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In his small studio-cum-living area in the White Building, painter Pen Robit is using the small apartment’s kitchen as a washroom, full of tarry oil paint containers and pots. His kitchen – a gas burner  and collection of sauces and a jar of coffee – has been transported to the balcony, from which the ’70s-era double doors have been pried off long ago. The wide-open space is good for ventilation from the oil paint fumes, he says smiling.

Leaning frame-to-frame inside the apartment, are Robit’s bold, large scale canvases ready for exhibition in his latest solo show at Romeet Gallery next week.

“Before I came here I asked my friend to find me a place. He couldn’t find somewhere that was cheap and had a space to work in, but I had another friend that knew about [the White Building]. I came to have a look and it had a big space so I decided to rent”, says Robit, 24, who moved to Phnom Penh from Battambang this year.

“My father told me that this building was built as apartments a long time ago. The people who lived here were mostly artists: musicians, dancers.”

He says he keeps to himself but sometimes hears guitar music and traditional music coming from upstairs.

Until recently the artist shared his flat with two rabbits who “were like family”. Sadly the pair died, separately, on a trip to Battambang but their absence is somewhat disguised by a new ginger kitten, Miao Miao, who springs and claws his way around Robit as if the artist were a human gymnasium.

The kitten runs behind one of the canvases suddenly and Robit coaxes it away from the artwork.

Lively and imposing, Robit’s dark and colourful oil paintings are pulsating, tangled portraits of obscured faces and traditional objects.

The artist picks up a small plastic bag to demonstrate how he fills the dense backgrounds with a repetitive net-like pattern, dripping the paint across the canvas to create loose criss-crossed drops and forms.

 The paintings feature kramas, looped and folded around heads and sometimes on their own, hovering in front of a mass of black and blood-red lines.

“Wherever you go you see old people using the krama . . .  Especially in Phnom Penh I see so many people who are very poor, begging for money, wearing the krama  – this is who I want to show in society. In this society, it’s hard.”

As well as being symbolic of provincial life and an older generation, the krama’s beautiful versatility – “to bathe, to shield from the sun” – has a strong resonance for Robit.

Leaving Battambang’s close-knit, active art scene was a big leap for the artist, who was educated at the city’s Phare Ponleu Selpak school and taught there for a short time before heading to the capital.

“They’re not so different, Phnom Penh and Battambang, but I just wanted to change my life. Here there are opportunities, galleries where artists can talk, communicate . . . and I could improve myself.

“Before I went to Phare Ponleu, when I was young, I had [art] in the blood. I loved art when I was a child. I started to draw when I was six years old. I drew cartoons, everything that I could, and at school when I was taught drawing, I was awarded the highest marks.”

After five years completing a graduate diploma for art at the well-known school, the 21-year-old was funded to study in Paris for three months.

“I learned a lot of visual art techniques, I studied life drawing, anatomy, portrait, observation and realist painting and many more techniques.”

The Romeet show is Robit’s second solo exhibition at the Phare Ponleu’s Phnom Penh gallery and will feature 13 works on the poignant kramas and portraits theme.

To get it all finished, Robit begins his days early, at 6am, when the White Buildings is alive with vegetable sellers, roaring children and corner-shop life.

On the wall in his studio, ‘WORK HARD’ is written in orange chalk.

 “I don’t like to draw small – I can’t express my feelings, what I want.

“Big has more power, the big canvas offers more inspiration.”

Obama: not ‘scrambling jets’ to get NSA leaker Snowden

President Obama remarks on the situation with admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden, saying he has no plans to disrupt relations with Russia and China, nor to scramble jets to capture the “29-year-old hacker.”

President Obama said he should not have to speak personally with the leaders of Russia and China regarding self-professed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and said he was “not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker” during a press conference in Senegal on Thursday.

The president was on the first leg of a trip to Africa when he struck the seemingly dismissive tone regarding the former defense contractor who claimed to have leaked details of two top-secret government data-gathering programs before initiating an international manhunt that has grown to involve the governments of China, Ecuador, and Russia.

