Friday, July 31, 2009

Video: Meet the Stars of 'Mighty Dog(R) Nation: The Movie'

31 Jul 2009 14:00 Africa/Lagos

Video: Meet the Stars of 'Mighty Dog(R) Nation: The Movie'

Three Mighty Dogs Win Nationwide Casting

ST. LOUIS, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Lights, camera ... action! Hundreds of mighty dogs from across the country auditioned for the chance to star in a 3-5 minute dogumentary called "Mighty Dog Nation: The Movie." While it was a nose-to-nose competition, three spirited dogs pulled off a mighty feat by being chosen as the Grand Prize winners of the national video contest.

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Jesse, a Jack Russell Terrier, from Litchfield Park, Arizona; Jasmine, a Havanese from Gilbert, Arizona; and Mater, a mixed breed from Carmel, Indiana bested the competition by showcasing their star potential and attitudes that are bigger than their size. They will star in a dogumentary about the founding of Mighty Dog Nation, a first-of-its-kind nation that celebrates mighty dogs - the "everydog" whose spirited personality speaks louder than his bark.

Maria Menounos, TV personality, dog lover and Human Ambassador to the Mighty Dog Nation, picked the winners from 10 finalists with the help of dog lovers across the country who also voted online for their favorites.

"It was hard to pick just three winners because every dog is mighty in his or her own unique way," said Menounos. "Jesse, Jasmine and Mater truly have star potential and spirited personalities that will shine on screen."

Meet the Mighty Dogs

In their video "auditions," Jesse used ingenuity and creativity to defend his turf from an intruder; Jasmine performed remarkable mighty feats; and Mater had a doggone good time at the playground. Each of the winning mighty dogs will receive a featured role in "Mighty Dog Nation: The Movie" that will air on the Mighty Dog Web site in 2010, as well as a film premiere party in their hometown and a one-year supply of Purina Mighty Dog brand canned dog food. They also will appear in a 30-second film trailer that will air during a commercial break on the "National Dog Show" on NBC on Thanksgiving Day 2009.

Watch the Grand Prize-winning videos on and look for the debut of "Mighty Dog Nation: The Movie" on in 2010. Mighty Dog brand dog food is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company.

About Nestle Purina PetCare

The North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina was founded more than a century ago. Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. One of the leading global players in the pet food industry, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of the Swiss-based Nestle S.A. - the world's largest food company.

Source: Nestle Purina PetCare Company

CONTACT: Andrea Clark, Publicis Consultants | PR, +1-206-270-4639,; or Julie Kahn of Nestle Purina PetCare Company,

Web Site: Mighty Dog Nation: The Movie

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Dove® Body Washes with NutriumMoisture™ Restore Skin's Natural Moisture

New Dove® Body Washes with NutriumMoisture™ Restore Skin's Natural Moisture
Breakthrough Moisturizing Technology Cares for Surface Skin Ten Layers Deep

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Until now, all regular body washes caused dry skin damage. Now, Dove has discovered how to restore skin's natural moisture while cleansing with body wash. Current body washes actually damage proteins and lipids in the skin's outer layer, often leading to the loss of critical moisture. Recognizing skin lipids require different care than skin proteins, Dove developed its latest liquid cleansing technology called NutriumMoisture. Research published in the June 2009 issue of Cosmetic Dermatology confirms NutriumMoisture is clinically proven to preserve both skin's natural proteins and lipids while significantly reducing dryness and improving moisturization.

Dry skin damage caused by cleansing manifests itself as dry, itchy, flaky and tight skin. Some existing body washes address this damage by adding moisturizing ingredients, called occlusives, that sit on top of skin. While these additives help mask dry skin damage, they do not address the deeper problem of lipid damage caused during the cleansing process. Now with the introduction of NutriumMoisture, moisture loss caused by cleansing no longer has to be a skin care concern.

NutriumMoisture: A Breakthrough in the Body Wash Category
NutriumMoisture fuses the mild cleansing benefits of DEFI (Directly Esterified Fatty Isethionate) technology found in the iconic Dove Beauty Bar with a new, unique moisturizing complex that cares for surface skin ten layers deep. Unlike other body washes, this first-of-its-kind body wash technology takes a dual approach to healthy skin by preserving both proteins and lipids during cleansing which is critical for optimal skin health. The formulation is comprised of sodium lauroyl isethionate, a mild cleanser that reduces protein damage, and 100% skin-compatible natural moisturizers, including stearic acid, soybean oil and glycerin, that fully absorb into skin to replenish lipids lost during cleansing.

