Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Survey, Musician/Actress Eve to Voice Character in Upcoming Videogame `XIII’

Newstream.com Digest: Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Survey, Musician/Actress Eve to Voice Character in Upcoming Videogame `XIII’

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HP Unveils Adaptive Enterprise Strategy to Help Businesses Manage Change and Get More from Their IT Investments

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced its Adaptive Enterprise strategy aimed at companies and chief information officers that demand more out of their IT environments and partners — more accountability, more agility and a better return on information technology.

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Northwestern Mutual Survey Says Owners Of Permanent Life Insurance Are More Confident About Their Finances

Owning permanent life insurance seems to have a positive impact on a person’s financial health and peace of mind, according to a new financial behavior survey commissioned by Northwestern Mutual in 2003. The study, “Money Maladies: The Term/Perm Dilemma,” reveals why people choose term or permanent life insurance and what Americans are doing to reach their long-term financial goals.

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J.D. Power and Associates Reports: New/Redesigned Models Often Record Better Initial Quality Than The Vehicles They Replace, But Not in Every Case

New and redesigned model launches often demonstrate high initial quality, which may dispel the myth that quality always suffers during new-vehicle launches, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2003 Initial Quality Study(SM) released today. An analysis of all replacement-model launches and major vehicle redesigns since 1998 shows an average decline of only 5 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in initial quality in the launch year, which is usually more than regained in the year after launch.

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84% of Americans Say War with Iraq Had No Impact on Their Use of Debt, According to the Cambridge Consumer Credit Index

Eighty four percent (84%) of Americans say that the recently-concluded war with Iraq had no impact on their willingness to use credit cards or take on other types of debt, according to the Cambridge Consumer Credit Index. Of those surveyed, 13% said they decreased their use of credit during the war, while 3% increased their use of debt.

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Annie Lennox Unveils Album Cover — Photo Is Self-Portrait

The striking album cover for “BARE” and all other related imagery, has been created by Annie Lennox herself, working with the graphic artist Allan Martin.

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Ubi Soft Entertainment Signs Musician/Actress Eve to Voice Highly Anticipated Videogame – XIII

Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world’s top videogame publishers, today announced that one of music and film’s hottest stars, Eve, will play the role of Major Jones in its highly anticipated action-shooter, XIII. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world. Eve will lend her voice talents to Major Jones, a beautiful yet mysterious character in the game, who helps players unravel clues behind the game’s captivating story.

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THQ Announces Publishing Rights to Highly Anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost for PC

THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today announced it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the highly anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost (working title). Developed exclusively for PC by Ukraine-based GSC Game World, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost is the first game to utilize GSC Game World’s proprietary X-Ray engine that allows for massive indoor/outdoor environments, real-time physics and the capability to push more than one million polygons per frame at 60 frames per second. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost provides players with an intense first person action experience that incorporates elements of survival horror and role-playing while taking place in the forbidden zone of the Chernobyl nuclear facility.

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Quest Software’s MessageStats 4.0 Reports e-Mail and Messaging System Data to all Levels of it Staff

Quest Software Inc. (Nasdaq:QSFT), a leading provider of application management solutions, today announced the release of MessageStatsTM version 4.0. MessageStats collects information on Microsoft Exchange usage and transforms it into concise, Web-based statistical reports so management and administrators can evaluate resource consumption, appropriate use and the overall health of their critical messaging systems.

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‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation Fulfills Graduation Promise for 16 Projects in 2003

Amidst the lists of failing schools and student achievement gaps, the “I Have a Dream”(R) Foundation is a leader in educating at-risk youth, helping them reach high school graduation and life success. This spring, more than 500 Dreamers from 16 “I Have a Dream”(R) Projects will graduate from high school, a remarkable achievement considering the low graduation rates of most inner-city schools.

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Rare Jewelry Sparkles at the World’s Biggest Environmental Fundraising Event

The world’s biggest environmental fundraising event sparkles brighter than ever today in New York City, where millions of dollars worth of rare jewelry will be on display. The annual Rainforest Foundation Gala will turn the Manhattan Ballroom into a virtual rainforest full of flora and fauna. The “Secret Garden” will also be filled with a one-of-a-kind collection of jewelry from Piaget called “Magic Reflections.” Video from the event will be available Thursday, May 8

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James Lawrence Elected to St. Paul Companies Board of Directors

James Lawrence, 50, executive vice president and chief financial officer of General Mills Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of The St. Paul Companies (NYSE:SPC), joining the company’s 11 other directors who were also elected at the annual shareholders’ meeting here today.

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American Tire Distributors Announces New Company Chairman

The Board of Directors of American Tire Distributors Inc. appointed Richard P. “Dick” Johnson as its chairman and chief executive officer effective May 5, 2003. Johnson had been the Company’s president and CEO since February 2001.

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Diabetes Is No Laughing Matter

Diabetes is no laughing matter for anyone… but particularly for African-Americans. No one knows this better than popular radio personality and comedian J. Anthony Brown. J. lost his parents to diabetes-related complications, and in 1996, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That’s why J. has joined with the Association of Black Cardiologists and Merck & Co. Inc. to launch a public awareness campaign to educate the African-American community about the link between diabetes and heart disease.

Radio News Feature Interview with comedian J. Anthony Brown.

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J.D. Power And Associates 2003 Survey Results

J.D. Power and Associates just released its annual Initial Quality Study. The report ranks new-car owners’ responses in several different categories after 90 days of ownership, as we hear in this report from Matt Kelly. Radio News Feature

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Business Wire Founder Comments on State Budgets That Include Major Cuts to Education

California and 19 other states are putting a mortgage on their future because of plans to make major cuts in public education funding, said Lorry I. Lokey, founder, chairman and CEO of Business Wire. He was honored Tuesday for his record contribution of $2.5 million toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art technology center at Evergreen Valley High School, which will help educate future generations of Silicon Valley industry leaders.

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Business Wire Founder Lorry I. Lokey Funds Advanced Technology Center at Evergreen Valley High School

Lorry I. Lokey, founder, chairman and CEO of Business Wire, is being honored here today for his record contribution of $2.5 million toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art technology center at Evergreen Valley High School, which will help educate future generations of Silicon Valley industry leaders.

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