Obama said that the revelations first published in British newspaper The Guardian and The Washington Post – and the ensuing search for Snowden, who has been charged with theft of government property and two offenses of espionage statutes – have the makings of a big-screen spy caper, but that he would not engage in “wheeling and dealing and trading and a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited so he can face the justice system here in the United States.”

Snowden, 30, is believed to still be hiding at a Moscow airport awaiting a ruling on his request for asylum from the government of Ecuador. Snowden flew to Russia from Hong Kong over the weekend but has not been seen since his arrival. Russian officials told Reuters that he remains in a transit area at Sheremetyevo airport.

He was not aboard an Aeroflot flight that departed Moscow to Havana on Thursday, the first stop on an anticipated escape route to the South American country.

“Now I get why it’s a fascinating story from a press perspective and I’m sure there will be a made-for-TV movie somewhere down the line,” Obama said, adding that “in terms of U.S. interests, the damage was done with respect to the initial leaks.”

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A man reads a newspaper with the Spanish headline “Snowden stuck at Moscow airport” in Quito, Ecuador, on Wednesday.

Snowden’s case resolved “some pretty significant vulnerabilities” at the National Security Agency, Obama said. Snowden worked for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton before being fired, and said in an interview with the South China Morning Post that he took the job to gain access to sensitive information. NBC News could not independently verify the report.

“There have been some useful conversations that have taken place between the United States government and the Russian government,” Obama said. “And my continued expectation is that Russia – there are other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr. Snowden asylum – recognize that they are part of an international community and that they should be abiding by international law.”

The U.S. is worried that Snowden might have other documents in his possession that he may “dribble out,” Obama said.

“I continue to be concerned about the other documents that he may have. That’s part of the reason why we’d like to have Mr. Snowden in custody,” Obama said. “But what I think we’re going to continue to do is make sure that we are following the various channels that are well established and the rules that are well established to get this thing done.”

Ecuador’s communications minister said on Thursday that his country renounced hundreds of millions of dollars in trade tariff benefits, the Associated Press reported. Communications Minister Fernando Alvarez said the trade benefits being considered for renewal by U.S. lawmakers had become an “instrument of blackmail” as the country considered granting asylum to Snowden.

Ecuador “does not accept threats from anybody, and does not trade in principles, or submit to mercantile interests, as important as they may be,” Alvarez said, according to the AP.

In Washington, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has threatened to lead the effort to remove preferential trade treatment for Ecuadorian goods if the country decides to offer asylum to Snowden. 

“Edward Snowden is a fugitive who has endangered  the national security of the United States,” Sen. Robert Menendez said in a statement released late on Wednesday.  “Trade preferences are a privilege granted to nations, not a right.  I urge [Ecuadorean] President Correa to do the right thing by the United States and Ecuador, and deny Snowden’s request for asylum.”

Hours later, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters the administration had accepted an industry petition to consider revoking Ecuador’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences program. That petition actually pre-dates current tension between the two countries over Snowden.

In 2012, Ecuador exported some $5.4 billion worth of oil, $166 million of cut flowers, $122 million of fruits and vegetables and $80 million of tuna to the United States. 

Menendez said he would lead efforts to stop the renewal of Ecuador’s duty-free access to America markets under the Generalized System of Preferences program, which expires on July 31. He also said he’d try and block renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which also expires at the end of July.

The ongoing incident has also heightened tensions with China, as the country’s defense minister said that the U.S. Internet monitoring program revealed in documents leaked by Snowden “has revealed the concerned country’s true face and hypocritical behavior.” Defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun did not explicitly name the United States in his comments, Reuters reported.

Also on Thursday, a government official in Switzerland said the country still has questions about Snowden’s time working in Geneva as a CIA operative, Reuters reported. Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said they received a “diplomatic” response from the U.S. to questions about Snowden’s time in the country from 2007 and 2009, but “have decided to discuss these points further in the future with the Americans.”

NBC News’ Ghazi Balkiz and Reuters contributed to this report.



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Dogs Consuming Beach Towels, Golf Balls Top List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

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A Maltese dog on the beach

A Maltese dog insured by Pets Best Insurance ate sand at the beach and landed at the Vet.

Tango, a German shorthaired pointer…chose to make a beach towel a summertime appetizer.

