seekers, Genesis 5, and Code) targeting specific age groups.  All the stories take place in the fictional New Hope City and feature the three essentials fans have come to expect in a Michael Davis universe: strong African American characters, a multicultural cast (some with extraordinary powers) and a guy named Larry.  The focus of each series is the battle between characters chosen to fight evil, in the form of New Hope City’s nefarious nemesis, Steven Dark.  While UMI wields its considerable experience to tailor the positive content to fit the needs of its market, Michael and a team of experienced A-list comic creators have crafted a comic universe that will surpass the expectations of seasoned comic readers who may be skeptical of a faith-based series.  UMI’s recruiting of the best talent in the comic industry infuses The Guardian Line with the hip legitimacy necessary to connect with young readers and is in character with the company’s reputation for producing graphically superior, relevant content. 

 

 

The unveiling of The Guardian Line is scheduled for September, 2006.  The first series released, targeting the tween segment, will be Joe and Max, based on Michael’s experiences in elementary school.  Additional titles will release weekly.  The comics will then be released bi-monthly for a total of six issues of each series per year.

 

 

www.TheGuardianLine.com

 

 

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Prints Photos without a Computer – Plays MP3s, Records Voice & Video!


 

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With a built-in microphone and recording capability, you can use Picture Porter Elite as a voice recorder to record lectures, interviews, or conferences.  Picture Porter Elite also records video straight from TV or any other video source with a scheduled recording function.  Using high-compression MPEG-4 encoding, Picture Porter Elite keeps the file sizes small for easy sharing while maintaining a high level of picture and sound quality.


 

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HAI Now Shipping 15A Relay Switch as Part of its Award-Winning HAI Lighting Control (HLC) Product Line - Only UPB Relay Switch on Market



Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), leading manufacturer of integrated
security and home control products since 1985, is now shipping a 15A Relay
Switch, Part number 40A00-1 as part of it's award-wining HLC line.  HLC
"smart" switches let homeowners easily set elegant lighting scenes for
individual rooms, without the use of complicated software programs. 

All HAI Lighting Control Products are UL-Listed and use a digital
communications standard for lighting and home control called Universal
Powerline Bus (UPB) that ensures superior reliability.  HAI's 15A Relay
switch is currently the only UPB relay switch on the market and is intended
primarily for control of fans and florescent lighting, including
compact fluorescents.   They are shipped in white with color change kits
(Part number 35A14) available in almond, ivory, black, brown, and grey. 
The 15A Relay switch is compatible with HAI's Auxiliary Switch (Part
number 37A00-1) for 3 - or 4 - way applications.

HAI's HLC line is a fully two-way communicating lighting control
system. It has big-system features while being cost effective and installable
on a modular basis.  Homeowners can have sophisticated lighting control
in a home theater or living room and add rooms as needs grow.
Additionally HLC switches can be tied into an HAI home control system or any UPB
compatible automation controller for full fledged integrated lighting
control coordinated with other events, such as time, motion, security
modes, etc.

HLC products are extremely easy to install - no modifications to the
home are required. These plug and play products are an easy way to add a
touch of class to any home.

For more information on HAI's HLC product line, including technical
specifications and how to purchase, please visit www.homeauto.com

About HAI:  HAI is a privately held manufacturer of integrated
automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in
New Orleans, LA.  Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of
award-winning automation products, including automation controllers,
communicating programmable thermostats, smart light switches, and
software that allows access and control of an automation system over the
Internet.  All products are sold through HAI's worldwide network of
Distribution Partners and installed by over 1000 trained dealers.

Boeing Completes Critical Wideband Gapfiller Satellite Ground Compatibility Tests

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced its Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS) program has successfully completed two more key space-to-ground compatibility tests with partners Universal Space Network (USN) and ITT Industries. The joint tests, conducted at the Boeing Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., proved the interoperability between the satellite and two key ground control systems used during orbital operations.

Boeing and USN demonstrated the compatibility between the satellite's telemetry, command and ranging systems and USN's ground network. Testers controlled a WGS satellite via USN's ground network simulator at Boeing's mission control center in El Segundo. USN's network of ground stations in Hawaii, Alaska and a collaborative station in Italy will play crucial roles during WGS transfer orbit operations and initial on-orbit testing.

"The successful completion of these two tests retires a significant amount of risk for the WGS program and further validates the compatibility of its satellite and ground equipment," said Claire Leon, Boeing WGS program director. "This keeps the WGS launch on track for 2007."

Boeing also verified telemetry and command interface compatibility between the satellite and the Gapfiller Satellite Configuration and Control Element (GSCCE). The GSCCE payload control system, designed by Boeing and ITT Industries, will be fielded at Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Centers around the world. The tests confirmed the system's ability to properly configure the digital channelizer and the X-band phased array antennas, which are key elements of the WGS communications payload.

WGS is the key element of a high-capacity satellite communications system, designed to quickly disseminate large amounts of data to the warfighter. With a growing need for bandwidth, including two-way, point-to-point, multicast and broadcast communications, the WGS satellites will provide additional network-centric communications capabilities for troops in the field.

Boeing is under contract to build three satellites for the WGS program. The U.S. Air Force also has authorized Boeing to begin non-recurring engineering and advanced procurement of parts for a fourth WGS satellite. The WGS system is a multi-spacecraft constellation designed to provide improved communications support for America's warfighters.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.

U.N. council: 'Unhappy over Lebanon deaths, problem is that there is a war going on.

The U.N. Security Council called Sunday for an end to the violence in Lebanon and deplored Israel's airstrike on a house in the village of Qana which killed 56 people, almost all of them women and children.

A presidential statement, approved unanimously by the 15-member council in an emergency session, expressed "extreme shock and distress" at the Israeli attack early Sunday morning but stopped short of condemning it.

The council said it "strongly deplores this loss of innocent life and the killing of civilians in the present conflict."

Despite strong support from many council members for an immediate cease-fire, the statement only called for an end to violence and an urgent long-term solution to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

"The Security Council expresses its concern at the threat of escalation of violence with further grave consequences for the humanitarian situation, calls for an end to violence, and underscores the urgency of securing a lasting, permanent and sustainable cease-fire," the final document said.

Attempts by Qatar, the only Arab nation on the council, to strengthen the statement prolonged discussions late into the evening. But during the final negotiations, language "calling for a cessation of the current violence," was dropped.

"The Security Council expresses its extreme shock and distress at the shelling by the Israeli Defense Forces of a residential building in Qana, in southern Lebanon, which has caused the killing of dozens of civilians, mostly children, and injured many others," the final statement said.

The statement also called for the council to "work without further delay to adopt a resolution for a lasting settlement of the crisis."

In the three weeks since fighting began, the Security Council's only response has been a weak statement expressing shock and distress at Israel's bombing of a U.N. post on the Lebanon border Tuesday that killed four unarmed U.N. military observers.

At the start of the meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan again demanded an immediate halt to the violence, condemning the Israeli airstrike that demolished a building in Qana. He told the Security Council he was "deeply dismayed" that his previous calls for a cease-fire had gone unheeded.

Annan said the region was growing impatient that U.N.'s most powerful body had yet to issue any meaningful response after three weeks of war in Lebanon.

"Action is needed now before many more children, women and men become casualties of a conflict over which they have no control," Annan said.

Qatar had circulated a draft statement on behalf of Arab nations meant to address Annan's concerns. It would have called for an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and condemn the "loss of civilian lives in the town of Qana due to the deliberate targeting" by Israel. It would also have sought an international investigation "into the Israeli massacre."

The sharply worded draft had no chance of being accepted by the full council for the same reason that the council has been able to do little until now. The United States, Israel's closest ally, has so far refused to back Annan's call for a cease-fire, and U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said the U.S. does not want any condemnation of the attack.

Bolton said the statement had to address what the U.S. says is the root cause of the conflict — Hezbollah's continued grip on southern Lebanon and its attacks on Israel.

Bolton said he was "pleased" with the statement, saying its purpose was not to condemn the bombing which is still under investigation.

"It's the loss of civilian life that we regret," he said. "The question of whether it was an accident is obviously something that will be investigated. That's what the government of Israel concludes, and I think in that case it's a tragic consequence of an unavoidable accident of war," he said.

Lebanese special envoy Nouhad Mahoud expressed disappointment with the statement and said Israel's announcement late Sunday that it was suspending airstrikes on south Lebanon for 48 hours was inadequate.

"There is no cease-fire and there is no cessation of hostilities," he told reporters at the United Nations late Sunday, referring to Israel's announcement. "We are looking for much more to spare the civilians more atrocities and more bloodshed."

Speaking before the council, Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman called it a "horrible, sad and bloody Sunday." While he apologized for the airstrike on Qana, he said there was no comparison between Hezbollah, which intentionally targets Israeli civilians and uses Lebanese civilians as human shields, and Israel, which tries to avoid civilian casualties.

"Those people including women and children who were killed in this horrible tragic incident may have been killed by Israeli fire but they are the victims of the Hezbollah," Gillerman said. "They are the victims of terror. If there were no Hezbollah this would never have happened."

Syria's Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari faulted the United States for the attack.

"These bombs which killed 57 children and women are American bombs," Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said.

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A doctor who oversaw dozens of Missouri executions until his questionable practices led a judge to suspend executions in the state, has been sued for malpractice more than 20 times and has a history of making medical mistakes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday.

Alan R. Doerhoff, 62, also has been banned from at least two Missouri hospitals and was publicly reprimanded by the state's Board of Healing Arts in 2003 because Doerhoff was trying to conceal malpractice claims from hospitals where he was working, the newspaper reported.

The state Attorney General's Office was aware of the reprimand, but the state Department of Corrections continued to employ Doerhoff to handle lethal injections, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Indeed, the state tried to keep his identity a secret in an appeal earlier this year by inmate Michael A. Taylor, who claimed the heart-stopping drug given in lethal injections can cause excruciating pain if the inmate is not given proper levels of anesthesia first.

Lawyers reviewing execution logs found that the anesthesia Doerhoff had prepared for Taylor's execution before it was stayed in February was only half the amount it should have been, and records of previous executions indicated similar improperly prepared doses.

The doctor then admitted he was dyslexic, sometimes transposing numbers, and last month U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan suspended executions until the state hires a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure that the drugs used in lethal injections were properly prepared.

Mel Gibson's Future in doubt


Hollywood debated the future of one of its biggest stars Sunday as a sheriff's watchdog launched an investigation into a possible cover up of a leaked report that quoted Mel Gibson unleashing a tirade of anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken driving arrest. (He won a best-director Oscar for 1995's "Braveheart.")

Gibson, 50, was arrested after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said deputies clocked him doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone.

A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.

Gibson posted $5,000 bail and was released hours later.

In his statement, Gibson also said he has struggled with alcoholism and had taken steps "to ensure my return to health."

One media expert said Gibson irreparably damaged his career with his "crazy" behavior following his arrest by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Malibu early Friday. Charges of anti-Semitism were also leveled against the actor-director with the release of his 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ."

"It's a nuclear disaster for him," said publicist Michael Levine, who has represented Michael Jackson and Charlton Heston, among others. "I don't see how he can restore himself."

The entertainment Web site TMZ posted what it said were four pages from the original arrest report, which quoted Gibson as launching an expletive-laden "barrage of anti-Semitic remarks" after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway.

According to the report, in addition to threatening the arresting deputy and trying to escape, Gibson said, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the officer, James Mee, "Are you a Jew?"

The report has not been made public, but the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that it had independently verified its authenticity.

Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, would not elaborate beyond a nonspecific apology Gibson issued Saturday. Sheriff's sources also declined to comment on Gibson's alleged remarks.

Studio executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, were divided on how Gibson's behavior would affect his career. One noted that people have short memories, including filmmakers who might want to profit from Gibson's star power.

Filmgoers, too, could overlook much if the film is perceived as worthwhile.

"Usually it comes down to the marketing of the movie and does the average person want to see the film," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.

The Office of Independent Review, a department watchdog panel, has opened an investigation into whether authorities gave Gibson preferential treatment by covering up his alleged inflammatory comments, said its chief attorney, Mike Gennaco.

"Assuming that the report was excised, then the question is was it done for a good reason within regulations," he said.

Gibson has filmed public service announcements for Sheriff Lee Baca's relief committee dressed in a sheriff's uniform.

"There is no cover-up," Baca told the Los Angeles Times. "Our job is not to (focus) on what he said. It's to establish his blood-alcohol level when he was driving and proceed with the case. Trying someone on rumor and innuendo is no way to run an investigation, at least one with integrity."

Gibson said in his apology that he said "despicable" things to deputies during his arrest.

"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable," Gibson said.

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called Gibson's apology "unremorseful and insufficient."

"It's not a proper apology because it does not go to the essence of his bigotry and his anti-Semitism," he said in a statement on the organization's Web site. "We would hope that Hollywood now would realize the bigot in their midst and that they will distance themselves from this anti-Semite."

This is not the first time Gibson has faced accusations of anti-Semitism. Gibson produced, directed and financed "Passion," which some Jewish leaders said cast Jews as the killers of Jesus.

In a 2004 interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Gibson said he was not anti-Semitic.

"To be anti-Semitic is a sin," he said. "It's been condemned by one Papal Council after another. To be anti-Semitic is to be un-Christian, and I'm not."

Days before "Passion" was released, Gibson's father Hutton Gibson was quoted saying the Holocaust was mostly "fiction." The younger Gibson has said that he will not speak against his father.

Gibson, 50, was arrested after deputies stopped his 2006 Lexus LS 430 for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said deputies clocked him doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone.

A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.

Gibson posted $5,000 bail and was released hours later.

In his statement, Gibson also said he has struggled with alcoholism and had taken steps "to ensure my return to health."

Carl Edwards and Henkel Team Up for Busch Series Victory at Gateway

 

First Win for Missouri Native at His Hometown Track

 Missouri native Carl Edwards and Henkel celebrated Edwards' win Saturday night at the NASCAR Busch Series Silver Celebration 250 at Gateway International Speedway. Edwards, driving the No. 60 Henkel Ford Fusion, overtook Denny Hamlin with eight laps left to chalk up his first victory at his hometown track. Edwards is from Columbia, Mo., about a two-hour drive from Gateway. The win was Edwards' fourth Busch Series victory of the season.

The Gateway race was one of Henkel's 14 primary sponsorship races with Edwards and Roush Racing during the 2006 Busch Series season. Several Henkel brands are participating in the sponsorship of the No. 60 car this season, including Dial(R) For Men soaps and body washes, Renuzit(R) air fresheners, Combat(R) insecticides, Dep(R) Sport hair styling products, Loctite(R) adhesives, Duck(R) brand duct tape, and Polyseamseal(R) caulks. Henkel also has an associate sponsorship with Edwards and Roush for an additional 21 races in the 2006 Busch Series.

"We're thrilled with Carl's win at Gateway and the great visibility it gives Henkel and our brands," said John Knudson, President of Henkel of America, Inc. "We're delighted to have partners of the caliber of Carl Edwards and Roush Racing, and their reputation and performance on the track are exactly in line with what Henkel brands are all about - quality and performance."

In addition to its Busch Series sponsorship, Henkel is also an Official Partner of Roush Racing. Henkel collaborates with Roush Racing and Roush Industries, Livonia, MI, on assembly and maintenance applications for the Edwards' car and provides them with Loctite(R) brand products.

Henkel of America, Inc. is the North American affiliate of Henkel KGaA, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany. Henkel markets a wide variety of consumer and industrial brands in North America, including Dial(R) soap, Purex(R) laundry detergent, Dep(R) and got2b(R) hair styling products, Duck(R) brand duct tape, and Loctite(R) adhesives. Henkel has grown significantly in the North American market during the past two years as the result of several acquisitions, and now generates 23 percent of its worldwide sales in North America.

About Henkel:

"Henkel - a Brand Like a Friend." Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company, operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2005, Henkel generated worldwide sales of 11.974 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for Henkel worldwide. People in 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel

Oakland Athletics/Dodger Postgame Alert

July 30, 2006

Toronto 5, Oakland 6 at McAfee Coliseum
Toronto Record: (57-48)
Oakland Record: (55-50)

Winning pitcher - Huston Street (4-3)
Losing pitcher - B.J. Ryan (1-1)


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TOR HR - R. Johnson (7)
OAK HR - M. Bradley (6)

 

Washington 3, Los Angeles 4 at Dodger Stadium
Washington Record: (46-59)
Los Angeles Record: (50-55)

Winning pitcher - Jonathan Broxton (2-0)
Losing pitcher - Jon Rauch (3-2)
SV - Takashi Saito (9)


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WAS HR - None
LAD HR - J. CruzJr. (5) J. Drew (11) A. Ethier (10)

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Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert

The Dodgers sent relief pitcher Danys Baez, infielder Willy Aybar and cash considerations to Atlanta for infielder Wilson Betemit in a trade that was not announced until minutes before Friday night's game against the Nationals. Betemit will play third base, with Cesar Izturis starting at second.

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trading deadline extends to July 31.

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July 28, 2006

Toronto 4, Oakland 3 at McAfee Coliseum
Toronto Record: (57-46)
Oakland Record: (53-50)

Winning pitcher - Scott Downs (5-1)
Losing pitcher - Esteban Loaiza (4-7)
SV - B.J. Ryan (25)


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OAK HR - F. Thomas (23)

 

The Dodgers sent relief pitcher Danys Baez, infielder Willy Aybar and cash considerations to Atlanta for infielder Wilson Betemit in a trade that was not announced until minutes before Friday night's game against the Nationals. Betemit will play third base, with Cesar Izturis starting at second.

"He's one of the best young players in the league," general manager Ned Colletti said. "He's someone we're going to have here for a while."

Betemit has a .281 average, 30 runs and 56 hits in 87 games this season. The switch-hitter has nine home runs and 29 RBIs, and is hitting .317 with 13 RBIs in the month of July. In addition, the native of the Dominican Republic has a .333 average with runners in scoring position.

Baez, acquired by the Dodgers in the offseason, went 5-5 with a 4.35 ERA this year. He served as a closer earlier in the season, but was replaced by Takashi Saito.

Aybar batted. 250 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in limited play this season. The rookie made his Major League debut in 2005 and primarily played second and third base

 

 

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trading deadline extends to July 31.

Here are some players who might be on the move:

 
OF Alfonso Soriano
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Nationals have asked the Angels for one of their top young pitchers already in the Majors (John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana) and either Howie Kendrick or Brandon Wood in a deal for Alfonso Soriano. The Tigers have also reportedly made pitching prospect Humberto Sanchez available in a possible trade for Soriano, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.There were conflicting reports Wednesday on Soriano, according to MLive.com, with some suggesting Washington wanted to move fast, while others said Nationals general manager Jim Bowden will wait until the final hours before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. A hint that the Tigers are still in the mix for Soriano may have come Wednesday, when Detroit designated Alexis Gomez for assignment, subtracting an outfielder from the roster.

 
SS Miguel Tejada
Contract status: Signed through 2009
July 28: The Angels have turned their attention on the three-time All-Star shortstop, whom they would move to third base. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Angels and Orioles exchanged proposals and were very far apart, with Baltimore wanting much more than GM Bill Stoneman sought to give up, including a package of Howie Kendrick and Ervin Santana. Other third basemen on the Angels' wish list include Aramis Ramirez, Chad Tracy and Morgan Ensberg. Sean Casey and Craig Wilson are other suspected targets if the Angels choose instead to upgrade at first.

 
SS Julio Lugo
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 28: Lugo, who has been named in connection to rumors that would have him sent to Toronto, reportedly received a contract offer from the Rays, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, but neither the team, Lugo or his agent would elaborate on what the deal was. His agent, Dan Lozano, told the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday. Lugo, who had previously been determined to test the free-agent market, said he's interested in staying put, the St. Petersburg Times reported. "I think we could work something out," Lugo said. "Realistically, I do. I like it here. I don't know yet. I don't know what's going to happen.

 
RHP Cory Lidle
Contract status:
Signed through 2006
July 28: The Philadelphia Enquirer reported that scouts from the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays were in attendance for Lidle's last start, Thursday against the Diamondbacks, hinting that they all have interest in the Phillies hurler.

 
1B Ryan Shealy
Contract status: Pre-arbitration.
July 28: The Rockies continue to shop the youngster, according to the Denver Post but Colorado seeks young pitching in return. The Yankees have interest in Shealy, while the Royals have offered Jeremy Affeldt and Baltimore's LaTroy Hawkins is a Rockies target.

 
RHP Jon Lieber
Contract status: Signed through 2007
July 28: Lieber drew a large audience of scouts at his win on Wednesday in what could have been his final start as a member of the Phillies, according to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News. The New York Daily News noted that with Philip Hughes out of the picture for Philadelphia, they may be willing to deal Bobby Abreu for lesser prospects as long as the Yankees also take Lieber. The Twins and the Red Sox have both been linked to Lieber. But the Boston Herald reports the Sox aren't willing to move either Jon Lester or Craig Hansen in a deal for Lieber.

 
IF-OF Craig Wilson
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 28: The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Wilson still seems to a natural fit for the Yankees, and the Pirates are interested in righty prospect Steven White. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Angels continue to show interest in Craig Wilson. But as is often the case with Pittsburgh, their asking price -- a big-league-ready starting pitcher and a promising prospect -- has tempered talks.

 
RHP Greg Maddux
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 28: USA Today reported that the Giants have entered trade talks with the Cubs for the veteran right-handed starter. The Las Vegas resident has also been linked with San Francisco's division rivals, Los Angeles and San Diego. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said Friday that Maddux had earned the right to seek a move to a contender if he so desired.

 
RHP Kip Wells
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 28: The Mets continue to pursue Wells, but talks are in "holding pattern" and have largely stalled, the New York Post reported. The reasons are twofold: Pittsburgh's general manager is being unreasonable in his demands and the Mets are likely beginning to question if Wells would truly offer an upgrade to their rotation.

 
RHP Rodrigo Lopez
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 28: The Baltimore Sun reported that Lopez's struggles this season have caused several teams to back off in their pursuit of the 30-year-old right-hander, though one team source maintained Wednesday that around "four or five" teams still are interested in Lopez. The Mets, who had a scout at Kauffman Stadium throughout the Orioles' series in Kansas City, are believed to have cooled significantly on Lopez, who has given up more earned runs (93) and hits (168) than any other pitcher in the American League.

 
LHP Barry Zito
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: The Mets remain heavily interested in the Athletics' southpaw, according to Newsday, but New York is worried about creating another Scott Kazmir-type public relations firestorm if they let go of Lastings Milledge. Other New York papers have noted that the A's are willing to part with Zito if Milledge is involved.

 
IF Wilson Betemit
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: The possibility of the Yankees sending Scott Proctor to Atlanta for Wilson Betemit has cooled, according to the Star-Ledger, as the Yankees have fresh concerns for reliever Kyle Farnsworth's back and Octavio Dotel's return is far from imminent. There have also been rumors for a number of weeks linking Betemit to a deal which would send Scott Linebrink to Atlanta.

 
OF Shawn Green
Contract status: Signed through 2007, mutual option for '08
July 27: The Arizona Republic reported on Thursday that the Mariners, Cardinals and Yankees have shown interest in Green. He has a no-trade clause to all but a number of West Coast teams. Any move would open a spot for recent rookie callup Carlos Quentin.

 
RHP Joe Borowski
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: The Giants are keeping a close eye on Florida's closer, Joe Borowski, according the San Francsico Chronicle. Armando Benitez has encountered increasing struggles in the closer's role for the Giants.

 
RHP Salomon Torres
Contract status: Signed through 2008 (option for 2009)
July 27: The reigning World Series champions have emerged as a suitor for Torres. According to the Chicago Tribune, Torres and former White Sox closer Roberto Hernandez are potential options for the Sox bullpen, although it's possible the pursuit of a 12th pitcher for the staff has cooled with the addition of Mike MacDougal. San Francisco is also in pursuit of the former Giant, with the Pirates eying a young left-handed hitting first baseman or corner outfielder in return, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bolstering the bullpen still remains a concern for San Francisco, and the Giants still have the means to pull off the trade with Pittsburgh. After last week's trade for Shea Hillenbrand, there are a slew of first basemen in the Giants' system. Two first sackers in particular are Minor Leaguers Lance Niekro and Travis Ishikawa. San Francisco outfielder Todd Linden is another candidate to be traded.

 
LHP Dontrelle Willis
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: According to the New York Daily News, one presumably plugged-in baseball source said that the southpaw can be made available if a club would "overwhelm" the Marlins with an offer.

 
IF Todd Walker
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 27: With Ben Broussard's trade to Seattle, the list of potential suitors for Walker likely dropped by one. ESPN.com has reported that the Rangers have some interest in Walker
 
RHP Miguel Batista
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 26: The East Valley Tribune reported on Thursday that the Mets remain interested in Batista, but Arizona refuses to move him. Still, the Diamondbacks are planning on scouting Brian Bannister's rehab start on Wednesday.
 
2B Jose Vidro
Contract status: Signed through 2008
July 26: Vidro was drawing interest but a left hamstring injury that placed the infielder on the disabled list has likely ended the pursuit. "We don't trade injured players," Jim Bowden told the Washington Times. "We want to get our players healthy, regardless of who they are. You don't trade injured players. I'm always upfront and honest with GMs I'm talking to on their health. That's the only way you can do business."

 
1B Jeff Conine
Contract status: Signed through 2006, option for 2007
July 26: There's still a reasonable chance the O's could trade Conine before Monday's non-waiver deadline. The Cardinals, Braves, Reds and Mariners are among the teams that are interested in the veteran, who would likely bring a mid-level prospect in return.
 
OF Bobby Abreu
Contract status: Signed through 2007
July 26: Abreu still is receiving plenty of attention, but potential suitors are looking at other options with Phillies GM Pat Gillick asking a return package that includes at least one elite prospect who is close to Major League-ready, according to a report in the Bucks County Courier Times. The Yankees are the club most interested, but a deal is unlikely with Yankees GM Brian Cashman unwilling to part with Trenton Thunder RHP Philip Hughes, the organization's top pitching prospect. The Phillies are insisting on Hughes and are unwilling to making any other Yankees prospect as a centerpiece to a deal, while Cashman is telling others that he won't come off his stance. The Phils need a third baseman for 2007 with David Bell headed for free agency, but they're not high on prospect Eric Duncan, another Trenton player whose stock has dropped since January when he was ranked the organization's No. 2 prospect by Baseball America.

 
RHP Jake Westbrook
Contract status: Signed through 2006 with club option for '07
July 26: The Plain Dealer reported that many scouts have been watching the Tribe during the first two series of their current nine-game homestand against the Twins, Tigers and Mariners. Arizona, which scouted Jake Westbrook's two most recent starts, is interested. "I haven't heard anything," said Westbrook, "but getting traded is part of this business."

 
3B Aaron Boone
Contract status: Signed through 2006 with mutual option for '07
July 26: With Andy Marte's arrival with the Tribe imminent, Indians GM Mark Shapiro is likely actively trying to move Boone prior to Monday's deadline.
 
1B Sean Casey
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 25: The Los Angeles Times reported that with Dallas McPherson's ongoing back spasms (his rehab assignment was stopped due to a relapse), the club could be in the market for a first baseman. With no definitive option at first -- Kendry Morales has been struggling and Robb Quinlan has been platooning -- McPherson likely would have become the starter if he returned from the disabled list. McPherson may not return any time soon, which puts the Angels in the market for a first baseman -- and Sean Casey in the best option. Mike Scioscia acknowledged the team is in need for depth at first base, so the Angels could try to trade for one at the deadline.

 
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 25: With pitcher Rodrigo Lopez and catcher Javy Lopez having disappointing seasons, Hawkins has become perhaps the Orioles' most valuable trade commodity, the Baltimore Sun noted.

 
LHP Damaso Marte
Contract status: Signed through 2006 (options for 2007, 2008)
July 24: The Astros have expressed interest in Marte, according to a source close to the Astros, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Solid left-handed relievers are always at a premium and the Pirates have three of them. They might be willing to part with Marte, the most experienced and expensive ($2.25 million) member of their southpaw bullpen trio.

 
3B Joe Randa
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 21: The Padres and the Brewers appear to be interested in Pirates third baseman Joe Randa, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Milwaukee is looking for a third baseman after realizing that Corey Koskie is experiencing complications from a concussion and San Diego is currently employing a platoon system at third after cutting Vinny Castilla. If the Pirates are seriously interested in a deal, though, they will likely have to take on part of the $1.6 million he is still owed this season.

 
LHP Mark Redman
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 20: Interest in Redman should increase given his recent success, The Kansas City Star noted. Redman had won his last six decisions before throwing a complete game in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Boston. "All of these teams are looking for pitching," an opposing scout was quoted as saying. "They're going to get down to the last few days, look around, and figure he's a good option."

 
RHP Kyle Lohse
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 20: Scouts from teams such as the Dodgers, Brewers, Cardinals and Yankees continue to frequent the Metrodome, no doubt studying Lohse, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune noted. Lohse's name also appeared in the Providence Journal as someone who might interest the Red Sox. Still seen to have plenty of potential and coveted for his ability to eat up innings, Lohse could provide a team with a No. 4 or No. 5 starter.

 
OF Jeromy Burnitz
Contract status: Signed through 2006 (option for 2007)
July 19: The Yankees are involved in "very serious" discussions with the Pirates about acquiring reliever Roberto Hernandez, the Newark Star-Ledger reported, but the holdup could be the Pirates' insistance that the Yankees absorb the contract of Burnitz, who is still owed roughly $2.5 million this year. Plus, there is a $500,000 payment if he is traded and it would take $700,000 to buy out the final year of his contract next season.

 
OF Reggie Sanders
Contract status: Signed through 2007
July 19: The Yankees are believed to still have interest in Sanders despite a minor groin injury and low production (.244 average and no home runs since June 18). Sanders would bring consistent production and solid veteran leadership to any clubhouse.
 
OF Torii Hunter
Contract status: Signed through 2006 with a club option for 2007
July 17: Hunter is pretty much off the market after sustaining a fractured left foot on Sunday. Still, the face of the Twins franchise has a $12 million club option for next season which appears to be a bit out of the Twins' payscale. A long-term deal could solidify Hunter's status as a Twin.

 
OF Jay Payton
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 17: The San Jose Mercury News reports Payton wants to stay where he is, rather than be traded. It appears that the A's do have quality players to deal in Payton, Bobby Kielty and Dan Johnson. Johnson (first baseman) was sent down to the Minors to make for Milton Bradley coming off the DL. Payton started the season as a fourth outfielder and he and Kielty are leading the team in hitting with runners in scoring position. They are are also 1-2 in batting average for the A's. Kielty started the year in Triple-A.

 
RHP Livan Hernandez
Contract status: Signed through 2007
July 14: Newsday reported that the Mets have been looking at different teams for pitching help, and that Hernandez is on the top of their list. Some in the Nationals organization would love to keep him, but others want to trade him for prospects.

 
RHP Shawn Chacon
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 14: With the acquisition of Sidney Ponson, the Yankees may be able to deal Chacon in a package for a modest outfielder such as Philadelphia's David Dellucci, Pittsburgh's Jeremy Burnitz, Kansas City's Emil Brown or Cleveland's Todd Hollandsworth, The New York Times noted. The Mariners aren't biting on a Chacon-for-Joel Pineiro deal, Newsday reported.

