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Award Winning Best Seller ‘Street Fight in Iraq’ Honored in December’s ‘Soldier of Fortune Magazine’


Oceanside, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2007

Lt. Col. Neil Levin USMC, (Ret), CEO and Publisher, Leatherneck Publishing, Div. of Levin Publishing Group, LLC, today announced that Soldier of Fortune Magazine, the elite and definitive publication for the professional military, government, and commercial trooper, honors Leatherneck Publishing in their forthcoming December 2007 issue. It features significant excerpts from this best seller and award winning book. Says Robert K. Brown, Editor/Publisher of Soldier of Fortune, “‘Street Fight in Iraq’ chronicles and exposes what is really going on over there. I felt it necessary to bring this important resource to the attention of our 150,000 readers.” Established in 1975, Soldier of Fortune Magazine is the industry leader in military and protective services publications.

If you wonder what it’s like fighting with the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Forces in Iraq, you are in for a hair raising ride when you read Leatherneck Publishing’s latest book release by Gunnery Sergeant, now 1st Sgt Patrick Tracy. A seasoned 19-year Marine Corps Warrior of many battles, GySgt Tracy takes you second by second on heart pounding, breath stopping missions through the streets of Ramadi seeking out the terrorists who hide in the shadows of inhumanity. Around the next corner awaits a surprise ambush, a massive fire fight or a little child wired for your touch. GySgt Tracy is a master at describing each moment as he lived it. He recorded each event in his personal mission log over a seven month tour of duty in one of the hottest combat zones, Ramadi, Iraq.

“Street Fight in Iraq” relates with great candor the unvarnished realities of dealing with day to day combat in and around Ramadi. You will be shocked, fascinated, outraged and frustrated when you read about the fight for Democracy and Peace in Iraq. This book is about Marines who made the journey to combat and the unbelievable events that followed. Called, “down and dirty,” the language is harsh, the writing brutally honest and the message clear. This is a definite “must read” for military and civilians alike. This book is available directly from Leatherneck Publishing Online Bookstore,

“Our mission is to provide a venue to every military person, Marine, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard with a story to tell,” says Levin. “We have a commitment to not only publish, but to help each of our authors realize their potential to become the best. Also, we function as a marketing aggregator for independent self publishers to expand their distribution in the market place through our book distribution operations.”

To view a 6 minute video of the Leatherneck Publishing Story click on the following link: The Leatherneck Publishing Story

“Street Fight In Iraq” is published by Leatherneck Publishing located in Oceanside, CA This book is available directly from Leatherneck Publishing Online Bookstore, or your local bookstore. Dealer discounts offered through Charles Levy Home Entertainment Book Distribution and Baker &Taylor. Other recently published books, “An Angel Rode My Wing,” “A Corpsman’s Legacy” and “Of Ice and Steel” are also available.

Review copies are available to accredited media venues by calling (760) 978-4122. When requesting via e-mail, please provide your name, title, organization, address and phone number.

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Hand Washing Can Help Fight Against the Swine Flu


Ann Arbor, MI (Vocus) April 30, 2009

Concerns regarding a potential swine flu pandemic continue to surface internationally. New cases have been reported in at least ten U.S. states and eight countries. This includes a twenty-three month old toddler in Texas who died yesterday, the first reported fatality outside of Mexico.

“With increasing reports of the swine flu, hand washing is more important than ever,” said Cheryl Luptowski, NSF International Public Information Officer. “By teaching children proper hand washing practices, we can make a difference in preventing the spread of the flu and other serious illnesses.”

The influenza virus is often spread when a person comes in contact with something that has been contaminated with germs, such as peoples hands, doorknobs or countertops, and then touches their eyes, nose and mouth before washing their hands. In fact, an NSF International classroom study in 2005 found that commonly shared items, such as drinking fountains, desks and cafeteria trays typically have more germs than any other surface in a school.

“Our first line of defense against all viruses is hand washing,” said Rob Donofrio, Ph.D. Director of NSF’s Microbiology Laboratory. “Proper hand washing is one of the easiest things that we can all do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness, and our classroom study reinforces this.”

In another study conducted by NSF in 2006, 42 percent of teachers surveyed said it is more difficult to get their students to use soap when they wash their hands than it is to get them to do their homework, and 86 percent of teachers say that parents often send a sick child to school since he/she may be unable to stay at home alone.