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Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, has released its annual list of the top five bizarre and expensive insurance claims for the summer season. Since opening its doors in 2005, the Boise-based insurance company has experienced a steady stream of unusual summertime claims.

“Pets will always be curious and adventurous, and the summer months pose many risks for accidents, especially when families include their pets in vacations, yard work and outdoor activities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “When preparing for vacations and projects, please don’t forget to take precautions for your four-legged family members.”

*Some of the more unusual summertime pet health insurance claims the agency has received include:

Throwing in the Towel

Tango, a German shorthaired pointer in Missouri with a penchant for gobbling household objects, chose to make a beach towel a summertime appetizer. The meal didn’t settle well. After the dog threw up parts of the towel, the remaining portion had to be surgically removed, to the tune of $2,063. Fortunately, Pets Best Insurance reimbursed $1,650 of the veterinary bill.

Two Holes in One

There’s no par for this course. While his owners were away, a Labrador retriever in California named Copper passed the time by scarfing down not one, but two golf balls. Both had to be surgically removed, costing $3,874, of which Pets Best reimbursed the pet owners 80 percent.

Snacking on Fertilizer

Fertilizer is good for the yard, but not the stomach. When a Weimaraner named Max ingested some fertilizer, he had to be closely monitored and treated with intravenous fluids. Pets Best reimbursed $1,133 of the $1,618 veterinary bill.

“Pet owners should always keep an eye on their pets when yard chemicals and fertilizers are being used,” said Dr. Stephens. “Pets can become very ill from eating fertilizer, and they often ingest it straight from the bag or by licking it off their paws. It might not be the first issue pet owners think about, but consuming fertilizer can lead to serious health issues for animals.”

That’s the Pits

Who would think nectarine pits could cause so much trouble? When Bailey, a Labrador retriever, devoured some nectarine pits, his dessert resulted in two expensive trips to the vet. The first cost $517, with Pets Best reimbursing $414. The second bill ran up to $3,322, of which Pets Best reimbursed $2,657.

Bummer Beach Party

Zoie, an energetic Maltese, was living it up during a trip to the beach… until she swallowed some sand. When that followed with loss of appetite and vomiting, she ended up at the vet’s office twice for close monitoring and treatment with intravenous fluids. Her total for both vet bills was $1,991, with Pets Best reimbursing $1,394.

For information about pet insurance plans offered by Pets Best Insurance, please visit

*Different deductible amounts and reimbursement percentages may apply based on the policy options selected and available in the insured’s state. The claim examples illustrate conditions that were determined not to be pre-existing for the animal insured. Claim administration is subject to all terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions in the policy.

About Pets Best Insurance

Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best Insurance, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best Insurance provides coverage for dogs and cats and is the only veterinarian founded and operated pet insurance company in the United States. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinarian medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit for more information.

Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products. To determine the underwriter in your state, please call Pets Best at 1-866-929-3807.

Pets Best Insurance is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).


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Wooden Indian Burial Ground; Slingshot comedy… with puppets: Downtown/Northwest Portland entertainment news

First, and maybe most importantly, after a week that started bundled up and ended stripping down, an ice cream guide to ease the shock to your system. Here are some spots to stop between entertainment:

If you’re the wait-out-the-heat indoors type, check out the air-conditioned Portland Art Museum’s Free Fourth Friday, this evening from 5 to 8 p.m., 1219 S.W. Park Ave. No admission, and in honor of the Cyclepedia exhibit, pedal-powered food carts, including tacos, ice cream and smoothies. On Saturday, the museum, in collaboration with Women on Wheels, Women on Bikes, and CycloFemme, is holding a series of talks and presentations (in the air conditioning) about the past, present and future of women and bicycles. It starts with “Past” at 12:30 p.m., goes to “Present” at 1:30 p.m., and ends with “Future” and 2:45 p.m.

If you’re more the type to embrace the heat, tonight’s Colored Pencils Cultural Night at Director Park, downtown at Southwest Park and Taylor, offers an evening of music, dance, food and art from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. The event, co-hosted by the Somali American Council of Oregon, will end with the band “Three for Silver,” which features a Brazilian drummer, Polish violinist, Russian clarinet player and Hungarian guitarist.