 
OF Jose Guillen
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 14: The Yankees have interest in Guillen, according to ESPN.com. The Nationals seem to think they can get something for him as long as he starts producing. But he hasn't had a good year with the bat all season. The Nationals were winning when Guillen was on the disabled list, and people in the organization took notice of it. The losing has come back once he returned.

 
RHP Joel Pineiro
Contract status: Signed through 2006
July 13: Pineiro has been inconsistent all season, which might scare some teams away. Another problem in trading Pineiro is that unless you get a pitcher back, you still have to find a way to replace him. When he's on, Pineiro throws a lot of strikes and gets good mileage out of his breaking ball. The Mariners aren't interested in dealing him to the Yankees for Shawn Chacon, according to a published report.

 
3B Miguel Cabrera
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Making $472,000, a strong case can be made that the slugger is the best bargain in baseball. Just 23, it is extremely unlikely that the Marlins will even entertain serious offers for Cabrera, one of the top talents in the game. Becomes arbitration eligible after this season, and his salary expects to skyrocket to the $6 million or more range in 2007. Isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2009 season.

 
RHP John Smoltz
Contract status:$8 million club option for 2007 season
Unless they are floored with an offer, the Braves likely won't move the veteran. But there are a number of teams who may be willing to offer something intriguing to ensure he's in their postseason starting rotation.
 
OF Scott Podsednik
Contract status: Signed through 2006, two years, $2.75 million ($1.9 million in 2006)
It's unlikely Podsednik will be moved anywhere, not with his importance as the offensive igniter at the top of the batting order. But with Podsednik's 2006 season being a bit inconsistent, Pablo Ozuna playing great baseball and the team looking for a spot for Minor-League phenom Josh Fields, Podsednik could be moved if the return is worthwhile.

 
RHP Jon Garland
Contract status: Signed through 2008, three-year, $29 million
The sinkerball specialist has been near the top of Major League pitchers in home runs allowed during the 2006 campaign and would figure to be the starter moved to eventually make room for Brandon McCarthy in the rotation. But Kenny Williams has no intention of trading pitching without getting pitching in return, and Garland has a no-trade clause through Nov. 1, 2006.

 
C Javy Lopez
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Lopez still wants to catch, but he'll need a trade to find a place to do it. Baltimore is committed to Ramon Hernandez as its primary catcher through the 2009 season, and Lopez will be 36 by the end of this season. The two-time All-Star can still hit and can still help a team as a backup catcher or designated hitter.

 
RHP Armando Benitez
Contract status: Signed through 2007
Benitez isn't enjoying his Giants stint, struggles to maintain consistency as a closer and has a penchant for creating dicey situations. He hasn't been the answer to the club's closer problems, but he's potent enough to entice offers.

 
OF Aaron Rowand
Contract status:
Signed through 2006
While he has been in Philadelphia for half a season, he has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to a tough attitude. His catch running into the outfield wall on May 11 gave him a spot in local sporting lore, not to mention a few broken bones in his face. Rowand signed a two-year deal with the White Sox in 2005, which has carried over. He's paid $3.25 million, and there are mutual options for 2007. If the Phillies decide on retooling, Rowand is one of their most tradable players.

 
OF Geoff Jenkins
Contract status: Signed through 2007, club option for 2008
Jenkins' $7.5 million contract this season, and $7 million in 2007, could be a turnoff for teams looking for a left-handed bat. But the Brewers are deep in corner outfield depth and would certainly consider all offers.

 
LHP Rheal Cormier
Contract status:
Signed through 2006, with an option for 2007
In what has been a disappointing season, Cormier has been one of the best relievers. The left-hander, not just a specialist, has become somewhat of a regular in the seventh inning, thanks to his 1.35 ERA in 34 appearances -- a major improvement from his 5.89 mark in 2005. If he were traded, Cormier would be leaving his 0.57 ERA at Citizens Bank Park behind. The 39-year-old is making $2.5 million in the second year of a two-year extension with a club option for 2007.

 
C Javier Valentin
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Like LaRue, Valentin has struggled to hit and lost playing time to Ross. If the Reds don't move LaRue, Valentin could be had. He's a switch-hitter but has lousy numbers batting right-handed. Last season, he set career highs with a .281 average 14 homers and 50 RBIs.
 
3B Jeff Cirillo
Contract status: Signed for 2006
Cirillo has revived his career since returning to Milwaukee, and is the kind of versatile defender and quality pinch-hitter a contender could covet. But most teams who have called regarding Cirillo have offered lower-level prospects, and the Brewers would rather keep him.
 
LHP Arthur Rhodes
Contract status:
Signed through 2006
The 36-year-old left-hander has encountered some trouble as the Phillies' eighth-inning man. One year after going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA with Cleveland, Rhodes is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in his first season in Philadelphia. Rhodes has allowed nearly two baserunners per inning. He is three teams and 2 1/2 years into a three-year deal signed with Oakland, and he is making $3.7 million this year.

 
OF Phil Nevin
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Nevin was acquired May 31 from Texas, and his spirits and average definitely improved when he got back in the National League. Trouble is, he may be best suited as a DH. A right-handed hitter with some power, Nevin has handled first base and left field well.
 
RHP Tim Hudson
Contract status: Signed through 2009 with $12 million mutual option for 2010
Hudson is still a bargain with a $6 million salary next year. But his inconsistencies bring up the question of if he's worth the money he'll get from his heavily back-loaded contract.
 
C Mike Lieberthal
Contract status:
Signed through 2006
Lieberthal has suffered from injuries to both knees and a hip strain that have kept him out of the lineup for a significant portion of 2006. The 34-year-old catcher has chronic soreness in his right knee and went on the DL after being hit on the left knee with a pitch in early May. He hasn't played since straining his hip during a June 5 game in Arizona. The two-time All-Star is in his option season of a contract that pays him $7.5 million this year.

 
RHP Ryan Franklin
Contract status:
Signed through 2006
After starting for three years for Seattle, the Phillies transformed the right-hander into a reluctant reliever, and he hasn't been comfortable in the role. The transition has been OK, with the exception of the long ball. While his 4.10 ERA is a point lower than his mark in 2005 with Seattle, Franklin -- who has always been prone to giving up home runs -- has allowed a bullpen-high nine in his 41 2/3 innings. Franklin is making $2.6 million in 2006.

 
RHP Jeff Suppan
Contract status: Signed through 2006.
The first choice would not be to deal from the Major League roster, but with every strong start by Anthony Reyes, it becomes more feasible for St. Louis to part with a starter in order to add a bat.
 
IF Marlon Anderson
Contract status: Signed through 2007
Continues to prove that he is a valuable player off the bench, but his skills are best suited for a team that is looking to win now. May go to a National League team, who needs to improve their bench.
 
RHP Tony Armas Jr.
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Must show that he can stay healthy past the All-Star break. If not, he will stay with the Nationals and then file for free agency. He was the Nationals' best starter for most the first half until a forearm injury sidelined him for a couple of starts.
 
RHP Guillermo Mota
Contract status: Signed through 2006
The Indians haven't received much value from Mota, acquired in the January Coco Crisp trade, but if a contender is willing to take a chance on the former setup man, the Tribe might be willing to listen.

 
RHP Jason Marquis
Contract status: Signed through 2006.
Marquis' inconsistency is baffling, but his arm still has value. With four of the Cards' starters eligible for free agency after the year, and two young right-handers looking ready to step in, it wouldn't be shocking to see a starter-for-hitter deal.
 
RHP Brian Moehler
Contract status: Signed through 2006
A likely candidate to be moved. The veteran is making $1.50 million. He's pitched much better for more than a month, but currently is on the disabled list with a sore right big toe. That has bothered him for more than a month, but he has pitched effectively through pain. Expected to be healthy before July 31, Moehler could be a prime candidate to go to a serious contender looking for another starter who also can pitch out of the bullpen. With so many young arms in the Marlins' system, moving Moehler would create a rotation spot.

 
2B Ronnie Belliard
Contract status: Signed through 2006
The Indians have never shown much interest in signing Belliard long-term, and his asking price in the offseason might be out of the club's range. The problem with trading Belliard, though, is the club doesn't have any legit everyday options for second base in-house. Utilityman Joe Inglett is unproven.

 
LHP Jamie Moyer
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Moyer's name has long been brought up in trade discussion, especially among those teams who are looking for a veteran arm to help them make a postseason push. The big problem is that, as a 10-and-5 player, Moyer reserves the rights to veto any trade. That's what he did last season, when the Astros and Braves showed interest.

 
OF Jason Lane
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Lane was handed the starting right field job out of Spring Training, but it took less than two months for him to lose it. Lane has been touted as having 40-homer potential, but he has yet to show that he can be an effective every day player at this level, and with the acquisition of Aubrey Huff, Lane was sent down. If the Astros go after a big name at the deadline, Lane could be packaged in with a handful of players in a trade.

 
1B/OF Daryle Ward
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Proved that he could come off the bench and have quality at-bats on a regular basis. American League team could use him as a designated hitter.
 
OF Rondell White
Contract status: Signed through 2006 with a club option for 2007
Slowed down by tightness in his left shoulder following surgery last season, White struggled as the DH during the first half. Could fit in for a team that needs another outfielder and the potential for hits.
 
2B Mark Grudzielanek
Contract status: Signed through 2006, with a possible club option for 2007
Solid both defensively and offensively, Grudzielanek has yet to make an error in 2006 and has hovered around .300. Royals GM Dayton Moore has said he isn't actively shopping anyone, but there could be a few clubs inquiring about Grudzielanek. The Mets appeared to be one of them, but their interest could be dropping off with Jose Reyes' recent run at the plate.

 
C Jason LaRue
Contract status: Signed through 2007
LaRue has been mired in a deep slump offensively and lost his starting job to emerging acquistion David Ross. Signed by the previous regime to a two-year, $9.1 million deal in December, the club could shed his salary ($5.2 million in '07) for more flexibility.
 
2B Marcus Giles
Contract status: Entering final arbitration-eligible offseason
Seems to be the most likely Braves player to be moved. He's set to get a healthy raise to his $3.85 million salary and his offensive struggles make one wonder if he'll ever be the player he was in the first few years of his career. Still he has some attractive trade value.
 
OF Trot Nixon
Contract status: Eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
As much as the Red Sox value Nixon's fire and on-base capability, he is one chip the Red Sox have in case a front-line pitcher becomes available. The Red Sox have two solid reserve outfielders in Wily Mo Pena and Gabe Kapler, which means they could cover themselves in the event Nixon was dealt. And the fact Nixon is eligible for free agency is another reason the Red Sox might be willing to deal him if the right type of player is on the market. Nixon is a solid left-handed hitter and an underrated defender. The Red Sox will think long and hard before trading one of their cornerstone players of the last several years.

 
OF Craig Monroe
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Marcus Thames' success as an everyday hitter over the past month has made the arbitration-eligible Monroe expendable. They're right-handed sluggers with very similar offensive games, but Monroe has done it over a longer time frame. He's likely the one Tiger on the big-league roster who could be included in a deal for a left-handed bat.

 
OF Melky Cabrera
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Cabrera has done a nice job filling in for Hideki Matsui in left field this season. If the Yankees are going to deal for a veteran outfielder, the 21-year-old may be one of the young players they'd be most willing to deal.
 
1B Andy Phillips
Contract status: Signed through 2006 (not yet eligible for arbitration)
Phillips has proven this season that he can be a productive big-league hitter with regular playing time. It's unlikely that New York would deal him, as the Yankees like him at first base and Jason Giambi at DH, but anything is possible.
 
RHP Scott Proctor
Contract status: Signed through 2006 (not yet eligible for arbitration)
Proctor has been a workhorse in the Yankees' bullpen this season, and with a mid-to-high 90s fastball as well as a solid curveball and two-seamer. Proctor has struggled over the past month, but his contract status could make him attractive to another team.
 
RHP Jaret Wright
Contract status: Signed through 2007
Wright has been effective recently, but he still hasn't been able to pitch deep into games. A clause in his contract allows the Yankees to buy out the final year of his deal for $4 million instead of paying him $7 million, but they could deal him instead.
 
OF Shannon Stewart
Contract status: Signed through 2006
During Stewart's time on the DL, Jason Kubel emerged for the Twins in left. Stewart is a valuable outfielder who won't fit into the Twins budget for 2007 and could be coveted by a variety of teams due to his leadoff nature as well.
 
OF Brian Anderson
Contract status: Signed through 2006, $330,000
The White Sox seem more than satisfied to be patient with Anderson, the team's top pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, with his stellar defense balancing out his offensive struggles. If general manager Ken Williams decides to pull the trigger on a center-field upgrade, though, a young talent such as Anderson probably would be a top request of another team.

 
RHP Matt Herges
Contract status: Signed through 2006
After a slow start, Herges has become an effective reliever. Earning $600,000 this season, the 36-year-old is a solid clubhouse presence and a reliever with a track record. Can eat up innings, and he could be a likely candidate to be moved if the Marlins want to give more seasoning to young relievers. Has the experience of closing, being used in setup and can work long relief.

 
1B/DH Kevin Millar
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Mill, chemistry player extraordinaire, may be nearing the end of his rope as a regular player. The veteran is still patient at the plate but is starting to lose his ability to hit for average and power. Millar would be a good pickup for a team on the verge of the playoffs and with a need for a pinch-hitter. Baltimore doesn't fit that description.

 
3B/OF Eric Hinske
Contract status: Signed through 2007
Toronto will probably look to shop Hinske, who has essentially become a pinch-hitter for the Jays. After he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2002, Toronto inked Hinske to a deal through next season. He's scheduled to make more than $5 million in '07, but his performance has dropped off over the last few seasons. Toronto would most likely have to pick up some of Hinske's contract in order to move him in a trade.

 
OF Carl Everett
Contract status: Signed through 2006, with a club option for 2007
Everett, who is playing for his eighth team, could well end up playing elsewhere by the end of the trading deadline, especially if a team is looking for a left-handed bat with some power. Everett has changed homes during the season several times in his career.
 
C Mike Piazza
Contract status:Club and player option for 2007
Piazza has delivered cleanup power and has been instrumental in guiding the pitching staff, but the emergences of Josh Bard and Rob Bowen as quality receivers could make the future Hall of Famer available to a club in search of a loud bat, perhaps Oakland, Anaheim or the Yankees.

 
RHP Scott Cassidy
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Cassidy has been highly productive in middle relief, but that's an area of depth on the club, and he could be involved in a deal for a productive hitter.
 
LHP Ray King
Contract status: Making $2.5 million in 2006, the end of a two-year deal, and has a $2.85 million club option for 2007.
King was brought to the Rockies to give the 'pen experience, but his recent struggles and the fact the team might reduce the bullpen by one to add a position player could make him a chip to obtain something else.

 
RHP Josh Fogg
Contract status: Signed for $850,000 for this season.
Fogg has been on-again, off-again in the Rockies' rotation. With prospects such as Ubaldo Jimenez and Miguelo Asencio at Triple-A, or with the Rockies a threat to end up with an experienced starter through deadline dealings, he could be dangled.
 
OF Cory Sullivan
Contract status: Pre-arbitration.
With talent all over the Rockies' system and Choo Freeman and Ryan Spilborghs cutting into his playing time, Sullivan could be as attractive to other teams searching for a fourth outfielder as he is to the Rockies as a part-time starter. Sullivan's speed and throwing arm could make him attractive.

 
SS/3B Cesar Izturis
Contract status: Signed through 2007 with option for 2008
He's played third base better than he expected, but he lacks the power for the position and he wants to return to his shortstop. To include him in a deal the Dodgers would need to be getting a premium player in return.
 
OF/3B Jeff Baker
Contract status:Last year of a four-year, $2 million deal
Injuries have derailed Baker's climb. Although other teams may like his potential for power, the Rockies are more inclined to see if he can stay healthy and help them this year or next.
 
RHP Odalis Perez
Contract status: Signed through 2007 with option for 2008
He's owed about $18 million, he's lost his fastball and his starting job. He's been available all year, but the huge contract and bloated ERA isn't a very attractive combination.
 
OF Jose Cruz Jr.
Contract status: Signed through 2006 with option for 2007
He's a useful player in the outfield with a good eye at the plate, but his power has been fleeting and his average dropping. He's struggled batting left-handed so badly that he's really not a switch-hitter right now.
 
OF Ricky Ledee
Contract status: Signed through 2006
He's been a professional left-handed hitter when he's not injured, but he's been injured a lot. It's not ideal to have a rookie like Andre Ethier pinch-hitting, but he's made Ledee expendable.
 
RHP Joaquin Benoit
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Benoit is a right-handed reliever who a number of teams were interested in back in Spring Training, including the Atlanta Braves. He has some of the best stuff on the Rangers staff and had moments of brilliance as a reliever. But he yet to earn manager Buck Showalter's trust as a front-line setup reliever.

 
OF Luis Gonzalez
Contract status: Signed through 2006
The D-Backs hold a $10 million option on Gonzalez for 2007, but it's unlikely they would pick it up as they try to make room for young corner outfielders like Carlos Quentin and Scott Hairston. Gonzalez has a no-trade clause and it's unclear whether he would approve a deal.
 
RHP Heath Bell
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Only because he is the 25th man/12th pitcher on the team is he included here. Willie Randolph has given greater responsibility of late, but he remains the relieve more likely to pitch with a large deficit or larger lead. If the Mets have a chance to import a better reliever and the other club would accept Bell, the deal would happen.

 
SS Craig Counsell
Contract status: Signed through 2006
Counsell could be dealt if the D-Backs want to make room for top prospect shortstop Stephen Drew. Counsell has played short this season, but also can play third and second and has performed well in the postseason before.

 
2B Ray Durham
Contract status: Signed through 2006.
Produdes sporadically, but variety of injuries has meant much shuffling of players to fill second base role. With rookie Kevin Frandsen in the wings, it's time to cut losses and look to the future.
 
RHP Tim Worrell
Contract status:
Signed through 2007.
The right-handed reliever is 38, but he's had a rough year, allowing too many late-inning homers and dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck. He's not the same pitcher who saved 38 games with the Giants in 2003. Way past his prime.
 
RHP Brad Hennessey
Contract status:
Signed through 2006.
Stuck in no-man's land as a right-handed long reliever, Hennessey has shown the ability to start and or go two or three innings out of the bullpen. Likely a long-term rotation pitcher, he's a keeper, yet his proven ability is attractive to suitors.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

 

 

Rookie of the Year to move from Rahal team for '07



 

Danica Patrick said it was a “relief” that her status for 2007 has been resolved and made public. Now the ’05 Bombardier Rookie of the Year can concentrate fully on winning her first IndyCar Series race.

Andretti Green Racing announced that it has signed Patrick to drive one of the team’s IndyCar Series cars, beginning in 2007. She is the third driver under contract to the team for next season. Patrick joins 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan, who won the July 23 race at The Milwaukee Mile, and Marco Andretti, who was named the JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year after finishing second in the 90th Indianapolis 500 in May.

Patrick, coming off her second consecutive fourth-place finish, was in the final year of her contract with Rahal Letterman Racing. The team also fields cars for Buddy Rice and Jeff Simmons.

“I’ve been grilled a little bit lately for what I’m going to do in the future,” Patrick told ESPN News from Chicago, where she was making an unrelated media appearance. “I’ve said all along that I just want to win races. Andretti Green has won more races (22) than anyone in the series. I’ve said all along that my passion, my heart, my soul has always been in IndyCar racing.

“If there was a team that was going to give me a chance to win in the Indy Racing League, that’s where I’m going to be.”

In 26 starts, Patrick has four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Last year, she burst into the international spotlight with a fourth place in the 89th Indianapolis 500, in which she became the first female to lead a lap. Rahal Letterman Racing is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal and TV personality David Letterman.

“I obviously informed (Rahal Letterman Racing officials) recently that I wasn’t going to be coming back to the team, and thanked (Bobby) for every thing he’s done,” Patrick said. “Nobody stepped up four and five years ago. He did and gave me a chance and brought me to the Indy Racing League. I wouldn’t be here without him. I will be forever grateful for what he’s done for me.”

Andretti Green currently fields four full-time IndyCar Series entries and the team announced its intentions to do so in 2007. Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti also compete in the series. Herta is the defending champion of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the next stop on the schedule July 29-30.

Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, has led 1,772 laps in his 60 starts. He has seven victories, 41 top-five and 48 top-10 finishes. Andretti is working on a streak of four top-10s, including fifth place in the ABC SUpply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 on July 23. Herta was sixth and Franchitti seventh.

“When I let the team know that I wouldn’t be back, I stressed that it shouldn’t come out so soon and we should wait until the end of the year,” Patrick said. “But so much has come out and so much has happened. With all the speculation and rumors, it’s best it comes out under our terms as opposed to someone else’s. It came a little quicker than I expected. We all knew that my contract was up at the end of the year, and this was the inevitable.”

Andretti Green Racing, which has won IndyCar Series driver and team championships the past two years, also fields cars in the Indy Pro Series for Jaime Camara and Jonathan Klein. Team co-owner Michael Andretti said Patrick’s is “all about winning.”

“She has the same attitude as my son Marco, who if you remember after the Indianapolis 500 was not satisfied with running second,” Andretti told ESPN News. “I see Danica with that same attitude. She wants to win and that’s the kind of attitude I like bringing into the team.”

Andretti wouldn’t divulge specifics of the contract or the sponsor.

“I don’t know how (talks) originally started, but somehow we got the news that her contract was up at the end of the year,” he said. “We wanted to have ago at having her a part of the team. I think she will be a real asset. We’re not able to talk about the terms of the agreement, but we hope she’ll be with us a long time.

 “Our focus has been and always will be on winning races and winning championships. We certainly believe Danica will do that. She has made it very clear that one of her goals as a driver is to win the Indianapolis 500 and we are looking forward to giving her a great opportunity to do that.”

 

 

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Reports Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal First Quarter Ended June 30, 2006

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMC) today announced its consolidated financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2006.

First Quarter Results

Honda's consolidated net income for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2006 totaled JPY 143.4 billion (USD 1,244 million), an increase of 29.6% from the corresponding period in 2005. Basic net income per Common share for the quarter amounted to JPY 78.46 (USD 0.68), compared to JPY 59.87 for the corresponding period in 2005. One of Honda's American Depository Shares represents one Common Share.

The Company did a two-for-one stock split for the Company's common stock effective July 1, 2006. Concurrently, Honda's common stock-to-ADR exchange ratio was changed from one share of common stock to two ADRs, to one share of common stock to one ADR. Basic net income per common share and ADR were calculated based on the number of common shares after the stock split.

Consolidated net sales and other operating revenue (herein referred to as "revenue") for the quarter amounted to JPY 2,599.7 billion (USD 22,559 million), an increase of 14.8% from the corresponding period in 2005. Revenue was mainly increased in automobile business in North America and Latin America. Honda estimates that if the exchange rate of the Japanese yen had remained unchanged from the corresponding period in 2005, revenue for the quarter would have increased by approximately 7.8%.

Consolidated operating income for the quarter totaled JPY 203.5 billion (USD 1,766 million), an increase of 19.4% compared to the corresponding period in 2005. This increase in operating income was primarily due to the positive impact of increased profit attributable to higher revenue, decreased research and development (R&D) expenses and currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the change in model mix, the soaring raw material costs and increased selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses.

Consolidated income before income taxes and equity in income of affiliates for the quarter totaled JPY 186.9 billion (USD 1,623 million), an increase of 29.6% from the corresponding period in 2005.

Equity in income of affiliates, which is mainly attributable to increased sales in automobile business in China, amounted to JPY 30.1 billion (USD 262 million) for the quarter, an increase of 42.8% from the corresponding period in 2005.

Business Segment

With respect to Honda's sales for the fiscal first quarter by business segment, unit sales of motorcycles totaled 2,380 thousand units, a decrease of 7.8% from the corresponding period in 2005. Unit sales in Japan was 89 thousand units, a decrease of 6.3%. Overseas unit sales was 2,291 thousand units, a decrease of 7.8%*, due mainly to a decrease in unit sales of parts for local production at Honda's affiliates accounted for under the equity method in Indonesia which was caused by a decline in the market environment due mainly to a rise of interest rate, offsetting healthy unit sales in Latin America. Revenue from unaffiliated customers increased 17.8%, to JPY 310.1 billion (USD 2,691 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impacts of the currency translation effects and the change in model mix, offsetting the negative impact of decreased unit sales. Operating income increased by 27.4% to JPY 13.1 billion (USD 114 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impacts of the increased profits attributable to higher revenue, the change in sales price in Latin America and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, offsetting the negative impact of the increased SG&A expenses.

* Of the net sales of Honda-brand motorcycle products that are manufactured and sold by overseas affiliates accounted for under the equity method, those with respect to which parts for manufacturing were not supplied from Honda or such subsidiaries are not included in net sales and other operating revenue, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Accordingly, these unit sales are not included in the financial results and forecasts. Such products amounted to approximately 500 thousand units for the quarter.

Honda's unit sales of automobiles was 896 thousand units, increased by 6.7% from the corresponding period in 2005. In Japan, unit sales decreased 6.6% to 156 thousand units. Overseas unit sales increased 10.0% to 740 thousand units, due mainly to the increased unit sales in North America attributable to good sales of, for example, the Civic and the Fit and the increase in unit sales of parts for local production at Honda's affiliates accounted for under the equity method in China. Revenue from unaffiliated customers increased 13.5% to JPY 2,095.6 billion (USD 18,185 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due to the positive impacts of the currency translation effects and the increased unit sales. Operating income increased 12.7% to JPY 150.0 billion (USD 1,302 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue, the change in sales price in North America, the decreased R&D expenses and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the change in model mix, the soaring raw material costs and the increased SG&A expenses.

Revenue from unaffiliated customers in financial services business increased 30.9% to JPY 89.9 billion (USD 781 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impacts of the currency translation effects and the growth of automobile business in North America. Operating income increased 47.4% to JPY 29.2 billion (USD 254 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the decreased SG&A expenses due to the reversal of the allowance for losses on lease residual values and credit losses, which was attributable to the increase in used-car prices, the increased profit attributable to higher revenue due to the increased finance subsidiaries-receivables from growth of business and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset negative impact of increased funding costs.

Honda's unit sales of power products was 1,724 thousand units, up by 16.3% from the corresponding period in 2005. In Japan, unit sales totaled 137 thousand units, an increase of 13.2%. Overseas unit sales was 1,587 thousand units, an increased of 16.6%, due mainly to the positive impact of increased unit sales of general-purpose engines in North America and Europe. Revenue from unaffiliated customers in power product and other businesses increased by 20.0% to JPY 103.9 billion (USD 902 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impacts of the currency translation effects and the increased unit sales of power products. Operating income was JPY 11.0 billion (USD 96 million), an increase of 56.9% from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the increased SG&A expenses.

Geographical Segment

With respect to Honda's sales for the fiscal first quarter by geographical segment, in Japan, revenue for domestic and exports sales was JPY 1,109.2 billion (USD 9,626 million), up by 4.6% compared to the corresponding period in 2005, due primarily to the positive impact of the increased revenue from exports in automobile business, which offset the negative impact of the decreased unit sales in domestic automobile business. Operating income was JPY 48.9 billion (USD 425 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, up by 3.7%, due primarily to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue, the decreased R&D expenses and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the change in model mix, the soaring raw material costs and the increased SG&A expenses.

In North America, revenue increased by 17.6% to JPY 1,467.9 billion (USD 12,738 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased revenue in all of Honda's business segments, particularly motorcycle, automobile, financial services, and power product and other business, and the currency translation effects. Operating income increased by 57.4% to JPY 114.4 billion (USD 993 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due primarily to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue, the change in sales price in automobile business, the decreased SG&A expenses and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the change in model mix, the soaring raw material costs and the increased sales incentives.

In Europe, revenue increased by 9.3% to JPY 325.1 billion (USD 2,821 million) compared to the corresponding period in 2005, due primarily to the positive impact of the increased revenue in automobile business and the currency translation effects. Operating income decreased by 49.5% to JPY 6.4 billion (USD 56 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the negative impact of the change in model mix and the increased SG&A expenses, which offset the positive impact of the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen.

In Asia, revenue increased by 24.2% to JPY 287.5 billion (USD 2,495 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due primarily to the positive impacts of the increased revenue in automobile business and the currency translation effects. Operating income increased by 1.4% to JPY 19.4 billion (USD 169 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue and the currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, which offset the negative impact of the increased SG&A expenses.

In Asia, in addition to subsidiaries, many affiliates accounted for under the equity method manufacture and sell Honda-brand products. Operating income does not include income from these affiliates. Income from these affiliates is recorded as equity in income of affiliates and reflected in net income.

In other regions, revenue increased by 51.3% to JPY 176.9 billion (USD 1,535 million) compared to the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased revenue in all of Honda's business segments and the currency translation effects. Operating income increased by 11.6% to JPY 15.2 billion (USD 132 million) from the corresponding period in 2005, due mainly to the positive impact of the increased profit attributable to higher revenue and currency effects caused by the depreciation of the Japanese yen, offsetting the negative impact of the increased SG&A expenses.

  Forecasts for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2007    FY2007 Forecasts for Consolidated Results     First half ending September 30, 2006                                          Yen (billions)  Changes from FY 2006        Net sales and other         operating revenue                   5,270              +14.5%         Operating income                       370              +11.1%         Income before income taxes and         equity in income of affiliates        360              +14.8%         Net income                             275              +12.5%       Fiscal year ending March 31, 2007                                         Yen (billions)  Changes from FY 2006        Net sales and other         operating revenue                  10,700               +8.0%         Operating income                       750              -13.7%         Income before income taxes and         equity in income of affiliates        735               -9.8%         Net income                             550               -7.9%         Basic net income per Common share   300.97                  -   

More information can be found at http://world.honda.com/investors/financialresult/

This announcement contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are based on management's assumptions and beliefs taking into account information currently available to it. Therefore, please be advised that Honda's actual results could materially differ from those described in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, including general economic conditions in Honda's principal markets and foreign exchange rates between the Japanese yen and the U.S. dollar, the Euro and other major currencies, as well as other factors detailed from time to time. The various factors for increases and decreases in income have been classified in accordance with a method that Honda considers reasonable.

Source: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert

Washington 1, Los Angeles 13 at Dodger Stadium
Washington Record: (46-57)
Los Angeles Record: (48-55)

Winning pitcher - Chad Billingsley (2-3)
Losing pitcher - Tony Armas (7-6)


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WAS HR - None
LAD HR - J. Drew (10) A. Ethier (9) C. Izturis (1)

World Market Center Las Vegas

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A really fantastic looking building what we could see of it.

 

1.  With the completion of Building B, the first two buildings at World Market Center alone will total 2.9 million square feet making World Market Center larger than the Empire State Building, which is a mere 2.2 million square feet.

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2.  The 50,000 yards of concrete used for Building B would pave a three-foot wide sidewalk from Las Vegas to Disneyland.

