Saturday, May 31, 2014

Amazon vs. Hachette Saga

LOS ALTOS, Calif., May 30, 2014 / - While Amazon and Hachette continue to haggle over their business contracts, consumers can still find coveted titles on's free search engine specializing in books.  Though Amazon has taken steps to reduce both the visibility and availability of Hachette publications on their website, this has not impacted consumer's ability to either locate or purchase any of Hachette's publications online. In fact, Hachette's broad selection of titles have always been available, both new and used, from hundreds of different online retailers and marketplaces. For example, the new highly anticipated hardcover book The Silkworm, written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is no longer available for pre-order at all through Amazon, and is simply marked as "Currently Unavailable." Before any J. K. Rowling fans panic though, keep in mind it is also available for pre-order from dozens of other online retailers at up to 28% off list price, even after taking tax and shipping costs into consideration [current pricing from as of 05/29/14]. This is hardly an Armageddon scenario, and rather, if anything, is simply an opportunity for consumers to explore the wider web.
As much as things change, they also stay the same. The old adage that a single store is never the cheapest for everything has remained true even as the world of commerce has evolved, and despite the best efforts of the largest retail giants, Amazon and Walmart, there is no single store with infinite breadth and depth of inventory. This makes the ability for a consumer to shop around just as important as ever, and also increasingly easy with the scope of the Internet and computer automation. The best way for consumers to maximize their purchasing power and exert their influence is, as always, not through brand or retailer loyalty, but rather through informed decisions made with the most current comprehensive information available. For books, this information is readily available at without any registration requirements, and in particular, current information on pricing and availability of the Hachette publications affected at is a free search engine specializing in books, building a comprehensive real-time search in seconds of over 300 online bookstores and marketplaces. Consumers can compare all of the copies available based on their format, condition, price after coupons, tax, and shipping to decide which copy is right for them.
Jeremy Jung


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Legend Maya Angelou dies

(CNN) -- A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.
Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.
The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.
Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress
One of Angelou's most praised books was "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
The memoir bore witness to the brutality of a Jim Crow South, portraying racism in stark language. Readers learned of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou's birth name) up to the age of 16: how she was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother's boyfriend. She was homeless and became a teen mother.
Its publication was both daring and historic given the era of its debut in 1969.
Maya Angelou: Poet, novelist and actress"All of the writers of my generation must honor the ground broken by Dr. Maya Angelou," author Tayari Jones posted on her Facebook page Wednesday.
"She told a story that wasn't allowed to be told," Jones said. "Now, people tell all sorts of things in memoir, but when she told the truth, she challenged a taboo -- not for shock value, but to heal us all."
Black American novelist Julian Mayfield is said to have described the autobiography as "a work of art which eludes description."
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was an international bestseller and nominated for a National Book Award in 1970. In six other autobiographical books she subsequently penned, Angelou revealed myriad interests and occupations of her life.
From being a drop-out to Dr. Angelou
Angelou spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco but dropped out of school at age 14.
When she was 16, Angelou became San Francisco's first female streetcar driver.
Angelou later returned to high school to get her diploma. She gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she developed a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the opera production "Porgy and Bess."
In 1957, she recorded her first album, "Miss Calypso."
In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in "The Blacks," an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.
"I created myself," Angelou once said. "I have taught myself so much."
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
"Maya Angelou has been a towering figure -- at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation," Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch said Wednesday. "We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights."
Angelou spoke at least six languages and worked as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. It was during that time that she wrote "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," the first in a series of autobiographical books.
"I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading," Angelou said.
Poetry after childhood tragedy
Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother's boyfriend raped her. He was beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
"My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years," she said.
From the silence, a louder voice was born.
In her poem "Caged Bird," Angelou wrote: "A free bird leaps/on the back of the wind/and floats downstream/till the current ends/and dips his wing/in the orange sun rays/and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks/down his narrow cage/can seldom see through/his bars of rage/his wings are clipped/and his feet are tied/so he opens his throat to sing."
Surrounded by greats
Angelou's list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as "sister friend." She counted Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the civil rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.
In an interview with CNN in January 2009, just days before President Obama was inaugurated for his first term, she gave her thoughts about the United States' election of its first black president.
"It was as if someone in the outer sphere said, 'What can we do to really show how important Martin Luther King was?'"
Seeing Obama about to take office made her feel proud, she said.
"I'm excited. I'm hopeful. I'm talking all the time to people, and sometimes I've really said it so many times I wonder if I'm coming off like a piece of tape recording, but I'm very proud to be an American.
"In 30 or 40 years, (the election) will not be considered so incredibly important. ... There will be other people in those next three or four decades who will run for the presidency -- some women, some native American, some Spanish-speaking, some Asian. We're about to grow up in this country."
Obama remembered Angelou on Wednesday, saying she was "one of the brightest lights of our time -- a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman."
He noted that she expressed her talents in many ways, but "above all, she was a storyteller" and "her greatest stories were true."
The president said that his own mother was so inspired by Angelou that she named his sister Maya.
'A long journey'
In CNN's 2009 interview, Angelou spoke in the way that she came to be famous for, each sentence a crescendo of emotion, a call to everyone to act and to be better.
"Our country needs us all right now to stand up and be counted. We need to try to be great citizens. We are necessary in this country, and we need to give something -- that is to say, go to a local hospital, go to the children's ward and offer to the nurse in charge an hour twice a month that you can give them reading children's stories or poetry," she said. "And go to an old folks' home and read the newspaper to somebody. Go to your church or your synagogue or your mosque, and say, 'I'd like to be of service. I have one hour twice a month.'
"You'll be surprised at how much better you will feel," she said. "And good done anywhere is good done everywhere."
Angelou was also one of the first black female film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards.
Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show.
"Look where we've all come from ... coming out of darkness, moving toward the light," she once said. "It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet."

