Cricket Wireless First National Carrier to Launch the ZTE Grand™ X

Adding Choice to 4G Lineup that will Excite Back to School Shoppers Seeking Deals from Coast-to-Coast

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Alpharetta, Ga., August 1, 2014 – Cricket Wireless announces the launch of a new 4G smartphone from ZTE, the Grand X, adding another option to the hottest back-to-school promotion from a no- annual contract wireless service. Starting August 8, the ZTE Grand X will be available for $99.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate Cricket Visa® Promotion Card*) in stores and online.

“With its big, bright 5” display, the ZTE Grand X will appeal to students looking for a well featured, large profile smartphone with access to Cricket’s new 4G nationwide network that covers over 98% of the population,” said Andy Smoak, head of product for Cricket Wireless.  “This deal with unlimited plans starting at $35 per month after $5 Auto Pay credit** gives consumers more options at great prices.”

Additionally, The ZTE Grand X sports a long-lasting 2300 mAh battery with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 1.0 technology so consumers can spend less time charging and more time being productive, playing games and listening to music.  The innovative battery technology charges up to 40% faster than conventional technology.  Other features include:

  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass  for added screen protection
  • Dual cameras, 5 MP (rear facing) with flash and HD video /1MP (front facing) for selfies and video chat
  • An immersive music listening experience with SRS® TruMedia surround sound
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 1.2 GHz dual-core processor for faster productivity and gaming
  • Android 4.3 OS with the tools to help keep your mobile life organized

The hot new smartphone deals continue to show up at Cricket and Cricket’s national loyalty program, Cricket Rewards***, gives loyal customers a new smartphone every year. To thank customers on  Smart and Pro service plans for their loyalty, after 12 months of on-time payments Cricket provides customers with a $50 credit every year toward any new phone purchase. These and other offers are available at more than 3,000 Cricket Wireless retail stores across the U.S. and online. To check out the new Cricket, the Back-to-School promotion, or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at twitter.com/Cricketnation.

About the new Cricket Wireless  
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract.  The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 290 million people; easy and affordable unlimited plans with taxes and fees included; annual loyalty rewards; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About.  Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere.

*Mail-In Rebate Offer ends Sept. 11, 2014. While supplies last. New activation on qualifying smartphone plan required. Sales tax not included. Not available in CT, RI, or Miami-Dade County. No rainchecks. Promotion Card, issued by MetaBank®, member FDIC, or CenterState Bank of Florida, NA pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc., is not redeemable for cash and may not be used for cash withdrawal at any cash-dispensing locations or automated gasoline pumps. Card is non-transferable and non-refundable. Funds are available at US locations where Visa debit cards are accepted for 150 days after the Card issuance, through the “VALUD THRU” shown on the Card. Service must be active and customer must make second service payment within 45 days of activation to receive card. Offer may not be available with other rebates, offers or promotions. Restrictions and other charges may apply. For cardholder agreement and complete terms and conditions, please visit www.cricketwireless.com/promocard.

**Auto Pay: $5 savings provided as an account credit at the end of each billing cycle while enrolled in Auto Pay.  Auto Pay credit requires Auto Pay enrollment with a new Basic, Smart or Pro plan. Terms, conditions and restriction apply.

***Cricket Rewards: Loyalty Program: Cricket Customers on Smart and Pro plans earn one (1) Reward Credit for each full, on-time payment. Reward Credits are only redeemable for a phone upgrade once customer has earned a Device Credit(s). Customers earn a $50 Device Credit for every twelve (12) Reward Credits earned. Reward Credits expire, if unused, sixty (60) months after Device Credit becomes redeemable. Reward Credits earned at the account level. Device Credits are capped at $150 without redemption and are not-transferrable and have no cash value. Restrictions Apply. 