 

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3. More than 85 Ironworkers and 13,000 tons of steel were used to erect Building B. There is enough steel in Building B to manufacture a new refrigerator for every household in the city of San Francisco

 

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4. Ashley Furniture has the largest showroom among approximately 300 permanent showrooms in Building  B.  At 86,000 square feet Ashley's space is as large as the interior showroom of a typical Home Depot store.

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5. With the opening of the second building, 13 of the Top 25 U.S. furniture manufacturers and importers will be exhibit­ing at Las Vegas Market.

 

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6. Sky bridges that connect Building A to Building B contain more than 240 panes of glass. Another 400 panes will connect the sky bridges of Building B to Building C. This is almost as many panes as one of the world's greatest landmarks ... The Louvre Pyramid in Paris designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei has a total of 673 panes of glass.

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7. Totaling 350,000 square feet, currently the largest tent-structure anywhere in the U.S., the Pavilions lined up are equivalent to 7 football fields. Virtually all of the exhibiting companies in the Pavilions are moving in to permanent show­rooms in Building B.

 

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8. If we were to fill the second building floor to ceiling with standard-sized sofas, it would take approximately 259,373 sofas to fill Building B.

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9. World Market Center's new 20,000 square foot restaurant and event space in Building B will serve an estimated 2 million gallons of beverages each Market. That's enough to fill four and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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World Market Center Building B Nears Completion in Las Vegas

During the Las Vegas Market this past week, the World Market Center promoted the progress of its Building B which nears completion and is scheduled to be on time for its scheduled debut in conjuction with the Winter Las Vegas Market beginning January 29, 2007. 

Building B is a 16-story, $345 million, 1.6 million square foot structure.  At 378 feet tall, Building B is the largest and tallest building in downtown Las Vegas and the tallest furniture mart building in the U.S.

Tours of the building progress were offered to the media and exhibitors.  Comments from local Las Vegas media were that they weren't going to do a story on a building, but on the economic impact of the building. 
We were curious why the World Market Center was even being built with an expected overall investment to exceed $3 billion dollars. 
According to other media which have followed developments within the industry, Highpoint (North Carolina) was given the opportunity to build Highpoint West for the furniture industry.  They declined and the World Market Center is now competing with Highpoint.  They relayed that some of the vendors they had spoken with had already told them that revenues were within 30% of Highpoint even though this is only the 3rd year for the World Market Center.  They thought Las Vegas was a much more attractive destination for the industry than Highpoint.

World Market Center, rather than relying on the local Las Vegas market to support the building and it's exhibitors, hopes to become the reality of its title

 

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This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia . You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business , and that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement . . We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is just a sign.
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This Week at War to Air Live From Middle East Crisis this Weekend

One Hour Not Enough to Contain the Sooper Gihoogic Codename Kids Next Door: Operation Z.E.R.O

Cartoon Network to Develop Massively Multiplayer Online Game with Grigon Entertainment

4Kids TV(TM) Celebrates Fifth Season on Fox with New Action-Packed Fall Line-up; The Ever-Popular Saturday Morning Programming Block Introduces Four New Series to Further Jumpstart the Imaginations of Kids Nationwide

Reebok Partners with Screen Star Scarlett Johansson to Create Red-Hot Fashion Collection, Scarlett ''Hearts'' Rbk

Academy Award(R)-Winning Producer Jon Landau to Deliver Keynote at Austin Game Conference; Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. COO and Producer of `Titanic' to Speak at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 7, 2006

Sonic Delivers First Blu-ray Disc Software for Mac; Roxio Toast 7 Ready to Power Blu-ray Enabled Drives

YES Interactive only on DIRECTV'' Launches as First-Ever Interactive Content for Major League Baseball TelecastsEL SEGUNDO, Calif. & NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- July 25, 2006 "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV," the first-ever interactive television content for Major League Baseball, is now available as part of New York Yankees telecasts on the YES Network (http://www.yesnetwork.com) and broadcast by DIRECTV within the Yankees home television territory. Created to bring Yankees fans closer than ever to their favorite team and players, "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV" is a co-production of the YES Network, DIRECTV, Inc., and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM).

Sierra Entertainment Announces Star-Studded Voice Talent for 'TimeShift' Video Game

Introducing the Only Complete DVD Guide for Your Hair: 'YourHair: Give Yourself the Star Treatment'

New Historical Novel Tells of Manhattan's First Settlers

Federal Network Services to Appear on CNBC World Business Review July 30

Celebrity Jeweler Nadeem Hosts Sir Ben Kingsley in Quake-Torn Pakistan

Grammy Award nominated comedian George Lopez will release his new CD entitled "El Mas Chingon" ("The Baddest") in stores nationwide on Tuesday, September 26th from Oglio Records. Lopez is the star and co-creator of the hit ABC sitcom, "George Lopez" that will be entering its sixth season this fall

TCM Premieres New One-Hour Episode of THE DICK CAVETT SHOW with special guest Mel Brooks, Sept. 7

Multi-Platinum Recording Artists The Cheetah Girls Launch 40-City Nationwide Concert Tour; ``Hannah Montana's'' Miley Cyrus and ``High School Musical's'' Vanessa Anne Hudgens Slotted as Special Guests in Selected Cities

Family Room's ``The Wicker Man'' Heads to the Big Screen on September 1st

Activision Signs Emmy-Nominee Joel Goldsmith to Score Call of Duty(R) 3

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Announces Partnership with AMC Beauty to Develop New Fragrances for Men and Women Inspired by The O.C.

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This Week at War to Air Live From Middle East Crisis this Weekend

Network to Produce New CNN Presents Documentary on 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing

With a permanent bureau in Beirut, Lebanon, and more than 100 personnel in the Middle East to cover the crisis in Israel and Lebanon, CNN will leverage its deep resources in the region for extensive in-depth reporting this weekend.  Senior national correspondent John Roberts will anchor This Week at War live from the Middle East at 7p.m. on both Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, on the escalation of the crisis in Lebanon and Israel. 

Roberts will also anchor a special CNN Presents documentary on the lessons learned during the last major multinational engagement in Lebanon – the attack on peace-keeping forces during the Lebanese Civil War in October 1983.  CNN Presents: Marine Barracks Bombing will premiere on Saturday and Sunday at 8p.m. and 11p.m.  All times Eastern.

 In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, a Mercedes-Benz truck packed with explosives and driven by a suicide bomber, crashed through the guarded gates of the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters and detonated; 241 American service men and women were killed.  Almost simultaneously, another truck bomb barreled into a French Parachute Infantry Regiment.  The coordinated terrorist attacks ultimately led to the 1984 withdrawal of all American forces as well as the multinational peace-keeping forces in place there. 

The Marine Corps barracks bombing was the deadliest attack on Marines since the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.  Featuring new analysis and eyewitness accounts of survivors and journalists who covered the bombing, the CNN Presents investigation describes events before, during and after the tragic explosions. 

 In addition to this weekend’s special programming, CNN’s in-depth coverage on the crisis continues across all CNN Worldwide platforms, including CNN Pipeline, Headline News, CNN International, CNN en Espanol and CNNRadio. 

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

 

 

One Hour Not Enough to Contain the Sooper Gihoogic Codename Kids Next Door: Operation Z.E.R.O.

Hit series’ first long-form bows August 11

 Top 10 Villain Countdown ignites the action beginning July 31

 New Operation Z.E.R.O game, Outnumbuh’d, launches August 7  

                Cartoon Network’s sooper-secret, international alliance of five eager yet bumbling 10-year-olds, the Kids Next Door, face their biggest adventure yet when an evil emerges that threatens not only kids, but the world itself!  Codename: Kids Next Door: OPERATION Z.E.R.O. (Zero Explanation Reveals Origins) is a feature-length escapade that needs 90 minutes to unfold as it reaches far back into the mysterious, ancient origins of The Kids Next Door’s global organization.  The looming threat of both kids and adults being turned into tapioca-eating, hideously wrinkly Senior Citizombies forces the team to re-commission their greatest operative ever to join them in a battle that exposes Earth-shattering revelations about KND as well as their arch enemies.  OPERATION Z.E.R.O. will debut on Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Leading up to the launch is a Top Ten Villain Countdown starting Monday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. during Miguzi.  Over 10 weekday afternoons a KND episode featuring a different villain – from the slap-happy Count Spankulot to the food-crazed Gramma Stuffum – will advance viewers toward this sooper triple explosive chapter in KND history.    

                Cartoon Network games group further stokes the Operation Z.E.R.O. hotness with a single-player arcade action game – Outnumbuh’d – in which players take on the role of a KND Operative and upon completion of the game reach an exclusive sneak peek video clip!  Outnumbuh’d will be available on the special event KND page (www.operationzero.net ) beginning August 7.

                Like any good team, the operatives in Codename: Kids Next Door each have their own distinct skills and personalities.  Numbuh One is British-born Nigel Uno, the cunning, slightly overzealous leader of the group. Hoagie P. Gilligan, Jr. the group’s expert pilot and mechanical genius, is known as Numbuh Two and hails from the United States.  Diversionary tactics are the domain of Japanese operative Kuki Sanban a.k.a. Numbuh Three. The brash, impulsive Australian Numbuh Four, Wallabee Beetles, is a master of hand-to-hand combat.  Rounding out the group is the team’s other American operative, Abigail Lincoln, alias Numbuh Five, the smartest KND operative this side of puberty. 

                Tackling really important issues facing their peers, such as the right to crash “adult swim” at the local pool or stopping the drinking age of soda being raised to 13, the crew takes on top secret missions utilizing their patented “2 x 4 Technology.”  With incredible resourcefulness, the kids use everything from moldy plywood and Styrofoam cups to spare tires and used chewing gum to build such vital contraptions as an Intercontinental Clam Cannon and nacho cheese-powered flying machines.  Most of the construction is done inside the KND headquarters, a massive tree house that harnesses the power of thousands of hamsters to operate its impressive security system and elaborate mechanical devices.

                Codename: Kids Next Door debuted on Cartoon Network in December 2002, having been greenlit to become a Cartoon Cartoon original series by Cartoon Network viewers through an online vote.  The show consistently delivers an average 1.2 million viewers ages 2+ year-to-date.  

                Award-winning animator Mr. Warburton is the creator of Codename: Kids Next Door.  He developed the Cartoon Network animated short Kenny and the Chimp and served as director on Cartoon Network’s acclaimed series Sheep in the Big City.  Warburton was the lead character designer on Pepper Ann and worked with J.J. Sedelmaier Production on television projects including Saturday Night Live and Schoolhouse Rock.  Codename: Kids Next Door is produced at Curious Pictures in New York for Cartoon Network

                Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 89 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families.  Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

 

 

Cartoon Network to Develop Massively Multiplayer Online Game with Grigon Entertainment

First Partnership Between U.S. Entertainment Company and a Korean Game Developer

Cartoon Network announced today that it is developing its first massively multi-player online game (MMOG) in an unprecedented partnership with a leading MMOG developer, Seoul-based Grigon Entertainment.  Cartoon Network New Media, already a leader in online entertainment and gaming, will debut the game in the United States.  This is the first-ever partnership between a U.S. entertainment company and a Korean developer to create an MMOG for the global marketplace.

The Cartoon Network MMOG will launch in spring 2008 and target the growing and sophisticated kids’ interactive gaming market.  The game will be free to download, with subscription and micro-transactions available to players to enhance the gaming experience.  New areas for exploration and play are planned and will be added regularly over a span of several years.  The game brings Cartoon Network’s beloved characters and sensibility to the fast-growing online gaming realm with an “East-meets-West” creative approach.  Grigon Entertainment is best known for successfully developing and launching several online games in Asia, including Seal Online, a light-hearted role-playing game (RPG) that took the online gaming world by surprise. Localized versions are available in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia and Thailand.

“Cartoon Network is an immersive experience for our fans, and this MMOG will allow our fans to interact with their favorite characters like never before.  Not only will kids be able to play with their favorite characters like Mac and Bloo, Ben 10 and the Kids Next Door, but they will also be able to develop their own online gaming personalities and interact, virtually, with other players in a safe way,” said Jim Samples, Cartoon Network executive vice president and general manager.  “This MMOG is a key part of Cartoon Network’s growth strategy, and is an important complement to our mobile, broadband and existing online business.  With the MMOG, mobile content, our Web sites and, of course, our linear network, Cartoon Network is always on for kids.” 

“Online games have been the most important driver of Cartoon Network New Media’s success over the last few years.  With more than 84 million U.S. homes expected to have broadband Internet access by 2008, and Cartoon Network’s reach and creative vision, we’re excited to enter the fast-growing world of massively multiplayer online gaming,” said Paul Condolora, senior vice president and general manager, Cartoon Network New Media.  “In Grigon Entertainment, we have found a partner who understands how to build a successful MMOG for the casual marketplace.  With our characters and creative direction, along with Grigon’s experience and technical know-how, we think Cartoon Network’s MMOG will have great success and longevity.”

It’s my greatest pleasure to work as partners with Cartoon Network, the world’s most influential entertainment brand,” said Byung-Kyu Cho, chief executive officer of Grigon Entertainment Co., Ltd.  “When I look at the globally adored characters of Cartoon Network getting together harmonically with the renowned strength and uniqueness of Grigon, I have all my confidence that we will proudly present an online game which will astonish the world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Massively multiplayer online gaming has expanded in the United States in recent years, with games like World of Warcraft and EverQuest achieving large and loyal followings.  Most MMOGs have been driven by high-intensity fighting and action with fantasy elements and have attracted an older, adult audience.  To date, few games have targeted younger audiences.  In Asia and Europe, where broadband penetration is ahead of that in the United States, MMOGs have been developed for all audiences, from kids to teens and adults. 

Cartoon Network’s games will feature a persistent and expanding world, which will allow players to develop their own characters, attributes and possessions over the course of many months and even years.  Players may also meet and interact with other players online, forming virtual friendships and communities.  Cartoon Network’s MMOG will be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and will offer a safe gaming environment for players.

About Grigon Entertainment

Grigon Entertainment, one of the most prominent developers in Korea, the world’s online game leader, is renowned for its depth of tradition and talent, and strongly believes and practices the ultimate goal of ‘Games have to be fun!’  Along with the successful launch of Seal Online, which caused sensations in six countries including China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Korea, Grigon Entertainment has developed numerous titles for over eight years varying in all areas of genre (horror, racing, adventure, action, RPG) up to the charming fairytale-based QRing and casual tennis game, Gamebledon.  Grigon Entertainment’s titles are highly rated and respected for their technical and design ingenuity, brilliantly incorporating the developers’ wit into the game, hence leading to the creation of “Grigon manias.”

About Cartoon Network New Media

Cartoon Network New Media is responsible for the production of Cartoon Network’s popular Web sites, which include CartoonNetwork.com, AdultSwim.com (supporting the late-night sister network of programming for adults), TickleU.com (supporting programming for our youngest viewers), and CartoonNetworkYa.com (the Spanish-language site for kids).  CartoonNetwork.com is one of the most popular entertainment sites in the world for kids, attracting millions of unique users each week.  Its top attraction is its roster of games, which drew more than 2 billion game plays in 2005.  Other key features include in-depth show information, schedules, shopping and an online community.

 In addition, Cartoon Network New Media is the creative force behind Cartoon Network’s video-on-demand offerings, interactive TV and mobile offerings, which include partnerships with major carriers like Sprint, Cingular and Verizon.

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 89 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families.  Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday, Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

 

 

 

4Kids TV(TM) Celebrates Fifth Season on Fox with New Action-Packed Fall Line-up; The Ever-Popular Saturday Morning Programming Block Introduces Four New Series to Further Jumpstart the Imaginations of Kids Nationwide

 4Kids' Most In-Demand Properties Go On-Demand with Brand New 4Kids TV Video On-Demand Network

Pinatas and Turtles and Monsters, oh my! In celebration of its 5th season on Fox, 4Kids TV(TM) - 4Kids Entertainment's four-hour Saturday morning programming block - is unleashing its most action-packed slate of original programming to date on affiliates nationwide. For the first time ever, 4Kids TV will add not one but four new series to its already successful lineup of popular returning shows.

From shell-shocked Turtles to total code chaos, this season's most-buzzed-about debuts will include:

-- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward (premiering July 29, 10 a.m. ET): The year is 2105. The place - New York City. Super architecture, gravity cars and jump shuttle taxis are part of a world where humans and aliens live together in peace and harmony. And now, thanks to a strange twist of fate, this futuristic society will be visited by the four Ninja Turtles - Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello. Conflict and comedy, adventure and humor, fast and fun!

-- Viva Pinata (premiering September 9): Produced in partnership with Microsoft and Rare Ltd., Viva Pinata is a CG-animated comedy series that goes behind-the-scenes to the fun-loving world of Pinatas. These treat-filled party animals live the sweet life on the lush Pinata Island. But what they like the best is to blast-off to parties around the world to bring joy and fun to kids of all ages. Join Fergy Fudgehog, Paulie Pretztail, Franklin Fizzlybear and Hudson Horstachio for a whole lotta laughs. Wherever they go, they're the life of the party! The fun continues with a Viva Pinata videogame available this Holiday from Microsoft.

-- Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters (premiering September 9): A new, action-driven show that continues the adventures of Yugi and his friends as they enter a strange realm in which the monsters are real and the battle is so much more than just a game! Before reaching their destination, their plane crash-lands in a deserted forest where the gang makes an astonishing discovery -- a portal to another dimension...the world of the Capsule Monsters! Once they enter, it's a battle for survival as Yugi trades in his Duel Disk for a Capsule Shooter. Kids can also catch the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series this fall on 4Kids TV.

-- Chaotic (premiering September 30): Based on the highly-anticipated new trading card game coming Spring 2007 where each Chaotic card has its own code, and the codes let players and collectors battle and trade cards online. But when some players start receiving mysterious passwords, they find their own codes transported to a place called Perim, where the Chaotic Creatures clash. Soon players and viewers discover that they can use the codes to transform themselves into the actual Creatures and play the game for real! The show elevates the level of interactivity and engagement with kids never before seen in an entertainment property.

As an added bonus, those 4Kids fans who want to continue the action and adventure beyond Saturday mornings, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) - the parent company of 4Kids TV - will offer kids of all ages instant, 24-hour access to their favorite characters and shows with the launch of the new 4Kids TV On Demand network. Beginning August 7 on Comcast ON DEMAND, the network will offer 10-hours of the hottest shows culled from 4Kids TV's vast library. With new episodes updated every two weeks, 4Kids TV On Demand will feature a steady stream of never-before-seen episodes, exclusive premieres, sneak peaks, and encore presentations of 4Kids' most popular brands like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club, and Sonic X as well as 4Kids TV's brand new series' Viva Pinata and Chaotic. To kick things off, August's offerings will feature five never-before-seen episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a sneak peak of episode one of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters!

4Kids TV airs from 8:00 a.m. ET to noon ET on the Fox Broadcasting Network. Complementing the broadcast network is http://www.4Kids.tv which offers kids a 24/7 destination for video streaming of shows, games, promotions and much more.

About 4Kids Entertainment

Headquartered in New York City with an international office in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), is a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing. 4Kids, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides domestic and international merchandise licensing; product development; television, film, music and home video production and distribution; media planning and buying; and Web site development. For further information, please visit the Company's Web sites at http://www.4KidsEntertainment.com and http://www.4Kids.TV.

The information contained in this press release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Important factors beyond the Company's control, including general economic conditions, consumer spending levels, competition from toy companies, motion picture studios and other licensing companies, the uncertainty of public response to the Company's properties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations.

 

 

Reebok Partners with Screen Star Scarlett Johansson to Create Red-Hot Fashion Collection, Scarlett ''Hearts'' Rbk

Reebok has signed a multi-year partnership with one of Hollywood's most captivating young actresses, Scarlett Johansson. The 21 year-old beauty has partnered with the brand to co-create Scarlett "Hearts" Rbk, a fashion-forward, athletic-inspired footwear and apparel signature collection debuting in spring 2007 at high-end department stores and boutiques around the world. The line will be grounded in sport and will feature head-to-toe looks designed to take today's multi-dimensional woman from the studio to the street in style. In addition, the star of acclaimed films including "Match Point" and "Lost In Translation" will be featured in Reebok's new global women's advertising campaign breaking in spring 2007.

"Reebok is thrilled to partner with Scarlett because she is a world renowned style icon and truly an inspiration for today's young women," said Reebok's President and CEO Paul Harrington. "Scarlett embodies the pulse points of our brand - individuality, authenticity and a life lived to the fullest in perpetual motion. These characteristics make her the perfect fit for our new women's footwear and apparel collection and also for our exciting new women's campaign."

Recognized worldwide for her fashion flair, Johansson was recently voted "Best Dressed" in an online poll conducted by Yahoo! A New York City native, Johansson has always had an affinity for fashion. "Reebok has a rich heritage in developing and designing cutting-edge women's product which makes them an ideal company to partner with to launch 'Scarlett Hearts Rbk'," said Johansson. "I am very enthusiastic about working with Reebok to design this line."

The partnership was secured with the guidance of Daniel Rosenberg, president of InVenture Entertainment, a New York-based entertainment marketing and motion picture/television production company. "Reebok's goal was to team up with an aspirational actress who embodies individuality and style, and I instantly thought of Scarlett," said Rosenberg, who was recently the Executive Producer of Spike Lee's "Inside Man" for Universal Pictures. "This partnership requires a creative and entrepreneurial spirit and Reebok has found that in Scarlett."

The William Morris Agency represented Johansson on this partnership. Further details of the Reebok and Johansson association are not being disclosed.

Scarlett "Hearts" Rbk features an aspirational collection of retro sport-inspired footwear and apparel with sophisticated detailing and unexpected twists. Reebok's new women's global advertising campaign will be unveiled in spring 2007. The campaign will include TV, print, online and OOH executions.

Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 and began garnering attention on screen for the first time in 1996 in "Manny & Lo." With more than a decade of work under her belt, the four-time Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner has proven to be one of Hollywood's most talented young actresses. She received rave reviews and a "Best Actress" award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation," the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. Johansson portrayed the title character in "Girl with a Pearl Earring," a film adapted from the novel of the same name about the painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth).

Johansson will next be seen in the new Woody Allen film "Scoop," opposite Hugh Jackman, which opens on July 28, 2006. Following that, she will be seen in the Brian DePalma film "The Black Dahlia," opposite Josh Hartnett, which opens on September 15, 2006 and in the Chrstopher Nolan film "Prestige," opposite Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, which opens on October 27, 2006. She also recently finished shooting the lead role in "The Nanny Diaries," based on the highly successful book.

Reebok International, based in Canton, Mass., is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, the company operates under the Reebok, CCM, Jofa, and Koho brands. For more information, visit Reebok at http://www.reebok.com 

 

 

 

Academy Award(R)-Winning Producer Jon Landau to Deliver Keynote at Austin Game Conference; Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. COO and Producer of `Titanic' to Speak at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 7, 2006

Austin Game Conference, the conference for developers of online games, announced today that Academy Award(R)-winning producer Jon Landau, COO of Lightstorm Entertainment Inc., will deliver a keynote address 10 a.m., Thursday, September 7, 2006. In addition to producing James Cameron's "Titanic," Landau, former Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox, co-produced Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy," the family comedy hit "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," and a number of other major feature films.

Landau joins previously announced headline speakers Rob Pardo, VP of Game Design at Blizzard Entertainment, Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning, Science-Fiction Author, and Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board of Dell Inc. On September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2,400 attendees from 20 countries will participate in the Austin Game Conference, a concentrated discourse on the worldwide online game market. That market is forecasted to grow from $3.4 billion in 2005 to more than $13 billion in 2011, according to industry researcher DFC Intelligence.

"Jon is a forward thinker in the entertainment industry and we are extremely pleased to have him join us in Austin," said Christopher Sherman, Austin Game Conference Executive Director. "In addition to his thorough understanding of the most complex state-of-the-art visual effects, Jon Landau and James Cameron are developing digital production tools that will enable filming and mass digital distribution of 3D movies. Their involvement in the game industry is an exciting extension of the creative process."

Jon is on the board of advisors for The Multiverse Network Inc., which is building the world's leading network of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and 3D virtual worlds. Multiverse's unique technology platform changes the economics of virtual world development by empowering game developers to create high-quality MMOGs and non-game virtual worlds for less money and in less time than ever before.

Austin Game Conference attendees will network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, stay informed about the latest tools, technologies and techniques and get business done in a relaxed atmosphere. The speaker roster and conference agenda is available at http://www.GameConference.com. The conference takes place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Conference Highlights include:

-- Conference tracks include: Games in Asia; Multiplayer Business/Production; Multiplayer Design; Multiplayer Tech/Art; Multiplayer Service and Support; Future of the Development Pipeline and Next Generation Game Development.

-- Technology Pavilion: See the latest tools, technologies, products and services. Free beer from 2-5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Attendee Lounge in the Tech Pav.

-- Recruiting Pavilion: Converse with companies including Activision, BioWare, Midway, THQ, Microsoft/Xbox, Vivendi, and more.

-- Casual Games Conference: Learn more about the design considerations and business principles required for developers to succeed in this rapidly expanding game industry segment. Sponsored by Microsoft Casual Games.

-- Game Audio Conference (new this year): Gain insight from advanced game audio sessions designed to educate industry professionals, spark discussion, and propose solutions to some of game audio's most daunting challenges.

-- Game Writers Conference: Delve into the art and craft of game writing with fellow writers, developers and publishers.

-- Dell ArtZONE (new this year): Top training representatives from Autodesk and Softimage will be on site at the Tech Pavilion to provide intermediate and advanced instruction on their exciting new product lines.

-- Game Developer LivePitch 1-on-1: Watch as LivePitch puts indie game developers and their unsigned projects in front of the world's leading game publishers. The application process is now open. Go to http://www.LivePitch.com for details.

-- Machinima Theater: Explore the convergence of filmmaking, animation and game development. In partnership with the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences and sponsored by BioWare.

About The Game Initiative

The Austin Game Conference is produced by The Game Initiative, a leading producer of conferences and events for game industry professionals. Game Initiative events attracted almost 4,000 game industry professionals from around the world as speakers, attendees, sponsors and exhibitors in 2005. The Game Initiative serves the needs of companies and people involved in producing interactive entertainment software and hardware for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the Internet. Game Initiative events include the Austin Game Conference, the Mobile Game Conference, the Women's Game Conference, the Game Writers Conference, the Advertising In Games Forum, the Casual Games Conference, Game Technology Association Meetings and the How to Break Into the Game Industry national conference series. More information about The Game Initiative can be found at http://www.GameConferences.com.

 

 

 

Sonic Delivers First Blu-ray Disc Software for Mac; Roxio Toast 7 Ready to Power Blu-ray Enabled Drives

 Sonic Solutions(R) (NASDAQ:SNIC), the leader in digital media software, broke new high-definition ground today with the release of Toast(R) 7 with Blu-ray Disc (BD) support -- the first application of its kind for the Mac. The software ushers in a new era of advanced optical disc recording providing Mac users with the ability to store as much as 50 GB of data on a BD-R (recordable) or BD-RE (rewritable) disc. The Blu-ray Disc capabilities extend Toast's long history of Mac-platform firsts and exemplify Sonic's commitment to helping the industry make a successful transition to next-generation formats. Toast 7 with BD support is available exclusively for original equipment manufacturers developing next-generation external BD drives. The first drives to feature Toast 7 with BD support are expected to be available later this quarter.

Making the recently impossible now possible for Mac users, Toast's Blu-ray Disc features include Toast Dynamic Writing, which for the first time enables users to record files simply by dragging and dropping files onto a disc in the same convenient way they would move or copy files to a removable storage device. The ability to store as much as 50 GB of data makes Toast an ideal solution for archiving extensive digital music collections or protecting critical files and precious memories too large to fit on a standard DVD. In addition to its Blu-ray capabilities, Toast 7 is now also a universal application that runs natively on both Intel-based and PowerPC-based systems.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our pioneering work and provide Mac users with new ways to exploit the full power and potential of the platform," said Stan Wong, general manager, Roxio division of Sonic Solutions. "The inclusion of Blu-ray Disc capabilities adds to an already unrivaled lineup of digital media features that have made Toast a retail leader and the standard for CD and DVD burning on the Mac. Toast 7 with Blu-ray Disc support represents a compelling solution for manufacturers of next-generation BD drives who want to provide their Mac customers with a product that has become synonymous with quality and innovation."

Toast 7 with BD support is the latest in a long series of high-definition initiatives by Sonic Solutions, which began its pioneering work on next-generation formats over two years ago. Sonic has taken the leading role in helping the industry make a smooth transition to high-definition, spearheading the High Definition Authoring Alliance (HDAA) in 2005 to prepare Hollywood and their authoring facility partners for the rollout of BD and HD DVD titles. More recently, Sonic announced an extension to the Alliance with the formation of an Advisory Group (HDAA AG), comprised of top-tier computer and consumer electronics companies. The HDAA AG is collaborating with the HDAA to ensure high-definition formats deliver reliable, consistent and dynamic viewing experiences across platforms. Sonic has also released a number of high definition software applications that are in use today in both the professional and consumer markets.

For more information on Sonic's involvement in high-definition formats visit: http://www.sonic.com/HD

About Roxio

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at http://www.roxio.com.

Roxio's parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) http://www.sonic.com is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD, to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript(R) is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, Toast and AuthorScript are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice.

Forward Looking Statements

The above paragraphs of this press release may contain forward looking statements that are based upon current expectations. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties including, among others, the timely introduction and acceptance of new products, costs associated with new product introductions, the transition of products to new hardware configurations and platforms and other factors, including those discussed in the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Registration Statement on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. The Company does not undertake to update any forward looking statements.

 

YES Interactive only on DIRECTV'' Launches as First-Ever Interactive Content for Major League Baseball TelecastsEL SEGUNDO, Calif. & NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- July 25, 2006 "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV," the first-ever interactive television content for Major League Baseball, is now available as part of New York Yankees telecasts on the YES Network (http://www.yesnetwork.com) and broadcast by DIRECTV within the Yankees home television territory. Created to bring Yankees fans closer than ever to their favorite team and players, "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV" is a co-production of the YES Network, DIRECTV, Inc., and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM).

With "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV," YES is the first network -- regional or national, sports or otherwise -- to offer its viewers true, single-screen interactive Major League Baseball content. MLBAM, operator of MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, is the source for the application's constantly updated statistics, scores, records and other data feeds. The new service is available at no additional charge to DIRECTV customers who live within the Yankees home television territory and have an interactive DIRECTV receiver.

In addition to offering fans a full array of constantly updated interactive statistics, box scores, standings and player biographical information for every Yankees game on YES, "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV" will also boast a unique Bonus Cam feature during YES telecasts of Yankees home games. The split-screen Bonus Cam will enable fans to follow their favorite players like never before via an extra camera angle focusing on select players and situations throughout the game.

Informational CD-ROM and screen grabs available to media upon request.