Monday, May 26, 2014

Muhammad Ali "SAVED BY THE BELL"

ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 23, 2014   -- Crest Mountain Press announces a new book about World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali is being released that will take "SAVED BY THE BELL" from the Top of the Mountains to the Ends of the Earth.
SAVED BY THE BELL by author Arnold L. Beizer, a lifelong fan and long-time associate of Muhammad Ali tells the story of Muhammad Ali Championing the Cause of Freedom on behalf of American POWs/MIAs from the Vietnam War. It provides an exclusive and unique inside look into the POW issue for the world to see with untold secrets revealed and new facts uncovered about the plight of over 2500 missing and unaccounted for American servicemen last known alive and left behind after the Vietnam War was declared over.
SAVED BY THE BELL reveals some amazing truths about the challenges faced by Muhammad Ali not only in the boxing ring but also in the larger arena of life and how the Champ may still win another great Victory that can set the captives free. See also in Saved By The Bell previously classified government documents, photographs and stories about American POWS proving beyond any doubt that Some Still Survive decades after the Vietnam War. Will there be another trip to S.E. Asia to help bring them home? Will the Champ overcome health issues and speak out once more like the "Louisville Lip" who was lightning fast with a poem and a quip? What does the Bible say about setting the prisoners free and final Victory?
SAVED BY THE BELL presents a new look into the Heart of a Champion. It includes many never-before-told stories as well about the Champ's fun filled interaction with his fans as well as physical battles and spiritual challenges. It's chock-full of Ali's light hearted humor along with some real stinging jabs told in 12 exciting Rounds (Chapters). Read all about Muhammad Ali in a series of entertaining stories told in words and terrific pictures heretofore unpublished. Read the prediction by the late Jeane Dixon, world renowned prophet about the Champ written back in 1979.  Mrs. Dixon forewarned and foretold the Champ's health issues.
The Collector's Edition of SAVED BY THE BELL includes a Bonus DVD with an Ali audio Soliloquy never before released. Hear the Champ speak! The DVD also incorporates the only recorded video documenting Ali's complete visit to Vietnam in 1994. Moreover, it contains music videos with Music from the Heart of America performed by Rita, Israel's Queen of Song… There is always a "Ray of Hope" that some American servicemen held captive for decades will return to freedom and be Saved By The Bell when the bell tolls "Let Freedom Ring!"
You can have your own Collector's Edition of SAVED BY THE BELL and help support Muhammad Ali and American POW/MIA families fighting for the cause of freedom. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Muhammad Ali Center and Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
SOURCE Crest Mountain Press

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Michelle Obama Promote Arts Education

BOHEMIA, N.Y., May 24, 2014, a leading online directory of top art schools, applauds Michelle Obama for organizing a White House talent show to raise awareness of the importance of arts education.

