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Sunday, May 31, 2015

OnMobile unveils innovative Ringback Tone application in Spain

OnMobile unveils innovative Ringback Tone application in Spain

-- New, evolved features give users the ability to personalize the calling experience of their friends, family and contacts like never before!

BANGALORE, India, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- OnMobile Global Limited (OnMobile), a leading provider of mobile music offerings, is proud to announce that it has launched a new Ringback Tone (RBT) application. The app, which is now "live" in Spain, showcases a series of 'firsts' and a great design and provides a truly compelling user experience. This new product is currently available on Android and will soon be introduced on iOS.

"The launch of this new application represents a major milestone for OnMobile as it further exemplifies the company's global dominance in RBT as well as the appeal of this product for mobile customers worldwide," said Florent Stroppa, Senior Vice President - Products, OnMobile. "We view the 8-10 second time lapse during which a caller waits for the call to be picked up, as a shared communication space to be used creatively by subscribers wishing to express their identity and connect with their contacts before actually being connected. OnMobile's team is mobilized to leverage the company's platform to deliver other such innovative and meaningful products to mobile users worldwide."

This app introduces several new features designed to increase user awareness of and engagement with this product. Because it is subscription-based, the application gives users the freedom to change the songs assigned to their contacts as often as they like. And thanks to access to an unlimited catalog of songs from some of the world's major music labels, users can now customize the calling experience of their contacts by setting the mood for their interactions and creating multiple playlists.

Building on the successful "Press * to copy" feature pioneered by OnMobile on the traditional voice channel, the app has a "Press * to favour" which allows mobile subscribers to add their favorite tracks with one simple click. Powered by OnMobile's platform, the new product introduces cutting-edge technical capabilities including near real-time notifications, some of which allow subscribers to know which track is being heard by callers in real time. An enhanced call log showcases the complete history of songs played, greatly improving music discovery.

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About OnMobile
OnMobile [NSE India: ONMOBILE], headquartered in Bangalore, India, and with offices in all regions of the world, delivers millions of music plays daily to mobile customers worldwide. Based on current deployments, OnMobile has the potential to reach more than 1.1 billion mobile users across several geographies. For further information, please visit

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Rentrak Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of May 31, 2015

Rentrak Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of May 31, 2015

-- Only Rentrak Provides the Official Global Movie Results --

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of May 31, 2015, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Rentrak provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Rentrak's suite of products.

Rentrak's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson creates a seismic box-office experience in 60 international territories as Warner Bros.' earthquake adventure 'San Andreas' takes the top spot with $60 million. The film also shook North American theaters with a number one opening of $53.2 million for an impressive $113.2 million global debut."

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, May 31, 2015, are below.

1. San Andreas - Warner Bros. - $113.2M
2. Tomorrowland - Disney - $43.1M
3. Mad Max: Fury Road - Warner Bros. - $35.2M
4. Stand by Me Doraemon - Multiple - $30.0M
5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Disney - $28.5M
6. Pitch Perfect 2 - Universal - $25.2M
7. Poltergeist - 20th Century Fox - $14.4M
8. Aloha - Sony - $10.0M
9. Spy - 20th Century Fox - $9.0M
10. Home - 20th Century Fox - $3.9M
11. P.K. - UTV Communications - $3.3M
12. I, Frankenstein - Multiple - $3.0M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, May 31, 2015, are below.

1. San Andreas - Warner Bros. - $53.2M
2. Pitch Perfect 2 - Universal - $14.8M
3. Tomorrowland - Disney - $13.8M
4. Mad Max: Fury Road - Warner Bros. - $13.6M
5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Disney - $10.9M
6. Aloha - Sony - $10.0M
7. Poltergeist - 20th Century Fox - $7.8M
8. Far From The Madding Crowd - Fox Searchlight - $1.4M
9. Hot Pursuit - Warner Bros. - $1.4M
10. Home - 20th Century Fox - $1.1M
11. Furious 7 - Universal - $1.0M
12. Ex Machina - A24 Films - $0.8M

Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.

Weekend BO Estimate (USD) Weekend Release Cume (USD) Distributor
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Title Worldwide Int'l Domestic Worldwide Int'l Domestic Int'l No. of Terr. Dom
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San Andreas 113,215,000 60,000,000 53,215,000 113,215,000 60,000,000 53,215,000 WB 61 WB
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Tomorrowland 43,103,000 29,300,000 13,803,000 133,188,651 70,000,000 63,188,651 DIS 76 DIS
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Mad Max: Fury Road 35,225,000 21,600,000 13,625,000 280,914,534 165,000,000 115,914,534 WB 71 WB
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Stand by Me Doraemon 30,000,000 30,000,000 - 127,000,000 127,000,000 - MUL 1 -
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron 28,520,000 17,600,000 10,920,000 1,321,270,025 894,200,000 427,070,025 DIS 92 DIS
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Pitch Perfect 2 25,241,300 10,400,000 14,841,300 228,240,020 80,700,000 147,540,020 UNI 47 UNI
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Poltergeist 14,400,000 6,600,000 7,800,000 57,366,646 19,100,000 38,266,646 FOX 42 FOX
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Aloha 10,000,000 - 10,000,000 10,000,000 - 10,000,000 SNY 1 SNY
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Spy 9,000,000 9,000,000 - 27,800,000 27,800,000 - FOX 10 FOX
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Home 3,850,000 2,700,000 1,150,000 368,408,530 198,000,000 170,408,530 FOX 23 FOX
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P.K. 3,300,000 3,300,000 - 93,000,000 82,400,000 10,600,000 UTV 1 UTV
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I, Frankenstein 3,000,000 3,000,000 - 74,575,290 55,500,000 19,075,290 MUL 1 LGF
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Furious 7 2,687,075 1,700,000 987,075 1,506,231,025 1,157,000,000 349,231,025 UNI 51 UNI
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*Territory is a movie studio term for regions of the world consisting of various countries.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Zambian community radio stations benefit from training in Good Governance and Accountability

Zambian community radio stations benefit from training in Good Governance and Accountability

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 29 May 2015 / PRN Africa / -- In its quest to promote good governance and sustainability among community radio stations, MISA Zambia facilitated good governance and financial accountability capacity building sessions on May 14, 2015.

The first of the trainings was conducted at Mphangwe Radio in the Eastern Province where members of the radio station's board were trained on various aspects of good governance and financial procedures.

Additionally, the visit included a town hall discussion forum at which members of the public could express their sentiments on various issues of national importance. Leading the visit was MISA Zambia Good Governance Programme Officer Nshamba Muzungu and Finance Officer Brian Chanakila.

The duo also conducted a monitoring and evaluation exercise on some of the activities conducted by the radio stations grant aided by MISA Zambia.