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nneoma.njoku@cricketwireless.com
770.241.2942
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Closing Bell Opens Doors for A New Generation of Financial Planners

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* TD Ameritrade Institutional’s 2014 Student Scholars and Grant Winners Head to Wall Street to Raise Awareness of Career Opportunities in Financial Planning

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 23, 2014 — The job outlook for financial planners is bright, but Millennials have yet to see the light. In fact, fewer than 700 students completed bachelor’s degrees in financial planning last year, not nearly enough to address a growing demand for financial advice.1

The job growth rate for financial advisors is expected to be 32 percent by 2020, more than double the rate for all other occupations.2 Several factors are fueling the growth in financial planning careers. More than 75 million baby boomers are on the verge of retirement and their need for professional financial advice is expected to rise. Many of those boomers are financial advisors themselves and will retire at a faster pace than younger advisors will enter the business.3 Finally, younger investors in their prime earning years are building and inheriting trillions in wealth, creating job opportunities for future financial planners.4

To avert a talent shortage in the not-so-distant future, the industry must find a way to encourage more students to pursue financial planning careers and help more schools develop programs that can educate future advisors. With those goals in mind, TD Ameritrade Institutional will provide $1.25 million over 10 years through its NextGen Scholarship and Grant Program, now in its second year.5

“TD Ameritrade Institutional is committed to attracting talented students to the profession and supporting schools that offer innovative financial planning curriculum. With efforts like the NextGen Scholarship and Grant program, we can help fill the pipeline with individuals willing to lead our industry and continue the important work of caring for investors and their families,” said Tom Nally, president, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “Addressing the looming talent shortage head-on, we can help financial advisory firms remain ready to serve the next generation of investors.”

Saved by the Closing Bell

Ten deserving students received $5,000 to help them pursue a bachelor’s degree in financial planning. To celebrate their achievement and put a face on the future of financial planning, this year’s Next Gen Scholarship and Grant winners were invited to New York City as guests of TD Ameritrade Institutional for a visit to Wall Street. The group walked the famed trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange and rang the closing bell to help raise awareness of the career opportunities in financial planning.

Mariah Bausch
Kansas State University

Peter Blehl
William Paterson University

Kwame Boakye
University of Akron

Anne Marie Ihling
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Timi Jorgensen
Utah Valley University

Lauren Loucks
Utah Valley University

Patrick Portman
Western Kentucky University

Tyler Quatraro
University of Oregon

Trent Strang
Olivet College

Catherine Traylor
Louisiana State University

A Rewarding Career

TD Ameritrade Institutional’s scholarship winners come from varied backgrounds and hail from all over the United States, yet they all emphasized a desire to use their skills to help their neighbors and families live better lives. Several of the scholarship winners said they had witnessed firsthand the consequences of poor financial planning.

Not only is financial planning a fast growing career, it can be both personally and financially rewarding for new entrants. The median total compensation for a Support Advisor, someone who prepares financial documents, participates in client meetings and completes follow-up work, was $58,000 last year, according to FA Insight. The median Associate Advisor, the next step up the ladder and more actively engaged in client relationships, earned $83,000 a year. 6

“For students who may be worried about their job prospects, we encourage them to consider a career in financial planning,” said Richard S. Brown, chief executive of JNBA Financial Advisors and a member of TD Ameritrade Institutional Next Generation Advisory Board. “Serving as a financial planner offers terrific opportunities in a fast-growing business but also the chance to truly help others live better lives.”

Expanding the Talent Pipeline Through Education

Across the country, fewer than 90 schools offer financial planning degrees.7 TD Ameritrade Institutional wants to change that by supporting established and emerging financial planning education programs through its NextGen Grant Program. TD Ameritrade Institutional’s 2014 grants went to two schools – University of Georgia and Texas A&M University – to help support the development of innovative programs that not only increase the ranks of talented scholars entering the industry, but also to help ensure graduates are better prepared to succeed in the workplace.

