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    April 9, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Imagine a hospital without power for seven months. Imagine a patient with burns on sixty percent of her body. Imagine if you were that patient and that this was the hospital where you were being cared for. This is the reality of medical care in the Njombe Region of Tanzania, Africa, one of the poorest and least developed regions in southwest Tanzania and often referred to as the "forgotten land" by the residents. The villages in this area are all in critical need of local health services, reliable electric power and safe drinking water.

    After visiting this region Lucy Rodriguez was inspired to found Operation Upendo, Inc., an Idaho-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Her vision is to provide various aspects of humanitarian assistance to the poor in remote areas of Tanzania.

    The seed for Operation Upendo started in 1997 when Lucy traveled to Tanzania on a vacation. While on safari she observed the magnificent wildlife of Africa, but also became aware of the hardships of the residents. This impacted her life in a profound way. In 2009, she began to realize her dream.

    OPERATION UPENDO  Njombe Region of Tanzania, Africa

    Lucy made three fact-finding trips to Tanzania, two of which included her volunteer medical director. Based on those trips it was determined that the immediate goal should be to rebuild St. John's Hospital, including the provision of reliable electric power.

    Operation Upendo's approach is to provide the training and the means that will make it possible for the people to improve their living conditions and become self-sustaining; a jumpstart rather than endless handouts. Operation Upendo will work with non-government organizations in Tanzania, also known as NGOs, that know what the people of Tanzania need in order to improve their quality of life. However, in many cases these NGOs are unable to progress with their project plans due to lack of financial and/or project support. Operation Upendo intends to select and qualify existing NGOs to work with directly to accomplish its goals.

    Upendo means love in Swahili. Those who join Operation Upendo will become an important part of the organization's core group of volunteers whose mission is to help the less fortunate in Tanzania. But more importantly, they will leave a life-long legacy for generations to come.

    For more information about Operation Upendo please visit We need the help of people that can volunteer their time to this worthy cause.

    PO Box 1054
    Meridian, Idaho 83680
    Office Phone: 208-297-5624
    Lucy Rodriguez, Founder/President
    David Posey, Secretary/Treasurer



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    New offering protects budgets and simplifies vendor billing for academic, government and corporate library customers

    Shallotte, NC (MMD Newswire) April 9, 2013 -- WT Cox Information Services today announced a new spend management offering, which enables WT Cox customers to more easily manage literature acquisition spending by providing single-source invoicing for document delivery via Reprints Desk. Academic institutions, government organizations, and corporations use document delivery as a legal method for retrieving single copies of full-text papers from scholarly peer-reviewed journals when subscription access does not exist and as a supplemental alternative to interlibrary loan (ILL).

    WT Cox subscription customers who activate this option will set up a vendor account with Reprints Desk, but instead of receiving a monthly invoice from Reprints Desk and paying Reprints Desk independently, WT Cox customers will be billed by WT Cox and submit payment to WT Cox using their established systems and workflows.

    "Providing Reprints Desk services directly to WT Cox customers is beneficial in that our libraries can now create a deposit account and access document delivery services all within their existing payment methods. As an information partner, this is another important service that we can offer our customers to save their library time and money," said Michael Markwith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

    WT Cox is a full-service serials and information services provider, serving academic, corporate, special, government, school and public libraries nationwide. WT Cox offers a portfolio of services that include electronic and print subscription access, eBooks, ERM solution, discovery tool, online serials management tools, personalized services, transitions coordinators and free service proposals.

    Reprints Desk has held lone honors as the top-rated document delivery supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc. since 2008. Reprints Desk recently announced the release of its new academic document delivery

    collection service featuring special academic pricing. The company also launched its new article-level Open Access (OA) Filter in March 2013, which helps customers to dramatically reduce document delivery spending by processing all orders through Reprints Desk's proprietary OA Filter before being processed as an external document delivery fill.

    For more information about WT Cox Information Services, visit online. For more information about Reprints Desk, visit online.

    About WT Cox Information Services

    Founded in 1974, WT Cox is a full-service serials and information services provider, serving academic, corporate, special, government, school and public libraries nationwide. WT Cox offers a portfolio of services that include electronic and print subscription access, eBooks, ERM solution, discovery tool, online serials management tools, personalized services, transitions coordinators and free service proposals.

    About Reprints Desk®

    Reprints Desk improves how journal articles and clinical reprints are accessed, procured, and legally used in evidence-based promotions, medical affairs, and scientific, technical, and medical (STM) research. Organizations fueled by intellectual property (IP) choose Reprints Desk because of its collaborative business approach, efficient article supply system and services, and commitment to quality post-sales support. Reprints Desk has ranked #1 in the every Document Delivery Vendor Scorecard from industry analyst and advisory firm Outsell Inc. since 2008.

    Contact: Candace Mooney
    Director of Marketing & Communications
    201 Village Road Shallotte, NC 28470
    Tel: 800.571.9554 x263

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    Vir2o, a Highly Anticipated New Paradigm in Social Media, has Launched in Beta

    ATLANTA (MMD Newswire) April 10, 2013 -- East Coast Diversified Corporation (ECDC:OTBB) announces that its new social media engagement platform, Vir2o, launched in beta midnight on Friday April 5.

    "Vir2o is finally in its beta release," said East Coast Diversified CEO, and creator of Vir2o, Kayode Aladesuyi. "Now, beta users can see for themselves what we've believed all along, that Vir2o is going to fundamentally alter the landscape for social media engagement. Users can expect the mobile application on iOS, Android and Blackberry will be following shortly"

    Interested parties can go to to register as beta users where they will be able to experience the most engaging and interactive social media platform.

    "I am excited to be in this moment" says Kirk Williams, CTO of ECDC. "Finally, Vir2o is the platform that will allow users to experience the internet in a truly engaging way. Multi-player gaming, movies, music and shopping are powered by our proprietary multi-user "JoinMe" technology which will redefine "social" on the web. We will introduce additional features such as Video room where users can watch movies and videos with friends or subscribe to live events, all powered by our "JoinMe" technology. We will also launch VMaestro, a robust music service which will debut as part of the full launch of Vir2o".

    Vir2o allow advertisers to reach and engage users in a non-intrusive manner, unlike other social media sites. Vir2o offers very unique approach to advertising bringing product placement to the web as never seen before. Advertisers can send targeted, relevant messages to users to foster a mutually beneficial social experience.

    "I've been waiting to get on Vir2o for myself for a long time," said former NFL defensive tackle DeMario Pressley, who played for the Super bowl champions New Orleans Saints and has agreed to act as advocate for Vir2o on Twitter and other social media outlets. "I saw bits and pieces and heard all about it, yes the newsfeed is there and the timeline is there but you have to experience "JoinMe" to understand my excitement. Invite your friends to join Vir2o so you can experience it. I think this is the beginning of a real success story in social media."