Several other stations are earmarked for similar visits and the team is currently in the Southern Province at Mosi-o-Tunya Radio in Livingstone where trainings will be delivered and town hall debates held. A visit to Livingstone visit took place on May 28.

Most of the stations visited are given a special grant by MISA Zambia to improve their programme with a view to making it more informative and participatory to enable the community voices to be heard, thereby contributing to the enjoyment of freedom of expression.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Ross Fanger Joins STX Entertainment As Executive Vice President Of Physical Production

Ross Fanger Joins STX Entertainment As Executive Vice President Of Physical Production

LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ross Fanger has been named Executive Vice President & Head of Physical Production for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STX Motion Picture Group, and Oren Aviv, President and Chief Content Officer for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

From Iron Man and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes to The Grey, Fanger is one of the most accomplished physical production executive producers working in the industry today with a wealth of experience overseeing productions of virtually every size and scope. In his new role, Fanger will begin working immediately on the studio's slate of 12-15 motion pictures annually. He will be responsible for all physical and post production on all new motion pictures produced by STX Entertainment.

"When it comes to making and delivering our movies, Ross is truly one of the smartest executives in this field," said Fogelson. "Whether he is navigating the intricacies of a state's specific production incentives or helping a filmmaker find the best crew or production facilities virtually anywhere in the world, Ross is known as a detail oriented and exceptionally talented production leader and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team."

"Ross is a highly experienced, effective and efficient producer with an unparalleled resume and rolodex," said Aviv. "He knows how to keep projects running on time and is a true leader in the production resources community. The studio and our filmmakers are in great hands as he joins the STX team in this very important role."

Fanger has been a respected executive producer and production manager for nearly three decades and has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of all time. He was head of physical production for Marvel Studios where he oversaw principal photography, post production, and VFX on hit films including Iron Man and The Hulk. Most recently, Fanger served as executive producer on Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, The A Team, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, as well as The Grey. Additionally he spent 10 years at Fox as co-producer/unit production manager on hits including The Fantastic Four and TheFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as X-Men,X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, & Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.

Prior to his freelance work at Fox, Fanger was a production executive at Disney where he supervised such memorable motion pictures as The Mighty Ducks, Newsies, The Program, When a Man Loves a Woman, Billy Bathgate, and many more.

Fanger began his career as a production assistant on Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, and then moved on to location manager of Barfly, Great Balls of Fire, Miracle Mile and others.

About STX Entertainment

STX Entertainment is a fully-integrated motion picture and television studio specializing in the production, marketing, and distribution of talent-driven films and television programming. The multi-platform studio is rapidly moving to include digital production and distribution, in addition to gaming. It is the first major studio to be launched at this scale in Hollywood in more than twenty years.

STX Entertainment recently announced its first four theatrical release dates. On August 7, 2015, the studio will release The Gift contemporary psychological thriller from Jason Blum's Blumhouse, written and directed by Joel Edgerton and starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton. Secret in Their Eyes will be released on October 23, 2015. The crime thriller is written and directed by Billy Ray and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.On January 22, 2016, STX will release The Boy, a horror film from director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside), written by Stacey Menear and starring Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead"). And March 11, 2016, brings the release of the epic action-drama TheFree State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali from writer-director and 4-time Academy Award nominee Gary Ross.

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Indie Rock Artist MIKAL Releases Brand New Single and Studio Video, "The 4 A.M. Wake Up Call"

Indie Rock Artist MIKAL Releases Brand New Single and Studio Video, "The 4 A.M. Wake Up Call"

DETROIT, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Musical artist MIKAL releases his new single and studio/lyric video for "The 4 A.M. Wake Up Call", an upbeat, feel-good modern indie rock song previously only heard at MIKAL's live shows. "4 A.M." details a late night drunken phone call to your ex-girlfriend. MIKAL refuses to comment on whether this song is a true story, but, who would believe a musician who denies making a late night drunk dial to his ex-girlfriend? Get the song on iTunes (or most other digital music outlets) and see the video at, or MIKAL's official facebook page,

MIKAL Calls In The Heavy Hitters
For his latest single, MIKAL called upon the multi-platinum producer/engineer team of Anthony J. Resta and Karyadi Sutedja (Collective Soul, Duran Duran, Elton John, etc.) of Studio Bopnique to handle recording duties. Tracks were recorded and mixed at Bopnique's previous home of Paramount Studios in Hollywood, and current home of Encore Studios of Burbank, CA, where Michael Jackson recorded the Thriller album.

A TRUE Reality Video... No Fakers!
For the music video, MIKAL decided to document the recording process as it actually happens, giving a sort of reality show feel to the production. Many people release fake studio videos, lip syncing and faking guitar for the camera, but with this one, you get the real thing: The actual studio footage. And MIKAL decided to dual-purpose the video by making it a lyric video as well.

MIKAL is an indie rock/pop musician originally from Detroit, also having based himself in Boston and Los Angeles along the way. MIKAL tours colleges and other venues from Los Angeles to London, and has received airplay on hundreds of traditional and college radio stations throughout North America and Europe. His music has also been heard on Mtv, VH1 and several other tv networks. He's been nominated for 24 different music awards. MIKAL has previously released an acoustic album, "Only Enemies Tell The Truth... Friends And Lovers Lie Endlessly" and the hit college indie rock single "Jane, Jane".

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Entravision Communications Corporation To Present At The Three Part Advisors East Coast IDEAS Investor Conference

Entravision Communications Corporation To Present At The Three Part Advisors East Coast IDEAS Investor Conference

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC), a diversified media company serving Latino audiences and communities, today announced that Christopher T. Young, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, will be presenting at the Three Part Advisors East Coast IDEAS Conference in Boston at 1:50 p.m. ET (10:50 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

The presentation will be made available to the public via live audio webcast which can be accessed by visiting the investor relations section of Entravision's corporate website at The webcast will be archived for thirty days.

About Entravision Communications Corporation

Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified media company with an integrated platform of solutions and services that includes television, radio, digital media and data analytics to reach Latino audiences across the United States and Latin America. Entravision has 58 primary television stations, including in 20 of the nation's top 50 Latino markets, and is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's UniMas network. Entravision also operates one of the nation's largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 49 owned and operated radio stations, and Entravision Solutions, a national sales representation and marketing organization specializing in Spanish-language media platforms and radio networks. Entravision also offers a variety of digital media platforms and services, including digital content, digital advertising platforms, including the #1-ranked online advertising platform in Hispanic reach, according to comScore Media Metrix®, and data analytics solutions designed to maximize the opportunity for advertisers and marketers to connect with the growing Latino consumer market. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

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Sneak Preview from the Upcoming Epic Action-Adventure Starring Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard Debuts on NBC on June 5 and Additional NBCUniversal Networks on June 6

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A roadblock broadcast of the original Jurassic Park will be hosted by three-time Academy Award(®) winner Steven Spielberg and Chris Pratt, the star of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's Jurassic World, beginning on June 5 and concluding on June 6, it was announced today. They will also introduce a two-minute, exclusive sneak preview of Jurassic World, which arrives in theaters on June 12.