Other entertainment ideas:

Music-wise we’re flush this weekend. Wooden Indian Burial Ground — which Portland Monthly calls “officially one of Portland’s best new bands” — will be rocking Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., on Saturday, with AND AND AND, Grandparents, and Summer Cannibals. Admission is $5.

And on Portland Monthly’s recommendation: Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., on Saturday is hosting a tribute to Etta James, the blues star who passed away last year. Some of the top lady singers in the Northwest will sing Etta James’ hits. Admission is $10, with shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Catch some comedy at Portland Center Stage‘s Ellyn Bye Studio, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., with “Lone Wolves,” presented by Slingshot. The Mercury’s recommendation wins me over: “Steven Humphrey is debuting his months-in-the-making statement about Taylor Swift. It involves 40 puppets.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 — cash only — at the door.

BX252_097C_9.JPGView full sizePall in the family: Amanda Bruton as Grandma (from left), Jennifer Fogarty as Wednesday, Dan Olson as Lurch, Jesse Sharp as Gomez, KeLeen Snowgren as Morticia, Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester and Jeremy Todd Shinder as Pugsley in the touring Broadway musical “The Addams Family.”

On the theater front, “The Addams Family” musical opened this week at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. The Oregonian’s review says there’s some repetition in the tunes, but “the show is awash with wry, dark humor, sentimental ballads and cheerful song-and-dance numbers, contrasting with the mock macabre sensibilities the cartoon family is known for.” If anything, casting appears to be hilariously on point. Shows are 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $75.

And this is the last weekend for a few other shows: the lauded “The People’s Republic of Portland” at Portland Center Stage, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.; the emotional “Ithaka” at Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St.; and the mind warping “Somewhere in Time” at Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.

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Lifestyle eroding women’s resilience to heart disease: Doctors’ survey

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) A new survey shows that changing lifestyle has exposed women to the risk of cardiovascular diseases, shattering the popular belief that oestrogen hormone protects them from such ailments.

The survey, “Visualising the Extent of Heart Disease in Indian Women”, revealed that 65 percent doctors believe that oestrogen’s deficiency due to changing lifestyle and other co-morbid conditions are among the top five reasons responsible for younger women developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to the survey, 55 percent of cardiologists observed 16-20 percent growth in cardiovascular diseases among women in the last five years, while 41 percent of the doctors claimed 10-15 percent growth in such diseases among women in the age group of 20-40 years — the category which was earlier considered protected from heart ailments.

“Quite contrary to conventional medical ideology that due to oestrogen hormone women, especially menstruating ones, are safe from heart diseases, lately, there has been a significant rise in number of female cardiovascular patients,” said J.P.S. Sawhney, senior cardiologist at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here.

“The trend may be attributed to changing lifestyle, which is bringing such drastic hormonal changes that the heart protecting effect of oestrogen is getting nullified,” Sawhney added.

The survey showed that due to changes in lifestyle, not only have the risk factors for the cardiovascular diseases like stress, smoking and drinking increased considerably, but co-morbid conditions like obesity, hypertension and diabetes have also gone up.

But despite the threat, 83 percent of the doctors believed that Indian women are ignorant about heart diseases, while 76 percent observed that women die of heart diseases as they do not seek medical assistance in time for their condition.

Sixty-six percent of doctors agreed that cardiovascular disease-related deaths among women are due to late diagnosis.

“Women often overlook symptoms and discomfort pertaining to heart diseases, and rarely consult an expert. Even if they opt for consultation, more often than not, they discontinue the treatment as soon as they get symptomatic relief. The compliance rate is comparatively poor among women,” Sawhney said.

The survey also revealed a striking contrast between working and non-working women in terms of awareness and risk factors.

While 81 percent of the doctors believed that working women are more conscious about their heart health, majority of the doctors still noted that heart diseases are on the rise in working women.

“Considering the fact that working women juggle home and work responsibilities, they are more likely to get exposed to stress and unhealthy lifestyle and, therefore, may be more prone to cardiovascular diseases as compared to non-working women,” said Chandrakant S. Pandav, head of the department, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Nevertheless, due to huge burden of household responsibilities and lack of self-care, non-working women cannot be considered to be at lesser risk,” he added.