According to a May 20th article published by PBS titled "First Lady Michelle Obama promotes arts education program with White House talent show," the First Lady teamed up with the Committee on the Arts and Humanities to host a talent show at the White House. The talent show, in collaboration with the Education Department, featured students from "poor-performing schools that participate in the committee's Turnaround Arts program."

The committee started the Turnaround Arts program in an effort to prove that arts education fosters positive learning environments. The talent show helped to showcase students from each of the schools participating in the program. Michelle Obama also spoke on how this program has improved student learning and educational growth.

Andrew Girard, a representative at, a directory of top art schools, says it's encouraging to see the nation's leaders taking steps to improve arts education in school systems. "This program not only helps to enrich the lives of many students, but it also acts as a creative outlet," he says. "Art, music and drama have been proven to help students improve their skills in other areas. It's important that we do not neglect arts education due to budget cuts. Instead, we must think of a way to fund these programs to ensure all students have access to art." is a comprehensive directory of art degrees, art schools and art-related programs listed and maintained by, the leading platform for job seekers. is dedicated to assisting prospective artists, teachers, and students find schools, jobs, and programs best suited for their preferences. Whether you're looking for a new job, a new school or a new direction, the directory offers insight into top degree programs in a variety of fields, including graphic design, fashion design, interior design, game design, web design, photography and film. is an affiliate of, a similar directory featuring the best culinary arts schools.
Media Contact: Scott Darrohn,, 855-347-4228,


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

AJC: Polish MP Attacks Holocaust Restitution

NEW YORK, May 18, 2014 /  -- AJC is enraged by a Polish lawmaker's claim that Holocaust-era restitution by Poland should cease. MP Slawomir Kopycinski, of the Europa Plus party, called the Regulatory Commission for Jewish Communities "the fourth partition of Poland," and said the government body should be shut.
"Mr. Kopycinski's claims are specious and completely divorced from the reality of Polish restitution, which has largely been a slow and incomplete process," said Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs.
Baker, who has long been involved in negotiations with the Polish government regarding restitution issues, also questioned the timing of Kopycinski's "incendiary remarks." 
In addition to serving in the Polish parliament, Kopycinski is a candidate for a seat in the European Parliament. "By disparaging the legitimate claims of the Jewish community Mr. Kopycinski is injecting anti-Semitism directly into the elections campaign, a disturbing trend already seen in other European Union countries, but not in Poland until now. We hope that Europa Plus leaders will categorically repudiate Kopycinski's offensive views."
Legislation adopted in 1997, creating the Regulatory Commission, pertained to restitution claims on communal property -- buildings, houses of worship, cemeteries -- and excluded non-religious and commercial properties that may have been owned by Jewish communities.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee

Tags : Jewish, Semitism,Affairs,Holocaust,Polish

Los Angeles Food & Wine Descends On The City For The Fourth Annual Culinary Extravaganza, August 21-24, 2014

The country's most celebrated culinary talent, artists, and personalities take over Downtown Los Angeles - amid the epicenter of culture and art - over a three-night, four-day food and wine celebration


 LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 / -- Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), the producers of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Harvest Farm-to-Table, and restaurateurs behind the recently opened Faith & Flower concept in Downtown Los Angeles, announce the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival taking place August 21-24, 2014. For the fourth straight year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, returns to Downtown Los Angeles, one of the country's premier cultural destinations.  The culinary world's most recognized names and faces will come together for an epicurean kaleidoscope of festivities that will take over the heart of Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day extravaganza. "We are setting the bar high for the fourth year to bring together dynamic and unprecedented chef pairings and collaborations," says Co-Founder David Bernahl II. "We plan for this event the entire year, and we want return guests as well as first time guests to be blown away."