University of Georgia, which received a $50,000 established-program grant, will use its money to build a “Financial Communication & Training Lab,” where students can strengthen their networking, communication, marketing and other workplace skills so that they are more likely to be successful. The award will endow a revolving “practitioner-in-residence,” selected from local financial professionals who will mentor students.

Texas A&M received a first ever $25,000 award designed to help schools with emerging programs. The school intends to launch of a bachelor’s degree in financial planning program, expanding on an Extended Learning program in financial planning it offers to graduate students and career-changers. Grant money also will be used to develop recruiting materials to attract students, with an added focus on women and minorities.

For information about the TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Scholarships and Grant Program, please visit http://www.tdainstitutional.com/lp/nextgen-scholarship.page.

For more information, including updates on industry affairs and news impacting RIAs, visit our blog TDA4Advisors, follow us on Twitter @TDA4Advisors and connect on LinkedIn. For more information about TD Ameritrade Institutional, please visit www.tdainstitutional.com.

TD Ameritrade is separate from and not affiliated with researchers, educators, students and other third parties, and is not responsible for their statements, data, policies or content.

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About TD Ameritrade Institutional
TD Ameritrade Institutional is a leading provider of comprehensive brokerage and custody services to over 4,500 fee-based, independent registered investment advisors and their clients. Our advanced technology platform, coupled with personal support from our dedicated service teams, allows investment advisors to run their practices more efficiently and effectively while optimizing time with clients. TD Ameritrade Institutional is a division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.

About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Millions of investors and independent registered investment advisors turn to TD Ameritrade’s (NYSE: AMTD) technology, people and education to make investing and trading easier to understand and do. Online or over the phone, in a branch or with an independent RIA, first-timer or sophisticated trader, our clients want to take control and we help them decide how: We’ve been bringing Wall Street to Main Street for more than 39 years. An official sponsor of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, TD Ameritrade has time and again been recognized as a leader in investment services. Please visit TD Ameritrade’s newsroom or www.amtd.com for more information.

Brokerage services provided by TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA (www.FINRA.org) / SIPC (www.SIPC.org) /NFA (www.nfa.futures.org)

TD Ameritrade is separate from and not affiliated with researchers, educators, students and other third parties, and is not responsible for their statements, data, policies or content.

1 National IPEDS database, U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 2013 Financial Planning and Services Program completions.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm
3 Cerulli Associates, the Cerulli Report, Advisor Metrics 2013: Understanding and Addressing a More Sophisticated Population
4 Advent Software, Three Ways to Reach the Next Generation of Investors, November 2013. Millions of Americans 49 years and younger are expected to amass $28 trillion in assets by 2020, up from $2 trillion, through inheritance and their own wealth-creation.
5 TD Ameritrade Institutional is a division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.
6 FA Insight, The 2013 FA Insight Study of Advisory Firms: People and Pay
7 National IPEDS database, U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 2013 Financial Planning and Services Programs.

Source: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

Media Contact
Joseph Giannone
TD Ameritrade
(201) 369-8705
joseph.giannone@tdameritrade.com

Peace Corps Announces Historic Changes to Application and Selection Process, Releases New Public Service Announcement from President Obama Calling on Americans to Serve

Peace Corps Announces Historic Changes to Application and Selection Process

Also Releases New Public Service Announcement from President Obama Calling on Americans to Serve

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2014 – Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet today announced sweeping changes to the agency’s application process that will make applying to the Peace Corps simpler, faster and more personalized than ever before. Under this new recruitment initiative, applicants will now be able to choose their country of service and apply to specific programs, and do so through a new, shorter application. As part of today’s announcement, Peace Corps also released a new video from President Obama calling on Americans to serve. It can be viewed at http://1.usa.gov/1npfk1b.

“Today our world is smaller and more interconnected than ever before,” said President Obama in the new public service announcement. “And it presents us with an extraordinary opportunity: to connect with people in some of the most remote corners of the globe and show them that America is paying attention, that we care, and that we’re here to help. That’s what the Peace Corps is all about.”

