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October 31, 2006

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DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

Pfc. Jason Franco, 18, of Corona, Calif., died Oct. 31 from a
non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine
Aviation Logistics Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing, Miramar, Calif.

The incident is currently under investigation


 On Nov. 7, the American people will be
voting to elect 33 U.S. senators, the entire U.S. House of Representatives,
37 state governors and hundreds of local officials.

The outcome of these elections will shape the future for you, your
family and our country. You, too, can and should participate in deciding
our country's future by exercising your right to vote.

You don't have to be home to vote; every voting jurisdiction has
provisions to distribute, receive and count your absentee ballot. Your ballot
will be counted, whether or not the contest is close. But time is
short. You must act now!

If you have received your state absentee ballot, vote and return it to
your local election official as soon as possible so that it arrives by
the state deadline for counting. If you are registered to vote and have
not received your state absentee ballot, use the Federal Write-In
Absentee Ballot. You can obtain a FWAB from your unit's voting assistance
officer, or from www.fvap.gov. If you are not registered to vote, your
state may allow late registration. See your voting assistance officer

Many states allow voters to use electronic media to register, receive
blank ballots, and even return voted ballots. Check the Integrated
Voting Alternative Site, or IVAS, available through www.fvap.gov, to see
what electronic alternatives might be available to you.

Your unit commander, your voting assistance officer, and the Federal
Voting Assistance Program office have done everything we can to make it
possible for you to vote in this election. The rest is up to you.

Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense


How to pay for a child's college education
shouldn't be a consideration for those who lose a loved one in battle,
and one troop-support group is working to ensure it isn't.

"We provide financial assistance and college grants to the children and
spouses of the fallen ... and severely injured servicemembers," Rebecca
Campbell, founder of The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, said.
"It's all for different needs, but (applicants) have to have a
financial need."

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a member of America
Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways Americans and
the corporate sector support the nation's servicemembers.

Formed in 2003, The Gaithersburg, Md.-based nonprofit group started out
with an attainable goal. "We wanted to help one child (attend
college)," Campbell said. "But we haven't stopped."

Not only is her organization offering children and spouses of the
fallen assistance with college tuition at an accredited college or
university, it's also helping with home and car repair, utility bills and many
other basic needs, Campbell said.

Financial assistance applications are reviewed once a quarter unless
there's an applicant is in an emergency situation. The college grants are
reviewed twice a year with deadlines of Oct. 31 for spring semester and
April 30 for the fall semester, she added.

The fund recently announced as recipients of financial assistance

-- Nathan Smith, son of Navy Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith,
killed in central Iraq on April 2, 2003;

-- Jenniece Fraise, wife of Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, killed in
Kandahar, Afghanistan on June 7, 2004;

-- Jeralind Wilridge, wife of Army Sgt. Kelly S. Morris, killed in
Baghdad on March 30, 2005;

-- Dylan Layfield, son of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, killed
in Anbar Province, Iraq on April 6, 2004

-- Jamelah Bush, daughter of Army Pfc. Charles E. Bush Jr., killed in
Balad, Iraq on Dec. 19, 2003.

Bush also was presented with an educational award, Campbell said.

Cornell Gilmore Jr., son of Army Command Sgt. Maj. Cornell Gilmore, and
Cristie Horton, wife of Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Horton of Erie, Pa.,
were awarded fall semester college grants.

In 2005, the organization presented its first awards. The college
awards totaled $40,500, and financial assistance to families with children
under 18 totaled $39,250.

"We're trying to get the information out," Campbell said. "We have
funds set aside, and as they hear about us ... they can apply, but we've
been waiting for people to apply."

Information on eligibility requirements and applications for both
awards is available on The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund Web site


Iraqi army forces conducted a raid today to
search for a missing U.S. soldier in Baghdad, and Iraqi police and
coalition forces detained five terrorists in operations Oct. 27 and 28,
military officials in Iraq reported.

Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, detained three
people during an operation in Sadr City, Baghdad, today.

The purpose of the mission was to search for a missing U.S. soldier and
to capture the leadership of a kidnapping cell reported to have
knowledge of the soldier's location. The soldier has been listed as "duty
status-whereabouts unknown" since he was abducted from a relative's house
in the Baghdad area Oct. 23.

Elsewhere, Iraqi policemen and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers
detained five suspected terrorists and seized weapons in Saab Al-Bour
Oct. 27 and 28.

A combined patrol of Iraqi policemen and soldiers from the 463rd
Military Police Company, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, detained a suspected terrorist Oct. 27. The patrol arrested
the individual after finding a PKC machine gun he had loaded into a
refrigerator carried on his donkey cart.

Meanwhile, soldiers from 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment,
attached to the 1st BCT, detained an Iraqi citizen Oct. 27 after being
attacked by small-arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade. The patrol
returned fire and detained the owner of a gas station in the town where
suspected terrorists were seen firing from the roof of the building.

In a separate incident, soldiers from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry
Regiment, 1st BCT, were attacked by small-arms fire Oct. 28. The soldiers
detained three suspected terrorists in connection with the incident

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who
was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Kyu H. Chay, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C., died on Oct. 28 in
the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when an
improvised explosive device detonated near his combat patrol. Chay was
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort
Bragg, North Carolina.

 DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

Lance Cpl. Troy D. Nealey, 24, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., died Oct. 29
while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was
assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment,
4th Marine Division, Lansing, Mich.


Three U.S. soldiers and a Marine are among
the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported, and the
Defense Department has identified three earlier casualties.

-- An 89th Military Police Brigade soldier died of wounds suffered from
enemy small-arms fire this morning in east Baghdad.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when a
roadside bomb struck his vehicle south of Baghdad.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when he was
hit by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in western

-- A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 29 from
injuries suffered due to enemy action while operating in Iraq's Anbar

Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of three
servicemembers killed recently supporting the global war on terror.

-- Army Pvt. Michael V. Bailey, 20, of Waldorf, Md., died Oct. 27 in
Salerno, Afghanistan, from non-combat-related injuries. Bailey was
assigned to 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Marine Sgt. Luke J. Zimmerman, 24, of Luxemburg, Wis., died Oct. 27
from injuries suffered while conducting combat operations in Iraq's
Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd
Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-- Army 1st Sgt. Ricky L. McGinnis, 42, of Hamilton, Ohio, died Oct. 26
in Balad, Iraq, when a roadside bomb detonated near his dismounted
patrol in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. McGinnis was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th
Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who
was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pvt. Michael V. Bailey, 20, of Waldorf, Md., died on Oct. 27 in
Salerno, Afghanistan, from non-combat related injuries.Bailey was assigned to
4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York.

This incident is under investigation.

Before Marine Staff Sgt. Reina Barnett
could begin getting nervous about attempting her first marathon, she had to
complete a work assignment.

Barnett is a television reporter for the Pentagon Channel, and she had
arranged to interview 60-year-old runner Will Brown before Sunday's
Marine Corps Marathon here. Brown is a former Marine and one of only a
handful people who have completed each of the 31 Marine Corps Marathons
since the race's inception in 1976.Barnett is featuring Brown in a series
of special reports leading up to the Marine Corps' 231st birthday Nov.

But when Barnett arrived at the VIP starting area, her plans changed a
bit. "I saw Mr. Brown warming up and taking off his sweats and getting
ready, so I decided not to interrupt him with an interview and just get
some 'b-roll' of him starting the race," she said.

Knowing that stories can change in an instant, Barnett had already
arranged to travel to Brown's home in Raleigh, N.C., to conduct interviews
and get the scoop on his training regimen, which includes runs of up to
100 miles.

Brown went on to finish Sunday's 26.2-mile race in 4:39:58, faster than
many runners half his age.

After introducing herself to Brown, Barnett made her way through the
record crowd of 32,000 runners to her staging area midway in the pack
based on her projected pace. Now the fear could really set in.

Barnett had reason to be nervous. She and her husband, Bobby, also a
Marine, had logged only 15 miles on their longest training run over the
summer. Most experienced runners run at least 20 miles in preparation
for a marathon. Barnett knew she wasn't completely ready. In fact, just
days before the event, she considered backing out.

"I wrote down a list of pros and cons, and in the end, the pros
outweighed the cons," she said. "I decided I was going to go for it."

Barnett and her fellow runners left the starting line at the Marine
Corps War Memorial at exactly 8:35:02 on the first day of Eastern Standard
Time. Crystal-clear blue skies, temperatures in the low 50s and a cool
northwest breeze made for perfect marathon running conditions. Their
journey would take them along the National Mall and its famous memorials,
past the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, then up a steep hill
back at the Marine Memorial to finish in the shadows of the Iwo Jima

Mexican Cpl. Ruben Garcia, who at one point in the race was behind the
leaders by 2 minutes, pulled ahead at mile 23 to win by more than 3
minutes in 2:21:21. Laura Thompson, from Boise, Idaho, running her first
marathon, won the women's division in 3:00:23. The race was marred by
the death of a 56-year-old Maryland man who collapsed near mile 17 after
suffering an apparent heart attack. He was airlifted to a Washington
hospital, but medical personnel were unable to revive him.

Meanwhile, 6,000 miles from the nation's capital, 109 servicemembers
took part in a sanctioned "satellite" marathon in Al Asad, Iraq. All who
crossed the finish line there will be considered official Marine Corps
Marathon finishers.

Experienced marathon runners are familiar with "the wall" -- the point
in the race, usually around mile 20, when the body runs out of
carbohydrates and desperately wants to stop. Barnett hit her wall at mile 19,
when runners head uphill to cross the Potomac River on the 14th Street
Bridge. This stretch of highway is devoid of spectator support.

"Nobody was running; everybody was walking," Barnett said.

But at mile 23, with cheering crowds in abundant supply, Barnett had a
huge smile on her face, and she was definitely running. "My legs are
hurting so bad," she said as she picked up the pace on a slight downhill.
"But I feel so happy. It must be the endorphins."

After passing the final aid station staffed by dozens of Marines,
Barnett took on the final straightaway past the Pentagon and Arlington
National Cemetery.

Then she faced the final test. "That last .2 was probably the toughest
hill I've ever climbed," she said.


DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

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

Sgt. Luke J. Zimmerman, 24, of Luxemburg, Wis., died Oct. 27 from
injuries suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province,
Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Chenega Federal Systems, LLC (CFS) of Lorton Va., 22079-2624, is being
awarded a five year, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract
with a ceiling of $260,000,000.00. The Psychological Operations Program
Office (PMP) of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) Program Executive Office
(PEO) requires engineering and technical support services to build, field
and sustain Psychological Operations (PSYOP) systems and other
designated IIS-PMP projects and programs in accordance with USSOCOM
requirements. The places of performance will be Lorton, Va. and Anchorage, Alaska.
The five year ordering period will be completed October 2011. The
contract number is H92222-07-D-0017.


McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co.,
St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $23,174,477 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0014) for the
procurement of ancillary mission equipment to support the F/A-18 E/F and
E/A-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is
expected to be completed in November 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.

BAE Systems Applied Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being
awarded a $5,231,495 modification to a previously awarded
cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-02-C-3058) for engineering and technical services
for design, development, integration, test and evaluation, installation,
fielding certification, maintenance, and logistic support of Navy Joint
National Agency C41 communications electronic equipment and systems.
Work will be performed in California, Md., (90 percent) and St. Inigoes,
Md., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2007.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the
contracting activity.


L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$12,262,168 firm-fixed-price contract modification. This action is
exercising option VII (FY07), 1 Oct. 2006 through 30 Sept. 2007, in support
of C-12 contractor logistic support. At this time, total funds have
been obligated. This work will be complete September 2007. Headquarters
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the
contracting activity (F34601-00-C-0111/P00299).

