Friday, July 31, 2015

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raised More than US$220 Million from 440 million Views of 17 Million Videos

Last year, more than 17 million ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos were posted to Facebook and these videos were watched by 440 million people a total of 10 billion times. More than $220 million was raised globally with $115 million going to The ALS Association, which is putting these dollars to work funding exciting new initiatives to find treatments and a cure for the disease through research, care services and public policy. To read more about progress since last year, visit

72% of Children Whose Parents Attend Church Regularly Continue in the Faith

Photo Credit: Blacks in Dallas.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Church's Impact on the Family

"Let us not give up meeting together [in church], as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another...."1

As quoted in an earlier issue of Daily Encounter, a study conducted some time ago by sociologist Steven Nock of the University of Virginia showed that couples who regularly attend church are 42% more likely to be married for the first time. And those in the church who were committed to its beliefs had a 23% better chance of having a "very happy" marriage than those who don't attend church.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Viola Davis AARP The Magazine Cover

Viola Davis AARP The Magazine Cover
Media Contact
CONTACT: Carla Clunis, Coburn Communication, 646.633.4971,; Paola Torres, AARP, 202.434.2555,

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Did J. K. Rowling Lift the Character of Harry Potter from the Harry Potter of Troll?

Did J. K. Rowling Lift the Character of Harry Potter from the Harry Potter of Troll?

J. K. Rowling.

I have just stumbled on an interesting similarity of the famous boy wizard "Harry Potter" of billionaire British bestselling author J.K Rowling and the "Harry Potter" of Troll, the 1986 American cult dark fantasy film directed by John Carl Buechler and produced by Charles Band of Empire Pictures, starring Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, and Sonny Bono.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

International Design Contest for Students of Fashion Design: Ensemble 2015 at Kochi

International Design Contest for Students of Fashion Design: Ensemble 2015 at Kochi

KOCHI, India, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

The second edition of India's pioneering fashion design contest exclusively for students of fashion will take place at Le Meridien Kochi on 10th October 2015. Ensemble is initiated by Beena Kannan, CEO and Fabric Designer of the House of Seematti having a 100 plus year legacy in wedding silks. The objective of the contest is to inspire and incentivize students of fashion design enabling them to emerge as competent, industry-reading professionals fully exposed to every aspect of the fashion sector. "Ensemble" has been hailed as a never-before skill development foray from a textile retail major. In 2014, more than 100 students of fashion design from all over India took part in the contest.

Louisa Ejenavbo Wins Grand Prize of Ariel’s Selfie Perfect Match Competition

Louisa Ejenavbo- Grand prize winner, #ArielPerfectMatch Competition

Winners Emerge in Ariel’s Selfie Perfect Match Competition

Winners have emerged from the Ariel’s Selfie perfect match competition. Following the launch of Ariel Automatic specifically designed for washing machines on May 10th 2015, stylish customers were rewarded through the hashtag #ArielPerfectMatch throughout the month of May.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hip Hop Don't Know You

caption: OVO Boss Drake with Sean Kingston Manager, Steve Lobel "HipHop Don't Know You" (PRNewsFoto/UGO Crew)
source: UGO Crew
media contact info: Karine Delage, 416-876-3329,

Pre OVO Youth Vote and Pan Am Games Inspired Tunes

TORONTO, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Deciding the future of our country is something that everyone should have in mind. The youth sometime feel left out of the decisions our politicians makes and this is why Steve Lobel and U.G.O Crew want to highlight how powerful we all can be at any stage in our life. On August 3rd, Top Manager, Steve Lobel's annual Pre OVO fest event, titled, 'Hip Hop Don't Know You' in collaboration with his artists, Sean Kingston and U.G.O Crew will happen inside of the Citta restaurant (92 Fort York BLVD) in Toronto. Youths nationwide are called to this event and will promote the launch of a national contest that will give the winner a chance to collaborate with Toronto-based artist UGO Crew on their song "Change V.O.T.E Remix" featuring Sean Kingston which was a number one in France and Nigeria and helped new president-elect win popular vote in that country by 58% in April 2015. Universal Music Canada and Maple have licensed for Canadian release. The Rap the V.O.T.E contest is open to all youth across Canada who are old enough to vote. For more updates please long on to follow

Additional featured hosts for Pre OVO Event at Citta celebration will be guest, Dj Karina who has been recently confirmed to tour in October with Digable Planets 'Cool Like That" and Pharcyde's Fatlip "Passing Me By" 90's classics meet EDM and Pop. It will be her first European tour for her Universal Music distributed debut single titled "Suga Baby" featuring Danny Fernandes & U.G.O Crew and Produced by Toronto's DJ Power. The song is the only radio single of "Pan Am Games inspired Tunes" that will be released on July 28th.