    About East Coast Diversified Corporation (ECDC:OTCQB) - ECDC is a holding corporation with a diversified group of technology companies. Its business portfolio includes companies offering technology for logistics and asset management, media entertainment, transportation safety and class attendance monitoring and social media applications.

    For more information on ECDC and its group of companies, please visit:

    SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's entry into new commercial businesses, the risk of obtaining financing, recruiting and retaining qualified personnel, and other risks described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company disclaims any obligation to provide updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in the Company's expectations or future events.

    East Coast Diversified Corporation




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    Los Angeles, California (MMD Newswire) April 11, 2013 -- President Obama said in his April 2nd speech "We have been a nation of dreamers and risk-takers; people who see what nobody else sees sooner than anybody else sees it. We do innovation better than anybody else -- and that makes our economy stronger. When we invest in the best ideas before anybody else does, our businesses and our workers can make the best products and deliver the best services before anybody else."

    Babak Kateb, founding Chairman of the Board of SBMT, attended the White House event at which President Obama announced a new federal effort to fund research that will constitute a major new Brain Mapping initiative. The SBMT Board of Directors had previously submitted a white paper to the White House and is part of the national dialogue about President Obama's Brain Mapping Initiative.

    "SBMT and Brain Mapping Foundation are naturally well positioned in playing a significant role in President Obama's initiative. We are planning to establish a NanoBioElectronic Consortium, which will focus on integrating nanotechnology, stem cell, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, device and imaging" said Babak Kateb, President of the Brain Mapping Foundation, Director of National Center for NanoBioElectronics, and editor of the Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nenoneurosurgery. "We are also establishing the American Board of Brain Mapping in order to certify specialists in this field and planning to have a cross disciplinary doctoral program in nanobioelectronisc in collaboration with one of the most prestigious universities in the US. This will help us integrate and translate technologies across multiple disciplines into neuroscience and train new generation of cross disciplinary thinkers and scientists."

    Copyright Brain Mapping Foundation

    The BRAIN Initiative is going to fund research on cutting-edge technologies, which could probe and or image the brain in order to better understand its structure and neuropatho-physiology as well as breaking new ground on the treatment, cure and prevention of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, brain cancers and neurotrauma.

    "The standardization of training, technologies and introduction of technological solutions for neurological disorders need a body that could play a neutral role. SBMT for sure has the history, scientific credibility and the credential to insure President Obama's Initiative is a success" said Warren Grundfest, Member of the board of SBMT, Professor Department of Bioengineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Surgery, UCLA Geffen school of Medicine

    The white paper the SBMT board of directors submitted to the White House, NIH, DARPA and DoD, calls for the formation of the National Alliance for NanoBioElectronics (NANBE) &

    National Network for Human Brain and Specimen Banks (NNHBSN) and National Data Repository and Analysis for Neuroscience (NDRAN). " We examined the entire national policy in neuroscience and tried to come up with a truly unique approach in order to address some of the fundamental problems in the field; we also believe that board certification is a necessary step toward standardization of the science and the technology" said Gary Steinberg, member of the SBMT board, Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences Director, Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

    SBMT is holding its annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 12-14, featuring more than 45 scientific sessions and nearly 300 invited speakers. The meeting will cover all aspects of Brain and spinal cord mapping including neurosurgery, radiology, neurology, neuroscience, stem cell, engineering, psychiatry, immunology, brain bank, military medicine, space medicine and neurophtolmology, neurodegenerative disorders, autism, Parkinson's disease and radiation oncology. This program is also jointly sponsored by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Imaging (ISMRM) this year and in 2012 was jointly sponsored by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

    Pioneer in Medicine awards will be presented by the SBMT to Drs.:

    - Wieslaw Nowinski for his pioneering work in brain atlas;

    - Shouleh Nikzad (NASA/JPL) for her pioneering work in translating NASA/UV into clinical trials and her leadership role in establishment of SBMT;

    - Margie Homer (NASA/JPL) for her pioneering work in using NASA-electronic nose to sniff brain cancers;

    - Robert H Kraus for his pioneering role in making an ultra-low field MRI technology;

    - Rafat Ansari (NASA/Glenn Center) for his pioneering role in applying NASA technology to solve ophthalmological diseases;

    - Yosef Kronyo and Maya Kronyo for their role in introducing a new technology that could detect Alzheimer through retinal imaging.

    Congressman Jim Moran (D), Earl Blumenauer (D) and Cathy McMorris-Rogers(R) will be accepting the Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award for their role in advocating policies, which has been positively impacting neuroscience.

    Humanitarian award of Brain Mapping Foundation goes to the Founder of Cogent Inc., Ming Hsieh for his significant role in pushing the boundaries of the science through USC Ming Hsieh institute. Eric Bailey, Founder and CEO of Neurologica and Reese S. Terry Jr, co-founder of Cyberonics Inc are the recipients of the Pioneer in technology development. Brain Tumor Survivor, Singer/Songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman will be accepting the Beacon of Courage and dedicating award from the Foundation.

    "We are truly pleased to have such an amazing group of scientists, a key policymaker and industry leaders as well a talented brain tumor survivor and a humanitarian on our award list" said Michael Roy, President of SBMT (2012-13), Professor of Medicine and Director of Internal Medicine at Uniformed Services University Health Science.

    SBMT is also holding a Brain Mapping Day at the US Congress on May 10th 2013 from 10-12 noon at the Gold Room in Reyburn building. Members of the society will be discussing state-of the-art neuroscience.

    About Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics:

    About Brain Mapping Foundation:

    Media Contact:
    Leo Balthazor

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    VILNIUS, LITHUANIA (MMD Newswire) April 15, 2013 -- The European Commission released the Innovation Union Scoreboard for 2013 on March 26 calculating that Lithuania had the second highest increase in innovation growth performance in the European Union between 2008 and 2012. The score highlights growing opportunity in the life sciences sector in Lithuania.

    With a pool of 18,000 researchers and specialists and more than 25 highly advanced research and manufacturing companies in the biotech field Lithuania is on its way to become a top biotech innovation hub in Eastern Europe. Investors are learning that Lithuania's engineers, scientists and doctors can perform quality, cost-effective research and production that bolsters a firm's bottom line.

