Monthly Archives: March 2013

Legendary Investors to Judge 2013 Sohn Investment Contest

Legendary Investors to Judge 2013 Sohn Investment Contest


Winner to Present Investment Idea at the 18th Annual Renowned Sohn Investment Conference in May in NYC


Contact: Laura Mills | Sohn Conference Foundation

(212) 880-5305 |

NEW YORK, NY, (March 20, 2013) — Today, The Sohn Conference Foundation, sponsor of the original and premier investment idea conference, announced the launch of its Investment Idea Contest ahead of its 18th annual conference, which takes place on May 8, 2013 from 12:00pm – 6pm at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The contest is intended to encourage anyone with an investment idea to showcase that idea in front of the world’s leading global investment minds. Contest participants are to submit their best investment idea by 5pm (ET) on May 2, 2013; entries can be any marketable security (long or short) with a market capitalization above $1 billion. The winner will be selected based on the judges’ determination of the most compelling investment idea over a one-year horizon.A distinguished group of judges led by Joel Greenblatt and including Bill Ackman, David Einhorn, Seth Klarman and Michael Price will determine the most compelling investment idea. The winner will present the investment idea in front of approximately 3,000 people at the renowned Sohn Investment Conference.

“The Sohn Investment Conference is renowned for bringing fresh investment insights and strategies to the forefront of the global financial community, providing a stage for the most savvy minds on Wall Street to share their insights,” said Daniel Nir, Co-Chair of the Sohn Conference Foundation. “The Investment Contest expands that stage for both veterans and up-and-coming investors, offering a unique opportunity to be recognized by industry leaders.”

For more information or to enter the contest, please visit

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit

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How to Get Spring Break Or Basketball Playoff Hotels at Up To 50% Off

How to Get Spring Break Or Basketball Playoff Hotels at Up To 50% Off


Contact: Brian Ek | Priceline

(203) 299-8167 |

NORWALK, Conn., March 20, 2013 . . . Need a hotel room for Spring Break, or to watch your school compete in the big dance? can fill the bill and save you up to 50% with its no-bidding Express Deals(sm) discount hotel booking service.

Express Deals(sm) is designed for travelers who want a discount and need specific amenities, like a pool, fitness center, free breakfast or more than one bed in a room. Customers view a page that includes amenities (pool, gym, on-site restaurant, etc.), special freebies (free breakfast, free Internet, free parking, etc.), star level, neighborhood, guest satisfaction scores on a 1-10 scale, and a special sale price. Many hotels participating in Express Deals allow customers to choose their bedding type (1 king, 2 doubles, etc.). Many of the hotels are pet friendly. After booking at the discounted price, the name of the specific hotel is revealed.

Just in time for Spring Break and the basketball tournament, is having an Express Deals hotel sale, offering top-quality hotels at discounts of up to 50% off published prices – with no bidding required. This limited-time sale applies to hotels in all star categories in all destinations, even the most luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels. The sale runs through March 31st and all stays must be completed by May 15, 2013. To get the special sale discounts, customers need to enter the coupon code SPRING when they book their Express Deals hotels.

Express Deals and the extra savings SPRING coupon code are being offered through’s website and through the Priceline app for iOS and Android phones. The app can be downloaded from free from the iTunes store or Android market

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About The Priceline Group

The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 295,000 participating hotels and accommodations worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands –,, and – and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 190 countries and territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 275,000 hotels and accommodations (as of February 25, 2013), and is available in 41 languages. More recent counts are available on the website. gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of’s famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals, where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding. is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 38 languages. is a multinational rental car service, offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is provided in 40 languages.