For more information about the event contact or to set-up any interviews contact us by Email or go to

Media contact:
Karine Delage

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Newest Victoria's Secret Angels Land in Times Square To Celebrate the New Body By Victoria Campaign

The Newest Victoria's Secret Angels Landed In Times Square To Celebrate The New Body By Victoria Campaign

NEW YORK, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest Victoria's Secret Angels Kate Grigorieva (Russia), Taylor Hill (Colorado), Elsa Hosk (Sweden), Martha Hunt (North Carolina), Jac Jagaciak (Poland), Stella Maxwell (United Kingdom), Lais Ribeiro (Brazil), Sara Sampaio (Portugal), Romee Strijd (Holland) and Jasmine Tookes (California) celebrated the all new Body by Victoria collection on Military Island in the heart of Times Square in New York City. These models join established Angels Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel expanding the brand's Supermodel lineup.

Dear POTUS, Please Throw Away Your Selfie Stick and Use My Emofix

Dear POTUS, Please Throw Away Your Selfie Stick and Use My Emofix

It is really an embarrassment to see that President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Obama is still using a Selfie Stick!
When I am using an Emofix, the first most advanced gadget for taking selfies and videos in the world and Emofix has no stick or any funny looking handle like the ridiculous monopod called selfie stick.
Using the selfie stick is now old fashioned and outdated since the Emofix bluetooth selfie and video gadget launched in Europe!

Capture every moment with EmoFix, a Bluetooth enabled device that lets you take awesome Selfies, Pictures, and Videos!
With the Emofix you can take the best selfies and videos without touching your smartphone or camera even from 30ft distance.

Ask for EmoFix NOW!
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Adrian Grenier and James Corden Crown Winners of the Venture, Receiving Share of $1 Million Fund

Can the problems facing humanity be addressed through sustainable business solutions? How to Save the World (and Get Rich Trying) is a five part documentary series from The Venture.

Adrian Grenier at The Venture.

Adrian Grenier and James Corden crown winners of The Venture receiving share of $1 million fund
Algramo announced as stand out winner of The Venture 2015

89 Percent Female Millennials Have Orgasm and 79 Percent of Millennials Have Sex on their Birthdays

Photo Credit: FLUX TRENDS.

2015 SKYN® Condoms Millennial Sex Survey Discovers Millennials are Closing the Orgasm Gap
Annual Survey Reveals Condom Use Habits, Sexual Habits, Online and Mobile Dating Trends and More

ISELIN, N.J., July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennials are closing the orgasm gap according to a national study conducted by Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions and the makers of LifeStyles® and SKYN® Condoms ("SKYN"). Recognized as the manufacturer of two of the nation's leading condom brands, Ansell is debuting the results of the 2015 SKYN Condoms Millennial Sex Survey, which reveals the encouraging finding that millennial females are achieving orgasm nearly as often as men during sex.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

One Quarter of US Women Use Eyebrow Pencils, While 19% Wear Eyebrow Make-Up

Photo Credit: Sheila Bella.

Eyebrows on fleek: One quarter of US women use eyebrow pencils, while 19% wear eyebrow make-up 

CHICAGO, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent trends in color cosmetics are leading to shifts in how US consumers are allocating their beauty spending, according to Mintel's Color Cosmetics US 2015 report. One of the latest trends driving interest in the category is bold, groomed brows, with 25 percent of American women using eyebrow pencils and one in five women wearing eyebrow make-up on a regular basis (19 percent).

In line with the bold and defined eye trend, multi outlet (MULO) sales of eye liner have grown by 5 percent since 2014, with long-lasting results and precise application driving strong segment gains. In contrast, the facial make-up trend of "less is more" has some wearers opting for lighter-weight products, including 17 percent on US women who wear BB cream regularly.

Farabe Algor of Texas Crowned Mrs. International 2015

Farabe Algor, 30, of Frisco, Texas was crowned Mrs. International 2015 Saturday, July 25 at the 30th Annual Mrs. International Pageant held at the Moran Theater at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts in Jacksonville. The two-hour event featured 65 contestants from around the world competing in three categories, including interview, fitness wear and evening gown. Algor's husband, Justin, helped crown her Mrs. International before a sold-out audience. Algor will spend her year as Mrs. International promoting her platform Beyond Glory - Supporting our Veterans, an organization she started to provide programs and services to veterans.
International Pageants, Inc.
Media Contact
Denise O'Handley, 847-648-2644,

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Photos: Stars At Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala in France

Natasha Poly, Emily Senko, Lara Lieto,guest, Irina Shayk attend a cocktail during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 22, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.

The 2nd Annual LDF Gala raised over US$40 million for protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to preserve and save the environment.

Leonardo DiCaprio opened the evening with an impassioned speech about the Foundation’s work and stated, “Tonight’s event is about supporting LDFs efforts to protect key species like the tiger, rhino, shark, and mountain gorilla by working with governments to conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests they call home. By focusing on protecting these critically-endangered iconic species is almost like setting up a worldwide network of Noahs arks.”

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 22, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Leonardo DiCaprio and Milutin Gatsby attend a cocktail during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 22, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.
Sylvester Stallone and Leonardo DiCaprio speak onstage at a Dinner and Auction during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 22, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.
John Legend and Leonardo DiCaprio great each other during a the Dinner and Auction during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 22, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France.

Photo Credits: The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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Barbara Berlusconi at Di Caprio Foundation Gala in Saint-Tropez

Barbara Berlusconi at Di Caprio Foundation Gala in Saint-Tropez
In search of synergies between the Milan Foundation and the American actor's non-profit-making organization

Angelina Jolie in Myanmar

Photo Credit: UNHCR.