Dove has been at the forefront of research and breakthrough cleansing technology since the brand's inception. This dates back to the launch of the Dove Beauty Bar in 1957 which revolutionized the way women cared for their skin by providing the first alternative to soap that was less drying to skin. Now, Dove is once again bringing category-changing technology to the personal wash category.

"For over fifty years, Dove has led innovations in the skin care industry and the introduction of NutriumMoisture™ technology continues that tradition," said K.P. Ananth, Unilever principal research scientist. "We are thrilled our extensive research and testing has allowed us to be the first brand to minimize lipid damage with a liquid cleanser in order to provide intensive moisturizing benefits that strengthen and smooth skin."

NutriumMoisture: Most Effective Natural Nourishment
Dove NutriumMoisture contains the highest level of natural moisturizers in a body wash, making it the most effective natural nourishment ever. While moisturizers in other body washes sit on top of skin, new NutriumMoisture penetrates surface skin deep down to replenish skin where it is needed most. By absorbing into the skin, the moisturizing complex is able to deliver hydration for skin barrier components and processes to help skin maintain a healthy and resilient state.

"This technology represents an important change in the body cleansing paradigm. Until now, body wash products have only masked dry skin damage rather than effectively addressed it," said Dr. David Leffell, M.D.; professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale University's School of Medicine. "By targeting skin directly where damage occurs (within the surface layer), NutriumMoisture technology helps build a foundation for the stratum corneum to become stronger and the skin smoother."

NutriumMoisture: Clinically Proven to Deliver Results
The new Dove Body Wash collection with NutriumMoisture is clinically proven to deliver noticeable results. Results from a four-week clinical study show:

Significantly reduced dryness and improved moisturization in just three weeks. Both expert visual grading analysis and objective computer image analysis of high-resolution digital images of the subjects before and after three weeks of treatment, confirmed the effects were significant and noticeable.
Dryness reversed in one week (after switching from regular body wash)
Softer, smoother skin all over
More even skin tone
The new NutriumMoisture technology will be offered in Deep Moisture, Sensitive Skin and Gentle Exfoliating variants. The body washes will be available in August 2009 at food, drug, mass and club retailers. For more information visit


About Dove
The Dove mission is to make women feel more beautiful every day by challenging today's stereotypical view of beauty and inspiring women to take great care of themselves. Dove, manufactured by Unilever, is the No. 1 personal wash brand nationwide. One in every three households uses a Dove product, which includes beauty bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, body mists, hair care and styling aids. Dove is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.

About Unilever
Unilever's mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products.

In the United States, the portfolio includes major brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs nearly 12,000 people in both the United States and Puerto Rico – generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2008. For more information, visit

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Mechal Weiss/Edelman

Thursday, July 23, 2009

American Cancer Society, The Culinary Institute of America and "Ace of Cakes" Chef Duff Join Forces to Reinvent the Birthday Cake

American Cancer Society, The Culinary Institute of America and "Ace of Cakes" Chef Duff Join Forces to Reinvent the Birthday Cake

Emerging Chef Alexandra Mudry's New Take on Red Velvet is the Official Birthday Cake of the American Cancer Society

ATLANTA - July 23, 2009 - /PRNewswire/ — The American Cancer Society, the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, joined forces with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, to reinvent the birthday cake. Because healthy living is key to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays, the Society and the CIA challenged CIA's baking and pastry students to create a better-for-you birthday cake. CIA Alumni and star of Food Network's TV's "Ace of Cakes" Chef Duff Goldman joined the Society and the CIA to select the winner, Alexandra Mudry's new take on red velvet cake, from a pool of five talented finalists. The winner is now the official birthday cake of the American Cancer Society.

"Birthday cakes help people celebrate important milestones in meaningful ways. We see a significant opportunity to use the American Cancer Society's new official birthday cake to inspire people to stay well and lead healthier lives through simple lifestyle changes," said Elizabeth T.H. Fontham, M.P.H, Dr.P.H., national volunteer president, American Cancer Society. "Who better to help create a healthier birthday cake without sacrificing fun and flavor than The Culinary Institute of America and Chef Duff?"