For Press Information: Brian Ek (203) 299-8167

For Investor Relations: Matthew Tynan (203) 299-8487

Spring Break Beauty Made Simple

Spring Break Beauty Made Simple


Contact: Tanya Wayne | Pierce Mattie Communications

(212) 789-1078 |

Ahh, Spring Break! Time to relax and let loose. But a college girl’s downtime can be stressful on her skin; too much sun exposure, drinking, and a lack of sleep can all add up to a beauty disaster. But what if a girl doesn’t want to give up party time and still wants to have radiant, clear skin? Saving face doesn’t have to be complicated – just follow these tips from Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun and the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

First, please don’t forget the importance of using sunscreen – it’s the easiest, healthiest way to keep skin even-toned and young-looking. Spring break trends may come and go, but the long-term benefits of sunscreen are time-tested. While on vacation, the best bet is to use a water-resistant sunscreen like Nu Skin’s Sunright Body Block SPF 30 ($13) or Banana Boat Sport Performance Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 100 ($10.99). Slather it on before heading out in the sun and reapply as directed. Sure, sunscreen might not seem sexy, but a flaky, red sunburn isn’t a hot look, either—and that’s not even counting the long-term damage and premature aging it causes.

After sunscreen, treat skin to antioxidants. Skin is an organ, and just like the organs inside the body, it needs antioxidants to function at its best. Antioxidants are powerhouse ingredients that help skin repair itself from all kinds of damage. A refreshing toner (recommendations here) followed with an antioxidant-boosted moisturizer with sunscreen is enough to immediately begin reducing the appearance of the redness, dark circles, and puffy eyes that come from too much partying.

But enough about skin care, what about Spring Break makeup? Less is definitely more, except when it comes to concealer. A strategically applied full-coverage concealer can be a great way to fake a good night’s sleep. Our secret weapons: L’Oreal True Match Concealer ($8.95), Mary Kay Concealer ($10), or M.A.C. Select Cover-Up ($18).

For the rest of the face, tinted moisturizers are the way to go to achieve an even, natural complexion in a snap without a heavy makeup look. Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($8.49) is a perfect option that provides sun protection and it comes with a price tag that doesn’t break a college student’s budget. As for cheeks and lips, go with a sheer gel stain and save the drama for a smoking-hot eye design each evening. Get the look by using waterproof volumizing mascara such as Maybelline The Colossal Waterproof Mascara ($7.99) and a dual eyeshadow/eyeliner pencil like Mally Beauty’s Evercolor Shadow Stick ($25).

One last thing: no matter how late the night gets, try not to forget to remove makeup before falling into bed. Sleeping in makeup isn’t good for skin, and with a good gentle remover (check out our favorites here) the task is over in seconds. If you do happen to fall asleep in your makeup, battle potential blemishes the next day with Paula’s Choice CLEAR 2-Week Trial Kit ($12.95)—available in regular, as well as extra strength, and perfect for traveling.

Find even more Spring Break Beauty inspiration on Paula’s Choice Pinterest Spring Look Book.

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Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me as well as online at Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.

AkzoNobel Opens ‘Tomorrow’s Answers Today’ Post-Graduate Contest

AkzoNobel Opens ‘Tomorrow’s Answers Today’ Post-Graduate Contest

AkzoNobel to award cash prize, free trip to Chicago for post-graduate students to meet with industry leaders to encourage exploration of the role that chemical engineering and material sciences play in innovation. Call for Entries now through March 15, 2013.


Contact: George Nolan | AkzoNobel

(312) 544-7457 |

CHICAGO, Mar. 8, 2013 — AkzoNobel, the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, today announced that it will be extending the deadline on its U.S. ‘Tomorrow’s Answers Today’ poster competition to encourage additional students to enter for the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, an all-expenses paid trip to visit AkzoNobel’s North American headquarters in Chicago, Ill. and the opportunity to meet with company executives and industry leaders at an event in June.

The competition is open to students who are pursuing graduate (masters, Ph.D., or post-doctoral) research in the chemical sciences or technologies, including chemistry, chemical engineering and material science at any educational institution in the U.S.

The competition aims to highlight the best ideas that show the greatest insight into future trends in our society in response to the following questions:

* What are going to be the biggest trends and challenges for the development of our society over the next 10 years in which chemistry will have a decisive role to play?

