The Rise of the Internet of Things with Big Data Specialists GE Aviation, Pebble, Salesforce, & Many More

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

It is estimated that by 2017 the IoT market will surpass the PC, tablet, and phone market combined. There is no denying that IoT is here, and it’s here to stay. With more and more devices becoming connected, the rise of the interconnected world cannot be ignored.

This year’s Internet of Things Summit returns to the West Coast, taking place at the San Jose Convention Center this April. As with previous line-ups, the event will be heavily content-led, with over 20 speakers confirmed and 150+ technology leaders attending, all aspects of IoT will be covered.

The continued growth of the Internet of Things both excites and incites innovation. It’s been described as the hottest topic for businesses in 2015, with industry experts predicting that by 2020 over 30 billion connected devices will be in use. Although, with its development comes challenges and logistical issues that will affect every connected device and business.

The keynote speaker, Charlie Isaacs, Chief Technology Officer at Salesforce, will be presenting on ‘How to Leverage a Business Engine in the Cloud’. At Salesforce, Charlie incubates customers as they connect their products to the cloud. He will discuss how easy it is to get started and disclose samples, lessons learned and tricks to help you get going.

Other key features of the summit include topics such as:

Hub For Home Control
Entertainment Robotics Driving the Future of Play
Beyond Tangible Bits, Towards Radical Atoms
Innovation: The Maker Way
Emergence of the Intelligence Age
Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Cities
Goodbye Smart Spaces. Hello Active Spaces
10 Building Blocks for the IoT Future
How Community Builds the Right Kind of IoT

As well as these presentations, there will be an interactive panel session taking place on the best practices for successful IoT deployment. There will also be numerous opportunities for networking where you will meet high-level executives for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups as well as innovative solutions and service providers.

“Presentations will cover a range of the most pressing issues and challenges that are facing Internet of Things practitioners on a daily basis,” said Gabrielle Morse, International Events Director at the Innovation Enterprise. “The diverse speaker lineup will leave attendees with the inspiration and depth of knowledge to drive their teams forward.” All summit content will also be available post-summit via ieOnDemand.

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Whether it’s delivered online, or in person, everything Innovation Enterprise produces reflects the company’s unshakeable belief in the power of information to spur innovation.

UC Davis Receives $10 Million Grant to Establish Center to Study Schizophrenia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.

The center will be funded through a $ 10 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health, which will allow UC Davis’ Conte Center to investigate the novel hypothesis that an origin of schizophrenia may be dysregulation of immune molecules that play a key role in the normal development and functioning of connections in the brain.

Because mental-health disorders affect between 15 and 20 percent of the United States population, it is crucial to identify new pathways to address them, said Cameron Carter, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the principal investigator for the Conte Center grant.

“This center brings together an exceptional team that exemplifies the collaborative culture of UC Davis, with investigators from multiple centers, departments and colleges at UC Davis and beyond, all working together,” said Carter, who also is director of the newly established UC Davis Center for Behavioral Health.

“It places UC Davis in the upper echelon of mental-health research institutions in the world, and is testimony to the strength and depth of our basic and translational science enterprise,” Carter said.

Conte Center grants support innovative, collaborative interdisciplinary research that advances brain and behavioral-health discoveries that lay the groundwork for new approaches to psychiatric disorders by integrating basic- and clinical-neuroscience investigations into severe mental illness and employing extraordinary synergy across disciplines. The grants are named for 16-term Pennsylvania Rep. Silvio O. Conte, a champion of neuroscience research and the severely mentally ill.

Schizophrenia and maternal immune activation

Central to the UC Davis Conte Center will be exploring the hypothesis that schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, and that one important factor in its cause is the activation of a family of immune molecules that alter fetal brain development, leading to structural and functional changes in connectivity that result in the emergence of psychosis in adolescence and young adulthood.        

