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U.S. Consumers Lose More Than $7 Billion to Online Threats, Consumer Reports Survey Finds

Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) August 6, 2007

The online threats associated with using the Internet remain high according to Consumer Reports’s latest “State of the Net” survey. Consumer Reports projects that U.S. consumers lost more than $ 7 billion over the last two years to viruses, spyware, and phishing schemes.

Additionally, the “State of the Net” survey shows that consumers face a 1 in 4 chance of succumbing to an online threat and becoming a cybervictim, a number that has slightly decreased since last year.

The number of consumers responding to e-mail phishing scams has remained constant at eight percent. Consumer Reports projects that one million U.S. consumers lost billions of dollars over the past two years to such scams.

Many underage youngsters are at risk on social networks such as MySpace and Facebook, the survey found. In households surveyed with minors online, 13 percent of the children registered on MySpace were younger than 14, the minimum age the site officially allows, and three percent were under 10. And those were just the ones the parents knew about.

Based on the survey, Consumer Reports projects that problems caused by viruses and spyware resulted in damages of at least $ 5 billion replacement over the past two years.

The 2007 “State of the Net” survey was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center among a nationally representative sample of more than 2,000 households with Internet access.

Consumers can visit http://www.ConsumerReports.org/security to access the full “State of the Net” report including free tips related to online protection, avoiding viruses, and reporting cybercrimes.

Among CR’s key 2007 “State of the Net” findings:

Based on survey projections, computer virus infections prompted an estimated 1.8 million households to replace their computers in the past two years and 850,000 households to replace computers due to spyware infections in the past six months. Additionally, 33 percent of survey respondents did not use software to block or remove spyware. And CR projects that 3.7 million US households with broadband remain unprotected by a firewall.

Spam: Consumer Reports’ survey respondents have reported a lower proportion of spam reaching their Inbox than in the past, which CR believes is a result of better spam-blocking. Survey results indicate that about 650,000 consumers ordered a product or service advertised through spam in the month before the survey. Additionally, in 5 percent of the households surveyed that had children under 18, a child had inadvertently seen pornographic material as a result of spam.

Viruses: Computer virus infections held steady since last year according to CR’s survey. CR notes that this is actually a mark of progress for consumers and software makers, because the threats have become more challenging. In the latest survey, 38 percent of respondents reported a computer virus-infection in the last two years. Seventeen percent of respondents didn’t have antivirus software installed.

Spyware: In the past six months, 34 percent of respondents’ computers were exposed to a spyware infection. CR’s survey also reveals that although spyware infections have dropped, the chances of getting one are still 1 in 3, and of suffering serious damage, 1 in 11.

Phishing: Eight percent of respondents submitted personal information in response to conventional phishing e-mails in the past two years, a number that has remained unchanged over the past two years. The median cost of a phishing incident is $ 200. Yet scammers’ tactics are improving – e-mail looks like it comes from a reputable business such as a bank and features better grammar, more believable stories, and more authentic-looking Web addresses.

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Girl Up Highlights the Importance of Counting Girls as World Population Grows to 7 Billion


Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 27, 2011

With the seventh billion child expected to be born this month, Girl Up is drawing attention to the need to count, advocate for and invest in girls worldwide. Investing in a girl today means in the future she will have the tools to reinvest back into her family and community, which helps build a better world for all of us.

Todays youth generation is the largest in history with more than 1.2 billion adolescents ages 10 to 19, half of whom are girls. As such a sizeable segment of the population, adolescent girls represent the worlds greatest source of untapped potential. Research shows that less than two cents of every development dollar goes toward adolescent girls, and according to the Population Council, in some cases 80-90% of youth program participants are boys.

With a growing population of adolescent girls among the worlds 7 billion people, it is more important than ever that we ensure all girls are provided with the tools, information and resources they need to bring about change, said Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up. Counting girls in order to properly steer national and development resources can help prevent child marriage, afford girls access to education, provide them with health services and prepare them to be the next generation of future leaders.

Adolescent girls have tremendous potential, and we know the keys to unlocking that potential are access to quality education, health information and services, social and economic skills training, and violence prevention and protection services. Yet, because research rarely measures adolescent girls as a segment, they become invisible and our ability to meet their needs is jeopardized.

You can help make girls count by going to GirlUp.org.

About Girl Up

Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the worlds hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Ups support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a High Five to girls in developing countries by donating $ 5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more. Founding campaign partners include MTV Networks, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Womens National Basketball Association, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Girls Inc., and 10×10. Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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New Report: Americans Devote 8.1 Billion Hours to Volunteering in 2010


Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 08, 2011

Volunteers provide a powerful economic and social benefit to communities across the nation, with 62.8 million adults serving almost 8.1 billion hours through organizations in 2010, according to research released today by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The agencys annual Volunteering In America research finds that Americas volunteers provided services valued at nearly $ 173 billion to communities and the nation last year, using Independent Sectors estimate of the dollar value of volunteer time.

