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Acclaimed Producer Firdaus Kharas Fighting Malaria With Animation Campaign Initial production funding from the Canadian Red Cross

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 26, 2007

Firdaus Kharas, a multi-award winning animation producer and director, is pleased to announce the creation of animated Public Service Announcements to provide an educational tool for those trying to reduce malaria infections in Africa. Initial funding of $ 25,000 is being provided by the Canadian Red Cross to support the project.

“During my travels in Africa, I have been struck by the fact that more children die of malaria than any other disease. I want to support the efforts of organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, which help prevent malaria through massive free net distributions in Africa,” says Director and Producer Firdaus Kharas.

“My colleagues and I will create a series featuring two animated female mosquitoes that highlight the importance of using bed-nets and other educational messages to help prevent malaria in a fun and engaging way. Creating a series of world-class animated spots will provide an important tool that can be easily and widely used by broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, schools and others to educate vulnerable communities on how to protect themselves from malaria.”

Initially five spots will be created with a total of 30 spots planned, subject to funding. The series will be provided free-of-charge to any organization requesting to use them. A comprehensive website, http://www.bednets.ca, is being developed where copies of tapes and DVDs can be requested online. This campaign builds on the success of The Three Amigos, an animated HIV/AIDS prevention campaign supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with 20 spots in 41 languages currently in use in 72 countries.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Mr. Kharas on this important initiative to prevent malaria infections, which will greatly complement our existing malaria prevention campaigns,” says Paul Wharram, Interim Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. “The distribution of nets is most effective when accompanied with a strong public education component. This will be a great supporting tool for local Red Cross volunteers in Africa to use during the distributions.”

In Africa, one child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Each year, between 350 million and 500 million people are infected with malaria around the world. Even though malaria is preventable and treatable, it currently threatens over 40 per cent of the world’s population. The majority of deaths from malaria are young children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. There is no vaccine against malaria; the best defence is prevention.

Firdaus Kharas:

Firdaus Kharas has been publicly acknowledged as a “world renowned” director and producer of animation, film and television media. His current work focuses on creating various types of media to affect societal and individual behavioural change through mass communications. These media initiatives have a universal appeal in that they span many cultures and countries to better the human condition.

In the last three years, Mr. Kharas’ media work has garnered 60 international awards. These include the Peabody, CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Platinum Remi, Chris, Hugo, Golden Reel, Gold World Medal in New York and First Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Festival.

Mr. Kharas, who is Ottawa-based, owns and operates Chocolate Moose Media Inc. Further information can be found at http://www.kharas.ca. The Three Amigos HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme site is http://www.thethreeamigos.org.

The Canadian Red Cross:

The Canadian Red Cross works with Red Cross Societies in Africa to provide nets free-of-charge in some of the world’s most malaria-affected countries. Red Cross has delivered more than three million nets directly to families in Togo, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Niger, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar, thanks to the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency and Canadian donors.

Canadians wishing to support the Campaign Against Malaria are encouraged to donate online at http://www.malariabites.net, calling toll-free 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Campaign Against Malaria” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300; Ottawa, Ontario; K2P 2P2.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

For additional information and interviews, please contact:

Kita Szpak, KS Communications.

Tel: (1) 613-798-8333 or (1) 613-725-3063

Canadian Red Cross Media Line

1 (613) 740-1994

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Sheds Light on Medical Costs


Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) January 17, 2008

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is taking some of the mystery out of health care costs.

BCBSNC , the states largest health insurer, is publishing online the average prices it pays statewide for physician office visits, diagnostic procedures and screenings, prescription drugs, and disease treatments. The Health Cost Estimator, now available to members at bcbsnc.com, includes one of the most comprehensive listings of total average costs related to diseases and conditions of any health insurance plan. Along with its effort to promote health cost clarity for its members, BCBSNC supports initiatives to increase the quality, safety and effectiveness of health care.

Our Health Cost Estimator will give our customers a much clearer idea of where their health care dollar goes because the prices we pay translate to the premiums that customers pay, said BCBSNC President and CEO Bob Greczyn. Consumers are paying an increasing share of health care costs, but until now theyve had little way of knowing what medical services actually cost.