Anchored within the center of the city, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will feature an unparalleled weekend of festivities. Enjoy live culinary demonstrations including Jenn-Air Master Class Series; tastings from world-class wineries; the LEXUS Grand Tasting; book signings; mixology seminars; activations from returning sponsors including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Delta Airlines and JENN-AIR; as well as new partners, such as Chase Sapphire Preferred®, a premier travel and dining rewards card from Chase, acting as the presenting sponsor of this year's kickoff event, Ultimate Bites of L.A. on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Featuring the first ever Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge, two of L.A.'s most influential chefs will team up with visiting chefs to compete for charity. Chase Sapphire card members will enjoy VIP lounges, event speed lines, and access to an exclusive luncheon and intimate meet-and-greets with chefs during the festival.
Thoughtfully curated, each moment of the festival will bring a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to have access to award-winning celebrity chefs paired with music performances from nationally recognizable artists. Guests will savor acclaimed cuisine from over 100 celebrity and world-class chefs, and over 200 wines curated from prestigious wineries. "We are continuously in awe over the culinary talent this city has to offer," says CLM Co-Founder, Robert Weakley. "Collectively, the passion and dedication from the country's most influential chefs, along with their counterparts in L.A., creates an experience unlike any other. In the end, we simply want to enjoy good wine and food, all rolled up into one epic weekend."
Locals and visitors alike will experience the cultural diversity of Los Angeles's culinary scene within this inclusive setting. Additionally, Los Angeles Food & Wine will also feature events taking place throughout greater Los Angeles during the four-day celebration—from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica—as participants have the opportunity to partake in themed lunches and marquee chef collaborations. Tickets will be available for pre-sale to Chase Sapphire card members starting on June 16th through June 18th and to the general public on June 19, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at including full- and half-day packages, as well as specialty ticketed events throughout the city. 

ABOUT LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE:Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with generous support from Founding Partners FOOD & WINE, Lexus, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Resort, JENN-AIR, Delta Airlines, is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amid one of the country's foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry's brightest talents. The star-studded lineup has included celebrated chefs such as Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Thomas Keller, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and local favorites such as Rory Hermann, Michael Voltaggio, Matsuhisa Nobu, and Sang Yoon. For more information, please visit

ABOUT COASTAL LUXURY MANAGEMENT, LLC:Coastal Luxury Management, LLC (CLM), founded and managed by David Alan Bernahl II and Robert Weakley, creates unique experiential opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, restaurant, and event sectors. In addition to being named one of Inc. Magazine's "Top Food & Beverage Companies" in 2012 and 2013, CLM has also been included in the annual Inc. 500/5000 ranking of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for the past two years. CLM produces Pebble Beach Food & Wine and the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, both known for bringing together the highest caliber of culinary and wine talents to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences; as well as Harvest: Farm-to-Table, a family friendly event held in Carmel Valley, California. CLM's catering division, Coastal Luxury Catering, combines the company's restaurant and event divisions to offer full-service event planning and catering services for a variety of social, corporate and non-profit events throughout the country. CLM's restaurant division includes: Restaurant 1833, named one of Robb Report's 2012 "Best of the Best" and a James Beard Foundation 2012 "Best New Restaurant" nominee; Cannery Row Brewing Company, home to one of the largest draft and bottled craft beer selections in Central California; Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a modern venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and show, to create a grand social experiment; and the recently opened Downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Faith & Flower.  In the winter of 2013, through their continued partnership with Hospitality Entrepreneur Charles Banks, CLM launched Vessel, their newest endeavor aimed towards redefining the way people dine. Vessel offers a highly curated selection of glassware and tabletop accessories sourced from across the globe for retail consumers and restaurant venues. For more information about Coastal Luxury Management, please contact

Contacts:Vanessa Kanegai / Alex Melelian
Wagstaff Worldwide
SOURCE Los Angeles Food & Wine


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Monday, May 12, 2014

World-Renowned Inventors Inspire The Next-Generation Of Innovation Through 2014 Nationwide Camp Invention Program

Curriculum Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Developed to Inspire Curiosity and Prevent "Summer Slide"

CANTON, Ohio, May 12, 2014  -- National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are igniting a nationwide call-to-action to inspire America's next generation of innovation and creativity through Camp Invention.