The survey covered about 600 cardiologists and general practitioners from both metro and non-metro cities and was based on subjective and objective questions.

“In India more than 400 million people have stress, which is one of the major reasons of all health problems, and change in lifestyles is a major reason causing cardio-vascular diseases, Pandav said.

“Cardio-vascular diseases in women in India, where a large percentage of the population is diabetic, are likely to increase by 17 percent in the coming 10 years, Kapil Yadav of the Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS said.

Pethealth Inc. Announces That Total Animals in Inventory of Animal Welfare Organizations Running ‘PetPoint’ Exceeds …

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2013) – Pethealth Inc. (PTZ.TO) (“Pethealth” or “the Company”), North America’s leading provider of animal management software, microchip identification for companion animals, and pet health insurance, is pleased to announce that the total animals in the inventory of animal welfare organizations (“AWOs”) utilizing the company’s PetPoint data management system passed the 400,000 threshold on June 19, 2013. As a hosted application, the Company aggregates more data on both the animals in the care of AWOs as well as animals adopted to the public than any other company.

In surpassing the 400,000 plateau, the Company reported that it had 212,271 cats, 175,482 dogs and 12,257 other animals, including birds, rabbits, reptiles and other exotic animals in inventory. In 2012, total animals in inventory peaked at 373,012 on October 12, 2012. Animals in inventory of shelters generally peak in late 3rd quarter or early 4th quarter each year.

“To directly affect the lives of 400,000 animals is truly a remarkable achievement for PetPoint and we heartily congratulate them on this significant milestone,” said Robert Ramin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. “The PetPoint system is a crucial tool for animal welfare organizations like ours, and we rely heavily on PetPoint to identify, care and adopt animals effectively and efficiently. The PetPoint application has been invaluable in streamlining our shelter operations and identifying our inventory, allowing us to focus more of our resources on increasing adoptions and place a record number of animals in forever homes the past two years. Simply stated, without PetPoint, we could not save as many lives as we do.”

The Company’s ability to aggregate data, including products purchased and used by AWOs in their day-to-day operations has allowed the Company to become a leading distributor for companion animal product manufacturers including Allflex USA Inc., Velcera, Inc. (now owned by Perrigo Company) and Mars Symbioscience.

The Company’s position as the largest aggregator of shelter data has also made it the most trusted source within the Wall Street community for shelter data. On the third Monday of each month, the Company publishes its PetPoint Report which tracks all the significant trends in animal welfare. Reports can be viewed by visiting

Increasingly banking analysts are focusing on trends in the animal welfare industry, including pet adoption, to better determine the valuations of those publicly traded companies they follow whose operations in whole or in part are focused on the companion animal marketplace. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CL King Associates, Robert W. Baird Co., Nomura Equity Research, UBS Investment Research and Cleveland Research Company represent the growing number of financial institutions that now rely on the Company’s monthly PetPoint Reports. It is estimated that 30% of new pet acquisitions are now completed via animal welfare organizations.

PetPoint also powers the Company’s industry leading network, including the only adoptable search website with live feeds of all animals posted as available for adoption. Updates to available animals and their profiles on occur on average within 5 seconds of the change being effected in PetPoint. As a result of this unique capability the network has received an average of over 900,000 unique visitors per month in 2013, an increase of over 7% YoY. was the second largest adoptable pet site in the world in terms of unique visitors in May 2013 according to comScore.

As the most accurate database of adoptable pets available, the site is trusted by many of North America’s largest AWOs to power adoptable search on their own websites, including the Atlanta Humane Society, Kentucky Humane Society, the Washington Animal Rescue League, Sacramento SPCA and SPCA Serving Erie County, as well as over 900 other AWOs licensing the Company’s PetPoint software. Licensed shelters therefore have the same live content on their own websites as found on, thus making the search online for an adoptable dog or cat more robust and satisfying for visitors. No other adoptable search site provides the same degree of live content. Web traffic data compiled and transferred to PetPoint daily from these AWOs, for the period January 2013 to May 2013, totaled nearly 71M pages viewed, an increase of 52% YoY.