Through four highly interactive projects, the investigators will explore when and how maternal immune activation alters immune signaling in the brain, and whether it leads to changes in synaptic connectivity, gene expression, functional connectivity, dopamine dysregulation and neural inflammation, causing schizophrenia.

The research will employ state-of-the-art techniques from molecular, cellular and cognitive neuroscience to elucidate how changes in immune molecules in the developing brain may uncover a common pathway through which genetic and environmental risk factors lead to the changes in brain function that underlie development of serious psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia.

The center emerged out of an unprecedented approach that involved the coordination of experiments by five accomplished research groups with appointments in the UC Davis School of Medicine, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the School of Engineering.

Center had its genesis in RISE grant

Led by Kimberley McAllister, associate director of the Center for Neuroscience, the team found that maternal immune activation leads to long-lasting alterations in the expression of immune molecules in the brains of offspring. Importantly, this subset of altered immune molecules is identical across disparate species, implying that this central immune-signaling pathway in the brain may cause changes in neural circuitry and function, eventually leading to the aberrant behaviors characteristic of schizophrenia. The Conte Center will test this hypothesis.

If true, then these immune molecules will serve as important new targets for developing novel diagnostic tools and a new class of therapeutics for earlier diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other potential neural-immune-based psychiatric disorders.

McAllister’s concerted effort was made possible by a grant through the Research Investments in the Sciences and Engineering (RISE) Program from the Office of Research at UC Davis.

“I am delighted that the hard work and collaborative efforts of our RISE team led to this Conte Center award to UC Davis,” McAllister said. “This group of faculty, trainees and staff are an incredible group of people to work with and it was only through their creative collaborations that we were able to generate the preliminary data for the Conte Center.”

“The RISE Program allowed us to take scientific risks that we would never have been able to consider without this unique form of support from the UC Davis Office of Research,” McAllister said.

“This historic success by UC Davis demonstrates how modest campus investments in focused, interdisciplinary faculty teams can result in breakthrough discoveries that in turn can lead to major federal funding for research that addresses grand-challenge problems in medicine,” said Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for Research Evolution and Ecology. “As a result, UC Davis now will join just a handful of institutions that will conduct coordinated translational research aimed at improved diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia.”

Collaborating across disciplines

The center also will create interdisciplinary basic and translational research opportunities for investigators in training, said Carter, who also is director of the UC Davis Imaging Research Center and Center for Neuroscience.

The Conte Center will provide $ 2 million each year for five years to fund four distinct but highly synergistic projects. Carter will be joined in the enterprise by a team of elite neuroscience investigators, including:

    Kimberley McAllister, associate director, UC Davis Center for NeuroscienceDavid Amaral, research director, UC Davis MIND InstituteMelissa Bauman, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, UC Davis MIND Institute
    Simon Cherry, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, UC Davis Center of Excellence in Translational Molecular ImagingJacqueline Crawley, Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research, UC Davis MIND Institute
    Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair, Human Genetics, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA
    Ana Maria Iosif, associate professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences
    Tyler Lesh, assistant project scientist, UC Davis Imaging Research CenterRichard Maddock, emeritus professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesJulie Rainwater, research scientist, Clinical and Translational Science CenterCynthia Schumann, director, Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences Program, UC Davis MIND Institute
    Judy Van de Water, director, UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and UC Davis MIND Institute

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Imaging Tests Detect Coronary Artery Disease Long Before it Strikes

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely predicts a healthy patient’s future risk of heart attack, stroke, or premature death, according to a study led by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the March 24 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology(JACC).

“Using imaging tests to detect disease in carotid or coronary arteries before it causes symptoms can better identify healthy individuals at increased risk than our current, traditional risk assessment methods,” says the study’s principal investigator Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Study patients were assessed using traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessments for high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking, and then additionally received two imaging tests: novel 3D vascular ultrasound and coronary artery calcium score via a low-dose computed tomography scan. Adding the two imaging tests resulted in the identification of subclinical atherosclerosis in 60 percent of the seemingly healthy study participants presenting with no clinical manifestations.