“More than 50 years after its founding, the Peace Corps is revitalizing its recruitment and outreach to field a volunteer force that represents the best and brightest the country has to offer,” Director Hessler-Radelet (RPCV Western Samoa 1981-83) said. “A modernized, flexible application and placement system will help Peace Corps recruit Americans who are not just interested in imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it.”

The key recruitment reforms include:

• Peace Corps applicants can now choose the programs and countries they want to apply to – selecting the path that best fits their personal and professional goals. Applicants can apply to between one and three specific programs at a time, or they can choose to apply for service wherever they are needed most. The Peace Corps website (http://1.usa.gov/1tJU4wt) now lists all open programs by country, work area and departure date, so applicants can browse service opportunities.

• A new, shorter application is now available on the Peace Corps website (http://1.usa.gov/1wnd3cb) that can be completed in less than one hour. What used to be more than 60 printed pages that took more than eight hours to complete is now a short online application that focuses solely but rigorously on the most relevant information to help the agency select the best candidates.

• Each open Peace Corps position now has clearly identified Apply By and Know By deadlines, so applicants know when they can expect to receive an invitation to serve. If they apply on time, they’ll know if they were selected on time – just like applying to college or a job. These deadlines give applicants more certainty than ever and help them plan for the future.

View an infographic on Peace Corps’ new application and selection process at http://1.usa.gov/1oYHvqa

“With the tools, technologies and opportunities of the 21st century, the Peace Corps is giving Americans of all backgrounds the freedom to re-imagine their future and redefine their mark on the world,” Hessler-Radelet said. “I believe these changes will help re-ignite the passion of Peace Corps’ early days and that more Americans will seize the opportunity to make a difference across the world and here at home.”

Hessler-Radelet, who was sworn in as the agency’s 19th director in June and comes from a four-generation Peace Corps family, has led an extensive reform effort since joining the agency in 2010. In addition to the recruitment reforms announced today, the Peace Corps has dramatically improved the quality of support it provides to volunteers, strategically targeted its resources and country presence to maximize impact, and streamlined operations to create a culture of innovation and excellence.

About the Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.

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Media Contact
Maureen Knightly
pressoffice@peacecorps.gov
(202) 692-2230

New Haier Contest Gives Students the Chance to Build Their Dream Appliances

Haier America announces the release of a contest to connect its customers with its marketing and engineering team to build their dream appliances. The contest, which Haier is promoting through Facebook and Twitter, asks fans to dream up their ultimate appliance for a small space (think dorm room or tiny studio apartment) and promises to collaborate with their engineering and marketing teams to choose and potentially build their favorite submission.

The contest, which also offers up to $20,000 in prizes, offers students the chance to put real building power behind a dream appliance. Some stand out submissions so far include, an alarm clock that simultaneously wakes you up and pours your coffee, as well as a back pack that doubles as a refrigerator.

“In the world of social connectivity, Haier is leveraging our social communities to reach out to customers and listen to what products they want to see built. We want to put the customer’s ideas first and create things that they tell us they want. In today’s connected world, it’s all about our customer,” says Rian Cain, senior vice president of the white goods group, Haier America.

The submission process is open from now until September. To learn more and apply visit: www.haieridealab.com.

About Haier America:
Haier America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Haier Group, the world’s #1 major appliance brand as ranked by Euromonitor International 2013, and a global leader in consumer electronics. Haier employs more than 70,000 people around the world and distributes products in more than 100 countries and regions with global revenues reaching $29.5 billion in 2013. Haier is a proud supporter of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Media Contacts:
James Liess
Haier America Public Relations
212-594-3330 ext.2006
jliess@haieramerica.com

Arm Yourself with Cash by Selling Textbooks Online at TextbookArmy.com

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Get a free pair of sunglasses by joining the TextbookArmy crew! 