* What new scientific and technological developments will society need to make in the areas of the chemical sciences to realize the trends?

* What are going to be the most important new applications for novel products and process developments which will improve the lives of citizens and what sciences will underpin them?

To enter or learn more about the competition, students are encouraged to visit

Following the submission process, a panel of AkzoNobel scientists and engineers will choose five finalists to be invited to attend a special event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on June 6, 2013, where their posters will be showcased to an audience of leading academics, business executives and media.

After the event in Chicago, one finalist will be selected and awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as the opportunity to visit AkzoNobel research facilities located in the U.S.

For additional details including official rules, prizes and key dates, as well as background on previous competitions’ winners, visit

As a global leader in decorative and industrial coatings and a leading specialty chemicals company, AkzoNobel is constantly exploring areas of innovation in which chemical technology will play an important role in meeting the needs of the world. The aim of the competition is to encourage young researchers to explore the role that chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science will play in driving sustainable innovations that will meet the needs of society, the environment and consumers in the future.

AkzoNobel first held the regional competition in China in 2010 with subsequent competitions held in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. To reflect the increasingly global nature of the company, the Tomorrow’s Answers Today poster competition is being further extended to Sweden and the U.S. in 2013.


AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Glidden, Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements which address such key issues as AkzoNobel’ s growth strategy, future financial results, market positions, product development, products in the pipeline, and product approvals. Such statements should be carefully considered, and it should be understood that many factors could cause forecasted and actual results to differ from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, developments in raw material and personnel costs, pensions, physical and environmental risks, legal issues, and legislative, fiscal, and other regulatory measures. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risk factors affecting our business please see our latest Annual Report, a copy of which can be found on the company’s corporate website

Additional Contact for Newspaper Editors

AkzoNobel North America Communications, +1-312-544-7457, George Nolan




$30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes Awarded to Inventive Students at Three Leading Universities


Contact: Molly Owen | Lemelson-MIT Program

(617) 939-8445 |

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 5, 2013) – Nikolai Begg grew up in a box of LEGO® bricks and hasn’t stopped tinkering since. Today he is an accomplished inventor with a portfolio of novel medical devices. Begg is the recipient of the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventions that are making surgical procedures less invasive. He is honored alongside the 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize winners from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Begg, a PhD candidate in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first became interested in medical device engineering during junior high school after studying surgical robots and realizing their profound impact on human health. Today he works with doctors and nurses across medical disciplines in hospitals throughout Boston, to better understand how he can have a positive influence on medicine.

“Nikolai has a true appreciation for the importance of living a problem,” said Alexander Slocum, Begg’s advisor and Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. “In a field where the end user is often difficult to reach, Nikolai is frequently invited into operating rooms after exciting a passion in physicians who can see that he is motivated only by the opportunity to create something that will transform the way they work.”

A New “Gold-Standard” of Safety in Surgical Procedures

Epidurals, intravenous catheter placements and bone marrow biopsies are all examples of “puncture access procedures” in which a sharply-pointed instrument, the puncture device, is used to create a pathway into the patient’s body. Despite puncture access being the first step in many minimally-invasive procedures like laparoscopic surgeries, existing devices often plunge forward after breaking through tissue until the surgeon can react and stop applying force, posing a risk to any underlying organs.

Begg invented a puncture access mechanism with a blade that retracts at the moment it passes completely through skin tissue after years of observing laparoscopic surgeries first-hand. A “force-sensing” instrument, the tip withdraws within 1/100 of a second. The mechanism, which is purely mechanical in nature with only a few parts, is scalable for use in nearly any medical puncture device.

Begg also learned that in right kidney laparoscopic procedures, an additional incision has to be made to hold the liver and clear a direct pathway to the kidney. This additional step risks over-puncture, infection and pain. He developed an incision-less laparoscopic retractor to address this challenge. Inserted through an existing incision, a suture stored within the device is passed out of the body and tensioned to move the organ out of the operating field.