The BioImage Study was launched to identify new ways to identify subclinical cardiovascular disease before symptoms arise to help curb the growing public health and economic concern of cardiovascular disease. For three years the project followed nearly 6,000 healthy men (ages 55 to 80 years) and women (60 to 88 years) with no history or symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

Novel 3D vascular ultrasound imaging technology allowed researchers to quantify the amount of carotid artery plaque burden lining each patient’s carotid arteries in their neck, while a coronary artery calcium score CT scan allowed for the identification of any narrowing or hardening of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty cholesterol and calcified plaque. Having increased prevalence of carotid plaque burden or coronary artery calcium are signs of atherosclerosis or diseased arteries. Only these imaging procedures could reveal this information in the healthy study participants.

The study shows those apparently healthy individuals identified with increased carotid plaque burden and coronary artery calcium were two to three times more likely to have an adverse event such as an artery blockage, or a piece of plaque becoming loose causing a heart attack or stroke. In fact, after follow-up (2.5 to 3.1 years), there were a total of 216 adverse events reported among study participants including 108 deaths, of which 27 were cardiovascular, plus 34 heart attacks, 30 strokes, 18 experienced unstable angina and hospitalized, and 79 needed revascularization procedures. Over the study duration the incidence of adverse events among those with the greatest amount of carotid and coronary atherosclerosis was 4.2 percent, approximately 8-fold higher compared to individuals with minimal disease in either vascular territory.

“Our study shows the significant impact of adding carotid plaque measurement using vascular ultrasound and coronary calcium scoring with CT scan to our conventional assessment for cardiovascular disease,” says Roxana Mehran, MD, the study’s co-lead author and Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials at the Zena and Michael A. Weiner Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai Heart at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Healthy patients with elevated calcium and plaque burden are at increased risk of experiencing adverse cardiovascular events in even a short period of just three years.”

“We must work to identify these patients at risk early and prevent their disease from advancing,” says co-lead author Usman Baber, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Assessing a patient’s risk of atherosclerosis with carotid vascular ultrasound and cardiac calcium CT imaging yields incremental gains over classical risk factors in cardiovascular risk prediction.”

“Using only traditional risk factor assessment for cardiovascular disease may imprecisely classify a patient’s risk,” says Dr. Fuster. “Our study shows simply adding one of our available cardiac imaging resources may more accurately predict a patient’s risk or diagnose their disease, also giving us an opportunity to prevent them from experiencing a future cardiac event and possibly save more lives from the burdens of cardiovascular diseases.”

Dr. Fuster adds: “For our patients’ lives and for the health of our global economies we need to improve our predictive measures for cardiovascular disease and can no longer just rely on traditional risk factors. Our results prove adding imaging-based biomarkers that directly quantify atherosclerosis are ideal adjuncts to the current conventional CVD risk factors and these imaging biomarkers may be a true game-changer to our practice of cardiovascular medicine.”

According to researchers, their future research will analyze the cost-effectiveness of a new strategy of incorporating these non-invasive imaging tools into future prevention and diagnostic protocols for cardiovascular disease and to better define their use.

This study is a collaboration between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; BG Medicine Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts; Montefiore Medical Center, New York; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK; and Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Aarhus N, in Denmark.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12 minority owned free standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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2015 ‘Best Of Show Arcade Machine Awards’ : Winners Revealed By and The Stinger Report

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Marking its fourth year together, and The Stinger Report officially announced the winners of the highly anticipated Best Of Show Arcade Machine Awards (BOSA) for 2015.

The Best Of Show Arcade Machine Awards recognizes and honors the best in new arcade machine and amusement device innovation, creativity, application and technology, from products seen and reviewed at the 2014 IAAPA Attractions Expo.