Spielberg and Pratt will share their respective memories of Jurassic Park and drive to a debut of a two-minute exclusive sneak preview of Jurassic World, which will air during the program. This first opportunity to see new material from the upcoming film will be aired on June 5 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT/8:00 PDT on NBC. The following evening, on June 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT/8:00 p.m. PDT, the program will air on Bravo, Syfy, USA Network, E! and NBC UNIVERSO. For its part, NBC UNIVERSO will telecast a Spanish language version of Jurassic Park.

About Jurassic World
The story of Steven Spielberg's original comes full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. Welcome to Jurassic World, a fully operational luxury resort off the coast of Costa Rica where 20,000 guests explore the wonder of Earth's most magnificent living prehistoric marvels--of every shape and size--and interact up close with them every day.

When the massive and mysterious Indominus rex stages an escape and disappears into the jungle, order turns to mayhem and guests turn into prey. Dinosaurs escape into the open, skies and water to engage in an all-out war for survival, and no corner within the world's greatest theme park is safe anymore.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan star in the 3D epic action-adventure that is directed by Colin Trevorrow and based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is 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. NBCUniversal 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. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Lakota People's Law Project And Freedom Film Festival

Lakota People's Law Project And Freedom Film Festival

Filmmakers Signing Huge Petition

TAMPA, Fla., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lakota People's Law Project has appointed Ambassador Chase Iron Eyes to the Freedom Film Festival, an international, online film festival. Ambassador Iron Eyes is a well known attorney, public speaker, and advocate. Freedom boasts more than 4,500 films, manuscripts, and production development entries worldwide including award winning documentaries, screenplays, features, and shorts; that's more entries than Sundance Film Festival receives yearly. Festival Judge Brian Dodd has this to say about the LPLP and Freedom:

"Who wouldn't sponsor and promote the best health and safety for every kid? The immediate response among our thousands of filmmakers, creators, and artists, giving a moment to sign the Law Project's petition for Lakota kids, is incredible. This an absolutely great way to focus our festival from the start, to promote the cause for children and notice people who love creating media and film."

Freedom also has powerful players in its judge panel this year; Producer Rodrick Colbert of the 48 Hour Film Festival, Professional Actor Bjorn Jiskoot, Jr. - of Indigenous heritage and a long time movie producer, and Professional Actor Shawn Genther. Freedom has a more than forty member jury panel to review accepted entries. The LPLP appointing Ambassador Iron Eyes is a boon for all filmmakers and artists, and children. The Public Affairs office of the National Museum of the American Indian, a Smithsonian Institute, began communications with Freedom about its awards and its 2016 venue. Dodd says Freedom is communicating with more Indigenous tribes, including the Piscataway Tribe of Maryland, inviting culturally significant productions and professional arts.

The Lakota People's Law Project has over 61,000 signatures today, their free petition online to assist children is easy to sign; And if you're outside the USA, the free petition is here;

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Actor Jon Cryer Voices New NASA Film to Help Celebrate 50 Years of Spacewalks

Actor Jon Cryer Voices New NASA Film to Help Celebrate 50 Years of Spacewalks

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United States' first extravehicular activity (EVA) -- better known as a spacewalk -- through a number of commemorative features on NASA Television and

On Monday, June 1, NASA will premiere a documentary narrated by actor Jon Cryer on the history and future of humans working on a tether in space. The film, Suit Up, marks five decades of spacewalks and will air on NASA Television starting at 10 a.m. EDT, and be available on the agency's website and YouTube account.

The documentary features interviews with NASA Administrator and astronaut, Charles Bolden, NASA Deputy Administrator and spacesuit designer, Dava Newman, as well as other astronauts, engineers, technicians, managers and luminaries of spacewalk history. They share their personal stories that cover the full EVA experience-- from spacesuit manufacturing to spacewalk maneuvering -- all brought to life through historical and HD footage.

Visitors to's Suit Up site can view special features and videos spanning NASA's 50 years of spacewalks and spacesuits.

From 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 2, NASA astronaut and veteran spacewalker Mike Foreman is available to discuss with media the dramatic history and exciting future of spacewalking. The public can watch Foreman live from the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston where astronauts do EVA training. Foreman will talk about the first U.S. spacewalk and answer media questions about the past 50 years of spacewalks through the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.

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Pitbull Comes Face-to-Face With New Madame Tussauds Orlando Figure

Pitbull Comes Face-to-Face With New Madame Tussauds Orlando Figure

ORLANDO, Fla., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- International superstar Pitbull met his match in Orlando, when he unveiled his new wax figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando on Friday, May 29 at the attraction's new International Drive location.

Pitbull met with Madame Tussauds artists in Las Vegas in May 2014, where more than 300 precise measurements of his face, head and body were taken to create the true-to-life figure. Pitbull was involved throughout the process and selected his figure's pose and facial expression. He donated the figure's clothing - and sunglasses - to reflect his signature sophisticated style. The figure, dressed in a black tuxedo, is styled in a power pose with Pitbull's piercing, intense gaze.

"I'm ready to see my figure! Looking back, it was a great experience to sit with the Madame Tussauds artists who worked hard to capture every detail," said Pitbull prior to the unveiling. "Having been born and raised in Florida, it truly is an honor to have this figure in Orlando."

The award-winning Miami-born rapper, producer and business mogul has created the most popular chart-topping songs to date and collaborated with the music industry's biggest stars to produce smash hits such as Time Of Our Lives (featuring Ne-Yo), Fireball, Timber (featuring Ke$ha) and Feel This Moment (featuring Christina Aguilera). The influential entertainer also performed at the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

In addition to his professional career, Pitbull is a philanthropist and active in his own community, having founded The Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM), a public charter school in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

Madame Tussauds is world-renowned for the creation of detailed, lifelike wax figures that pay homage to A-list celebrities from film, television, sports, music musicians, history and pop culture. Each figure involves teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months of research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

About Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando is a new interactive wax experience where guests are guided through immersive themed rooms where they can shake hands with the president, get on stage with pop princesses, or get up close and personal with a Hollywood heartthrob and take the ultimate selfie! For more information, visit

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Hunter Hayes Encourages Sleeves Up on Wheels Up Tour

Hunter Hayes Encourages Sleeves Up on Wheels Up Tour

5-time GRAMMY nominee hosts virtual blood drive with a 21,000 donation goal

NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes is partnering with the American Red Cross to help saves lives through blood donation. This summer, during the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt, Hayes will encourage at least 21,000 of his fans to pledge to donate blood or platelets through his personal Hunter Hayes SleevesUp virtual blood drive. Hayes wants 21,000 of his fans to join him in this selfless act of donating in honor of his new single, "21."