Nashville, TN – TextbookArmy®, a new online textbook buyback company, is arming students with an easy way to unload textbooks and get cash in return. Students can now easily sell textbooks online at www.textbookarmy.com.

TextbookArmy.com is the easiest-to-use buyback platform for textbooks and offers the best value online. The company provides free quotes, no cost shipping in the 48 contiguous United States and unmatched customer service.

TextbookArmy offers the best value for selling textbooks in four easy steps:

  1. Register for an account at www.textbookarmy.com.
  2. Get a free quote on the textbooks you want to sell
  3. Ship textbooks (for free) to TextbookArmy
  4. Get cash via PayPal! Typical turnaround time is three days or less after textbooks are received and processed.

To celebrate its launch, TextbookArmy is giving a pair of sunglasses to all who register for a TextbookArmy account now, through the end of August 2014. Post a sunglass-wearing selfie to TextbookArmy’s FacebookTwitter or Instagram pages with the hashtag #ArmyShades to be entered to win a pair of Ray-Ban®  sunglasses. A pair of Ray-Bans will be given away every week, so pimp those TextbookArmy.com shades like a rock star – around town, in class, at the gym or on your pets. Be creative, be bold and think of your mom before posting. Follow TextbookArmy on our social network to see the selfies happening nationwide. For more information about the contest visit our contest page.

About TextbookArmy.com
TextbookArmy.com launched in 2014 and is a pioneer in the textbook buyback space.  Owned by IN MINN Inc., the company offers customers comprehensive and easy-to-use options to help make the best return on book investments.  TextBookArmy.com is dedicated to offering the best value for textbooks, providing the finest customer service and paying our customers fast.   For more information on Textbook Army visit www.textbookarmy.com

Contact:
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TD Ameritrade Expands Financial Planning Scholarship & Grant Program

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* TD Ameritrade Institutional Expands Effort to Help Develop Next Generation of Financial Planners
* Firm to Award $25,000 Grant for Emerging Degree Program, $50,000 Grant for Established Program
* Ten $5,000 Scholarships for Students Pursuing Degree in Financial Planning

JERSEY CITY, N.J., May 14, 2014 –When it comes to helping cultivate a new generation of independent investment advisors, TD Ameritrade Institutional (1) is raising the bar by introducing a new grant for colleges and universities committed to educating future financial-planning professionals.

Through its Next Generation Financial Planning Scholarship and Grant Program, TD Ameritrade Institutional will give $25,000 to a college or university with a nascent financial-planning undergraduate degree program. This new grant will be in addition to two awards introduced last year: 10 scholarships of $5,000 each for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and a $50,000 grant for an established financial planning undergraduate degree program.

The scholarships and grants are intended to help increase the number of college students graduating with a financial planning degree and who will pursue a career as a personal financial advisor. Over the next decade, TD Ameritrade Institutional is committed to investing more than $1.25 million to encourage more students to pursue financial planning careers and help fill the ranks of registered independent advisors (RIAs), an industry expected to face a shortage of talent as a wave of baby boomers prepare to retire.

Schools seeking a grant must be accredited, non-profit U.S. colleges or universities offering an undergraduate degree in financial planning. The application deadline for both grants is June 2, 2014 and the winners will be named on September 8, 2014. Students’ applications for the scholarships also are due by June 2; winners will be selected August 4, 2014.

For more information, applicants can visit the TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Scholarship & Grant website: http://www.tdainstitutional.com/lp/nextgen-scholarship.page

“Last year, we encountered schools with financial planning degree programs that were promising and innovative, but still in their infancy. So, in addition to recognizing schools with exceptional programs, we want to support institutions that are just starting out,” said Tom Nally, president, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “This scholarship and grant program can help increase colleges’ capacity to develop a new generation of advisors and sustain the industry’s growth into the future.”