Highlights of "YES Interactive only on DIRECTV"

-- An in-game box score, with an inning-by-inning game score and game statistics for both the Yankees and their opponent

-- Bonus Cam, available during YES telecasts of all Yankees home games, featuring split-screen isolated in-game coverage of an individual player or situation on the field, as well as pre-game activity such as batting practice, warm-ups and infield practice

-- A scoreboard providing up-to-the-minute scores from around the league each day, including the inning, runners on base and number of outs for each game

-- Major League Baseball statistical leaders updated daily; sortable among batters by batting average, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, on-base percentage and sortable among pitchers by won-loss record, ERA, saves and strikeouts

-- Major League Baseball standings updated daily, containing wild card races and denoting teams which have clinched their division or have secured a wild-card berth

-- "Due Up" graphics which provide viewers with a preview of the next three batters for the team coming up to bat, along with their hitting statistics for that particular game; viewers will also be able to scroll through the entire batting order for each team

-- Player profiles containing bio information for both the Yankees and the opposing team

-- YES Scoop, intriguing background information on Yankees players

-- The complete month-by-month 2006 Yankees schedule, featuring results of previously played games and YES game broadcast information for upcoming games

"`YES Interactive only on DIRECTV' puts Yankees fans in the director's chair," said Ray Hopkins, COO of the YES Network. "The various features of `YES Interactive only on DIRECTV' will provide Yankees fans with unprecedented access to the Bronx Bombers. This offering, in partnership with DIRECTV and MLBAM, is yet another example of YES taking advantage of the latest interactive technology in order to enhance the Yankees fan experience."

"Beyond the action on the field, the story of baseball is told through its statistics, box scores, team standings and the personalities of its players, and Yankees fans now have all of that information at their fingertips through YES/DIRECTV interactive content," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president, DIRECTV Entertainment. "We believe this is the future of sports TV programming -- a deeply engaging viewing experience where fans have the ultimate in convenience, control and quality -- and we can't think of a better or more appropriate way to begin the interactive TV revolution than with the YES Network and the most storied franchise in baseball."

The YES Network (Channel 622) is available as part of DIRECTV's TOTAL CHOICE(R) monthly programming service to residential customers in the Yankees home television territory, including New York and Connecticut, and areas of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For DIRECTV customers living in these areas who want to access the enhanced features, DIRECTV is offering a free interactive receiver or DIRECTV Plus DVR receiver (with a programming commitment) through Aug. 31.

The YES Network has been the most-watched regional sports network in the country for three years running (2003, 2004, 2005), and also was the nation's most-watched regional sports network in the first half of the 2006 broadcast year. During the first half of 2006, YES claimed more viewers in the New York DMA than the other three New York regional sports networks (MSG Network, SportsNet New York and Fox Sports New York) combined, and also out-performed ESPN and ESPN2 in New York in Primetime.

About The YES Network

The YES Network features the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees and the 2002 and 2003 Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Nets. The YES Network is available on cable to viewers in New York, Connecticut, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and on DIRECTV nationally. In addition to Yankees and Nets games, YES televises other professional and collegiate sports teams and events, as well as classic sports footage. YES Network programming also includes original biography, interview and magazine programs, and a live simulcast of WFAN's "Mike and the Mad Dog" show Monday through Friday from 1pm-6:30pm. Further YES Network information can be found at http://www.yesnetwork.com.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital television service provider with more than 15.4 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment services. DIRECTV is approximately 38 percent owned by News Corporation.

 

 

Sierra Entertainment Announces Star-Studded Voice Talent for 'TimeShift' Video Game

Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside Lend Voice Talent to Video Game

Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment today announced that it has secured top Hollywood talent to provide voices for the characters featured in the video game TimeShift(TM), scheduled to release for the Xbox 360(TM) gaming and entertainment system and PC this September. Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside will add their voices to the original first-person shooter video game offering unprecedented time-control technology that allows players to slow, stop or reverse time in order to overcome difficult scenarios and defeat challenging enemies.

"TimeShift is already acclaimed for its time manipulation game mechanics, yet we still examined ways to increase the overall entertainment take-away for players, and including Hollywood voice actors was one way to do so," commented Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vivendi Games. "By casting recognizable Hollywood actors to voice the main characters, we're providing audiences with an audio touchstone that gives the game a greater level of authenticity and ultimately, enjoyment."

Lending his distinctive voice talent to TimeShift's lead character, Colonel Michael Swift, is Dennis Quaid, the renowned actor who has starred in such blockbuster films as In Good Company, The Day After Tomorrow, The Rookie, Far From Heaven and Traffic. Nick Chinlund, who is best known for his performances in Con Air, Training Day and The Chronicles of Riddick films, will voice General Mitchell -- the military overseer for Project TimeShift. Michael Ironside, famous for his many television roles on hits like ER and Desperate Housewives and for his many films such as The Perfect Storm, Starship Troopers, Total Recall and Top Gun, will be the voice of scientist Doctor Krone.

Marked by an epic, time-traveling narrative and cutting edge in-game graphics, TimeShift introduces a never-before-seen approach in the genre by challenging players to manipulate time to bring down a totalitarian regime.

In the game, players assume the role of recently retired test pilot Colonel Michael Swift, a man haunted by the tragic loss of his daughter. Driven to escape his misery, Swift accepts a unique offer from the US Government to test an experimental set of time-control devices and become the world's first "chrononaut." During the tests, he inadvertently alters time and returns to a present changed beyond recognition. The democracy he left has become a fascist nightmare -- and his knowledge of his time travel saga has made him an enemy of the state. Armed with the time-shifting Quantum Suit, Swift is now in the deadly race to fix the past, present and future.

Developed by Saber Interactive for the Xbox 360 and PC, TimeShift, is scheduled for a worldwide release this September. For more information please visit http://timeshift.sierra.com/

About Saber Interactive

Saber Interactive is a developer of interactive entertainment products for the PC and next-generation consoles. The company is a leader in the research and development of 3D rendering technology and applies its findings to create visually spectacular and unique games. Saber Interactive has developed one of the most sophisticated cross-platform game engines in the industry, the Saber3d Engine. Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey with a second development office in St. Petersburg, Russia, the company employs an extremely talented team of software engineers, artists and designers with extensive experience in game development. For more information, visit www.saber3d.com.

About Xbox 360

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About Vivendi Games

Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft(R), Diablo(R), StarCraft(R), and Warcraft(R); and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), SWAT(R), Darkwatch(TM), TimeShift(TM), Ground Control(R) and Leisure Suit Larry(R). Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.

 

 

Introducing the Only Complete DVD Guide for Your Hair: 'YourHair: Give Yourself the Star Treatment'

Celebrity hair stylists Charles Dujic and Mitch Stone have teamed up with The Picture Company and created the most comprehensive "how-to" DVD for your hair. Throughout 33 chapters and more than two hours, the Stylists reveal their secrets on hair care, maintenance, styling and much more. In step-by-step exercises the pros show you how to straighten rebellious curly hair, get flirty flips or create curls that really make waves. You'll learn how to create five fabulous styles in only five minutes and, finally, how to get that perfect length and volume with hair extensions.

Navigate through chapters that deal with common hair problems or simply select the chapter that deals exactly with what you're looking for. Find out what style brings out the best in your face and hair type. Without endorsing any brand names, the Stylists help you choose the products that work best for you; you'll find out how to get the most for your money with buying tips on shampoo, conditioner and thickener. Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick or thin, whether you're going for sleek sophistication, playful bounce or short and sporty, you'll find the right advice for best results.

Last year The Picture Company produced the "YourMakeUp" DVD, which was met with high demand and numerous requests for a similar product for hair. This DVD comes as a result of customers' demand, bringing the answers and solutions to your everyday hair challenges. Learn more about the "YourHair" DVD and other instructional videos by visiting http://www.picturecompany.com/. See the complete table of contents and watch clips from the DVDs. DVDs are available for online purchase directly from The Picture Company or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/; soon in stores everywhere 

 

 

New Historical Novel Tells of Manhattan's First Settlers

Dutch Immigrants Focus of Book About New Amsterdam

 In 1653, lower Manhattan was made up of primarily 120 houses of Dutch immigrants making their way in the New World. Resolved Waldron was one of the men who brought his family to this new land, and Gloria Waldron Hukle, a distant relative, tells their story in a new novel, Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple (now available through AuthorHouse).

Both well-researched and imaginative, this historical novel offers a rare glimpse inside the area that now is one of the most influential in the world. A fort and a massive wall protected the families from Indian attacks, and the line of that wall is what is now Wall Street.

At the corner of Broadway and Wall Street in modern-day New York, the Waldron family lived on Block B. From their home they could see the Dutch West India's company farm, which is now the location of Trinity Church. Dutch immigrant Resolved Waldron served as the assistant sheriff for Peter Stuyvesant, the director general of the New Netherlands colony of New Amsterdam. The story follows Waldron and his wife, Tennake, who is 20 years younger, and their children. Although he is not her first choice in mates, Tennake loves her husband dearly. Resolved's brother, Joseph, has also made his way across the ocean. A dreamer and intellectual, he falls in love with a Negro slave, Sarah, and will love no other.

With immigrants from dozens of homelands, the Waldrons face cultural diversity 300 years before it becomes the topic of scholarly study. They face the trials of adapting to life in a fledging country and become part of history. One of Resolved's duties is to arrest the Englishman John Bowne, a Calvinist, whose Quaker wife, Hannah Feke, is preaching. Fed up, Stuyvesant orders her arrest, and the subsequent trial is widely believed to be the first determination of religious freedom in North America.

A fascinating historical novel, Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple weaves the history of settlers and the future metropolis of New York with creative storytelling.

Hukle, a native of New York State, is an 11th-generation American in the line of the Dutch Waldron family. She and her husband, a retired nuclear engineer, share their country home in Upstate New York with their two 7-year-old sister dogs, Louise and Bertha. A student of history, Hukle strives to bring awareness to a long-forgotten segment in time and to spotlight scores of brave immigrants who contributed to laying the true foundation of America long before the Revolutionary War. More information is available at http://www.gloriawaldronhukle.name/.

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging authors and new voices in literature. For more information, please visit http://www.authorhouse.com/.

 

 

 

 

Federal Network Services to Appear on CNBC World Business Review July 30

Federal Network Services, Inc., a provider of unified communications networking solutions and information security services, today announced it will appear on the World Business Review television series hosted by General Alexander Haig on Sunday, July 30.

Increasingly, the U.S. Government and its agencies are moving toward complying with federally mandated requirements to secure transmission and storage of data on their networks. Federal Network Services (www.fnsnet.com ) through its INFOSEC services practice provides a wide array of information security consulting services to help U.S. Government agencies meet these requirements while operating and maintaining secure IT systems and networks.

"Our goal is to help our customers understand the basis of vulnerabilities, identify risks through comprehensive systems analysis and develop solutions that meet government standards while ensuring the integrity and protection of networks," said Doug Chesler, Federal Network Services president. "By taking a holistic approach to IT and focusing on the business needs of the organization, our customers can respond more appropriately to an event and continue to provide critical business services as well as improve their response in the future."

For specific market-by-market air times, visit http://www.wbrtv.com/broadcast/1727.html .

About Federal Network Services, Inc.

Federal Network Services provides comprehensive IP communications networking solutions (supporting both product sales and services) and information security through engineering, operations, and maintenance management for technology integration and deployment services to Federal government and public sector customers under Federal mandates. Headquartered in Woodinville, WA, Federal Network Services serves clients throughout the United States, Pacific Rim and Europe. More information about Federal Network Services, Inc. can be found at http://www.fnsnet.com/ .

About World Business Review

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Celebrity Jeweler Nadeem Hosts Sir Ben Kingsley in Quake-Torn Pakistan

Here's an example of how small our world has become: You meet someone in Los Angeles and, next thing you know, they invite you home to dinner ... in Pakistan.

It started when Sir Ben Kingsley walked into FIONZ FINE JEWELRY in Los Angeles, searching for a piece to adorn his guest at the Academy Awards. He was shown the family-owned store's original designs: rubies, topaz and aquamarine unearthed from mines in Pakistan and Afghanistan, left in their natural shapes. The Indian-born actor became not only a client but a friend of owner Nadeem Akram.

So when the Indian-born actor flew to earthquake-ravaged Pakistan to raise money for Relief International. Nadeem naturally invited him home for dinner. "Home" is the village of Malot, half an hour outside Islamabad. Nadeem was in Pakistan doing the same thing as Sir Ben.

Nadeem's ancestral home was spared in the quake, and a CNN crew covered the family's traditional hospitality to the actor. The two men compared notes on how best to help the quake victims. "There is something moving in the fact that these gems of great beauty brought a brilliant actor and a hardheaded businessman together to help people in need," says Nadeem.

FIONZ FINE JEWELERS is fast becoming a "jeweler to the stars" back in L.A. Its gems are featured in such shows as "Two and a Half Men," the upcoming "Justice" and VH-1's celebrity-driven fall series "Fame Games."

  FIONZ FINE JEWELRY has stores in Santa Monica and in downtown Los Angeles 

 

 

 

Grammy Award nominated comedian George Lopez will release his new CD entitled "El Mas Chingon" ("The Baddest") in stores nationwide on Tuesday, September 26th from Oglio Records. Lopez is the star and co-creator of the hit ABC sitcom, "George Lopez" that will be entering its sixth season this fall.

"El Mas Chingon is the follow up to my Grammy nominated CD 'Team Leader'," explains Lopez adding, "I know my fans will love the new material which is inspired by the continuing dysfunction in my life, both past and present. I guess I could see a therapist but this is more fun!!" The new album will mark the third venture between Lopez and Oglio Records.

Having become one of television's biggest celebrities, Lopez recently was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to his success on the small screen, Lopez maintains an extremely active schedule as a stand-up comedian, selling-out prestigious arena venues coast-to-coast. With his new comedy album, George's observations on Latino culture and his own life reveal him to be one of the most real and honest comedians working today.

George has received numerous awards including the Image Vision Award, the Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award. He also made Time Magazine's list of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America and Forbes Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. In addition, his autobiography "Why You Crying?" was on the New York Times Bestseller list. He is a two-time host of the Latin Grammy Awards and co-host of the Emmy Awards. He has appeared in such films as "The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl" and will soon be seen in the upcoming Universal Feature film "Balls of Fury." In 2005, George received a kidney transplant donated by his wife Ann. George and Ann Lopez are national spokespersons for the National Kidney Foundation. With his comedy albums, tours, TV show, book, movies, awards and influence, comedian George Lopez is El Mas Chingon.

Source: Oglio Records

 

 

 

 TCM Premieres New One-Hour Episode of THE DICK CAVETT SHOW with special guest Mel Brooks, Sept. 7

Network Acquires Interviews with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen and Groucho Marx and Creates New Introductions with Cavett  

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) premieres a new episode of THE DICK CAVETT SHOW – the first in 10 years – featuring special guest Mel Brooks, on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET).  The last time these legendary comedians were together was during Cavett’s show in 1972.  THE DICK CAVETT SHOW with Mel Brooks kicks off a series of classic episodes, movies and documentaries honoring some of the Hollywood greats Cavett has interviewed.

Filmed in front of a live audience on a contemporized version of the original set from the 1970s, talk show host Dick Cavett engages in a full hour of discussion with Brooks as he sparks the famed actor, writer, producer and director to reminisce about (among other things) his childhood, Sid Caesar, filming in Yugoslavia, therapy, Groucho Marx and his films, including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and The Producers.

TCM has also acquired rights to eight memorable episodes of THE DICK CAVETT SHOW, each one featuring an interview with a celebrated figure from the silver screen.  Episodes include interviews with Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx and two with Katharine Hepburn.  TCM has supplemented the classic interviews with new introductions by Cavett, and each episode will be followed by movies from the interviewed guest.  A complete schedule is attached.

THE DICK CAVETT SHOW with special guest Mel Brooks is produced, written and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker and renowned photographer Robert Trachtenberg (Cary Grant: A Class Apart).  Known for its host’s conversational style of approaching serious issues or tackling in-depth discussion, THE DICK CAVETT SHOW showcased the greatest names in literature, art, politics, sports, comedy, theater, film and music.  

“Dick Cavett took the talk-show format to an entirely different level, by engaging in thought-provoking conversations with some of the most notable personalities of the day,” said Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager for TCM.  “We are excited to offer some of his most-storied interviews, many of which haven’t been seen on TV since they premiered almost three decades ago, to our viewers that will get reacquainted with the show while introducing a new entertaining episode.”

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 70 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a TimeWarner company.  TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the ‘20s through the ‘90s, commercial-free and without interruption.  Expanding TCM’s role as a curator of movie history, the network recently launched TCMdb, the Internet's most media-rich interactive movie database.  For more information, please visit tcm.com.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a TimeWarner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

 

Multi-Platinum Recording Artists The Cheetah Girls Launch 40-City Nationwide Concert Tour; ``Hannah Montana's'' Miley Cyrus and ``High School Musical's'' Vanessa Anne Hudgens Slotted as Special Guests in Selected Cities

Walt Disney Records' multi-platinum recording group The Cheetah Girls (Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams) will embark on a 40-city concert tour beginning September 15th in Seattle, Washington. The tour comes in support of their new album, "The Cheetah Girls 2," soundtrack to the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie. The CD features 13 hip-hop, R&B, Latin and tango-influenced tracks performed by the tween superstars. The movie's anthem song and the soundtrack's lead single, "The Party's Just Begun," will be featured in The Cheetah Girls' set, along with favorites from the first movie and soundtrack including "Cinderella" and "Cheetah Sisters."

Purchase of "The Cheetah Girls 2" soundtrack at Target stores in the U.S. beginning August 15 will include a password to purchase up to four presale tickets for most shows on the tour, subject to availability.

The Cheetah Girls began as a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie based on the best-selling book series for kids and tweens. Within two years of the movie's debut, the group gained a large fan base, topped the soundtrack charts with a double-platinum soundtrack and enjoyed a highly-rated DVD release. In 2005, The Cheetah Girls were signed to Walt Disney Records and embarked on their first sold-out concert tour supporting their hit album "Cheetah-licious Christmas."

Special guest Miley Cyrus stars in the Disney Channel Original Series "Hannah Montana" as high school student Miley Stewart and her secret alter-ego Hannah Montana, an international pop singing sensation. The "Hannah Montana" soundtrack will be released on Walt Disney Records on October 24, 2006. Miley has signed to Hollywood Records and will be releasing her debut album in 2007. Miley will perform as Hannah Montana for the first twenty dates of the tour, from September 15 to October 15.

Special guest Vanessa Anne Hudgens, best known for her performance as Gabriella Montez in the runaway hit Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" and on the triple-platinum "High School Musical" soundtrack, has signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records. Hudgens' debut CD, entitled "V," is slated for release September 26, 2006. Vanessa will perform on the remaining 20 dates of the tour, from October 17 to November 15.

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9/15         Seattle, WA             Key Arena at the Seattle Center 9/17         Portland, OR            Memorial Coliseum 9/19         San Jose, CA            HP Pavilion at San Jose 9/20         Stockton, CA            Stockton Arena 9/21         Universal City, CA      Gibson Amphitheatre 9/22         Fresno, CA              SaveMart Center 9/24         Phoenix, AZ             Dodge Theatre 9/26         Denver, CO              Lecture Hall 9/29         Chicago, IL             Allstate Arena 9/30         Moline, IL              Mark of the Quad Cities 10/1         St. Louis, MO           Fox Theatre 10/4         Grand Prairie, TX       Nokia Theatre 10/5         San Antonio, TX         AT&T Center 10/6         Houston, TX             Reliant Arena 10/9         Jacksonville, FL        Jacksonville Arena 10/10        Sunrise, FL             BankAtlantic Center 10/11        Tampa, FL               St. Pete Times Forum 10/13        Duluth, GA              Arena at Gwinnett Center 10/14        Charlotte, NC           Cricket Arena 10/15        Norfolk, VA             Constant Convocation Center 10/17        Washington DC           D.A.R. Constitution Hall 10/18        Harford, CT             Hartford Civic Center 10/20        Long Island, NY         Nassau Coliseum 10/21        East Rutherford, NJ     Continental Airlines Arena 10/22        Hershey, PA             GIANT Center 10/24        Albany, NY              Pepsi Arena 10/26        Syracuse, NY            WarMemorial at OnCenter 10/28        Rochester, NY           BlueCross Arena 10/29        Providence, RI          Dunkin Donuts Center 10/30        Wilkes Barre, PA        Wachovia Arena 11/1         Worchester, MA          DCU Center 11/3         Bridgeport, CT          Arena at Harbor Yard 11/4         Reading, PA             Sovereign Center 11/5         Philadelphia, PA        Wachovia Spectrum 11/8         Cleveland, OH           Wolstein Center 11/9         Columbus, OH            Nationwide Arena 11/10        Detroit, MI             Masonic Temple Theater 11/12        Omaha, NE               Qwest Center 11/14        Milwaukee, WI           Milwaukee Theatre 11/15        St. Paul, MN            Xcel Energy Center

 

Family Room's ``The Wicker Man'' Heads to the Big Screen on September 1st

 Emmett/Furla Films, a wholly owned subsidiary of Family Room Entertainment Corporation (OTCBB:FMLY), is pleased to announce that Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment will theatrically release "THE WICKER MAN" on September 1, 2006. The picture, from writer/director Neil LaBute ("POSSESSION" & "NURSE BETTY" & "IN THE COMPANY OF MEN"), stars Nicolas Cage.

The suspense thriller is a remake of the 1973 UK cult classic. THE WICKER MAN follows the story of Sheriff Edward Malus (NICOLAS CAGE) as he investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Things and people are not as they seem on the island and when Sheriff Malus discovers evidence of pagan rituals his hope of unraveling the girl's disappearance become increasingly uncertain.

Co-chairmen, Randall Emmett and George Furla, stated: "We are very excited that Warner Brothers and Alcon feel as strongly about this project as we do. We believe that Neil and Nic have delivered a strong commercial horror-thriller which hopefully will appeal to a wide demographic."

About Family Room Entertainment

Family Room Entertainment Corporation, with its subsidiaries, Emmett Furla Films Productions ("EFFP"), Emmett Furla Films Distribution ("EFFD") and EFF Independent ("EFFI"), is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ Bulletin Board under the symbol "FMLY". Family Room Entertainment develops, produces and performs production related services for the entertainment industry. Family Room Entertainment's goal, through EFFI and EFFP, is to facilitate relationships (and as such, provide production related services) between creative talent (including writers, actors and directors) and companies who produce, finance and distribute motion pictures. FMLY derives its income from producer fees, production consulting and service fees and royalties as well as its participation in the profits of the various pictures it produces.

The FMLY co-founders, Randall Emmett and George Furla, believe that they have the expertise and contacts within the entertainment industry, specifically in the competitive development, production and distribution arenas, to profitably acquire content, package product by adding value to the content with top quality talent and arrange with third parties to produce and finance motion pictures which are in the moderate to higher level budgets, which can be distributed by those with the expertise to effectively do so to a mass worldwide audience. However, there is no assurance that any motion picture, which has not yet been released, will be released, that a change in the scheduled release dates of any such films will not occur or, if such motion picture is released, it will be successful.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "ACT"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "plan," "confident that," "believe," "expect," "intend to" and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ACT and are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, market conditions, competitive factors, the ability to successfully complete additional financings and other risks.

 

 

Activision Signs Emmy-Nominee Joel Goldsmith to Score Call of Duty(R) 3

Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI) announced today that it has signed award-winning composer Joel Goldsmith to score the soundtrack for the eagerly-awaited release of Call of Duty 3. Goldsmith is currently nominated for an Emmy for his work on "Stargate: Atlantis," with credits that also include "Kull the Conqueror," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Helen of Troy" and "Witchblade," among many others. Goldsmith's work with Call of Duty 3 marks his console video game debut in a career that spans more than twenty years.

"Goldsmith is one of the most versatile and talented music composers in the business and we're excited to have him on board for Call of Duty 3," said Tim Riley, Activision's Worldwide Executive of Music. "Fans know to expect a 'cinematically intense' experience from the Call of Duty franchise -- Goldsmith is the man for the job."

The son of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, Joel collaborated with his father on several projects over the years, most notably on Star Trek: First Contact. The younger Goldsmith launched his career in the late seventies, and began to gain particular notoriety with projects that included The Man with Two Brains (1983) and then later The New Untouchables (1993), allowing Goldsmith to solidify his style, one that has since come to be marked by big, bold, symphonic scores. A three-time Emmy nominee for his work with "Stargate: Atlantis" and "SG-1," Goldsmith currently serves as resident composer for the latter. For more information on Goldsmith, visit http://www.freeclyde.com.

Call of Duty 3 is scheduled for release this fall for the Xbox 360(TM) and Xbox(TM) video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo's Wii(TM). Call of Duty 3 is not yet rated by the ESRB.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.47 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

 

 

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Announces Partnership with AMC Beauty to Develop New Fragrances for Men and Women Inspired by The O.C.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced today that they have entered into a partnership with AMC Beauty to develop signature women's and men's fragrances inspired by the glamorous, sophisticated and seductive lifestyle of characters on the hit TV show, The O.C. AMC Beauty will roll out The O.C. for Her and The O.C. for Him -- a line of fragrances for men and women that not only allures the senses, but also radiates the attractive Newport Beach lifestyle.

The O.C. for Her is a delightfully fruity, floral scent. This fun and exciting fragrance is introduced with plump sensations of juicy mandarin. A freshly cut garland of exuberant and exotic flowers surrounded by fruity accents lead the way to a rich foundation of white amber, sweet vanilla, and clear musk. Light and ideal for anytime, The O.C. for Her is perfect for the ultra-feminine and beautifully intimidating girl-next-door.

The O.C. for Him is a refreshingly earthy, classic scent. This energetic fragrance begins with an aromatic burst of crushed foliage and a sparkling citrus medley blended with fresh ozonic notes and cooling sea spray. The smell consists of a masculine yet fragrant combination of lavender, rose and jasmine laced with spicy black pepper that leaves a lingering and laid back smell of amber and musk. Clean and oceanic fresh, The O.C. for Him is just the thing for that edgy guy with a sensitive side.

"AMC Beauty is known for creating wonderful fragrances tied to recognizable brands and bringing them to the young consumer," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "We look forward to partnering with them on this venture and delivering a piece of

The O.C. to its fans, as well as the general public with this exciting new product line."

"We are thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on the The O.C. property to launch their signature fragrances," said Debbie Hicks, VP Licensing and Business Development, AMC Beauty. "This is an incredible opportunity for us to align with a well respected licensor and a hit TV show. We're all working towards making this a successful launch."

Both fragrances will be available in .5 ounce and 1.7 ounce versions, with suggested retail price points at $12.00 for the former and $22.50 for the latter. The O.C. for Her and The O.C. for Him fragrance lines will be available in October 2006 at select retailers nationwide.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

THE O.C. and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (C) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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ERHC Energy Inc. (OTCBB: ERHE) today announced that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of Walter Brandhuber, chief executive officer and member of the Board.

The company's board of directors has initiated an international recruitment search for a chief executive officer. Effective immediately, the board of directors has appointed Board Member Nicolae Luca, 46, as interim chief executive officer until a successor is named. Mr. Luca has served as a non-executive director of the company since February 2001.

Since April 1998, Mr. Luca has also served as the technical director for Chrome Oil Services Limited. He has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

"We are pleased to have Nicolae Luca lead this transition process as the board conducts its search for a new CEO," said Sir Emeka Offor, chairman of the board. "Going forward, our business strategy will be to continue to commercialize our rights in the Joint Development Zone."

 

Additionally, ERHC Energy announced that Franklin Ihekwoaba, chief financial officer, vice president and a member of the board, has resigned as an officer and director. Mr. Ihekwoaba resigned after recently informing the Audit Committee that he should not have used the designation "C.P.A." following his name and that he had initiated a personal bankruptcy proceeding in December 2005. The company has initiated an international recruitment search for a chief financial officer.

About ERHC Energy

ERHC Energy Inc. is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company focused on growth through high impact exploration in the highly prospective Gulf of Guinea and the development of undeveloped and marginal oil and gas fields. ERHC is committed to creating and delivering significant value for its shareholders, investors, and employees; sustainable and profitable growth through risk balanced smart exploration, cost efficient development and high margin production.

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Public Company Management Corporation (OTCBB: PUBC) announced that it has signed a contract with Escape International, a Detroit-area network marketing company. Escape International oversees a network of independent representatives who market cutting-edge technologies and products of industry leaders in voiceover IP, video phones, wireless phones and medically endorsed wellness products to individual consumers and small businesses.

Escape International sells products and services of new-technology companies such as Packet8 VoIP service provider 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), Sprint Wireless, T-Mobile, Nextel, Verizon, and Cingular. Escape International also offers wellness products in competition with other companies in the nutrition and wellness products industry. Under the contract, PUBC will provide consulting services to Escape International in connection with various corporate and securities matters.

"Escape International's unique business plan combines outstanding products and the possibility for individuals to start their own businesses," said Stephen Brock, PUBC's President. "At PUBC, we are excited about working with this promising organization in its efforts to become a fully reporting public company."

About Escape International

Escape International is a marketing company focused in the telecom arena.. A second division exists specializing in wellness products. David A. Rutz founded the Escape International in 2001 in his continuing effort to help people gain financial independence by owning their own businesses. Escape International promotes itself as the marketing company responsible for bringing to market a number of cutting-edge products. Its business model offers a no-risk startup opportunity for would-be entrepreneurs. Escape International prides itself on being a legitimately free network marketing company with income opportunities ranging from stay-at-home, part-time income to full-time business opportunities. The company considers its marketing plan viable because representatives can start part time and may earn significant residual income as their clients pay their monthly bills or consume the products each month. The company also provides extensive training to its representatives, which is aimed at increasing the odds for success. Escape International is managed by a team of individuals with more than 100 years of combined experience. Escape International maintains a corporate website at www.escapeinternational.com.

 

About Public Company Management Corporation

PUBC's primary services are to educate, consult and advise clients seeking to register and self distribute their own securities in a public offering without an underwriter, to maintain compliance with their public reporting and corporate governance obligations or to conduct a State registered offering or a private placement. PUBC also consults and advises companies seeking to migrate from the Pink Sheets to the OTCBB. PUBC focuses on the small business market, traditionally underserved by large management consulting firms.

PUBC supports the full lifecycle of entering the public market through its various subsidiaries. In addition to PUBC's corporate website at www.publiccompanymanagement.com, PUBC also maintains the following websites to promote the services offered by its subsidiaries:

Education -- Pubco WhitePapers, Inc. (http://www.PubcoWhitePapers.com) hosts a comprehensive body of knowledge on private and public equity markets;

Registration and Listing -- GoPublicToday.com, Inc. (http://www.GoPublicToday.com) provides consulting services and advice in connection with companies seeking to register and self distribute their own securities in a public offering without an underwriter and obtain a listing on the OTCBB and companies seeking to migrate from the Pink Sheets to the OTCBB; and

Regulatory Compliance -- Public Company Management Services, Inc. (http://www.PCMS-Team.com) provides consulting services and advice relating to compliance with reporting and corporate governance obligations of public companies.

