Oneida Nation Member to Compete in Worldwide Powerlifting Championship at 71 Years Old

Oneida Nation Homelands, NY (PRWEB) April 28, 2014

The Oneida Indian Nation today announced that its 71-year-old member Ray Fougnier will compete in the worldwide powerlifting championship in Johannesburg, South Africa this June. Fougnier, who grew up on the Oneida Nations homelands in central New York and now lives in Tennessee, is a retired teacher and former head of the American Indian program at Cornell University. While Fougnier has always prioritized fitness and healthy living, he only last year tried powerlifting for the first time. He views his competitive weightlifting as an opportunity to be a positive role model for Native Americans, in particular children, whose community is beset by many ongoing health issues.

The Oneida Indian Nation is proud to sponsor Fougnier and is wishing him great success in South Africa.

Despite coming to the sport later in life, Fougnier has already achieved amazing success since joining U.S.A. Powerlifting, the nations leading, drug-free powerlifting association, in 2013. The Oneida Nation member won the first competition in which he competed and a silver medal in the second. Later, at a national event in Orlando, he not only won his age bracket, but also broke records in the squat, bench press and deadlift categories. His achievements there qualified him for the upcoming worldwide competition, the 2014 International Powerlifting Federation Championships.

I am honored to lead by example and display the many benefits of a fit lifestyle, said Fougnier. With the vast health issues facing Native peoples today, I sincerely hope that my participation in the upcoming world championships and the success I have achieved in sport will inspire Native Americans of all ages, and especially our children, to get active and stay healthy.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said: The Oneida Indian Nation is thrilled to help make it possible for Ray Fougnier to travel to South Africa and compete in this prestigious worldwide championship competition. Ray is an outstanding Native American role model and a shining example of the values of the Oneida Indian Nation. We are very proud to have him representing us on an international level.

The Oneida Indian Nation is a Native American tribe which lives on its ancestral homelands near Syracuse and operates Turning Stone Resort Casino, and a number of other successful business enterprises. The Nation has been a close ally since before the founding of the United States, fighting alongside George Washington and his troops in the Revolutionary War.

About Turning Stone Resort Casino

A premier four-season, destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nations Turning Stone Resort Casino is conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33. Turning Stone was named Most Excellent Golf Resort in 2010 by Cond

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

Starting in 2015, all Windstar Cruises itineraries will feature a spectacular onshore Private Event, created exclusively for Windstar guests. These complimentary events are crafted to give guests an in-depth and authentic local experience that compliments their voyage. Private Events include activities such as an after-hours tour and dinner under the stars in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus or a private ballet performance in the famed Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

We curated these Private Events with the local experience in mind. Our product managers toured the regions sampling cuisines, talking to locals, visiting the UNESCO sites to create the best experience possible, said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises chief executive officer. Our guests gain an even deeper involvement into the local culture.

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When Grunge Ruled The World: Nirvana Tribute Takes Over The Sin City Theatres Rock N Roll Compendium

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

The Sin City Theatres Rock N Roll Compendium invites you to travel back to a time when Grunge ruled the world and a three piece band from Seattle changed the course of music history forever. Compendium of Nirvana audiences will have a chance to experience the bands most memorable moments, in an action packed show, celebrating the career and legacy of legendary Alternative band, Nirvana, as well as the antics of their late front man, Kurt Cobain, who was considered by many to be the voice of Generation X.

In September 1991, Nirvanas first major label album, Nevermind, was released and the bands dark and brooding Smells Like Teen Spirit video was in heavy rotation on MTV. To the surprise of many, Nirvana was adored by critics and fans alike. In January 1992, Nirvana ousted Michael Jackson from the Number One spot on the Billboard Charts, going on to sell over 30 million copies of this album worldwide, far surpassing everyones expectations. Seattle Grunge/Alternative music was now officially mainstream, with Nirvana leading the pack of torn, acid washed denim and flannel shirt wearing fans around the globe.

Compendium of Nirvana features a live show, by renowned tribute band Smells Like Nirvana, that takes fans on a musical journey through the bands illustrious, albeit brief career, with popular songs like Come As you Are, Lithium, In Bloom, Heart Shaped Box, All Apologies and of course 90s slacker anthem, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Expect to see rare, historical Nirvana videos and also relive special events that captured the worlds attention: Cobains infamous stage entrance for the bands final UK concert at the 1992 Reading Festival; Nirvanas notorious 1992 MTV Video Music Awards appearance; Nirvanas 1993 haunting funeral-like MTV Unplugged in New York performance.