    On April 22nd, at 9am in Chicago at the BIO International Convention2013, Milda Dargužaite, Managing Director of Invest Lithuania, will discuss Lithuania's advantages and potential proposals for business development in the biotech sector. She will join Martin Berardi, President of Moog Medical Devices Group; Arūnas Karlonas, Director at the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology; and moderator, Gary Keller, President and CEO of Xomix, Ltd, to address:

    - Lithuania's accommodating infrastructure and policies to support Life Sciences;

    - The country's talented, cost-effective workforce and the nation's strong scientific ethos;

    - Opportunities for clinical and regulatory partnerships; and

    - Potential for cross-border collaboration and capitalizing on growing regional business demand.

    The BIO International Convention 2013 event will draw 16,500 CEOs, scientists and investors from around the world to learn about emerging bioscience technologies; to network with their peers; and to showcase global business opportunities. For more information please follow the link: Lithuania: an emerging biotech investment destination.

    To arrange a personal meeting with one of the speakers and learn about opportunities in Lithuania, please contact Ms. Agne Selemonaite at For more information or to register for the event please visit: .

    Lithuania's innovation growth performance second highest in the EU

    About Invest Lithuania

    Invest Lithuania is a government agency that provides global companies interested in doing business in Lithuania free advice and introductions to on-the-ground experts. The agency serves as a single point of contact for foreign investors and companies, guiding them through every step of establishing operations in Lithuania.

    Invest Lithuania also provides information on Lithuania's labour force, tax incentives and local financing options. The agency has worked with numerous well-known global companies taking advantage of many incentives to expand their businesses in Lithuania.

    For more information please contact:

    Justinas Pagirys | Invest Lithuania, Senior Investment Advisor

    Tel.: +370 5 2194310 | Email:


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    April 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- "People's Omnibus" is the first project ever that makes social research available for everyone. This will be a statistical picture book that answers all your questions on the chosen topic.

    'People's Omnibus' provides a new approach towards popular science. Its team wants to conduct professional social surveys on topics and questions provided by its audience. The topic might be a country or some social issue, and hundreds of people will be interviewed to answer the questions.

    Igor, the project leader, wants to share how social science is interesting and helpful: "For me the most interesting thing in the world is trying to understand the human being. And the People's Omnibus is a great project towards such comprehension."

    ''People's Omnibus'' is going to discover the World with you and Kickstarter    ''People's Omnibus''

    For the first experiment Russia was chosen as the topic, as the team has everything needed to guarantee high quality of project's results. For those who have any interest in Russia - that's a chance to ask those strange Russians anything and to understand them a bit more.

    If you have no interest in Russia at all - just imagine. Would you find such project interesting if it was about another country? USA? Japan? Australia? If the project is successful - People's Omnibus claims to try launching similar project for other countries as well.

    Got interested? Check People's Omnibus Kickstarter page and support them:

    More details on "People's Omnibus: part 1 - Russia":

    The idea of the project is in allowing people to ask their own questions:

    - Backers - ask any questions they want.

    - People's Omnibus team - interviews 600 people via professional online survey, process and analyze the answers.

    And then there comes a book with your questions and gathered answers, where all the participants are shown as co-authors of this book.

    So here are two basic ways for people to take part:

    - Get a book - either PDF version (5-8$), or a paperback one (21$);

    - Ask a question (60$+).

    The book will consist of at least 40 questions: 5 basic questions + 1 question for every 20 books ordered (both digital and paperback count) + all the questions added directly by backers via 'The Question' pledge. So the more questions are asked the more books are ordered - the better the book will be.

    The question might cover any topic:

    - Lifestyle and habits;

    - Politics and economics;

    - Games and entertainment;

    - History and culture;

    - Psychology (including complicated questions);

    - Opinion towards your hobby or interest;

    - Anything else.

    Project team will use one of the greatest Russian internet-survey panels, which is used by most of professional research companies. And it is capable of representation of all the internet users of Russia - males & females, young & old, rich & poor, those who live in Moscow & those who live in a village in Siberia (in case he/she has connection to the Internet).

    The questions already submitted vary from "What is your opinion towards Russian opposition?" to "Where have you ever seen a bear?". If you want to support the project and submit your own question, join the project here:

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    Racine, WI (MMD Newswire) April 16, 2013 -- WVRC, Veterinary Emergency Specialists, Opens 3rd Hospital in Racine To Serve Emergency and Critical Care Pet Needs of Southeastern Wisconsin.

    WVRC now maintains three fully staffed emergency, trauma and critical care facilities (Waukesha, Grafton and now Racine). Dr. John Beltz, DVM, said, "Adding the Racine hospital allows WVRC to expand our mission of providing patients, clients and primary veterinarians with the highest quality emergency and specialty veterinary medical care. Our clients and patients are treated with the utmost care, compassion and respect."

    Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center (WVRC) Acquires the Former Animal ER of Racine  Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center (WVRC)

    Dr. Jeffrey Meinen, DVM, DACVS, added, "The Racine/Kenosha area was in need of a 24-hour emergency and specialty veterinary hospital and the WVRC staff is extremely pleased to provide our services."

    The WVRC Racine hospital is now open serving the public and referring veterinary community at 4333 S. Green Bay Road. The current hours of operation are 6pm - 8am during the week and 24 hours on the weekend. In mid-May the hospital will transition to full-time 24/7 hours.

    About Us: WVRC provides emergency and specialty veterinary services to the public and referring veterinary community. The staff of WVRC shares a vision and common set of core values to provide you and your pet the highest quality veterinary care in southeastern Wisconsin. To learn more about WVRC, visit

    Media Contact:
    Kristin Bowen, Marketing Coordinator
    WVRC - Waukesha
    Phone: 262-309-6942 x138
    Fax: 262-542-0805


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    Precedent setting legal case sends strong message about intimidation and suppression of expert witnesses, and could help end the "White Coat of Silence"

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (MMD Newswire) April 16, 2013 - It has been a long road to justice for Dr. Steven R. Graboff, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who for the past 20 years has also been a highly regarded expert witness in hundreds of medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, civil, and federal cases. In April of last year Dr. Graboff won a precedent setting defamation claim against the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons, collectively known as the AAOS, and a law firm whose actions resulted in Dr. Graboff's wrongful suspension from the AAOS. After a jury awarded Dr. Graboff $392,000, the AAOS filed a post trial motion to set aside the verdict. But on March 28, 2013, the Honorable Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the AAOS' motion, upholding the verdict and, says Dr. Graboff, restoring the doctor's own reputation and credibility as an expert witness.

    Dr. Graboff sees this latest ruling not only as professional and personal vindication but also as a stern and powerful message that expert witnesses cannot be intimidated and silenced. He says, "There is no place in our justice system for witness intimidation practices, such as that which is instituted and used by the AAOS to control its member physicians - and which in turn strengthens the 'White Coat of Silence.'"