The Society's official birthday cake is a healthier version of a red velvet cake that delivers plenty of taste but much less sugar and fat than a traditional recipe. In addition to cutting back on sugar, eggs, oil and butter, Mudry's inventive additions - including roasted beets, dried cherries, applesauce and whole grain flour - help kick the nutrients up a notch. The result: a better-for-you cake that tastes great and still has the fun, celebratory feel of a traditional birthday cake.

To help promote healthier birthday celebrations throughout the country, students from The Culinary Institute of America were challenged to create an easy-to-replicate cake recipe that incorporates ingredients that reduce some of the not-so-healthy ingredients typically found in cakes. Students submitted recipes that included an original cake recipe and a description of how the recipe used more healthful baking ingredients and/or substitutions to improve on the traditional birthday cake. The CIA deans evaluated the recipes and selected five finalists. The other finalists included:

Arthur Battistini, runner up, Hyde Park Campus
Tamara King, Hyde Park Campus
Lorraine Tran, Greystone Campus
Laura Sansone, Hyde Park Campus
"Our students are encouraged to include ingredients with high nutritional value in their recipes," said Thomas Vaccaro, associate dean for baking & pastry arts at The Culinary Institute of America. "When we were presented with an opportunity to work with the American Cancer Society to reinvent the birthday cake we were thrilled because the collaboration truly showcases our emerging chefs' commitment to producing more healthful recipes. We're also pleased to be part of the Society's efforts to raise awareness of healthy living to fight cancer as the disease has touched so many of our students in very personal ways."

Chef Duff selected the Official Birthday Cake of the American Cancer Society at his studio bakery, Charm City Cakes, where he tapes his popular Food Network show, "Ace of Cakes." The finalist judging will be featured in an upcoming "Ace of Cakes" episode.

"The idea of having an official birthday cake and celebrating more birthdays is a very positive way of looking at cancer and dealing with cancer," said Chef Duff. "If people are baking better-for-you cakes at home, then they are taking a step in the right direction to live longer, healthier lives and celebrate more birthdays. Baking isn't as scary as you think and the winning recipe is a prime example of just how easily more nutritious baking can be done at home."

To download the recipe for the official birthday cake of the American Cancer Society and more information on the finalists, visit Eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limited in processed and red meats is one important component of staying well to reduce your risk of cancer. In addition, it is important to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on five or more days a week; to get the cancer screenings that are appropriate based on your age and family history; and to avoid cigarette smoking.

The American Cancer Society invites people to join the movement to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by visiting where they can declare the American Cancer Society the official sponsor of their birthday, download a healthy "how to" birthday kit and send e-cards to friends and family. People can also spread the word on Facebook or by visiting

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit
Chef Duff Goldman's Contest Video and Contest B-Roll

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Becky Erwin, National Director, Media Relations
American Cancer Society, 404-417-5860

Donna Armstrong
Brodeur Partners on behalf of American Cancer Society
(202) 775.2650

St. John's Hospital Acquires Latest Technology in Robotic-Assisted Surgery

St. John's Hospital Acquires Latest Technology in Robotic-Assisted Surgery

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, recently became the only hospital in the Midwest to acquire a dual console da Vinci surgical robot, and one of three hospitals in the United States to purchase the new system.

The da Vinci is the latest robotic-assisted surgery system that gives surgeons an enhanced three-dimensional view of the operative field and greater flexibility to maneuver instruments during a minimally invasive procedure.

With the acquisition in late June of the dual console da Vinci, St. John's aims to be the Midwest leader in training for robotic surgery. The acquisition of the new dual-console da Vinci SI Surgical System will allow greater collaboration for surgeons and enhance teaching opportunities at St. John's Hospital. "With this technology, St. John's will attract the best and the brightest for training," said Bradley Schwartz, MD, the director for laparoscopy and endourology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Patients benefit from robotic surgery as well. Less pain, smaller scars, and a quicker recovery time are all benefits from the da Vinci. "Patients can get back to life faster," said Dave Schwabacher, RN, Robotics Coordinator at St. John's.
The new da Vinci SI was launched nationally in April and provides surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that allow for a minimally invasive approach to many complex surgical procedures.