The BOSA Awards have become the noted ‘mark of excellent’ within the amusement industry. Growing in size each year, the BOSA continues to chart new arcade and amusement sector trends, plus the use of exciting and innovative new amusement technologies. This year, the BOSA Awards continues to expand with the new ‘Motion Simulators, Motion Rides and Interactive Motion Games ‘ category, for a total of four separate amusement machine awards

Finalists for the Best Of Show Arcade Machine Awards are assigned scores by a panel comprised of eight judges from the staff at and The Stinger Report, based on five areas of importance : Game Playability / Enjoyment, Game Originality / Uniqueness, Market Relevance, Earning Potential and Game Pricing.

Each BOSA Awards category offers only the potential for products to be awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal, or ‘Notable Mention’ Award.

All 2015 BOSA Award winners will be honored at the annual Amusement Expo in Las Vegas next week, and this year’s award winning products are featured on the BOSA Awards Page :

Click here for a PDF version of this press release with award winner picture links

Category One : Video Arcade Games

Gold Medal Award : Jurassic Park Arcade Motion Deluxe | Raw Thrills
Silver Medal Award : Sega Showdown Special Attraction | SEGA Amusements
Bronze Medal Award : Pump It Up Prime 2015 CX | Andamiro Entertainment
Notable Mention : Armed Resistance DLX | Universal Space

Category Two : Videmption Arcade Games

Gold Medal Award : Fishbowl Frenzy | Team Play, Inc
Silver Medal Award : Kung Fu Panda : Dojo Mojo | Innovative Concepts In Entertainment
Bronze Medal Award : Flying Tickets Arcade | Adrenaline Amusements
Notable Mention : Shooting Mania Arcade | LAI Games

Category Three : Redemption Arcade Games

Gold Medal Award : Panning For Gold Arcade | Universal Space
Silver Medal Award : Zombie Snatcher | Toccata Gaming
Bronze Medal Award : SpinDrome | Benchmark Games
Notable Mention : Gold Fishin’ Arcade | Innovative Concepts In Entertainment

Category Four : Motion Simulators / Interactive Rides -

Gold Medal Award : Valkyrie Interactive Motion Theater | Simuline
Silver Medal Award : SuperNova XD Cinema Motion Ride | DOF Robotics

To view exclusive live-action game video clips, game pictures, game dimensions, game prices and obtain more information on all 2015 BOSA Awards Arcade Machine Winners, please visit :

BOSA Awards | Presenter Backgrounds - / BMI Worldwide | The world’s largest online distributor of amusements, arcade and redemption games, motion simulators, kiddie rides, sports, music and vending equipment. Offers customers in over 100 countries amusement products from over 85 global manufacturers, and specializes in Arcade, FEC (Family Entertainment Center) and LBE (Location-Based Entertainment) consulting, site feasibility, design, theme, purchasing and installation services.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, BMI Worldwide (parent of has regional offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, global sales offices in Bogota, Colombia, Cape Town, South Africa and Brisbane, Australia, with additional offices to open in Europe and Asia in Q4 / 2015.

The Stinger Report / KWP Limited | Based in London, The Stinger Report has been commenting on new entertainment trends and amusement technologies for over 20 years, and sister firm KWP Limited provides entertainment industry consultancy to large clients around the world. KWP Limited is also the founder of the not-for profit DNA Association, which focuses exclusively on the Digital Out-of Home Interactive Entertainment (DOE) sector for its members worldwide.

Viking Voyagers Invade the Opening of new exhibition at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Falmouth, Cornwall (PRWEB UK) 20 March 2015

Exploring the story of why the Vikings are one of the most iconic cultures of all time, the two year exhibition reveals the secret to the Vikings’ success.

Inviting visitors to take a journey into the Viking world and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders it offers the opportunity to get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland, National Museum of Denmark and Manx National Heritage.