    The "White Coat of Silence" refers to the reluctance by all too many physicians to testify against other physicians in medical malpractice cases, or even to report unethical, incompetent, or dangerous colleagues. As Dr. Graboff has learned the hard way, it's not easy being a medical doctor who is willing to testify on behalf of medical malpractice plaintiffs. Doctors who speak out for malpractice victims may face repercussions not only from their fellow physicians but also from their respective medical societies.

    Dr. Graboff's saga began a few years ago when he was retained by a Philadelphia medical malpractice law firm to provide expert witness testimony for one of their clients. He prepared a draft of a report, based only upon initial information the firm had given him, and clearly labeled the report as such. However, the law firm whited-out the word "DRAFT" and submitted the documents to the defendants as final. Dr. Graboff's preliminary opinion suggested that the doctor being sued had violated the standard of care in treating the plaintiff; as a result, that doctor filed a grievance with the AAOS, stating that Dr. Graboff had violated the Association's Standards of Professionalism regarding expert witnesses. Dr. Graboff was suspended from the AAOS in June 2009 for 2 years, and the Association publicly listed his suspension on their web site and online newsletter, AAOS NOW. Due to the way the listings were worded, the exposure resulted in significant questioning of Dr. Graboff's reputation, as well as a significant loss of income.

    He filed a defamation claim against the AAOS and also filed suit against the law firm that had wrongfully turned over his draft report to the defendants (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Civil Action No. 10-1710). The 2012 verdict in Dr. Graboff's favor was significant because his attorney, Clifford E. Haines of the Philadelphia firm Haines & Associates, argued that the expert witness program developed by the AAOS was intended to silence doctors who testify against other doctors. This, Mr. Haines explained, was the AAOS' way of handling the medical malpractice insurance crisis.

    The jury apparently agreed with Mr. Haines' argument.

    Said Mr. Haines after the verdict was delivered, "This case was really about standing up for the rights of medical expert witnesses and the patients for whom they testify. I believe that medical associations like The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (the AAOS) are going after doctors who help prosecute a patient's claim of medical malpractice. The principle we're fighting against -- the silencing of doctors - is why we took on this case."

    Dr. Graboff says, "My legal team and I believe that my initial lawsuit against the AAOS, the jury verdict against the AAOS, and the Judge's ruling defeating the AAOS' attempt to overturn the verdict have been a precedent setting series of events. As far as I know, I am the first doctor to win a case like this against a large and prestigious medical society."

    In his March 28, 2013 opinion upholding the verdict, the Honorable Judge Joel H. Slomsky wrote that it was evident that the AAOS has "intruded itself into the marketplace of orthopaedic surgeons who earn a living testifying as experts..."

    Judge Slomsky added that the AAOS' Standards of Professionalism are all encompassing and written in such a broad manner that virtually anything an expert witness says or does is subject to AAOS review. He wrote, "The AAOS is well aware of its clout in the profession of orthopaedic surgeons and created its compliance program and standards to control the occupation of its members as experts. [The AAOS] is also aware that its enforcement program and standards would affect the income of doctors because the loss of AAOS accreditation has a substantial impact on the ability of an expert to work in that industry...the evidence shows that the intrusion of the AAOS into the marketplace of expert orthopaedic surgeons is substantial and jeopardized Dr. Graboff's source of income as an expert."

    The Court's March 28 opinion and order to deny the post trial motion can be viewed in full here:

    An article by Mary Ann Pazanowski in the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) "Health Law Reporter" (4 April 2013) concurs that Dr. Graboff's case is an unusual and significant one. The article explains how Dr. Graboff's case illuminates the sometimes-oppressive clout that organizations such as the AAOS have over their membership in regards to expert witness testimony. This scrutiny of expert witnesses by professional organizations short-circuits the judicial system. The Bloomberg BNA article on Dr. Graboff's case can be read here:

    For his part, Dr. Steven Graboff says he is relieved that his good name, reputation, and credibility as an orthopaedic expert witness have been restored. He notes, "What Judge Slomsky's ruling indicates is that the AAOS has been found guilty by the Court of knowingly publishing information on the Internet publicly that portrayed me in a false light, and that knowingly would have a substantial impact on my practice as an orthopaedic surgeon expert witness. The jury's original verdict and the Court's subsequent ruling vindicate me. And even more importantly, I believe that the verdict and ruling represent a victory for everyone for whom the pursuit of justice depends upon the testimony of an expert witness."

    Steven R. Graboff, MD

    About Steven R. Graboff M.D:

    For over 20 years, Dr. Steven R Graboff has worked with attorneys reviewing radiologic studies and records, answering their questions, writing opinions, and advising attorneys regarding the medical legal aspects of their cases for both the plaintiff and defense. He has qualified and testified nationally over 500 times as an expert witness in medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, civil, and federal cases. Steven R. Graboff, M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners, and a Certified Forensic Physician. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and American Board of Forensic Medicine, American Board of Forensic Examiners, and is appointed by the State of California as a Qualified Medical Examiner.

    Dr. Graboff received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1980. He did a general surgery internship at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and affiliated hospitals from 1980 through 1981, and he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training in 1985 from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and affiliated hospitals, Los Angeles, California.

    As a guest lecturer, Dr. Graboff has taught musculoskeletal physical examination at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He also teaches Orthopaedics, differential diagnosis, and musculoskeletal radiology at California State University, Long Beach.

    Dr. Graboff is a medical specialist and advisor for the Huntington Beach Fire Department Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security and a member of the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps. He also volunteers his services in community education through the Huntington Beach Fire Department. Dr. Graboff is a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the California Orthopaedic Association, the California Faculty Association, the California Teachers Association, and the Association of University Professors.

    For further information visit

    Steven R. Graboff M.D.
    American Orthopaedic Associates
    17752 Beach Blvd. Suite 202
    Huntington Beach, California 92647
    Phone: 714.843.0019

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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) April 17, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - has named Dale Holman Senior Geologist, based out of the company's Frisco, TX office.

    Holman has more than 16 years of environmental consulting experience focusing on oil and gas environmental due diligence, site assessment, site remediation, compliance and liability valuation. Holman's expertise spans upstream and midstream petroleum, retail petroleum, petrochemical plants, and industrial facilities.

    "Dale's background in environmental assessment and remediation projects will be extremely beneficial as we aim to expand our capabilities throughout Texas," says Bart Gaskill, Apex's Texas Division Manager. "His familiarity with the Oil & Gas industry will provide additional top-tier bench strength for our existing clients and enable us to build new client relationships."