“This is yet another significant milestone in the expansion of our PetPoint and network through animal welfare organizations,” said Mark Warren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pethealth Inc. “The growing use of our platform has been driven in large measure by our ability to make the adoptable search experience for potential new pet owners not only the most robust in the industry for visitors to our own website but also for our PetPoint licensed partners as well. As adoptable search becomes more local, our strategy will continue to be to support the online experience of visitors to our partners’ websites in equal measure to our own network.”

PetPoint was first introduced in March 2005. As a cloud based application, PetPoint not only helps shelters to better organize and manage their daily operations, but also to reduce, if not eliminate, IT-related infrastructure costs. Equally important, the application enhances operational reporting, allowing AWOs to better understand and use their data to reduce euthanizations and increase adoptions in the communities they serve. The Company previously reported that it had surpassed the 2,000th licensed AWO. As of today’s date, 2,004 AWOs had licensed its application.

The success of PetPoint has made Pethealth the largest aggregator of data on animals entering AWOs. In 2012, over 2.3-million intakes were recorded through the software and over 980,000 adoptions. As of today’s date, over 12.2-million animal intakes and over 4.7-million adoptions have been completed via the application since the product was first launched in 2005.

About PetPoint

PetPoint, first introduced in 2005, is now licensed by over 2,000 animal welfare organizations in North America and has facilitated the adoption of over 4.7-million pets. As a cloud based application, animal welfare organizations can not only better organize and care for their homeless and abandoned animals, but can also reduce significantly, if not eliminate, their IT-related infrastructure costs. PetPoint is provided free to animal welfare organizations on the basis that these same organizations use the Company’s 24PetWatch microchip and gift of insurance programs for all companion animals adopted, adoptable animals are then published on the Petango adoptable search platform. The 24PetWatch microchip program is the most widely used microchip and lost pet recovery service operating in both Canada and the United States.

About Pethealth Inc.

Pethealth is North America’s second largest provider of medical insurance for dogs and cats to pet owners, operating in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Company is the leading provider of management software to North American animal welfare organizations through its SaaS-based application and is the leading provider of pet related database management services to the North American companion animal industry. Pethealth offers a unique range of products and services for veterinarians, shelters and pet owners through a number of wholly owned subsidiaries using a range of brand names including PetCare, 24PetWatch, Pet Protect, Petpals Direct, PetPoint, and

Pethealth is based in Oakville, Ontario. To find out more about Pethealth, visit the website at

Mark Warren, President and Chief Executive Officer
Glen Tennison, Chief Financial Officer
Brad Grucelski, Vice President, PetPoint Solutions
Pethealth Inc. (905) 842-2615

Backstage at ‘Michael Jackson: One’ in Vegas; John Grisham novel headed to Broadway; more P.M. Entertainment News Links

Here’s some of what’s happening
this afternoon in entertainment headlines:                       

Backstage at the new Cirque du
Soleil Michael Jackson production; Katy Perry and John Mayer may be on again ;
Broadway paying tribute to James Gandolfini; Mariah Carey’s new album release
delayed; and more.

michael_jackson_one.jpgA scene from ‘Michael Jackson: One’, the new Cirque du Soleil production which has an exclusive run at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Entertainment Weekly gets an
exclusive backstage pass to Cirque du Soleil’s new production, ‘Michael Jackson: One,’
based on
the music of Michael Jackson and being performed exclusively at Mandalay Bay in
Las Vegas.

Broadway theaters will dim
their lights in tribute to actor James Gandolfini
, who died of a heart attack
last week while vacationing in Rome.

Actor Will Smith, whose turn
in ‘Independence Day’ made him a bankable Hollywood star
, will NOT appear in
the sequel, according to director Roland Emmerich.

Katy Perry and John Mayer are
reportedly dating again.

John Grisham’s bestselling
novel ‘A Time to Kill,’
which was adapted into a pretty successful movie, is
now headed to Broadway.

Mariah Carey’s new album, ‘The
Art of Letting Go’,
originally slated for a July 23 release, has been pushed
back indefinitely.

A Dynamic Duo teams up for HeroFix: HitFix and Comic Book Resources join forces

LOS ANGELES, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — HitFix (, the fastest growing provider of authentic entertainment news, today announced the launch of HeroFix, a new channel dedicated to sharing the latest and greatest from the superhero universe. A joint partnership with top comic site Comic Book Resources (CBR), HeroFix coverage will include comic book news and previews as well as general pop culture – film, TV and more – as it increasingly crosses into the world of superheroes. This strategic partnership goes beyond editorial to also see HitFix representing CBR in the advertising arena, creating a first to market opportunity for clients.