With youth at risk, NSFs Scrub Club

Penn State Hosts International Conference to Help Police Fight Crime

University Park, PA (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

Budget cuts are plaguing police departments worldwide because of the global economic climate. Los Angeles, for example, has stopped hiring police officers and eliminated a new recruit class; Atlanta officials have hiked property taxes to end furloughs for police and firefighters, and in East St. Louis, Ill., a police officer commended at a City Council meeting for capturing a murder suspect was laid off the same day. What can police departments do? The 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing aims to provide strategies and tools to help police maximize their resources. The conference is planned for May 6-7, 2010, in Baltimore.

“The most important element for fighting crime today is information and how you use it,” said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. “Police departments need the best possible technology and information to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their communities.”

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy, Prince Edward Island, have created a partnership to educate and train law enforcement executive and command staff, government managers, research professionals, criminal justice professors and community leaders. This is the first in a series of international policing conferences that will be held in alternate years in the United States and Canada.

Edgar MacLeod, executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy, has been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He said, “The most pressing police challenge today is the increased accountability placed on police leaders and the increased pressure to provide effective and efficient public safety in our communities. Never before has the challenge been so great to deliver higher-level service without the corresponding resources.”

Peter Cuthbert, executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), said, “The CACP looks forward to partnering with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the Atlantic Police Academy to participate in this inaugural international conference. The focus on the challenges in policing and the identification of best practices and potential solutions in maximizing resources to improve efficiencies and reduce crime is essential and at an opportune time.”

Conference participants will have opportunities to learn how to do more with less, as well as about the latest knowledge and best practices for effective results-driven policing from police departments successfully using these methods to fight crime. The format for sessions will be similar to town hall meetings, where participants can ask questions of speakers. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the importance of obtaining and sharing information in policing, how to increase accountability and effectiveness, develop force multipliers, link strategies and tactics, and predict and plan for the future.

In addition, a select group of exhibitors will be invited to attend the conference and exhibit their products and services, DeStefano explained.

“The whole agenda of this conference is about how we use data to develop more vibrant partnerships for better policing and improved public safety,” MacLeod said.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online.

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. JASI is the sole provider of mandated basic training to Pennsylvania’s deputy sheriffs and has developed and administers the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute. For more information, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

Atlantic Police Academy (Atlantic Police Academy), a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

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Real Salt Lake Teams Up with Nothing But Nets to Fight Malaria


Washington, DC (Vocus) June 4, 2010

Major League Soccers (MLS) Real Salt Lake and the United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign are teaming up to raise awareness about malaria. As the winner of last years MLS Cup, the club will meet with President Obama on Friday, June 4. The club will host a workshop to engage D.C.-area children in the global fight against malariaa preventable and treatable disease that continues to kill nearly 1 million people each year.

Winning the MLS Cup was an incredible victory; we look forward to saying the same about malaria in 5 years, said Real Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell. To know that a child dies every 30 seconds from a preventable disease is hard to understand, but its easy to help. Were excited to be part of building the movement to end malaria.

MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccers community outreach initiative, has been connecting its teams, players, and fans to send nets and save lives through Nothing But Nets since 2007. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of supporters have helped Nothing But Nets raise more than $ 30 million to send more than 3 million life-saving bed nets to Africa.

As part of a country-wide bus tour to spread the buzz about saving lives by ending malaria, the Nothing But Nets Buzz Tour is working with MLS teams across the country to host in-stadium events to raise awareness about malaria in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup, which will be played in Africa for the first timewhere 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.

Long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of preventing the spread of the disease. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts three to five years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use.

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Associations NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $ 10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About MLS W.O.R.K.S.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at http://www.MLSsoccer.com/works

Media Contact:

Negin Janati, United Nations Foundation, (202) 378-7858; njanati (at) unfoundation (dot) org

Sean Dennison, Major League Soccer, (917) 658-4159; sean.dennison (at) mlsnet (dot) com

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Lutheran World Relief, The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod and United Nations Foundation Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight Malaria

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) June 30, 2011

Lutheran World Relief(LWR), The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS) and the United Nations (UN) Foundation announced on Monday an unprecedented partnership to mobilize Lutherans in the United States in the fight against malaria in Africa.