Industry research shows that the RIA industry could face a significant talent gap in coming years. About a third of Baby Boom-era advisors are expected to depart over the next decade, mostly as they reach retirement age, and there aren’t enough young advisors to take their place. Nearly half of RIAs are 55 and older, while less than 8 percent are under 35 years of age.
Across all the various financial intermediary channels — brokerages, banks, insurers and independent RIAs — the total number of advisors is expected to shrink by 26,000 by 2017. (2)

Meanwhile, demand for personal advice is expected to climb as millions of Americans move into retirement and seek out professional expertise. The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 27 percent job growth for personal financial advisors through 2022, nearly three times the rate of all other professions, making it one of the fastest-growing career fields. (3)

Recruiting the next generation isn’t just good defense for RIA firms, but may be a path to future growth. Hiring young advisors may be critical for RIAs that intend to retain the children of their older clients and to attract a new generation of investors. Millions of Americans 49 years and younger — also known as Gen X and Gen Y — are expected to amass $28 trillion in assets by 2020, up from $2 trillion, through inheritance and their own wealth-creation. (4)

The scholarship is a one time, non-renewable amount of $5,000. Ten awards will be given for the 2014 -2015 academic year.
Scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load.

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About TD Ameritrade Institutional 
TD Ameritrade Institutional (See note 1) is a leading provider of comprehensive brokerage and custody services to more than 4,500 fee-based, independent registered investment advisors and their clients. Our advanced technology platform, coupled with personal support from our dedicated service teams, allows investment advisors to run their practices more efficiently and effectively while optimizing time with clients.

About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Millions of investors and registered investment advisors have turned to TD Ameritrade’s (NYSE: AMTD) technology, people and education to help make investing and trading easier. Our clients want to take control and we help them decide how: online, by phone, in a branch or through an independent investment advisor. We’ve been bringing Wall Street to Main Street for more than 39 years. Proud to be an official sponsor of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Visit TD Ameritrade’s newsroom at www.amtd.com for more information.

Brokerage services provided by TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINA/SIPC/NFA. Third parties mentioned above are separate from and not affiliated with TD Ameritrade.

(1) TD Ameritrade Institutional is a division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.
(2) Cerulli Associates, the Cerulli Report, Advisor Metrics 2013: Understanding and Addressing a More Sophisticated Population
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Personal Financial Advisors, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm
(4) Advent Software, Three Ways to Reach the Next Generation of Investors, November 2013

Source:
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

Contact:
Joseph A. Giannone
TD Ameritrade Communications + Public Affairs
(201) 369-8705
joseph.giannone@tdameritrade.com

After Suffering Injury, Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez Removed From Bellator Pay-Per-View

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Pay-Per-View Now Features Rampage vs. King Mo In Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals & Interim Lightweight Title Fight Between Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks

Newport Beach, Calif. (May 10, 2014) – Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered a head injury before his scheduled May 17th Lightweight Title fight with Michael Chandler and has been removed from the fight card. In his place, Lightweight Tournament winner Will Brooks will now face Chandler for the Interim Lightweight World Title. The nights headlined by the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between MMA icon Rampage Jackson and King Mo, along with Tito Ortiz battling Middleweight World Champion Alexander Shlemenko, all on Pay-Per-View.

“Injuries are part of MMA, but so are great opportunities, as we move forward with an incredible, must see night of fights this Saturday on Pay-Per-View,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “This is a great card for MMA fans with huge value highlighted as Rampage Jackson is finally getting the opportunity to battle King Mo for a shot at the World Title, one of the most exciting young phenoms in MMA, Will Brooks getting a title shot against Michael Chandler, and of course Tito Ortiz in a crazy fight against Alexander Shlemenko. I can’t wait for this night of fights on May 17th.”

“This has been a crazy few days with a wide range of emotion, but with Will now in the picture, I know we are going to have fireworks on May 17th,” Chandler said. “I wish Eddie the best, and I’m looking forward to finishing our trilogy, but now I’m focused on the task at hand.”