Notably, Generation X volunteers (born 1965-1981) devoted more time to service in 2010 than they ever have before, giving more than 2.3 billion hoursan increase of almost 110 million hours over 2009. Generation X members more than doubled their volunteer rate between 1989 and the present day, from 12.3 percent in 1989 to 29.2 percent in 2010. This rise demonstrates a shift that researchers are seeing across the volunteer lifecyclethe arc of civic involvement that tends to increase as citizens feel a deeper connection to their communities through personal networks, their workplace, and their childrens schools.

While the overall national volunteer rate dipped slightly from 26.8 percent in 2009 to 26.3 percent in 2010, the number of hours volunteers served remained approximately the same at 8.1 billion hours, indicating many volunteers committed more hours to service. The proportion of volunteers who serve 100 hours or more appears to have increased between 2009 and 2010 from 33.2 percent to 33.8 percent, and the median number of hours served per volunteer appears to have increased from 50 to 52 per year.

Every day, volunteers of all ages are giving their time and talents to solve problems and make our country stronger, said Robert Velasco II, acting CEO of CNCS. Whether tutoring at-risk students or providing job training to veterans or responding to natural disasters, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things to improve the long-term health and vitality of the nation.

CNCS produces the annual Volunteering In America research to provide elected officials and nonprofit leaders with in-depth information on volunteering trends and demographics to help them develop strategies to mobilize more Americans to address local needs through service. Offering the most comprehensive data on volunteering ever assembled, the report includes a volunteer profile for all states, including the District of Columbia, and hundreds of cities, including data on volunteer rates, rankings, area-specific trends, and analysis.

The research is part of the agencys efforts to expand the impact of Americas volunteers on key economic and social challenges facing the nation. CNCS provides critical support to Americas nonprofit and voluntary sector through grants, training, research, coordination, and partnerships with public agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. Last year, CNCS engaged more than five million Americans in results-driven service to help communities tackle local challenges.

Other findings about the volunteer lifecycle include:

Global Advanced Ceramics Market to Exceed US$68 Billion by 2018, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2012

Follow us on LinkedIn Advanced ceramics market has been witnessing growth in both traditional and new application areas. In traditional applications, growth comes from performance enhancement either through a supplementary role or through substitution of conventional materials, while in newer applications, advanced ceramics are assuming greater role of delivering specific performances not feasible earlier. The unique material solutions offered by advanced ceramic blends are the growth engines for the market, surging ahead to add new dimensions to the market size and value. With the global economy emerging out of the recent recession, factors such as technology improvements, especially in the fracture properties of ceramics, and evolution of new high-temperature fiber-based ceramic composites are offering opportunities for growth. Chemically bonded Ceramics are finding extensive uses in advanced cement based construction products such as, electrical fittings, wall panels, floors, roof tiles, cabinets and pipes. New generation chemically bonded ceramics are gradually cannibalizing plastics and metals in a wide gamut of end-use markets. Projected widespread use of advanced ceramics in automotive heat engines (diesel components, and gas turbines), industrial heat exchangers, electrochemical devices, and medical implants/devices, among others, augurs well for the market in the medium to long term.

The market successfully waded through the recent economic downturn mainly because of the continued expansion of applications and technology developments. Officially out of the recession now, the market is being driven by the recovery in housing and construction sector worldwide. Highest growth is predicted from the medical devices market. Advanced ceramics are increasingly being used in dental procedures and joint implants. Advanced ceramics are currently being used for a range of medical products including implantable electronic sensors, artificial joints and drug delivery devices among several others. Zirconia and Alumina are widely used in advanced ceramics applications in the medical arena. On the other hand, demand for ceramic armors (alumina, boron carbide, silicon carbide) particularly from the US military, is growing at a modest pace, affected by reduced defense spending as an aftermath of the recent recession.

In recent years, regulatory frameworks related to environmental safety fuelled the rapid commercialization of various engineering ceramic products, such as nozzles, catalyst supports, pump seals, bearings, membranes, cutting tools, exhaust and gas filters. The same factors are further expected to play a pivotal role in areas such as, high-temperature plants, zero-emission pumps and diesel engines which boost the development of engineering ceramic products. Market growth will be further spurred by stringent environmental legislation relating to mandatory fitment of exhaust catalysts in all automobiles, particularly in developed markets of Europe and US. With Euro 6 legislation expected to be implemented by 2013, demand for filters used in heavy-duty diesel engine exhausts would grow substantially. In addition, low-emission zones established in various European cities, will translate into additional sales of ceramic exhaust filters. In addition to diesel particulate filters, ceramic filters are increasingly utilized in various aggressive environments, including filters for hot gas streams in power stations, filters for molten metals, ceramic membranes for micro-filtration in food drinks, incinerators, petrochemicals and other industrial units. While demand for ceramic hot glass filters is expected to remain moderate, ceramic membrane demand is expected to witness higher growth.

