Miss Cougar International Speaks Out Against CougarLife Billboard

Amy Luna Manderino, the reigning Miss Cougar International, is calling out the dating site Cougarlifecom, for its recent advertising ploy.

San Rafael, CA (May 31, 2013) — Contact: Tom Andrews, 415-479-3800

Amy Luna Manderino, the reigning Miss Cougar International, is calling out the dating site Cougarlifecom, for its recent advertising ploy. The Los Angeles billboard depicts a woman breastfeeding with a thought bubble balloon from the (presumably male) baby’s head saying “Jealous?” in order to promote their dating website for older women and younger men.

Ms. Manderino, a popular educational speaker on the aging revolution and s*x and gender evolution, regularly speaks about dating sites that use s*xually graphic images of older women to sell their product. “A few individuals have managed to brand the cougar archetype and, as a result, they have p*rnified, objectified and trivialized an entire generation of confident, empowered women who are exercising new choices and freedoms as society evolves.”

In her blog, Age and the S*x Evolution, Ms. Manderino explains how Cougarlife and its parent, Avid Life Media, are perpetuating a harmful, regressive image of mature single women. “Women who are s*xually knowledgable, comfortable and open lead happy, healthy lives as the s*xual equals of their partners. Characterizing confident women as ‘hunters’ reinforces the obsolete and dangerous idea that human s*xuality requires a ‘predator’ and a ‘prey’ which creates a climate that contributes to s*xual assault as well as unsatisfying consensual s*x.” The full blog is at http://www.amyluna.com/blog.

Manderino is a performing artist, academic scholar, public speaker and lifelong advocate for gender equality and healthy s*xuality. She competed to win Miss Cougar International in order to acknowledge the exciting cultural shifts occurring for women and men and to debunk the obsolete “Mrs. Robinson” stereotype. She is also a member of Mensa (high IQ society), Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society) and the Alumnae Leadership Council of the Public Leadership Education Network for women. Amy Luna Manderino is available to the news media for interviews by calling 510-666-7626 or by emailing misscougarinternational@gmail.com.

Contact:
Rich Gosse
Society of Single Professionals
205 Mark Twain Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903
415-507-9962
richgosse@richgosse.com
http://www.richgosse.com

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Market Rates Insight Releases Findings from its New Consumer Study: Growth and Revenue Potential from Emerging Financial Services

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New fee optimization study reveals perceived value of new financial services and how to optimize fees with service bundles to generate new revenue.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (May 30, 2013) — Market Rates Insight, Inc., a leader in financial services intelligence for deposits, personal loans, mortgages, and fees, has completed the analysis phase of its latest consumer research and fee optimization study, “Growth and Revenue Potential for Emerging Financial Services.” The study examines 13 emerging financial services and assesses consumer attitudes about the importance and value of each service, segmented by banks and credit unions as well as demographic groups. The study findings will be reviewed in a webinar to be hosted by Market Rates Insight on June 18.

This study is the only one of its kind to measure consumer attitudes about banking fees and services and was conducted nationwide to help banks and credit unions better understand consumers and identify new revenue sources from fee-based services and service bundles. Banks and credit unions are facing new challenges from non-banking competitors offering banking services, and they need to identify new ways to attract and keep customers. This study provides empirical data on the importance and value of emerging services to help financial institutions create service offerings that attract and retain customers while building revenue.

Some of the preliminary findings reveal that identity theft alerts (70.8%), credit score reporting (71.4%), payment protection services (64.6%), and same-day bill pay (58.7%) currently ranked with the highest consumer demand. Other services such as eldercare services, prepaid reloadable cards, and location-based coupons showed the greatest growth potential with consumers.

This study also reveals for the first time how consumers value certain combinations of services. Consumers typically value service bundles more than individual services, and will pay a premium for bundled services. The study reveals which combination of services command higher fees because of increased consumer demand.

“For the foreseeable future deposit rates will remain flat and loan demand will stay soft, so financial institutions will have to rely in fee revenues for income growth. But to convert services from ‘free to fee,’ banks and credit unions will have to identify new services that consumers want and are willing to pay for. Our new study shows banks and credit unions how to use service fees to expand profits and penetration with both existing and new customers.”