The campaign, called the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), aims to raise $ 45 million to contribute toward the global goal of eliminating malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, continues to devastate communities and perpetuate a cycle of poverty. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 million people die of malaria each year and every 45 seconds a child dies in Africa. In many communities where LWR and the LCMS work, extreme poverty creates conditions that allow malaria to take hold and spread with deadly consequence.

At a news conference held Monday at Detroits Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, leaders of the LMI partnership joined representatives from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), to announce the campaign and discuss the crucial role of churches and faith-based institutions in the effort to end malaria deaths.

Rev. John Nunes, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, opened the news conference. I am excited to be here today with the LMI partners, Nunes said. This is a day that has been years in the making, and for which millions around the world have been waiting.

Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod, spoke next. The Lutheran footprint for providing care and mercy to those suffering is enormous, Harrison said. For decades, we have been working with partners and fellow Lutherans at the end of the dirt road. Today, we are delighted to come alongside the LMI partners to take a huge bite out of this horrid disease.

Gloria Edwards, co-chair of the LMI National Campaign Cabinet, offered insights on her inspiration for becoming involved in the initiative. My husband and I believe in saying yes to the open doors God places before us, she said. We went to East Africa not long ago and saw a young woman in a malaria-induced coma. We also saw other young children who demonstrated how to use a bed net, and how to let their parents know when they are not feeling well so that they can be taken to the doctor. We are excited to be a part of helping more children and families know how to prevent malaria as well as what to do when they get sick with the disease.

In closing the news conference, Nicolas Demey, corporate partnerships officer with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said, It is an honor to work with LMI to help end malaria deaths in Africa. We have the tools and know what we need to do to end these needless deaths. We can do it.

Following Mondays news conference, Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation, added: Between 40 percent and 60 percent of health care in developing countries is provided by faith-based organizations, like our Lutheran partners, Calvin said. It is inspiring to see how the Lutheran community in the U.S. can help the UN reach families in rural villages on the other side of the world.

The news conference is available online at http://www.youtube.com/lutheranmalariavideo.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Lutheran World Relief is an international nonprofit organization that works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the worlds most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners around the world, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.

LWR is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS), individuals and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy, and social responsibility.

The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS)

The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1847, the church body, which ranks as one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. In addition, the LCMS owns and operates KFUO radio, two seminaries, and 10 colleges and universities. Its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America.

The LCMS has relationships and active mission work in some 88 countries around the world and, in the last five years, has awarded more than $ 35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans.

The United Nations Foundation (UN 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. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems. They build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UNs work for individual and global progress. The Foundations workfocused on select global problemsis 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.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund)

The Global Fund is a unique, public-private partnership and international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents an innovative approach to international health financing. The Global Funds model is based on the concepts of country ownership and performance-based funding, which means that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing on the condition that verifiable results are achieved.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the main financier of programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 21.7 billion for more than 600 programs in 150 countries (as of December 2010). The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.

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PC Pandora Monitoring Software Helps Parents Fight Cyberbullying in Their Homes


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 20, 2011

Last Friday, CBS aired a special episode of its 48-Hours Mystery series that focused on the national epidemic of cyberbullying. The special was the top-rated program in the 8PM hour, and averaged 4.73 million viewers. Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is urging parents to heed the message and take action against the heinous act.

Its time for parents everywhere to stand up, take action, and no longer tolerate this horrible epidemic, says Pandora Corp. co-founder, James Leasure. Bullying has always been around. But the digital bullying that takes place today is a completely different ballgame, compared to the schoolyard bullying of 20-30 years ago. Cyberbullying destroys lives.

In the special episode of 48-Hours Mystery, a middle school in North Providence, Rhode Island was prominently featured. An informal survey conducted by the assistant principal found that at least 90% of their middle school students have cell phones, laptops or home computers.

The extrapolated message in those numbers is that 90% of middle school students are online and communicating electronically, says Leasure. That means at least 90% of the students in middle school have a doorway open to cyberbullying, either as the victim or as the bully.