To increase OTCBB transparency and awareness, PUBC has also established the PCMC Bulletin Board 30 Index™. The index is comprised of 30 stocks and is not a full representation of the OTCBB marketplace, but rather a stratified grouping of stocks that meet certain well recognized standards. Several original companies included in the PCMC Bulletin Board 30 have graduated to the national exchanges, including GAINSCO, Inc. (AMEX), Law Enforcement Associates Corp. (AMEX), Silverleaf Resorts (AMEX), Covad Communications Group, Inc. (AMEX) and True Religion Apparel, Inc., the latter of which was replaced in the PCMC30 index with International Fuel Technologies (OTCBB: IFUE). Neither the companies discussed in this paragraph nor the current companies listed in the index are clients of PUBC and PUBC does not own any of their securities.

PCMC30 Index: http://pcmc.stockgroup.com/pcmc30.asp

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Public Company Management Corporation (OTCBB: PUBC)

 

 

 

Invision Capital, Inc. (OTCBB: IVCA) (the "Company") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, EDI Exploration Drilling International GmbH ("EDI"), based in Haltern am See, Germany, has expanded its cooperative affiliations in Saudi Arabia by entering into a joint venture agreement with A. Abunayyan Trading Corporation ("ATC") to seek out and complete water exploration drilling projects in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement extends for a period of 3 years and will automatically renew for successive 3 year terms unless either party provides written notice of its intention not to renew the agreement. ATC and EDI will initially seek out 10 water exploration drilling projects under their joint venture agreement. Payments received under any projects generated by the joint venture will be apportioned amongst ATC and EDI pro rata in accordance with the percentage of the total project costs paid by each of them.

ATC is headquartered in the Saudi capital of Riyadh and provides technical solutions in the fields of water, oil, gas and electricity. Together with EDI's affiliations with Duluk Petroleum Services, based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Manarah World Trading Est., based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, EDI has, with ATC, now established its third cooperative affiliation on the Arabian Peninsula. By establishing a joint venture with ATC, the Company believes that EDI is now in a position to establish itself as a competent service provider in the Gulf region for governments, municipal authorities and private companies.

EDI Exploration Drilling International GmbH is the wholly owned subsidiary of Invision Capital, Inc. EDI specializes in innovative water well drilling, construction and maintenance systems. The systems offered by EDI provide considerable cost and quality advantages over traditional drilling, construction and maintenance systems. EDI's systems can also be used in the drilling and construction of oil and gas wells.

The Company's shares are traded on over-the-counter market in the United States (OTCBB: IVCA) as well as on the stock market in Frankfurt (WKN:A0JKCN, ISIN: US46184W2098).

This Press Release may contain, in addition, to historical information, forward-looking statements. These statements may involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from the results implied herein. In particular, the Company is a development stage company, and has not earned any revenues to date. There are no assurances that EDI's cooperative efforts with Duluk, Manarah or ATC will result in future revenues or sales.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements made in this Press Release.

INVISION CAPITAL, INC.

Guenter Thiemann, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

 

 

 

International Smart Sourcing, Inc. (OTCBB: ISSG) announced today that it has terminated the letter of intent and negotiations to acquire Charter Fabrics, Inc., a privately held textile and cosmetic sourcing company located in New York, New York.

The Company terminated the letter of intent after its preliminary due diligence investigation revealed that Charter Fabrics did not meet all of the requirements set forth in the letter of intent.

David Hale, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company, said: "After careful consideration and review of the preliminary due diligence materials, we have decided not to proceed with the transaction to acquire Charter Fabrics at the present time. Although we are disappointed that we were unable to complete the transaction, we believe that this is the best alternative for the Company and its shareholders. We will continue to explore other opportunities to grow our business in new directions."

 

About International Smart Sourcing, Inc.

International Smart Sourcing, Inc. specializes in assisting companies in substantially reducing their cost of manufacturing by outsourcing all or part of their manufacturing to China. The Company's services include project management, source selection, engineering coordination, quality assurance, logistics, and cost reduction. Product specializations are tooling, injection molding, die-casting, metal stampings, mechanical assemblies, and electromechanical assemblies. The Company has offices located in New York and China.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated. Actual results could differ due to a number of factors, including negative developments relating to unforeseen order cancellations or push outs, the company's strategic relationships, the impact of intense competition and changes in our industry.

 

 

 

Scott A. Yeoman, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnionBancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBCD), reported net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006 of $1,294,000 or $0.33 per diluted share compared to $1,382,000 or $0.33 per diluted share earned in the second quarter of 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, net income equaled $2,940,000 or $0.74 per diluted share compared to $2,346,000 or $0.55 per diluted share earned in the same period during 2005.

Commenting on the quarter, Yeoman said, "Excluding nonrecurring activity for the 2006 and 2005 quarters, we were pleased to report an 8% improvement in earnings. We continue to enjoy acceptable customer retention levels and improved customer service while expense controls remain firmly on target. This, combined with continued favorable asset quality trends, has yielded a strong start in the first half of 2006. As we move into the latter half of the year, we will continue to focus on our sales and service efforts in an attempt to help offset the anticipated flat yield curve. We will remain committed to attracting high quality commercial relationships and reaping the benefits of strong credit quality."

Second Quarter 2006 Highlights:

     --  On June 30, 2006, UnionBancorp, Inc. and Centrue Financial Corporation     (NASDAQ: TRUE) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to     join forces in a merger of equals transaction. Under the terms of the     agreement, Centrue shareholders will receive shares of UnionBancorp common     stock, using a fixed exchange ratio of 1.2 shares of UnionBancorp common     stock for each share of Centrue common stock outstanding. The combined     company will adopt the Centrue name and change its stock market ticker     symbol to TRUE.  The merger is subject to approval by UnionBancorp's and     Centrue's stockholders and banking regulators and other customary     conditions. The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth     quarter of 2006.      --  Earnings per share were unchanged compared to the second quarter of     2005.      --  The Company's earnings were positively impacted by a $300,000 negative     provision for loan losses largely based on continued improvements in the     quality of the loan portfolio, which was partially offset by a loss on sale     of securities of $88,000 in order to better position the securities     portfolio. Excluding these items, net income for the quarter would have     equaled $1,163,000 or $0.29 per diluted share.      --  The second quarter of 2005 results were positively impacted by a     $251,000 reduction in state income taxes and $90,000 of interest received     due to the receipt of a tax refund related to amended tax returns     outstanding from prior years. Excluding these items, net income for the     second quarter of 2005 would have equaled $1,076,000 or $0.25 per diluted     share.      --  Due to the flat yield curve, the net interest margin decreased to     3.37% during the second quarter of 2006 as compared with 3.59% for the same     period in 2005 and 3.50% in the first quarter of 2006.      --  The loan portfolio decreased to $403.5 million as compared to $417.5     million at December 31, 2005. Of this decrease in balances, approximately     $7.7 million or 55% was related to the pay-off of action list credits     refinanced by a competitor.      --  The level of nonperforming loans to end of period loans totaled 0.70%     as of June 30, 2006 compared to 0.95% at June 30, 2005 and 0.96% on     December 31, 2005.      --  Net charge-offs for the second quarter of 2006 were 0.09% of average     loans as compared to 0.19% for the same period 2005.      --  The Company's Board of Directors approved the payment of a $0.12     quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock, marking the 85th     consecutive quarter of dividends paid to stockholders.     

Net Interest Margin

The net interest margin for the second quarter of 2006 was reported at 3.37% as compared to 3.59% for the same period in 2005. The expectation of a flat yield curve is likely to maintain pressure on margins for the remainder of 2006.

Tax-equivalent net interest income decreased $360,000 to $5,078,000 for the second quarter of 2006 as compared to $5,438,000 for the second quarter of 2005. This change in net interest income was largely related to a decrease in volume and a shift in the mix of earning assets. Also contributing to the decline was a decrease in non-interest bearing deposits and an increase in time deposits.

Noninterest Income and Expense

Excluding $88,000 in securities losses from the second quarter of 2006 and $90,000 in interest received due to the receipt of a tax refund in the second quarter of 2005, noninterest income decreased $156,000 or 8.0% during the second quarter of 2006 as compared to the same period in 2005. The change was primarily related to a production level decrease in revenue generated from the mortgage banking division and lower brokerage and insurance revenue and losses related to investment activity.

Noninterest expense experienced a decrease of $498,000 or 8.9% during the second quarter of 2006 as compared to the same period in 2005. This decrease was largely due to the reduction of salary and benefit costs, and lower accounting and professional fees. These savings were offset by a modest increase in furniture and fixture expense.

Asset Quality

General asset quality trends continued to improve as the level of nonperforming loans to end of period loans totaled 0.70% as of June 30, 2006 compared to 0.95% at June 30, 2005 and 0.96% on December 31, 2005. Additionally, the reserve coverage ratio (allowance to nonperforming loans) was reported at 244.05% as of June 30, 2006 as compared to 238.83% as of June 30, 2005 and 208.84% as of December 31, 2005.

About the Company

UnionBancorp, Inc. is a regional financial services company based in Ottawa, Illinois, and devotes special attention to personal service and offers Bank, Trust, Insurance and Investment services at each of its locations. The Company's market area extends from the far Western suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area across Central and Northern Illinois.

UnionBancorp common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "UBCD." Further information about UnionBancorp, Inc. can be found at the Company's website at http://www.ubcd.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1993, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934 as amended. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies, and expectations of the Company, are generally identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," or "project" or similar expressions. The Company's ability to predict results, or the actual effect of future plans or strategies, is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and the subsidiaries include, but are not limited to, changes in: interest rates; general economic conditions; legislative/regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; the quality and composition of the loan or securities portfolios; demand for loan products; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in the Company's market areas; the Company's implementation of new technologies; the Company's ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; and accounting principles, policies, and guidelines. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

Accompanying Financial Statements and Tables

Accompanying this press release is the following unaudited financial information:

--  Unaudited Quarterly Highlights --  Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets --  Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income --  Unaudited Selected Quarterly Consolidated Financial Data     

UnionBancorp, Inc. Unaudited Quarterly and Year to Date Highlights (In Thousands, Except Share Data) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, -------------------- -------------------- 2006 2005 2006 2005 --------- --------- --------- --------- Operating Highlights Net income $ 1,294 $ 1,382 $ 2,940 $ 2,346 Return on average total assets 0.79% 0.83% 0.89% 0.71% Return on average stockholders equity 7.93 7.94 9.03 6.73 Net interest margin 3.37 3.59 3.44 3.56 Efficiency ratio 74.80 74.27 74.70 75.81 Per Share Data Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.74 $ 0.55 Book value per common share $ 17.31 $ 17.40 $ 17.31 $ 17.40 Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 3,787,231 4,054,804 3,809,813 4,083,477 Period end common shares outstanding 3,742,751 3,923,018 3,742,751 3,923,018 Stock Performance Data Market Price: Quarter End $ 20.10 $ 22.00 $ 20.10 $ 22.00 High $ 21.12 $ 22.00 $ 21.48 $ 22.00 Low $ 19.44 $ 20.10 $ 19.44 $ 20.10 Period end price to book value 1.16 1.26 1.16 1.26 UnionBancorp, Inc. Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands) June 30, December 31, 2006 2005 --------- --------- ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,265 $ 24,358 Securities available-for-sale 182,914 196,440 Loans 403,455 417,525 Allowance for loan losses (6,848) (8,362) --------- --------- Net loans 396,607 409,163 Cash surrender value of life insurance 15,775 15,498 Mortgage servicing rights 2,373 2,533 Premises and equipment, net 13,789 13,908 Goodwill 6,963 6,963 Intangible assets, net 446 533 Other real estate 1,390 203 Other assets 6,309 6,623 --------- --------- Total assets $ 656,831 $ 676,222 ========= ========= LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities Deposits Non-interest-bearing $ 56,119 $ 57,832 Interest-bearing 466,576 486,009 --------- --------- Total deposits 522,695 543,841 Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase 7,297 612 Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank 46,700 50,000 Notes payable 8,824 9,468 Series B mandatory redeemable preferred stock 831 831 Other liabilities 5,180 5,395 --------- --------- Total liabilities 591,527 610,147 --------- --------- Stockholders' equity Series A convertible preferred stock 500 500 Common stock 4,698 4,684 Surplus 23,381 23,167 Retained earnings 50,775 48,837 Accumulated other comprehensive income (1,204) 95 --------- --------- 78,150 77,283 Treasury stock, at cost (12,846) (11,208) --------- --------- Total stockholders' equity 65,304 66,075 --------- --------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 656,831 $ 676,222 ========= ========= UnionBancorp, Inc. Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income (In Thousands, Except Per Share Data) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, -------------------- -------------------- 2006 2005 2006 2005 --------- --------- --------- --------- Interest income Loans $ 7,194 $ 6,751 $ 14,349 $ 13,201 Securities Taxable 2,030 1,484 4,025 2,909 Exempt from federal income taxes 210 263 426 521 Federal funds sold and other 42 47 59 56 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total interest income 9,476 8,545 18,859 16,687 Interest expense Deposits 3,845 2,571 7,324 4,890 Federal funds purchased and securities sold under agreements to repurchase 51 37 123 111 Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank 455 550 938 1,133 Series B Mandatory Redeemable 13 13 25 25 Notes payable 161 94 315 163 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total interest expense 4,525 3,265 8,725 6,322 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net interest income 4,951 5,280 10,134 10,365 Provision for loan losses (300) - (1,100) 100 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net interest income after Provision for loan losses 5,251 5,280 11,234 10,265 Noninterest income Service charges 495 525 935 1,008 Trust income 199 187 418 402 Mortgage banking income 281 364 527 704 Insurance commissions and fees 414 472 793 893 Bank owned life insurance (BOLI) 137 135 277 269 Securities gains, net (88) - (88) - Gain (loss) on sale of assets (9) 1 (9) 3 Other income 268 347 604 602 --------- --------- --------- --------- 1,697 2,031 3,457 3,881 Noninterest expenses Salaries and employee benefits 2,910 3,366 5,955 6,842 Occupancy expense, net 346 385 789 779 Furniture and equipment expense 521 461 1,033 885 Marketing 98 128 209 224 Supplies and printing 65 86 162 163 Telephone 118 106 235 213 Other real estate owned expense 2 29 8 34 Amortization of intangible assets 43 43 87 87 Other expenses 1,026 1,023 1,985 1,946 --------- --------- --------- --------- 5,129 5,627 10,463 11,173 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income before income taxes 1,819 1,684 4,228 2,973 Income taxes 525 302 1,288 627 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income 1,294 1,382 2,940 2,346 Preferred stock dividends 52 52 104 104 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income for common stockholders $ 1,242 $ 1,330 $ 2,836 $ 2,242 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic earnings per share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.75 $ 0.56 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.33 $ 0.33 $ 0.74 $ 0.55 ========= ========= ========= ========= UnionBancorp, Inc. Unaudited Selected Quarterly Consolidated Financial Data (In Thousands, Except Share Data) Quarters Ended ------------------------------------------------------ 06/30/06 03/31/06 12/31/05 09/30/05 06/30/05 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- (Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data) Statement of Income Data Interest income $ 9,476 $ 9,383 $ 9,290 $ 8,720 $ 8,545 Interest expense (4,525) (4,200) (3,886) (3,504) (3,265) ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net interest income 4,951 5,183 5,404 5,216 5,280 Provision for loan losses (300) (800) 100 50 - ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net interest income after provision for loan losses 5,251 5,983 5,304 5,166 5,280 Noninterest income 1,697 1,760 1,707 2,014 2,031 Noninterest expense 5,129 5,334 6,042 5,750 5,627 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Income before income taxes 1,819 2,409 969 1,430 1,684 Provision (benefit) for income taxes 525 763 203 369 302 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net income $ 1,294 $ 1,646 $ 766 $ 1,061 $ 1,382 ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== Net income on common stock $ 1,242 $ 1,594 $ 715 $ 1,009 $ 1,330 ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== Per Share Data Basic earnings per common share $ 0.33 $ 0.42 $ 0.19 $ 0.26 $ 0.33 Diluted earnings per common share 0.33 0.42 0.19 0.25 0.33 Cash dividends on common stock 0.12 0.12 0.11 0.11 0.11 Dividend payout ratio for common stock 36.15% 28.17% 58.60% 41.92% 32.48% Book value per common share $ 17.31 $ 17.33 $ 17.23 $ 17.42 $ 17.40 Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 3,742,716 3,786,559 3,839,693 3,895,365 3,993,164 Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 3,787,231 3,837,708 3,898,320 3,958,948 4,054,804 Period-end common shares outstanding 3,742,751 3,742,651 3,806,876 3,855,776 3,923,018 Balance Sheet Data Securities $ 182,914 $ 201,195 $ 196,440 $ 197,580 $ 192,593 Loans 403,455 406,617 417,525 405,884 404,462 Allowance for loan losses 6,848 7,506 8,362 8,493 9,159 Assets 656,831 661,707 676,222 664,643 665,424 Deposits 522,695 530,928 543,841 522,943 521,200 Stockholders' equity 65,304 65,369 66,075 67,664 68,749 Earnings Performance Data Return on average total assets 0.79% 0.99% 0.45% 0.64% 0.83% Return on average stockholders' equity 7.93 10.14 4.54 6.18 7.94 Net interest margin ratio 3.37 3.50 3.60 3.53 3.59 Efficiency ratio (1) 74.80 74.60 82.44 77.09 74.27 Asset Quality Ratios Nonperforming assets to total end of period assets 0.64% 0.59% 0.62% 0.59% 0.68% Nonperforming loans to total end of period loans 0.70 0.82 0.96 0.92 0.95 Net loan charge- offs to total average loans 0.09 0.01 0.06 0.17 0.19 Allowance for loan losses to total end of period loans 1.70 1.85 2.00 2.09 2.26 Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 244.05 223.93 208.84 227.94 238.83 Capital Ratios Average equity to average assets 9.94% 9.80% 10.01% 10.33% 10.38% Total capital to risk adjusted assets 13.69 13.46 13.33 13.92 14.26 Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.38 9.18 9.03 9.30 9.42 (1) Calculated as noninterest expense less amortization of intangibles and expenses related to other real estate owned divided by the sum of net interest income before provisions for loan losses and total noninterest income excluding securities gains and losses and gains on sale of assets.

 

The chairman, president, and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: SJOE), John W. Rosenthal, today announced that the Company posted second quarter net income of $582,000, or $0.31 fully diluted income per common share, an increase of 13.9% compared to the first quarter of this year, but down 28.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The second quarter was aided by a pre-tax recovery of $125,000 from the claim filed with the Company's insurance carrier for the previously disclosed international wire transfer fraud perpetrated on the bank during the first quarter of 2006. The Company also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share to be paid on September 15, 2006 to shareholders of record on September 1, 2006.

Chairman Rosenthal stated, "In the most direct terms, the story behind our performance centers mainly on our 'spread' business being negatively impacted by a burdensome interest rate environment -- that is to say, the flat yield curve. Unfortunately, the shape of the yield curve is a variable over which we have no control. Looking ahead, some experts believe the slowing growth rate for the U.S. Economy currently being reported will lessen investors' inflation fears. This combination of reduced inflation pressure and the slowing rate of overall economic growth could allow the Fed to lower short-term rates in the not-too-distant future to stimulate economic growth. Should this scenario unfold, we expect that it will have a positive impact on our net interest margin."

"We continue our rigorous sales efforts to grow loans and deposits as well as control our non-interest expenses. I'm happy to report that we achieved solid results in all of those areas. Specifically, total loans and deposits grew by 13.2% and 13.5%, respectively, from the same quarter last year. Core non-interest expenses were up by 6.5% over the same time period, excluding the insurance recovery posted in the current quarter," Rosenthal continued.

Total assets at the end of the second quarter reached $490.9 million, an increase of 9.9% compared to June 30, 2005. Deposits increased to $376.3 million at June 30, 2006, up $44.9 million or 13.5% from $331.4 million at June 30, 2005. Gross loans grew by $40.7 million or 13.2% year over year and reached $349.4 million at quarter end. Securities available for sale decreased by $16.7 million or 17.5% year over year. A detailed review of St. Joseph Capital Corporation's performance is included with this release.

St. Joseph Capital Corporation is a bank holding company whose headquarters are located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Its primary operating subsidiary, St. Joseph Capital Bank, provides a broad array of banking services to businesses and individuals in the Michiana area. St. Joseph Capital Bank employs numerous delivery channels for their financial services including a unique courier service and electronic banking accessed via their website, www.sjcb.com. St. Joseph Capital Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

SPECIAL NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking regulation; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in the national and local economy; and other factors, including risk factors, referred to from time to time in filings made by St. Joseph Capital Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. St. Joseph Capital Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

                  ST. JOSEPH CAPITAL CORPORATION        Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)          (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                                 Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended                                June 30,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30,                                  2006      2005      2006      2005                                --------  --------  --------  -------- Interest income   Loans, including fees        $  5,714  $  4,217  $ 11,060  $  8,110   Securities and other    interest income                  883       993     1,738     1,873                                --------  --------  --------  --------                                   6,597     5,210    12,798     9,983 Interest expense   Deposits                        3,406     1,979     6,353     3,656   Securities sold under    agreements to repurchase    and other borrowings             985       703     1,868     1,256                                --------  --------  --------  --------                                   4,391     2,682     8,221     4,912                                --------  --------  --------  -------- Net interest income               2,206     2,528     4,577     5,071 Provision for loan losses             -         -         -         -                                --------  --------  --------  --------  Net interest income after  provision for loan losses        2,206     2,528     4,577     5,071  Noninterest income   Service charges on deposit    accounts                         102       121       192       223   Other noninterest income          180       128       336       272                                --------  --------  --------  --------                                     282       249       528       495 Noninterest expense   Employee compensation and    benefits                       1,278     1,159     2,534     2,275   Stock option expense               75        35       110        70   Occupancy and equipment     expense                         133       132       275       246   Fraud Loss                       (125)        -        52         -   Other expense                     391       437       748       840                                --------  --------  --------  --------                                   1,752     1,763     3,719     3,431                                --------  --------  --------  -------- Income before income taxes          736     1,014     1,386     2,135 Income tax expense                  154       199       293       524                                --------  --------  --------  -------- Net income                     $    582  $    815  $  1,093  $  1,611                                ========  ========  ========  ========  Basic income per  common share                  $    .33  $    .47  $    .62  $    .93                                ========  ========  ========  ======== Diluted income per  common share                  $    .31  $    .43  $    .59  $    .86                                ========  ========  ========  ========                      ST. JOSEPH CAPITAL CORPORATION         Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)                       (Dollars in thousands)                                           June 30,   June 30,                                            2006       2005 ASSETS   Total cash and cash equivalents       $  44,415  $  26,549   Securities available for sale            78,703     95,436   Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) stock       3,250      3,152   Loans receivable                        349,400    308,750   Less: Allowance for loan losses           3,578      3,578                                         ---------  ---------     Loans receivable, net                 345,822    305,172   Premises and equipment, net               3,217      3,203   Interest receivable and other assets     15,499     13,330                                         ---------  ---------       Total assets                      $ 490,906  $ 446,842                                         =========  =========  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Liabilities   Total deposits                        $ 376,251  $ 331,364   Federal fund purchased                        -     27,000   Securities sold under agreements    to repurchase                           10,992      7,829   FHLB advances                            63,000     41,740   Subordinated debentures                   8,000      8,000   Interest payable and other    liabilities                              3,223      2,891                                         ---------  ---------       Total liabilities                   461,466    418,824   Total shareholders' equity               29,440     28,018                                         ---------  ---------       Total liabilities and        shareholders' equity             $ 490,906  $ 446,842                                         =========  =========                          St. Joseph Capital Corporation         Selected Quarterly Consolidated Financial Data (Unaudited)               (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                         Three      Three      Three      Three      Three                        Months     Months     Months     Months     Months                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------                                            December   September                      June 30,   March 31,     31,        30,     June 30,                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------                        2006       2006       2005       2005       2005                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  EARNINGS   Net interest    income            $   2,206  $   2,371  $   2,556  $   2,584  $   2,528   Provision for loan    loss                      -          -          -          -          -   Noninterest income       282        246        229        232        249   Noninterest    expense               1,752      1,967      1,672      1,745      1,763   Net income               582        511        806        803        815   Basic earnings per    share                  0.33       0.29       0.46       0.46       0.47   Diluted earnings    per share         $    0.31  $    0.28  $    0.43  $    0.43  $    0.43   Average shares    outstanding       1,768,291  1,758,269  1,749,120  1,746,401  1,741,803   Average diluted    shares    outstanding       1,856,690  1,854,894  1,855,800  1,875,652  1,875,958  PERFORMANCE RATIOS   Return on average    assets*                0.50%      0.46%      0.71%      0.72%      0.77%   Return on average    common equity *        7.92%      7.24%     11.49%     11.58%     12.00%   Net interest    margin (fully-tax    equivalent)*           2.14%      2.37%      2.53%      2.60%      2.69%   Efficiency ratio       70.46%     75.12%     60.04%     61.95%     63.49%  CAPITAL   Average equity to    average assets          6.4%       6.3%       6.2%       6.2%       6.4%   Tier 1 leverage    capital ratio           8.5%       8.6%       8.5%       8.4%       8.8%   Tier 1 risk-based    capital ratio          10.8%      10.9%      10.7%      10.8%      10.9%   Total risk-based    capital ratio          11.8%      11.9%      11.7%      11.8%      12.0%   Book value per    share                 16.54      16.63      16.53      16.32      16.06  ASSET QUALITY   Net charge-offs    $       -  $       -  $       -  $       -  $       -   Net charge-offs to    average loans *        0.00%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%   Allowance for loan    losses            $   3,578  $   3,578  $   3,578  $   3,578  $   3,578   Allowance for loan    losses to total    loans                  1.02%      1.03%      1.06%      1.08%      1.16%   Nonperforming    loans             $      83  $       -  $       -  $       -  $       -   Other real estate    owned             $       -  $       -  $       -  $       -  $       -   Nonperforming    loans to total    loans                  0.02%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%   Nonperforming    assets to total    assets                 0.02%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%      0.00%  END OF PERIOD BALANCES   Total assets       $ 490,906  $ 460,780  $ 481,128  $ 450,767  $ 446,842   Total earning    assets              454,296    431,952    425,934    415,748    409,301   Total loans          349,400    345,953    338,705    330,972    308,750   Total deposits       376,251    330,081    343,398    332,876    331,364   Stockholders'    equity               29,440     29,596     28,941     28,537     28,018  AVERAGE BALANCES   Total assets       $ 463,556  $ 451,645  $ 447,615  $ 440,751  $ 423,181   Total earning    assets              436,081    425,312    419,884    413,442    397,011   Total loans          347,900    338,723    331,579    317,514    293,490   Total deposits       348,202    343,345    346,684    337,573    326,163   Stockholders'    equity               29,483     28,608     27,819     27,519     27,250     * annualized for quarterly data 

 

Action Products International, Inc. (NASDAQ: APII) announced today preliminary operating results. For the six months ended June 30, 2006 the company expects to report net sales of approximately $3.2 million, a decline of $600,000 and expects a loss in excess of $0.20 per share. The Company expects to report earnings by August 7, 2006.

The Board of Directors has taken the resignation of Lawrence H. Bernstein, the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, effective today. Mr. Bernstein became the Company's President/COO in November 2005.

Ronald Kaplan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated that, "Our cash flows from operations continue to improve as a result of process and technology initiatives implemented to improve the overall customer experience. Our balance sheet remains strong and initiatives are well under way to enhance our core business, expand and promote our brands."

About Action Products International, Inc.

Action Products International, Inc., based in Orlando, Florida, is a toy manufacturer, emphasizing educational and positive play brands, including JAY JAY THE JET PLANE Wooden Adventure System, the I DIG® series, Space Voyagers® "The most authentic Space Toys on the Earth," ToddWorld™ soft play toys, Climb@Tron™ window-climbing robots, Curiosity Kits® and IMADETHAT™. Its products are marketed and sold to toy stores, specialty retailers, Internet retailers, museums, zoos, theme parks, attractions, catalog companies and education markets in the United States and worldwide.

 

El gobierno de España realiza pedido de un avión anfibio Bombardier 415

 

Bombardier Aerospace anunció hoy que el gobierno de España ha realizado un pedido de una aeronave anfibia Bombardier 415. El contrato tiene un valor de aproximadamente US$30,6 millones e incluye un aprovisionamiento inicial de repuestos, capacitación y asistencia técnica.

Con este pedido, el gobierno de España aumenta su flota a 20 aviones anfibios Bombardier. En la actualidad tienen operativos 14 aviones CL-215T y 5 aviones CL-215. El nuevo avión tiene un plazo de entrega inmediato y se espera que entre en servicio en la actual temporada de incendios.

"Esta venta al gobierno español, como parte del despliegue de su nueva "Unidad Militar Emergencias", servirá para demostrar una vez más que los clientes continúan eligiendo los aviones anfibios Bombardier por encima de otras opciones para formar parte de la columna vertebral de sus equipos en la lucha contra incendios. Después de haber sido el primer cliente europeo del CL-215T hace 17 años, España entra en una nueva era con la introducción del primer aparato Bombardier 415 en su flota, prevista para agosto de 2006. Bombardier tiene el compromiso de continuar apoyando las operaciones españolas", dijo Michel Bourgeois, Presidente de Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft.

Con motivo de la aprobación del contrato, el Consejo de Ministros hizo la siguiente observación: "el avión Bombardier 415 es la nueva versión del avión CL-215T que se usa en la actualidad en la 43 Unidad de la Fuerza Aérea. El buen rendimiento del CL-215T ha quedado demostrado desde su entrada en servicio en los años setenta. Por lo tanto, este tipo de nave es considerada como la mejor opción posible para la Unidad."(i)

El avión anfibio Bombardier es la primera herramienta de aviación para combatir los fuegos forestales y otras misiones relativas a sus propósitos de emergencia. Las capacidades operacionales únicas del avión y su rendimiento excepcional son adiciones valiosas para las fuerzas terrestres que combaten el fuego.

Desde la primera entrega realizada en 1994, Bombardier Aerospace ha entregado 63 aviones Bombardier 415 para diferentes agencias de la lucha contra el fuego de Croacia, Francia, Grecia, Italia, Ontario y Quebec. En la región mediterránea, Francia, Croacia, Italia y Grecia operan en la actualidad 41 aviones anfibios Bombardier 415. Además de los CL-215 y CL-215T españoles, Grecia tiene 13 aviones de pistones CL-215 en servicio.

El avión Bombardier 415 tiene una velocidad crucero máxima de 359 km/h, bajo ciertas condiciones, y en una misión promedio de una distancia de 11 kilómetros de separación entre el agua y el fuego, pude realizar nueve cargas en una hora, totalizando 55.233 litros de líquido para combatir el fuego.

El avión también se ofrece en una versión multipropósito (Bombardier 415 MP) para la búsqueda y rescate, control marítimo y protección del medio ambiente. Además, Bombardier ofrece mejoras del producto como piloto automático, radar meteorológico y Registro de datos de vuelo/Registro de voz de cabina (FDR/CVR) disponible para todos los aviones Bombardier 415.

Acerca de Bombardier

Fabricante y líder mundial en innovadoras soluciones de transporte, desde aeronaves regionales y jets privados hasta equipo de transporte por ferrocarril, Bombardier Inc. tiene su sede central en Canadá. Sus ingresos para el año fiscal que finalizó el 31 de enero de 2006 fueron de US$14.700 millones y sus acciones cotizan en el Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Más información y noticias en www.bombardier.com.