The “Growth and Revenue Potential lf Emerging Financial Services” study is being offered in both an Essential and Premium package. The Essential package includes copies of the complete 150-page study and a competitive survey of 10 financial institutions and their adoption of the 13 emerging financial services. The Premium package includes the survey and competitive data, as well as an optimization analysis of service bundles, an online optimization consultation, copies of the Emerging Trend Spotlight quarterly update, and access to trend analysis and service integration online seminars.

For more information about the study or the upcoming webinar, contact Market Rates Insight at info@marketratesinsight.com.

About Market Rates Insight
For more than two decades, Market Rates Insight (MRI) has been helping clients price with precision by providing banks, thrifts, credit unions, and other financial institutions with comprehensive market intelligence on deposits, loans, and fees. MRI’s products include web-enabled, customizable report programming, proprietary product research tools, searchable databases, market alerts, and online dashboards that aggregate key client data to provide real-time interactive views on how they rank against their specific competitors. MRI provides advanced toolsets for deposits uses deposit surveys, mortgage and consumer loans, and loan surveys, fees and features pricing in addition to studies, new product alerts, benchmarking and market analyses to give subscribers the intelligence needed to strategically position products, optimize pricing and react to emerging trends.

Market Rates Insight is located in San Anselmo, California. For more information, see http://www.marketratesinsight.com.

Photos available upon request

For additional information contact:
Tom Woolf
Market Rates Insight
(415) 259-5638
tom.woolf@marketratesinsight.com

NanoMarkets Announces Release of Report, “Markets for Radiation Detection Equipment”

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NanoMarkets today announced the launch of its newest report of the radiation detection market.

Glen Allen, Virginia (May 30, 2013) — Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets today announced the launch of its newest report of the radiation detection market. The report titled “Markets for Radiation Detection Equipment” predicts that the radiation detector is projected to grow from $25 billion (USD) in 2013 to $33 billion in 2020. Despite the gloomy forecasts for the world’s economic engines, most of the markets that employ radiation detection equipment are experiencing and will experience growth above that projected in the macro forecasts.

Additional details about the report are available at http://nanomarkets.net/market_reports/report/markets_for_radiation_detection_equipment.

NanoMarkets has also issued a related report titled, “Radiation Detection Materials Markets-2013.” Additional details about that report are available at http://nanomarkets.net/market_reports/report/radiation_detection_materials_markets_2013.

The reports can be purchased as a set or individually. NanoMarkets has posted excerpts from the reports as well as PowerPoint slides (available on request) on the firm’s website at http://www.nanomarkets.net.

About the report:

This report illustrates the trends in radiation sensors employed in four key applications arenas: medical detection and imaging, nuclear security and safety, energy and industrial applications, and scientific measurement and testing.

Within this report, NanoMarkets delivers eight-year forecasts for key sensors used in radiation detection applications, such as medical gamma cameras, RIIDS, portal monitors, PET detectors, oil exploration and scientific sensors (et.al.). All demand forecasts are segmented by device type and world region. Readers of this report will understand macro-market drivers affecting technological changes and understand where technology push may be forcing disruptive changes. Key participant organizations will be profiled to illustrate their strategies and needs in this diverse market.

NanoMarkets believes that executives and entrepreneurs, business development and product development professionals, as well as investors and inventors involved with radiation sensor equipment OEMs, electronics or materials providers, as well as device end users, will benefit from this comprehensive analysis.

Segmentation includes:

– Medical diagnostic applications of radiation detectors, which includes X-ray diagnostics and nuclear medicine.
– Radiation detectors in nuclear energy safety, including safety/security and process technology applications.
– Radiation detectors used for homeland security, including systems for early detection at ports and locations and for emergency responders.
– Radiation detectors for military applications, including threat assessment and soldier safety.
– Radiation detectors used in industrial and occupational safety, including health and academic institutional safety, food irradiation safety, and safety and early detection at scrap metal facilities.
– Radiation Detectors used in oil well exploration and extraction, including safety and waste handling and oil and mineral exploration.
– Radiation detectors used in big physics, including those for safety, as well as custom high energy physics and cosmology detectors.
– Radiation detectors used in manufacturing inspection, including industrial radiography and CT.