"There is a line in my new single, 21, that says 'life ain't long enough,'" said Hayes. "I wanted to team with the American Red Cross to honor and celebrate all of those individuals who are constantly giving back and trying to make lives longer and better for sick patients around the country."

Through a special hashtag, #HH21SleevesUp, Hayes will honor and recognize fans who have blood donation and recipient stories with special concert tickets, and the opportunity to honor loved ones by personally writing their names on a unique guitar donated by Martin Guitars. In an effort to live out his own personal life motto of turning "fear into purpose," Hayes will also face his own, well-known fear of needles and donate blood.

"We're thrilled that Hunter is the first country artist to host a SleevesUp virtual blood drive," said Darren Irby, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross. "As Hunter tours across the country, he wanted to engage his fans for good. SleevesUp allows his fans from coast to coast to pledge to donate blood through the Red Cross at a blood drive that is most convenient for them."

Fans can pledge to donate through Hayes' virtual blood drive page by visiting all through the summer months, which is among the most challenging times of year for blood donations due to many regular donors traveling and being on vacation.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Following National Vote, 24 of America's Most Courageous Canines Chosen to Compete for Title as America's Top Dog

Following National Vote, 24 of America's Most Courageous Canines Chosen to Compete for Title as America's Top Dog

Public Voting Opens to Choose Eight Finalists for 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(TM)

Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, national campaign to culminate in red carpet awards gala and two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The results are in! Following more than 600,000 votes by animal lovers across the country, 24 courageous canines are advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(TM), presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. Two dozen heroic hounds were chosen by the American public to advance to the next round from a field of 171 remarkable candidates. The public is now invited to visit every day between now and June 26 to vote once per day for their favorite in one of eight categories. The eight finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala on September 19 at the Beverly Hilton, where one will be chosen as the 2015 American Hero Dog. This must-watch event for animal lovers will be broadcast as a two-hour special by Hallmark Channel in October.

In both the semifinal and final rounds in the competition, the winners will be determined through a combination of votes by the general public vote and a special celebrity judging panel. The top dog in each category will win $2,500 for their designated charity partner and the winning 2015 American Hero Dog's charity partner will receive an additional $5,000 for a grand total of $7,500. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of dogs in our lives, and like American Humane Association, focuses on the importance of the human-animal bond.

The eight categories for 2015 are: Military Dogs, sponsored by the Zoetis Rimadyl K-9 Courage Program; Arson Dogs, sponsored by State Farm; Service Dogs, sponsored by Modern Dog magazine; Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, sponsored by NexGard; Law Enforcement Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Guide/Hearing Dogs; Therapy Dogs. Zoetis is the official online sponsor for the competition.

Over the past four years, millions of votes have been cast for nearly a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Pauley Perrette, Beth Stern, James Denton, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Denise Richards, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, Five for Fighting, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lou Wegner, Bailee Madison, Hugh Jackman, Gary Sinise, and many, many more.

"The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards were created to spotlight the invaluable accomplishments of dogs everywhere," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO. "I know the public and our judging panel will have a tough time choosing their favorite dog because each of these 24 extraordinary heroes is worthy of taking home top honors in September."

"We have an especially accomplished field of terrific candidates this year," said Lois Pope. "From those who defend our country to those who help us heal, guide us, protect us, and help find the lost, every single contender exemplifies the courage and heroism we seek to spotlight in this campaign. Our goal is not only to honor these magnificent dogs but to inspire America to reflect on the outsized contributions that animals make to our lives each and every day."

Key dates for the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(TM) contest include:

-- May 25-June 26: Voting to determine the 8 category finalists
-- July 4-September 7: Voting to determine 2015's American Hero Dog
-- September 19: Fifth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards
event in Los Angeles
To vote for your favorite Hero Dog once per day, please visit information on sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing Paul Raybould at or by calling 1-800-227-4645.

Meet the 24 incredible Hero Dog Awards semifinalists!

Arson Dogs category (sponsored by State Farm)

-- Glory (Evansville, WI) - Glory is a certified accelerant detection
canine, trained to sniff out minute traces of hydrocarbon-based
accelerants and combat the growing problem of intentionally set fires.
While her team does the majority of their work around their home base in
Beloit, Wisconsin, they are also called to investigate fires anywhere
within the state, neighboring states, and around the country. According
to her team, Glory's keen senses go far beyond detecting accelerants.
With firefighters and paramedics dealing with situations that affect
them emotionally, she has the ability to sense who is having a rough day
and will spend time with them, which helps relieve their stress. Public
education is also a large part of the job, and Glory and her handler
visit schools, clubs, and organizations, to teach people about fire
safety, fire prevention, and arson awareness.
-- Judge (Allentown, PA) - Allentown Fire Department Arson K9 Judge is a
six-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who has been in service since
early 2011. According to his human partner he was a tad more vocal than
the other dogs in his class but he attributed it to his outgoing
personality and drive. Judge has worked more than 200 fire scenes and
evidence he has found has led to criminal arrests and civil penalties.
The number of arson fires in the Lehigh Valley has dropped nearly 50
percent since Judge has been in service. One day while doing an
investigation, word got out that Judge was on the scene and may have
found something. Several juveniles returned to the scene to confess to
starting the fire because they knew that if Judge found something it was
just a matter of time before they were caught. They were fined and paid
restitution. Judge has participated in more than 400 fire safety
programs and demonstrations.
-- Spring (Gilbert, AZ) - Spring began her career as a seeing-eye dog, then
transitioned to become an accelerant K9 with the Gilbert Fire & Rescue
Department. Spring is considered an integral part of the department.
She and her handler/investigator have been called out to assist with
arson investigations over a wide geographic area and those who get the
opportunity to watch them operate as a team are impressed. Investigators
have watched people deny they had any involvement with the fire only to
be reduced to tears and change their story after Spring arrives and goes
to work. Spring is heavily involved with fire safety programs, always
drawing a crowd.
Emerging Hero Dogs category (sponsored by NexGard)