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being
awarded a $7,496,425 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This program
objective is to investigate, develop and demonstrate high payoff thermal
management approaches to the removal of heat from multi-megawatt electric
power system and the subsequent elimination of this heat from airborne
technologies and components. The output of this trade will quantify
technical risk versus potential benefit to the thermal management system. At
this time, $1,258,000 has been obligated. Solicitations began July 2006
and negotiations were complete October 2006. This work will be complete
February 2012. Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33615-01-D-2109 task order 0009).

A group of South Korean pastors made a
pilgrimage to the Pentagon today to show their support for the U.S.

More than 50 members of the Korean-American Protestant Pastors'
Association participated in morning seminars in the Memorial Chapel and later
toured the building to view items related to the U.S.-South Korean
partnership, said Army Chaplain (Col.) Gary K. Sexton, the group's escort

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Chaplains Corps and the
Defense Department, and demonstrates "our strong support for the ongoing
American-Korean alliance," said Sexton, who's assigned to the 18th
Medical Command at Yongsan, South Korea.

The 52 South Korean pastors "have been integrally involved in honoring
the American commitment to the (Korean) peninsula," the chaplain
explained. The pastors also had helped to raise $1.3 million used to purchase
four stained-glass windows for the Pentagon Memorial Chapel after the
9/11 attacks.

The pastors' donation was "a gift to the American people in our hour of
distress," Sexton said.

Bishop Kim Hong Do, who attended the Pentagon event, is head of the
largest Methodist congregation in the world, Sexton noted.

Kim tends to more than 100,000 parishioners as head of the Kumnan
Methodist Church in South Korea, and he "has a strong vision for
strengthening and bolstering the American-Korean alliance," Sexton said.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a stalemate. But, North Korea, which on
Oct. 9 announced it'd successfully detonated an atomic bomb, has made
no secret of its desire to one day subjugate its southern neighbor.

Today, about 25,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter
possible North Korean aggression.

Kim, 68, highly values the U.S.-South Korean partnership that keeps the
peace on the Korean peninsula. "Wherever I may go I like to express my
gratitude to America," Kim said. About 120 years ago, he noted, two
American missionaries arrived in Korea.

Today, about 10 million Christians are part of South Korea's 50-million
populace, Kim said, which also includes Buddhists, as well as followers
of the Confucian faith.

The United States also sent troops to assist South Korea when the
Korean War broke out in 1950, Kim recalled. And since the end of the war
"America has helped to protect South Korea," the pastor said.

The North Korean government under dictator Kim Jong Il is a murderous
regime that has no regard for religious views or basic human rights, Kim

In view of this threat, Kim said he and most of his fellow citizens are
glad that thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

"We can feel (the) safety," the South Korean bishop said 




ViaSat*, Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded on October 26, 2006, a
$36,737,586 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded contract
(N00039-00-D-2101) for Multifunctional Information Distribution
System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high
capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability
for Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order is for the
government of Turkey under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
Work will be performed in Carlsbad, Calif., (30 percent) and various
other sites worldwide (70 percent), and is expected to be completed by
January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This requirement was a directed sole source procurement under
the FMS Program. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego,
Calif., is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded an
$18,625,758 Navy modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Army
contract (DAAH23-02-C-0006) for the manufacture and installation of armed
helo mission kit fixed provisions into 28 MH-60S aircraft including
related logistics support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (92
percent) and Crestview, Fla. (8 percent) and is expected to be
completed in March 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.

L3 Communications TITAN Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$16,848,936 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee
level of effort contract (N00421-05-C-0009) to exercise an option for
engineering and technical support services and supplies to design, develop,
procure, prototype, modify, integrate, test and evaluate, install and
provide logistics support for telecommunication and related
communication-electronic (C-E) systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division, Special Communications Requirements Division. Work will be
performed in Lexington Park, Md. (80 percent); and St. Inigoes, Md. (20
percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2007. Contract funds
will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting


Propper International, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a
maximum $29,766,048 firm fixed price contract for airmen battle uniform,
men's coats and women's maternity coats and trouser for Air Force. This is
an indefinite delivery/quantity type contract. Other locations of
performance are Cabo Rogo, Las Marjas, Lagas, and Lajas, Puerto Rico.
Proposals were Web-solicited and 6 responded. Contract funds will not expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. date of performance completion
is April 30, 2008. Contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center
Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0008).

American Apparel, Selma, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $21,040,800
firm fixed price contract for men and women airmen battle uniform,
coats and trousers for Air Force. Proposals were web-solicited and 12
responded. This is an indefinite delivery/quantity type contract. Contract
funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of
performance completion is April 30, 2008. Contracting activity is the DSCP,
Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0009).

Propper International, Inc., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is being awarded a
maximum $11,942,988 firm fixed price contract for improved lightweight
bearing equipment system and associated spare and repair parts for
Marine Corps. This is a sole source competition with 1 solicited and 1
responded. This is an indefinite quantity type base year contract with 3
one-year option periods. Contract funds will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is November 20, 2007.
Contracting activity is the DSCP, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-07-D-0012).


JMR Construction Corp.*, Folsom, Calif., was awarded on Oct. 27, 2006,
an $8,495,900 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a
California-Army National Guard Readiness Center and two additional buildings.
Work will be performed in Roseville, Calif., and is expected to be
completed by Dec. 11, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. There were 16 bids solicited on Dec. 22, 2005, and
four bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento,
Calif., is the contracting activity (W91238-07-C-0001).

Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company L.L.C.,
Independence, Mo., was awarded on Oct. 27, 2006, a delivery order amount of
$5,200,000 as part of a $102,819,674 firm-fixed-price contract for
modernization of a small caliber ammunition plant. Work will be performed in
Independence, Mo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
was a sole source contract initiated on Aug. 5, 2003. The U.S. Army
Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity

* Small business.

Vatican News


Telegram for Air Accident in Nigeria

- Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for November

- Other Pontifical Acts

- Notice



VATICAN CITY, OCT 31, 2006 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., in the Holy Father's name, to Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, for the plane crash in that country on Sunday, October 29, which cost the lives of more than 100 people:

  "Deeply saddened by the news of the tragic air disaster in Nigeria, which included among its victims the Sultan of Sokoto, His Holiness wishes to convey his heartfelt condolence to the families of all who mourn their loved ones. Offering fervent prayers for the deceased, he asks God to grant courage and strength to all who suffer. As a pledge of consolation and peace, the Holy Father invokes upon them Almighty God's abundant blessings."



VATICAN CITY, OCT 31, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father's general prayer intention for November is: "That, everywhere in the world, an end be put to all forms of terrorism."

  His mission intention is: "That through the effort of believers, together with the living forces of society, the new and old chains which prevent the development of the African continent may be broken."

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VATICAN CITY, OCT 31, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, presented by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, presented by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano. He is succeeded by his coadjutor, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, prelate emeritus of Loreto, Italy, vicar general for Vatican City State, president of the Fabric of St Peter's.

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of New York, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Robert A. Brucato, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Thomas Chung An-zu of the clergy of Tainan, Taiwan, chaplain of the Fu Jen Catholic University, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Taipei (area 4,590, population 6,792,857, Catholics 84,326, priests 272, religious 707), Taiwan. The bishop-elect was born in Yunlin, Taiwan, in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1981.

- Appointed Fr. Fausto Gaibor Garcia, chancellor and pastor of the cathedral of Guaranda, Ecuador, as auxiliary of the diocese of Riobamba (area 7,014, population 475,000, Catholics 330,000, priests 67, permanent deacons 6, religious 218), Ecuador. The bishop-elect was born in Gauranda in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1981.

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VATICAN CITY, OCT 31, 2006 (VIS) - We would like to remind our readers that there will be no VIS service on Wednesday, November 1 or Thursday, November 2, respectively All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and holidays in the Vatican. Service will resume on Friday, November 3.

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Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund Launches Campaign in Support of Jim Robey for Maryland State Senate


The Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund today launched an independent, direct mail and voter contact campaign in support of Maryland State Senate candidate Jim Robey (District 13) because of his commitment to reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The campaign will contrast the positions of Robey and his opponent, incumbent Sen. Sandy Schrader, highlighting Robey's leadership in passing legislation to protect all Howard County workers and families from secondhand smoke and his strong support for a statewide smoke-free law that would protect the health of all Marylanders.

"We're running this campaign in Maryland because of the clear contrast between the records of these candidates when it comes to fighting tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke," said William V. Corr, executive director of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. "Jim Robey is standing up to Big Tobacco and fighting to protect everyone's right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. His opponent, on the other hand, has refused to support efforts to make Maryland smoke-free. For Maryland voters who care about protecting the health of workers and families, there is a clear choice: Jim Robey for Maryland State Senate."

As Howard County Executive, Jim Robey stood up for the right of all Howard County workers and residents to breathe clean air by passing a county-wide smoke-free workplace law, making Howard County the fourth smoke-free county in Maryland and the first in the Baltimore region. Robey also supports a strong, statewide smoke-free law in Maryland. His opponent, Sandy Schrader, has refused to support a statewide smoke-free bill. Legislation in Maryland that would make all workplaces smoke-free died in a Maryland House committee last year.

The need for protection from secondhand smoke has never been clearer. In issuing his groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke on June 27, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona stated, "The debate is over. The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults." The Surgeon General found that secondhand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer, heart disease, serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome. The Surgeon General also found that secondhand smoke is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year and that there is no risk-free level of exposure.

The Surgeon General's report also confirmed that smoke-free laws protect health without harming business. To date, 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have passed smoke-free laws that include restaurants and bars. The states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii (effective Nov. 16), Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington (the Montana and Utah laws extend to bars in 2009, while the D.C. law does so on Jan. 1, 2007).

Samples of the direct mail can be found at:




This communication is solely from the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund (1400 I St., NW 1200, Washington, DC 20005), and has not been authorized by or coordinated with any candidate or campaign. The Tobacco-Free Kids Action is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that works in Maryland and nationwide to reduce the devastating toll of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund does not receive any government or tobacco industry funding of any kind. For more information, please visit http://www.tobaccofreeaction.org

Condista Anuncia Campañas de Mercadotecnia Afiliadas con Comcast y Charter para Promover HTV, TeleFormula y Video Rola en Cuatro Mercados

Condista, el concentrador premier de programación para televisión por cable en español en Estados Unidos, anunció campañas de mercadotecnia afiliadas que involucran tres redes de cable en español y dos operadores de cable distintos en cuatro mercados diferentes. TeleFormula y Comcast lanzaron una campaña en Albuquerque; HTV y Comcast lanzaron una promoción de adquisición en el Sur de Florida; y Video Rola y Charter anunciaron campañas para Ft. Worth y el Centro de California.

TeleFormula, una red de noticias enfocada a México, inició en el paquete de Cable Latino de Comcast en Albuquerque el 25 de septiembre. TeleFormula es un canal por cable de noticias y debates con base en México que es propiedad de y está operado por RadioFormula, el grupo radiofónico más grande de México. TeleFormula emplea a algunos de los talentos más conocidos en el género de las noticias en México y ofrece contenido de la más alta calidad abarcando una gran variedad de temas: noticias, deportes, política, temas femeninos y entretenimiento. En Albuquerque, TeleFormula compró un horario de ocho semanas para propaganda en exteriores y transmisiones en radio para promover su lanzamiento en Cable Latino de Comcast. La campaña más grande en dos años para Cable Latino incluye obsequios de boletos para conciertos de Pepe Aguilar y Juan Gabriel. A la fecha la campaña ha generado dos veces más suscriptores que durante el mismo periodo del año pasado.