The Health Cost Estimator includes:

UK Proud to Protect Young Refugees, Says Red Cross Report


London UK (PRWEB) June 15, 2008

New research published today shows two thirds of people living in Britain are proud the UK provides a safe haven for refugee children fleeing persecution, but there remains widespread confusion about the issue of asylum, with many people grossly exaggerating the numbers of asylum seekers residing in the UK.

The research revealed 18 per cent of respondents believed the UK hosts more than half of the world’s asylum seekers – in fact the figure is less than 3 per cent of the 9.9 million refugees in the world (about 302,000 people), according to UNHCR statistics.

The ICM poll was commissioned by the British Red Cross to explore people’s perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers in the run-up to Refugee Week 2008, which this year takes places from the 16-22 June.

In 2006, 3,245 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children aged 17 or under claimed asylum in the UK, with the majority of them coming from Afghanistan (30%), Iran (10%), Eritrea (10%) and Somalia (8%). Reasons included the death of their parents, detention and torture, forced recruitment as child soldiers, persecution due to ethnic group, or the political activities of their family.

The Red Cross supports refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children to adjust to life in this country, make friends and access essential services such as health care and education. The Red Cross can even put young people back in touch with lost family members through its international tracing and message service.

Charles (17), originally from Cameroon, sought refuge in the UK just over a year ago. He said: “My mum and dad were both killed because of their involvement in politics. I went to live with my uncle, but our lawyer told me it was no longer safe to stay”. Alone in Manchester, he found out about a Red Cross peer education project, which helped him make friends and provided training in peer befriending and first aid. Charles now teaches first aid to other young people and is studying law at City College Manchester.

To mark Refugee Week 2008, the British Red Cross is launching a UK-wide social networking campaign supported by actor Dougray Scott. The campaign will give young refugees and asylum seekers like Charles a platform to tell their story through video diaries, which will be showcased through sites such as Facebook, Bebo and YouTube, as well as the British Red Cross Refugee Week website.

Dougray explains: “Young people – including children who may have arrived in Britain alone and without their family – can be particularly vulnerable. Some have experienced violence and trauma and need extra support. The Red Cross helps them access essential services and find their way around.”

British Red Cross staff and volunteers throughout the UK will be taking part in Refugee Week by holding events and activities, from comedy nights to workshops in schools.

Nick-Scott Flynn, head of British Red Cross refugee services, said: “The Red Cross Movement protects people fleeing conflict throughout the world and that includes those who arrive in the UK. Refugees make an enormous contribution to the UK, socially, culturally and economically, and Refugee Week is a chance to celebrate that fact.”

Notes to editors

The research results show many people significantly overestimate the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Only 11% of those surveyed got the correct figure of 3%, whilst 18% of people asked thought the UK was home to over 50% of the world’s population of asylum seekers. Despite this, two thirds of people in the UK (66%) say they are proud that the UK provides a safe haven for young refugees fleeing persecution.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 2,068 adults aged 18+ by telephone between 21st -25th May 2008. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at the ICM website.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events to celebrate the positive contribution refugees make to the UK and encourage a better understanding between communities. This year, it takes place between 16 – 22 June.

The Red Cross believes that young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children should be treated as children first and migrants second, and therefore deserve the same respect, consideration and rights as all other young people.

The video diaries are by young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16-24 from Somalia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Ivory Coast and Cameroon and can be viewed at the British Red Cross Refugee Week website

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

Case studies and photos are available, and interviews can be arranged on request.

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ReputationShare: The World’s First Cross Internet Reputation Service

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 26, 2009

LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc. a leading provider of online safety services, announces ReputationShare, the first universal reputation service for users of online social environments and e-commerce sites.

ReputationShare uses the power of collective learning to help online sites know the reputation of their customers. Web Sites report good and bad information about users and can use that collective knowledge to choose which users to register and reward, and who to restrict and watch. ReputationShare protects users’ privacy. It never receives or stores any users’ personally identifiable information.

“Frankly, ReputationShare has the potential to change the entire Internet. What’s key here is the ability to respond before problems start, and also to immediately recognize and respect visitors that travel with great reputations.” – David Perry, Video Game Industry Veteran.

Until now, it has been impossible to know if a new user came with an excellent online history, or had a history of spreading abuse on the sites they use. That has changed.

Shared knowledge significantly reduces each company’s cost of vigilance, moderation and administration as they participate in an industry-wide best practice for behavioral moderation.

ReputationShare also provides individual users with the reputation information about potential online contacts, enabling them to decide for themselves if they want to interact with people with poor online reputations, or only with those that have a sterling reputation.

ReputationShare charges no fees for score data. Partners only pay support fees tiered according to traffic volume, making it affordable for all Internet businesses. More information about ReputationShare is available at http://www.reputationshare.com.

About LOOKBOTHWAYS, INC.

ReputationShare is a product of LOOKBOTHWAYS, Inc., founded in 2006 by Linda Criddle, former child safety advisor at Microsoft and internationally known online safety expert. The company offers educational curriculum, an interactive community web site (http://www.ilookbothways.com), books, and consulting in the human factor of online safety.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Promotes Free Text Messaging Initiative to Support Health and Wellness of New Mothers and their Babies


Boston, MA (Vocus) July 12, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced its support for text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or babys date of birth on topics ranging from health care access and immunization, to oral health and car seat safety.

According to an article in the New York Daily News, 19.3 million moms are text messaging, said Bryce Williams, director of Health and Wellness at BCBSMA. Its not surprising so many on-the-go moms are looking to communicate and get information quickly and easily on their phones. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is looking forward to working with text4baby to deliver helpful information to these busy moms.

Text4baby pregnancy and infant messages were developed by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in collaboration with federal partners, physicians and nurses and national medical organizations. Once registered, moms will receive three text messages a week until the babys first birthday such as:

A seat belt protects you and your baby. Shoulder belt goes between your breasts & lap strap goes under your belly (not on or above). Wear it every time.
Its normal for new moms to feel tired or overwhelmed. But if youre crying a lot or feeling anxious or hopeless, please call 800-944-4773 for help.
Keeping your babys mouth clean is important even before he/she has teeth! Wipe gums each day with a wet washcloth or use a soft baby toothbrush.

More Online Tools for BCBSMA Moms:

Moms can learn more about text4baby by visiting BCBSMAs Living Healthy Babies website, another resource dedicated to BCBSMA members who are pregnant or thinking about conceiving. The site offers tools and information covering everything from preconception and pregnancy to cognitive development during the baby’s first year. The program also offers members access to BCBSMAs 24-hour Blue Care Line (1-888-247-BLUE), where they can ask a registered nurse health questions and receive advice on caring for themselves or their baby at home.

BCBSMA also recently launched the Maternity Screening Pilot, an employer initiative that identifies members with high-risk pregnancies based on factors such as age, medical and behavioral health status. Members who elect to participate work closely with registered nurses in BCBSMAs case management program to improve the health and wellbeing of themselves and the baby during their pregnancy.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts support for text4baby demonstrates their commitment to the health and wellness of moms and their babies, said Judy Meehan, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. Now more moms in Massachusetts will benefit from receiving free text messages that will help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (http://www.bluecrossma.com) was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members, 2.5 million in Massachusetts. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

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Amazon Exclusive E-book “Cloning Christ” By Best-selling Author Peter Thomas Senese Asks Question, “What Would You Do If You Discovered True Cross Of Jesus?”


Los Angeles (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

In an exclusive offer that benefits children targeted for international child abduction, Peter Thomas Senese’s thrilling theological thriller Cloning Christ, is now available in e-book on Amazon for Kindle readers. CLONING CHRIST author Peter Thomas Senese’s electrifying best-selling theological thriller evolves around the challenge of science and faith, commencing with a genomic scientiest’s discovery of what appears to be the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth. Mr. Senese, a highly respected child advocate is donating 100% of his e-book royalties to the I CARE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting children who have been internationally abducted. Over the past month, the I CARE Foundation has reunited 4 abducted children with their families while also continuing to build the Department of State’s ‘Hague Convention Attorney Network’ – a pro bono network of lawyers willing to assist the families of abducted children.

Peter Thomas Senese’s theological thrill ride, darting from Israel through Europe to the United States, focuses on Dr. Max Train, a leading genetic scientist from Syracuse, New York. Max was once a devout believer in God, but now lives a faithless life following the brutal slaying of his beloved wife and four year old autistic daughter twelve years ago.

After the widely publicized trial during which Max is rightfully found innocent of his family’s murder pinned on him by corrupt dark forces, Max vacations in Israel. During an earthquake outside of Jerusalem, he discovers what appears to be the True Cross Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on nearly two thousand years ago.

Max may hold the fate of Mankind in his hands. If this is the True Cross and Christ was cloned from the remaining blood stains and hair remnants on the cross, would government and religion become obsolete upon His Second Coming? If the blood stains and hair are those of Jesus, then what does this say about the long held belief Christ rose whole and entire upon his resurrection? Where would the battle lines be drawn between the advances in science and the beliefs of religion? What effect would this knowledge have on one’s faith and beliefs? Soon after, and in the hallowed halls of the Vatican a righteous Cardinal, Anselm Mugant, hears of the discovery in Jerusalem. Without the Pope’s knowledge and in clear opposition to all Catholic teaching, the wayward prelate will stop at nothing – even murder – in his bid to prevent human cloning from taking place, including his misconceived belief Max Train has intent to clone the possible body of Christ.

Mugant soon enlists the services of the internationally rumored assassin known simply as The Scorpion to track down Max and silence him with death. The Scorpion, a onetime penitent of the Cardinal, is a force of pure evil and who challenges life. He forces this same challenge onto Max as he casts a deadly shadow over his praised soul and every move he makes.

Adding intricate subterfuge to the plot is the existence of Mugant’s “Fifth Crusade”, five international industrialists with great power and reach devout in the Cardinal’s perspective on human genetic science, and controlled by Mugant’s knowledge of their deepest secrets. Together, Mugant launches an all-out attack to find the ancient artifacts in Train’s possession, and prevent the genetic scientist from doing the unthinkable in his eyes – announcing to the world a cross containing bodily remnants could indeed by the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth – and clone the body of Christ!

Cloning Christ spins a tangled and intricate web of deceit, blackmail, violence, loss, faith, forgiveness, truth and acceptance in a story that questions the right to clone, while responding to the needs and harsh realities of life as we know it. Cloning Christ is the story of life and the sacredness of it, as shared in the novel that leaves you racing to turn the page.

Top Amazon book critic Harriett Klausner commented, “Fans will relish this thriller. The tale is loaded with action yet uses the characters as symbols of mankind similar to a medieval passion play like Everyman. The cast represents the faithful, the disbelievers, the dividers (torn between science and religion) or the selfish. “Cloning Christ” brings the debate of religion vs. science to the forefront in an exciting manner that focuses on the sacredness of life.”

Mr. Senese commented, “Cloning Christ is an absolute theological thriller that takes the reader directly to the question, ‘How would you clone Jesus of Nazareth – The Christ’? In my interpretation of that question, my answer is to follow His teachings – and that is to act best I can in kindness towards others while also being mindful not to be taken adavantage of in such acts. Still … writing and creating this story was at times joyful because it allowed me to think about many issues that brought me closer to my own faith. I am very pleased to know that years after its initial release, and with some very interesting things on the horizon for this story, readers everywhere will have access to this thoughtful and provocative story via e-book.”

Peter Thomas Senese is a storyteller focusing on messages in all formats that bespeak global connectivity. He is actively involved in supporting issues that impact the lives of children, including demonstrative support to keep our nation’s public libraries properly funded and open seven days a week; and, actively engaged in numerous and extensive activities surrounding international child abduction prevention; and, actively advocating for new legislation that will protect children and others from malicious online impersonation.

100% of the author’s royalties earned from e-book sales of Cloning Christ will be donated to the I CARE Foundation.

Mr. Senese’s other noteworthy novels include The Den of the Assassin, and, Chasing The Cyclone. For more information on Peter Thomas Senese, please visit the official website of Peter Thomas Senese to read more about Peter’s writing and advocacy work.

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“Cloning Christ” By Best-Selling Author Peter Thomas Senese Exclusive E-book On Amazon- New Theological Thriller Asks, What Would You Do If You Found True Cross of Jesus?


(PRWEB) February 16, 2012

In an exclusive offer that benefits children targeted for international child abduction, Peter Thomas Senese’s thrilling theological thriller Cloning Christ, is now available in e-book on Amazon for Kindle readers. CLONING CHRIST author Peter Thomas Senese’s electrifying best-selling theological thriller evolves around the challenge of science and faith, commencing with a genomic scientiest’s discovery of what appears to be the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth. Mr. Senese, a highly respected child advocate is donating 100% of his e-book royalties to the I CARE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting children who have been internationally abducted. Over the past month, the I CARE Foundation has reunited 4 abducted children with their families while also continuing to build the Department of State’s ‘Hague Convention Attorney Network’ – a pro bono network of lawyers willing to assist the families of abducted children.

Peter Thomas Senese’s theological thrill ride, darting from Israel through Europe to the United States, focuses on Dr. Max Train, a leading genetic scientist from Syracuse, New York. Max was once a devout believer in God, but now lives a faithless life following the brutal slaying of his beloved wife and four year old autistic daughter twelve years ago.

After the widely publicized trial during which Max is rightfully found innocent of his family’s murder pinned on him by corrupt dark forces, Max vacations in Israel. During an earthquake outside of Jerusalem, he discovers what appears to be the True Cross Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on nearly two thousand years ago.

Max may hold the fate of Mankind in his hands. If this is the True Cross and Christ was cloned from the remaining blood stains and hair remnants on the cross, would government and religion become obsolete upon His Second Coming? If the blood stains and hair are those of Jesus, then what does this say about the long held belief Christ rose whole and entire upon his resurrection? Where would the battle lines be drawn between the advances in science and the beliefs of religion? What effect would this knowledge have on one’s faith and beliefs? Soon after, and in the hallowed halls of the Vatican a righteous Cardinal, Anselm Mugant, hears of the discovery in Jerusalem. Without the Pope’s knowledge and in clear opposition to all Catholic teaching, the wayward prelate will stop at nothing – even murder – in his bid to prevent human cloning from taking place, including his misconceived belief Max Train has intent to clone the possible body of Christ.

Mugant soon enlists the services of the internationally rumored assassin known simply as The Scorpion to track down Max and silence him with death. The Scorpion, a onetime penitent of the Cardinal, is a force of pure evil and who challenges life. He forces this same challenge onto Max as he casts a deadly shadow over his praised soul and every move he makes.

Adding intricate subterfuge to the plot is the existence of Mugant’s “Fifth Crusade”, five international industrialists with great power and reach devout in the Cardinal’s perspective on human genetic science, and controlled by Mugant’s knowledge of their deepest secrets. Together, Mugant launches an all-out attack to find the ancient artifacts in Train’s possession, and prevent the genetic scientist from doing the unthinkable in his eyes – announcing to the world a cross containing bodily remnants could indeed by the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth – and clone the body of Christ!

Cloning Christ spins a tangled and intricate web of deceit, blackmail, violence, loss, faith, forgiveness, truth and acceptance in a story that questions the right to clone, while responding to the needs and harsh realities of life as we know it. Cloning Christ is the story of life and the sacredness of it, as shared in the novel that leaves you racing to turn the page.

Top Amazon book critic Harriett Klausner commented, “Fans will relish this thriller. The tale is loaded with action yet uses the characters as symbols of mankind similar to a medieval passion play like Everyman. The cast represents the faithful, the disbelievers, the dividers (torn between science and religion) or the selfish. “Cloning Christ” brings the debate of religion vs. science to the forefront in an exciting manner that focuses on the sacredness of life.”

Mr. Senese commented, “Cloning Christ is an absolute theological thriller that takes the reader directly to the question, ‘How would you clone Jesus of Nazareth – The Christ’? In my interpretation of that question, my answer is to follow His teachings – and that is to act best I can in kindness towards others while also being mindful not to be taken adavantage of in such acts. Still … writing and creating this story was at times joyful because it allowed me to think about many issues that brought me closer to my own faith. I am very pleased to know that years after its initial release, and with some very interesting things on the horizon for this story, readers everywhere will have access to this thoughtful and provocative story via e-book.”

Peter Thomas Senese is a storyteller focusing on messages in all formats that bespeak global connectivity. He is actively involved in supporting issues that impact the lives of children, including demonstrative support to keep our nation’s public libraries properly funded and open seven days a week; and, actively engaged in numerous and extensive activities surrounding international child abduction prevention; and, actively advocating for new legislation that will protect children and others from malicious online impersonation.

100% of the author’s royalties earned from e-book sales of Cloning Christ will be donated to the I CARE Foundation.

Mr. Senese’s other noteworthy novels include The Den of the Assassin, and, Chasing The Cyclone. For more information on Peter Thomas Senese, please visit the official website of Peter Thomas Senese to read more about Peter’s writing and advocacy work.

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