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Blossom International Bookmark Art Benefit Auction on eBay Giving Works

Manasquan, NJ (PRWEB) May 8, 2007

If you’re interested in supporting cultural education for kids and would like to receive a one of a kind piece of artwork at the same time, Blossom International’s Bookmark Art benefit auctions are for you. Seventeen bookmarks created by children’s illustrators and authors have been crafted especially for the upcoming Ebay Giving Works benefit event scheduled to take place from May 15th to June 1st.

Children’s illustrators like R.W. Alley, illustrator of the new Paddington Bear books, and Toni DiTerlizzi, illustrator of G is for One Gzonk, created one of kind pieces just for this upcoming auction event. Each bookmark comes in a plastic, protective case and has a signed certificate of authenticity. The bookmarks are priceless but bidding will begin at the low price of $ 25.00.

Blossom International, a non-profit whose mission is to promote empathy and compassion through action, will use all proceeds from the online event to fund their Cultural Education 4 Kids program. They have teamed up with Ebay Giving Works, the charity section of the online auction giant Ebay, and Mission Fish, a service of the Points of Light Foundation, in order to offer worry and hassle free bidding to those interested in supporting the cause. All bidders will have to register with the online Ebay auction site prior to bidding.

Over 260 children have received Blossom International’s Cultural Education 4 Kids program to date with next year’s goal being to bring the program to over 500 children. The program targets school aged children in the kindergarten to third grade level. The students each get a copy of a book they will be reading and enjoy an art project and follow up discussion that further addresses the theme of the book.

The Cultural Education 4 Kids program offered the book Mud Soup by Judith Head this year. This allowed for many giggles in the classroom when the main character, Josh, thought that the soup he was being asked to try from his best friend Rosa was actually Mud. Next years book will be, the Caldecott Honor Book and recipient of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and will address racism and the important power of a child’s imagination.

Bidding starts Tuesday, May 15th at Noon EST on Ebay and ends on June 1st. Each bookmark will be up for auction for five days with new sets being placed up for auction in five day increments. On Friday May, 11th the schedule for the auctions will be available on Blossom International’s website at http://www.blossominternational.org with previews and a listing of all participating illustrators and authors available now. For more information about Blossom International or this event please contact Michele Rodriguez at 732-722-7240.


Maritime International Ltd. Launches The Legacy Trust, “My Legacy, My Way”; Combining Personal Values with Wealth Distribution

Mahe, Seychelles (PRWEB) October 17, 2007

Maritime International Ltd. (Milonline.com) has designed a new Trust product for those who wish to pass on their values and not just their assets. This trust structure allows clients to specify the distribution of trust assets to children and others, on the basis of meeting specified criteria.

Particularly as the lifespan of the global population continues to increase and many parents are having children much later in life, this new Legacy Trust is designed for clients who wish to provide parental guidance to their children, even after death. Parents can now have the final word, “My Legacy, My Way”.

According to Laura Mouck, Maritime International Ltd’s Director of Wealth Management “Sometimes the free and unfettered acquisition of wealth by children upon the demise of their parents, can have disastrous results. The newspapers are full of such examples.”

Specific incentives, however, can be included in the wealth distribution process, to increase the likelihood of children achieving goals and showing initiative, teaching them that hard work and personal achievement are the standards you want them to have.

The new “My Legacy, My Way” trust structure does not, for example simply provide funds for the children’s education. Instead, on the client’s instructions, it provides distributions depending upon the level of the children’s achievement in higher education, plus other criteria, in order to give them the incentive to excel.

In other cases, a client may wish to encourage hard work and entrepreneurial skills. They could then include an annual distribution from the trust equal to or double that of his or her earned income for the previous year.

If encouraging philanthropy and generosity to others is important to a client, each child could receive an annual distribution equal to or double the charitable contributions reported on their tax returns for the previous year.

Other like provisions can be added to the client’s Letter Of Wishes. It is only limited by the imagination of the individual and how he or she wants their legacy to live on.

Clients might also wish to restrict payments for what might be considered frivolous items; for example expensive sports cars, planes, parties or a ski chalet in the Alps. Laura Mouck, Maritime International Ltd’s Director of Wealth Management advises, “We have found that many clients do not wish their hard earned money frittered away, unnecessarily, in only one generation.”

Malcolm Nickerson, Managing Director of Maritime International Ltd says “It sounds complicated, but it is not. Maritime International Ltd works very closely with clients to advise them on how to structure their Trusts and ensure they understand that they can leave behind a Living Legacy”.

Mr. Nickerson continued, “It is just as crucial for people to determine what to do with their wealth, as it was deciding to save, accumulate and invest it. They can leave a real, lasting and useful legacy to their heirs. The choice is theirs. Even if parents are no longer physically there, they can still help shape the future of their children and instill the values that will ultimately guide them to becoming self sufficient independent individuals who can find their own successful path in life.”

Let your legacy live on. Let your conscience be their guide with a Legacy Trust – “My Legacy, My Way”.

Maritime International Ltd. (http://www.Milonline.com) is a corporate services and financial consulting firm with over 17 years of experience in the business, offering a variety of International Trust products and wealth management solutions.