An Ambassador for Invention

Begg’s personal passion for invention is no more important than working to inspire the same in others. He has used his knack for explaining complex technologies to be an active mentor throughout his time at MIT. As a graduate instructor Begg helps undergraduate students design, prototype and refine novel devices to meet the needs of medical practitioners. He also worked with high school students at an MIT-sponsored summer course in design to invent and build functional prototypes of devices to introduce exercise into the workplace.

“I believe in showing others that invention does not mean being smart enough to get it right the first time,” Begg said. “Creativity is powered by a willingness to learn and take risks.”

Bringing a New Face to Invention

“Nikolai Begg exemplifies the modern inventor,” said Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “Far from the image of a white-coat scientist at the lab bench, he follows his innate interests, immersing himself in them and collaborating with others to uncover opportunities to invent in every experience. By giving a fresh face to invention he is inspiring others– including those who may not have ever imagined or believed themselves to be inventors before.”

The Lemelson-MIT Program also recognized the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize finalists:

• Benjamin Peters developed a pin bed mechanism for directly forming physical three-dimensional contoured surfaces from a digital file.

• Ahmed Kirmani invented compact, low power cameras that capture the world in three-dimensions, which could usher new forms of human-machine interaction, automation and medical imaging.

Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes

Winners of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize will also be announced at their respective universities:

Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize: Eduardo Torrealba launched the Plant Link platform in 2013, which monitors the moisture needs of plants and delivers water on an as-needed basis using smart valves, interconnected sensor systems and mobile devices. This wireless platform will make agricultural water resource management easier and more affordable, impacting the sustainability of water usage on a global scale.

Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize: Ming Ma has developed a new method to manufacture light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that are brighter, more energy efficient, and have superior technical properties than those on the market today. His innovation holds the promise of hastening the widespread adoption of LEDs and reducing the overall cost, energy consumption, and environmental impact of illuminating our homes and businesses.


The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is awarded annually to an MIT senior or graduate student who has created or improved a product or process, applied a technology in a new way, redesigned a system, or demonstrated remarkable inventiveness in other ways. A distinguished panel of MIT alumni including scientists, technologists, engineers and entrepreneurs chooses the winner and finalists.


Celebrating innovation, inspiring youth

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding innovators and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries.

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New Campaign Highlighting Australian Work and Travel Opportunities Features Six New Dream Jobs


Contact: Kourtney Schepman | Ketchum PR
(310) 295-3319 |

Tourism Australia is teaming up with industry and State and Territory tourism partners in a new global campaign directed at the international youth market to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program.

At the heart of the campaign is a global competition involving six of Australia’s State and Territory Tourism Organisations that is each offering their own unique “Best Job in the World” as a prize.

The six ‘Best Jobs in the World’ each come with an attractive six month salary package worth A$100,000 including living costs and are:

• Chief Funster (New South Wales)

• Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)

• Park Ranger (Queensland)

• Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)

• Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne)

• Taste Master (Western Australia)

The competition was unveiled today in Cairns, one of the country’s most popular destinations amongst young travellers, by the Federal Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, alongside Ben Southall who was the winner of Tourism Queensland’s highly successful “Best Job in the World” campaign in 2009.

The “Best Jobs in the World” initiative is part of a major international marketing push which will target travellers between 18 and 30 years of age in Australia and overseas but is also open to all travellers worldwide. Final deadline for the first round is 9:00 pm AEST April 10, 2013 (7:00 am PST, April 9, 2013).

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the competition provided an excellent platform to entice more young people from around the world to come to Australia to holiday and work.

“We’ve taken one of the most successful tourism campaigns in recent times – “Best Job in the World” – and made it bigger and better by coming up with a competition which represents the very best of our country – our breath-taking landscapes and scenery, our unique nature and wildlife, great food and wine and, of course, our huge sense of fun,” Mr McEvoy said.