 

Century Aluminum of West Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX) was informed by the United Steelworkers today that the company's contract proposal covering 580 hourly workers at the Ravenswood reduction facility was not ratified by the membership of USW Local 5668-04. Ron Thompson, Manager of the Ravenswood plant, said that the company is disappointed with the vote.

Century presently owns 615,000 metric tones per year of primary aluminum capacity in the United States and Iceland, as well as an ownership stake in alumina and bauxite assets in the United States and Jamaica. Century's corporate offices are located in Monterey, California.

 

 

 

Aldila, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDA) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $5,000,000 of the Company's common stock.

"We currently are debt free and have significant cash on hand. Our stock repurchase plan underscores our confidence in our ability to generate strong profitability and cash flows while investing in the future of the Company," said Mr. Peter R. Mathewson, Chairman of the Board and CEO.

The shares will be repurchased from time to time in open market transactions at the Company's discretion, subject to market conditions and other factors, including imposed "black-out periods," during which the Company and its insiders are prohibited from trading in the Company's common stock. While the Company typically allows insiders to trade in its stock for thirty days beginning the third day after its quarterly earnings announcement, the Company may impose a black-out period at any time without advance public notice.

The Company also announced that all prior stock repurchase plans have been cancelled. The Company had adopted previous stock repurchase plans, but has not repurchased any shares since August 2004.

Aldila, Inc. is a leader among manufacturers of graphite golf shafts used in clubs assembled and marketed throughout the world by major golf club companies, component distributors and custom clubmakers. Aldila manufactures and assembles hockey sticks and blades, in addition to the manufacture of composite prepreg material for its golf shaft business and external sales. Aldila also manufactures carbon fiber for internal use through an ownership interest in CFT.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on our expectations as of the date of this press release. These statements necessarily reflect assumptions that we make in evaluating our expectations as to the future. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, implications concerning the acceptance of the NV™ shaft and that its success will continue to attract new customer accounts. Forward-looking statements are necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties. Our actual future performance and results could differ from that contained in or suggested by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors. Our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission present a detailed discussion of the principal risks and uncertainties related to our future operations, in particular our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, under "Business Risks" in Part I, Item 1, and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation" in Part I, Item 7 of the Form 10-K, and reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release are particularly subject to the risks that:

--  we will not maintain or increase our market share at our principal     customers; --  demand for clubs manufactured by our principal customers will decline,     thereby affecting their demand for our shafts; --  the market for graphite shafts will continue to be extremely     competitive, affecting selling prices and profitability; --  our product offerings, including the Aldila NV™ shaft and product     offerings outside the golf industry, will not achieve or maintain success     with consumers or OEM customers; --  our business with Mission Hockey will not grow, or it declines; --  our international operations will be adversely affected by political     instability, currency fluctuations, export/import regulations or other     risks typical of multi-national operations, particularly those in less     developed countries; --  CFT will be unsuccessful as a result, for example, of internal     operational problems, raw material supply problems, changes in demand for     carbon fiber based products, or difficulties in operating a joint venture; --  the Company will not be able to acquire adequate supplies of carbon     fiber, other than that being produced at CFT, at reasonable market prices; --  acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or disease pandemics interfere     with our manufacturing operations or our ability to ship our finished     product to meet customer demand.     

For additional information about Aldila, Inc., please go to the Company's web site at www.aldila.com

 

 

Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of broadband wireless access networks, including WiMAX-standard systems, today announced the appointment, of Julianne M. Biagini as a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees of the Company. The appointment is effective August 1st, 2006.

Ms. Biagini has been employed by Endwave Corporation since 1994, is currently an Executive Vice President, and served five years as Chief Financial Officer from May 2001 through April 2006. Endwave is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and markets RF modules that enable the transmission, reception and processing of high-frequency signals in telecommunications networks, defense electronics and homeland security systems. From 1992 until 1994, Ms. Biagini was the manager of Accounting and Tax at Exponent, Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm. Prior to 1992, Ms. Biagini worked at KPMG as a tax specialist. Ms. Biagini serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Electronics Association and is chairperson of the Silicon Valley/Northern California Council. Ms. Biagini is a registered C.P.A. in the state of California with a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

The Company believes that, with the appointment of Ms. Biagini to the Company's Audit Committee, the Company has regained compliance with the Nasdaq's audit committee composition requirements for continued listing as set forth in Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350. Pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350(d), the Company's Audit Committee is required to be comprised of at least three members, at least one of which is financially sophisticated.

"We are very pleased that Julie has agreed to join the Airspan Board," said Matt Desch, Chairman of the Board of Airspan. "Her experience in manufacturing and telecommunications, coupled with her financial background, will help support Airspan's continued growth and strengthen our governance processes."

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides fixed and wireless voice and data systems and solutions, including Voice Over IP (VoIP). Its wireless products serve operators around the world in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the new WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, and software upgradeability to 802.16e from the time the WiMAX products are introduced. Airspan is on the Board and a founder member of the WiMAX Forum. Through its newly acquired Radionet division, the company also offers 802.11-based metrozone networks and applications for various enterprise vertical markets. The Company has deployments with more than 350 operators in more than 100 countries. Airspan's wireless systems are based on radio technology that delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading. These systems can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively, providing an attractive alternative to traditional wired communications networks. Airspan's new AS.Tone VoIP system is a carrier class, turnkey solution that provides carriers with Class 4, Class 5 and IP-Centrex solutions and has a Softswitch and Gateways supporting SIP/H323 and SIP. AS.Tone's design provides customers, carriers, next-generation telcos, cellular providers and ITSP with a wide range of solutions with the best price/performance system for IP telephony. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

More information on Airspan can be found at http://www.airspan.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. The words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "will," "would" and similar expressions or negative variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. Investors and others are therefore cautioned that a variety of factors, including certain risks, may affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These risk factors include, without limitation, (i) a slowdown of expenditures by communication service providers; (ii) increased competition from alternative communication systems; (iii) the failure of our existing or prospective customers to purchase products as projected; (iv) our inability to successfully implement cost reduction or containment programs; (v) the potential loss of Axtel and Yozan as our largest customers; and specific to this press release, (vi) our potential inability to locate and secure additional sources of capital at the time and in the amount needed; (vii) the possibility that Yozan will materially delay or cancel future equipment orders; (viii) our inability to cancel certain component orders and/or to use or sell any excess inventory we accumulate as a result of the Yozan contract amendment. The Company is subject to the risks and uncertainties described in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended 31 December, 2005 and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 2, 2006. You should read those factors as being applicable to all related forward-looking statements wherever they appear in this press release. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

 

 

 Exeter Resource Corporation (TSX VENTURE: XRC)(PINK SHEETS: EXRCF)(FWB: EXB) reports that drilling at its Cerro Moro Project in Argentina has discovered a high-grade gold-silver vein in a new zone, situated 2.5 kilometres from any previous drilling on the property.

Reverse circulation drill hole CMRC-45 intersected 10 metres at a grade of 15.4 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold and 790 g/t silver, for a gold equivalent grade(i) of 28.6 g/t. Included in the intercept was 2 metres at a grade of 43.6 g/t gold and 2293 g/t silver (81.8 g/t gold equivalent(i)).

The vein intersected by CMRC-45 (now named the "Carla Vein") was not apparent in outcrop and suggests the potential for further discoveries in an entirely new part of the property. Significantly, two other holes, CMRC-43 and CMRC-44, located 75 metres to the east of CMRC-45, also intersected veining that could represent a faulted extension of the Carla Vein.

Company Comment

Chairman Yale Simpson commented: "Cerro Moro is a large, 50 square kilometre, gold-silver system; one of a number of promising epithermal gold-silver properties under our strategic agreement with Cerro Vanguardia S.A., an AngloGold Ashanti subsidiary. For the past 12 months, our approach in systematically exploring Cerro Moro has been to combine detailed ground magnetic surveying with geological mapping to identify additional high-grade veins, or extensions to known veins."

"Previous drilling at Cerro Moro showed the vein system to be extensive and the Deborah and Esperanza Veins have both shown sufficient grades and widths to support the advancement of the property toward mine development. The Carla Vein discovery has rewarded the persistence of our team, as we continue to explore this very large epithermal system."

Cerro Moro Drilling Results

Exeter drilled 1,037 metres in 20 holes in the current program on the Carla, Dora, Deborah and Esperanza veins. Significant results from the current drilling program include:

--------------------------------------------------------------------                                  CARLA --------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                 Gold Hole                                                    Equivalent(i) No       From    To   Meters   Gold g/t  Silver g/t              g/t -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 44    26    27        1       7.96         684            19.36          -----------------------------------------------------------            56    62        6       0.57          45             1.32 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 45    46    56       10      15.41         790            28.58          -----------------------------------------------------------                             Which Includes          -----------------------------------------------------------            47    52        5      28.32        1465            52.73          -----------------------------------------------------------                             Which Includes          -----------------------------------------------------------            47    49        2      43.58        2293            81.78 --------------------------------------------------------------------   --------------------------------------------------------------------                                  DORA --------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                 Gold Hole                                                    Equivalent(i) No       From    To   Meters   Gold g/t  Silver g/t              g/t -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 48     4     6        2       0.93          76             2.19 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 49    23    30        7       1.58           4             1.65 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 50     0     2        2       2.74           5             2.81          -----------------------------------------------------------            19    26        7       0.51           3             0.55 --------------------------------------------------------------------   --------------------------------------------------------------------                                 DEBORAH --------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                 Gold Hole                                                    Equivalent(i) No       From    To   Meters   Gold g/t  Silver g/t              g/t -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 52     59   64        5       2.92          74             4.15 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 53     41   55       14       3.04          61             4.05          -----------------------------------------------------------                             Which Includes          -----------------------------------------------------------             49   52        3       7.03         129             9.18          -----------------------------------------------------------                             Which Includes          -----------------------------------------------------------             49   50        1      12.98         142            15.34 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 54     57   65        8       0.70          28             1.15 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 55     31   34        3       2.39          17             2.67 --------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------------------------------------------------------------                                 ESPERANZA --------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                 Gold Hole                                                    Equivalent(i) No       From    To   Meters   Gold g/t  Silver g/t              g/t -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 56     3    10        7       0.74          94             2.32          -----------------------------------------------------------            19    20        1       1.16           3             1.21          -----------------------------------------------------------            39    43        4       0.44          61             1.46 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 57    34    35        1       0.85          94             2.41          -----------------------------------------------------------            38    41        3       4.00         323             9.38          -----------------------------------------------------------                             Which Includes          -----------------------------------------------------------            38    40        2       5.79         467            13.56          -----------------------------------------------------------            78    81        3       2.05          76             3.32 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 58    38    43        5       0.70          74             1.93 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 59    20    24        4       3.24         271             7.76 -------------------------------------------------------------------- CMRC 60    15    18        3       1.01         115             2.93 --------------------------------------------------------------------  (i) Gold equivalent grade is the aggregate of the gold and silver     grades using a silver:gold ratio of 60:1.  

The new, poorly outcropping, Carla vein and the surrounding area will be trenched and channel sampled in conjunction with other recently generated targets on the property. Detailed ground magnetics will continue ahead of follow up drilling in the fourth quarter, 2006. The Deborah vein remains open at depth and to the south-west, and the Esperanza vein remains open at depth and to the north-west.

Vein and drill hole locations can be viewed on the Exeter website at www.exeterresource.com or by clicking on these hyperlinks: http://www.exeterresource.com/images/gallery/plans/plans15.pdf.

Quality Control and Assurance

The gold assay results presented above are preliminary and have been calculated using a 0.5 g/t gold cut-off grade, with no cutting of high grades. All reverse circulation drill samples were collected using a cyclone in one metre intervals. Samples were prepared at the ALS Chemex preparation facility in Mendoza and assayed by fire assay (50 gram charge) at the ALS Chemex laboratory in Chile.

Check assaying of all samples assaying greater than 1.0 g/t gold will be completed by ALS Chemex. Standard, blank and duplicate samples are used throughout the sample sequence as checks. Note that the drill widths presented above are drill intersection widths and may not represent true widths.

Glen Van Kerkvoort, Exeter's Chief Geologist, a "qualified person" within the definition of that term in National Instrument 43-101, "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects", has overall responsibility for Exeter's exploration programs in Patagonia and is responsible for the contents of this news release.

About Exeter

Exeter is a technically-advanced, Canadian gold exploration company, focused on the discovery and development of epithermal gold-silver properties in Argentina and Chile.

Currently, four drills are operating at its advanced La Cabeza gold project as a key component of project development activities that include engineering, metallurgical, hydrological, and environmental studies.

In the prospective, Patagonia region of Argentina, Exeter has a strategic partnership with Cerro Vanguardia S.A. over 12 epithermal gold-silver properties in Santa Cruz, Rio Negro and Chubut provinces. Drilling results are awaited on the Cerro Puntudo epithermal gold-silver property.

In Chile, Exeter is prospecting some 48 gold-silver and copper targets under a strategic agreement with Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Limited.

In the Maricunga district of Chile, Exeter has a strategic agreement with Minera Anglo American Chile Limitada and Empresa Minera Mantos Blancos S.A. on the Caspiche epithermal gold property.

You are invited to visit the Exeter web site at www.exeterresource.com.

EXETER RESOURCE CORPORATION

Bryce Roxburgh, President and CEO

Safe Harbour Statement - This news release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 referring to Exeter's exploration plans and expectations for advancing its exploration properties. These statements reflect our current belief and are based upon currently available information. Actual results could differ materially from those described in this news release as a result of numerous factors, some of which are outside of the control of Exeter.



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SurfControl's Threat Analysis and Research department is uniquely positioned to provide protection through its Adaptive Threat Intelligence service that spans the globe. Around-the-clock exchange of information on new threats allows SurfControl's Threat Experts to be at the forefront of Internet protection. SurfControl adds any new signatures and/or URLs to all three of the products in the SurfControl Enterprise Protection Suite.

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Snoop Dogg's "Snoop Youth Football League" to Be Presented 10,000 Shares of AmoroCorp (AORO) Stock by Company CEO Ephren Taylor at California African-American Museum, Sunday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Taylor Is the Youngest African-American CEO of Any Public Company, Admission FREE, Families Welcomed (Donation of School Supplies for Local Youth Requested)

AmoroCorp (AORO) CEO Ephren Taylor, America's youngest African-American CEO of any public company, will present 10,000 shares of AmoroCorp stock to the "Snoop Youth Football League" Sunday July 30 at 3 p.m. at the California African American Museum. National entertainer and comedian Kim Vaughn will Emcee. Taylor, 24, will share how he has built a several successful national companies. Families are invited to bring children and teens.

--  At 23, Taylor became CEO of TWO publicly traded companies, AmoroCorp    
 (PINKSHEETS: AORO) and City Capital Corporation (PINKSHEETS: CCCN) with a 
focus on giving back to communities and "Empowering Communities Through
 Socially-Conscious Development"      --  At 12, Taylor started his first
company, and was soon contracting     services for large corporations  
--  At 17, he had the 4th largest company of all teen businesses     
nationwide, worth $3.2 million      --  At 19, he became Kansas Young 
Entrepreneur of the Year, for creating     strategies to help churches and 
nonprofits earn higher returns on their     investments      --  Today his companies 
manage over $150 million in projects, including     the famous Kansas City Historic Jazz 
District, home to the Jazz Museum and     the Negro Leagues Museum      --  
His investor-clients include sports and entertainment figures such as     Snoop Dogg. 
Taylor manages the "Snoop Youth Football League" endowment.     
Snoop Dogg's "Snoop Youth Football League" Will Receive 10,000 Shares of AORO Stock to Help Fund Future League Activities

Using Credit For Investment & Charity

One of Taylor's popular investment programs encourages private individuals to participate in changing the housing landscape of urban areas. Even those without cash can use their good credit alone, with Taylor's company paying all costs, doing all the legwork, and guaranteeing the mortgage payments every month. The investor gets 100% of the cash-flow and 100% of the resale profits, or they can direct all of the proceeds to their favorite church or nonprofit. "It's a true hands-off investment, a win-win program for everyone," says Taylor.

In Addition to Presenting Snoop Dogg's "Snoop Youth Football League" With Stock, Taylor Will Present Three Cash Awards Totaling $5,000 to Teams Bringing the Most Guests!

Each team is challenged to bring out as many parents and supportive adults as possible to show support for their team, and win their share of $5,000 in awards to help fund the team's fall activities.

Platinum Artist Snoop Dogg started the Snoop Youth Football League in 2004 to make football affordable for all kids. The NFL helps support SYFL through various youth initiatives, including "Junior Player Development" and "Play Safe!" programs. Players must maintain strict academic requirements to participate, and learn responsibility and respect for themselves and others.

Families are invited to come hear Taylor's story of how faith and perseverance helped him learn to focus on his passions and talents, and helped him overcome the many obstacles to success that he faced.

Location:  California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles Date & Time:  Sunday July 30 at 6:30 p.m. Admission:  FREE (All attendees are asked to bring along school supplies)  AmoroCorp: www.amorocorp.com info@amorocorp.com 877-367-1463  City Capital: www.citycapitalcorp.net ir@citycapitalcorp.net 877-367-1463 
AmoroCorp, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AORO) is a public company dedicated to working closely with government Economic Development Groups across America and internationally, to create workable development and redevelopment programs with local solutions.

City Capital Corporation (PINKSHEETS: CCCN) is a Business Development Company (BDC) authorized by Section 54(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 to make loans and equity investments in developing business enterprises. City Capital currently manages the day-to-day development process for the Kansas City (Missouri) Historic Jazz District and Peregrine Falcon subdivision in Kansas City, Kansas.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" based on current expectations but involving known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2005, that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The Company's plans and objectives are based on assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions, its ability to consummate, and the timing of, acquisitions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Therefore, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will prove to be accurate. The Company makes no undertaking to update such forward-looking statements.

NASA NEWS

(C) NASASPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS06-035

The International Space Station's Expedition 13 crew members are a
week away from their first U.S. spacewalk. They spent much of this
week preparing themselves and their gear, and they activated a new
laboratory super deep-freezer.

Astronauts Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter will leave the station's
Quest airlock hatch at 9:55 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 3, for a
spacewalk that is scheduled for six hours, 20 minutes. Station
Commander Pavel Vinogradov will serve as the spacewalk choreographer
from inside the complex. NASA TV coverage of the spacewalk will begin
at 9 a.m. EDT.

Williams and Reiter are both experienced spacewalkers. They will
install a device to measure the electrical field around the station's
exterior; replace a rotary joint motor controller and a computer for
a radiator on the station's truss; deploy two experiments that expose
samples of various materials to space for extended periods; and
install various other hardware on the station.

To get ready, the crew prepared spacesuits and tools, conducted a dry
run of egress and ingress procedures, and moved the station's
Canadarm2 robotic arm into position. The arm's cameras will provide
television views of the spacewalk.

This week the crew also began operations of the new Minus
Eighty-degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS. The equipment can reach
temperatures as low as minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Provided by the
European Space Agency, the freezer was delivered on shuttle mission
STS-121 earlier this month and is installed in the Destiny
laboratory. It has 300 liters (about 79 gallons) of freezing and
storage capacity in four compartments for experiment samples to
preserve them for return to Earth.

On Tuesday, Russian flight controllers fired thrusters on the Progress
supply ship docked to the aft end of the station to boost the
station's altitude. They raised the complex to an orbit of 219 by 203
statute miles. The adjustment optimizes conditions for a docking by
the Space Shuttle Atlantis, targeted for a launch window that begins
Aug. 27, and by the station's next crew, Expedition 14, set for
launch in mid-September on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

The next station status report will be issued on Thursday, Aug. 3
after the spacewalk. For more information about the crew's activities
and station sighting opportunities, visit:

 

 

 

NASA AWARDS LAUNCH SERVICES FOR LUNAR MISSION

NASA announced today the award of launch services for the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch
Services Inc. of Littleton, Colo. The total cost of launch services
for NASA, which includes spacecraft processing, and associated
mission integration services such as telemetry support and
mission-unique items is $136.2 million dollars.

The spacecraft are scheduled for launch aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket
from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a launch
window that opens on Oct. 31, 2008. The launch service was awarded in
support of the NASA Launch Services Program office at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center, Fla.

The orbiter will spend a year mapping the moon from an average
altitude of approximately 30 miles. It will carry six instruments and
one technology demonstration to perform investigations specifically
targeted for preparing for future human exploration. The instruments
are provided by various organizations throughout the United States,
and one is from Russia.

The mission is also carrying a secondary payload called Lunar CRater
Observation and Sensing Satellite. Its goals are to confirm the
presence or absence of water ice at the moon's south pole. NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages the orbiter
project, and the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,
Calif., manages the sensing satellite project.

Principal work for tank manufacturing of the Atlas V first stage
booster will occur at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Waterton,
Colo.; tank fabrication for the Centaur upper stage will occur at the
Lockheed facilities in San Diego; assembly and testing of the launch
vehicle components will occur at the Lockheed aeronautics plant in
Denver.

The fabrication and assembly of the payload fairing, the interstate
and its associated adapter will be performed by Lockheed in
Harlingen, Texas.

The launch services for the LRO/LCROSS were acquired under the
existing NASA Launch Services indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity
contract using a launch service task order procedure.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home

DOD: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS

Seal of the Pentagon

 

 The United States and its ally South Korea
will welcome the day when the light of freedom and progress covers all
of Korea and the peninsula is peacefully reconciled, Vice President
Dick Cheney said here today.


"Until then, stability and peace will be maintained by our great
military alliance," Cheney said during a speech at a National Korean War
Veterans Armistice Day ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial here.
"Tens of thousands of American troops proudly serve in Korea today."

The United States and South Korea will continue to stand together in
defending civilization against global terror and building the peace that
freedom brings, he said.

Cheney said American veterans of the Korean War made great sacrifices
to the cause of freedom more than a half century ago.

"On this anniversary, gathered at this place of remembrance and
reflection, our thoughts turn to a generation of Americans who lived and
breathed the ideals of courage and honor, service and sacrifice," he said.
"There could be no more eloquent testimony to the character of our
country than those words from an American who served in that war. And it is
fitting that every year on the 27th of July we honor them all and offer
the respect of a grateful nation."

The United States and its allies held off the aggressive expansion of
communism and helped make possible the prosperity enjoyed today by 48
million South Koreans, the vice president said.

The Korean War began due to the division of the Korean peninsula along
the 38th parallel following World War II in 1945. In 1948, the South
proclaimed the Republic of Korea, and the North established the People's
Republic of Korea. Border skirmishes soon followed and, in June 1950,
North Korean forces invaded the South. That year the United States
joined the fighting on the side of the South, while communist China joined
the war on the North's side. A cease-fire agreement was signed July 27,
1953. The armistice ended the fighting, but Korea remains divided along
a military demarcation line.

Relations between the two Koreas have remained tense, and earlier this
month North Korean test-fired seven ballistic missiles, causing
international condemnation.

Cheney praised today's servicemembers who are stationed in Korea and
those fighting in the global war on terrorism. He said American troops
stationed in South Korea follow in the finest tradition of the 1.8
million Americans who fought there during the Korean War.

"The American people have been inspired once again by the bravery and
the selflessness of our armed forces," Cheney said. "Freedom is not free
-- and all of us are deep in the debt of the men and women who go out
and pay the price for our liberty."

 

 General Officer Announcement


            The Army chief of staff announces the assignment of the
following general officer:

            Brigadier General William C. Kirkland, U. S. Army Reserve,
commander (troop program unit), 88th Regional Readiness Group,
Indianapolis, Ind. to commander (troop program unit), 84th U. S. Army Reserve
Readiness Training Command, Fort McCoy, Wisc.

 

 The instant feedback of information
supplied by unmanned aerial vehicles is bringing immediate "value added" to
U.S. military operations, the Joint Staff's director for strategic plans
and policy explained yesterday.


"UAVs have become such an important tool for our decision makers --
operational battlefield decision makers and strategic decision makers,"
Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart Jr. said in a Pentagon
Channel interview. "They have become an accepted part of our inventory."

Unmanned aerial vehicles are remotely piloted or self-piloted aircraft
that can carry cameras, sensors and communications equipment that
provide an integrated system of intelligence surveillance and
reconnaissance. The vehicles also provide valuable battle-damage assessment and are
used to track high-value targets. Some even carry weapons.

The Predator and Global Hawk are the two most prominent UAV systems.

The U.S. military has used UAVs for many years, but their use has
rapidly increased and evolved over the past few years, Renuart said. "We
have for years used them to test missile defense systems and air defense
systems. We've used them for a variety of single-mission approaches," he
said

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the military has been
adapting UAV technology for multiple functions. Unmanned capabilities
have expanded with advances in technology, such as miniaturization and
digital imagery. Digital images are now provided in real time, which
enables commanders to monitor enemy movements.

"The advantage of the near-real-time or real-time information is that
you can produce essential decision-quality data for commanders on the
spot," he said. "We're dealing in tenths of seconds, as opposed to
minutes, hours or days in some cases."

The use of UAVs has steadily increased in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"There has really been a growth in the understanding of what you can
use a UAV for, both tactically on the battlefield and strategically,"
Renuart said. "As we have seen the proliferation of miniaturization and
the quality of the technology, you find battlefield commanders want
more."

The general pointed out that unmanned aerial vehicles have been helpful
in joint operations. "We're beginning to collaborate much more on our
integration and use of information that comes from these systems," he
said.

For instance, in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, U.S. Army and
Navy special operations forces use the Air Force Predator to feed
information back to their component commanders, so they can monitor the
battlefield situation and respond accordingly, he said.

The UAV Center of Excellence was stood up in 2005 at Creech Air Force
Base, Nev. The center's focus is to integrate technology and to analyze
how to make systems more efficient and effective. The center also looks
at other ways UAVs can be used in the future.

Numerous UAV prototypes have been developed over the past two decades,
including hand-launched, slingshot-launched, truck-launched,
ship-launched and tradition runway-launched versions. The UAV Center of
Excellence works to set uniform standards that meet needs defined by all the
services.

The center also examines how to use UAVs to deal with emerging threats.
"A lot of forward-thinking engineers are looking at the problems we
need to solve in the next 15 years and trying to decide the best way to
meet those with an unmanned vehicle," Renuart said.

Maritime security is one area in which UAVs are becoming increasingly
necessary, he said. "There is a real need for an ability to monitor the
volume of shipping that goes on around the world, to ensure that we
don't have so-called rogue states moving potential weapons of mass
destruction over sea into a port," he said.

Renuart stressed that the advancement of UAV technology does not herald
the end of manned-flight vehicles. "Even if you look out to futuristic
scenarios, there is a critical place for the human touch," he said.

 


 

The Taliban is a tactical problem
for the coalition in Afghanistan, but the coalition is a strategic
problem for the Taliban, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here
today.


Marine Gen. Peter Pace is in Afghanistan to meet with Afghan, coalition
and NATO officials.

Fighting in Afghanistan is concentrated in the country's south, the
area the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force is due to take
over in the next few days. More Taliban are "presenting themselves on
the battlefield then there have been," Pace told reporters traveling with
him. But Afghan and coalition forces have dealt the Taliban some heavy
blows, he added.

The Taliban has not reconstituted since being routed by U.S.-led
coalition forces following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. However,
coalition officials in Kabul said, the group has "more robust" command
and control and more weapons than in the recent past.

"The Taliban can cause problems for us in certain areas of the country,
but they can't sustain it," Pace said. "Whereas, as long as the
coalition is here, the Taliban doesn't have a chance of reasserting itself and
taking over the country. That's why I say they may be a day-to-day
tactical problem for us, but we are a long-term strategic problem for them.
They can pick and chose some battles, but they cannot take over this
country again."

Pace said he sees this trip as an opportunity to thank the 21,000 U.S.
soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving in Afghanistan. The trip
is also an opportunity to speak with leaders on their home ground. He
said he plans to visit troops in the field "and hear first-hand from
them how they think things are going."

Pace said that opium cultivation is still a problem in Afghanistan,
though officials hope the country's growing economy will stem the problem.

Roughly one-third of Afghanistan's gross national product comes from
opium cultivation, down from past years, officials said.

"The economy is getting stronger," Pace said. "Roads have been built
that are opening up a lot of markets for the Afghan people. The more
alternatives that folks have for a livelihood, the more likely it is that
the drug trade will become a smaller and smaller part of the overall
economy."

The Afghan government needs to provide viable economic alternatives to
the country's citizens, Pace said.

The chairman said the Afghan people should be proud of how far they
have come in a short while. He added that the coalition and NATO military
effort must remain strong. "From a military standpoint, what we can do
is to continue to provide a secure environment inside which the Afghan
government can provide assistance to its own people," he said.


 

Tips from Iraqi citizens led coalition and
Iraqi soldiers to foil a terrorist attack and find weapons caches in
Baghdad yesterday, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.


A concerned Iraqi citizen's tip led Iraqi army soldiers to a shop south
of Baghdad last night, where they found a munitions cache. Soldiers
from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, investigated the
carpentry shop and seized 58 homemade bombs, three
rocket-propelled-grenade boosters, and two improvised explosive devices attached to
batteries. Iraqi soldiers also detained a suspected terrorist at the site and
seven others suspected of plotting an upcoming attack on a traffic
control point.

Elsewhere, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers searched three
houses last night and seized weapons and a large amount of money in central
Baghdad after acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen.

At the first house, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered
ammunition and two body armor vests. As the soldiers continued to search the
house, they found a false wall that contained mortar rounds and more
ammunition. In an adjoining house, the soldiers found AK-47 rifles, bloody
clothes and terrorist propaganda. In a third house that appeared to
have been used as a sniper position, the soldiers found spent shell
casings and $17,000 in U.S. currency.

When the raids concluded, Multinational Division Baghdad troops seized
a 60 mm mortar tube with base plate, 100 60 mm and 81 mm mortar rounds,
four AK-47s with magazines, a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, two
102 mm rockets, two hand grenades, five cases of 7.62 mm ammunition and
various bomb-making materials. Soldiers removed the smaller weapons and
an explosive ordnance disposal team conducted a controlled detonation
to destroy the larger munitions.

In another operation, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and Iraqi
police seized explosives last night after searching a building north of
Baghdad. While conducting a dismounted combined patrol, soldiers from
1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, and Iraqi police were attacked by terrorists using
small-arms fire from an apartment complex.

The soldiers and police searched the building and found five blocks of
explosives, an AK-47 and ammunition. Six suspects were questioned and
taken into custody in connection with the incident.
 

 

Increasing violence in Baghdad is due to
sectarian tensions, and the solution to the problem will involve more
than increased security forces, a Defense Department spokesman said here
today.


The U.S. will be shifting more forces into Baghdad to stem the
violence, but Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's reconciliation plan and
government activities are just as important in resolving the situation,
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

"It's a more holistic approach in how you deal with the situation that
has developed in Baghdad," he said.

A sharp increase in civilian casualties in Baghdad can be attributed to
the fact that civilians make easy targets for terrorists, Whitman said.

Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the commander of Multinational Force
Iraq, has indicated that he can increase the number of troops in Baghdad
with forces he already has in Iraq, Whitman said. As the shift occurs,
the focus in the country will remain the same -- to build the capacity
of the Iraqi security forces and the government to take over more
security responsibilities, he said.

President Bush announced yesterday during a news conference with Maliki
that additional U.S. military police will be moved to Baghdad from
other parts of Iraq to help stem the increase in insurgent violence
plaguing the city.

The security situation in Iraq is always evolving, and some areas pose
greater challenges than others, Whitman said. But, he added, progress
still is being made in the country, and Iraqi forces are taking over
security responsibilities on a weekly basis.

 

 

 

 

Army Capt. Demechel Robinson likes helping people.

From her job as the assistant logistics officer of 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 101st Airborne Division, to her involvement in many charitable
organizations, she spends most of her time giving something back -- to her
community, her country, and her fellow soldiers.

Robinson helps bring 3rd Brigade Combat Team troops on the ground
medical supplies, water, food, ammunition and other necessities by providing
an accurate and continuous picture of the brigade's combat power.

She explained that her biggest sense of job satisfaction comes from
knowing the work she does means something and is helping provide what the
soldiers need to survive. She said she is also proud that the soldiers
know she and the other members of her team are there for them when they
need them.

One of the biggest challenges she has encountered during her tour in
Iraq is communication. The 3rd BCT covers a wide area of operation
spanning an area roughly the shape and size of Vermont. Sometimes unit
logistics specialists are not able to get supplies to the troops as fast as
they would like, but they always get them there.

Robinson hails from a military family. Her father, Simmie Robinson,
retired from the Air Force after 21 years, and she has a sister and two
cousins that have also "aimed high," completing Air Force enlistments.
She said her original plan was to stick to the family tradition and join
the Air Force too, but the Army won her over.

Entering active duty in 1991, Robinson enlisted as a private and spent
nine years on active duty before transferring to the Army Reserve as a
staff sergeant in 2000 to pursue a degree at the University of Texas,
San Antonio. In 2003, Robinson graduated with a degree in community
health and a commission as an Army second lieutenant.

"I hope to one day provide medical assistance to low-income people,"
she said. "That's one of the biggest things I see. Medicine has come so
far, but so few can afford it."

Robinson's first assignment was with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea
before landing at the home of the Rakkasans of the 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 101st Airborne Division.

"I would have been really disappointed if I had not gotten the 101st,"
she said. "I think working with the senior staff officers and the
soldiers has made me who I am at this point in my military career."

Outside the military, Robinson is active in the charitable sorority
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and said she
donates time, money, clothes and food on a regular basis.

When asked what she would like to tell the people back home, Robinson
quickly replied: "I would like to let the American people know that we
are over here doing what we need to do, and its not all negative like it
sometimes gets portrayed. ... I really feel good about what I'm doing
over here."

 

President Bush thanked Romanian President
Traian Basescu today for his country's strong support for the young
democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Speaking at a photo opportunity in the Oval Office between working
sessions, the two leaders told reporters they share goals for the region
and will continue their commitment to peace there.

"Romania will continue to remain an ally of the United States in
supporting the democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan," Basescu said.

Romania is a "stalwart ally" in the terror war, with just under 700
troops in Iraq and about 800 in Afghanistan, a senior defense official
told Pentagon reporters today. In addition, Romania contributes more than
150 troops to the Kosovo peacekeeping force and has some 80 more in
Bosnia, he noted.

During his early-morning photo session with Basescu, Bush condemned
terrorists who "can't stand the thought of democracy taking hold in parts
of the ... Middle East."

"As democracy begins to advance, they use terrorist tactics to stop
it," he said.

Bush said he's not surprised by reports of a videotape featuring Dr.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, a key al Qaeda operative, urging Muslims to become
martyrs in the conflict in Lebanon.

"Zawahiri's attitude about life is that there shouldn't be free
societies, and he believes that people ought to use terrorist tactics -- the
killing of innocent people -- to achieve his objective," Bush said. "And
so I'm not surprised he feels like he needs to lend his voice to
terrorist activities that are trying to prevent democracies from stepping
forward."

Bush said his goal is to address the root causes of the dispute between
Lebanon's Hezbollah militia and Israel to create "a lasting peace, not
a fake peace." He praised Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's
efforts, noting: "There's a serious diplomatic effort going forward."

"Our objective is to ... make sure those who use terrorist tactics are
not rewarded and, at the same time, help those who have suffered as a
result of the responses," he said.

Today's discussions between Bush and Basescu extended beyond the Middle
East to include security concerns in the Black Sea region and the
Balkans. Bush called Romania's role in the area of historical conflict
vital.

Neither leader spoke to reporters about two other issues expected to be
raised today: an oil pipeline from Central Asia to Europe that crosses
the Black Sea or plans for the U.S. to use military bases in Romania.

Rice and Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Romania's foreign minister, signed an
agreement in early December that will give the U.S. military access to
military bases in Romania.

Basescu was scheduled to visit the Pentagon later today to meet with
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
 

 

 

 

Today's Army is the best the U.S. has ever
sent into combat, and initiatives under way will ensure it remains that
way, the Army chief of staff said in a statement released last night.


Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker said he's confident that efforts from the Army
and Defense Department staffs, in Congress and the White House will
ensure the Army is equipped and financed to face "the many challenges that
lie ahead during these dangerous times."

Schoomaker, who came out of retirement to accept the Army's top
military job, disputed recent public statements criticizing Army readiness.

"The Army has been at war for close to five years now and I am
extremely proud of all of our soldiers, civilians, and families," he wrote. "We
have asked a lot of them, from repetitive combat tours, to transforming
the Army, to expanding our training base, to resetting our combat
equipment.

"Simply put, this is the finest Army this nation has ever put into
combat," Schoomaker said. "Our soldiers' collective efforts have been
magnificent."

What's needed now is a commitment that ensures the force remains
prepared for the future, he said.

Schoomaker cited his June 27 testimony before the House Armed Services
Committee and reiterated four key requirements needed to maintain Army
readiness:

- Timely passage of the National Defense Authorization Bill;
- Growth of the Army's base budget;
- Supplementary funding of $17.1 billion to repair, replace and
refurbish Army equipment in fiscal 2007; and
- An additional $12-13 billion a year for two to three years following
hostilities to repair and replace worn Army equipment, particularly if
current operational tempos continue.

"To prevail in the long struggle (in which) we are now engaged, we must
maintain our readiness by resetting those who have deployed through a
disciplined, orderly reconstitution of combat power," Schoomaker said in
his June testimony. "Our soldiers' effectiveness depends upon a
national commitment to recruit, train, equip and support them properly."

The high demand of fighting the war on terror has put a major strain on
Army equipment, Schoomaker told the committee, pointing to harsh
operating environments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, crews are driving
tanks more than 4,000 miles per year, five times more than the expected
annual usage of 800 miles, he said. Army helicopters are experiencing
usage rates about three times higher than the programmed rate, and trucks
are operating five to six times their programmed rate.

"This extreme wear is further exacerbated by the addition of heavy
armor kits and other force protection initiatives," he said. "The
compounding effect of increasing tempo and severe operating conditions in combat
is decreasing the life of our equipment."

 

 

CONTRACTS from the United States Department of Defense

No. 722-06

CONTRACTS

ARMY

BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pa., was awarded on July 26, 2006, delivery order amount of $192,628,556 as part of a $192,628,556
firm-fixed-price contract for FY06 remanufacture of Bradley vehicles. 
Work
will be performed in York, Pa. (83 percent), Aiken, S.C. (5 percent),
San
Jose, Calif. (8 percent), and Fayette, Pa. (4 percent), and is expected
to be
completed by Dec. 31, 2008.  Contract funds will not expire at the end
of the
current fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on May
17,
2006.  The Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich.,
is the
contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pa., was awarded on July 26, 2006,
a
delivery order amount of $30,879,800 as part of a $30,879,800
firm-fixed-price
contract for FY06 remanufacture of Bradley vehicles.  Work will be
performed
in York, Pa. (83 percent), Aiken, S.C. (5 percent), San Jose, Calif. (8
percent), and Fayette, Pa. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed
by
Dec. 31, 2008.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current
fiscal year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on May 17,
2006.  The
Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

Chickasaw Nation Industries Inc.*, Ada, Okla., was awarded on July 25,
2006,
a $20,868,745 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for
relocatable
facilities for combat aviation brigades.  Work will be performed at
Fort
Riley, Kan., and is expected to be completed by July 1, 2007.  Contract
funds
will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This was a sole
source
contract initiated on May 31, 2006.  The Army Corps of Engineers,
Kansas City,
Mo., is the contracting activity (W912DQ-06-C-0039).

Bean Stuyvesant, New Orleans, La., was awarded on July 25, 2006, a
$12,815,300 firm-fixed-price contract for Columbia River channel
improvement
and maintenance dredging.  Work will be performed in Astoria, Ore., and
is
expected to be completed by July 13, 2007.  Contract funds will not
expire at
the end of the current fiscal year.  There were two bids solicited on
May 18,
2006, and three bids were received.  The Army Corps of Engineers,
Portland,
Ore., is the contracting activity (W9127N-06-C-0034).

JMR Construction Corp.*, Folsom, Calif., was awarded on July 25, 2006,
a
$6,691,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a modern
freestanding
dental clinic facility.  Work will be performed in Monterey, Calif.,
and is
expected to be completed by Nov. 1, 2007.  Contract funds will not
expire at
the end of the current fiscal year.  There were three bids solicited on
May
19, 2006, and two bids were received.  The Army Corps of Engineers,
Sacramento, Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-06-C-0021).

H. Koch and Sons Co., Anaheim, Calif., was awarded on July 26, 2006, a
$5,094,999 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for two and four
belt
restraint kits for the improved high mobility multipurpose wheeled
vehicles.
Work will be performed in Anaheim, Calif., and is expected to be
completed by
Nov. 4, 2007.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal
year.  This was a sole source contract initiated on Oct. 24, 2005.  The
Army
Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting
activity (W56HZV-06-C-0052).

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded on
July 26,
2006, a delivery order amount of $5,000,000 as part of a $54,069,740
firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-award-fee contract to provide all
resources and
management necessary to plan for, establish, maintain, and dismantle
base camp
and remote site operations in support of contingency operations. 
Performance
location will be determined with each delivery order, and is expected
to be
completed by June 30, 2011.  Contract funds will not expire at the end
of the
current fiscal year.  There were 66 bids solicited on Sept. 29, 2003,
and
three bids were received.  The Army Transatlantic Programs Center,
Winchester,
Va., is the contracting activity (W912ER-05-D-0003).

NAVY

Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$135,821,763
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-award-fee
contract
for continued development and test of the RQ-8B Fire Scout vertical
takeoff
unmanned vehicle.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (81
percent);
Moss Point, Miss. (7 percent); Horsehead, N.Y. (6 percent);
Wilsonville, Ore.
(4 percent); and Wayne, N.J. (2 percent) and is expected to be
completed in
August 2008.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal
year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting
activity.

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being
awarded an
$8,639,983 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for data collection and
technical
analysis services in support of the U.S. Joint Forces command joint
fires
integration and interoperability team.  This contract includes one base
year
and four one-year options, which if exercised, bring the total
estimated value
of the contract to $59,894,319.  Work will be performed in Eglin Air
Force
Base, Fla. (90 percent), and other continental United States locations
(10
percent) and work is expected to be completed by August 2007.  Contract
funds
will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.  This contract was
competitively procured through Navy Commerce Online, with three offers
received.  The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Contracting
Department, Philadelphia Division, is the contracting activity
(N00140-06-D-0057).

General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass., is being awarded an
$8,569,193 repairables order (GB28) under a previously awarded contract
for
repair or replacement of F414 engine components utilized on the F/A-18
aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass., and is expected to be
completed by October 2006. Contract funds will not expire before the
end of
the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured. 
The
Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Lockheed Martin Co., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded an $87,429,990
firm-fixed-price contract. This action provides for joint
air-to-surface
standoff missile, initial operational capability and full operational
capability assets.  This effort supports foreign military sales to the
Commonwealth of Australia (100 percent). At this time, $87,429,990 has
been
obligated.  Solicitations began March 2006 and negotiations were
complete July
2006.  This work will be complete December 2011.  Headquarters 328th
Armament
Systems Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8682-06-D-0072-0002 (long lead assets and FA8682-06-D-0072-0004
(balance of
assets).

Boeing Co., Long Beach, Calif., is being awarded an $80,700,000
cost-plus-incentive-fee/fixed-price award fee/time and materials
contract
modification. This contract modification is a foreign military sales
requirement for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III
sustainment partnership program.  The RAAF is buying four C-17 aircraft
(via a
separate contracting action).  This action incorporates the RAAF
aircraft into
the C-17 "virtual fleet" which includes aircraft maintenance, upgrade,
and
sustainment.  At this time, $39,750 has been obligated.  Headquarters
Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the
contracting activity (FA8614-04-C-2004/P00110).

Boeing Co., McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Division, St. Louis, Mo., is
being
awarded a $10,523,457 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  This action
provides for
the small diameter bomb (SDB), increment I program plans to award a
$10,523,457 effort for providing a universal armament interface (UAI)
compliant carriage system (Bomb Rack Unit-61A).  This effort will
provide
warfighter with UAI compliant miniature munitions carriage by Dec. 31,
2009,
while retaining legacy interfaces.  This enables both SDB I and II
weapon
systems to fully integrate on aircraft platforms that are UAI compliant
while
maintaining current load-out with SDB I on F-15E. At this time,
$4,600,000 has
been obligated.  This work will be complete December 2009. Solicitation
began
May 2006 and was completed in July 2006.  Headquarters Air Armament
Center,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8681-06-C-0210).

* Small Business

Plácido Domingo Conducts LA Opera Premiere of Massenet’s Manon

September/October 2006

Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón Star in

New Production Directed by Vincent Paterson

and Star in

What: LA Opera General Director Plácido Domingo will conduct the much-anticipated Company premiere of Jules Massenet’s Manon starring soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón. An exquisite score illuminates a decadent, divine and quintessentially French human drama about a woman who simply wants the best of both worlds. Destined for life inside a convent and desperate to escape, Manon encounters two very different men and a crucial dilemma: the choice between love and money. A glittering life of luxury proves just too alluring, but Manon’s heart always remains devoted to the handsome young man who first captured her heart.

Who: Opera’s most electrifying stage duo, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón (last seen in LA Opera’s 2005 Roméo et Juliette), reunite in a romantic, sensuous new co-production with the Staatsoper unter den Linden (Berlin), which will be directed and choreographed by Vincent Paterson with sets by Johannes Leiacker, costumes by Susan Hilferty and lighting by Duane Schuler. Also featured in the cast are David Pittsinger, Hyung Yun, Ryland Davies and Dale Travis. Plácido Domingo will conduct.

Opera’s most electrifying stage duo, and (last seen in LA Opera’s 2005 ), reunite in a romantic, sensuous new co-production with the Staatsoper unter den Linden (Berlin), which will be directed and choreographed by with sets by , costumes by and lighting by . Also featured in the cast are , , and . will conduct.

When: Opening Performance Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 7:30 PM4

Evening Performances October 5, 11, 18 and 21 at 7:30 PM

Matinee Performances October 8 and 15 at 2:00 PM

 

Where: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Tickets: Tickets to Manon range from $30 to $220, and are on sale at the Los Angeles Opera Box Office, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.laopera.com. For disability access, call (213) 972-0777 or e-mail wehelpyou@laopera.com.

Tickets to range from $30 to $220, and are on sale at the Los AngelesOpera Box Office, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at

 

 

LA Opera General Director will conduct the much-anticipated Company premiere of Jules Massenet’s starring soprano and tenor . An exquisite score illuminates a decadent, divine and quintessentially French human drama about a woman who simply wants the best of both worlds. Destined for life inside a convent and desperate to escape, Manon encounters two very different men and a crucial dilemma: the choice between love and money. A glittering life of luxury proves just too alluring, but Manon’s heart always remains devoted to the handsome young man who first captured her heart. Opera’s most electrifying stage duo, and (last seen in LA Opera’s 2005 ), reunite in a romantic, sensuous new co-production with the Staatsoper unter den Linden (Berlin), which will be directed and choreographed by with sets by , costumes by and lighting by . Also featured in the cast are , , and . will conduct. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.Tickets to range from $30 to $220, and are on sale at the Los AngelesOpera Box Office, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at

Artist headshots can be found on the LA Opera Press Gallery:

http://www.laopera.com/press%5Fphoto/index.asp?productionid=203

Synopsis and artist biographies can be found on the LA Opera website:

http://www.laopera.com/production/index.asp?productionid=203

 

Manon will be sung in French with English Supertitles projected above the stage.

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

will be sung in French with English Supertitles projected above the stage.
will be sung in French with English Supertitles projected above the stage.

Verizon FiOS Grand Tournament One of the Largest Online Games Ever: Crown Winner Out of Eight Finalists

Grand" Weekend to Win $100,000

 

WHAT:

The Verizon FiOS Grand Tournament is one of the largest online video game tournaments ever held. A celebrity pro-am video game challenge in support of two charities, Women for the World and Youth Speaks (www.youthspeaks.org) will be held separately. Celebrities such as MTV and Entertainment Tonight's Vanessa Minnillo and models including Carolyn Murphy, Kiara Kabukuro and Joy Bryant will be paired with pro players from PMS (Pandora's Mighty Soldiers) Clan to compete for charity. PMS Clan is the largest, all-female competitive online video game group today.

After a month of online competition, the original field of more than 6,500 boiled down to an elite eight. The final eight cyber-athletes who showed the speed, skill and determination to make it to the final round of competition will have to step their game up another notch at the finals in Hermosa Beach, CA as a champion will be crowned and awarded $100,000 this Saturday night, July 29th.

WHO:

The following competitors made it to the tournament's final round of eight:

*Dominic Anderson, Portland, OR        *Micah Ernst, Meadville, PA *Stefan Hock, Trumbull, CT             *Zachariah Kendall, Colville, WA *Brian Kihneman, Austin, TX            *Richard Oliver, Virginia Beach, VA *Scott Rogoff, Trumbull, CT            *Kenny Wells, Towson, MD 
    
More information about the tournament can be found at www.fiosgrand.com.

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AutoWeek and American Le Mans Series Announce Insider Dream Giveaway

Officials of the American Le Mans Series and AutoWeek Magazine today announced a contest that every fan of sports car racing will want to win. The American Le Mans Series / AutoWeek Insider Dream Giveaway features prizes like a VIP trip to the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Panoz Racing School entry at Road Atlanta and Chateau Elan Golf/Spa package as well as a VIP trip to the 2007 Petit Le Mans.

The top prize is "Le Grand Prix" where the winners will travel to Germany next June to visit the Audi factory and pick up the keys to a beautiful Audi automobile for their personal transportation. After a factory tour, they will head for Le Mans, France where they'll enjoy VIP status at the race. They'll get the insider treatment among the teams and be provided with hospitality by the Panoz Motor Sports Group.

Another lucky couple, winners of "Le Premier Prix", will enjoy a Panoz Driving School entry for one plus a companion Spa/Golf package at the beautiful Chateau Elan resort near Road Atlanta. A third couple will be awarded an all- expense-paid trip to Petit Le Mans 2007.

In order to enter, fans should visit www.autoweek.com/alms. The contest will run from now until January 2007, and winners will be announced at the 55th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

In announcing the contest, American Le Mans Series CEO Scott Atherton said, "We're truly pleased to partner with AutoWeek Magazine to make this contest possible. AutoWeek subscribers are our fans, and we're happy to make possible through our group's assets, prizes that any true fan of Le Mans or the American Le Mans Series would love to win."

AutoWeek Magazine Director of Marketing Cheryl Rothe said, "We are pleased to partner with the American Le Mans Series in providing our AutoWeek magazine and AutoWeek.com readers a trip of a lifetime sweepstakes opportunity - a chance to win the 'Insider's Dream Giveaway.' This partnership is very valuable to us as we see the AutoWeek reader and the American Le Mans Series fans as sharing the automotive passion that this sweepstakes offers. This is truly something money can't buy."

No purchase is necessary to enter. For Official Rules and to enter online, visit www.autoweek.com/alms . The contest is open to legal U.S. residents of the (48) contiguous states, 18 years of age or older. The odds of winning depend on number of entries received. The contest is void in AK, HI, PR and where prohibited by law and ends on January 19, 2007.

Sports Legend Terry Francona Urges Americans to Understand the Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors for Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the National Educational Campaign, 'DVT Blood Clots: Know The Stats. Know Your Risk.'

 

- Complications from DVT kill up to 200,000 Americans every year, yet the risk of DVT can be reduced -

 Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, spent his entire life devoted to baseball. In 2004, leading his team to the victory championship was a dream come true in more ways than one. After suffering from a pulmonary embolism (PE), a complication of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), Terry is lucky to be alive. Today, he is devoting his time to another dream: reducing the risk of DVT.

Each year, up to two million people in the US are affected by DVT blood clots, which may be fatal if left undiagnosed and untreated. In fact, complications from DVT kill up to 200,000 people annually in the US -- more than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

"I am very fortunate, having suffered from a PE not once but twice," says Terry Francona. "I know that others might not be as lucky as I was. I was given a second chance and now I hope to make a difference in someone else's life."

To help educate the public about the signs, symptoms and risk factors for DVT, Francona and baseball legends including Tony Gwynn, Phil Niekro, Rollie Fingers, Paul Blair, Dennis Eckersley, Jim Fregosi and Aaron Cook-who have all been touched by DVT in some way -- have united for the second DVT Blood Clots: Know The Stats. Know Your Risk. campaign.

"Early detection is crucial and Terry Francona is a perfect example of this," says Dr. Geno Merli, Ludwig Kind Professor of Medicine and Director Jefferson Center for Vascular Diseases, Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "Many individuals who are otherwise healthy or hospitalized for some other condition can develop DVT blood clots. People need to recognize the symptoms of DVT and speak to their healthcare professional to determine whether or not they are at risk because in most cases, the risk can be reduced."

DVT Blood Clots: Know The Stats. Know Your Risk., is brought to you by sanofi-aventis U.S. Sanofi-aventis is committed to raising awareness of DVT through various programs.

About DVT and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

DVT blood clots affect up to 2 million Americans each year, and complications kill up to 200,000 people in the U.S. annually -- more than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Yet, most Americans (74 percent) have little or no awareness of DVT, according to a national survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association.

DVT is a condition resulting from the formation of a blood clot inside a deep vein, commonly located in the calf or thigh. DVT occurs when the blood clot either partially or completely blocks the flow of blood in the vein. A PE is a potentially life-threatening complication and occurs when a fragment of a blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs. Symptoms of a PE may include shortness of breath, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, sharp chest pain and very low blood pressure.

DVT can strike almost anyone at risk. Factors and conditions that may increase the risk of DVT include: immobility, injury, obesity, smoking, oral contraceptives, pregnancy, surgery and or/illnesses including cancer.

Treatments for DVT include early mobilization, sequential compression devices to prevent blood clotting, and anticoagulants and/or blood-thinning drugs. It is important to consult your healthcare professional about the signs and symptoms associated with DVT.

For more information and a free risk assessment kit, visit www.dvt.net/myDVTrisk or call 1-866-MY-DVT-RISK.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis is the world's third largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE:SNY)

Announcing BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) 'Perfect Pairings' Culinary Challenge With America's Top Chefs

 

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE aligns with epicurean powerhouse GOURMET and style expert GQ for consumers to test, showcase and improve their culinary prowess

 BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R), the leading super-premium gin in the United States, is blazing a trail in the culinary world with a new series called BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Perfect Pairings -- an opportunity for food aficionados over age 21 to work side by side with today's foremost chefs and mixologists, competing to create the perfect food & cocktail pairings.

These consumer events run September 19th- November 9th, with two events in each of the following cities: San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, New York, Miami and Chicago.

"If you've ever dreamed of working with the best chefs in the world, wondered what spice will unleash the flavor of your favorite cocktail or how a professional mixologist conducts food pairings-here's your chance," stated Christine Moll, Marketing Manager, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. "BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is highlighting this growing epicurean trend and taking it in a new direction with food and cocktail pairings-an art form that, up until now, has been wholly reserved for wines."

Like a fine wine, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE -- with its subtle infusion of 10 botanicals -- flourishes when paired with food. The nuances of the botanical flavors allow it to be paired with a broad spectrum of ingredients. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE'S versatility, smoothness and unparalleled balance make it the ideal choice for complementing fine cuisine.

Put your skills to the test and sign up by August 9th for the chance to take part in this exciting competition. Visit http://www.bombaysapphireperfectpairings.com/ for complete details and sign up information.

How It Works

Each three-hour cook-off event will feature two competing teams of consumers vying to create the best dish and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktail pairing. Dishes and cocktails are made from fresh, local, pre-selected ingredients and reviewed by a judging panel of local heroes and celebrities. Each team is directed by a renowned chef and mixologist, offering participants a first hand glimpse into the mastery of these skilled experts and the rare opportunity to learn from the very best in the business.

"These entertaining and competitive culinary challenges speak to the ever- growing number of consumers who are enthusiastic about cooking, cocktailing and entertaining -- it is a perfect blend of what's important to today's lifestyle consumer," stated Marcus Samuelsson, Co-owner/Executive chef of Aquavit restaurant and one of the star chefs taking part in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Perfect Pairings series.

Epicurean Master and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Perfect Pairings partner, Gourmet, is spearheading all culinary aspects for the events to ensure top chef involvement and the highest level of culinary acuity. Style expert and leading lifestyle publication, GQ, brings a relevant & stylish aesthetic to the series, which will include music and entertainment, to round out the experience.

Again, visit http://www.bombaysapphireperfectpairings.com/ before August 9th to sign up for the chance to represent your city by creating your very own inspired gourmet pairing. Also visit the website for more Perfect Pairings event details including recipes, chef/mixologist bios and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktail recipes.

  BOMBAY SAPPHIRE PERFECT PAIRINGS Schedule:    San Francisco (W Hotel) - September 19th   * Chef: Roland Passot (LaFolie) & Mixologist Manny Hinjosa (Walnut Creek     Yacht Club)   * Chef: David Bazirgan (Baraka) & Mixologist Marco Dionysos (Tres Agaves)    San Francisco (W Hotel) - October 17th   * Chef: Laurent Manrique (Aqua) & Mixologist: Eric Johnson (Eastside West)   * Chef: Sarah Schafer (Frisson) & Mixologist: Eric Day (Americano Bar)    Dallas (The Ballroom at the Dallas Arts Center) - September 21st   * Chef: Trey Wilcox (Abacus) & Mixologist: Greg Horchak (O Bar)   * Chef: Blaine Staniford (Cuba Libre, Fireside Pies) & Mixologist: Sherry     Maddox (Nikita)    Dallas (The Ballroom at the Dallas Arts Center)  - October 26th   * Chef: Nick Badovinus (Hibiscus) & Mixologist: Ivan Rimach (La Duni)   * Chef: Kevin Maxey (Craft Dallas) & Mixologist: Michael Roundy (Medici)    Chicago (W Hotel, Lakeshore) - September 26th   * Chef: Rick Tramonto (Tru) & Mixologist: Dale Levitski (Stone Lotus)   * Chef: Steve McDonagh (HB, Hearty Boys Catering) & Mixologist: Pete Gugni     (Reserve)    Chicago (W Hotel, Lakeshore) - November 14th   * Chef: Paul Virant (Vie) & Mixologist: Myong Park (Enclave)   * Chef: Graham Elliott Bowles (The Peninsula) & Mixologist: Todd Wakstrom     (Flatwater Grill & Narcisse)    New York (W Hotel, Lexington) - September 28th   * Chef: Josh DeChellis (Sumile) & Mixologist: Monika Chiang (Double 7's)   * Chef: Jody Williams (Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano) & Mixologist:     Nicole Trzasks    New York (W Hotel, Lexington) - November 16th   * Chef: Marcus Samuelsson (Aquavit, Riingo) & Mixologist: Junior Merino     (The Modern)   * Chef: Aaron Sanchez (Paladar) & Mixologist: Michael Waterhouse (Devin     Tavern)    Boston (District - Lincoln Street) - October 3rd   * Chef: Andy Husbands (Tremont 647) & Mixologist: Candance Smith     (Excelsior)   * Chef: Marc Orfaly (Pigalle) & Mixologist: Jackson Cannon (Eastern     Standard)    Boston (District - Lincoln Street)  - November 7th   * Chef: Mark Allen (Le Soir Bistro) & Mixologist: Jessamyn Gangi (Sonsie)   * Chef: Tony Maws (Craigie Street Bistrot) & Mixologist: Sean McEwen     (Avila)    Miami (The Victor Hotel) - October 12th   * Chef: Dean James Max (Ocean 3030) & Mixologist: Christian Sanders (The     Standard)   * Chef: Clay Conley (Azul) & Mixologist: Ryan Dodson (Emeril's)    Miami (The Victor Hotel) - November 9th   * Chef: Michael Bloise (Wish, At The Hotel) & Mixologist: Derek     Oneill-Butler (Prime 112)   * Michael Sabin (Prime 112) & Mixologist: Dawne Schoep (The Victor Hotel)    About Bombay Sapphire 

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the best selling super premium gin in the United States. The combination of its ten unique botanicals, vapour infusion process and authentic British heritage secure BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as a leader among gins, as well as a symbol of style and sophistication. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE strongly supports inspired adult individuals who create passionate work in design, film and other artistic arenas. For more information, please visit http://www.bombaysapphire.com/.

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- Fantasy Becomes a Reality for Poker Enthusiasts -

 

- Fantasy Becomes a Reality for Poker Enthusiasts -

 Playboy Enterprises, Inc. today announced a partnership with Moneymaker Gaming to develop and produce its first-ever Playboy Poker Camp. The camp will feature world class instruction from some of poker's top players, including WSOP Champion Layne Flack and Jim "Krazy Kanuck" Worth. Additionally, the poker camp includes nightly poker tournaments with prizes of more than $100,000 and events with Playboy Playmates, all of which culminate with a lavish party at the legendary Playboy Mansion.

With instruction for beginners to advanced players, packages start at $4,999 for the four-day, four-night event. The first camp will be held in January 2007 at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, near Palm Springs, California. Registration begins today at playboypokercamp.com .

"Chris Moneymaker has built the strongest brand in poker today, and we are thrilled to team up with him to create an incredible poker camp such as this," stated Sarah Haney, vice president, licensing, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. "We've enjoyed such success with our co-branded poker products that we wanted to bring something more to the table for poker aficionados everywhere."

"I've been living a dream since winning the 2003 World Series, and I want to give my fans a taste of that," said Moneymaker, co-founder of Moneymaker Gaming. "Playboy Poker Camp will offer a once in a lifetime chance to play alongside the best players in the world, hang out with Playboy Playmates, and compete for more than $100,000 in prize money. This will be the ultimate poker experience."

About Playboy Enterprises, Inc.:

Playboy's branded line of licensed fashion and consumer products has experienced exceptional growth at retail since its repositioning in 1999, with a product offering that includes men's and women's fashion apparel and accessories, underwear, legwear, outerwear and footwear, as well as home furnishings and lifestyle and entertainment products. Playboy's licensed products business as a whole now generates in excess of $650 million in global retail sales in more than 130 countries and territories. Celebrities and fashion influencers spotted wearing Playboy fashions and accessories include Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Jade Jagger, Snoop Dogg and Lenny Kravitz.