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex recently acquired TITAN Engineering, Inc. (Dallas, TX), Ash Creek Associates, Inc. (Portland, OR) and A2L Technologies (Tampa, FL), privately held environmental and engineering services firms. The company's prominent M&A efforts have expanded the company's presence in Texas, the west coast and in the southeast, as well as enhanced oil and gas, and water related services throughout the country.

    Recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine), Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies.

    For more information:, 301.417.0200.

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    Kevin Satz

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    Arequipa, Peru (MMD Newswire) April 17, 2013 -- Gold Horizons Mining Co. Ltd. (ticker GHMG on GXG markets) continues to explore and develop the Blanca Vein in preparation for its Yuromayo processing plant, which is scheduled to start production in the coming months. The 11th of February saw the company receive its highest assay results to date. We took several samples and the results can be seen in the attached document. In the lower Blanca tunnel, sample MN13003856 we received 10.33 grams per ton. In the Blanca upper tunnel, sample MN13003858 we received 12.30 grams per ton. We have come to expect at least 10 grams per ton from the Blanca vein given the entirety of past assay results. We were not, however, expecting nor were we prepared for the sampling results in the lower Blanca tunnel (20 meters down the shaft) on the two new fronts. These results far exceed our expectations with sample MN13003857 reporting 78.37 grams per ton and sample MN 13003858 reporting 97.15 grams per ton. We will continue to exploit this area mining several tons of ore per day to better confirm the average grade per ton numbers. After crushing and milling several hundred tons of this mineral we will report back with a more conclusive overall gram per ton average.

    Gold Horizons Mining Co. Ltd. is a start up gold and silver producer as well as an exploration company operating in Arequipa, Peru. The Company is committed to building long-term shareholder value through strategic opportunities and identification in the mineral resource sector. Gold Horizons Mining specializes in small mine development, specifically underground, narrow vein mining. The Company's strategy has now evolved to include the processing of its own mineral which has lowered total production costs by up to 50% per ounce. The Company, in partnership with its Peruvian joint venture partner, locates, develops and operates near production ready mineral projects in Peru.

    Contact: Scott Francis
    Phone- +51 988 988 003

    Gold Horizons Mining Co. Ltd. ticker GHMG

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release by its very nature contains forward-looking information. Except for statements of historical fact certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements which may include statements regarding production estimates and targeted production for 2013/14. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipation", "scheduled" or "believe". Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information.

    Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in this forward-looking information there may be other factors that cause the results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking information or statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information or statements except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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    Gearhart Law Press Release 
    Media contact: Elizabeth Gearhart 
    Phone: 908 273 0700 work, 862 703 8368 cell 
    Address: 41 River Road Summit, NJ 07901

    Website:, Blog:

    Patent for Breakthrough Brain Treatment Wins 2012 Edison Patent Award

    March 21, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- US Patent 8,088,091 "No Clog Shunt Using a Compact Fluid Drag Path", which was drafted and prosecuted by the patent firm Gearhart Law, was granted on January 3, 2012 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to NJIT researchers Professor Reginald Farrow and Professor Gordon Thomas. Carl Georgeson, also at NJIT, managed the transfer of information between the professors and Gearhart Law and worked with Gearhart Law to facilitate the patent process. The researchers won a prestigious Edison Patent Award for the patent.

    The Edison Awards are named after the most prolific American inventor of all time, Thomas Alva Edison. He obtained 1,093 US patents throughout his lifetime, and improved and modernized American life with his inventions. Among his most famous inventions are the light bulb and the phonograph. The Edison Awards recognize and reward innovators who, similar to Edison, improve lives with their innovations.

    The patent that received the Edison Patent Award was for an improved method of removing excess fluid from the brain. Current technology uses shunts; unfortunately, shunts have a finite lifetime because they rely on holes that get clogged with body matter over time. US Patent 8,088,091 details innovative improvements in shunt technology that will aid patients who rely on shunts. The new technique reduces the need and frequency of invasive procedures by reducing clogging of the shunt and thereby increasing its lifetime. Most drainage systems have also relied on filters outside the brain but inside the skull. The new technology described in the patent uses an extracranial filter as opposed to older methods which used intracranial filters, meaning the physician no longer has to invade the skull to change the filter. The filter resides under a thin layer of skin which is easily opened when the filter needs replacement. Monitoring the flow of brain fluid is a crucial part of the process, and has been made less invasive in this new technology by using wireless methods to monitor flow and pressure of the brain fluid.

    Gearhart Law was honored to work with NJIT and their researchers, who are on the cutting edge of developing new technologies to improve peoples' lives.

    Gearhart Law is an Intellectual Property (IP) firm located in Summit, New Jersey. Our team of professionals specializes in drafting and prosecuting patents, trademark filings and prosecution, drafting and reviewing licenses and agreements, conducting due diligence for both investors and entrepreneurs, drafting legal opinions, patent enforcement, and other legal matters related to IP. We file domestically and internationally, and have attorneys who speak multiple languages.

    Visit our website and our blog

    41 River Road
    Summit, New Jersey 07901
    (908) 273-0700

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    Centennial, CO (MMD Newswire) March 22, 2013 -- Twin Eagle Consulting, an industry leader in industrial wireless solutions, is expanding their operations to include the Southern Region, which is focused on Texas and includes Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Their new office, located at 810 Highway 6 South, Ste 125 in Houston, Texas will service this region in providing excellence in wireless networks for industry.

    "Our desire has always been to work with the best Oil & Gas companies in the country. Since Houston is the epicenter of the O&G industry, we look at this new office as our first major step in meeting our expansion goals. With our wireless expertise and years of experience in the industry, we know we are a good fit for Houston. We feel with this direction, our team of Executives, Engineers, Project Managers and Field personnel will make Twin Eagle a household name to the companies we serve, both today and in the future," says Kip Greenstreet, Managing Partner.

    Twin Eagle Consulting provides Turnkey Communications consulting, including Executive Consulting, Engineering, Project Management, Field Services and Outsourcing Services. Theystrive to provide their customers with industrial wireless solutions that are easy to use, flexible, cost effective and reliable. "We are thrilled to be taking our experience into a new region, and Texas, with its diversity in oil & gas exploration as well as Electric and other utilities, population growth, and ease in which to conduct business, provides the right platform for us to grow our business and showcase our capabilities," says Joe Engler, COO and Southern Region General Manager.

    The office opened January 1, 2013. "As we have an extensive telecommunications history in the Oil and Gas industry, Houston was the ideal place to open our new office and take our first major step in meeting our expansion goals. With our wireless expertise and years of experience in the industry, we know we are a good fit for Houston,'' says Mr. Engler. "Our goal is to provide a broad spectrum of services to meet our customers' needs in relation to their field networks, focused on wireless capabilities with strengths in engineering, implementation, project management, field services and support, network management, and related services." Since their formation in July of 2000, Twin Eagle has been developing and managing solutions that meet the ever increasing demand for field connectivity.