The vast majority of the devices covered are used in various industries and occupations for the detection and monitoring of radiation. We break out the most common types of devices used by most safety and security personnel. These include:

– PRDs and SPRDs: Personal/Spectroscopic Radiation Detectors,
– Dosimeters,
– RIIDS: Radioisotope Identification Devices,
– Area Monitors,
– Survey Meters, and
– Portal Monitors.

Also included are the specialized detector configurations for medical diagnostics:

– Film/Digital Radiography,
– Computed Tomography,
– SPECT devices (gamma cameras), and
– PET detectors.

Finally, we discuss the market for specialized detectors:

– Oil Well Logging Detectors (cable and backpack mount),
– Custom Cosmology and Particle Physics Detectors, and
– Industrial Radiography and CT.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in advanced materials and provides unique coverage and forecasting of radiation detection markets. Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets’ reports and other services.

Media Contact:
Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets, LC
PO BOX 3840
Glen Allen, VA 23058
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net
http://www.nanomarkets.net

URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. Reports IFRS Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2013

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URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C., a Cypriot holding company of the URALCHEM Group, one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia, announced its unaudited IFRS financial results for the first quarter of 2013.

Moscow, Russia (May 29, 2013)

– Revenue increased to US $683 million, compared to US $673 million in Q1 2012.
– Operating profit increased to US $220 million, compared with US $178 million in Q1 2012.
– Adjusted EBITDA grew to US $250 million, compared to US $207 million in Q1 2012.
– Net profit amounted to US $161 million, compared with US $354 million in Q1 2012*.

URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. (hereinafter URALCHEM Holding or the Company), a Cypriot holding company of the URALCHEM Group (hereinafter the Group), one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia, announced its unaudited IFRS financial results for the first quarter of 2013.

Dmitry Konyaev, CEO of URALCHEM, OJSC (the Russian holding company of the Group), commented on the results, “In the first quarter of this year, URALCHEM increased its revenues and the adjusted EBITDA grew substantially. This shows how effectively the Company is working. URALCHEM is still focusing on production of high-margin products demanded by the market. The first three months of 2013 showed the sort of results which we had anticipated. This is a positive testament to our strategy of strengthening our position in the nitrogen segment.”

Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter of 2013 grew to US $683 million, compared to US $673 million in the first quarter of last year. Operating profit amounted to US $220 million, or 32% of the revenue, compared with the operating profit of US $178 million, or 26% of the revenue, in the first quarter of 2012. Net profit for the first quarter of 2013 amounted to US $161 million, compared to US $354 million in the first quarter of 2012.

During the first quarter of 2013, adjusted EBITDA reached US $250 million, compared to US $207 million the year before, a rise of 19%. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the first quarter of 2013 comprised 37% of revenue compared with 31% of revenue for the first quarter of 2012.

Revenue, EBITDA margin and adjusted EBITDA increased during the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. The difference in the net profit is due to revaluation of the Company’s share in Minudobrenia, Perm carried out in 2012 and foreign exchange differences that showed opposite dynamics in 2013.

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Ammonia
During the quarter, the price of ammonia was slowly declining. The main factor determining the price dynamics was the lack of demand in both the agricultural and the industrial segments. Reduced production of phosphate fertilizers in North Africa and India resulted in lower demand for ammonia in these regions. US demand for ammonia for direct application was satisfied by supplies from Trinidad and from domestic market. The growth of the industrial segment in East Asia appeared to be insufficient to cover spot volumes and the demand was met by contract supplies. Ammonia production in Egypt decreased due to the limitations of gas supplies for nitrogen production, but at the same time, capacities utilization in Trinidad increased to 90%.

Urea
At the beginning of the quarter prices for urea increased rapidly. Quotes for prilled urea in the Black Sea ports showed growth from $375/t FOB in early January to $445/t FOB in mid-February. In the Baltic, the corresponding figures were at $360/t FOB and $430/t FOB. The most significant factor that determined the dynamics of prices at the beginning of the first quarter was the shift of the market balance towards demand.

On the one hand, the early part of the year is traditionally a period of high demand from Europe and the USA, and European importers had low stocks at the start of the purchasing season. On the other hand, restrictions on the supply of gas to nitrogen production facilities in Egypt at the beginning of the year led to a substantial reduction in export supply.