HTV, el canal de música latina con transmisión las 24 horas propiedad de Claxson, anunció una campaña de adquisición "regalo con compra" en sociedad con Comcast del Sur de Florida. Los primeros 2,000 clientes en suscribirse al paquete Cable Latino de Comcast antes del 18 de noviembre recibirán un CD gratuito de Juanes. La campaña se comunicará a los residentes a través de correo directo diseñado por HTV y comerciales producidos por HTV en canales bilingües. HTV es diferente a muchos otros canales de televisión de música latina en Estados Unidos de hoy: es el único canal que integra con éxito toda la cultura musical latina en un escenario, 24 horas al día. El planteamiento de HTV está basado en una programación 100% latina que combina los mejores videos musicales y entrevistas con los artistas latinos más populares, abarcando el espectro más amplio de géneros de música latina, entre los que se incluye el pop, rock latino, reggaeton, salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia y regional mexicana. También presenta los éxitos "crossover" más populares de hoy.

Video Rola, una red basada en México que presenta videos de música regional mexicana, entrevistas de artistas, conciertos y más, anunció hoy dos campañas distintas de adquisición/mejora con Charter Communications. Una campaña es en Ft. Worth, Tejas y la otra en la región del norte y centro de California de Charter que incluye Turlock, West Sacramento y San Luis Obispo. Ambas campañas ofrecen a los residentes de esos mercados la oportunidad de ganar un par de boletos de la aerolínea Mexicana buenos para viajar a donde sea que vuele Mexicana en Estados Unidos y México. La oferta de Video Rola en el norte y centro de California se comunicará a través de diecisiete transmisiones remotas de radio y otros eventos comunitarios. En Ft. Worth, la oferta se comunicará mediante una serie de tácticas: comerciales diseñados por Video Rola en canales bilingües, anuncios impresos, tarjeta postal por correo directo, avisos colgantes en puertas y volantes. Está programado que la campaña se realice desde el 23 de octubre hasta el 31 de diciembre en ambos mercados.

Acerca de Condista:

Condista es el concentrador premier de programación en español para televisión por cable en Estados Unidos, ofrece 18 redes de cable de la más alta calidad de todo el mundo al público hispano en Estados Unidos. Los canales representados por Condista incluyen Canal 24 Horas, Cine Latino, Canal 52MX, Docu TVE, EcuaTV, El Garage TV, HITN-TV, htv musica, Infinito, SUR, SUR Perú, SUR México, TV Venezuela, Telefe Internacional, TeleFormula, TVE Internacional, Utilisima y Video Rola. Para obtener más información, por favor visite http://www.condista.com/.

Source: Condista


A Democrat Majority Would Penalize Americans for Saving, Investing


Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) today issued the following statement regarding Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi's voting record on double- taxing:

"Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) is so addicted to tax increases that she has even voted to tax some forms of Americans' income two-times. By double-taxing Americans in these instances, Mrs. Pelosi punishes responsible Americans who work hard and save their money. At the same time, she rewards and encourages the practice of spending money quickly.

"In 2003, Pelosi fought tooth and nail against the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act which was designed to spur economic growth and increase savings. Central to this plan was the reduction in the double taxation on capital gains and dividend taxes. Since the Republicans passed this legislation, more than $14 trillion of new household wealth has been created and the net worth of America's investors increased by $5.7 trillion.

"Cutting these forms of double-taxation has proven to accelerate job and economic growth, as well as consumer spending. Therefore, voting for these tax increases adversely affects economic prosperity for all Americans. The American people ought to ask Leader Pelosi if she is going to increase the double taxation on savings and investment, should she become Speaker someday."


North Korea Also a Severe Threat to Its Own People, Report Says


Citing the new UN doctrine that each state has "a responsibility to protect" its own citizens from the most severe human rights abuses, a report issued today points to egregious violations of rights by North Korea and calls for immediate action by the UN Security Council under a parallel track to the UN's actions over North Korea's nuclear test. UN sanctions levied earlier this month may inadvertently worsen the abysmal human rights situation.

Failure to Protect: A Call for the UN Security Council to Act in North Korea affirms that "the Security Council has independent justification for intervening in North Korea either because of the government's failure in its responsibility to protect or because North Korea is a nontraditional threat to the peace."

The highly detailed report, based on a careful review of available information, was prepared by the law firm DLA Piper US LLP in cooperation with the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Commissioning the report were Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic; Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway and Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The report can be downloaded from http://www.dlapiper.com/NKReport or http://www.hrnk.org.

Failure to Protect focuses primarily on the active involvement of the government in crimes against humanity through food policy and famine and treatment of political prisoners. The report also describes the way North Korea misallocates its resources through the production of weapons.

"For more than a decade, human rights concerns have been relegated to a second-class status for fear of driving North Korea from the nuclear talks," said Jared Genser, a Washington- based attorney with DLA Piper. "Now that its government has gone ahead with a nuclear test anyway, it is time to have a parallel- track strategy for alleviating the suffering of the North Korea people through Security Council action."

"The nuclear threat posed by the North Korean government has raised concerns all over the world," added Debra Liang-Fenton, executive director of the U.S. Committee. "But no less alarming is the active involvement of the North Korean government in committing crimes against humanity. Now, with sanctions, the people may inadvertently suffer more."

"The situation in North Korea is one of the most egregious human rights and humanitarian disasters in the world today," said Havel, Bondevik and Wiesel in a joint statement. "Yet, sadly, because North Korea is also one of the most closed societies on Earth, information about the situation there has only trickled out over time."

The report recommends the UN Security Council adopt a non- punitive resolution urging the North Korean government to allow open access for international humanitarian organizations to feed its people, calling for the release of political prisoners, as well as insisting that the government allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea to visit the country.







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Nicolas Cage Is the New Montblanc Ambassador

-- Montblanc, one of the world's leading brands in the luxury segment, has appointed the world-famous actor Nicolas Cage as the brand's third international brand ambassador. As of November 2006, Montblanc will be featuring Nicolas Cage in a campaign entitled "Helping others gives success true meaning". The new campaign continues the brand's series of advertising motifs with famous Hollywood stars and Oscar winners, including Julianne Moore and Johnny Depp, highlighting both Montblanc's products and its commitment to charitable causes. Nicolas Cage will be presenting the two exclusive chronographs "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic" and "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic".

The Montblanc campaign "Helping others gives success true meaning"

"Helping others gives success true meaning" is the theme of the campaign with Nicolas Cage for Montblanc, which will be launched in November 2006 and is to be promoted in a wide selection of publications, including international lifestyle and fashion magazines.

Success is one of the cornerstones of the Montblanc brand philosophy. Success is largely driven by skill, creative passion and enthusiasm. Success is something we can be proud of, but it also involves a commitment to give something back to those who have contributed to this success.

Montblanc, a brand whose roots are deeply entwined with writing culture, is committed to supporting a huge variety of art and culture projects. The brand's activities in this field span several decades and include the "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award", which since 1992 has been honouring every year outstanding patrons of the Arts; the partnership with the "Philharmonia Of Nations" with young musicians from more than 40 countries; the "Montblanc Young Directors' Project", which is part of the Salzburg Festival and is a competition for young international theatre directors; and the "Young Artist World Patronage Programme", which is dedicated to supporting talented young contemporary artists on a worldwide basis.

Nicolas Cage and Montblanc

Nicolas Cage is no stranger to charitable commitment. Famous all over the world as one of the most talented and versatile actors of our age, he effortlessly masters every genre in contemporary films. Winning his first Academy Award in 1996 for his role in "Leaving Las Vegas", he is one of the few actors to possess a truly unforgettable, distinctive charisma.

Nicolas Cage has since been nominated twice for an Academy Award and four times for a Golden Globe Award; his most recent film is "World Trade Center", directed by Oliver Stone for Paramount Pictures. Next year, Nicolas will be seen starring in the Marvel Comics and Sony Pictures film "Ghost Rider".

His amazing career and his exceptional personal and professional success have inspired Nicolas Cage to become involved in a number of charities and projects, and he has made generous donations to humanitarian aid programmes.

The Montblanc initiative "Helping others gives success true meaning" presents Nicolas Cage as the brand's new ambassador with two Montblanc watches. Nicolas Cage donated his compensation to support the Californian project "Heal the Bay" together with a donation by Montblanc.

Nicolas Cage presents the chronographs "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph

Automatic" and "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic"

The focal point of the new campaign featuring Nicolas Cage are Montblanc's two new chronographs, "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic" and "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic". Like all Montblanc watches, these new timepieces are made in the company's own watch production facility Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle, Switzerland.

The "Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic" has a clear, straightforward design. Featuring an uncluttered, modern face, skeletonized horns and clasps, this watch offers a wide range of chronograph functions. A distinctive design which is showcased in the new Montblanc advertising campaign featuring Nicolas Cage.

The sophisticated, classic counterpart to this chronograph is the "Montblanc Star Chronograph GMT Automatic", featuring an officially certified COSC chronometer and a 24-hour GMT display for a second time zone. This new timepiece is a highly successful synthesis which unites traditional design elements and advanced timekeeping technology. Visible behind the sapphire glass base, the movement bears all the hallmarks of the very best Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship.

For more information, please visit the Montblanc Press Lounge at www.montblanc.com.

Source: Montblanc

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



Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu Join Cast of Afro Samurai(R)

Renowned Action Adventure Stars Appear in New Animated Series Premieres on January 4, 2007 on SPIKE

-- Renowned action adventure stars Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu will be joining Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson in "Afro Samurai." The five-part animated series is produced by Japanese studio Gonzo in association/partnership with GHK K.K. and FUNimation and premieres on SPIKE Thursday, January 4, 2007.

"Afro Samurai" is the animated epic, based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki, of a black samurai's hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Samuel L. Jackson executive-produces and stars as the uncompromising hero, Afro, in this stylish series that crosses cultural boundaries as a fusion of animated samurai action and hip-hop culture. Revolutionary rap artist and producer The RZA is crafting original music for the series.

Ron Perlman will give voice to Justice, the six-shooter wielding gunman who kills Afro's father and becomes the sole focus of Afro Samurai's quest for revenge.

"We're really excited to have the passion and skills of Ron Perlman on board for 'Afro Samurai.' He loves the genre, has tons of experience in the science fiction world, and brings a deep understanding and respect to the material," said Eric Calderon, vice-president of creative affairs at GDH K.K. "We're also ecstatic that such a charming and talented actor like Kelly Hu is joining us as well. Her excitement for the show really validates Afro Samurai as a breakout piece with enormous mass appeal."

Perlman is arguably best known for bringing comic book hero Hellboy to life as well as his Golden Globe winning and Emmy-nominated portrayal of the title character in the television series "Beauty and the Beast." Among his scores of other credits are "Star Trek: Nemesis," "Blade II," "Enemy at the Gates," "Alien: Resurrection" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." He has also appeared in a number of television movies and Broadway plays.

"Aside from the opportunity to work with Sam Jackson, whom I admire intensely, the animation of gonzo is as startlingly cutting edge and exciting as anything I've seen to date -- and that includes 56 years of cartoon watching!" said Perlman.

Kelly Hu brings life to Okiku, a friend from Afro Samurai's past who is forced to betray those she loves in order to save one most dear to her. Hu co-starred in "X2: X-Men United" as well as "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "The Scorpion King." Currently, Hu is shooting a half-hour comedy for ABC titled "In Case of Emergency." Her other TV credits include Martial Law, Sunset Beach and Nash Bridges.

"It's an honor to be working with such amazing talent on this great project. I've been a huge fan of both Samuel Jackson and Ron Pearlman," said Hu. "Afro Samurai brings animation to a whole new level."

FUNimation Entertainment is set to release "AFRO SAMUARI" on DVD in spring 2007.