The da Vinci robot allows a surgeon to operate through a console adjacent to the operating table. Unlike normal laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon has a full-range of motion and the same direct eye-hand instrument alignment found in open surgery. "The advantage to robotic surgery is that surgeons can operate in a very small incision as if our hands are right there," said Dr. Schwartz.

St. John's has been a leader in robotic surgery since 2004 with seven surgeons who have undergone specialized training currently using the da Vinci at St. John's. They are supported by 18 specially trained clinicians from the hospital's surgical staff. More than 300 patients have undergone a robotic surgical procedure at St. John's.
For more information and to view photos and a video about St. John's robotics program, please

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Monday, July 20, 2009

True Love is Unbreakable

True Love is Unbreakable

If you have never been in love, you cannot relate with me on this extraordinary experience of the romance of human existence. True love can only be experienced and not imagined.
Yes, temptations will surely come and you will face the trials with the tribulations, but true love will help you to overcome the temptations, trials and weaknesses of life as long as you believe in it and you never let go.
Our faith is our strength in the journey of life on earth.
True love will see you through all the circumstances of life.

You have heard and read of the love that is stronger than death.
Yes, this is true.
You know you cannot stop loving your loved ones even after they have passed on.
The loving memories of them will linger in her our hearts.
I still love my beloved mother even though she passed away 16 years ago.

True love is totally different from the marriage or romance of convenience that is so common these days and interesting times when most people prefer to bargain for their selfish gain in a relationship.
A woman is not better than a profiteer as she goes out with a man for the profits and fringe benefits of the status symbols and trophies of the rat race.
A man with low esteem also believes that he cannot hook that so called Upper Class chick except he is rich or has the fancy posh cars and palatial mansions. But the truth is, the woman you can entice and seduce with such vanities does not love you and while she is enjoying the luxuries with you, her heart is far away from you.
And in most cases, these women have gone out to have flings with the men they love.
You wonder why the trophy wife of the billionaire is sleeping with the struggling guy downtown.
You millions of naira, posh cars and mansion can make you win that trophy girlfriend or wife, but you will always feel insecure, because you know that without these luxuries she would have turned you down?

If she cannot love you when you are broke and flat, then she cannot still love you when your ship comes in.
It is when the chips are down that you will you those who truly love you and those who are simply dogs.
Only time will tell if someone truly loves you or not.
Through the fire of the crucible, true love becomes invincible.

Friday, July 17, 2009

ABSOLUT VODKA Launches Mobile Drink Application for iPhone and Google Android

ABSOLUT VODKA Launches Mobile Drink Application for iPhone and Google Android

Stockholm, July 16, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — ABSOLUT VODKA has launched Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT, a sophisticated drink application combining the latest mobile technology with GPS, Twitter and Facebook. Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT is an interactive encyclopedia of recipes that helps you find and share personalized drink recommendations based on spirit, taste, weather, time of day, bar vibe, sound volume, real-time drink trends and much more. Currently available as a free app for iPhone and iPodTouch users, Drinkspiration is the #1 free app in Sweden and has been downloaded 43,000 times in its first 13 days on the iTunes App Store. A version created for Google Android will be unveiled at the Android Market later this summer.

"Have you ever found yourself in a bar without really knowing what to order? With Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT you'll never have this problem again. Drinkspiration is your best friend in the bar, giving you guidance, personalized recommendations and an all-encompassing gateway to the drink universe, right in the palm of your hand" said Fredrick Tallroth, Senior Manager Interactive Marketing at The Absolut Company.

The Drinkspiration application features hundreds of vividly illustrated drink recipes to satisfy every drink preference. The user can browse recipes or get personalized and insightful drink recommendations based on personal taste, location or occasion. Being the ideal application for bar guests wanting to try something new, Drinkspiration is also the perfect inspirational tool for home bartenders and professionals.

Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT also lets users share their location and real-time drink choices through Facebook and Twitter. Combined with GPS capabilities, a status update generated by the application could be "John is having a Bloody Mary in Buenos Aires".

The mobile application also gives seamless integration with Sign up for an account and the drinks ordered in your mobile app automatically creates top lists in your profile. From you can also download live personal top list badges to embed on your blog or homepage, always updated with your favorite drinks.