Shortages of supply of Egyptian urea increased the interest of European buyers in products from other countries, including the supply of prilled urea from the CIS. However, from mid-February, there was a reduction in prices, which continued until the end of the quarter. In the ports of CIS, price reduction was associated with the sale of long positions by traders. A decline in prices for ammonium nitrate in Europe produced additional pressure on the price of urea.

Prices continued to decline in March due to lower demand in the US and Europe, caused by the delay in fertilizer application due to adverse weather conditions. Latin American importers, the biggest buyers of Russian urea, switched to purchasing for current needs, focusing on the dynamics of prices. Toward the end of March, supply increased in the Ukrainian ports in connection with the completion of the season in that area.

Ammonium nitrate
Quotes for ammonium nitrate generally followed the trends in the price of urea. During January and February there was a steady growth in the quotations for the product at the ports of the CIS because of the shortage of the product available for export, due to supplies being allocated for domestic use. In mid-March the trend changed markedly due to lower domestic demand.

Phosphate fertilizers
Until mid-February, global decline in prices continued due to the lack of current demand. In February, major suppliers decreased production, which made it possible to stabilize prices. Then, due to increased demand in Latin America, prices started to restore. By the end of March, indicators of export prices in Tampa rose to $515/t FOB against the lowest prices of $465/t – $475/t FOB. Still, Latin America remained the single largest source of demand. Indian buyers refrained from transactions; closed tenders were held, mostly to test price expectations.

Production and sales

In the first quarter of 2013 the fertilizer market was stable and the Group’s products enjoyed strong demand. Volume of production by the Group’s enterprises remained at the level of the first quarter of last year. A significant portion of production output was sold in April 2013 due to adverse weather conditions and late start of the sowing season.

Financial Situation

Cash generated from operating activities in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to US $168 million, compared to US $174 million in the first quarter of 2012.

As at 31 March 2013, the Company’s net debt amounted to US $801 million. The weighted average interest rate of the loan portfolio in the first quarter of 2013 equalled 4.6% annually compared to 5.8% annually during the same period last year.

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For more information, please visit the Company web site http://www.uralchem.com or use the following contact information:

PR department
URALCHEM, OJSC
Tel: +7 (495) 721 89 89
E-Mail: pr@uralchem.com

URALCHEM HOLDING P.L.C. is a holding company of the URALCHEM Group, which includes four fertilizer manufacturing facilities in Russia. URALCHEM Group is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tons of ammonium nitrate, 2.8 million tons of ammonia, 0.8 million tons of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tons of complex fertilizers and 1.2 million tons of urea per year. URALCHEM Group is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia, the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers in Russia. URALCHEM Group’s key production assets include Azot Branch of URALCHEM, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm Region; OJSC Minudobrenia, Perm; MFP Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC Branch in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilizers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.

Duplication Centre Launches New Flyer Printing Company Specialising in 24 Hour Turnaround

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Duplication Centre, the UK’s market leader in disc media printing and duplication, has launched a new division, Flyers in 24 Hours, which specialises in fast high-quality flyer printing. The new division is able to print and despatch printed flyers within 24 hours.

London, United Kingdom (May 29, 2013) — Duplication Centre, the UK’s market leader in disc media printing and duplication, has launched a new division, Flyers in 24 Hours, which specialises in fast high-quality flyer printing. The new division is able to print and despatch printed flyers within 24 hours.

Flyers in 24 Hours work mainly with the Film/TV, Music & Corporate Industries, but their client base is very diverse and also includes bands/artists, media companies, government organisations and charities – all keen to gain access to the highest quality and fastest turnaround that their core customers demand.

Duplication Centre incorporated in 2004 and quickly grew to be the UK’s leading disc media printing and duplication company. Duplication Centre carries out all of it’s printing, duplicating, and packaging operations in house at it’s Essex plant allowing it to provide fast, high quality duplication services and offering some of the UK’s best prices.

Contact Christopher Studzinski, Head of Public Relations, at chris.s@adfinem.co.uk, 0845 201 2571.