The program is the nation's premier summer enrichment day camp that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and encourages creativity and curiosity for youth during summer vacation in order to prevent "summer slide," a term used to describe the loss of students' academic skills and knowledge during the summer. 
"Camp Invention provides us, as Inductees, the opportunity to inspire and challenge the children through our experiences in youth and beyond," said Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera and 2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee. "Developing future inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and instilling the core values of creative problem-solving sets this camp apart from the rest. Children leave after a week with skills that will last a lifetime."
According to a Harris Poll study, conducted by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at University of Missouri-Columbia, 65 percent of parents acknowledged that they take action to prevent summer slide. Yet, only 38 percent of those parents consider registering their kids for educational summer camps, such as the Camp Invention. The study also reveals that students lose an average of one to three months of what they have learned upon returning back to school after summer break.
Camp Invention's 2014 curriculum is inspired by the world's most well known innovators and is developed in partnership with the USPTO and the Collegiate Inventors Competition. This year's program is themed "Morphed!" and will immerse elementary students in hands-on activities where attendees will have a chance to build original prototypes, create a personalized motor-powered vehicle and disassemble electronics to build an insect-themed pinball machine. Local camp programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in those communities.
"We work with our partners – who include world-renowned innovators – to create programs that inspire inventive thinking and creative problem-solving, while sharpening students' STEM skills," said Mike Oister. CEO of Invent Now, which coordinates Camp Invention. "The students that go through Camp Invention have bright futures ahead of them and we are proud to be a part of an organization that will continue to inspire innovation in youth for many decades to come."
The majority of the day camp programs will take place from May all the way through August. To find a camp in your local community, visit our Camp Finder or for additional information, visit
Other findings from the Harris poll include:
  • Fifty-six percent of parents said that they require their kids to read or participate in educational activities, such completing worksheets to prevent summer slide, and 52 percent said they engage in family activities that involve academic skills;
  • Sixty-six percent of parents believe educational enrichment is important when they were asked what they consider when choosing a summer camp;
  • When parents were asked about signs that indicate their children have creative minds, 48 percent said "interest in learning how things work," 40 percent said "imaginative play," and 38 percent said "interest in writing stories and/or reading."
About Camp Invention: Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades one through six to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world's great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Through these three entities, over 250,000 children, teachers, parents, college students and independent inventors are encouraged to explore science and technology programs every year. 
About Invent Now:The mission of Invent Now is to be a catalyst for change through recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Invent Now was founded in 1973 as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, now a supporting organization, with the mission of recognizing and honoring the great inventors of our time. A supporting organization of Invent Now, Inc., the National Inventors Hall of Fame honors individuals in recognition of their patented inventions that have created entire industries and driven this nation's economic progress.
Beth Thompson
SOURCE Camp Invention


Monday, May 5, 2014

My Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and in most of the U.S. "Cinco de mayo." Its origins are to be found in the will of the Mexican-American community to enhance the themes of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, the anniversary is seen as a celebration of Mexican pride. In Mexico, principally in the state of Puebla, the holiday commemorates the day of victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) and is also known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla.
But May 5 reminds me of another event, perhaps less important, but I would like to remind those who have no memory or pretend not to have:

 But May 5 also reminds me of other events, perhaps most important:

 1981Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

 1920 – Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.

 1964 – The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.

 1860Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.

1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 1944 – German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece

 1972Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.

 1987Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America

 That May 5th is a celebration of the memory, to each his own, to each his memories, the same pains and the same joys for a better future.

 Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Children's Oncology Drug Alliance (CODA) Formed to Facilitate Development of Treatments for Childhood Cancers

Alliance of Australian and U.S. researchers and children's cancer advocates focused on developing drugs as potential treatments for neuroblastoma, the most common solid form of childhood cancer


SYDNEY and COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 4, 2014 -- Researchers and children's cancer advocates in Australia and the U.S. have formed a unique research and development alliance to facilitate development of treatments for children fighting neuroblastoma, the most common and fatal form of solid cancer affecting infants.
The Children's Oncology Drug Alliance (CODA) unites the research and resources of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia and its commercialization arm, NewSouth Innovations; The Kids' Cancer Project, an Australia-based childhood cancer research charity; Novogen, an ASX and NASDAQ-listed Australian oncology drug development company; and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. CODA's mission is to help accelerate development of an innovative new therapeutic approach to neuroblastoma.
"For too long, childhood cancers have been neglected despite the progress made with treatments for adult cancers. The Alliance brings together the science, expertise and funding to accelerate the development of a medicine that has the potential to change the way we treat solid cancers in children," said Professor Peter Gunning, Head of the Oncology Research Unit at UNSW Medicine.
Currently there is no medicine approved to treat neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects up to 100 children in Australia and around 650 in the United States each year. Childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma currently are treated with chemotherapies that have been developed for adults with little consideration to the special needs of children.
CODA plans to work with U.S. and Australian regulators to launch and advance clinical trials of a unique new anti-cancer approach originally discovered and investigated by Professor Gunning's UNSW research team and funded by The Kids' Cancer Project. Now being taken forward commercially by Novogen, the drug, which belongs to a class of therapies known as anti-tropomyosins, has been specifically tailored to selectively target the structure of the cancer cell, causing it to collapse without adversely impacting healthy cells.
"These drugs are very promising and long overdue," said Professor Peter Smith, M.D., Dean of UNSW Medicine, who has worked as a childhood oncologist and is a member of The Kids' Cancer Project's Research Advisory Committee. "Based on evidence seen in pre-clinical models, the anti-tropomyosins appear to have the potential to become the most significant development in the treatment of childhood cancer in more than 20 years."
"Our research has shown anti-tropomyosins to be highly effective at killing neuroblastoma cells and slowing their growth in animal models," said Professor Timothy Cripe, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the Nationwide Children's Hospital. Affiliated with The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for treating children with neuroblastoma.
"The Holy Grail of childhood cancer therapy is a medicine that is effective against the cancer, but doesn't leave the sort of damage that the child then has to deal with for the rest of his or her life," Novogen CEO, Dr. Graham Kelly, said. "We believe the drugs we have developed have the potency, selectivity and safety profile to meet the special needs of children," he said.
"We intend to make both our anti-tropomyosin and super-benzopyran drug technologies available for this cause," Kelly added.
Novogen currently is finalizing pre-clinical research of its two lead dug candidates, with the goal of starting clinical studies in Australian and U.S. patients in 2015. The aim is that the childhood trials in neuroblastoma will be progressed in parallel with trials of anti-tropomyosins and super-benzopyrans for a number of adult cancers.
Novogen acquired the anti-tropomyosin technology from another Australian biotechnology company in 2013 and has used its drug discovery expertise to produce molecules substantially more potent in the lab than those originally developed.
The Kids' Cancer Project has supported the anti-tropomyosin research program since its beginnings in 1998, providing funding of $9 million to date. The charity also aims to raise a further $2.7 million to support clinical trials of the new medicine in children with neuroblastoma who have exhausted other treatment options.