About FUNimation Entertainment

So it should read: FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR) , is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. 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.

About GDH K.K.

GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults including the famous GONZO animation brand and for kids and family under the recently launched Gonzo Films and Gonzino brands. GDH is a world leader in content development that targets both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.


SPIKE is available in more than 90 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom International.

Source: Spike TV

CONTACT: Debra Fazio, Spike TV-NY, +1-212-767-8649,
debra.fazio@mtvstaff.com; Melissa Leung, Spike TV-LA, +1-310-407-4729,
melissa.leung@mtvstaff.com; Jackie Smith, FUNimation, +1-817-788-0627,

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



Go Back to Where It All Began With the First Season of the Show That Changed Television Comedy Forever 'Saturday Night Live': The Complete First Season

New Eight-DVD Set Includes All 24 Original, Unedited Season One Episodes

In Their 90-Minute Format for the First Time Ever - Available December 5, 2006

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The groundbreaking sketch comedy of the pioneering first season of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comes to DVD with digitally remastered picture and sound for the first time on December 5, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Back in 1975, seven young performers came together as the Not Ready for Prime Time Players and created a multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning late-night comedy showcase that would become one of the most enduring and celebrated franchises in the history of television. In that first season comic geniuses John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris put their unforgettable stamp on television comedy and shocked viewers with their irreverent, smart and off-kilter humor. Now available for the first time, "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season contains all 24 episodes of the debut season in their original 90-minute format, adding up to more than 30 hours of hilarious characters and memorable sketches, all the original musical performances by a roster of chart-topping artists and guest appearances by some of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors and comedians.

The set includes unforgettable sketches such as Land Shark and the Killer Bees; musical performances include Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Cliff, Carly Simon and Patti Smith. "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season guest hosts include Richard Pryor, Rob Reiner, Candice Bergen, Buck Henry and George Carlin. Just in time for the holidays, the eight-disc set comes in specially designed gift packaging with a limited-edition collectible book, audition footage and cast interview that aired the day before the first show! The set is sure to delight any SNL fan. "Saturday Night Live": the Complete First Season is priced at $69.98 SRP. Pre-order close is October 31, 2006. In addition, all 24 individual episodes of Season One will also be available to download beginning December 5, 2006.

According to the New York Times, "Saturday Night Live" is "still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." Since its 1975 debut, SNL has been considered the gold standard for comedy on television, showcasing some of the brightest comedic lights of the past 30 years. The program has won 19 Emmy(R) Awards and been nominated for scores more, as well as winning the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. With millions of viewers tuning in each week, the late-night comedy showcase has become an American institution and continues to be the highest rated show on late-night television.


For more than 30 years, "Saturday Night Live" has been America's favorite late-night television program, showcasing the talent of a generation of outrageously funny comedy performers. Now, for the first time, the legendary debut season of the longest-running comedy series in television history is available on DVD. All 24 Season One episodes, starring comedy revolutionaries John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, are included in the original 90-minute format. With hosts including Candice Bergen, Rob Reiner, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin and Richard Pryor, "Saturday Night Live": The Complete First Season also features performances by musical superstars such as Jimmy Cliff, Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Patti Smith and more.

For more information, please visit: www.great-tv-shows.com



Street Date: December 5, 2006

Pre-Order Close: October 31, 2006

Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $69.98 SRP

Selection Number: 30565

Running Time: 26 Hours 33 Minutes

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Rating: Not Rated

Technical Info: Dolby Digital 2.0; English SDH

For artwork or screeners, please log on to our Web site at www.ushepublicity.com or fax your request to Universal Studios Home Entertainment Publicity at (818) 866-0226.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.


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Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

CONTACT: Vivian Mayer, Senior Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-3594, or Lea Porteneuve, Vice President, Publicity,
+1-818-777-1391, or Craig Radow, Senior Manager, Publicity, +1-818-777-4572,
or Kelly Castell, Assistant Manager, Broadcast Publicity, +1-818-777-0549, all
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Eidos Celebrates With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Inspired by the original Tomb Raider comes a totally new Lara adventure

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Eidos Interactive Ltd., one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today confirms the title of the next Tomb Raider game will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Set for release in North America on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system and Windows PC, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a tribute to Lara Croft and the phenomenal impact she has had on pop-culture and gaming.

Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. Using an enhanced 'Tomb Raider Legend' game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion right up to today's technology standards and will offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience.

"Lara Croft is more than just a video game character -- she is a digital- celebrity and icon for the video game industry, as well as a strong, powerful character that people of all ages connect with," said Director of Marketing Matt Gorman, Eidos. "We are re-telling an incredible story using today's technology, we've taken all of the key moments from the original game and put them into the context of a brand new Tomb Raider adventure."

The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure in Tomb Raiding.

"We've captured the essence of what made the original game so special and with today's technology, created a game that pushes the boundaries of the current gaming consoles. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a special celebration of Lara's reign as videogaming's leading lady," said Ian Livingstone, Eidos Interactive.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is currently in development by Crystal Dynamics and will be available in spring 2007.

About Eidos Interactive Ltd

Eidos Interactive Ltd is part of SCi Entertainment Group Plc (SEG) one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software. Eidos consists of publishing operations across Europe and the US and several development studios including Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive, Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos Studios Hungary, Eidos Sweden and Pivotal Games. The Group has a valuable combined portfolio of intellectual property including: Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex, Championship Manager, Carmageddon, the Conflict series and Just Cause.

Some of the titles currently in development include: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Crossfire, Battlestations: Midway, Chili Con Carnage and Highlander.

"PlayStation", "PS" Family logo and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately).

Source: Eidos Interactive Ltd.

CONTACT: Michelle Curran or Matt Dahlgren, both of Eidos North America,
+1-415-547-1200, or pr@eidos.com

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



Sheryl Crow to Launch Lifestyle Brand

Grammy Winner Sheryl Crow Enters Partnership With Leading Celebrity Brand Extension Firm

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow has engaged LA based Brand Sense Partners to help her identify and execute new business ventures that are complementary to her artistry, lifestyle and commitment to social responsibility.

"Sheryl has spent over twenty-five years building a phenomenally strong image and loyal fan base through unprecedented talent, intelligence and conviction. Our team is working to develop a lifestyle brand for her through disciplined strategic planning, coupled with world class execution," said Brand Sense President Robert Hollander. "We are honored Sheryl has selected Brand Sense to help her launch and manage this important business initiative."

"Brand Sense Partners is a leader in the field and I am thrilled about our collaboration," said Crow. "I am excited at the prospect of working with them to fulfill my vision of creating a line of high quality products that reflect my values."

Since the release of her multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club album in 1993, Sheryl Crow has become the most successful female singer/songwriter of her generation having sold over 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to her music, Sheryl is a devoted advocate for many humanitarian causes including building awareness for breast cancer, of which she is a survivor.

Crow and Brand Sense have begun discussions with potential manufacturing and distribution partners with plans to have products on shelf by Holiday 2008. Interested companies should contact Theresa Brown, Director of Business Development at Brand Sense Partners, at 310-867-7218.

About Brand Sense Partners, LLC

Brand Sense Partners, LLC accelerates the growth of new categories of business for their clients by leveraging their brand equity and other strategic assets. The firm's visionary team of diverse industry experts develop, analyze and then execute new business initiatives -- while reducing capital costs, risk, and time to market. The result: new highly profitable revenue and accelerated strategic business growth. Brand Sense's broad range of clients include consumer brands in the sports, entertainment, automotive, retail, fashion, cosmetics and technology industries. Brand Sense Partners is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information on Brand Sense Partners, please visit http://www.bsp.com/ .

Source: Brand Sense Partners, LLC

CONTACT: Theresa Brown, Director of Business Development, Brand Sense
Partners, +1-310-867-7218

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



Viacom's MTV Networks Completes Acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , announced today that on October 27, 2006, it closed its $175 million acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., the developer of the PlayStation 2 hit Guitar Hero and other music gaming titles. The Company announced it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Harmonix on September 22, 2006.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

Harmonix is a videogame development company based in Cambridge, MA. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix was founded in 1995 by Alex Rigopulos (CEO) and Eran Egozy (CTO), who met while working in the computer music group at the MIT Media Laboratory. Alex and Eran formed Harmonix initially not to develop videogames, but rather to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music. (http://www.harmonixmusic.com/)

About Viacom

Viacom is a leading global entertainment content company, with prominent and respected brands in focused demographics. Offering programming and content for television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom's world- class brands include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 130 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com.

FCMN Contact: james.bombassei@viacom.com

Source: Viacom Inc.

CONTACT: Media: Jeremy Zweig, +1-212-846-7503, jeremy.zweig@viacom.com,
or Investors: James Bombassei, +1-212-258-6377, james.bombassei@viacom.com,
both of Viacom Inc.

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


Get Ready for National Lampoon's 'Pledge This!'

Paris Hilton Stars as Sorority Queen

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) distributes National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" starring Paris Hilton. The announcement was made today by Tom O'Malley, General Manager, V V E along with Jack Utsick Presents, Ckrush Entertainment, Inc., and English Distribution LLC. The film will open nationwide in November. Paris Hilton said of the film "I hope people have as much fun watching it as I had making it."

At South Beach University, getting into the right sorority is the golden ticket to good times. This year's sexy freshman pledges quickly experience a whirlwind tour of sorority row where anything goes. Once accepted as Gamma pledges, they are put through a series of hilarious trials and embarrassing adventures. But the worst is yet to come as Victoria, the queen of mean (Paris Hilton, TV's "The Simple Life") secretly plots to expel them from the sorority. Soon an all out war of boyfriend stealing and sabotage ensue. Pledge This! is a hilarious comedy in the over-the-top tradition of National Lampoon comedies like Animal House and Van Wilder.

"We're excited about the theatrical release of the film, and the opportunity to bring to fans yet another hilarious National Lampoon film." said O'Malley. "Paris Hilton's popularity makes this film a must-see."

Co-starring in the film are Paula Garces, Holly Valance, Simon Rex, Geoffrey Arend, Kerry Kenney, Sarai Howard, and Sarah Carter. Also featured are Amanda Lee Aday, Bianca Lawson, Noureen Dewulf, Diva Zappa, Rick Najera, Alex Thorpe, Amanda Rowan, Sofia Vergara, Carmen Electra and Randy Spelling.

The film is directed by William Heins, who began his career at MTV Networks and was produced by Jack Utsick and Juan Carlos Zapata. The film is executive produced by Paris Hilton, Chester English, Jim DiLorenzo, Gary Gittelsohn, Gregory Cohen, Jeremy Dallow, Ash Shah, Angad Paul and Wayne Mogul.

About Vivendi Visual Entertainment

Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E), a division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), has become a leading force in home entertainment and a favorite choice among independent producers of films and top independent studios. The company's goal is to provide the highest quality of marketing, sales and distribution services. V V E's select product line features family, comedy, foreign, Latin, urban, fitness and theatrical releases. Studio partners include Bauer Martinez Distribution, Bodywisdom Media, Code Black, Film Mates, First Independent Pictures, Freestyle Home Entertainment, Lightning Home Entertainment, Melee Entertainment, New Light Entertainment, Palm Pictures, Rising Entertainment, RuffNation Films, Salient Media, Uwe Boll Productions, Voy Pictures, Walter Mercado and Xenon Pictures. V V E benefits from UMGD's award winning team and customer-centric culture. UMGD's recent awards include American Business Awards, three consecutive NARM awards for Distribution Company of the Year and numerous retail awards. V V E's website can be found at www.vivendivisualentertainment.com.