Contact:
Chris Studzinski
Duplication Centre
Gleniffer House
2 Hall Road
Rochford
Essex
SS4 1NN
Tel: 01702 530 354
E-Mail: chris.s@adfinem.co.uk
Web: http://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk

Mixam Celebrates 5 Years as Pioneers of Instant Online Printing Quotes

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Mixam celebrates five years of the unrivalled success of their online price generator. The price generator uses multiple data matrices to calculate accurate, real time quotations based on prevailing market costs.

Watford, UK (May 29, 2013) — Mixam celebrates 5 years of the unrivalled success of their online price generator. The price generator uses multiple data matrices to calculate accurate, real time quotations based on prevailing market costs. The generator has given Mixam an edge over competitors because it allows them to streamlines quotes, giving customers low prices while safeguarding their profits.

Mixam has been established since 2007, and works mainly with small and medium sized businesses, public bodies, charities, and local authorities. Mixam carries out all of it’s printing processes in house, allowing it to provide high quality, low cost printing with fast turnaround time.

About Mixam
Mixam is an online printing company who specialises in brochures, magazines, posters, flyers, books, and much more. Mixam offers top quality printing, at affordable prices, with a convenience factor that is unmatched.

Unlike most online printers, Mixam is NOT a middleman – Mixam is the professional printing company who will be handling your print job. Mixam simply feels that the internet is the most convenient way to reach people (however, if you are in Watford, please feel free to drop by and say hello).

Contact:
Chris Studzinski
Mixam Ltd.
Unit 43, Wenta Business Centre,
Colne Way, Watford, WD24 7ND
Tel: 01923 693 747
E-Mail: chris.s@adfinem.co.uk
Web: http://www.mixam.co.uk

Non-Traditional Dating Convention Focuses on Interracial, Cougar, & Sugar Daddy Dating

America’s first Non-Traditional Dating Convention, Friday, June 28, 2013, San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA, USA (May 28, 2013) — Contact: Tom Andrews, 415-479-3800

NON-TRADITIONAL DATING CONVENTION

Singles who are bored with dating people of their own ethnic group, age bracket, or income are invited to America’s first Non-Traditional Dating Convention, Friday, June 28, 2013, 7:30pm, at the Grosvenor Hotel SFO, 380 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco CA.

The Convention features experts speaking on three types of non-traditional dating:
– Interracial Dating
– Cougar Dating,
– Sugar Daddy Dating

The Convention also includes a dance party, where attendees may meet and socialize with adult singles of different ethnicities, ages, and income brackets.

Admission is $20 at the door. Adults of all ages are welcome. Dressy attire is requested. Anyone wishing more information about this and many other events for singles may visit http://www.thepartyhotline.com or call 415-507-9962.

SPEAKERS AT THE CONVENTION INCLUDE:
– Julia Ma and Tom Dwyer, President and Vice-President of Your Asian Connection; and also husband and wife. Their website is http://www.yourasianconnection.com.
– Deborrah Cooper, author of the award winning Sucka Free Love! How to Avoid Dating the Dumb, The Deceitful, The Dastardly, The Dysfunctional, & The Deranged. She is also a dating advice columnist for Examiner.com. Her website is http://www.survivingdating.com.
– Amy Luna, the reigning Miss Cougar International. Ms. Manderino is a member of Mensa and aims to debunk the obsolete Mrs. Robinson stereotype of cougars. Her website is http://www.amyluna.com.
– Rich Gosse, author of eight books on dating, including The Cougar Imperative: Why MidLife Women MUST Choose Younger Men, Singles Guide to America, and A Good Man Is EASY to Find (“This is a great book!” Oprah Winfrey). His website is http://www.richgosse.com.

These dating experts are available to the news media for interviews by calling 415-479-3800.

The Convention is co-sponsored by:
– The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization, at http://www.thepartyhotline.com.
– SugarDaddyForMe.com, the world’s largest sugar daddy dating website, with four million members, at http://www.sugardaddyforme.com.
– Your Asian Connection, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest organization of Asian singles and their admirers, at http://www.yourasianconnection.com.
– The Professionals Guild, one of Northern California’s leading singles organizations, at http://www.proguildsocial.com.

Contact:
Rich Gosse
Society of Single Professionals
205 Mark Twain Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903
415-507-9962
richgosse@richgosse.com
http://www.thepartyhotline.com