    More information can be found at their website:

    Media Contact:
    Lynn Honderd
    415 254 8040

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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) March 26, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - has been added by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to the its approved vendor list and is fully authorized to conduct business directly with Federal government agencies for the following Special Item Numbers (SINS): 899-1: Environmental Planning Services and Documentation, 899-8: Remediation Services and 899-7 Geographic Information Services.

    The twenty-year contract will allow Apex to provide a full suite of services to support Federal agencies in meeting their environmental needs. The GSA vendor program establishes long-term, government-wide contracts with commercial vendors to streamline and standardize the process of procuring products and services for the entire Federal government.

    "Becoming an authorized vendor partner will enable Apex to more efficiently expand exceptional services for government partners," says Matthew Van Patten, Apex Director and GSA Program Administer. "Our skilled staff already has extensive experience with federal projects and is adeptly prepared to provide innovative and creative solutions to address their environmental, health and safety issues."

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex recently acquired TITAN Engineering, Inc. (Dallas, TX), Ash Creek Associates, Inc. (Portland, OR) and A2L Technologies (Tampa, FL), privately held environmental and engineering services firms. The company's prominent M&A efforts have expanded the company's presence in Texas, the west coast and in the southeast, as well as enhanced oil and gas, and water related services throughout the country.

    Recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine), Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies.

    For more information:, 301.417.0200.


    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    Kevin Satz

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    PITTSBURGH (MMD Newswire) March 27, 2013 -- InventHelp's Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX) is pleased to announce the dates for its 28th annual INPEX® show, June 19-21, 2013. INPEX®, America's Largest Invention Trade Show, features inventors from the United States as well as more than 20 countries. The 2013 show will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

    InventHelp's INPEX is a unique trade show that brings inventors together with industry representatives in one convenient networking forum. The show will also feature private product searches, where inventors can present ideas to large, well-known companies who are looking for new products to add to their existing lines, as well as provide feedback to the inventors about their products. Schroeder and Tremayne, Rubbermaid, Danco, Hampton Direct, Irwin Tools, SkyMall, Plews & Edelmann, Reckitt Benckiser and Elmer's have already signed on to conduct product searches at INPEX 2013, with more companies coming soon. The show will again present the INPEX Inventor's University, a series of seminars, presentations and panel discussions on topics like prototyping, patenting and manufacturing.

    This year INPEX is pleased to announce that Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Scotty Ziegler, hosts of the History channel hit show Invention USA, will be the keynote speakers. Von Wolfsheild and Ziegler will speak at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19 to help officially kick off INPEX 2013. While at INPEX, Von Wolfsheild and Ziegler will speak, meet and greet inventors and walk the trade show floor. These gentlemen bring valuable experience from their TV show where they put prototypes to the test and give a tough, no-nonsense evaluation of an invention's potential. Inventor's exhibiting at INPEX can listen to their insight and passion of the innovation industry and experience one-on-one interaction.

    "We are very excited to have set the dates for our 28th annual show, and to move the show to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center," said Nicole Hait, trade show director. "Our show continues to grow, and we look forward to expanding with more inventions and more corporations attending. Corporate America has never been more interested in inventions. Plus, Inventors at INPEX are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the keynote presentation and hear empowering stories to hopefully educate them and provide guidance with their invention."

    INPEX is a service of InventHelp, America's largest invention submission company. If you are an inventor who might be interested in exhibiting at INPEX, prime space is still available. Please visit our website at for up-to-date information or call 888-54-INPEX to speak to one of our INPEX account executives. Don't miss this unique opportunity to exhibit at America's largest invention trade show.

    Contact: Chrissa Chverchko

    Phone: (800) 424-2089 x4118


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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) March 28, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - has named Victor Towe and Matthew Gorman Senior Project Managers, both based out of the company's Tampa, FL office.

    An experienced environmental geologist and Project Manager, Towe's extensive background includes environmental assessments and site investigations, horizontal and vertical delineation of impacted soil and groundwater, and oversight of soil borings and well drilling. Additional expertise includes installation, operation and maintenance of soil and groundwater remediation systems, excavation and removal of environmentally impacted soils, removal and closure of underground storage tanks (USTs), and oversight/construction of remedial systems.

    A certified Professional Engineer, Gorman has more than a decade of expansive environmental engineering experience in the petroleum industry. Additional service capabilities include brownfield remediation; computer based hydrogeologic models, soil vapor extraction systems, and excavation and disposal of hazardous waste.

    "Both Victor and Matt have a superior understanding of how to achieve clients' goals through hands on experience and technical knowledge," says Larry Schmaltz, Tampa's Division Manager. "Their familiarity in managing projects, specifically in the Oil and Gas sector, will add immediate value to our clients throughout the southeast."

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex recently acquired TITAN Engineering, Inc. (Dallas, TX), Ash Creek Associates, Inc. (Portland, OR) and A2L Technologies (Tampa, FL), privately held environmental and engineering services firms. The company's prominent M&A efforts have expanded the company's presence in Texas, the west coast and in the southeast, as well as enhanced oil and gas, and water related services throughout the country.

    Recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine), Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies.

    For more information:, 301.417.0200.

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    Kevin Satz

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    New York, NY (MMD Newswire) March 29, 2013 -- American Corporate Partners (ACP), a national nonprofit organization that connects post-9/11 veterans to business professionals for career guidance, is pleased to announce that General David H. Petraeus has joined its Advisory Council.

    Petraeus joins the following distinguished ACP Advisory Council Members: Diane Bodman, Richard Danzig, Robert J. Dole, Christine A. Ferer, Dr. John J. Hamre, John P. Havens, Karen Hughes, Jack H. Jacobs, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., John M. Keane, William Kristol, Mary Jo Myers, Richard B. Myers, Lynne Pace, Peter Pace, Dennis Ross, James A. Runde, Peter J. Schoomaker, Henry Hugh Shelton, George P. Shultz, Lawrence H. Summers, and Paul Wolfowitz.

    General David Howell Petraeus served more than 37 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a four-star general in August 2011 to become the director of the CIA. In his final years in uniform, Petraeus led the "surge" in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, commanded U.S. Central Command from late 2008 to 2010, and commanded international forces in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. He then served as director of the CIA for 14 months.

    David Petraeus grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York and graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1974. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1983), he also earned advanced MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations (1985, 1987) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (1995).