Source: Vivendi Visual Entertainment

CONTACT: Maria Ho for Vivendi Visual Entertainment, +1-212-331-2569

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


Jorge Garcia and Bryan Burk of TV's Lost and Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane to Personally Launch Lost Action Figures at Toys 'R' Us Times Square Nov. 6, 3-5 pm

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 6, LOST TV star Jorge Garcia, McFarlane Toys creative force and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and LOST Executive Producer Bryan Burk will sign autographs and greet customers at Toys "R" Us Times Square during a private event launching the first series of action figures based on the hit ABC-TV show, LOST. The action figures, by McFarlane Toys as presented by Touchstone Television, a division of Disney-ABC Television Group, will be available to customers in Toys "R" Us Times Square the morning of the event. LOST Series 1 action figures feature fan-favorite characters including Jack, Charlie, Kate, Shannon, Locke and Hurley. Additionally, LOST Series 1 features The Hatch Boxed Set, a highly detailed diorama depicting the closing scene of the LOST Season 1 finale.

Customers that pre-order a LOST The Hatch Boxed Set at Toys "R" Us Times Square from Personal Shopping on Level Three starting Friday, October 27 will receive a ticket to the LOST signing event on November 6, from 3 - 5 pm, while supplies last. LOST The Hatch Boxed Set purchases will be available for pick-up at the event for all ticket holders with a valid receipt and event ticket.

Additionally, seven lucky winners will win a one-of-a-kind McFarlane Toys LOST pewter hand-painted action figure. To enter, customers must fill out a contest ballot on the day of the event at Toys "R" Us Times Square on Level Two. The winning names will be drawn at the end of the event, and Todd McFarlane will personally autograph these unique items. Please see store for complete details and official rules.

About McFarlane Toys

Grammy- and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of Spawn and the founder of Spawn.com, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys. The international award-winning company is one of America's top action figure manufacturers with several successful television- and movie-licensing tie-ins, including Oscar-winning animated feature film Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Warner Bros), Hanna Barbera (Warner Bros.), Alien Vs. Predator (20th Century Fox), and The Simpsons (FOX) figures. McFarlane Toys also makes official league-licensed figures for baseball, football, basketball and hockey within its Sports Picks(TM) line, as well as Legends lines in all four sports. McFarlane Toys added a new dimension to its already expanding product line with the launch of McFarlane's Pop Culture Masterworks bringing stunning three-dimensional realism to some of the most recognized images in music and film by re-creating iconic movie posters and album covers including Metallica's Master of Puppets, Jimi Hendrix's Are you experienced?, Elvis' Aloha Elvis, Jaws, Friday the 13th and Alien. Visit www.spawn.com for more information.

About "Lost"

"Lost" was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. "Lost," which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from Touchstone Television. The series' third season premieres Wednesday, October 4, 9:00-10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

Source: McFarlane Toys

CONTACT: Charles King, +1-480-491-7070, ext. 229, cking@mcfarlane.com,
or Carmen Bryant, +1-480-491-7070, ext. 228, or cell, +1-602-448-8667,
Cbryant@mcfarlane.com, both of McFarlane Toys Public Relations; or Bob
Friedland of Toys "R" Us Public Relations, +1-646-366-8862,

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: McFarlane Toys LOST images are available at http://ftp.spawn.com. Enter the ID and Password (case sensitive) ID -- ftpguest Password -- ib4spawn Once you are logged onto the FTP site click on: Public/2006 PRODUCT LIBRARY/MOVIES_TELEVISION/LOST/LOST_SERIES 1 (product images) For assistance with FTP site, contact Lauren Cross at 480-491-7070 x240 or lcross@mcfarlane.com.

Chuck Norris' World Combat League East Coast Playoffs at Miami's James Knight Center On Friday, November 10 to Be Highlighted by Special Veterns Day Tribute

Tribute to Include Special Ticket Rates for All Uniformed Personnel

MIAMI, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Former "Veteran of the Year" Chuck Norris is bringing the crowd pleasing, full throttle action of World Combat League to Miami's James Knight Center on Friday, November 10th with a special tribute to all uniformed service personnel, which includes savings on tickets, as the League's first ever WCL East Coast Playoffs get underway. The World Combat League's signature brand of fast paced striking action will feature the undefeated Miami Force squaring off against the New England Strikers and the New York Clash taking on the Philadelphia Fire.

Tickets for "Chuck Norris Presents World Combat League Eastern Conference Championships" are on sale now and available through the James L. Knight Center Box office (www.jlkc.com), Ticketmaster and the WCL web site (www.worldcombatleague.com). All U.S. military, police officers and other uniformed service personnel, are eligible to receive $10 off any level ticket. For online Ticketmaster transactions, log on to ticketmaster.com and enter the password: Vetday. For telephone orders call Ticketmaster at (305) 358-5885 or (954) 523-3309, ask for WCLUSA Military promotion, and use the password, "Vetday."

The East Coast team that prevails with the highest season point total will meet the Western Conference Champion Houston Enforcers to determine "America's Toughest City" on January 20th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The second place team will take on the Los Angeles Stars to determine the League runner up.

Chuck Norris, who served in the United States Air Force at Osan Air Force Base in Korea and March Air Force Base in Riverside, California, was chosen to receive the "Veteran of the Year" award in 2001 for his outstanding character, prominence as a veteran and for his numerous career achievements, personal accomplishments and philanthropic pursuits including countless hours visiting VA Hospitals and speaking with vets nationwide as a spokesperson for the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

In receiving the award in 2001, Norris said: "I am greatly honored and humbled by my selection for this award. Like many young men in America, my military experience played an important role in instilling in me a sense of character and discipline that would serve me throughout my life. During my career, I have always tried to acknowledge the debt I owe to this experience, as well as encourage others to discover the values to be found in serving your country."

Created by Chuck Norris, the WCL is the world's first team combat martial arts league. Each WCL team features six fighters (five men and one woman) who have been recruited from three different disciplines: Kickboxing, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do. Each fighter holds a spot in one of six predetermined weight classes so that any league team can compete on even ground against any other league team.

Unlike other forms of professional mixed martial arts, there is no wrestling or grappling allowed in the WCL to slow things down. Since each team member only fights a three minute match in each half of the contest (rather than five to twelve consecutive rounds) they must really "let it fly" in order to earn as many points for their team as possible. To ensure the action, WCL rules penalize clinching, stalling, or anything that slows the pace and is considered by the referee as "passivity."

Source: World Combat League

CONTACT: Tad DeWree, +1-214-747-0744, for World Combat League

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

Web site: http://ww.worldcombatleague.com/


Sony Music Label Group U.S./ Columbia Records and Wilderness Media and Entertainment Proudly Announce Premier Album Releases

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music Label Group U.S. / Columbia Records and Wilderness Media & Entertainment, the gay media and entertainment portfolio company owned by LOGO founder Matt Farber, proudly announce the first two signed artists as well as two compilation CDs to be released by MUSIC WITH A TWIST (TWIST), the first major record label dedicated to identifying and developing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) artists.

MUSIC WITH A TWIST's first two signed artists:

* The Gossip, a rock band based in Portland, Oregon, composed of lead

singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine, and drummer Hannah Blilie.

Their music is raw, punk-inspired rebellious rock and roll, but with

catchy hooks and the incredible power of Beth Ditto's unique lead

vocals. The Gossip have developed a huge following based on years of

touring, and recently landed the opening slot on the Scissor Sisters

European tour.

* Kirsten Price is a talented new singer-songwriter musician, originally

from the U.K. but now making her home in Brooklyn. She has a soulful

voice that sounds like it comes from a smoky room late at night. Her

songs are a creative fusion of rock, soul, and blues. She is equally

adept at playing her songs on a piano or guitar.

Both of these artists will be recording their debut CDs to street in 2007.


MUSIC WITH A TWIST compilations:

"The L Word 'L Tunes'" -- a compilation CD that contains music from or inspired by "The L Word," to be released in January 2007, concurrent with season four of the Showtime hit series. Additionally, TWIST artist Kirsten Price will be featured on this collection and her video for the song "Magic Tree" will be featured as part of "The L Word" promotional campaign.

"Music With a Twist 'Revolutions'," a compilation CD that features the songs of ten new LGBT artists spanning multiple genres, all who are being considered for TWIST signing. This compilation will be released in January 2007. A few artists featured on this CD are:

* Jonathan Mendelsohn, a new singer-songwriter based in New York. He

makes infectious pop/dance music, and sings with a voice of real

soulful power. He is also the lead vocalist on the upcoming album by

dance favorite the Wamdue Project.

* God-des & She, an extremely popular female hip-hop duo from Wisconsin.

God-des is a unique rap artist who is adept at expressing her unique

point of view through clever rhymes. The group's singer, named simply

"She," complements God-des' rhymes with soulful vocals.

* Ivri Lider, one of Israel's biggest rock stars, and ready to replicate

that success in the rest of the world. His music is haunting and

original, matched by his rich deep vocals. He sings in both English

and Hebrew.

Columbia Records Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett states: "We are very excited and proud to be joining forces with Music With A Twist to help find and nurture these talented new artists. From his years as an executive at MTV to his founding of LOGO and Radio With A Twist, Matt Farber has been a maverick in the world of entertainment. We look forward to a very long and successful partnership."

Wilderness Media & Entertainment President Matt Farber adds: "These artist signings and compilations represent the vision for TWIST ... to create a home for gay artists of all genres to experience mainstream success without having to compromise any part of their identity. I am thrilled that The Gossip, Kirsten Price, The creators of "The L Word," and all the artists who are part of the "Revolutions" compilation have chosen TWIST/Columbia as their major label home.

Launched in 2006, TWIST label artists benefit from access to and exposure through the network of brands in the Wilderness Media & Entertainment portfolio. This includes the nationally syndicated radio show Radio With a Twist, which recently announced its partnership with Clear Channel's syndication department Premiere Radio Networks, as well as Instinct Publishing and America Online. Additionally, TWIST artists are served by the Sony Music / Columbia Label Group's marketing, promotion and distribution channels.

The TWIST roster features LGBT artists who have mass appeal and hit potential across all musical genres and TWIST is constantly scouting for new talent across the county. To send your information/demo to a TWIST A&R representative, please contact submissions@musicwithatwist.com. Please do not send MP3s.


SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

About Wilderness Media & Entertainment:

Wilderness Media & Entertainment (WME) is the leading portfolio of independent gay and lesbian businesses, brands and media working together and supporting each other in the marketplace and the community. Through the Wilderness portfolio, allied companies representing the diversity of the LGBT community benefit from enhanced visibility among this audience. The portfolio includes new brands created and operated by Wilderness, such as Radio With a Twist, Music With a Twist, and Wilderness Talent Management, along with best of breed companies developing brands in the LGBT arena such as MTV Networks, America Online and Instinct Publishing. The mission of WME is not only a business one, but also a social one - to enhance the visibility of the LGBT audience by authentically representing the diversity of the community through media and entertainment initiatives. Research indicates that 15 million adults in the US currently self-identify as LGBT, an intensely brand loyal demographic with an estimated $610 billion in annual buying power. WME reaches the LGBT audience through top-tier entertainment, media and business prospects, providing quality outreach and initiatives for its portfolio entities, as well as exceptional offerings to this diverse, growing audience.

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Kristin Farrell, The Karpel Group, +1-212-505-2900,
kfarrell@thekarpelgroup.com, for Columbia Records; Benny Tarantini, Columbia
Records, +1-212-833-5858, benny.tarantini@sonybmg.com

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

Gear Up Like Bond with Sony Electronics

Sony Sells 007-Branded Gear and Offers Chance to Win Prizes in the Online Game 'Try Your Hand at Casino Royale'

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics is offering movie fans and gadget-lovers an opportunity to gear-up like Bond with Sony's exclusive Bond Collection(TM) products in anticipation of the upcoming James Bond film Casino Royale, which will be released worldwide on November 17, 2006 from Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

The collection, available exclusively on http://www.sonystyle.com/casinoroyale and in Sony Style retail stores across the country, features limited-edition 007-branded models of VAIO(R) TX and UX series ultra-portable PCs, Cyber-shot(R) digital cameras and Micro-Vault(TM) media storage devices. All of these products will feature the 007 logo and the VAIO PCs will come pre-loaded with exclusive Casino Royale content, such as wallpapers and screensavers. Each limited production 007 model is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

"Both James Bond and Sony have always provided a cool-factor that consumers have grown to love," said Hiro Kawano, Sony Electronics' Senior Vice President for Sony Style. "We are excited to be able to offer these collector's items exclusively through Sony Style."

To take the Bond experience to the next level, consumers can try their hands at one of four Sony-product branded casino games at http://www.sony.com/casinoroyale. Players can choose from BRAVIA(TM) Blackjack, VAIO(R)/Intel poker, Cyber-shot(R) T-50 slots or Blu-ray Disc(TM) roulette. Now through Nov. 17, participants with a winning hand receive a printable game chip, redeemable at participating retailers, including Sony Style, for a chance to win prizes, including a $50,000 Sony merchandise prize package, a $5,000 shopping spree, and a weekend getaway for two. Not only can you gear up like Bond, you can play like him too.

The Bond Collection products can be purchased as a bundle which includes a choice of either the VAIO VGN-UX007 along with 007 Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and a 1GB Micro Vault for approximately $3,200 or the VAIO VGN-TX007 with the Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and 1GB MicroVault for approximately $3,900. The bundles come with an aluminum attache carrying case and a James Bond welcome kit. The 007 Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and the Micro Vault can be purchased individually for approximately $600 and $60, respectively. The Bond Collection will be available starting November 10, with pre-orders currently available on http://sonystyle.com/casinoroyale.

Daniel Craig stars as "007" James Bond, the smoothest, sexiest, most lethal agent on Her Majesty's Secret Service in Casino Royale. Based on the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming, the story recounts the making of the world's greatest secret agent. Martin Campbell is directing the 21st adventure in the 44-year-old franchise, from a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis.

James Bond's first "007" mission leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale. Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful British Treasury official, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government's money. But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond's life forever.

About Sony:

Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be one of the World's Leading Consumer Brands. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 54.96 billion (yen 7,475 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006 and it employs approximately 158,500 people worldwide.

In Europe, Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of EUR 12.61 billion (yen 1,715 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, based on an average market exchange rate for the same period of yen 136 to the EUR. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of EUR 8.22 billion (yen 1,118 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

For more information on Sony Europe, please visit http://www.sony-europe.com/ and http://www.sony-europe.com/presscenter

About EON Productions:

Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC, is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced twenty James Bond films since 1962, including Die Another Day. The Bond films, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC, are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.

About Columbia Pictures:

Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com/.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is an independent, privately-held motion picture, television, home video, and theatrical production and distribution company. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising approximately 4,000 titles, and over 10,400 episodes of television programming. Its film library has received 208 Academy Awards(R), one of the largest award-winning collections in the world, and includes numerous successful film franchises, including James Bond, Pink Panther and Rocky. MGM is owned by an investor consortium comprised of Sony Corporation of America, Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com/.


Source: Sony Electronics


Web site: http://www.sony.com/news

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Designers from around the world seek to create official 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot(s)

October 31, 2006
Tomorrow marks the closure of an open call for interest in designing the Vancouver 2010 Games mascot(s). VANOC has received submissions from around the world, as well as extensive public comments and feedback through its website at vancouver2010.com.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) from the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) seeks “passionate and talented designers and artists” to conceptualize the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic mascot(s). With just over 24 hours remaining before the deadline, 177 proponents expressed an interest to submit a proposal, including credentials and a portfolio of previous work.

One hundred and fifty one expressions of interest have been received from Canadians, with 72 from British Columbia, 48 from Ontario and the remainder from the rest of the country. International submissions were received from Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Over the five weeks of the open call, the RFP document was downloaded from vancouver2010.com over 3,800 times, while nearly 1,900 visitors to vancouver2010.com recently participated in an on-line poll offering their views on the best mascots. VANOC has also received hundreds of e-mails and suggestions on the future mascots(s). All public feedback on the mascot program will be provided to the designer(s) as valuable input for consideration during the design process.

“The 2010 Winter Games mascot(s) will be recognized worldwide as a symbol of our Games and our country,” said Dave Cobb, VANOC’s executive vice president, revenue, marketing and communications. “We’re pleased to have captured the imagination of the design community. Whatever form the mascot(s) takes we are looking for something that will represent Vancouver 2010 values and we look forward to an open and highly creative design process over the coming months.”

With the closure of the RFP at 2PM PST tomorrow, next steps will include a review of all submissions received, followed by select interviews and reference checks to develop a short list. The decision on a final designer(s) will be announced publicly in early 2007. The successful designer(s) will develop concepts in collaboration with VANOC for an unveiling in 2007.

The mascot(s) will feature prominently in hundreds of Games communications and materials from advertising and publications to websites and merchandise. The mascot(s) will also act as ‘real-life’ ambassador(s) for the Games, appearing in animated films and at various events around the country and during the Games.

Mascots are one of the most unique creative projects within the Games image and identity program and are traditionally a person, animal or item that represents good luck. Mascots usually reflect the nature or culture of a host region or country.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.


With this victory: K.J. Choi

* Wins for the second time at Westin Innisbrook-Copperhead Course and becomes the first multiple winner of the tournament.

* Becomes the third player in tournament history to surpass the $1-million mark in earnings with $1,441,200 (ranks second). Vijay Singh is first with $1,480,410 and Carl Pettersson is third with $1,099,000.

* The native of South Korea becomes the fifth consecutive international player to win the Chrysler Championship, including his win in 2002. Others were 2003 winner Retief Goosen (South Africa), 2004 Vijay Singh (Fiji) and 2005 Carl Pettersson (Sweden).

* Collects $954,000 first-place check, the largest of his career, bringing his season earnings on the PGA TOUR to $2,267,348.

* Earns a spot in THE TOUR Championship for the fourth time in his seven year career on the TOUR, jumping to 26th on the money list.

* Becomes the 12th different foreign-born player to win on the PGA TOUR in 2006 and the first since the 2006 John Deere Classic (Australian - John Senden) in mid-July.

* Earns 100 points in the 10th leg of The Fall Finish Presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers - an 11-event series that includes enhanced purses and bonus awards totaling $1 million, with $500,000 going to the top points-earner.

Choi in his career

* Now has four TOUR wins, the most wins by an Asian-born player on the PGA TOUR. Shigeki Maruyama of Japan has three TOUR titles on his resume. Choi and Maruyama are the only Asian-born players to win multiple events on the TOUR.

* Surpasses the $2-million mark in season earnings for the third time in his career. He becomes the 31st player to surpass $2 million in season earnings in 2006.

* In seventh season on PGA TOUR, surpasses the $11-million mark in career earnings ($11,452,595) since becoming a member in 2000.

* Earns fourth victory in 194th event on the PGA TOUR at the age of 35 years, 4 months and 13 days.


Tournaments entered--25; in money--21; Top 10--4; Wins--1

BIRTHDATE: May 19, 1970
BIRTHPLACE: Wando, South Korea
RESIDES: The Woodlands, Texas
FAMILY: Wife, Hunjung Kim; Hohjun "David," Amanda, Daniel

Chrysler's 'Full Throttle Test Drive Event' Puts Consumers Behind the Wheel at Phoenix's Cricket Pavilion on Nov. 4 and 5

- Free, two-day event gives consumers the opportunity to test drive all new 2007 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge products

- Three test tracks designed to showcase vehicles' handling and performance attributes

- One lucky event attendee could win a new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe

-- Have you ever wanted to be a professional test driver? Going fast on a tight course and squealing the tires in the turns, just like on TV? Or maybe you've always wanted to take a 4x4 on an off-road adventure over logs and through rivers? Phoenix-area residents will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try out all of these things in a controlled setting when Chrysler Group's "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" comes to Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Consumers are being invited to test drive the full line of 2007 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge products, including the all-new Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Nitro, on three specially designed test tracks. One track will showcase the ride and handling of the Chrysler Group's passenger cars and a second track will feature the off-road capability of sport-utility vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Commander.

The third track will be dedicated to demonstrating the power and performance of the Chrysler Group's SRT product line. Professional test drivers will take consumers on the ride of a lifetime in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 and Dodge Viper SRT10. Thrill rides will be available each day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

All event attendees will receive a $400 consumer rebate certificate to be used toward the purchase of an eligible Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle. As an added bonus, one lucky event attendee also has the chance to win a brand new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe.

"The 'Full Throttle Test Drive Event' is not your ordinary driving event. It is more like a celebration of all the great Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in our product portfolio," said James Kinsey, Retails Sales Promotion Manager, DaimlerChrysler Corp. "The tour brings all three of the Chrysler Group brands together for the public to experience in an experiential way through thrilling test drive courses."

The weekend event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free of charge. Food and drinks will be available. Consumers interested in attending the "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" are encouraged to pre-register for a general arrival time on Saturday or Sunday by calling 888-809-7088 or visiting www.RideDriveWin.com/pr, however pre-registration is not required to attend. Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license to participate in the ride-and-drive activities.

Source: Chrysler Group



Goodyear Announces Planned Closing of Tyler Facility

* Part of Company's Decision to Exit Private Label Segments

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced the planned closure of its tire manufacturing facility in Tyler, Texas, as part of its previously announced strategy to exit certain segments of the private label tire business.

At the time of its June private label announcement, Goodyear said that the decision would require a corresponding reduction in North American Tire's manufacturing capacity and that plant performance, capabilities, cost savings opportunity and the focus on serving NAT customers would dictate capacity reduction.

"We must take the steps necessary to reduce our costs and improve our competitive position," said Jon Rich, president, North American Tire. "While this is an extremely difficult decision for everyone involved, it was required to help turn around our North American business."

Rich said the timing of the action would be coordinated to minimize the impact on Goodyear's customers.

Goodyear previously announced to investors an aggressive strategy to reduce costs by more than $1 billion by 2008, including reduction in high-cost tire manufacturing capacity. The Tyler plant principally produces small diameter passenger tires, a segment that has been under considerable pressure from low cost imports.

The action is expected to eliminate about 1,100 positions, create annual savings of approximately $50 million after tax, and result in a restructuring charge of between $155 million and $165 million after tax. The cash portion of these charges is estimated to be between $40 million and $50 million.

Opened in 1962, the plant has produced approximately 25,000 passenger and light truck tires per day.

Goodyear is the world's largest tire company. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, the company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities in 28 countries. It has marketing operations in almost every country around the world. Goodyear employs about 80,000 people worldwide.

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. There are a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the company's control, which affect its operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause its actual results and experience to differ materially from the expectations and objectives expressed in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from its cost reduction initiatives, including those related to the closing of the Tyler facility; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; potential adverse consequences of litigation involving the company; increases in the company's pension plan funding obligations; the duration of the strike by the United Steelworkers (the "USW"); the outcome of the company's collective bargaining negotiations with the USW; as well as the effects of more general factors such as changes in general market or economic conditions or in legislation, regulation or public policy. Additional factors are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our estimates only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward- looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change.

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

Porsche Selects XM as Exclusive Satellite Radio Provider Under New, Long-Term Agreement

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Porsche Cars of North America, Inc. and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new long-term agreement to equip Porsche vehicles for the U.S. market with XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service. The arrangement begins in 2007.