“I’ve always said I’m ready to fight anyone with hesitation, and now this is my chance to back that up,” Brooks said. “I want that belt around my waist more than anyone, and I’m ready. This is just a great opportunity that I’m ready for. I’m ready to jump into the fire.”

The full fight card for the Bellator Pay-Per-View on May 17th is below:

Bellator Pay-Per-View Fight Card:
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo (12-3)
Bellator Interim Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-1) vs. Will Brooks (13-1)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Fight: Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4)
Bellator Welterweight Fight: Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)

Bellator Spike TV Fight Card:
Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3)
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)

Bellator Spike.com Fight Card:
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3)
Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7)
Bellator Welterweight Fight: Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. Andy Uhrich (8-4)
Bellator Welterweight Fight: Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0)
Bellator Bantamweight Fight: Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brain Hall (7-2)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 140 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 175 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

About Spike TV:
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Anthony Mazzuca 
(949) 222-3400
Anthony@Bellator.com

David Schwarz
(212)767-8639
David.Schwarz@MTVStaff.com

A GREAT GRADUATION GIFT: WHAT THEY DIDN’T TEACH YOU IN SCHOOL!

The best personal development ideas and business practices summarized

Carlsbad, CA, May 9, 2014-Brad McMurrey’s The Success Ladder will enable young working people to stand out from the crowd with decades of extra experience at their fingertips. The book is a comprehensive 30 year collection of motivational, self-improvement, and work-related “how to” knowledge from hundreds of sources organized as more than 500 specific actions.

Readers are shown explicitly how to get motivated, assess and improve their characteristics, capabilities, and behavior, then set and pursue their goals. At work they’ll know step by step how to perform: Time Management, Weekly Planning, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Leadership, Public Speaking, Marketing, Project Planning and Execution, Negotiation, and many more work activities.

The Success Ladder is the perfect complement to a student’s classroom education and provides a detailed blueprint for personal and career success. “I’ve done the research to compile the best ideas and advice on these subjects so readers don’t have to,” said Brad. “They can save countless hours and avoid serious mistakes.”

“An outline for top rung success…definitely a book that would have benefited me and propelled my career upward…a real asset to anyone, especially those fresh out of college,” said R.T. Sedgwick, PhD., a retired research scientist and principal investigator.

Brad McMurrey is retired after years of managing the development of multi-million dollar computer systems. He has also written The Love Ladder, a collection of the great relationship ideas to find and grow love. The print books are $8.99 at Amazon; eBooks are $4.99. Read more with order links to Amazon, the iBookstore, and the Nook Store at http://www.loveandsuccessladders.com/

Contact: bradmcvv@gmail.com

Bellator 119 Full Card Finalized at Casino Rama on Friday, May 9th

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Newport Beach, Calif. (May 7, 2014) – The Toughest Tournament in Sports continues from Ontario’s Casino Rama for Bellator 119 on Friday, May 9th live on Spike TV. The event will feature the Bellator Featherweight Tournament finals, the return of Canadian fan-favorite John Alessio and a full card of local talent.

The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca, Bellator.com, or by visiting the Casino Rama Box Office.

Combining for 54 professional fights, Daniel Weichel will fight Desmond Green in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final.  Weichel has 25 wins by KO or submission and will use his previous experience in the cage against Green, who has only two professional losses.

No stranger to the Bellator cage, Marlon Sandro will be fighting Chris Horodecki.  Currently tied with Pat Curran and Daniel Straus for second most wins in Bellator featherweight history, Sandro is a two-time featherweight tournament finalist and will put his skills to the test against Hodecki who returns to Bellator after going unbeaten in three fights outside the organization.

The full fight card is listed below.