    Petraeus was deployed for nearly 7 of the 10 years that followed the 9/11 attacks. He served in Bosnia from 2001 to 2002 as the chief of the NATO forces operations there. He subsequently led the 101st Airborne Division in the 2003 attack on Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq and then moved the division north, where it spent the remainder of the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shortly after returning to the United States, he returned to Iraq briefly to assess the Iraqi Security Forces and then for 15-1/2 months to establish the multi-national and NATO commands that were charged with the recruiting, training, and equipping of the new Iraqi military and police forces and their respective ministries. Petraeus returned to the United States in the fall of 2005 and took command of the U.S. Army headquarters that oversaw 17 different Army schools and centers, a position from which he directed the development of new strategies for counterinsurgency operations. Petraeus returned to Iraq in early 2007 to take command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, the position from which he led the so-called "surge" in a new strategy against the insurgents and militia extremists that were responsible for a horrific escalation in violence in Iraq. Over the subsequent 19-1/2 months, violence was reduced by some 90%. He left Iraq in the fall of 2008 and became commander of the U.S. Central Command, overseeing operations in the Middle East and Central Asia. In late June 2010, he was selected to become commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and he served in that post until July of 2011. Following his retirement from the military, he was sworn in as director of the CIA, a position he held until November 2012.

    About ACP

    American Corporate Partners (ACP; is a New York-based national nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to address veterans' career transition needs through two free programs: a nationwide veteran mentoring program, and an online network, ACP AdvisorNet (, offering career, employment and small business advice through a Q&A platform. More than 40 institutions nationwide have partnered with ACP's Veteran Mentoring Program to offer free corporate mentorships to the brave men and women who have served our nation.

    ACP Media Contact:

    Colleen Deere



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    ARLINGTON, TX (MMD Newswire) March 29, 2013 -- The Papa John's Rangers7 promotion is back for a third season with 50% off savings for fans ordering online any day after the Texas Rangers score seven or more runs in a game. Started in 2011, Rangers7 has enjoyed tremendous success over the past two years and this season, Papa John's is launching the signature promotion with a new TV spot airing Sunday during the Rangers opening game against the Houston Astros.

    "We couldn't be more proud, or more excited to be working with the Texas Rangers for a third season," Steve McNeil said, Papa John's Operations Vice President. "Everyone in the organization has been fantastic and we think our new spot will showcase the outstanding partnership we share with them."

    Created by Dallas' The Loomis Agency, the new commercial called "Whisper" is a heartfelt homage to the 1989 baseball classic, "Field of Dreams." In the spot, a group of players are taking batting practice at night when a mystical voice tells them, "If you score 7, they will come." Confused, the batter, played by former Texas Ranger Kevin Mench, asks the pitcher if he said something. When the pitcher says no, the voice repeats, "If you score 7, they will come." As the bewildered players look to center field for the source of the voice, a lone Papa John's delivery guy emerges from the bullpen in wonder of where he now finds himself. Upon seeing him, and the army of Papa John's delivery people behind him, the batter and pitcher repeat the voice's promise as they suddenly understand the cryptic message. At the end of the spot, the origin of the voice is revealed as Papa John's founder and spokesperson, "Papa John" Schnatter, turns to camera and whispers Papa John's classic tagline, "Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John's."


    "Rangers7 has been an incredibly effective promotion over the past two years, but until now, it's all come through a presence at the Ballpark and fan buzz on Facebook and Twitter," Michael Tuggle said, LOOMIS Executive Creative Director/Writer. "This season, we wanted to come out of the gate strong with a TV spot that embraced not just the spirit of the promotion, but also the spirit of the game."

    Creative Director Cecily Worthy, who art directed the commercial, agrees. "We knew the spot would be running throughout the season so we tried to make a commercial people would look forward to seeing from April to October. We're really excited about how the spot turned out," Worthy said.

    To take advantage of Rangers7, fans simply have to place their Papa John's order online at and enter the promo code "Rangers7" the day after the Rangers score 7 or more runs in a game, win or lose. In 2011, the Rangers accomplished that feat 58 times on the way to their second consecutive American League Pennant. In 2012, they scored seven runs or more 43 times.

    Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 11 of the past 13 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also earned the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Pizza Brand of the Year. Papa John's is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the Texas Rangers.

    Media Contact:

    Bob Paine

    818.613.8880 cell


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    New York City (MMD Newswire) March 29, 2013 -- Merchant Solutions Group (MSG), a leading provider of Merchant Cash Advances (MCA), announces a major corporate milestone: March 2013 was the largest sales month since inception. The company was founded in 2006 by Billy Morrissey who's love of the industry forced him to open up his own company . The result was the Merchant Solutions Group and there product that continues to help thousands of small business owners each day manage their cash flow requirements.

    One of the largest Independent Sales Organizations for the Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) industry, Merchant Solutions Group prides itself on helping small business owners, many of whom are not served by traditional financial institutions, meet their needs for working capital. During the past 6 years, Merchant Solutions Group provided more than 5,000 business owners with access to over $150 million in funding through its innovative product offering.

    Merchant Solutions Group

    Merchant Solutions Groups growth and longevity are testaments to its ability to supply owners with the funds needed to sustain and expand their businesses, providing fuel to the engine of the nation's economy and stimulating economic development. Three out of four eligible customers return for future fundings, evidence of Merchant Solutions Group's superior processes that incorporate 6 years of data gathering to support responsible funding.

    Merchant Solutions Group started with a handful of salespeople and has since grown its in-house Telesales Team, a nationwide Direct Sales Team of employees and Independent Sales Organizations, a website ( as well as National Sales partners. Employees of Merchant Solutions Group and its affiliates now number more than 100 in three offices -- New York City , Chicago and Miami

    "We are thrilled to have this milestone month. Businesses continue to show the need for the Merchant Cash Advance product. Requests for working capital are growing, especially with the tightening credit markets affecting the entire nation," explains Billy Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer of Merchant Solutions Group, He continues: "Merchant Solutions Group takes its responsibility within the industry very seriously. We will continue to assist owners that possess solid business and management models with access to the capital needed to thrive. And we will continue to do it responsibly, setting the bar for industry best practices."


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    Heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy file suit against the German state of Bavaria to recover iconic Picasso artwork, "Madame Soler", that was lost in Nazi Germany due to Nazi persecution

    Washington, DC (MMD Newswire) March 29, 2013 -- The heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - a prominent Berlin Banker of Jewish descent who suffered Nazi persecution - announce that they have filed suit against the German State of Bavaria in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to recover an iconic oil painting by Pablo Picasso, entitled Madame Soler (1903) from the artist's "blue period." See Julius H. Schoeps, et al. v. State of Bavaria, 1:13-cv-02048-UA.