-- Brian (Sherman Oaks, CA) - Brian was brought to the Baldwin Park animal
shelter starving and only weighing 41 pounds. He had been used as a
backyard breeding dog and when he became more of a liability than a
source of income, the breeders left him to die. He was in such bad
health he was going to put in down in 45 minutes. Luckily, one of the
shelter workers knew of a rescue for last-chance, senior care, and
hospice care animals called Leave No Paws Behind who picked him up first
thing the next morning. Doctors did not think he would make it, but they
did everything possible to give him a chance. After two weeks at the
vet's, he was released into foster care, where he was fed nine cups of
food a day. He was not allowed to move much since he needed every
calorie. After three months he was medically released to go for short
walks, and after six months he was completely medically released to
slowly build back his muscles.
-- Harley (Berthoud, CO) - Harley spent 10 years living in a small cage in
a puppy mill before he was rescued and found a loving home. His journey
of physical and emotional healing inspired a campaign called "Harley to
the Rescue," which has raised the funds to save (and provide medical
care for) more than 500 dogs from puppy mills over the past two years.
Harley personally goes on these rescue missions; and there is no doubt
Harley is keenly aware of what is happening! There is something
indescribable in the way he communicates with the sad and scared dogs.
As a spokes-dog against puppy mills, Harley has educated thousands of
people, of all ages, about the horrors of the commercial dog breeding
industry. Harley makes public appearances at events and schools where
he gladly accepts love and attention from everyone. Harley's grizzled
appearance is a testament to the care and nurturing that he had never
received. He had issues: a diseased heart, a mouth filled with rot, a
fused spine, a broken tail, gnarled toes, and legs that were deformed.
And then there is the missing eye as the result of his cage being
power-washed with him in it (an all too common practice in puppy mills).
All of these conditions were the result of years of horrendous neglect
and abuse. Harley is a voice for the thousands of breeding dogs still
living in puppy mills, and by winning the Emerging Hero Dog Award it
will draw attention to help further his mission.
-- Juno (Sturbridge, MA) - Known as "the little dog who does big things,"
Juno is a six-pound Chihuahua and the pack leader at Juno's Place. Juno
was adopted when she was two months old and sick with pneumonia but was
nursed back to health by her adoptive mom Deborah Young. Her calm
demeanor has made her the perfect ambassador and she is popular at
public events. Organizations supported by Juno include Kane's Krusade,
Spay Worcester, Pet Rock Festival, The Cold Noses Foundation, SweetPea
Animal Shelter, Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, Paws For A Cause, and efforts
to end breed-specific legislation. Juno campaigned on behalf of SweetPea
shelter and was awarded a Petco Foundation grant totaling $18,461, which
provided much-needed renovations and the construction of the "Freedom
Yard." Juno's Paw-it-Forward project collects supplies for a school
where 98 percent of the students live at the poverty level. Juno has
also raised money for cancer research and she and Young are now
spearheading their "Speak Up" nationwide campaign, which encourages
people to recognize the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Guide/Hearing Dogs category

-- Chara (Waynesboro, VA) - Chara was originally trained as a signal
service dog. However, due to a work accident in 2008, her handler
developed a neurological condition known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
type II with Dystonia. Thanks to the bond between handler and dog, Chara
has trained herself to depict impending myoclonic dystonic attacks
(15-45 minutes before episodes). This newfound "alerting" skill was
formed not just with her handler. Two weeks after her handler gave birth
to her son, he developed a severe cold. Unknown to his mom (who is also
hearing impaired), he stopped breathing. Chara alerted her that
something was terribly wrong and if it was not for her quick response
and love for her newest pack member, the boy would have succumbed to a
condition known as SIDS. Chara has gone beyond her original skills of
hearing dog and is now considered by her family to be their furry
guardian angel who watches over everyone and everything.
-- Izaac DeMaio (Newington, CT) - As soon as his handler received him,
there was an instant bond with Izaac. The dog has given his owner the
ability to live a full, energetic life while also increasing his
sociability and sense of security. Izaac has enabled his handler, the
director of the town's Parks and Recreation Department, to visit their
outdoor public pools, parks, monuments, stadiums, and more. He is
fabulous with people and crowds, helping his handler navigate among
50,000 participants at the July 4th festival or directing his handler to
the stage to introduce bands. He regularly attends Parks and Recreation,
Youth Services, Person with Disabilities, and Senior Center Commission
meetings, and, most visibly Town Council Meetings. The pair are exercise
buddies, kayaking, swimming and playing ball together. Last summer Izaac
enabled his handler to fly across country for the first time without
another human by his side to the Oral Hull Blind Adventure Camp in
Oregon. And with his newfound confidence the handler and dog just
attended the Top Dog FunVention in South Carolina.
-- Kannon (Madison, WI) - Kannon is said to be a hero "because she makes
[her handler's] dreams come true," helping her live out a lifelong dream
by marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade. She has a steel-trap
memory, remembering from year to year how to navigate annual
conferences. Together the pair advocates and educates people on
blindness prevention and the importance of giving the gift of sight and
life. They ring Salvation Army red kettle bells, run senior bingo,
organize school supply drives, and promote wellness and exercise.
Together, the pair encourages inclusion for anyone and everyone, whether
or not they have disabilities.
Law Enforcement Dogs category

-- Dax (Ashland, MA) - K9 Dax's human partner Officer Chris Alberini, owes
his life to this dog after Dax saved him from being shot by climbing
into an attic where a suspect was hiding with a shotgun. On July 2, 2013
the team was called to assist in the search for the suspect, who had an
active arrest warrant. Officer Alberini called into the house the
suspect had entered and told him to come out or he would send in Dax.
When no one responded, they started to search the house. Dax found a
ceiling hatch leading to an attic and alerted his companion, who yelled
up to the suspect to come down. The man did not respond. Officer
Alberini hoisted Dax into the attic, where he bit the suspect's leg.
Officer Alberini followed, carrying a flashlight and found Dax fighting
with the suspect. When the man started reaching for a shotgun by his
left side, Officer Alberini began fighting for the weapon and then drew
his service weapon and shot the suspect twice. The man would have likely
fired at Officer Alberini immediately if Dax had not gone into the attic
first. Investigators later learned that the suspect had texted his
attorney and girlfriend about killing police.
-- Fox (Hollywood, AL) - K9 Fox served three years protecting and defending
soldiers and civilians in the war in Afghanistan. Once the war came to a
close he was returned to the U.S. and was recommissioned as a police K9
by AMK9 and donated to the Hollywood Police Department by K9s4COPS. K9
Fox has only been a police K9 for a short time but he has already made a
huge impact at his police department. Fox is described as loving
everything he does, whether chasing the bad guys or sniffing out drugs.
Through his brave service protecting men and women in uniform in
Afghanistan and keeping the streets of his hometown safe, Fox has
dedicated his life to making the world a better place.
-- Hero (Bloomfield, CT) - It is a parent's worst nightmare: their child
goes missing for no apparent reason. In an instant, fear turns smiles
and happiness into panic and despair. In the case of a three-year-old
boy who wandered off into the woods following a stray puppy, the outcome
could have been much worse without the search and rescue efforts of the
appropriately named K9 Hero of the Connecticut State Police. After
searching the area for more than two hours with friends, neighbors and
local police officers, K9 Hero was called into action with his handler
Trooper Mike Zella. Hero was given a scent article by the missing boy's
mother and Trooper Zella sent Hero on a search of the deep woods. Hero
carefully worked through the area previously contaminated by the
well-intentioned human search party seeking the boy's scent. Following
his training and his nose, Hero quickly located the boy wandering
another trail around a pond. Trooper Zella said, "Without Hero, the
outcome could have been much worse."
Military Dogs category (sponsored by the Zoetis Rimadyl K-9 Courage Program)