Finally, the application gives you a glimpse of the international nightlife scene. In the World Section you see what drinks are ordered in real time across the globe and the application automatically collects and highlights global drink trends and top lists – all made possible by GPS technology.

"We wanted to create the first interactive spirits application of its kind, combining top-of-the line mobile technology with social media interaction and user generated content" said Fredrick Tallroth. "Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT solves any drink dilemma, quickly and in an inspiring way".

Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT is strictly intended only for persons above legal drinking age; by downloading the application, users confirm that they are 21 years of age or older. Users are required to declare that they are of legal drinking age to access the application and may only share Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT content with others who are above legal drinking age.

Download Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT for iPhone from iTunes App Store:

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Watch a Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT tutorial at

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Notes to the Editor:
Main features of the Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT application: drink recommendations based on a variety of contexts, hundreds of drink recipes and images, world trend list with real time updates on what drinks are ordered around the world, personal order history, Facebook and Twitter integration with auto-generated status updates, GPS capability, personal content to download from
Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT gives personalized drink choices based on a diverse range of categories: flavor, taste, spirit, color, popularity, time of day, location, trends, classics, drink type, bar vibe, sound volume, non-alcoholic, weather and more.
With a set of live digital badges, such as "My Personal Top List", users can embed relevant data into his or her blog or website.
Prior to installing the application, Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT requires the user to enter date of birth (Year/Month/Day). If the birth date indicates that the user is below legal drinking age, the person will be unable to use the application.
Any information entered will be used for technical reasons only. It will not be used by ABSOLUT for marketing purposes or sold to third parties.
For 30 years ABSOLUT VODKA has been at the edge of creativity, and the brand has a genuine enthusiasm for new technologies. Recently wins at the Webby Awards, One Show, Epica, Cresta and Cannes Lion are proof of the brand's passion for creativity, design and all things digital.
For further information, please contact:
Fredrick Tallroth
Senior Manager Interactive Marketing
The Absolut Company
+46 733 46 72 36

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production and marketing of ABSOLUT VODKA and Level Vodka. ABSOLUT VODKA is the world's fourth largest premium spirits brand, and it is sold in 126 markets. Every bottle of ABSOLUT VODKA is produced in Åhus in southern Sweden. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Since July, 2008, The Absolut Company is a part of Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector.

COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Honored With 14 Primetime Emmy(R) Nominations - A New Record For The Comedy Channel

16 Jul 2009 21:46 Africa/Lagos

COMEDY CENTRAL(R) Honored With 14 Primetime Emmy(R) Nominations - A New Record For The Comedy Channel

Ten-Time Emmy-Winner "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Cited Again For Program, Writing, Directing, Plus Two Picture Editing Nods, Totaling Five Nominations Writing Emmy-Winner Hit "The Colbert Report" Scores Three Nominations For Show, Writing And Directing "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!" Receives Three Emmy Nods For Music, Art Direction And Picture Editing Three-Time Emmy-Winning Animated Favorite "South Park" Receives Ninth Nomination Sarah Silverman, Quirky Heroine Of "The Sarah Silverman Program," Honored With Best Comedy Actress Nomination, The Show's First Picks Up Second Broadband Primetime Emmy Nomination

NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- COMEDY CENTRAL earned 14 nominations, besting its previous nomination record of 12, in the 2008-2009 Primetime Emmy Awards competition, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).

Eleven-time Emmy-winner (six times for program and five for writing) "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" the network's unique news parody series, is nominated this year in five categories: Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series and Chuck O'Neil, singled out for the sixth year-in-a-row for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. Two additional nominations came in the Picture Editing category, one each for Graham Knox Frazier and Einar Westerlund. This brings the grand total of Primetime Emmy nominations for the "Daily Show" to 32. The program is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

"The Colbert Report," with Stephen Colbert assuming a dismissive, Bill O'Reilly-like persona while commenting on the issues of the day, received three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series, a category in which it won its first Emmy last year, and Director Jim Hoskinson was cited for Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series. The show has been nominated in each of these categories for three years-in-a-row; its total number of nominations now stands at 15. The show has also been honored with the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

"A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!," Stephen Colbert's one-hour original musical holiday special with appearances and performances by some of Americas top musical talent, received Emmy nominations in three categories: Art Direction, Picture Editing and for Original Music And Lyrics.