Col Reynolds OAM, Founder of The Kids' Cancer Project, said: "Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to fund the initial research and proof-of-concept studies. The Alliance with Novogen and the other CODA partners now provides the means to progress to the clinical trial phase."
Mr. Reynolds said The Kids' Cancer Project would continue to fundraise to ensure that the next phase of research into a treatment for neuroblastoma was not delayed. He highlighted that childhood cancers are second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost to cancer in Australia. "The Alliance would like to see other groups join the cause. We are keen to partner with anyone who can contribute to the development of improved treatment options for children with cancer," he said.
The clinical trials due to start in the U.S. and Australia next year are the first important step towards this treatment becoming available to patients on a general basis; the process of which is expected to take a number of years.
Donations to The Kids' Cancer Project can be made at
About NeuroblastomaNeuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Neuroblastoma most commonly arises in and around the adrenal glands, which have similar origins to nerve cells and sit atop the kidneys. However, neuroblastoma can also develop in other areas of the abdomen and in the chest, neck and near the spine, where groups of nerve cells exist. Neuroblastoma most commonly affects children age 5 or younger, though it may rarely occur in older children. Some forms of neuroblastoma go away on their own, while others may require multiple treatments.
About The Kids Cancer ProjectThe Kids' Cancer Project is an Australian charity focused on finding cures for childhood cancer. Their aim is to fund research programs dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer. Ultimately, finding a cure is about saving children's lives and ending the heartbreak childhood cancer brings to so many families. Currently The Kids' Cancer Project is focused on finding cures for brain tumours and neuroblastoma.
About the University of New South Wales AustraliaUNSW Australia is one of the country's leading research and teaching universities. Established in 1949, it is ranked among the top 60 universities in the world, renowned for the quality of its graduates and its world-class research. UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, and of the prestigious international network Universitas 21. With more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries, it is one of Australia's most cosmopolitan universities.
About NewSouth InnovationsNewSouth Innovations is the gateway to research discoveries and inventions created at UNSW Australia. (The University of New South Wales). NSi focuses on transforming research discoveries into successful innovations and products to benefit society, the economy and future generations. 
About Nationwide Children's HospitalRanked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report's 2013-14 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" list and among the Top 10 on Parents magazine's 2013 "Best Children's Hospitals" list, Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing care for infants, children and adolescents as well as adult patients with congenital disease. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's faculty train the next generation of pediatricians, scientists and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities in the U.S., supporting basic, clinical, translational and health services research at Nationwide Children's. The Research Institute encompasses three research facilities totaling 525,000 square feet dedicated to research. More information is available at
About NovogenNovogen is a public, Australian biotechnology company whose shares trade on both the Australian Securities Exchange ('NRT') and NASDAQ ('NVGN').  The Company is based in Sydney, Australia, and with a U.S. office in New Haven, Connecticut. The Company has two main drug technology platforms known as super-benzopyrans (SBP) and anti-tropomyosins (ATM). SBP drugs target cancer stem cells and are being developed for the treatment of ovarian cancer and glioblastoma. ATM drugs target the cancer cell cytoskeleton and are being developed for the treatment of melanoma, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and neuroblastoma. Novogen has entered into a joint venture with Yale University known as CanTx Inc. with the aim of developing an intra-peritoneal product for late-stage ovarian cancer.
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ContactIn AustraliaJay PleassEthical Strategies(0412 623 578) John Morton02 8904 7300
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Friday, May 2, 2014