-- Matty (DeSoto, MO) - Army Specialist Brent Grommet and MWD Matty were
deployed in Afghanistan, and on more than one occasion saved numerous
lives of servicemen and women. Both were injured in an IED attack and
were recommended for medals for their heroics. Upon arrival back in the
United States they were separated, seemingly never to see each other
again. SPC Grommet filed adoption papers for Matty twice but both times
the Army lost his papers and Matty was eventually adopted by someone
else. Local and national media intervened as well as several members of
Congress to bring this pair back together. With each suffering from the
post-traumatic stress, the pair is now helping each other heal.
-- Rambo (Converse, TX) - Sgt. Rambo served in the Marine Corps from
January 2011-April 2012 as an explosive detection MWD based out of
Cherry Point, N.C. While on active duty, Rambo conducted 994 hours of
training and 622 missions on base and in his local community. Rambo was
medically retired due to a left shoulder injury and in November 2012 had
to have that limb amputated. Rambo has gone on to be Alamo Honor
Flight's mascot, accompanying countless World War II veterans to
Washington, D.C. and even having the honor of meeting Senator and Mrs.
Bob Dole, serving as the official ambassador for the Canine Members of
the Armed Forces Act, and attending press conferences with both
Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina and Senator Richard
Blumenthal of Connecticut. Rambo is currently the mascot for Gizmo's
Gift, a Texas nonprofit that offers financial support to families who
adopt a retired working dog. While visiting local nursing homes he is
able to bring love and life to the residents who suffer with dementia.
He visits youth groups during the summer and brings hope to children
with special needs.
-- Rexo (Hemet, CA) - Army Staff Sergeant Brandon Sanford served as a
Military Police officer for 11 years with six of those years spent as a
K9 handler with his explosive detection dog MWD Rexo. They deployed
together to Iraq in 2008 where they both received Purple Hearts for
injuries sustained from a roadside bomb. When they returned to the
states they were separated because Sgt. Sanford was being medically
retired due to injuries he received on deployment. In April 2012, Rexo
was retired following five deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt.
Sanford was able to submit an application to adopt Rexo. MWD Rexo has
done many VIP missions including presidential details in New York City
and Baghdad, Iraq when President Bush visited in 2008. While on
deployment, the team was very successful, finding 22 weapons caches
including guns, IED components, and explosives, and uncovering 22 IEDs
from January 2008 to January 2009. He served his fifth and final
deployment in Afghanistan in 2011 before his retirement in April 2012.
Search and Rescue Dogs category

-- Franklin (Cave Creek, AZ) -- Franklin was rescued from a backyard
breeder at 15 weeks of age. He has since become a certified member of
the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Search Dog Unit, a
service dog for his handler, and a therapy dog where he excels with
children and visits hospitals and senior facilities. His handler uses
Franklin at The Fetch Foundation to socialize other dogs. But his
handler describes Franklin's real talent as search and rescue. Franklin
works as a human remains detection dog, earning certificates and praise
from his unit and the North American Search Dog Network (NASDN) for his
drive and perfect nose. One of his NASDN evaluators said if her child
were ever lost, she would want Franklin on the search. Franklin also
excels at air-scenting for finding live subjects and is known for his
range far and wide to find subjects.
-- Glory (Sun Valley, CA) - Glory is an eight-year-old Bloodhound who has
been trained and certified to track lost pets. During her long and
successful career, she has helped bring closure to hundreds of families.
Glory works in extreme temperatures and under difficult conditions and
is devoted to her work, as several relieved pet owners can attest: "We
were terrified," said Stephanie, the owner of a lost cat, Pistol.
"Pistol was gone from our front yard and we had no idea where to look.
When Glory led to the freeway and wanted to cross, I couldn't believe
it. But Glory was right, and we had Pistol back that same afternoon -
Pistol had crossed the 101 freeway and was right across from where Glory
indicated." "How does one even put words to an experience of knowing we
may never have seen Paisley again?" said the owner of a Yorkshire lost
for three days. "Without Glory's devotion to her work, we wouldn't be
sitting here with Paisley tonight." "When I received the devastating
news Goldie was missing, I spent six nights walking through the area and
calling into a megaphone, put up 300 posters and offered a $1,000
reward," said Derek, the owner of a lost Pomeranian. "Goldie was lost 60
miles away with no food or water - it was more than my family could
bear. Our hearts were broken. At nine days missing Glory found Goldie
alive under crates in an outdoor factory."
-- Maddy (Southaven, MS) - Tossed aside from the world a malnourished,
fearful dog, Maddy knew only hunger and terror. For months her handler
searched for a dog to join her in volunteering for search and rescue
missions, and found the perfect one in Maddy Grace. After a few weeks of
love and attention to get her physically well, they began training. On
evaluation day her owner said no matter what she would keep Maddy, but
they need not have worried as the evaluator was blown away by her
natural ability. Maddy and her handler are a nationally dual-certified
search and rescue team serving the entire Mid-South region.
Additionally, they attend local events advocating for adopting shelter
dogs. Maddy also has a gift for listening to children and letting them
tell her what is troubling them, calming their broken spirits with
natural compassion. Because of this gift, the team now works with
disadvantaged inner-city youths and the Special Olympics.
Service Dogs category (sponsored by Modern Dog)