The special reveals that since the middle school administrators began engaging their students about bullying, the number of bullying victims coming forward and talking about the problems they are facing has more than doubled. But despite these statistics, several students in the special admit, without hesitation, that coming forward and telling on bullies often-times only makes the torment worse. Leasure says these statistics and soundbites from the mouths of students speak volumes about the problem:

This is a parenting issue as well as a kid issue. Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity; bullies are able to torment their victims behind a cloak of anonymity both online and insider their own home. It is great that schools are getting involved in the fight, as they should be; but cyberbullying will simply never stop until the parents of the bullies know what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it.

Pandora Corp. makes PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like a DVR for your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on your PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing both online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all Facebook and social network posts and chats, instant messenger conversations, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything. Leasure says having this knowledge and monitoring Internet activity is essential in the fight against cyberbullying.

Weve taken the strong position at Pandora Corp., and asserted the fact that parents should be just as concerned about having a bully in the house, as they would about a victim, he states. Signs of a victim are easier to spot, and your kids may be more willing to talk to you about it. But you can be certain that no bully is telling their parents how badly they are treating others online or at school.

Cyberbullying has made state legislators, school districts and even the federal government take notice. According to cyberbullying.org, 46 states have anti-bullying laws on the books; 34 of them have been updated to include electronic harassment. In addition, 44 states require schools to have specific policies for bullying.

Parents should know what laws are there to help them, in the event their child becomes a victim, Leasure explains. On the other hand, parents need to be proactive and make sure their child is not an aggressor in any way. Schools are updating policies, and legislators are updating and adding new laws that can make something your child thinks is just a joke into an incident that can remain with them for years. No one needs that just like no one needs bullying.

It is essential for all parents to monitor their childrens activity and behavior on the Internet, just as they would in real life, in order to help put an end to cyberbullying. Fortunately, tools like PC Pandora make it easy. For more information on PC Pandora, visit the website at http://pcpandora.com and like the and on PC Pandora Facebook page! If you missed the 48-Hours Mystery special episode on cyberbullying or wish to watch it again, CBS has made it available on their website.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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The Fight Against Cyberbullying Starts With Awareness At Home


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 06, 2011

According to a recent study from MTV and the Associated Press, more than half (56%) of our nations kids have experienced a form of digital abuse. This is up from the 50% reported in the 2009 digital abuse survey. Pandora Corp co-founder James Leasure says this statistic speaks volumes.

This single statistic should be a huge eye-opener for parents, he says. The data reveals a problem of epidemic proportions. It is essentially saying that in any given group of teens and young adults, more than half have been bullied online, which is tragic.

The new 2011 study asked 1,355 teens and young adults (ages 14-24) about their experience with cyberbullying and online harassment. In the study, 76% of those asked admit that digital abuse is a problem for their age group. However, Despite the increase in respondents experiencing online harassment from 2009, there was also an increase in the number of respondents that said they were likely to step in and try to stop someone they saw being mean online.

And yet, Leasure continues, for every child thats bullied, theres a tormentor hiding behind a closed door. The best way for parents to help end cyberbullying now is by monitoring their childs internet activity and online interactions not only to protect them, but also to make sure they are not aggressive or bullying others in any way.

Cyberbullying starts with anonymity on the Internet, but it succeeds through the ability to operate secretly in the home, he explains. Cyberbullying is not going to go away until the parents of the bullies know what their kids are doing online and step in to stop the aggressive behavior.

Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like DVR for the TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on a PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing both off and online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all instant messenger conversations, social network chats and posts, websites visited, search terms, keystrokes, and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything.

According to Leasure, PC Pandora can help end the cyberbullying epidemic by showing parents exactly what their kids are doing online, and how they are interacting with others. If a child is being bullied, the parents will have records and information they can use to help put an end to the situation before it gets worse. But the program will also work on the flip-side, when a parent has a bully in their house.

An attentive parent can easily notice the signs of a cyberbullying victim. Kids are also more likely to tell their parents when they are being harassed online, explains Leasure. But I can assure you that 100% of bullies do not tell their parents what they are doing to others online. The signs are much harder, near impossible, to spot. PC Pandora will show parents the truth so they can deal with the situation head-on, instead of reacting to unfortunate outcomes later.

For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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National Anti-Bullying Month Concludes; The Fight Continues


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 28, 2011

National organizations, law enforcement and school administrators focused their attention on bullying this month. Studies and statistics were revealed and discussed on a national level, while school districts and police departments hosted anti-bullying and Internet safety seminars in towns across America. But Pandora Corp co-founder Jamie Leasure is reminding parents the fight doesnt stop at the end of the month.

It is great to see the discussion taking place on a national level, says Leasure. And we have to keep talking about it from now on. Cyberbullying isnt going away, but with discussion comes awareness, and that is the critical first step in battling any societal problem.

One study that made headlines earlier this month was the MTV-AP poll that showed more than half (56%) of our nations kids have experienced a form of digital abuse. In the same study, 76% of respondents admit that digital abuse is a problem for their age group.

A second compelling study was conducted by CNNs Anderson Cooper 360 in a small suburban town on Long Island New York. This study also revealed a 56% statistic: the percentage of kids who reported being involved in bullying, either as a victim or an aggressor. Furthermore, 80% of the bullying incidents have gone un-reported because almost three-quarters of the respondents (74%) believe that telling an adult wont help matters.

Both of these studies confirm that there is a critical problem, states Leasure. Now its time for parents to take things one step further and start taking proactive measures by bringing the discussion to our kids, and by being fully aware of what they do online.

Leasure says the best way to do this is by simply monitoring their Internet activity. Pandora Corporations flagship computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, is one of the most valuable tools available to parents in the 21st century. Like a DVR for your computer, PC Pandora records all visual content through screen snapshots, which are viewable with DVD-like playback functions. This allows parents to see everything their child is doing online, which can even involve creating secret accounts to bully others online.

Cyberbullying starts with anonymity on the Internet, but it succeeds through the ability to operate secretly in the home, Leasure explains. Cyberbullying is not going to go away until the parents of the bullies know what their kids are doing online and step in to stop the aggressive behavior.

PC Pandora also records all activity through a series of text-based data logs and easy-to-read charts. In a quick 10-minute review, parents can see where their kids have been online, what they are saying and who they are talking to with nothing left unseen.

We want parents to talk to their kids and have an open discussion about bullying. That is absolutely essential, says Leasure. But at the same time we want parents to understand they must remain vigilant and know what their kids are doing online and how they are treating others.

Leasure cites Dr. Phils message as one that all parents must heed. During an AC 360 Town Hall on October 9th, Dr. Phil stated loud and clear:

If your child’s a bully, it’s your job to know your child is a bully. It’s your job to know that. It’s your job to intervene at that level as a parent. It’s your job to talk to the school Everybody keeps saying the parents just know what the kids tell them. If you’re a parent, it’s your job to observe your child and know what they’re doing Parents cannot just check out and say they didn’t tell me. They didn’t tell me. It’s your job to find out.

We couldnt agree more with this statement and its what we have been shouting for years, Leasure concludes. You can talk to your kids and have that open dialogue, but a child is still not going to tell you when they are victimizing someone. It is your job to find out on your own. And a tool like PC Pandora is the best way to find that out.

For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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Pandora Corp. To Parents: The Fight Against Cyberbullying Starts In The Home


Bronx, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2012

Two days after Christmas, 15-year-old Amanda Cummings from Staten Island New York threw herself in front of a bus while clutching a suicide note. According to the Staten Island Advance, family members say her suicide was her last resort after years of torment from her peers, which had evolved to bullying online. This was the second cyberbullying-related teen suicide in New York in just over three months. Pandora Corp., maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is urging parents to fight cyberbullying through awareness of Internet activity in their own homes.

According to a new poll conducted by global research company Ipsos for Reuters News, 12-percent of parents around the world say their children have experienced cyberbullying. One in four (24-percent) state they are aware of a child in their community who has experienced bullying online. Furthermore, 77-percent of parents around the world say cyberbullying needs special attention from parents and schools.

Says Pandora Corp co-founder James Leasure: At some level, almost everyone agrees – this is a topic that no parent can afford to ignore. We cannot sit back and wait until our child is a victim; we must take steps to prevent the bullying from occurring.

Now, in reaction to the two recent tragedies in New York, some legislators are going after cyberbullies. According to the Huffington Post, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D- Bronx/Westchester) said in a statement: This legislation will give prosecutors the tools they need to treat cyberbullying as the crime it is and also send a message that this type of reckless and potentially deadly behavior will not be tolerated.