Along with John Padon, the producer of Sin City Comedy & Burlesque, Pete Housley takes the reigns as co-producer and had this to say about Compendium, “The concept of our Rock N Roll Compendium summer series has been to focus on bands with a rich discography. We’ve jumped some decades, starting with our tribute to KISS, then U2 and now Nirvana. The response from fans for the first two runs has been phenomenal. Given this years 20th anniversary of the great Kurt Cobains passing and Nirvana’s 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the buzz is extremely high on the forthcoming Compendium of Nirvana. We cannot say enough about how true to the story and the music of Nirvana this show will be.”

Rock N Roll Compendium: a tribute to the Myth & Music of Nirvana at The Sin City Theatre, located inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Mezz, begins a limited run on Thursday, August 21st through Saturday, September 27th. Additional tributes and band residencies soon to be announced.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 10pm. Tickets are General Admission $ 58.75; VIP $ 84.85, available at and The Sin City Theatre Box Office, (702) 777-7776, Mezzanine level, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.

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Rock in Rio Announces Entertainment Leaders MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle as Partners in the Worlds Biggest Music Festival, Coming to U.S.A.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PRWEB) April 23, 2014

Rock in Rio, the worlds biggest music festival, has joined forces with entertainment giants MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle (The Yucaipa Companies) for the festivals U.S. debut in Las Vegas in May 2015. An alliance founded on a shared commitment to creating innovative entertainment, Rock in Rio, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil will redefine the modern music festival for U.S. audiences with a monumental combination of the biggest names in music and a fully immersive entertainment experience, all housed in a spectacular, custom-made City of Rock.

Over the past 30 years, Rock in Rio festivals have brought more than 1,120 performances to more than seven million people attending and one billion more watching at home around the world, and that number will grow next month at Rock in Rio Lisbon (Portugal) where The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Arcade Fire and Ed Sheeran, among others, are scheduled to perform.

We are thrilled to welcome MGM Resorts, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle as part of the Rock in Rio USA family, said Roberto Medina, founder, Rock in Rio. Its a testament to the festivals 30-year history and outstanding reputation to have these entertainment giants on board and, with added power from the partners, our first Rock in Rio USA will be unlike any festival anyone has ever experienced on the biggest stage in the world in the heart of Las Vegas.

Building the City of Rock in Las Vegas

As the premier entertainment company in the world, MGM Resorts expertise in developing world-class infrastructure will lay the groundwork to transform 33 acres of prime Las Vegas real estate into the magical City of Rock. The permanent open-air concert venue will be located on The Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue and have the capacity for 80,000 people per day. The design and layout will be signature Rock in Rio, complete with five stages; themed streets boasting the sights, sounds, and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom; thrilling rides including a zip line; food courts, shopping areas and other activities. After the festival, the incredible venue will remain for MGM Resorts to host other entertainment experiences for people from around the world.

Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, said, The entertainment scene has changed dramatically in recent years, as has the way consumers want to experience their entertainment. With our innovative new partners at Rock in Rio and the creative geniuses at Cirque du Soleil, we will introduce Las Vegas to an unprecedented music festival in a setting that will never be replicated. Hornbuckle continued, The event will serve as a major tourism driver for Las Vegas, expected to draw well over 300,000 people to our city over four days.

Transforming the Festival Experience

Having hosted resident shows in Las Vegas for more than 20 years, Cirque du Soleil will bring deep knowledge of the market and consumer behavior to the Rock in Rio partnership. This commitment to creating a close and emotional relationship with the public is part of what sets Rock in Rio apart from other music festivals and helps make it the worlds biggest music and entertainment event.

Jerry Nadal, senior vice president, Resident Shows Division, Cirque du Soleil, added, As a creative live entertainment producer, Cirque du Soleil is uniquely suited to help bring an unforgettable mix of wonder, enjoyment and artistic excellence to Las Vegas with the first-ever Rock in Rio USA experience. Rock in Rio already is a cultural phenomenon around the globe, and we are excited to be part of the festivals U.S. introduction.

Rock in Rio, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil plan to offer hospitality packages for tourists that will guarantee festival-goers an unforgettable and seamless experience not only at Rock in Rio USA but throughout their stay in Las Vegas.

The countdown to Rock in Rio USA also is supported by media partners iHeartRadio and NCM Network. Together, a robust advertising and communications campaign will bring news and announcements to consumers nationwide over the next 12 months.

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA will go on sale to the general public in January 2015, but they can currently be reserved, for a limited period of time without any payment obligation on the festivals official website. For more information, visit Get the latest updates via Rock in Rios Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (


About Rock in Rio

Since its inception in 1985, Rock in Rio has been a cultural phenomenon. Launched as a way to return joy and confidence to the people of Brazil at the end of a military regime, Rock in Rios inaugural event broke music festival records with 1.38 million attendees five times larger than Woodstock. Since that monumental concert, 13 Rock in Rio festivals have taken place across three countries with more than 7 million people attending and 1 billion more watching at home around the world. Last years festival in Rio sold out all 600,000 tickets in an unprecedented four hours.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Companys website at

About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is a major Qu