XM has been available as a popular factory-installed feature for Cayenne models since 2005 and will be the exclusive satellite radio option in the future. Under the new agreement, XM will also be available for other Porsche models in the future. Consumers who purchase a Porsche vehicle with XM receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the service.

In addition to XM's primary service of 170 digital radio channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, talk, and entertainment, XM will also develop satellite-delivered data services for Porsche vehicles. These services are expected to include the advanced XM NavTraffic real-time traffic data service which is now available in 44 major markets nationwide.

"XM has the technology and content that is consistent with Porsche's commitment to providing our customers the best possible driving experience," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, President and CEO, Porsche Cars of North America. "We are very pleased to be expanding our partnership with XM."

"Porsche is renowned for performance, quality, engineering, and innovation, and XM is proud to be a part of that tradition as we extend our partnership with one of the world's great brands," said Nate Davis, President and COO, XM Satellite Radio. "The fact that Porsche is offering XM exclusively is a testament to the quality of the programming we offer and our leadership in advanced technology. It underscores our company's position as the leading provider of satellite radio for the automobile market, as well as the overall leader in the satellite radio industry."

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ:XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music channels, sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Suzuki, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-3-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

Source: XM Satellite Radio

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




50th Edition of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards(R) for MLB Leads Off Golden Anniversary Celebration

America to Debate and Vote on All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove Team

Original 1957 Rawlings Gold Glovers to be Honored

For 50 years, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R) has been baseball's ultimate and undisputed measure of excellence in the field. This week, Rawlings will launch the award's Golden Anniversary by unveiling the 50th editions of the American League and National League Rawlings Gold Glove teams, and providing details of a nationwide fan vote to select the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team -- the greatest fielder at each position.

Nothing beats a great baseball debate, and voting for the Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team will be akin to turning a triple play: it will be a tremendous challenge ... and the debate will be feverish. How would America choose between Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Edmonds and Roberto Clemente? Johnny Bench or Pudge Rodriguez? Ozzie Smith, Derek Jeter or Omar Vizquel? Brooks Robinson or Scott Rolen? Jim Kaat or Greg Maddux?

A panel of baseball historians and experts -- including those who played, managed, governed and reported on the game -- will set the ballot: 50 players, several at each position. The ballot will be revealed and turned over to the fans during Spring Training for a national vote. The all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary Team will be revealed during the All-Star break.

Fans will be able to vote online, through mobile devices, and at select team dealers and retail locations.

"The 50th anniversary of the Rawlings Gold Glove is an opportunity to elevate discussion about what I feel is the purest part of the game -- defense," said Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who won 13 Rawlings Gold Gloves during his career.

"While managers and coaches select the annual Rawlings Gold Glove teams, baseball always has been the fans' game," Rawlings President and General Manager Robert Parish said. "We fully expect the ballot to reach and spark discussions across generations. No fans are more passionate about their sport's history and players."

As part of the celebration, Rawlings plans to honor the original 1957 Rawlings Gold Glove team: Bobby Shantz (P), Sherm Lollar (C), Gil Hodges (1B), Nellie Fox (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Frank Malzone (3B), Minnie Minoso (OF), Al Kaline (OF), Willie Mays (OF).

The 2006 American League and National League Rawlings Gold Glove teams are scheduled to be revealed next Thursday (Nov. 2) and Friday (Nov. 3), respectively, via an expanded arrangement between Rawlings and ESPN that includes its television and online properties. To kick off debate about the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team, ESPNews will air a special segment at 4:10 p.m. EST Wednesday (Nov. 1).

"By expanding our relationship with ESPN, fans will be able to find out the winners and interact through a wide variety of formats," Parish said. "It's the launch of an integrated marketing program that we are confident will drive brand awareness and sales as we involve our retailers and team dealers in a big, big way."

In conjunction with the anniversary, Rawlings will soon launch a new Web site -- rawlingsgoldglove.com -- as the single destination to engage and educate fans about the award and anniversary. The informational, interactive site will allow fans to research players on the ballot, cast votes, and engage in debate. Rawlingsgoldglove.com also will provide voting updates, news and more.

The greatest measure of fielding excellence since 1957, the heralded Rawlings Gold Glove Award is presented annually to 18 MLB players, one for each position, in both the National and American Leagues. These outstanding players are selected as the best fielding players at their respective positions by Major League coaches and managers prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Managers and coaches may not select players from their own club and only vote for players in their own league.

About Rawlings(R)

Rawlings(R) is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and other sporting goods in the United States. Rawlings is the Official Baseball and Helmet of Major League Baseball(R) and official ball of the NCAA(R) baseball championships. Rawlings is also the official basketball for the NAIA(R), NJCAA(R), AAU(R) and many other organizations as well as official football of the NAIA(R). Rawlings is the official basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer ball of the National High School Federation(R). For more information, please visit http://www.rawlings.com/ .

About the Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R)

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R) is a Registered Service Mark owned by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award is correctly identified as the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The name should not be shortened, abbreviated or otherwise misused. Proper identification of this service mark using the registration symbol and the Rawlings name is important to protect the integrity of the program and perpetuate this worthy tradition.

Source: Rawlings(R)

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


Odds Indicate King James Will Be Crowned NBA MVP

PinnacleSports.com Announces Odds on 2007 NBA MVP Race

The 2006-07 NBA season doesn't tip off until tomorrow night, and already leading online sportsbook PinnacleSports.com has handicapped the race to name the league's most valuable player. The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com has calculated odds on 13 perennial All-Stars being named the 2007 NBA MVP. Although the list of pre-season MVP candidates includes four previous award winners, the oddsmakers favor one of the league's young guns to ascend to the throne of NBA royalty.

Entering only his fourth season as a professional, Cleveland's LeBron James has already become one of the league's most dynamic players, and PinnacleSports.com lists "King James" as a 2/1 favorite to become the youngest MVP in NBA history. While he entered the league with much less hype than fellow draftee James, Dwayne Wade already has an NBA title and Finals MVP on his resume and currently has the second-best odds to win the league's most valuable player award at 9/2. Two-time winner Tim Duncan is listed at 6/1 to add a third MVP to his trophy case, while Lakers star Kobe Bryant is 7/1 to capture his first, and Dallas Dirk Nowitzki is 8/1 to become the first European to be named the league's top player. Reigning two-time MVP Steve Nash is a 13/1 underdog to join the ranks of legends Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as the only "three-peat" winners in league history.

"LeBron James has improved steadily over each of his first three seasons to become one of the most complete players in the NBA, capable of putting together a triple-double anytime he walks on the floor," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "The Pistons loss of Ben Wallace could leave the door open for LeBron to lead his Cavs to a Central Division title, which alone could ascend 'King James' to the MVP throne. Dwayne Wade has replaced Hall of Famer Shaq as the World Champs best player and nobody can discount Tim Duncan who can single-handedly lead the Spurs to the league's best record. Although the odds are against him, Steve Nash puts up gaudy numbers every game and the return of Amare Stoudemire should pad his statistics while leading the Suns to yet another division title."

PinnacleSports.com believes that All-Star Elton Brand (16/1) may get serious MVP consideration if he can lead the Clippers back into the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Although widely considered one of the NBA's most talented players, Tracy McGrady is coming off yet another injury-plagued season, but presents great value at 20/1 to win the MVP. Winner of the league's top award in 2004, Kevin Garnett's (33/1) MVP hopes rest on bringing the Timberwolves back into the playoffs after last year's disastrous 33-win season. PinnacleSports.com lists 2001 MVP Allen Iverson at 35/1 to capture his second award, while 7-foot 6-inch Yao Ming is 43/1 to become the tallest MVP in league history. Meanwhile, Denver's Carmelo Anthony (45/1) and the Celtics Paul Pierce (50/1) are long shots to be named the league's top player.

For more information and a complete list of NBA odds, please visit http://www.pinnaclesports.com/ .

Current Odds: All Odds Subject to Change

Odds to Win 2007 NBA MVP

LeBron James 2/1

Dwayne Wade 9/2

Tim Duncan 6/1

Kobe Bryant 7/1

Dirk Nowitzki 8/1

Steve Nash 13/1

Elton Brand 16/1

Tracy McGrady 20/1

Kevin Garnett 33/1

Allen Iverson 35/1

Yao Ming 43/1

Carmelo Anthony 45/1

Paul Pierce 50/1

About PinnacleSports.com

PinnacleSports.com ( http://www.pinnaclesports.com/ ) is the Internet's largest sports betting site, serving customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1998, PinnacleSports.com was the first sportsbook to introduce reduced margin wagering, using a -105 pricing model that gives bettors up to 50% better value on wagers than traditional bookmakers. With low minimum bet requirements and the highest maximum limits on the web, PinnacleSports.com has earned an industry-leading reputation for providing consistent value to the player, professional customer service and the quickest payouts online. Fully licensed and regulated in Curacao, the company offers a secure environment for sports betting, racing and casino gaming.

Source: PinnacleSports.com

CONTACT: Kyle Fratini, +1-212-979-6010, or kyle@kfratini.com, for

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


If You Love Soccer -- GolTV Is Out To Get You!!!!

Premier Sports Soccer Channel Reaches Out to Soccer Aficionados Via National Tune in Campaign

As the demand for televised soccer continues to grow in the US, GolTV is aiming to capitalize on this trend. The pioneer soccer Network announced today that it will launch an all out national tune in campaign that speaks to the hearts and minds of all soccer aficionados.

The campaign will be all encompassing and include broadcast TV and print media aimed at both English and Spanish speaking audiences, as well as trade ads tailored (advertisers) to those who would like to reach them.

"We at GolTV are taking a more aggressive stance starting this season and into 2007," said Enzo Francescoli, Founder and CEO for GolTV. "With our unsurpassed growth in 2006 and the addition of some top leagues, we are now looking to keep up the momentum and will work extra hard to strengthen the brand and expand visibility and reach for the Network and its offerings, in particular among the hardcore fans of this sport."

To be sure, the growth potential for the Network is enormous when one considers that this year the World Cup attracted an estimated 16.9 million viewers and that close to 16 million people currently play the sport in the US. But what is more astounding is the estimated fan base that can be tapped into, which consists of players, former players and fans -- currently estimated at 80 million people*.

This is the promise that GolTV sees and that is now trying to seize by reaching these Fans who will certainly appreciate the quality play, analysis and first rate leagues and soccer shows that GolTV has to offer - fans for which soccer is a nothing less that their life blood.

And the spots speak directly to this fan and their passion (the following reflects just a portion of the ad copy) ...

"Some people can't understand why you would put your job at stake ... how a mere 90 minutes can totally transform you ... nor your screams, nor your tears ...

"We do"

"It is what we are made of" (art work places emphasis on DNA concept) ...

For the full copy and samples of the spots (print and broadcast as well as trade in English and Spanish) please log onto http://www.goltv.tv/pressroom/tunein

*Sources: World Cup viewers source: New York Times, Players and Fan Base stats source SGMA and MLS.

About GolTV

GolTV is the first and only Television Network broadcasting 100% soccer in the US. GolTV was officially launched in February 2003 and brings the best games from Europe and Latin America as well as complete coverage of soccer from around the world. For more information please visit www.goltv.tv.

Source: GolTV

Web site: http://www.goltv.tv/

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     (October 31, 2006) – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) will share the spotlight at its news conference in Las Vegas today at the 2006 SEMA Show, the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Along with announcements about company, brand and product news, Cooper and new motorsports partner the Champ Car Atlantic Series will unveil the new look and feel of the Atlantic Championship, as well as details about Cooper’s support of the series.