Dr Tehmina Goskar, Exhibitions Registrar at National Maritime Museum Cornwall says: “The Maritime Museum is now guardian to ancient artefacts from national and international collections, the like of which have never been seen in Cornwall and rarely seen outside of London and the UK’s other metropolitan centres before. Cornish audiences are remote from these blockbuster exhibitions and do not often get the opportunity to enjoy the world’s cultural heritage on their doorstep and so the loans to the Viking Voyagers exhibition take on even more significance for our local visitors.”

Treasured artefacts from the Viking world sit alongside a 14m climb aboard full scale replica cargo ship. Raiding and trading, navigation and seamanship, Viking beliefs and rituals and Cnut’s empire of the sea are all explored alongside the history of Vikings in Cornwall. The legacy of Norse men and women in popular culture, a Viking boatyard complete with an iconic 6m Viking boat and hands on weapons and tools add to the epic experience of Viking life 1000 years ago.

Dr Gareth Williams, co-curator on the exhibition and the British Museum’s world-leading Viking historian says: “The Vikings raided Cornwall, but they also allied with the Cornish against West Saxon expansion and Cornwall was an important point on a sailing route from Scandinavia round Scotland to the Irish Sea and on to Brittany. To a great extent the history of the Vikings is the history of their ships and boats and there is nowhere better placed than National Maritime Museum Cornwall to tell this story.”

Richard Doughty, Director of National Maritime Museum Cornwall concludes: “Viking Voyagers offers us the opportunity to display the cultural heritage of four nations in the Museum for the next two years. It is an honour and a privilege to host these rare treasures and confirms that National Maritime Museum Cornwall has truly developed over the past decade into a highly respected museum, sitting alongside industry giants.”

“This is our most ambitious exhibition to date and launches our plans to develop new partnership projects with more national and international museums in the future, bringing new connections with world cultures to Cornwall.”

Lectures, family themed make and take activities, Viking sleepovers, a Nordic café menu, dedicated Viking school workshops and Viking battle re-enactments on ‘Thorsdays’, every Thursday of the school holidays, as well as a host of other supportive Viking themed activities add to an extraordinary journey into the Viking world.

Viking Voyagers is open from 20 March 2015 to 22 February 2017.



Further images of the launch event can be downloaded here.

Click here to watch the Vikings invading the exhibtion launch.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Founded in 2003, the multi-award winning Museum in Falmouth has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation. Winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum of the Year award 2014, Cornwall’s best museum 2014 as and silver winner of the UK Heritage Attraction of the Year at the 2014 British Travel Awards, the Museum features a number of stunning exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall. It is not government funded and is supported through 100% voluntary donations and commercial activities.

For more information and images please contact Tamsin Loveless or Michael Sweeney on +44 (0) 1326 214536/215558 tamsinloveless(at)nmmc(dot)co(dot)uk, michaelsweeney(at)nmmc(dot)co(dot)uk

British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the outset its mission was to be a “museum of the world for the world”. This ambition still lies at the heart of the Museum today. The collection tells the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago, until the present day. The Museum is committed to lending its collection as widely as possible across the UK and internationally.

The British Museum’s National programme works with museums across the UK to engage with audiences throughout the country. It includes single loans, touring exhibitions, Partnership Galleries and skills exchange. The Museum works with venues of all sizes to share its collection and expertise as widely as possible across the UK.

For further information, please contact the Press Office on 020 7323 8583 / 8394 or communications(at)britishmuseum(dot)org

The National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is a premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. It has 4 locations:

National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology – situated in Kildare Street, Dublin 2, houses the national archaeological collections including world famous examples of early historic period and medieval art including the Ardagh Chalice and Tara Brooch. It also holds the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe.
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History – was opened in 1997 and is located at Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. It has a wide range of collections including silver, furniture, costume, jewellery, coins, medals, ceramics and glass in a series of themed exhibitions. The Museum presents a perspective of Ireland over the last four centuries with particular emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries.
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2 – contains an impressive collection of zoological specimens from both Ireland and the wider world. The building is a museum in the Victorian ‘cabinet style’ built to house a wide range and comprehensive collection from the later nineteenth century and has changed little over centuries.
National Museum of Ireland –Country Life opened in September 2001 and is situated at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. It houses the national folklife collection and is the only branch of the National Museum outside the capital. It tells the story of people in rural Ireland, emphasising the continuity of traditions of lifestyles, established for several hundred years and lasting well into the 20th century

Further information can be found on our website

The National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history. The museum’s main building is an 18th century classical mansion, just a stone’s throw from “Strøget” in the centre of Copenhagen.