    The Mendelssohn heirs base their claim upon well-developed historical facts, the bona fides of which the federal court in Manhattan credited several years ago in a closely related case. See Julius H. Schoeps, et al. v. Museum of Modern Art, 594 F. Supp.2d 461, 466 (S.D.N.Y. 2009).

    1. Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's loss of Madame Soler due to Nazi persecution

    The Nazis took power in Germany on January 31, 1933 with a transparent agenda to exclude Jews - and Jewish banks and bankers especially - from the economy of Germany and to compel them to forfeit their property. Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was an immediate target of the Nazi regime given his prominence, wealth and social standing. The Mendelssohns were Germany's most prominent Jewish family. The famous composer Felix Mendelssohn was a family member, as was Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn & Co. bank, established in 1795, was one of the five largest private banks in Germany.

    By October 1934, Nazi policies and predation had obliterated the value of Mendelssohn-Barthtoldy's 22% equity interest in Mendelssohn & Co., causing his income to plummet from about 430,270 RM in 1932 (the year before the Nazis took power in January 1933) to only 59,374 RM in 1934. So in less than two years Nazi policies had diminished Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's income by a staggering 86%. In 1934, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's annual alimony expense alone more than doubled his diminished income. By negating the value of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's primary asset, Nazi policies and pressure compelled him to seek liquidity from alternative sources.

    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's superlative private art collection, established over many years beginning in the early 1900's, was one of his most significant assets and represented the only source of liquidity available to him to respond to his escalating negative cash flow deficit. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's collection was comprised of about 60 master works by luminaries such as Picasso, van Gogh, Braque, Monet and Renoir, among others.

    Between September 1933 and February 1934, Nazi persecution compelled Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to sell or consign some 16 of these master works - including Madame Soler - having never even attempted to sell a single major artwork in the previous 25 years. The Mendelssohn heirs maintain that the loss of Madame Soler represented a signal milestone along a path that Nazi authorities meticulously engineered to marginalize Jews and deprive them of their property which facilitated later mass genocide.

    2. Bavaria's 1964 purchase of Madame Soler in New York

    In 1964, the Bavarian State Paintings Collection ("BSPC") purchased Madame Soler in New York City from art dealer Justin Thannhauser who had taken possession from Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in 1934. Former Nazi party member and the incoming director of the BSPC Halldor Soehner represented Bavaria in the purchase. Even though Soehner knew that Mendelssohn-Bartholdy had owned Madame Soler - and was expressly aware of the painting's "Jewish Provenance" - he failed to ask Thannhauser the reasonable questions that the circumstances demanded: From whom did Thannhauser acquire Madame Soler? When did Thannhauser acquire it? What, if anything, did Thannhauser pay for it?

    3. Bavaria's current refusal to restitute Madame Soler, or even to apply to this claim its own prescribed criteria for Holocaust era restitution cases

    In 2009, the Mendelssohn heirs sought restitution from the BSPC for Madame Soler. Notwithstanding its awareness of the clear evidence of a forced transfer from Mendelssohn-Bartholdy set forth above, the BSPC refused the exhaustively documented claim of the Mendelssohn heirs to return Madame Soler. Moreover, the BSPC failed to apply to this claim the criteria that it and other German states had specifically prescribed to resolve such controversies and which were expressed in a Common Statement as well as related Guidelines. In addition, the BSPC refused the request of the Mendelssohn heirs to submit their claim to the German Limbach Commission, which the German federal government and its constituent states established specifically to hear claims for the recovery of Nazi era artworks and to decide these claims in a non-binding, equitable and fair manner. Accordingly, the BSPC gave the Mendelssohn heirs no option but to file suit in New York to reclaim the painting.

    For additional information contact:
    John J. Byrne, Jr. or Thomas J. Hamilton
    Byrne Goldenberg & Hamilton, PLLC
    1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Suite 1012
    Washington, DC 20036

    Telephone: (202) 857-9775 Facsimile: (202) 857-9799


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    10th Anniversary Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference "Empowering Our Nation by Engaging Communities" Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Hollywood Stars and International Motivational Speakers to present at the signature 10th Anniversary Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference, in Partnership with NAACP, SER, La Sed, Sabeel Media, PRSA and the University of Michigan-Center for Arab American Studies.

    In Collaboration with the Arab American, African American, and Hispanic American Communities

    Dearborn, Michigan, USA (MMD Newswire) April 1, 2013 -- Keegan Michael Key, star of Comedy Central's "Key and Peele" will headline the signature 10th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference, "Empowering our Nation by Engaging Communities," which will be held at the illustrious Byblos Banquet Center in Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday, April 11, 2013 (8:30am to 4:30pm).

    This unique Conference explores the remarkable culture, diversity, and contributions of the Arab American, African American, and Hispanic American communities, as it examines the images portrayed in media, film, and television, and their implication in education, government, and corporate America.

    Join our remarkable 2013 Conference Presenters: Detroit native, actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key star of Comedy Central's "Key and Peele," MADtv, and ER, among other series; film and television, actor Haaz Sleiman of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild Award Nominated film "The Visitor," the film "American Dreamz," and TV series appearances including: "ER," "NCIS," and "24;" John Woods, PhD, Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History, and of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, at the University of Chicago will discuss the stereotypes and images throughout the ages that have affected our images and perceptions subliminally as well as vividly. Victor Antonio, Diversity and Motivational speaker has inspired people across the globe and is a self made CEO of a multimillion dollar High Tech Company. Musician and Composer, Mr. Victor Ghannam will perform a genre of music fused with the sounds of the African drum, the Spanish guitar and the Arabic Oud. Comedy genius and producer of "1001 Laughs," Amer Zahrwill also be on hand! Over the past 10 years, the Conference has established a unique forum, which provides effective educational tools, as it continues to charter bridges of constructive dialogue, knowledge, and understanding; while we explore the challenges and triumphs that ultimately bring us together as communities and impact us all as Americans.

    Throughout the decade, the Conference has proudly hosted renowned speakers including: Hollywood Producer and Director, Asaad Kelada; Hollywood actress Kathy Najamy; author and media critic, Dr. Jack Shaheen; Former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas; and Ambassador Dr. Clovis Maksoud; among other esteemed trail-blazers in their respective fields. As experienced by both presenters and attendees over the past 9 years, this year's signature 10th Anniversary Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference is anticipated to be exceptionally momentous.

    The Conference offers 5 SCECH CREDITS to educators; special student and group discount rates; and Sponsorship opportunities with information booths available.

    Registration includes: breakfast, Middle-Eastern cuisine lunch, conference materials and all conference presentations.

    Register directly at:

    For more information, visit:

    MEDIA CONTACT: Siham Awada Jaafar (313)910-1955 Email:

    Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference

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