Ben Southall added: “A few years ago I won “The Best Job in the World” – being an Island Caretaker on the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately for me, my time is up. But luckily for the world ‘The Best Job in the World’ is back. This time there’s not one, but six amazing jobs in Australia up for grabs.”

Jane Whitehead, Tourism Australia Vice President, Americas added that the competition was expected to appeal to youth travellers’ sense of fun and adventure and also those seeking a gap year and international experience.

“Educated young Americans are interested in working abroad,” Mrs Whitehead said. “The Washington Post recently reported a survey that showed the percentage of Americans aged 18-24 that were interested in moving overseas had surged from 12% in 2007 to 40% in 2011.

“The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest ‘Working Holiday Maker visa program report 2012’ has shown a continued growth in the number of American visas granted since the WHM visa launched in 2007. In the 12 months to year end June 2012, the United States saw a 4.7 per cent increase over the previous year.

“Australia, with its quality of living, wage levels and job opportunities offers attractive options for those that want to strengthen and round out their resumes while having the time of their life experiencing a beautiful and dynamic country.”

For those who are interested in exploring work and travel opportunities beyond the competition jobs, Tourism Australia has secured industry partners to support the campaign and help make it easier for young travellers to find jobs and make travel arrangements.

Virgin Australia and STA Travel are providing travel deals and travel options. For job opportunities, recruiter has created an online ‘jobs board’, advertising temporary jobs within the Australian tourism industry that are suitable for travellers visiting the country on a Working Holiday or Work and Holiday Visa.

Other partners supporting the campaign include Citibank, DELL, IKEA, and Sony Music.

The youth segment contributes A$12 billion annually in total tourism spending and delivers nearly 1.6 million (26%) of Australia’s international arrivals. In 2012, Working Holiday Makers contributed A$2.5 billion to the Australian economy.

For further details of the campaign and competition visit Tourism Australia’s Working Holidays Facebook page, or

For further information contact:

Kristen Malaby, Tourism Australia, on +1 310 695 3214

Kourtney Schepman, Ketchum on +1 310 295 3319


To access the multimedia press release which includes image, video and campaign assets please go to

For further details on Working Holiday Maker Program, visit


Filmmaker Challenges Univ Students to Join Immigration Reform Campaign

Filmmaker Challenges Univ Students to Join Immigration Reform Campaign


Contact: Lisa Cohen | Emerson Collective
(310) 395-2544 |

The Dream Is Now Campaign to Announce Contest Challenging College Students to Sign Petition in Support of Immigration Reform

Schools Where Students Gather the Most Signatures for Online Petition Will Be Selected As Sites for Premiere of New Documentary Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim; Students From University With Most Petitions Signed Will Travel to Premiere of Film in Washington, DC


Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth

Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D., President, Miami Dade College

Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez, The Dream Is Now College Outreach Director

Terrence Park, University of California Berkeley Math Club President and DREAMer


The Dream is Now ( is a partnership formed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and Emerson Collective to provide supporters of immigration reform with a platform to voice their support for an earned path to citizenship for undocumented youth. The campaign web site allows individuals from around the country—documented and undocumented alike—to tell their own stories in writing or through video and to sign a petition affirming their support for the principles of the Dream Act. During Spring 2013, the campaign will release a 30-minute documentary directed by Guggenheim featuring many of the stories submitted to the campaign in an effort to show Congress that an earned path to citizenship is the right thing to do for these students and for our country’s economic future.

On a conference call with student newspapers, the campaign will announce a challenge to college students: Universities that get the most students to sign an online petition in support of the Dream Act principles will be selected for campus movie premieres. Students from the University with the most signatures will earn a trip to the premiere of the film in Washington, DC.

The DREAM Act, which is being considered as part of immigration reform efforts, would provide a pathway for undocumented youth who came to the U.S. at a young age and have been attending school, to earn their citizenship by attending college or serving in the military.


Conference Call – Please RSVP at and you will be provided with the number and passcode.


March 5, 2013 at 1pm/ET, 10am/PT

For more information on the campaign visit: