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Angel Salt Lamps Help Change Children’s Lives in Pakistan, Togo & Paraguay

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 27, 2008

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd announces the first in a series of donations supporting charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Through The Angel’s Corner and sales of its recently created Angel Salt Lamp, our customers have so far helped us support hundreds of children and entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Togo and Paraguay.

Our first contribution, three micro-loans through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/lender/GAMMASalt3136), is helping a man in Togo buy tools for his repair business, a woman in Togo to buy inventory for her shoe business, and a woman in Paraguay to buy more merchandise for her grocery store. As these loans are repaid over the coming year, the funds will be reloaned to others looking to start or expand their business, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Next we made a donation to Plan Canada, which will be used in a Birth Registration Program in Pakistan, where our factory is located. The goal of this project is to assist children without documentation in obtaining a birth certificate. Most significantly these documents provide children with easier access to essential social services such as education and health care. Also, by providing proof of age, it helps protect against child labor and child marriage and aids in defending against abuse and child trafficking. Our contribution will help provide documents for over 230 children.

Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’ and Oprah Winfrey’s efforts to improve the lives of countless people around the globe, “I decided to use my name to give tribute to these Angels and use our company to spread a bit of goodness around the world. I would like to thank our customers for their support and assure you that we will continue to investigate other worthy projects around the world. This is only the beginning,” said Maria Angel, co-owner of Gamma Salt.

About GAMMA Salt

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd is a leading manufacturer and seller of salt crystal products mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Its main products are a variety of Himalayan salt lamps and salt lamp diffusers. These beautiful and colorful lamps are ideal for Feng Shui and generate negative ions, which naturally cleans the air without creating harmful ozone like man-made ionizers. The company also offers natural bath salts, pure sea salt containing the same 84 trace minerals and elements as in the human body, as well as other natural salt products to retail and wholesale customers in the US and Canada.

Company Contact:

Maria Angel

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd

416-748-7700

http://www.naturalsaltcrystallamps.com

http://www.himalayansalt.com/salt

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Not What the Doctor Ordered: Rapid Environmental Change Threatens the Foundations of Human Health


Washington, D.C. (Vocus) November 5, 2009

Changes to the Earths land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes is rapidly undermining human life-support systems and threatening the core foundations of healthy communities around the globe: access to adequate food, clean air, safe drinking water, and secure homes.

These are the findings of the new report, Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health , published today by the Worldwatch Institute and the United Nations Foundation. The report notes that, as a result of rapid changes to the climate and in land use, we are already seeing alterations in the distribution of malaria, schistosomiasis, and other infectious diseases in many regions. It concludes that poor populations, mainly in developing countries, are the most vulnerable to these environmental changes, even though they are the least responsible for contributing to them.

It is increasingly apparent that the breadth and depth of the changes we are wreaking on the environment are imperiling not only many of the other species with which we share the ecological stage, but the health and wellbeing of our own species as well, writes the reports author, Dr. Samuel S. Myers, M.D., M.P.H., an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Research Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

The report outlines a series of public health threatsfood and water scarcity, altered distribution of infectious diseases, increased air pollution, natural disasters, and population displacementthat collectively threaten large segments of the human population. But most of the death and disability from these threats is fundamentally preventable, Dr. Myers writes, if the political will can be mobilized to take strong, concerted action. The report outlines the need for national-level risk assessments to identify the greatest threats in different regions, as well as unprecedented technical and financial assistance from the international community to help developing countries adapt to the health impacts of accelerating environmental change.

Ultimately, the report argues, we will need to find new ways to generate economic growth that do not cause serious ecological deterioration, or the progress that has been made toward global health, nutrition, and poverty alleviation will be undone. At present, all of the major types of human caused environmental changeclimate change, changes in land use and cover, and ecosystem service degradationare accelerating, Myers says. To reduce the avoidable human suffering that will result, we must redouble our efforts to slow the pace of environmental change, reduce the rate of human population growth, and reduce the vulnerabilities of those in harms way.

In her preface to the report, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy on Climate Change to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describes the report as a call to action. She writes that, The knowledge that we can make a difference means that we have a large responsibility to act. By fighting ignorance, inaction, and inequity, we can create the conditions under which health threats can be averted. Most importantly, we must take targeted collective action to reduce the vulnerability of the poorest people on the planet to threats they played little role in generating.

The United Nations Foundation, of which Gro Harlem Brundtland is a board member, supported this report. The UN Foundation connects people, resources, and ideas to solve the worlds global problems.

For a review copy of Global Environmental Change: The Threat to Human Health or to interview Dr. Samuel Myers, please contact Darcey Rakestraw at drakestraw(at)worldwatch(dot)org or Julia Tier at jtier(at)worldwatch(dot)org or (+1) 202.452.1999 x594.

About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society. For more information, visit http://www.worldwatch.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. It builds partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work is focused on decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Contact:

Darcey Rakestraw

(+1 202) 452.1999 x517

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Bonita Springs Charter School Students Decide to Change the World


Bonita Springs, Fla. (Vocus) December 8, 2009

It happens every day, in every classroom, in every city, in every country in the entire world. Bullying. Although its not a new concept, bullying has taken on an alarming level of seriousness that can lead to devastating outcomes. In todays world, bully targets are just as apt to take their own life as someone elses as a result of bullying. Few understand this better than the mother of teen Jeffrey Johnston who successfully lobbied for the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act, which mandates schools enact anti-bullying policies and programs to help protect students from bullying. Johnston took his own life after being cyber-bullied. A program at Bonita Springs Charter School is taking the challenge to eliminate bullying just as seriously one student at a time.

Jeffs Law, which it is commonly called, goes hand-in-hand with a curriculum-based character education program adopted last year by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) called STRIVE. STRIVE is a program created by the Clarion Council that is being implemented as a pilot program with all CSUSA schools. STRIVE 65 is a list of traits that help build moral and performance character as well as encourage active citizenship. STRIVE 65s #18 reminds students to Help the person others are bullying or being mean to.

This STRIVE trait is the foundation of a program developed by Robert Barnes, the guidance counselor at Bonita Springs Charter School. His program called What if uses trait #18 as its basis. The concept asks, What if you could change the world and be the one person who saves a student from making a life altering decision.

Each year we survey the students in our middle school to find out what they believe should be the focus of our bullying program, says Barnes. This year, the overwhelming response was to address cyber-bullying and sexting. Were now focusing on those two bullying behaviors and have been working on the elimination of these demeaning practices from the lives of middle-schoolers.

Cyber-bullying occurs when a child is targeted, harassed, humiliated or embarrassed by someone using interactive or digital technologies or cell phones. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily through cell phones. Both forms of bullying can have very damaging effects on children.

The What if? program empowers students to use the time they have in school to help build the self esteem of others. It suggests that students identify those students who are the target of bullies and make an effort to be kind to them even if it means just using their name when addressing them in the hall, making eye contact with them and smiling or sitting with them at lunch. According to Barnes, since it takes two people to engage in a bullying situation the target and the bully its easier to take the target out of the equation.

Bullies want power, says Barnes. Their efforts are only effective if the victim is offended or hurt by their words. Bullies target those with low self esteem who will believe their taunts. So if the rest of the students help build their peers self esteem, the bullies have fewer and fewer targets.

The program seems to be working well. Last year, prior to the advent of this program, Barnes received four to five bully reports per week. So far this year, there has been only one complaint that needed to be resolved by disciplinary action and one other that was resolved by the students in a peaceful manner. He is greatly encouraged by the dramatic decline in referrals.

I think there is a combination of the students helping each other and a better understanding of the definition of bullying that is helping to decrease those numbers, adds Barnes. Its so gratifying to see students looking out for each other. No one wants to be bullied and everyone can relate to being a target. Giving these students the tools they need to help stop this trend empowers them to truly believe they can change the world.

Bonita Springs Charter School is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. CSUSA is one of the nations leading charter school management companies, serving kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA provides comprehensive management services to corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations. CSUSA schools are individually developed to meet the unique needs and requirements of the community. CSUSA educational advantages include integrated technology, parental involvement contracts, student uniforms, enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus and high academic performance.

Enrollment for Bonita Springs Charter School is underway; interested parents can register their child online at http://www.bonitaspringscharter.org. For additional information, contact Charter Schools USA at 1-866-KIDSUSA or visit the corporate Web site at http://www.charterschoolsusa.com .

Media Contacts:

Deborah Tracy Bonita Springs Charter School Principal or

Robert Barnes Bonita Spring Charter School Guidance Counselor

Ofc: 239- 992-6932

Colleen Reynolds, APR, president and owner of Edge Communications

Ofc: 239-437-0040; Cell: 239-849-6400; Fax: 239-437-0170

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California Family Raising Confident, Blind Child Sharing Successes to Change Perceptions of Blindness


Hayward, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2010 –

old girl glides gracefully down the escalator with her long white cane. __title__ blind child on escalator] At the bottom, she laughs and says, Thats so funny as people look on in wonder. For anyone in the station that night who believed that blind people are dependent and helpless, their attitudes were likely changed by watching this tiny, young girl move so fluidly and independently. Now parents as far away as Tasmania, Australia are watching these images as the childs family celebrates the shipment of the 100th DVD called, Letting Your Childs Wild Side Out.

When their first child was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing just over a pound, Graciela and Genro Sato could only pray she would live. During the nearly five-month hospitalization that followed, they learned to speak Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) lingo to advocate for their daughters medical treatment. This included five surgeries at four different hospitals in two states, four of which were related to her eyes.

Now, seven years later, their daughter Milagro enjoys downhill skiing, reads and writes Braille, plays trombone and has developed quite a routine on her trapeze in the family room. She enjoys gymnastics and is learning to dance.

How has this family succeeded in raising this confident child and how are they now inspiring other families? To show how they did it, the Sato family has created a unique DVD. They show by example why its critical for families (and educators) to let go of the urge to overprotect children with disabilities. They show the relationship between letting the child master a sense of self-confidence and achievement of early independence.

The messages apply widely to families with kids with disabilities and to the larger population that includes many parents who may be overprotecting their typically-developing children.

In the presentation, they share five years of photos and videos of their daughter as an infant, toddler, preschooler and kindergartner participating in physically challenging activities that greatly aided in her development. Not overprotecting and setting her free to explore movement in a variety of ways enabled their daughter to achieve an early sense of self-confidence through a strong mastery of skills.

The project originated as a presentation Graciela was asked to present to educators and parents at the California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped (CTEVH) conference in 2007. Dr. Penny Rosenblum, a professor at the University of Arizonas department of Special Education, suggested that Grace create the DVD. She knew that families and educators would benefit greatly from this powerful message most effectively delivered by a parent.

The Satos tackled this project in the evenings after putting their children to bed, utilizing skills gained as professionals in Silicon Valley. The multimedia DVD titled, Letting Your Childs Wild Side Out: Raising the Wild and Confident Blind Baby, Toddler and Preschooler, was the result. The DVD has now shipped to agencies and schools in half of all the United States, plus agencies in Canada and Australia.

Graciela now works as an educational advocate running Tiscareno-Sato Advocacy Services. She has presented her workshops to educators and parents in Los Angeles and San Francisco, early intervention service providers in Tacoma, the Blind Babies Foundations home counselors, the Infant Development Association and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC). The NOPBC is the parent division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest organization of blind individuals in the United States. The NFBs tagline is Changing what it means to be Blind, now also a goal for the Sato family.

Graciela states: As our daughter gets older and learns to navigate the world independently, we worry less about her and how she will grow up. We instead worry about the people she will encounter that will attempt to limit what she can do for herself and what she can achieve. We want to dispel the existing widespread ignorance on the topic of blindness in our society. We want to hear less pity when people see our daughter walking by with her cane and more comments like, Wow! Look at how independent she is at such a young age!

Genro, the childs father, states, We want to show the world that blindness can be relegated to being an inconvenience. One physical disability does not need to define and limit anybody. These are the values weve absorbed from the NFB that we want to disseminate as widely as we can. Sharing our daughter as an early example of competence and confidence is the best way we can do this.

The best reward for Milagros parents comes as feedback from families raising blind children much younger than Milagro who have been inspired by the DVD. At a recent family camp for families with blind children, Grace met Bonnie, mother of a two year-old boy who is blind.

Bonnie and I met at the pool, Grace recalls. She recognized Milagro because her sons Orientation and Mobility Instructor had shown her the DVD when her baby boy was six months old. She said that the philosophy we adopted, about never losing the child to the disability, completely influenced how shes raising her child. Shes raising her son to be a happy, independent, adventurous little boy.

Proceeds go directly into Milagros college fund. The family donates ten percent of all sales to Blind Babies Foundation and the California Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired. These two organizations provided early intervention services and parent-to-parent knowledge in the first three years of Milagros life.

Graciela is actively seeking funding to create the entire DVD in Spanish. http://www.babymilagro.org/dvd

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2012 Clean WORLD Movement, People of the World Take Action All Together to Cope With Climate Change


Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 28, 2012

Climate change is a topic of conversation in the international society. In order to cope with unusual weather phenomenon that threaten human welfare, the people of the world throw themselves into the matter with enthusiasm, centering on the Rep. of Korea. Recently, there have been severe damages from environmental disasters such as flood and heavy snow due to climate change. To prevent environmental pollution and fulfill human welfare, people of the world are going to carry out the environmental clean-up movement in the hills, rivers, streets, parks and seas of their countries.

It is the 2012 Clean WORLD Movement to be held throughout the world on the following Sunday (Apr 29), hosted by a global welfare organization, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation (Chairwoman Zahng Gil-Jah). This day will be a Clean Day when the whole world becomes clean.

It is very rare for an NGO, not a world or governmental organization, to perform such wide environmental clean-up activity to cope with climate change. The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation said, Many people of each country gathered their mind to take the initiative and set an example of helping people in crisis due to climate disasters and making known the seriousness of climate change and environmental pollution,and added, In the clean environment, clean life can be formed and true human welfare can be completed. If more people of the world agree with and participate in this, it can be fulfilled.

The Clean WORLD Movement is an environmental welfare activity with a new concept, which the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation expands worldwide, starting from the Rep. Of Korea. The WORLD is the combination of the initials of Water, Oxygen, Region, Life and Descendant, and contains the meaning that we should preserve clean water, oxygen, region and life that consist of global environment and leave them to our descendants. According to this meaning, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation is actively proceeding with the environmental clean-up and welfare activities, considering that the environment and welfare are closely related with each other, not separate.

This time, the Clean WORLD Movement is going to be carried out throughout Korea Gangwon, Chungcheong, Jeolla, Gyeongsang, Jeju, and so on including Seoul and capital area and each continent of the world in North America including USA and Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. The clean-up activities are carried out freely in the hills, rivers, seas, parks, historical sites and streets according to each local circumstance. Not only the WeLoveU members but also their families, friends and neighbors will participate in it and public offices like city hall, town office, and borough office of each region are also going to take part in it. This will be a great help to inform the importance of environmental protection to citizens.

In Washington DC’s very own Shepard’s Park the movement will be held. Approximately 200 WeLoveU members from DC, Richmond, Virginia Beach and North Carolina will come to aid residents and locals who have constantly battled illegal dumping in and around their homes. Shepard’s Park is known for it’s leading value in the enhancement of diversity since the years following World War II and through this movement, the International WeLove U Foundation, would like to shine the light in DC starting in Shepard’s Park to the whole WORLD in hopes that each and every resident will care to MOVE and make our communities a better place.

The Clean WORLD Movement that the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation performs is carried out around the world every year. For example, the foundation developed the clean-up activities in the hills, rivers, parks, and streets in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Nepal, Mongolia, etc. in 2010. In Korea, too, clean-up activities were carried out in about 300 regions Jungrang Strem in Seoul, Daebu Islan in Gyeonggi, Anyang Stream, Incheon Port, Sokcho beach, Mt. Palgong in Daegu, Traditional Korean House Village in Jeongju, Geumnamro park ini Gwangju, etc. Many people including workers, university students, housewives, middle and high school students participated in the Clean WORLD Movement, holding garbage bags, burlap bags and tongs on holiday. Seeing this, even nearby residents helped carry garbage and do clean-up activity. Children and teenagers who came with their families had the opportunity to experience volunteer activities, and adults like workers, university students and housewives who usually find it difficult to do volunteer service due to their daily busy work said that they felt great to participate in the environmental protection.

Their active volunteer service was reported on the news media in Mongolia, Cambodia, Nepal, etc. The Cambodian TV broadcasted the Clean WORLD Movement, delivering positive reviews, The clean-up enabled tourists and residents to pleasantly use the Mekong River which had been full of trash and debris and provided a good opportunity to inform the Phnom Penh citizens of the importance of the environmental protection

The WeLoveU Foundation said, Some changes through the Clean WORLD Movement appear little in every country. Not only in less developed countries and developing countries, but also in advanced countries like USA and Germany of which social security system is comparatively organized well, civic awareness changed citizens take action to protect environment. In Europe, the clean-up started in Germany and Netherlands, and gradually expanded to more regions and nearby countries like England, France and Italy.

Zahng Gil-Jah, Chairwoman of the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation, said, Though everyone has busy daily work, if many people put their short time and little effort in this at the same time, the whole world can be clean. We will not stop the step of love, wishing the people of the world to participate in the Clean WORLD Movement all together and make the world better and beautiful.

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation Develops Global Welfare Activity Through Mother’s Love

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation develops various welfare activities such as child welfare, youth welfare, senior citizen welfare, social welfare, emergency relief and so on for the people of the world who are suffering from wars, famine, earthquakes, etc. with the purpose of the fulfillment of human welfare with Mother’s Love.

The WeLoveU Foundation carries out welfare activities in various fields: the New Life Family Walkathon that started to help children with heart disease and incurable diseases and extended in size by helping other countries with water shortage, the New Life Concert that supports neighbors in need in and outside the country and multicultural families, etc. and the Blood Drive that helps patients in danger of their lives due to blood supply shortage. Being moved by their constant and heartfelt volunteer activities for our global neighbors, participants increases every year and experts in every field including officials of local government and ambassadors of other countries like Ghana, Cambodia, Gabon, etc. have been participating in it.

On March 26th, when the Gabonese president visited Rep. Of Korea to attend the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, the WeLoveU Foundation signed an agreement with the Gabonese Republic in the Middle West of Africa to cope with global climate change and to take action for environmental welfare activities together. It is very rare for a head of a country, who made a state visit to Korea, to make an agreement with a head of NGO in person. That day, Gabon’s President Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba said to the WeLoveU, You are the protagonists who take responsibility of the future of Korea. Let us maintain a better relationship from now on.

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation is going to hold the 14th New Life Family Walkathon to Help Climate Refugees Around the Worldwith about 12,000 participants in the Olympic Park, Se

Phoenix-Based Personal Injury Attorneys Change Name to Alex & Associates


PHOENIX ARIZONA (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

Phoenix-based lawyer Andrew R. Alex proudly announced a change in his law firm name from ALEX & GAXIOLA P.C. to ALEX & ASSOCIATES P.C. effective September 1, 2012.

Alex & Associates Personal Injury trial attorneys have been serving the Phoenix-Scottsdale metropolitan area for over 27 years and have secured over $ 20 million in personal injury settlements from 2008 to present. Although a good settlement is preferable to a lawsuit, as experienced trial attorneys they are not reluctant to bring cases to trial to ensure fair compensation for their clients. Often the difference between a life of charity and a life of financial dignity is the caliber of your attorney.

Alex & Associates are proud to offer enhanced services as they diligently represent their clients. Personal injury practice areas include: tractor trailer [big rig] accidents, auto, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, pedestrian accidents, defective products, water accidents [e.g., boats, swimming pools], child injuries, head-neck and spinal cord injuries. Alex & Associates also provide representation in the areas of criminal defense, civil, healthcare and business law in the Arizona Administrative, Superior and Appellate courts.

Founding Partner, Andrew R. Alex began practicing law in Phoenix in 1973. Second in his class, Alex received his Juris Doctorate in Law in 1974 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and also a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

From 1974 -1979 Mr. Alex served as a deputy county attorney for Maricopa County, Arizona prosecuting 55 major felony cases. Mr. Alex was one of the first in Arizona to use a forensic hypnotist to identify a defendant and also initiated DUI and alcohol related prosecution standards prior to the enactment of current Arizona legislation.

Mr. Alex, a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, is actively involved in his community and regularly donates legal services for children, court-protected persons and the financially disadvantaged. Mr. Alex has, also served on local committees to maintain integrity of desert, water quality and environment.

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ABOUT ALEX & ASSOCIATES:

Alex & Associates Trial Attorneys have been serving the Phoenix-Scottsdale metropolitan area for over 27 years and have secured over $ 20 million in personal injury settlements from 2008 until present. Alex & Associates have several practice areas which include: tractor trailer [big rig] accidents, motorcycle and auto accidents, construction accidents, dog bite/attacks, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, defective products, swimming pool and water accidents [boats, etc. ], child injuries, head-neck and spinal cord injuries, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Cumulative Trauma, Electrical Injury and others. In Addition, they also provide aggressive, results-oriented representation in the areas of criminal defense, civil, health care and business law.







In the Spirit of Thanksgiving: Catholic Relief Services Offers Good NewsFor a Change


(PRWEB) November 20, 2012

In todays world, bad news about poverty, disease and disaster abounds. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Catholic Relief Services offers another perspective. Good NewsFor a Change highlights major strides in the fight against global poverty that are making a real difference in peoples lives.

This first annual report includes infographics that at a glance demonstrate the progress being made around the world, in part because of the generosity of the American people in the form of poverty-focused international humanitarian assistance as well as donations to private agencies like CRS. These infographics use metrics issued by widely recognized international agencies like the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNECSO and UNAIDS.

Too often, we focus on problems, said John Rivera, CRS Communications Director. We thought wed take a different approach. Drawing on our tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, with its focus on the Common Good and Integral Human Development, we decided we would emphasize both our grounding in the Gospel as well as our effective action for improving the lives of the people we serve. Hence, Good NewsFor a Change.

The infographics cover the gamut of humanitarian action:

Leading Houston Bankruptcy and Family Law Firm Busby & Lee Announces Name Change to Busby & Contreras

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) September 24, 2007

Houston Bankruptcy and Family Law Firm Busby & Lee, located in the Galleria area, recently announced a name change to Busby & Contreras. Ricardo Contreras, who is now a partner with the firm, shares the firm’s commitment to the community and their legal rights.

“I enjoy working here immensely,” said a smiling Contreras.

“I have a great staff and we all work very well together as a team. I look forward to growing with the firm, especially since we will open a new office soon,” Contreras added.

Contreras is a May 2005 graduate of South Texas College of Law and has been with the firm for nearly five years. During his tenure with the firm, he worked on a variety of cases, ranging from personal injury to criminal cases.

He currently represents clients in the bulk of the firm’s family law cases and heads the Family Law Section. Contreras works with a full support staff and will be the managing partner for the new Busby & Contreras office scheduled to open early next year.

“Rick is a great guy and we are great partners because we share the same goals and we work well together. He is an excellent attorney,” said partner Michael Busby, Jr.

Busby & Contreras is a full-service family law firm, which works on adoptions, Attorney General and child support cases, CPS cases, contempt actions, military divorces, modifications of visitation and custody orders, motions to terminate wage orders, paternity cases and protective/temporary restraining orders. They represent clients in Harris County and throughout the region. To learn more about the firm and its scope of service, visit http://www.busby-lee.com or call (713) 974-1151.

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We are Empowered: Alicia Keys Wants to Change the Way Women Think About HIV


Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) March 09, 2013

Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys has teamed up with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new public information campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. Being released in the lead-up to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), the ongoing EMPOWERED campaign includes targeted public service ads (PSAs) and community engagement opportunities.

Approximately 280,000 people living with HIV in the U.S. or about one in four are women. Women of color have been especially hard-hit, accounting for the large majority of new infections occurring among women in the U.S.

As a force in the global fight against AIDS, Keys has dedicated her work in philanthropy to help bring awareness to the urgency of HIV/AIDS. Now with the launch of EMPOWERED, she is once again highlighting the power of women as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV to change the course of this disease through every day actions.

When I became aware that women accounted for one in five new HIV infections occurring in the U.S. each year, it shook me to the core and I realized this is an issue we ALL need to pay attention to, said Alicia Keys. Whether HIV positive or negative, we all have the opportunity to educate ourselves and make a difference.

Most HIV infections among American women are a result of heterosexual transmission, and to a lesser extent sharing needles. There has been some recent encouraging news when it comes to women and HIV. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there was a significant 21 percent decrease in new HIV infections among women in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010. For progress to continue, experts caution efforts must be sustained. More information about women and HIV/AIDS is available from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Were thrilled to be partnering with Alicia Keys on this new Greater Than AIDS campaign to reach women about HIV, said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. As the backbone of so many families in this country, as well as a population affected by the disease, women are central to the fight against HIV.

The campaign promotes specific ways women are empowered in the face of HIV/AIDS:

Local Female Clinical Research Executive Receives Industry Distinction as an Innovator for Change


Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) April 11, 2013

Greater Gift Initiative, Inc., in conjunction with PMG Research, Inc., announced today that Jennifer Byrne, President and Founder of Greater Gift Initiative and President and CEO of PMG Research, has been recognized by CenterWatch as one of 20 Innovators Changing the Face of the Clinical Trials Industry. CenterWatch, a leading source of data and information analysis on clinical trials, marks its twentieth anniversary this year and is honoring forward-thinking individuals within the industry who share a commitment of developing and implementing new approaches to re-shape the drug development process.

Among her contributions is her vision and resulting foundation of Greater Gift Initiative, whose mission is to advance global health and highlight the greater good of clinical trial participation by gifting a vaccine to a child in need in honor of each clinical trial volunteer. On behalf of PMG Research, the Greater Gift Initiative has donated 18,700 vaccines through partnerships with the GAVI Alliance and Rotary Internationals End Polio Now campaign. The Greater Gift Initiative began under the PMG Research umbrella but is now a not-for-profit organization that expanded this year to include other research site networks.

Ms. Byrne, who would like to see vaccine donations an industry standard for honoring volunteers, is committed to elevating the role of the clinical trial process in support of this mission to advance global health and believes that its important to reinforce that what we do really is meaningful and does make a difference. Clinical trial participants are helping shape the healthcare of tomorrow by giving researchers the opportunity to gather information about the effectiveness of medications theyre trying to get to market. Without volunteers to participate in clinical trials, new medications cannot be developed and become available to the public. PMG Research is extremely grateful for the willingness of thousands of volunteers that have trusted us over the past 34 years and have made such an enormous impact on the quality of life we enjoy every day. Were applauding and recognizing our volunteers by passing on the good will to another person whose life may be saved by receiving the vaccination, said Ms. Byrne. In essence, participating in a trial with PMG Research allows for an opportunity to help future generations in more than one way.

Greater Gift Initiative and GAVI Alliance have been selected as a finalist in the Best Vaccine Partnership / Alliance category for the 6th annual Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards. PMG Research of Wilmington has been selected as a finalist in the Best Clinical Site & Trial Network category for its work with vaccine trials. Winners will be announced at the April 17th Awards Ceremony at World Vaccine Congress & Expo in Washington, DC.

About PMG Research, Inc.

PMG Research, Inc. is an Integrated Site Network (ISN) based in Winston-Salem, NC. The staff and physicians at PMG Research have contributed to the development of hundreds of medications, medical devices and vaccines. Our mission as an Integrated Site Network is to provide unparalleled service to our clinical trial partners. We commit to progress, integrity and excellence. http://www.pmg-research.com

About Greater Gift Initiative, Inc.

The Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. honors the clinical trial volunteers who make the advancement of medicine possible by giving one vaccine to one child each time one volunteer makes the important decision to participate in a clinical trial. http://www.GreaterGiftInitiative.org

About GAVI Alliance

GAVI is a public-private global health partnership committed to saving childrens lives and protecting peoples health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. Since 2000, GAVI has worked with developing countries to help vaccinate 370 million children and save more than 5.5 million lives. The GAVI Campaign 501 (c) (3) is a US public charity whose charitable mission includes supporting immunization programs in developing countries, including programs in support of the GAVI Alliance. http://www.gavialliance.org

About Rotary Internationals End Polio Now

Rotary International launched the global fight against polio in 1985 and since then has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion cases. Rotarys effort to rid the world of polio is 99% complete. When successful, this effort will represent only the second time mankind has ever completely eliminated a disease. http://www.rotary.org

About CenterWatch

Founded in 1994, CenterWatch is a trusted source and global destination for clinical trials information for both professionals and patients. Located in Boston, CenterWatch provides proprietary data and information analysis on clinical trials through a variety of newsletters, books, databases, and information services used by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, CROs, SMOs, and investigative sites involved in the management and conduct of clinical trials. http://www.centerwatch.com