“From films such as ‘Man of Steel’ to TV’s ‘Arrow’ and the upcoming ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ comic books and superhero storylines are driving pop culture now more than ever,” said HitFix co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Gregory Ellwood. “We are thrilled to partner with an outlet of CBR’s stature to combine forces for this exciting new channel.”

“Where once comics were just a part of pop culture, today they’re leading the charge and it’s incredibly exciting to see how diverse, mainstream audiences embrace this vibrant material,” said Comic Book Resources owner Jonah Weiland.  “HitFix is at the top of their game in bringing entertainment news to their smart and discerning readership, and we are thrilled to be a part of their evolution in bringing this highly sought-after content to a wider audience.”

HeroFix is now available at

About HitFix
Co-founded by Jennifer Sargent and Gregory Ellwood, HitFix is the top destination for 18-34 year old consumers to discover what’s next in entertainment news and events. HitFix calls on the talents of renowned entertainment journalists such as Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg, Kris Tapley and Melinda Newman to produce wide-ranging news, interviews and commentary on all aspects of entertainment.  On a monthly basis, the site reaches over 4 million uniques and over 60 million users across their multi-platform video distribution. For more information visit,, or

About Comic Book Resources
Founded by Jonah Weiland in 1995, Comic Book Resources is the premier online comics resource. Renowned for its high quality, diverse content, CBR covers all aspects of the comic book publishing landscape including adaptations in film, television and video games. CBR draws a loyal audience of over 5 million readers every month. In 2009 and 2011, CBR received the Eisner Award (the most prestigious award in the industry) for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism. For more information visit or

Lifestyle Intervention Did Not Reduce Cardiovascular Events in Obese Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Jun 24, 2013) – For obese people with type 2 diabetes, a long-term intensive lifestyle intervention program, focused on weight loss, can improve physical quality of life, reduce microvascular complications, lower the risk of depression and lower medical costs by reducing the need for hospitalizations, outpatient care and medications, according to research presented today at the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions®.

However, the intensive lifestyle intervention did not reduce the risk for heart attacks or strokes more than a comparison group given diabetes support and education, results from the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) clinical trial revealed. Look AHEAD is a two-armed randomized trial conducted in 16 centers across the United States with more than 5,000 overweight or obese adults aged 45-76 years diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the study assigned participants to one of two interventions: lifestyle (involving physical activity and weight loss), or diabetes support and education (involving three counseling sessions per year on nutrition, physical activity and social support).

“Participants were followed for up to 11.5 years, with a median follow-up of 9.6 years at the time the intervention ended. The primary goal was to determine whether the intensive intervention would reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity,” said Rena Wing, PhD, chair of the Look AHEAD trial and professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Though participants in the intensive lifestyle intervention group initially lost 8.6 percent of body weight and maintained a loss of 6 percent of body weight at the end of intervention, which was better than researchers expected, the intensive lifestyle group did not reduce their risk of cardiovascular morbidity or mortality, or the level of LDL-cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) compared to the group that received diabetes support and education. The support and education group lost 0.7 percent initially and 3.5 percent at the end of intervention.

Wing said there were numerous possible explanations for the unexpected results, including the greater use of medications to lower LDL cholesterol in the comparison condition, which may have minimized any difference between the groups. The study cannot rule out the possibility that greater weight losses might impact cardiovascular risk.

However, the intensive lifestyle intervention group did experience other benefits when compared to those in the comparison group, including reducing the risk of kidney disease, self-reported retinopathy and depressive symptoms. Other benefits included an improved physical quality of life, and reduced annual hospital rates and costs. Lifestyle intervention also produced greater reductions in A1C, and greater initial improvements in fitness and all CVD risk factors except LDL cholesterol.

“This study shows that overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes can lose weight and keep it off with many important health benefits,” said Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the study. “It reinforces the recommendation that overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes should increase their physical activity levels and lose weight to improve their health.”

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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