Angelina Jolie revisits Myanmar refugees on World Refugee Day

UNHCR's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie spent this year's World Refugee Day with Karenni refugees from Myanmar. Some have been in exile in Thailand for 30 years, making this one of the longest-running refugee situations in the world. On her fourth visit to the refugee camps in Thailand, Jolie met Baw Meh's […]

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TALK OF THE TOWN: MTN TechPlus Conference and Expo 2015 Begins

Digital Friday event of the month is the two-day MTN TECH+ Conference and Expo at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos, opening today July 24th and ending tomorrow 25th, with celebrated speakers and notable leaders in emerging industries in IT, Telecoms and broadcasting; including Nicholas Martin, CEO, Jumia Africa; Akintunde Oyebode, Head SME Banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank; Abiola Olaniyan (CEO Gamsole); Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Cofounder at Andela; Dele Odufuye, MD/CEO, Tsaboin); Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, Regional Director, MNET/Africa Magic; Funsho Finnih, MTN Nigeria); Lanre Dabiri (Eldee); Mr.Patrick Olatunji, Asst. Principal, Greensprings Secondary Schools, Lagos; Abolade Afolabi, Director for ICT Covenant University; Victor Murage, Regional Manager, West Africa Blackboard International; Don Pedro Obaseki, CEO, ACC Broadcast Multimedia Ltd; Mrs.Adedoja Allen, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of City FM; Chris Ubosi, Managing Director/CEO, The Beat 99.9 FM; Charles Ojei, Director, Business Enterprise of SAMSUNG; Elo Umeh (Terragon Ltd)and Alabi Mako (Enplug).

The Main Speakers

Michael Ikpoki

MD/CEO MTN Nigeria
He is currently Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria.
MD/CEO MTN Nigeria
He is currently Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria.

 Wael Fakharany

Regional Business Lead Google [x] Middle East & Africa
He is the regional Lead for Google [x] in Middle East and


Nicholas Martin

CEO and Managing Director at Jumia Nigeria
He is from France, has an MBA from INSEAD, France and joined




 Jim McKelvey

co-founder of Square
He is an American computer science engineer and businessperson.



Abiola Olaniran

Gamsole’s founder and CEO
He is notably the most successful game developer in Nigeria.

TECH+ Conference & Expo is a place where new technology comes to life, new products are launched and innovation converge. A platform for knowledge sharing, networking and a market place for the African target market. It gives manufactures, concept generators, software and hardware companies , content developers a platform to bring their product and service to the African market. It will be the main platform for new innovations and products will be introduced to the consumers and shareholder.

iPost Nigeria

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DIGITAL FRIDAY: Talk To Your Friends Face-to-Face Via HD Video Calls

SOMA Messenger delivers the highest quality HD video calls on a messenger app
SOMA Messenger
Media Contact
CONTACT: Burson-Marsteller, Lowell Eschen,, (+1)212-614-4081

SOMA Messenger Launches as the Fastest Messenger App, Delivering Lightspeed & Stunning HD Quality Voice and Video Calls, All Free, Forever
The Only App to Allow Group Chats of up to 500 People, Making it Ideal for Sports Fans, Small Businesses, Community Groups and More
Global Distributed Server Network Brings Highest Speed and Quality to Messaging

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Taylor Swift in Keds' 'Ladies First' Launch of New Global Brand Platform Debut Fall 2015 Ad Campaign

Keds® Puts 'Ladies First' With The Launch Of New Global Brand Platform; Debuts Fall 2015 Ad Campaign Featuring Taylor Swift

LEXINGTON, Mass., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Keds® announces the launch of Ladies First Since 1916, a new global brand platform with a fresh perspective on what it means to be a woman today. The platform is inspired by women who create their own paths, make their own rules, and harness the power of femininity and strength.

40,000 Free Travel-Size Sets Of ProfilePRO Available Exclusively On StarShop ProfilePRO System Customizes Hair Care Based On Individual Hair Characteristics

40,000 Free Travel-Size Sets Of ProfilePRO Available Exclusively On StarShop
ProfilePRO System Customizes Hair Care Based On Individual Hair Characteristics

NEW YORK, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- StarShop, the new celebrity-driven m-commerce app founded by pioneer of "As Seen On TV" and original Shark Tank judge, Kevin Harrington, announced today that they are giving away 40,000 FREE travel-size sets of ProfilePRO, the first customized hair care system. Today through Friday, July 31st, StarShop users are eligible to receive a free personalized ProfilePRO travel-size set of shampoo and conditioner by visiting or downloading the StarShop App, available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Melanie Brown Gets Messy Running SC Johnson - Shout at The Color Run

International recording artist, Melanie Brown, gets messy while running The Color Run(TM) sponsored by Shout(R) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Chelsea Lauren/ Getty Images for SC Johnson)
SC Johnson
Media Contact
Michelle Johnson 262.260.2374 OR Adrian Villalpando 1-312-240-2625
Chelsea Lauren
2015 Getty Images

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