Three-time Emmy-winner "South Park," the adult animation phenomenon, home to Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, received its ninth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. Nominated for the "Margaritaville" episode, the show in its 13th season remains COMEDY CENTRAL's highest-rated show.

Honored with the network's first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Sarah Silverman stars in the "The Sarah Silverman Program" acting out her absurd daily life, by means of an array of scripted scenes, animation and song. has received its second nomination for a Primetime Emmy, this year for its "The Daily Show: The Daily Show Correspondents On Jon Stewart." The Academy singled out the digital entry in its Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs area.

The Emmy Awards will be presented in two ceremonies. The first, primarily for creative arts categories, will take place on Saturday, September 12, while the balance of the Emmys, primarily for the performing arts, will be announced before a black-tie audience during a primetime telecast (ABC) on Sunday, September 20. Both ceremonies will take place at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.

The following is a complete list of COMEDY CENTRAL's nominations.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Steve Bodow, Head Writer, Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Josh Lieb, Rory Albanese,

Kevin Bleyer, Jason Ross, Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Sam Means, Rob Kutner, J.R. Havlan,

Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Elliott Kalan, Rachel Axler, Writers

Chuck O'Neil, Director, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart "The News Better Run"
Graham Knox Frazier, Editor

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart "Barack Obama: He Completes Us"
Einar Westerlund, Editor

The Colbert Report

Jim Hoskinson, The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

Tom Purcell, Head Writer, Stephen Colbert, Allison Silverman, Richard Dahm, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Barry Julien, Meredith Scardino, Writers

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM (For Programming One Hour or Less)
South Park, "Margaritaville"

The Sarah Silverman Program
Sarah Silverman as Sarah Silverman

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

Ellen Waggett, Production Designer, Jo Winiarski, Kelly Hanson, Art Directors

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
Jason Baker, Editor

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! "Much Worse Things"
Adam Schlesinger, Music, David Javerbaum, Lyrics


"The Daily Show: The Daily Show Correspondents On Jon Stewart"
Kahane Corn, Co-Executive Producer
Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Co-Executive Producer
Nick Poppy, Producer
Rich Sullivan, Producer

Source: COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

CONTACT: Mary Ann Minster, +1-212-767-8874,, or Tony Fox, +1-212-767-8746,

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

More Blacks Are Fatter Than Blacks

16 Jul 2009 15:43 Africa/Lagos

New Obesity Data Shows Blacks Have the Highest Rates of Obesity

Embargoed for Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 12 p.m. ET

Blacks had 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity, and Hispanics had 21 percent higher obesity prevalence compared with whites, according to researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Greater prevalences of obesity for blacks and whites were found in the South and Midwest than in the West and Northeast. Hispanics in the Northeast had lower obesity prevalence than Hispanics in the Midwest, South or West. The study, in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examined data from 2006-2008.

"This study highlights that in the United States, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by obesity,'' said Dr. William H. Dietz, Director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, "If we have any hope of stemming the rise in obesity, we must intensify our efforts to create an environment for healthy living in these communities."

The study uses data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BRFSS is an ongoing, state-based, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 18 years and older.

The study found that in 40 states, obesity prevalence among blacks was 30 percent or more. In five of those states, Alabama, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oregon, obesity prevalence among blacks was 40 percent or greater.

For blacks, the prevalence of obesity ranged from 23 percent to 45.1 percent among all states and the District of Columbia; among Hispanics in 50 states and DC, the prevalence of obesity ranged from 21 percent to 36.7 percent, with 11 states having an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or higher. Among whites in 50 states and the District of Columbia, the prevalence of obesity ranged from 9 percent to 30.2 percent, with only West Virginia having a prevalence of 30 percent or more.

"We know that racial and ethnic differences in obesity prevalence are likely due to both individual behaviors, as well as differences in the physical and social environment,'' said Liping Pan, M.D., M.P.H., lead author and epidemiologist. "We need a combination of policy and environmental changes that can create opportunities for healthier living."

For this study analysis, CDC analyzed the 2006 2008 BRFSS data. For more information on obesity trends, tables, including an animated map, visit To learn more about CDC's efforts in the fight against obesity or for more information about nutrition, physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, visit

CONTACT: CDC Division of Media Relations, +1-404-639-3286

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 16/

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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What is Barack Obama Looking At?

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009. Leaders of the Group of Eight major industrial nations and the main developing economies are meeting in the central Italian city of L'Aquila until Friday to discuss issues ranging from global economic stimulus to climate change and oil prices.

Barack, Barack! What are you looking at?
You are ogling at the buttocks of a sexy white woman?
Is the booty of your Black beauty wifey Michelle Obama not enough for you?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Video: What Are Those Little Red Bumps?

AmLactin® launches, a website devoted to managing dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - July 9, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — "Keratosis Pilaris," "Keratosis Pilaris." Hmm, sounds weird, doesn't it? Besides sounding weird, it's a common skin condition that according to the American Academy of Dermatology nags 40 percent of the world's population1, yet there is no cure. The AmLactin® family of moisturizers is launching, a website devoted to the management of the dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris also known as KP.

"The goal of is to educate people through an innovative creative approach about managing the dry skin associated with KP," said Mark Evenstad, president of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., the marketers of the AmLactin® family of moisturizers. "The website features Laurie Rose also known as Miss Little Red Bumps, and is designed to entertain people who are searching for information about KP."

As the virtual host of, Laurie Rose speaks to visitors with enticing, exciting and minimally icky information about KP in three vignettes. Visitors visit "Laurie's world" and experience her quirky, positive insights about the challenges of being a young person in today's millennium. Visitors are also regaled with "toe tapping" original songs designed purely for entertainment, which along with the vignettes, can be downloaded for free.

"KP is not fun because it often raises its ugly head in a person's teens and twenties so this contemporary site will be informative and entertaining because of its upbeat messages and free music and video downloads," said Dr. Alan Fleischer, professor and chair of the department of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "I see lots of patients who are suffering from extremely dry skin associated with KP so the management tips I provide on the site will also be of practical value."

The site also offers visitors valuable coupons for the AmLactin® family of moisturizers, including AmLactin®, AmLactin XL® and AmLactin® Foot Cream Therapy. For more information, visit

About Keratosis Pilaris and
There is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris (KP) and the cause remains unknown, however it tends to run in families. People with KP may experience flesh-colored or red bumps around hair follicles on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks, extremely dry skin and, in some cases, itching.1 It is important to be aware that other medical conditions can mimic KP, so people with these symptoms should visit a doctor or dermatologist to confirm a diagnosis. and The AmLactin® family of moisturizers are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition. Some skin conditions may be worsened by moisturizers, so people should always follow their doctor's skin care recommendations.

The AmLactin® family of moisturizers are the number one dermatologist and podiatrist recommended brand of moisturizers2,3 and are readily available without a prescription at fine retailers nationwide and online. For more information, visit

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly-growing pharmaceutical company that manufacturers and markets both prescription and consumer products. Upsher-Smith prides itself on providing safe, effective and economical therapies to the ever-challenged healthcare environment. For more information, visit

2. Most recommended moisturizing product for rough, dry skin. Omnibus Study. Dermatology Times. 2008
3. Kloos Donoghue S. Podiatry management annual practice survey. Podiatry Management. February 2009.

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Lauren Massarella
The Reilly Group
773-348-3800 ext 204

Nigerians Report on Happy Birthday Our Dear Wole Soyinka!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Michael Jackson, I Cannot Say Goodbye

Millions of the fans of Michael Jackson should stop sobbing and mourning him, and start celebrating the beautiful and wonderful memories of his awesome life from childhood. Michael Jackson, I cannot say goodbye.

Monday, July 06, 2009

1,000 Immigrants Celebrate U.S. Citizenship in Star-Spangled Event Friday Morning on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

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1,000 Immigrants Celebrate U.S. Citizenship in Star-Spangled Event Friday Morning on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

New citizens attend premiere of 're-Imagineered' Hall of Presidents attraction, now featuring President Barack Obama figure

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 3, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — In a stirring celebration of citizenship, more than 1,000 immigrants gathered on Main Street, U.S.A. early Friday to be "sworn in" as American citizens.

And then, as the country kicked off Independence Day weekend, these brand-new Americans attended a premiere performance of the newest Walt Disney World attraction, a "re-Imagineered" Hall of Presidents now featuring a lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama.

From more than 100 countries and ranging in age from 18 to 82, the immigrants took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during a morning ceremony jointly hosted by Disney Parks and Resorts and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

USCIS's highest-ranking official, Acting Deputy Director Michael Aytes, presided over the ceremony on the forecourt of Cinderella Castle. The event featured a welcoming address by Walt Disney World Resort President Meg Crofton, the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Actor Andy Garcia – a naturalized citizen himself – delivered a keynote address during the ceremony. Garcia, originally from Cuba, is an acclaimed actor known for roles in films as diverse as "The Untouchables," "The Godfather: Part III" and "Ocean's Eleven." The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tampa-based Senior Airman Brenda Langdon of the U.S. Air Force, an immigrant from Columbia who became a United States citizen during the ceremony.

"This year, Disney parks are asking our visitors 'What Will You Celebrate?'," said Walt Disney World Resort President Meg Crofton in her welcoming address. "And on a weekend when our entire nation celebrates its independence, we are honored to host – and celebrate – 1,000 individuals who are embracing American citizenship."

To cap a star-spangled morning, the new citizens and their family members previewed the Hall of Presidents attraction – which reopens July 4 in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom. The attraction has been closed since Election Day last November for a makeover that included installation of a lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure based on President Obama.

The figure of the country's 44th chief executive – which comes to life with recognizable mannerisms and makes comments that were recorded recently at the White House – is part of an eight-month makeover so significant that the iconic attraction has been retitled The Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders. Other updates to the re-Imagineered attraction which has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests since 1971:

A re-programmed Abraham Lincoln delivers arguably the greatest speech in the history of the presidency – the Gettysburg Address.
For the first time in the attraction's history, George Washington stands and delivers a stirring speech.
Developed with the assistance of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the show now tells a moving story of the bond between the presidents and "We, the People," focusing on the chief executives who have guided America through trying, turbulent times.
"Our goal with every major Disney attraction is to completely immerse our guests in a compelling story," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The stories associated with the American presidency are some of the most engaging and relevant our guests will hear while they are with us. And, like all great stories, these stories inspire, motivate and teach us to appreciate the challenges and personal triumph that comes with overcoming adversity."

Presentations of the Hall of Presidents show will take place daily beginning July 4 and are included with Magic Kingdom admission. For video of President Obama in the White House Map Room recording his audio track for the Hall of Presidents attraction, consumers may visit

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Beyonce Partners With Show Your Helping Hand(TM) Campaign to Help Fight Hunger in America

3 Jul 2009 00:24 Africa/Lagos

Beyonce Partners With Show Your Helping Hand(TM) Campaign to Help Fight Hunger in America

WHO: Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles

Houston community leader, Pastor Rudy of St. John's Downtown

C.E.O. / President Houston Food Bank - Brian Greene

U.S. Congresswoman - Sheila Jackson-Lee

WHAT: Exclusive PHOTO OPPORTUNITY with Beyonce, Pastor Rudy, U.S.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee and Brian Greene of Houston Food
Bank. Beyonce has partnered with General Mills' Hamburger
Helper(R) with the goal of helping Feeding America deliver more
than 3.5 million meals to local food banks through the Show Your
Helping Hand(TM) campaign. For more information, visit

Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the
"Beyonce Experience" tent located at Toyota Center, the site of
her "I AM..." concert.

WHERE: 1994 Championship Room
Toyota Center
1510 Polk Street
Houston, TX

WHEN: Saturday, July 4
5:00pm Media Check-In - Administrative entrance
(La Branch and Clay)
6:00pm Photo / Media opportunity
*(Spanish translator will be available)

RSVP: Yvette Noel-Schure, Columbia Records OR 212-833-4483
Yvette Noel-Schure, Columbia Records

Mark Young, Music World Entertainment 323-656-6401 or

Pam Becker, General Mills 763-764-2470 or

Bernice Neumann, Exponent PR 612 305 6163 or

Ross Fraser, Feeding America 312-641-6422 or

Betsy Ballard, Houston Food Bank 713 547 8653 or

Laura Maag, Toyota Center, Media check-in and escort on site 713-758-7272

/PRNewswire -- July 2/

Source: Music World/Columbia Records

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