-- Axel (Fredericksburg, VA) - Five years ago, now-retired Marines Captain
Jason Haag was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain
injury after returning from two combat tours in the Middle East. When he
finally made it home, he was in a constant state of severe depression
and mental agony. He struggled with alcohol abuse and took more than 30
medications to deal with his debilitating symptoms. In 2012, his wife
urged him to reach out to K9s for Warriors, an organization that
provides veterans with service canines, which is how he met who he calls
his "lifesaver," a German shepherd named Axel. On deployment, every
soldier is paired up with a battle buddy, and these days his battle
buddy is not another Marine, but Axel. Day in and day out, Axel is by
his side, ensuring that he is in a constant state of peace and not fear.
Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge from Axel to remind him that he
is out of the combat zone. Other times, Axel goes into full activation
mode, using his training to remove Captain Haag from an environment when
a severe panic attack has begun. When he met Axel, the dog was one week
away from being put down, sleeping on a shelter floor while Captain Haag
was sleeping in his basement with a gun under his pillow. Now he shares
a bed with his "big, furry security blanket."
-- Jackson (Howell, MI) - Jackson is a Mobility Service Dog, obtained from
Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) in Sylvania. OH.
Jackson's handler has Parkinson's Disease, Crohn's Disease, and Anxiety
Disorder. Before Parkinson's she was active as a full-time service
director for a major airline at Detroit Metro Airport. When her health
deteriorated, she went from doctor to doctor trying to diagnose what was
wrong. She was dragging her leg, and had twitching legs, fingers, and
eyes. Finally, she was diagnosed and had to retire. When she fell,
people would not help because they thought she was drunk. She then
discovered ADAI and felt that finally someone understood. After a year
on a wait list, she was matched with Jackson, a smooth-coated Collie.
With the help of Jackson and ADAI her life changed. Jackson helps her
balance and counterbalance. He picks up things she drops, takes her coat
off, brings her shoes, covers her up, gets help, and makes her laugh.
Jackson and ADAI have given her independence and confidence back, and
her husband does not have to worry about her while at work as long as
Jackson is around.
-- Midas (Dana Point, CA) - Midas came into Juan Valdez's life when he
needed him the most, after a tough deployment to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan had been his last deployment, and he had been diagnosed with
post-traumatic stress several times before. At only 11 weeks old Midas
started trying to wake him up from nightmares, and started trying to
mitigate his disability. Because of Midas, Valdez's transition from
military to civilian has been smoother, and having Midas by his side in
school has given him the motivation he needed to excel academically.
After watching Midas interact with other veterans and the effect he had
on them, it gave Valdez the inspiration needed to help other veterans
who are in similar situations. Together with Dogs on Deployment the pair
work tirelessly to stop veteran suicide as well as to inspire veterans
to use the tools they learned in the military to achieve their dreams.
Therapy Dogs category

-- Hudson the Railroad Puppy (Castleton, N.Y.) - At just three weeks old,
Hudson and two of his siblings were found nailed to the railroad tracks
in Albany, N.Y. and Hudson's paw had been cut off. After lifesaving
treatment for Hudson and Pearl (sadly, their sister Carina did not make
it) they became known as the "Railroad Puppies." After several surgeries
it was decided that Hudson was a great candidate for a prosthetic limb
and Hudson became one of the first dogs in New York State to be fitted
with a prosthetic paw. After being adopted, Hudson's family knew he was
special and could do great things and spread awareness about animal
cruelty and so they had him trained to be a therapy dog. Now he visits
schools, hospitals, adult day care facilities, and they are also now
hospice volunteers visiting with patients and their families. The team
teaches children and everyone they meet that just because you are
different, you are still special in your own "Wooftastic" way. Hudson
the Railroad Puppy brings smiles to everyone he meets and is changing
hearts and minds about the pit bull breed one at a time.
-- Mango (Las Cruces, N.M.) - Mango is a three-year-old rescue who is
paralyzed and registered as a certified therapy dog. Mango uses a
wheelchair full time because of her paralysis but is still able to visit
veterans suffering from physical and emotional disabilities. When she
rolls into a room to meet disabled veterans they see a small dog who
uses wheels instead of legs and yet is happy and never thinks of herself
as handicapped. Mango helps these veterans realize that they are special
and not disabled. They relate to Mango and Mango seems to understand
them. Mango and her family created Freedom Wheels in November 2014.
Because of Mango's paralysis and her use of a wheelcart, she understands
how important mobility is to a dog or cat. Through generous donations
Freedom Wheels has purchased and provided more than 25 dogs and cats
custom wheelcarts that their family could not afford otherwise. They
have also teamed up with Ruff Rollin Wheelchairs in Montana to put
disabled animals in their own custom-made wheelcarts. Her goal was
initially 12 carts a year but she has far exceeded that within just the
few months since Mango's Freedom Wheels was created.
-- Parker (Aloha, OR) - "You have very aggressive cancer." Those are words
you never want to hear, but Dan McFarling did not give up. Enter Parker,
a new furry family member who helped him through it. Now eight years
cancer-free, McFarling and his four-legged partner visit hospitals,
spreading hope to those facing similar diagnoses. Parker began life as
an animal actor and model, but with his amazing disposition his family
knew he was destined for something bigger. His true calling is providing
comfort to those who need it at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and
other hospitals in Portland. He calms nerves when a child is undergoing
treatment that may cause fear or pain and he offers a nuzzle for someone
undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. His non-judgmental eyes garner
confidence in children who read to him at the library. Parker spends
time working with charitable organizations to raise awareness about
cancer. He wears a vest with more than 2,500 names of cancer patients,
and has walked all over the West Coast for a cure. In 2013 Parker was
cast as Sandy in a live theater production of "Annie." Tragedy struck
the cast when one of actresses playing an orphan and her sister were
killed in a hit and run. Parker's role went from playing Annie's lovable
mutt to resident therapy dog, providing comfort to the cast, crew, and
the parents.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

About Lois Pope, The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., and LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education)
As one of America's leading philanthropists, Lois Pope has positively impacted the lives of individuals at the local, national and international levels. She has established three separate organizations dedicated to helping those in need. These organizations are the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE), and the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation. For more than 20 years she has been the driving force behind the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, and a groundbreaking new program with American Humane Association in Palm Beach County. Lois Pope has recently donated two Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicles. Each rescue vehicle is a 50-foot long response unit, complete with a Ford F-350 truck and trailer, which is specifically designed and outfitted to provide an array of animal emergency services and cruelty responses within the region.

Mrs. Pope recently saw the completion of a decade's long dream - the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which was dedicated by President Obama in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The Memorial will forever stand as a reminder to the public and legislators of the courage and sacrifices of the four million living disabled veterans and all those who died before them for the need to be vigilant in assuring their support, as well as being aware of the human cost of war.

A mother and a grandmother, Lois has trained for and completed five New York City Marathons.

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About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks' flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 85 million homes. The country's leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other original content, including scripted primetime series, such as Cedar Cove, Good Witch, and When Calls the Heart; annual specials like Kitten Bowl and Hero Dog Awards and; a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home & Family. Additionally, in November 2014, Hallmark Channel became the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life's special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers such annual holiday programming events as Countdown to Christmas and Countdown to Valentine's Day. Rounding out the network's diverse slate are television's most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. Complementing Hallmark Channel's light-hearted and comedic fare, sibling network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries presents a unique mix of content that is more dramatic in tone, including original movies and such acquired series Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Hart to Hart.

Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

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About Zoetis
Zoetis (z?-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2014, the company generated annual revenues of $4.8 billion. With approximately 10,000 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2015, Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in 120 countries. For more information, visit

About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts - nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit

About Merial, Makers of NexGard
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,100 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over $2 billion in sales in 2014. Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see

About Modern Dog magazine
Modern Dog magazine is a must-read for dog lovers! Get inspired with the best ideas and solutions for life with dogs. Each issue features cool finds, design, insight into your dog's behaviour, best buys, wellness, rescue, training, fun DIY how-to's, contests and more! Modern Dog is your guide to a better bond with your dog. A large part of Modern Dog's mission is to support rescue and the organizations that work tirelessly to help to dogs in need.

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American Humane Association

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'Fatal Redemption' Racks up Another National US Literary Prize, by Winning the 2015 Indie Reader Discovery Award For Mystery/Suspense

'Fatal Redemption' Racks up Another National US Literary Prize, by Winning the 2015 Indie Reader Discovery Award For Mystery/Suspense

NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, 'Fatal Redemption' won the Mystery/Suspense category of the fourth annual
IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs), presented by bestselling Indie author Melissa Foster
at BookExpo America (BEA), the major literary trade show in New York City.

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Hot on the heels of winning the 'Crime Fiction Category' of the 3rd Annual Beverly
Hills International Book Awards and the 'General Fiction' category of the 2015 Great
Northwest Book Festival, this slick Mystery Thriller, a first in series, is now a 'must

Grady Harp, a top 10 reviewer at Amazon says: "This is one of the toughest, smartest,
most terrifying and well-conceived forays in the dark underworlds of two continents.
Crime, intrigue, romance, passion, political shenanigans fill this superb book. Stand
aside Lee Child, Tom Clancy, and Ian Fleming. Here is a new take on intrigue!"

Sally Will, a young, hyper-determined investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune
who smokes black cigars, drinks too much and suffers periodic panic attacks. Based in
Denver, she catches the story of a lifetime. In this roller-coaster mystery thriller,
Sally must overcome the Russian Mafia and its green-eyed assassin Katya, the Chicago mob
and an elusive mystery killer. Sally makes mistakes, she draws wrong conclusions, but with
the help of her lover, former FBI agent Lou Elliott, Sally confronts all the danger head

Written by Mark Boyden, an international business consultant moonlighting and Lou
Kilzer, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist.

Lou and Mark have completed the sequel, due out in the summer and are now working on
book three in the series. Lou says: "The energy is electrifying, now the characters are
writing themselves!" Buy 'Fatal Redemption' at Amazon in Paperback or as an E-Book at
Amazon, Nook,

ITunes or KOBO.


Enigmas Publishing


Enigmas Publishing

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Scripps introduces new country music format at WKTI, KTI COUNTRY, on 94.5 in Milwaukee

Scripps introduces new country music format at WKTI, KTI COUNTRY, on 94.5 in Milwaukee

CINCINNATI, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Milwaukee has a new country radio station.

The new KTI COUNTRY launched on 94.5 FM in Milwaukee at 10 a.m. today, according to Steve Wexler, vice president of radio for The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP).

"We are thrilled to bring Wisconsin a fun, engaging local radio station that features today's best country music and a strong commitment to serve our local community," Wexler said.

The new format replaces 94.5 The Lake, a music-intensive variety format that has aired on the station since 2009.

"Bringing back the iconic WKTI call letters was a natural decision for us as we build a radio station that will be filled with local personalities, information and entertainment," said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of Scripps' Milwaukee radio operations. "WKTI was famous for its connection to Wisconsin, and we're excited to bring back that strong local brand, this time married to great country music."

94.5 KTI COUNTRY is adding to a lineup of local on-air hosts, with more to come.

"We're on the hunt right now for personalities, including a morning show that will be fun, local and informative," Langmyer said. "We'll deliver great country music and local personalities as well as news, weather and sports updates from our sister stations, WTMJ-TV and Newsradio 620 WTMJ."

In addition to its powerful FM signal at 94.5 FM, KTI COUNTRY is streaming at and will soon be available in the Radio League app, which offers digital audio streaming of all the Scripps radio stations across the country.

"We see an excellent opportunity to build a great country station in Milwaukee," added Beverlee Brannigan, VP/Radio Programming for Scripps. "While KTI COUNTRY will feature great country music, its true mission will be to engage with our community in a meaningful way."

For a high-resolution KTI COUNTRY station logo, visit

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation's largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. When Scripps and the former Journal Communications merged their broadcast assets in early 2015, they also spun off their respective newspapers, creating a new public company, Journal Media Group. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including mobile video news service Newsy and weather app developer WeatherSphere. Scripps also produces television shows including The List and The Now, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation's largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, "Give light and the people will find their own way."

SOURCE The E.W. Scripps Company

The E.W. Scripps Company

CONTACT: Investor contact: Carolyn Micheli, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3732,; Media contact: Valerie Miller, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023,

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Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® Spotlights EcoZenith USA

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® Spotlights EcoZenith USA

Tune into Fox Business Network and Bloomberg International as sponsored programming on Sunday, May 31, 2015. See market by market listings below.

LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MMP (USA) announces Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® exclusive interview with EcoZenith USA. The efforts and ambitions of a cutting-edge plastic company are the subject of conversation on the latest edition of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. EcoZenith USA's CFO and Vice President, Steven Kim, speaks to show host Kathy Ireland about the hazards of non-renewable plastic products on health and the environment -- as well as the cutting-edge solutions EcoZenith USA plans to implement on a broad scale.

Kim begins by clarifying the urgency of the problem faced by a Pacific Ocean increasingly littered with plastic products that never degrade. He places special emphasis on the health impact these products can have on current and future generations. He cites findings by the Centers for Disease Control that the average American's body has significant levels of dangerous substances caused by exposure to these plastics, noting that such substances have the potential to cause hormonal imbalances and biological disturbances in children.

EcoZenith USA is fighting this growing problem by coming with safe, biodegradable alternatives to conventional plastics. Its current product is composed primarily of a natural substance known as calcium carbonate. According to Kim and an accompanying short video, calcium carbonate-based plastics are completely biodegradable, photodegradable, and harmless to humans.

Kim states that EcoZenith USA's ultimate goal over the next few years is to set up shop for American production and distributions of its alternative plastic products. He feels that America's abundant resources make this the next logical step in EcoZenith USA's development.

"We are very happy to feature EcoZenith USA on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®," says JL Haber, Vice President of Programming of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. "The effect on plastics on human health and sustainability is clearly a global issue, and we feel that it's important to showcase the work of innovative companies who are finding solutions that could literally save our planet and its inhabitants."

Tune in May 31, 2015 to see EcoZenith USA's interview on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming at 5:30pm EDT and on Bloomberg International as sponsored programming at 8:30am CET, 3:00pm HKT, and 10:00am CDT.

About Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is a weekly business television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives from all over the globe.

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® airs Sunday evenings throughout North America on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming and to over 50 countries throughout the world through Bloomberg International as sponsored programming.



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