The National Museum is the museum for Denmark, where you can follow the history of the Danes right up until the present day. You can also take a trip around the world, from Greenland to South America.

(+45) 33 13 44 11

Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage is the Isle of Man’s statutory heritage agency. It manages a significant proportion of the island’s physical heritage including 3000 acres of coastline and landscape. It holds property, archives, artwork, library and museum collections in trust for the nation. +44 (0) 1624 648000

Falmouth Marine School

Falmouth Marine School provides a comprehensive selection of courses from introduction to degrees in partnership with Plymouth University. We specialise in Boatbuilding, Leisure & Watersports, Marine Engineering and Marine Science & Biology.

We have an excellent international reputation for our marine courses with superb facilities including boatbuilding and engineering workshops, a dedicated marine science lab and a well-equipped watersports centre. Our tutors combine industry experience with academic expertise and are active in their field through research and personal interest in their subjects. +44 (0) 1326 310310

Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections of rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.


Tamsin Loveless, Head of Communications & Development on 01326 214536 Email tamsinloveless(at)nmmc(dot)co(dot)uk


Michael Sweeney, Communications Manager on 01326 214588 Email michaelsweeney(at)nmmc(dot)co(dot)uk

Dillion Harper Shocks the Super Model World

West Hollywood, California (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Following in the notable footsteps of Sasha Grey and Michelle Sinclair, “Girl Next Door” Adult Superstar Dillion Harper is breaking into the mainstream, as her very first super model photo shoot has been picked up exclusively on the first day it was made available. The entire shoot is now posted exclusively at

Super model photographer Ary Dalton flew to West Hollywood to shoot Dillion on one of the most panoramic rooftops in SoCal, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

“It was an amazing day shooting for Ary Dalton in Los Angeles; it was all outdoors and even though it was blazing hot outside it was easy to stay cool with great company and direction,” says Harper. “This is a tremendous opportunity. Once you do the Hustle, you blow up big.”

“At first, I didn’t know what to expect,” commented Ary Dalton, who has worked with everyone who’s anyone in the past couple of years. “This is not a small leap. This is a huge step into the mainstream, and it requires a level of scrutiny few seasoned models can handle.”

“A photo session designed for a super model is a stressful environment, no matter how years you’ve been in front of the camera,” noted set designer Charlie Maison of the Hustle. “Dillion hit the sit, all smiles, and took over with her charm and her willingness to just be herself. No pretensions, no nerves, just a great attitude that came through in her collaboration with Ary!”


Welcome Spring in Westchester Where New Entertainment, Performances, Music & More Are Ready to Blossom

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 16, 2015

Westchester County, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is ready to celebrate Spring and offers an inviting roundup of new activities and events that make for the perfect getaway. With a host of attractions fit for couples, friends or the entire family, Westchester is an exciting destination this April that is sure to bring smiles to all ages.    

“Join us in Westchester this spring for laughter and fun as top comedians prepare for the highly anticipated Westchester Comedy Festival taking place at venues throughout the county,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “For even more laughter and excitement, enjoy an evening with the infamous Carol Burnett at Westchester County Center. This April is sure to be filled with lots of music, entertainment and activities for the entire family, so ‘Meet Me in Westchester’ and bring everyone along for the festivities.”