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President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 / The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that three new members have been appointed to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately.
NCD's new members Benro T. Ogunyipe, Dr. Katherine D. Seelman and Royal P. Walker, Jr. will join Janice Lehrer-Stein who is returning to the Council, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen, and Council members Clyde Terry, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Stephanie Orlando, Captain Jonathan F. Kuniholm, USMC (Retired), Lynnae M. Ruttledge and Alice Wong all previously appointed by the President, to round out NCD's roster. Biographies for the new Council members are at the end of this release.
=============================================================== Sponsors GayDays Orlando 2014, Announces National Rollout of All-Inclusive Dating and Social Networking Site for the LGBTQ Community

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, GayDays draws more than 150,000 people to central Florida for a week of celebration and community. Among this year's event sponsors is, the online dating and networking portal that's taking the country by storm.
For more than twenty years, GayDays Orlando has provided an opportunity for people from around the world to meet and greet other members of the LGBTQ community. GayDays festivities fall into three main categories: theme park visits, hotel events, and city events. Organizers rightly describe the seven-day party as an "all-over-town, something-for-everyone extravaganza. Reade more


Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good" First Single From XSCAPE Premieres Tonight at the iHeart Radio Music Awards

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 / -- On May 2, Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good," produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort and Paul Anka, the first single from XSCAPE (May 13), the album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop. XSCAPE features 8 songs originally recorded between 1983 and 1999, and showcases why Michael Jackson remains an indelible influence on contemporary artists today. Reade more


President Obama Appoints Three New Members and One Returning Member to the National Council on Disability

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 / The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the Administration, Congress and other federal agencies – welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that three new members have been appointed to the agency. In addition, Councilmember Janice Lehrer-Stein was reappointed for a second term. New members are expected to begin work with NCD immediately.
NCD's new members Benro T. Ogunyipe, Dr. Katherine D. Seelman and Royal P. Walker, Jr. will join Janice Lehrer-Stein who is returning to the Council, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen, and Council members Clyde Terry, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Stephanie Orlando, Captain Jonathan F. Kuniholm, USMC (Retired), Lynnae M. Ruttledge and Alice Wong all previously appointed by the President, to round out NCD's roster. Biographies for the new Council members are at the end of this release.
"The Council extends a warm welcome to our outstanding incoming members and to Janice Lehrer-Stein who returns for a second term," proclaimed NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen. "The depth and breadth of experience and knowledge they will bring to the Council's existing work will prove invaluable in our collective quest to ensure the human, civil, and legal rights of Americans with disabilities across the nation."
NCD also expresses its collective gratitude to the outgoing members Pamela Young-Holmes, Matan Koch and Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil for their terrific work on behalf of Americans with disabilities and for their commitment to public service.
Biographies of the Presidentially-appointed members of the National Council on Disability, both new and currently serving, are all available on NCD's website at:
About the National Council on Disability (NCD): NCD is an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff, who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, programs, and practices. Members are appointed by the President, from diverse backgrounds across the nation, and the disability spectrum. 
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SOURCE National Council on Disability Sponsors GayDays Orlando 2014, Announces National Rollout of All-Inclusive Dating and Social Networking Site for the LGBTQ Community

NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, GayDays draws more than 150,000 people to central Florida for a week of celebration and community. Among this year's event sponsors is, the online dating and networking portal that's taking the country by storm.
For more than twenty years, GayDays Orlando has provided an opportunity for people from around the world to meet and greet other members of the LGBTQ community. GayDays festivities fall into three main categories: theme park visits, hotel events, and city events. Organizers rightly describe the seven-day party as an "all-over-town, something-for-everyone extravaganza." This year's event runs from June 3 to 9.
GayDays generates an estimated $600 million in economic stimulus for the greater Orlando economy, so ensuring the week kicks off without a hitch is important. Making that possible are the many sponsorship partners like "We're very excited to be sponsors of GayDays and to announce our site's availability in all 50 states," said Jordan Weiss, co-founder of "With such a strong response to the service we offer, the team agreed that now is the time to go national. All of's great features will remain the same, but members will soon notice an even larger and more diverse community taking shape."
Positioning itself as "progressive LGBTQ online dating," the site is serious about being all-inclusive. Pansexual, asexual, and intersex individuals are all welcome; no one is pigeon-holed. The optional LGBTQuestionnaire can provide compatibility insight but creates absolutely no obligation. also serves a purpose beyond finding romance. In addition to searching for their significant other, free and paid members can make new friends or learn about community events. 
Since launching in November of last year, has acquired thousands of members and racked up more than 15,000 Facebook likes, as the dating and social networking site has grown from just a few states to a nationwide phenomenon. The site is a proud member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York chapter.
As members of the LGBTQ community, we have been on numerous dating sites over the years. Being a part of this community, we found it to be both challenging and frustrating for those looking tirelessly for meaningful romantic relationships. Most gay online dating sites are not inclusive of everyone in our community and focus mostly on "hook ups." The mission of is to provide a safe haven for those in search of romantic relationships and friendships.
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