The website also reports that Klein’s bill would update existing stalking and harassment laws to include cyberbullying. It would also allow certain types of cyberbullying to be prosecuted as hate crimes.

Legislation is a start states Leasure, but it only gives law enforcement and schools the ability to help victims after a bully is caught. The real key to ending this problem is by parents knowing how their kids are using their Internet connected devices and how they are treating others on the Internet.

The reality is that most parents know when their child is being victimized, says Leasure. What parents never find out, until it is too late, is that their child was actually the bully. It is your job as a 21st century parent to know what happens on the Internet from within your home. That includes who your child is talking to, how they are representing themselves and how they are treating others.

For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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Salesians Fight Recruitment of Child Solders in Sri Lanka, Give Child Soldiers Escape Route


COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (PRWEB) April 30, 2012

(MissionNewswire) Salesians are fighting the recruitment of child soldierseven girlsin Sri Lanka, and working to heal the wounds of those forced to take part in the countrys civil war.

Childhood should be a time of innocence and schooling, says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. But thats not the reality for youth in Sri Lanka being recruited to fight the countrys civil war. For these youth, its weapons and war rather than school books and play.

While the civil wars official end came in May 2009, the recruitment of child soldiers continues to rise according to Douglas Devanada, Minister for Tamil Social Services. He quotes reliable sources that say that the LTTE (the rebel group of the Tamil Tigers in the north of Sri Lanka) aims to recruit about 60,000 children in the north of the country.

The recruitment and use of child soldiers in the countrys civil war has gone on for years in Sri Lanka. Fewer children are attending school due both to fighting the war and the fear of falling into the hands of the rebel army on the way to school. Some children have limited defenses to resist recruitment efforts. Others faced with poverty, lack of education and few job prospects see little alternative to joining.

Child soldiers are used for various purposes in the civil war that has raged through the country for a little more than 20 years. While some are fighters, others act as scouts and guides and man checkpoints. Others run errands or cook and clean for the armed forces. Some of the most unfortunate are used as suicide bombers. Gender and age offer no protection against recruitment efforts. Some children have been as young as eight years old. And girls can face an even tougher time than their male peers.

Girls are used as soldiers in the same way as boys, but they also face gender-based violence. Reports of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and forced prostitution are all too common. In addition to the typical traumas of war, girls are subjected to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and social stigma making it difficult, if not impossible, to reintegrate back into their communities.

In the wake of this ongoing trauma, the Salesians continue their work with child soldiers in Sri Lanka. A rehabilitation center in Colombo, which was first opened to assist at risk street children and young victims of sexual abuse has in recent years worked with child soldiers providing therapy and job skills training. Subsequently, other Salesian Missions rehabilitation centers have opened throughout the country working to help more and more child soldiers reintegrate back into their communities and move forward with their lives.

In addition, the Salesians operate Mary Help of Christians House in Negombo, Sri Lanka, which is home to 173 girl soldiers. This rehabilitation center is run by Salesian Sisters who realized that these girls had no place to turn. In addition to offering the basics of food, clothing and shelter, the sisters focus on the physical and psychological health of the girls. Their dedication and support has enabled the girls to come a long way in the past few years. Nearly half of them are attending classes between the 6th and 8th grade levels, while several of the older girls are taking professional courses.

Physical wounds heal over time but the emotional and psychological wounds that both male and female child soldiers face can take a lifetime to heal. The emotional support, education and job placement provided by the Salesians plays a large role in helping youth come to terms with their circumstances and preparing them for a brighter future.

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ABOUT SALESIAN MISSIONS

Salesian Missions is headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, and is part of the Don Bosco Networka worldwide federation of Salesian NGOs. The mission of the U.S.-based nonprofit Catholic organization is to raise funds for international programs that serve youth and families in poor communities around the globe. The Salesian missionaries are made up of priests, brothers and sisters, as well as laypeopleall dedicated to caring for poor children throughout the world in more than 130 countries and helping young people become self-sufficient by learning a trade that will help them gain employment. To date, more than 3 million youth have received services funded by Salesian Missions. These services and programs are provided to children regardless of race or religion. For more information, go to SalesianMissions.org or MissionNewswire.org, the official news service of Salesian Missions.