About Moneymaker Gaming:

Co-founded by World Series of Poker Champion Chris Moneymaker, Moneymaker Gaming (www.moneymakergaming.com) is a leading player in developing and delivering casino-quality, licensed poker and gaming equipment, slot machines and lifestyle accessories. Since launching in early 2005, the California-based company has inked licensing deals with the world's top entertainment brands including Playboy, WWE and elite NASCAR drivers. In 2006 Moneymaker Gaming launched the Playboy Poker collection which includes Playboy branded poker chips, poker chip sets, poker tables, poker collectibles and accessories.

Hyundai Brand Value Rises

 

BusinessWeek Calls Brand 'Big Winner'

* Jumps nine positions in Best Global Brands survey by BusinessWeek/Interbrand

* Biggest increase of automakers

 Hyundai Motor Co. has emerged as one of the world's leading brands ranking 75th overall, according to the 2006 Best Global Brands survey jointly conducted by Interbrand, a leading consultancy in branding and BusinessWeek, the New York-based global media organization.

The 17 percent increase since last year in the value of the Hyundai brand earned the Korean automaker the title of fastest growing automotive brand and a place among the top five biggest gainers in brand value, causing the magazine to label Hyundai one of its "Big Winners". Last year, in its debut appearance on the Best Global Brands list, Hyundai ranked 84th.

With a brand value estimated at $4.1 billion, the power of the Hyundai brand on a global basis now surpasses several competitors.

"This survey tells us what many people already know: That Hyundai is a fast-rising star," said Hyundai's Vice President for brand strategy, Brandon Yea. "Our brand management is supported by continuous improvement in the quality of our products," he added.

Public perceptions of the Hyundai brand have been transformed as a result of dramatic improvements in the quality of Hyundai vehicles. In turn, this has fueled a steady increase in sales and confidence in the brand among both customers and dealers.

Hyundai's pursuit of a better balance between quantitative and qualitative growth has benefited from the company's brand management. Brand management issues now influence decision-making in styling, marketing and communications as well as at the retail and after-sales service levels.

       2006 Interbrand Ranking             2006 Result        Overall     Automotive          Brand     Brand Value                     Ranking                      (Billion $)           7            1               Toyota       27.9          10            2               M. Benz      21.8          15            3               BMW          19.6          19            4               Honda        17.0          29            5               Ford         11.0          56            6               VW            6.0          74            7               Audi          4.2          75            8               Hyundai       4.1          80            9               Porsche       3.9          90           10               Nissan        3.1          92           11               Lexus         3.1    

Interbrand (www.interbrand.com), the leading brand consultancy and authors of the annual ranking of "The Best Global Brands" in partnership with BusinessWeek was founded in 1974. Interbrand has offices in over 30 cities in more than 20 countries around the globe and clients from among the most respected businesses.

BusinessWeek is a leading global business media organization which was founded in 1929 and is published by the McGraw-Hill Companies, BusinessWeek has more than 4.7 million readers each week in 140 countries. Local language editions include Chinese, Russian, and Bahasa Indonesian.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group which in 2005 sold 3.7 million vehicles to rank as the world's sixth largest automotive manufacturer and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor Co., employing over 68,000 people worldwide, posted US$26.1 billion in sales in 2004 (on a non-consolidated basis). Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 5000 dealerships and showrooms. Further information about Hyundai Motor Co. and its products is available at http://www.hyundai-motor.com/

Source: Hyundai Motor Co.

The United Negro College Fund to Honor Aretha Franklin at 28th Annual An Evening of Stars(R)

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced today that Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul," will receive the UNCF's prestigious Award of Excellence on its annual television special, An Evening of Stars(R). Ms. Franklin will be the first female artist to receive the award. Previous honorees have been Lou Rawls (2004), Quincy Jones (2005) and Stevie Wonder (2006). The three-hour concert tribute will be taped at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Sept. 8 and 9, 2006, and will air nationwide in late January 2007.

Franklin will receive the honor for her longstanding and generous support of the UNCF's mission to provide deserving students with access to higher education, as well as for her well-known activism and philanthropy on behalf of numerous other causes.

A music industry legend, Franklin has graced the stage of An Evening of Stars(R) numerous times during its 28-year history, delivering powerful performances of songs we all know and love. She has also contributed her fame, talent and money to numerous other causes and organizations including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the NAACP, sickle cell anemia research and drunk driving awareness and prevention.

"UNCF is delighted to show Aretha Franklin some of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T that she has shown us for so many years," said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. "She has honored us so often with her appearances on An Evening of Stars(R) and her support of our mission of education. Now it is our turn to honor her by giving her our Award of Excellence. As an artist, an entertainer, and a citizen, her career has established a standard of excellence that exemplifies the educational distinction to which our member colleges are dedicated and to which they hold their students."

As one of the most revered artists in the music industry, Franklin has earned 17 Grammy awards, 17 No. 1 R&B singles, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her long list of hits includes "Chain of Fools," "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)," "Think," "Baby I Love You," "The House That Jack Built," and of course "Respect" her most famous hit song, which became a symbol of both feminine and black pride in the 1960s. Franklin's last studio album, So Damn Happy, was released to critical acclaim in 2005. Her debut release on her very own Aretha Records, "A Woman Falling Out of Love," is currently being readied for a January 2007 release date.

Returning as executive producer and director of An Evening of Stars(R) is four-time Emmy Award winner Louis J. Horvitz whose credits include numerous years directing The Academy Awards, The Prime Time Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The People's Choice Awards. He has also directed The MTV Movie Awards as well as The American Film Institute (AFI) tributes to Robert DeNiro (2003), Meryl Streep (2004), George Lucas (2005) and Sean Connery (2006). Returning as producers of An Evening of Stars(R) are Emmy Award- winner Cort Casady and Bill Urban.

About An Evening of Stars(R)

An Evening of Stars(R), formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Lou Rawls, who passed away in January 2006, helped raise more than $200 million for the UNCF to supplement the cost of higher education for scholarship recipients and member institutions. An Evening of Stars(R) has featured a who's who of recognizable talent, including Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Clark, Reba McIntyre, Richard Pryor, Beyonce Knowles, Jill Scott, Luther Vandross, Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Ed McMahon, Michael Bolton, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley and scores of others.

About UNCF

As the nation's oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the United Negro College Fund's mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers nearly 450 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.

Source: United Negro College Fund

Danity Kane Unveiled at Last; Diddy's "Making The Band 3" Sensations Ready Debut Album; First Single, "Show Stopper," Heads to Radio

Bad Boy Records has unveiled details of the eagerly anticipated debut album from Danity Kane, the red-hot girl group featured on the hit MTV series, "Making the Band 3." The self-titled collection -- which features the first single, "Show Stopper" -- lands in stores nationwide on August 22nd.

Executive Produced by Bad Boy CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs, "DANITY KANE" sees the five-girl outfit -- Dawn, Aubrey, D. Woods, Shannon, and Aundrea -- teaming up with some of today's most successful and talented producers. Among the studio superstars bringing their skills to the recordings are such hip-hop and R&B icons as Timbaland (Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado, Aaliyah), Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey), Mario Winans (P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family, Destiny's Child, The Notorious B.I.G.), Jim Jonsin (Twista, Jamie Foxx, Trina), Bryan-Michael Cox (Usher, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton), Rami (*NSYNC, the Veronicas), and Ryan Leslie (Britney Spears, Tha Dogg Pound). The album's Co-Executive Producer is Bad Boy Executive Vice President Harve Pierre.

 

"Show Stopper," the Jim Jonsin-produced first single from "DANITY KANE," has proven a true sensation, well in advance of its official arrival at multi-format radio outlets in early August. The track has already received nearly a quarter of a million plays on Danity Kane's official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/danitykane.

Danity Kane will debut their video for "Show Stopper" on August 4th on MTV's "Making The Video." The girls will then appear on MTV's "TRL" on August 7th and on "Sucker Free on MTV" on August 8th. "DANITY KANE" will also be featured on "The Leak" on "MTV Jams" and "MTV Hits" the week of August 15th.

Dawn, Aubrey, D. Woods, Shannon, and Aundrea were the cream of the crop among hundreds of ladies competing for a spot in Diddy's new super group during the taping of the smash MTV reality show, "Making the Band 3." Though each of the five ladies of Danity Kane come from different backgrounds, all have a number of things in common that bond them as a full-fledged group -- extraordinary talent, looks, personality, business savvy, an ability to perform under intense pressure, and a lifelong dream of making music.

The women -- who describe themselves as independent, outspoken, and empowering -- have had a strong hand in shaping their identity, even going so far as coming up with the group's striking name. Dawn, an avid artist and anime aficionado, caught Diddy's attention with a sketch of a female superhero she'd dubbed "Danity Kane." He soon came to the realization that the moniker would make an ideal name for the band, declaring it to be solid and original, just like them.

The sound of Danity Kane meshes contributions from all five singers, resulting in a fluid and funky blend of voices that allows each member to assert her individuality while still uniting together as a whole. As with any group comprised of strong personalities, a variety of musical influences come into play -- from Mariah Carey to Prince to Aerosmith -- though each bandmate claims a special affinity for the harmony-rich R&B of En Vogue.

Fearless, dynamic, and remarkably gifted, Danity Kane unquestionably have what it takes to make it as a band.

July 28, 2006 (REBUILD)

 

 

 Sony Pictures Imageworks Takes the Stage at SIGGRAPH 2006

 MONSTER HOUSE and OPEN SEASON Presentations Highlight Company's Diversity and Quality of Work

Sony SXRD 4K Projector Featured in Imageworks Booth #1506

Master Artist Karl Gnass Featured in Imageworks Booth for 9th Consecutive Year of Popular Drawing Classes

Academy Award(R) winning digital production studio Sony Pictures Imageworks is set to showcase its innovative and diverse range of CG work and digital effects at SIGGRAPH 2006, the 33rd annual international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques.

"This has been a very productive year for Imageworks in terms of our four active production pipelines: live action visual effects, performance capture, all CG animation and 3D stereoscopic work," said Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks. "We're proud to share examples of each pipeline with SUPERMAN RETURNS, MONSTER HOUSE and Sony Pictures Animation's first CG-feature, OPEN SEASON."

Imageworks is a participant in every aspect of the conference including the prestigious Electronic Theater program, panels, courses and special sessions.

On the Show Floor

Imageworks will be presenting materials this year in booth #1506 on the Sony SRX-R105 SXRD 4K projector. As one of four models in the SXRD 4K projector line-up, the SRX-R105 provides an image resolution of over 8.8 million pixels at a brightness of 5,000 lumens, with stunning contrast and accurate color reproduction. These products provide high-quality, high-resolution projection in applications from visualization and simulation to digital cinema.

In its ninth consecutive year, Imageworks will present the popular life drawing class "Master Life Drawing and the Art of the Dynamic Pose" with Master Instructor Karl Gnass, author of "Spirit of the Pose: Sketchbook 1" in the Imageworks booth #1506. Gnass has been teaching drawing for over 35 years and has worked with Imageworks for the past 10 years instructing artists at the facility each week in his life drawing class.

"Master Instructor Karl Gnass has been teaching life drawing classes at Imageworks every week since 1996," said Sande Scoredos, executive director of training and artist development. "His life drawing classes not only improve aesthetics and animation skills but also increase powers of observation, communication, and visualization. These studio art classes are considered a staple of the Imageworks Training & Artist Development core curriculum and are available to everyone at Imageworks."

Electronic Theater

This year, Imageworks has been honored with two selections for screening in the jury-selected Electronic Theater: "MONSTER HOUSE: There Goes the Neighborhood" by visual effects supervisor Jay Redd and "OPEN SEASON: Separating the Trees from the Forest" by visual effects supervisor Doug Ikeler.

Monster House is currently in theaters; OPEN SEASON debuts nationwide September 29.

  Courses   Imageworks will be offering two courses:    "The Art of OPEN SEASON"   Sunday, July 30   8:30am - 12:15pm (Hall C)  

Presented by visual effects supervisor Doug Ikeler, animation supervisor Sean Mullen, and CG supervisors Max Bruce and Darren Lurie, this session will offer a detailed behind-the-scenes view of how a team of digital artists and technicians worked closely with a team of talented traditional storytellers and artists to create the first feature animated film from Sony Pictures Animation. The course will demonstrate how the most advanced technology and tools were developed from concept to screen.

  "Performance-Driven Facial Animation"   Wednesday, August 2   8:30am - 5:30pm (Room 205)  

Parag Havaldar, software architect, will cover the tracking, cross-mapping, and model derivation technologies used on MONSTER HOUSE. Current and forthcoming motion-capture techniques and application case studies from recent and current projects will be presented.

Additional Appearances

Imageworks artists will also be participating in educational panels and presentations in various booths including:

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MySpace Hottie Gets a Dose of Reality in ABC's 'One Ocean View'

 

Playboy Model Heather Lutz Deals With Blonde Bimbo Stereotype

 MySpace pin-up girl and Playboy model Heather Lutz, star of the upcoming new ABC reality show "One Ocean View," is experiencing the pitfalls of sudden fame -- stereotyping.

Although the Pennsylvania native is thrilled with the opportunities she has as a result of her MySpace and Playboy layouts, she still contends with the dumb blonde cliche. Lutz responds to being described in the New York Post as an "attention-craving Playboy nudie girl." Lutz says, "I was in Playboy and I was nude, but I don't think I'm any more attention-craving than most people. I mean, who doesn't like getting attention."

Hardly the ditzy blonde, Lutz holds a Kinesiology degree from Penn State where she was consistently on the Dean's List.

Lutz originally created a flurry of attention with her MySpace page, which features the once-brunette tomboy and straight-A student as a flirty farmer's daughter who champions animal rights.

MySpace boasts 17.47 million unique visitors per month, over 50,000 of which visit Lutz.

Playboy discovered Lutz and invited her to be immortalized as one of their "Girls of MySpace" in the June 2006 issue and upcoming DVD. As a result, Lutz signed on with ABC's "One Ocean View."

Lutz now has the daunting task of sorting through offers that typecast the 27 year-old beauty. The new reality star and model sees herself as the host of a twenty-something TV show, but for now she's happy to kick back and enjoy "One Ocean View."

"One Ocean View," a new reality series from "The Real World" producers Jonathan Murray and Joey Carson, follows hot singles during a hot summer on Fire Island. Skin is in starting Monday, July 31 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Denzel Washington, Clive Owen y Jodie Foster protagonizan la aclamada película de suspenso y robo

INSIDE MAN: Disponible en DVD agosto 8, 2006 de Universal Studios Home Entertainment

‘Una inigualable película de suspenso y robo’. Jim Ferguson, ABC-TV

Ganadores al Oscar (R) Denzel Washington (Training Day, Man on Fire) y Jodie Foster (Flightplan, Silence of the Lambs), y el nominado al Oscar (R) Clive Owen (Derailed, Sin City) encabezan el elenco de la intensa película, llena de acción y crimen, Inside Man. Disponible en DVD el 8 de agosto del 2006 de Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Producida por el ganador del premio de la Academia Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) y dirigida por el director nominado al Oscar (R) Spike Lee (Malcolm X), Inside Man electrifica con emocionantes palpitaciones mientras un determinado detective, un astuto asaltante de bancos y un misterioso hombre de negocios se encuentran en una encrucijada mortal con vidas en peligro mientras el tiempo corre rápidamente. Llena de brillantes situaciones, y una conclusión impresionante que tendrá a toda la audiencia adivinando hasta el final, el DVD de Inside Man tiene un valor de $29.98 SRP.

Qué dicen los críticos de INSIDE MAN
Inside Man ha sido una de las mejores películas del año, ganando aprobación en todo el país. Shawn Edwards de Fox Televisión escribió: “Empieza con un ingenioso chisporroteo y termina con una explosión impresionante.” Pete Hammond de Maxim alaba Inside Man como “Un fascinante juego de gato y ratón,” y el Wall Street Journal la declaro como “Una película de suspenso que esta encima del dinero.”

UNA BÓVEDA DE UN BANCO LLENO DE SORPRESAS
El DVD de The Inside Man esta lleno de extras que proveen escenas detrás de cámaras con la emocionante historia de la creación de la película y las profesionales decisiones que Spike Lee, el director, tuvo que enfrentar.

-- Más de 25 minutos de escenas borradas
-- Numero 4 – Spike Lee y Denzel Washington se sientan y discuten su cuarta y más reciente colaboración
-- La producción de The Inside Man
-- Comentario Especial del director Spike Lee

SINOPSIS
Denzel Washington y Jodie Foster, ganadores al premio de la Academia y Clive Owen, nominado al premio de la Academia protagonizan esta intensa y explosiva película de crimen y suspenso. El asalto de banco perfecto, pronto se convierte en juego de vida o muerte entre un genio criminal (Owen), un detective determinado (Washington), y un hombre de negocios con un secreto (Foster). Mientras los minutos pasan, y la situación se pone mas tensa, un paso en falso podría significar un desastre total para cualquiera de ellos. Del aclamado director, Spike Lee, viene la película de suspenso que le tendrá al borde de la silla y que el Wall Street Journal ha nombrado “una película de suspenso que esta encima de dinero.”

Para más información favor visitar: http://www.theinsideman.net.

ELENCO & REALIZADORES
Director: Spike Lee
Escrita Por: Russell Gewirtz
Producida Por: Brian Grazer
Productores Ejecutivos: Daniel M. Rosenberg, Jon Kilik, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Kim Roth
Director de Fotografía: Matthew Libatique, ASC

Diseño de Producción: Wynn Thomas
Edición Por: Barry Alexander Brown
Música Por: Terence Blanchard
Diseño de Vestuario: Donna Berwick
Elenco: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

INFORMACION TECNICA DVD
Fecha de Estreno: August 8, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Precio: $29.98 SRP
Numero de Selección: 28847 (Widescreen); 30125 (Full screen)
Duración: 2 Horas y 9 Minutos
Layers: Dual
Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1:66:1/1:85:1); Full Screen (1:33:1)
Clasificada: R (for language and some violent images)
Información Técnica: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Subtítulos: Inglés, SDH Español y Francés

Para artes finales visite nuestro portal de Internet en http://www.ushepublicity.com o envíe una solicitud por fax a Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity al (818) 866-0226.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment es una unidad de Universal Pictures, una división de Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios es parte de NBC Universal, una de las compañías de medios y entretenimiento líderes en el mundo en el desarrollo, producción y mercadeo de entretenimientos, noticias e información dirigida a una audiencia global. Formada en mayo del 2004 a través de la combinación de NBC y Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal posee y opera un importante portafolio de cadenas de noticias y entretenimiento, una destacada compañía de cine, significativas operaciones de producción de televisión, un grupo líder de estaciones de televisión y los renombrados mundialmente parques temáticos. NBC Universal es propiedad en un 80% de General Electric, con un 20% controlado por Vivendi Universal.

 

FOX Sports en Español Bolsters Team of On-Air Commentators

 

Renowned Mexican sports journalist and commentator Raúl Orvañanos joins Fox Sports en Español and Fox Sports Latin America

Fox Sports en Español announced today the addition of Mexican commentator and sports journalist Raúl Orvañanos to its team of on-air personalities. Effective immediately, Orvañanos will take over as the new host of “Fox Gol Mexico,” which airs Sundays at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET, and will play a pivotal role in the network’s exclusive and live telecasts of the Copa Toyota Libertadores and Copa Nissan Sudamericana, as well as contribute to the network’s news programs “Diario Fox Sports” and “Palabra del Deporte.”

“We are proud to welcome Raúl Orvañanos to the Fox family,” said David Sternberg, executive vice president and general manager for Fox Sports en Español. “Raúl’s extensive experience in sports journalism, coupled with his strong following among our viewers, makes him the perfect addition to our already strong team of on-air commentators and personalities. We look forward to working with Raúl to continue to deliver the highest quality, Spanish-language sports news and programming available, both in the United States and across the Spanish-speaking Americas.”

Spanning both radio and television, Orvañanos’ illustrious career has put him front and center of some of the most important and prestigious sporting events over the last two decades, including Copa América, European Cup, the Summer Olympics from 1980 to 1996, and eight World Cups, the most of any Mexican sports journalist worldwide. A veteran sports producer, host and commentator, he possesses an in-depth knowledge of sports and tremendous creativity which has enabled him to develop a variety of soccer-related programs for television and radio, including “Solo DFútbol“ and “La Jugada,” which airs in the United States on Galavision. Orvañanos is currently the official commentator for the Mexican National Team and contributes two columns each week for Mexican newspaper, El Record.

About Fox Sports en Español
Fox Sports en Español features more than 1,500 hours of live, exclusive sports programming in Spanish and, with few exceptions, English SAP each year, including the Copa Toyota Libertadores, Copa Nissan Sudamericana, InterLiga and the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournaments; the Major League Baseball playoffs, All-Star Game and World Series; and Championship boxing from Mexico and the U.S. The channel reaches nearly 9 million cable and satellite households in the U.S.

Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation's (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at fse.tv.

Arbitron Portable People Meter Shows Bigger Radio Audiences During Sporting Events And Sports Programming

 

Arbitron shares new insights into sports audiences on radio providing
radio stations and radio advertisers with new marketing opportunities

 The Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM SM) consistently captures more listeners to sporting events on radio, especially those with afternoon and early-evening start times, according to a new presentation released today by Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB).

The study, “The Value of Play-by-Play in a PPM World,” shows broadcasters and advertisers how the PPM delivers much quicker, more reliable and more detailed insight into sports radio broadcasting than the current radio ratings system. The presentation, released at the Radio Play-by-Play Industry Conference in Chicago, shows larger audiences to sports radio during major sporting events such as World Cup Soccer, the NFL Football Draft and for regular local team games.

“Electronic measurement via the PPM is better, more reliable, faster and more granular than other means of measuring play-by-play audiences,” said John Snyder, vice president, PPM Sales, Arbitron. “With the PPM, we can see higher ratings and larger audiences during specific kinds of sports programming, especially during the afternoon and early evening, including the evening rush hour, when listeners aren’t near a television.”

While the standard Arbitron radio diary does indicate that flagship sports stations have higher total (cume) audiences during a regular season, the Arbitron PPM shows a significantly larger total audience for play-by-play sports then does the paper and pencil diary.

In addition cume audiences for play-by-play sports is directly linked with start time. For the most part, earlier games will have higher cumes, according to the presentation.

Key examples included in the presentation:
  • Talk show audiences increase after big wins or losses. While average cume audience (September to December 2005) to “Talk Football with David Carr” in Houston is about 8,700 persons age 6 and older. On the Monday after a close loss, the cume was 21,000 persons. On the Monday after a victory, it was even higher, at 25,600 persons 6+
  • World Cup Soccer recorded huge audiences on Spanish language Houston radio stations. While the May average cume for KEYH-AM/KXGJ-FM was just under 25,000 persons, audiences increased in June to over 153,000 during several World Cup broadcasts.
  • The NFL Draft proved a big draw on KILT-AM, particular when the Houston Texans surprised local fans. On Saturday, April 29 at exactly noon, the Houston Texans kicked off the 71st NFL Draft with a bang by passing up on Reggie Bush and selecting defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick. Audiences from the NFL Draft jumped from 12,600 cume at 10 A.M. to nearly 45,000 at noon the same day.
  • Radio ratings to sports events are directly related to the proportion of the audience that is out of home. Because of the impact of out of home audience on radio ratings, radio and TV audiences to the same sporting event tend to be complementary. As one medium declines, the other will tend to rise.


“With PPM, stations and advertisers get more frequent updates during the season,” Snyder said. “The combination of electronic measurement and daily sample size allows PPM to pick up special features and events the diary never could, enabling stations to enhance overall programming.

“The change from diary to PPM will impact everything from selling cycles to ratings to the ability to monetize special features,” he said. “In all likelihood, the ‘emotional’ sell of sports will be replaced with a more ‘fact-based’ sell, and this ‘estimate driven’ world should bring new advertisers to play-by-play who hadn’t considered it before. PPM opens the door to a whole new level of understanding that wasn’t possible with the diary.”

The full presentation and a webcast replay are available on the Arbitron web site at:

http://www.arbitron.com/portable_people_meters/play_by_play.htm

About Arbitron
Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is an international media and marketing research firm serving radio broadcasters, cable companies, advertisers, advertising agencies and outdoor advertising companies in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Arbitron’s core businesses are measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers; and providing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The Company has also developed the Portable People Meter (PPM), a new technology for media and marketing research.

Arbitron’s marketing and business units are supported by its research and technology organization, located in Columbia, Maryland. Arbitron has approximately 1,700 employees; its executive offices are located in New York City.

Through its Scarborough Research joint venture with VNU, Inc., Arbitron also provides media and marketing research services to the broadcast television, magazine, newspaper and online industries.

What's So Funny About "The Da Vinci Code"?

Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is a monumental worldwide phenomenon that has been called the most important book in decades. With more than 60.5 million copies in print, it has been a fixture on bestseller lists virtually non-stop since it was released by Doubleday in 2003. Along with its success, the book has generated more than its fair share of criticism and controversy. Some of these critics are tying themselves in knots fretting about every little detail of the book.

Dr. Judith P. Shoaf of the University of Florida decided to take on "The Da Vinci Code" another way. With tongue firmly in cheek, Shoaf has written "The Da Vinci Barcode," a clever and refreshing parody of Dan Brown's popular book. She decided to have some fun with Dan Brown's sometimes confusing work.

 

"The Da Vinci Barcode" presents a look at an alternate universe where, as in Brown's novel, fact and fiction are intertwined. "Everything in this book was meticulously researched," says Shoaf, who holds a PhD in French and Medieval Studies from Cornell University. "However, any time I found that the actual facts didn't fit my story, I ignored them." Her parody makes fun of two of Brown's premises. First, her hero is a professor of Symbology, like Brown's Robert Langdon -- but here Symbology is the "science" of commercial barcodes, not of religious symbols. Secondly, whereas Brown's hero and heroine are looking for the long-hidden and highly controversial relics of the body of Mary Magdalen, Shoaf's characters are well aware that there are plenty of sets of Mary Magdalene's bones in French churches.

Shoaf constructs her own quest for meaning, involving the role of saints and symbols in human life, the genetic code, and the mystery of twinship. Instead of a high spiritual quest; however, her characters are looking for the lowliest of symbols, the little bar code label that contains data about an item that is for sale. This cheerful parody will have you looking at "The Da Vinci Code" in a whole new light.

Mindy Smith's "Long Island Shores" Set for Release Oct. 10

 


Singer/Songwriter's Sophomore Album Is a Follow-Up to Her Stellar Debut "One Moment More"

 "Before releasing 2004's acclaimed 'One Moment More,' Smith charmed country fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton's 'Jolene.' On 'Shores,' she delivers more sweetly robust roots-pop songs in a soprano as gorgeously pure and clear as Alison Krauss' or Patty Griffin's." -- USA Today

On the heels of her critically acclaimed Vanguard Records debut, singer-songwriter Mindy Smith is back with her highly anticipated sophomore CD, "Long Island Shores," a nod to her family and her heritage growing up in Smithtown, New York. The album is scheduled for release on Oct. 10th.

"Long Island Shores" retains the raw, emotional intimacy of Mindy's songs and haunting vocals but adds some sharp edges both musically and lyrically, broadening the landscape of Mindy's storytelling. Mindy co-produced this record with Steve Buckingham and Lex Price along with additional production by Roger Moutenot.

Smith's debut album, "One Moment More" featured the hit single, "Come to Jesus," which earned her critical accolades and went on to sell close to 300,000 copies. She recorded a version of "Jolene," the first single on the much-praised Dolly Parton tribute album, "Just Because I'm a Woman," which included contributions from Norah Jones, Sinead O'Connor, Melissa Etheridge and Alison Krauss. She made her national debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," performed on Lifetime's "Women Rock" Television Special, had a video in top rotation at CMT and was part of VH1's "You Oughta Know" Program. She went on to perform on Conan O'Brien and was featured on National Public Radio. The album took on a life of its own with several songs being heard on national television shows such as HBO's "Six Feet Under" and the WB's "Smallville" and "Summerland."

The press was effusive in its praise of the Nashville-based singer-songwriter. "One of the most buzzed-about albums of the new year," raved USA Today, while Rolling Stone said simply, "Smith's voice is marvelous." Harp magazine called her "a contender if ever there was one," while The New York Times enthused, "...excellent debut album."

Mindy also co-wrote with John Scott Sherrill the current Alison Krauss single, "If I Didn't Know Any Better."

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Irish Singer-Songwriter Tracy Lyons' Second Album "I Will" Was Released July 25th on Mythic Records Through West 57th Street Entertainment

Artist's Official Website Launched Today At www.tracylyons.com

 "When I started working with KC Porter," says singer-songwriter Tracy Lyons in her signature Irish lilt, "he really pushed me, and I went to this place I'd never sung from before." GRAMMY® winning Porter, who produced much of Tracy's new album "I Will," says, "Her sweetness, her gentle spirit, creates a tone that penetrates deep into your soul, like a soft storm of sorts. There's so much emotion, yet with a beautiful and kind delivery."

"I Will" was released on July 25th on West 57th Street Entertainment, recently launched by music industry veterans Mason Munoz and Louis Levin, with offices in New York City and Weston, CT. The ten-song disc -- to be distributed through Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) -- leads with the first single "Don't You Know," a Porter-produced track that gets under your skin on first listen, and has been added by AAA stations nationwide. Additional cuts were produced by Canadian Juno Award winner Greg Kavanagh, and the album was mixed by venerable GRAMMY winning engineer Ed Cherney.

Other stand-out tracks include title song "I Will" and "Save Me," the latter dealing with Lyons' focus on environmental health issues. Of that song, Porter says, "Music can change the world in so many ways, and uplift the spirit. Tracy is one of the few voices really speaking out in support of the need to respect the environment, the need for change in that area."

"I Will" follows up "Surrender," released in 2002 on Vapor Records, which prompted Billboard Magazine to write, "With the impressive debut 'Surrender,' singer/tunesmith Tracy Lyons proves that she has a knack for wrapping strong words in a velvet glove." That album's single "Love Hurts" drew national radio attention, and led to opening act appearances with Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, Shawn Colvin and Los Lonely Boys, among other artists, and to the headliner slot on the "green"-themed summer 2004 tour "SHOW: The Sustainable Energy Roadshow," which played major festivals throughout California.

The official Tracy Lyons website launches today, Thursday, July 27th. Fans will be able to sample new music and view a short documentary about the artist including interviews and live footage.

Following several years honing her skills living and working in Northern California, the now Los Angeles-based Lyons says, "the more naked you are with your emotions, the more you can connect with other people." On her new album "I Will," she does just that.

For more information visit www.tracylyons.com

Consumer Confidence Up in Mid-July, But Still Conservative

Consumer Confidence Up in Mid-July, But Still Conservative

According to theBIGresearch Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey of over 8,000 consumers as of July 12, confidence rebounds with 39.5% confident/very confident in chance