The following is a preview of upcoming events, activates, hotel deals and more:

Jokes, Laughter & Entertainment

They say that laughter is good for the soul. Plan to laugh like you have never laughed before at the 2015 Westchester Comedy Festival, featuring some of the funniest comedians in the area. Competitions featuring well-known comedians will be held at various locations throughout the county on the following dates: Saturday, April 18; Wednesday, April 22; Thursday, April 23 and Sunday, April 26. At the end of the competitions on April 26, a winner will be crowned the funniest comedian/comedienne in Westchester. The festival will also celebrate “Women in Comedy” with actress/producer/comedienne Rain Pryor headlining the show at Alvin and Friends, located at 14 Memorial Highway in New Rochelle. Pryor, the daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor, has appeared at comedy venues including Caroline’s in New York City and is the host of Rise and Shine on ARISE TV. Tickets for the competitions are $ 26, with part of the proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information, call (914) 338-9373.

Enjoy An Evening of Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett at the Westchester County Center on Friday, April 17. One of the greatest talents of the modern era and a television celebrity of the highest order, Burnett has been regaling her audiences with backstage tales, her partnership with her TV ensemble cast and a career spent making America laugh. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $ 63.50. The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. For more information, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit

Family Fun Attractions

Bring the kids to Tarrytown Music Hall for Pinkalicious the Musical on Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. In the performance, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her to the doctor’s office with “Pinkititis,” an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Tickets for this show are $ 30. Tarrytown Music Hall is located at 13 Main Street in Tarrytown. For more information, call (914) 631-3390 or visit

On Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (just 45 minutes north of Manhattan) will host a special Sheep Shearing Fest to celebrate the arrival of spring, the growth of tender new grass and the animals that thrive in their pastures. The event will include family-friendly activities, crafts, live music and seasonal fare as part of a daylong celebration with festivities for the entire family throughout the barns and fields. Some highlights include sheep shearing, making floral crowns from farm-grown materials, and planting in the field and in the greenhouse. A wide selection of food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $ 25 for adults, $ 15 for children ages 2 to 14 and free for children under 2. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is located at 630 Bedford Road in Pocantico Hills. For more information, call (914) 366-6200 or visit

Arts & Culture

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has a full lineup of events celebrating music. Offering exceptional music, captivating programs, spectacular gardens and grounds and wonderful moments with friends and family, Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances. Upcoming events include Cricket Tell the Weather featuring folk music with Willie Watson on Saturday, April 11. Enjoy Chamber Talk with Max Mandel on Tuesday, April 14 with a performance called Age is Just a Number. And, classical music will be the focus for Sunday, April 19 with the Horszowski Trio. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Road in Katonah. For a full listing of performances, call (914) 232-5035 or visit

Stay & Play

Comfortable overnight accommodations and great mornings await families when they book the Stay for Breakfast Package at the Westchester Marriott. Starting at $ 159 per night, this package provides overnight accommodations and breakfast for up to two adults and three children 12 years old and under (registered to the same guest room) at Cooper’s Mill, the hotel’s onsite farm-to-table restaurant. The natural flavors of classic American cuisine are brought to life at Cooper’s Mill, where “farm to fork” is brought to a unique social setting. The restaurant uses locally and regionally grown and sourced ingredients as the cornerstone of its cooking. This offer is valid Thursday through Sundays. The Westchester Marriott, located at 670 White Plains Road in Tarrytown, is centrally located to many family activities. For more information, call (914) 631-2200 or visit

Plan a weekend family getaway at Doral Arrowwood with the Family Fun Package. Starting at $ 149 per night, families can enjoy guest room accommodations, 15 percent off dinner, two complimentary drink tickets, as well as a full hot breakfast for two adults and two children (12 and under). A Family Movie Marathon and Movie Munchies are also available as part of this package, as well as Saturday Family Splash at the heated indoor pool. Doral Arrowwood is located at 975 Anderson Hill Road in Rye Brook. For more information, call (914) 417-4722 or visit

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About Westchester County Tourism & Film

Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.