    The news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31 at 3:10 p.m. PT at the Cooper Tire SEMA display area, located at booth #40341 in the lower south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center . The new Atlantic series logo and details of the new relationship between the Atlantic Championship series and new presenting sponsor and exclusive tire supplier Cooper Tire will be announced. Cooper Tire management will address the company’s vision for the future as well as focus on the new partnership with North America ’s premier open-wheel development series.

    “The Cooper/Champ Atlantic partnership is mutually beneficial. We have conducted extensive testing with the newly-designed Swift 016.a chassis and have been able to provide a tire that allows for the best possible setup for optimal performance of both the car and tire. The Cooper Tire racing slick allows for more adjustments in the mid-range, giving teams and drivers more scope overall. We are confident that the tires will meet and exceed the teams’ expectations, resulting in high level competitive racing,” said Julian Baldwin, as Vice President, European Operations, and Managing Director, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe . 

    The SEMA Show, held October 31-November 3 in Las Vegas , is the leading automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Some of the brightest minds and hottest products in the automotive community will be featured at the show that’s expected to attract over 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries across the globe. The high-profile international event is an ideal place for both Cooper Tire and Atlantic officials to discuss plans for the 2007 season. Las Vegas also serves as host of the 2007 season-opening race at the Vegas Grand Prix on April 8.

    The new 2007 Atlantic racing package will also be prominently displayed in Vegas during the week of the show. The Swift 016.a Atlantic chassis, featuring the 300-horsepower Mazda-Cosworth engine and equipped with the new Cooper Atlantic racing slick tires, will be featured at the Cooper Tire booth.

    About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry.  With headquarters in Findlay , Ohio , Cooper Tire has 60 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world.  For more information, visit Cooper Tire’s web site at www.coopertireandrubber.com

    About the Champ Car Atlantic Championship

    The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America . In its 33rd season in 2006, the championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2006 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger, Katherine Legge, Tonis Kasemets and 2005 Atlantic champion Charles Zwolsman are established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. In 2006, competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion’s bonus. Beginning in 2007, all Atlantic teams will compete in Swift 016.a chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda-Cosworth engine while riding on Cooper Atlantic racing tires. For more information on the series and to view this season’s races on demand, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.


    STRUT To Showcase New Wheel & Grille Collections at SEMA for the 2007 Escalade, Denali and Mercedes S550

    —STRUT®, the leading designer of handcrafted, triple-chromed

    grilles, wheels and accessories for the luxury automotive market, will introduce three stunning new grille collections at the SEMA 2007 Show in Las Vegas designed exclusively for the Cadillac Escalade, GM Yukon Denali, and the Mercedes S550. The company will also debut a new Icon Wheel Collection.

    2007 Cadillac Escalade—Vail Collection™ has been designed for Escalade devotees who desire to customize their vehicle with a distinctive look that showcases the owners’ flair for style. Included in the collection is one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, two side vents with STRUT shield, and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail Price: $6,000.

    2007 GM Yukon Denali—Mammoth Collection™ is designed to seamlessly complement the distinctive redesign of this full-sized SUV. The collection features one crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached. One crimped mesh Lower Air Intake vent and one STRUT lift gate shield. Suggested Retail: $6,000 2007 Mercedes S550—Munich Collection™ offers owners of this high style and performance vehicle the ultimate in personalization. Included in the Munich Collection is one woven crimped mesh front grille with STRUT shield attached, one lower air intake vent with STRUT shield attached, two crimped mesh hood vents and one STRUT trunk shield. Suggested Retail: $8500 Icon7 Collection™ is a 2-piece wheel made from forged aluminum for strength and durability.

    Wheels feature 7-spokes with a STRUT shield at the center of each and prominently positioned on the center cap. Icon7 is available in 20, 22 and 24-inch sizes in chrome, satin or color matched to the vehicle. Suggested Retail: $10,000 - $12,000


    About STRUT®

    STRUT is located in San Clemente, California where the company recently relocated to a new expanded facility. The company is known globally for their trendsetting and distinctive collections of triple-chromed grilles, wheels, and accessories designed for luxury automobiles and SUVs preferred by discriminating driving enthusiasts.

    All collections are handcrafted like fine jewelry of the finest triple-chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, and signed by the artisan. STRUT products are designed and manufactured to withstand any weather condition, providing ongoing luster and a superior appearance. STRUT products are available at custom automotive installation boutiques and dealerships World wide for the BMW-6 and 7 Series, Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Flying Spur, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac XLR, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum,

    Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes CLS 500, Mercedes S 550 and Range Rover. Custom grilles are also available on 2007 Sport Chassis by Freightliner heavy-duty pickup trucks. Additional introductions will be announced shortly.


    Cooper Tire Reaches Out to Auto Enthusiasts and Gamers Through Need for Speed™ Carbon Video Game

    , October 31, 2006 – COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) today announced its partnership with Electronic Arts on the latest title in the popular Need for Speed™ video game series, Need for Speed™ Carbon

    Cooper has an in-game presence in the form of car decals, 10 branded billboards and three storefronts throughout the game’s cityscape as well as a Cooper-branded race. Additionally, the Cooper Zeon 2XS, used by all Cooper-sponsored drifters in reality, will be prominently featured in the game’s only drift track. For talented gamers, a set of Cooper Zeon ultra-high performance tires can be unlocked for use during the latter stages of the game. These tires mirror the excellent performance and handling characteristics found in real-world Cooper Zeon tires.

    “Our deep product integration into the best-selling racing game title to date provides us another unique touch point in which gamers can interact with the Cooper Tires brand in a positive, non-traditional manner,” said Dave S. Craig, director of North American advertising for Cooper Tire. “The Need for Speed series has a large and dedicated fan base that will be exposed to the level of quality and performance that our tires offer -- both on the screen and in real life.”

    According to the Entertainment Software Association, 69 percent of American heads of households play video and computer games and 69 percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older. In addition, according to a random selection online survey conducted by the Need for Speed Formula Drift Championship Series (formulad.com), fans of drift racing love to game; nearly 90 percent of respondents said they own gaming systems.

    Cooper activated its in-game integration through a 16-mall gaming tournament in association with Mazda in October in 16 of the top 17 markets in the United States. The winners of each regional event received an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Las Vegas, admission for two to the Mazda Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a $500 Cooper Tire gift certificate good towards a new set of tires, a $50 GameStop Gift Card and the Need For Speed: Carbon game. The 16 regional winners flew to Las Vegas this week for the finals at the Hard Rock Café on November 2 during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The grand prize winner will drive home a new 2007 MAZDASPEED3 Sport Model packed with a GameStop/EB Games Gift Card, Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speaker System, Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote and Logitech DriveFX Wheel.

    Need for Speed Carbon, which features both city street and canyon racing, is available worldwide as of November 1 for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Wii™ as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, GameBoy® Advance, PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system, PC and mobile. More information on the game can be found at needforspeed.com.

    About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car, light truck, medium truck tires and subsidiaries that specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has 59 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world. For more information, visit Cooper Tire's Web site at coopertire.com.                                         



    CIRBIN MOTORS has launched the new web site with all the information on the new VT-ROD®.  We promised to keep you informed on changes and new information; that’s what we do with this email.  Please, do check this new web site.  We have put-in lots of information and pictures of the VT-ROD®, with pricing details and options.

    I am sure you will be pleased with what you will find there.

    NAVIGON Software Selected by Delphi for its New Personal Navigation Device

    The automotive components leader teams up with Germany ’s premier navigation software provider for NAV200, one of the newest entrants to the personal navigation market

    LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO -- October 31, 2006 – NAVIGON, Germany ’s leading navigation software maker, helped Delphi Corporation recently launch NAV200, a compelling new entrant to the personal navigation device market – one of the fastest-growing sectors in consumer electronics. 

    Delphi’s NAV200 comes with clout and credibility given the company’s global leadership position in automotive technology and systems components. Delphi, with a history that spans more than 100 years, is a world leader in mobile electronics, and vehicle components and systems technology. Today, Delphi is the leading manufacturer of satellite radios and accessories with over 14 million sold to date. In fact, three out of four people listen to satellite radio on Delphi hardware. Delphi hopes to follow that success with NAV200. The product employs NAVTEQ digital maps and will launch in North America, quickly followed by Europe and South America . In the U.S. , NAV200 will sell for $399.99.

    “NAVIGON played a pivotal role helping to bring this product to market. They understood the business of integration,” said Adiel Avelar, global navigation business line manager, Delphi . “They helped make the journey to market smooth and easy – just what you want from a real world navigation experience.”

    Headquartered in Germany and with a growing presence in the Americas , NAVIGON creates custom navigation software solutions for the world’s best known brands in consumer electronics, as well as custom navigation software solutions for personal navigation devices and smartphones.

    “Delphi’s pedigree in mobile electronics technology is unrivaled,” said Andreas Hecht, general manager of the Americas for NAVIGON. “We’re pleased to be part of what we hope and expect will be a very successful product for Delphi .”

    About NAVIGON

    NAVIGON creates navigation software solutions for some of the world’s best-known brands in consumer electronics. NAVIGON makes the software that drives navigation products from Sony, Delphi , Fujitsu-Siemens, and more. Founded in Germany in 1991, NAVIGON invented the world’s first mobile GPS navigation product – and today, consistently ranks as Germany ’s most trusted name in navigation. NAVIGON continues to break new ground in the sector with the recent release of onboard and off-board navigation software created specifically for smartphones. NAVIGON is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany , with offices throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia .

    NAVIGON USA headquarters is in Chicago , Illinois . For more information, go to www.navigonusa.com.

    About Delphi

    Delphi was the first company to integrate a radio into the dashboard in 1936, the first to bring satellite radio to the vehicle in 2001 and the first to bring a portable satellite radio to the market in 2002. To date, Delphi has sold more than 14 million satellite radio receivers and accessories. In fact, three out of four satellite radio subscribers listen on Delphi hardware. Delphi continues to expand its in-vehicle and consumer electronics technologies and offers a broad portfolio of products to answer a wide variety of information and entertainment needs. For more information, visit www.delphi.com/media.



    SP1500d brings maximum performance and simplicity to car audio systems in a compact, direct-bolt-in unit

    Clearwater, Fl., October 30, 2006, 2006
    – AAMP of America's high performance car audio accessories division, Stinger®, enthusiastically introduces the SP1500d car audio battery that promises maximum dependability and performance while being easy to install in many GM and Chrysler automobiles.

    The SPD1500d is the newest addition to Stinger's POWER2 family of dry-cell car audio batteries, which also includes the popular SP800, SP1000, SP1700 and SP2150 models. The SP1500d boasts all the benefits you would expect from a Stinger car audio battery but has the added benefit of side terminals and mounting accommodations of a group 34/78 battery. This makes the SP1500d the perfect choice for numerous Chrysler and GM automobiles when a direct bolt-in replacement and maximum performance is required.

    The SP1500d packs an impressive amount of power for its size (approximately 7"x11"x8"). With a 5 sec discharge of 1500 amps, 825 cold cranking amps, reserve capacity of 120 minutes and an extremely fast recharge capability, the SP1500d offers what you need whether for car audio or engine start application! This combined with a power-to-size ratio that is superior to many other batteries of its size, means the SPD1500d is sure to keep your tunes rocking and your wheels rolling!

    Contact your Stinger representative today for more information on Stinger's line of Power2 batteries featuring compact, technologically advanced designs that resist leaks, vibrations and corrosion. You need not look any further than Stinger to fulfill your high performance battery needs!

    About AAMP of America:
    AAMP of America is a global supplier of a broad spectrum of car and home audio video accessories, installation supplies and OEM integration solutions. AAMP of America brings many new technologies to the forefront including; convergence of personal audio devices into the automotive environment, integration of mobile video into OEM systems, and storefront point of purchase profit centers.




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