MAIN CARD:
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final: Daniel Weichel (33-8) vs. Desmond Green (11-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Chris Horodecki (20-4-1) vs. Marlon Sandro (24-5-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Marius Zaromskis (19-8) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-2-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Raphael Butler (8-0) vs. Nick Rossborough (23-18)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Catchweight Feature Fight (160 lbs): Eric Wisely (22-8) vs. John Alessio (34-17)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Brian Rogers (10-6) vs. Adrian Miles (14-5)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Stuart Austin (7-0) vs. Craig Hudson (4-3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jason Meisel (4-3) vs. Remy Bussieres (3-0)
Catchweight Feature Fight (130 lbs.): Chris Kelades (6-0) vs. Malcolm Gordon (4-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Behrang Yousefi (5-4) vs. Chad Freeman (8-5)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 140 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 175 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

About Spike TV:
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Anthony Mazzuca 
(949) 222-3400
Anthony@Bellator.com

David Schwarz
(212)767-8639
David.Schwarz@MTVStaff.com

TOTAL OF $250,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM MAKERS OF TYLENOL®

Future Care Scholarships Help Support

Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare Industry

Ft. Washington, PA, May 1, 2014 – McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®, announces the 24th annual TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship, and is now accepting applications through June 30, 2014.

The 2014 TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship program will award a total of $250,000 in scholarship funds to 40 undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an education in healthcare. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of the top 20 fastest growing professions are in healthcare[1] and the industry has been projected to continue to grow at an annual rate of 2.6 percent, adding 5 million more jobs between 2012 and 2022[2].  TYLENOL® Future Care Scholars will receive awards of $5,000 or $10,000 to help them manage the rising costs of education and be poised to enter dynamic and compelling occupations as nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists or family doctors, which are among the numerous career opportunities poised for growth.

“Over the past 24 years, the TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship program has awarded more than $8.9 million in scholarship funds to more than 6,700 students embarking on a variety of diverse healthcare career paths,” said Emile Lee, Vice President of Communications, McNeil Consumer Healthcare.  “The TYLENOL® brand is dedicated to caring for people who are committed to caring for others and our scholarship program allows us to encourage and empower students who are passionate about making an impact on the increasingly important future of healthcare.”

TYLENOL® Future Care Scholars will be selected based on their leadership qualities, academic performance, and community involvement.  To be eligible, students must complete at least one year of undergraduate or graduate study by the Spring of 2014 at an accredited two or four year college, university, or vocational/technical school.

The application period is now open and submissions must be received by June 30, 2014.  Scholarship award decisions will be made in July and awards will be distributed to selected students in August 2014.    To learn more or apply visit: www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship  and join the conversation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TylenolScholarship.

This year, in addition to the Future Care Scholarship, the makers of TYLENOL® have partnered with RITE AID to give students pursuing a college degree the chance to win a $500 gift card towards textbooks for the upcoming semester. One winner will be randomly selected each day, beginning June 2nd through June 30th.[3]  For more information beginning May 20th, please visit: www.riteaid.com/tylenolbooks.

About McNeil Consumer Healthcare:
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. markets a broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) products around the globe. McNeil Consumer Healthcare is most widely recognized for the TYLENOL® brand. Other McNeil Consumer Healthcare brands include BENADRYL®, ZYRTEC® and ZYRTEC®-D allergy medicines, IMODIUM® A-D anti-diarrheal, MOTRIN® IB pain reliever and fever reducer, and SUDAFED® and SUDAFED PE® nasal decongestants.

Media Contacts:
Janine Berstein
Tel: (646) 489-1770
Email: jberstein@mac.com

Ania Tyski
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Office: 215 273-8895
Mobile: 267-408-9528
Email: atyski@its.jnj.com

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[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm

[2] Bureau of Labor Statistics Economic News Release Employment Projections: 2012-2022 Summary, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.nr0.htm

[3] NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF 50 U.S. & D.C., WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AND THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE AND ENROLLED IN COLLEGE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 6/30/14. Prize: $500 Gift Card. To enter and read Official Rules, prize descriptions, odds disclosure visit www.riteaid.com/tylenolbooks. Find the nearest RITE AID near you at www.riteaid.com/store-locator. Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., 7050 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034.