Japan represents the largest regional market for advanced ceramics worldwide, with a history spanning well over three decades, as stated by the new market research report on Advanced Ceramics. The field of materials is one of the most important research areas in Japan, and advanced ceramics has always been given a high priority in research and development. Japan is also the largest producer of electronic devices such as mobile phones, pagers, and electronic gaming systems globally, which automatically makes it a potential-laden market for advanced ceramics that find application in such devices. The Asian markets of China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand promise substantial growth potential at a robust pace of about 8% through 2018. In particular, China emerged as the worlds largest exporter of advanced ceramics, specifically to the US market. The Chinese advanced ceramics market is witnessing significant growth, attributed to abundant chemicals and metallurgical base and governmental initiatives for development of the market.

By product, Monolithic Ceramics, which is the largest market segment, will continue to sustain its leadership position in the long term, primarily driven by rising usage in the medical sector. In the long-term, CMC or Ceramic Matrix Composites will witness rapid growth over the years, expanding at a strong CAGR of 9.8% through 2018, prompted by the growing usage in high temperature applications and those involving high rates of corrosion. CMCs reinforced with carbon nanotubes will also contribute to the overall demand growth.

Major players profiled in the report include Applied Ceramics Inc., Ceradyne, Inc., CPS Technologies Corporation, CeramTec AG, COI Ceramics Inc., CoorsTek, Inc., Cookson Group PLC, General Electric Company, International Ceramic Engineering, KEMET Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Materion Corporation, Momentive Performance Materials, Inc., Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Rauschert GmbH, Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company Ltd., Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., TDK Corporation, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., and Yageo Corp., among others.

The research report titled Advanced Ceramics: A Global Strategic Business Report announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the advanced ceramics markets, product and raw materials overview, emerging applications, recession trends, key growth drivers, recent industry activity, product/technology innovations and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for advanced ceramics market for the years 2010 through 2018 for major geographic markets including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. Key product segments analyzed include Monolithic Ceramics, Coatings, and Matrix Composites. The report also analyzes the market by major end-use sectors including Electronic, Electrical, Machinery, Transportation, Chemicals, and Others. A six-year (2004-2009) historic analysis is also provided for additional perspective.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit

http://www.strategyr.com/Advanced_Ceramics_Market_Report.asp

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USD $1.15 Billion Commitment over Three Years to Help Save the Lives of Children and Women Secured through World Bank, UNICEF, USAID and Norway

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

Today, the World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway announced a collective total of USD $ 1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.

With only 829 days until the MDG deadline of December 31, 2015, the $ 1.15 billion announced today will provide commodities and services that position countries to be able to help save 3 million lives, according to estimates by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs.

These commitments represent one of the largest infusions of funds for maternal and child health from global donors since the MDGs were established in 2000, and signal the global communitys determination to support countries in achieving the goals.

This weeks unprecedented $ 1.15 billion funding fills a substantial portion of the financing gap for child and maternal health,” said Ray Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria. While we look forward to additional resources being mobilized, the focus now must fully be at country-level, where the coordinated timing and use of funds with country leadership will ensure that their collective impact is felt by the children and women most in need.

These funds will help ensure that quality medicines and supplies are readily available in countries and will support innovative delivery of services through results-based financing. These investments will help save newborns from severe infections, protect young children from the risks of diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria, and help women space the births of their children and avoid deaths from post-partum hemorrhage and eclampsia. Moreover, they will target those mothers and children with the greatest needs, typically found in the lowest 40% of the income distribution.

The funding from these four development partners will work in a complementary and coordinated way to target a set of high-burden countries, in support of each countrys own child and maternal health plan. The resources from the United States, UNICEF, and Norway will largely be used to strengthen existing supply systems, and provide a needed injection of life-saving commodities, to ensure they reach the communities that need them. The resources from the World Bank Group will help countries transform their health service delivery for women and children by explicitly tying payments to health service providers to the successful delivery and independent verification of pre-agreed results.

The additional funding will build on substantial success already achieved in both the child and maternal health goals, with both child and maternal deaths having fallen to approximately half of the 1990 figures.

As the global community gathers in New York City this week for the annual United Nations General Assembly, we would like to use this commitment to underscore our collective and individual resolve to keep our promise to the worlds children and mothers by supporting countries to achieve the MDGs, and laying a sustainable foundation for a world free of preventable child and maternal mortality beyond 2015.

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TEL AVIV, Israel (PRWEB) June 28, 2007