For further information on the Legacy Trust and other Asset Protection structures offered by Maritime International Ltd., visit:

Legacy Trusts: http://www.milonline.com/trusts/legacy-trust.html

For a guide to setting up Asset Protection and Trust Structures, visit: http://www.milonline.com/trusts/asset-protection-trusts.html


Laura Mouck – Director of Wealth Management

Tel: +65-6-491-5329

Maritime International Ltd.



Travel Insured International Introduces New Travel Insurance Plans with Stronger Benefits, More Insurance Options

East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) April 29, 2008

Travel Insured International a leading provider of travel protection plans for travelers, has unveiled a new trio of travel insurance plans under the company’s popular Worldwide Trip Protector brand.

Worldwide Trip Protector, the signature brand of Travel Insured International now includes two plans redesigned with stronger benefits and more optional coverage choices than ever before. These include the company’s two popular comprehensive insurance plans, Worldwide Trip Protector and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold. A third plan, being launched for the first time, is Worldwide Trip Protector Lite and Lite Expanded, which is designed as basic yet flexible protection for families and budget conscious travelers.

New Upgrades and Options

Each of the three Worldwide Trip Protector plans offers a menu of included and optional features to help travelers select the right coverage to fit their travel insurance needs. Available benefits, depending on the plan selected, include Kids Are Free coverage, Cancel for Any Reason and Cancel for Work Reasons options (neither of these options is available in Texas, Washington State or Oregon), a new Sports Coverage option, ID Theft Recovery Assistance, Pet Care coverage, Missed Port of Call and School Year Extension protection.

Travelers can ask their travel agent to describe the plan that works best for their booking, or they can visit Travel Insured’s web site at http://www.travelinsured.com and ask questions using Live Chat. They can also speak to a friendly, knowledgeable Travel Insured customer care professional who can answer their questions at 1-800-243-3174.

All three Worldwide Trip Protector plans offer options to Cancel for Any Reason or Cancel for Work Reasons (neither option is available in Texas, Washington State or Oregon), as well as options for increased Emergency Medical Expense benefits including Medevac coverage, and Flight Accident Protection. Travelers on any of the plans may also opt for a Sports Coverage upgrade to protect prepaid sports activities, such as golf green fees and ski passes, and rented or owned sports equipment while on vacation.

Kids are Free and ID Theft Recovery

Worldwide Trip Protector, Travel Insured’s most popular comprehensive plan, is widely used by travelers booking land or cruise vacations in both the popular-priced and luxury markets. The updated Worldwide Trip Protector includes Kids Are Free coverage for children under 18 traveling with a related adult enrolled and traveling on the same policy.

Worldwide Trip Protector Gold offers the highest level of comprehensive travel insurance benefits for clients who seek enhanced coverage that protects the quality of their travel preferences. The Gold plan has higher Medical and Trip Delay limits and inclusive Car Rental Collision Damage Waiver. Both Worldwide Trip Protector and Trip Protector Gold feature an ID Theft Protection Service that works to resolve any compromised financial cards or documents for the insured client who is victimized by an ID theft event while traveling.

Worldwide Travel Concierge Services are an added benefit with Worldwide Trip Protector and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold. Along with several other destination support features, Concierge Services provide travelers with access to entertainment and sports event tickets, help with local directions, restaurant and hotel reservations, or locating translation services or guides.

New Lite and Lite Expanded Travel Insurance Plan

Worldwide Trip Protector Lite and Lite Expanded are two coverage levels available within one newly-created Travel Insured plan for budget-minded travelers. Customers start with broad Worldwide Trip Protector Lite basic coverage at our most affordable plan rates. They may upgrade to stronger inclusive benefits with Lite Expanded protection and select specific coverage options that match their trip type or individual travel protection needs. Kids are Free coverage is included for one child under 18 per related adult enrolled and traveling on the same Worldwide Trip Protector Lite or Lite Expanded policy

All Worldwide Trip Protector plans come with Travel Insured’s superior level of customer service and Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance, which is available 24/7 by a free phone call from anywhere insured customers are traveling and in need of help.

About Travel Insured International

Travel Insured delivers comprehensive travel protection benefits ranging from trip cancellation and trip interruption to emergency assistance and Medevac insurance, travel accident and sickness medical expense, accidental death and dismemberment, missed connection and baggage delay or loss.

The company’s travel insurance plans include its comprehensive Worldwide Trip Protector, the most popular travel protection plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, an enhanced travel insurance plan designed to protect luxury vacations and business trips. Travel Insured also offers two travel insurance plans designed to provide basic yet flexible protection for families and budget conscious travelers, its Worldwide Trip Protector Lite insurance plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Lite Expanded insurance plan. Finally they offer a Medical Protector insurance plan, an Airline Ticket Protector plan as well as a complete offering of Group Travel Insurance plans including Student Group insurance plans.

Visit Travel Insured’s web site at http://www.travelinsured.com or speak to a friendly, knowledgeable Travel Insured customer care professional at 1-800-243-3174.

Travel Insured International, based in East Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1993 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in New York, NY. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language.


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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Nanny Costs Rising Au Pair Care International Au Pairs Are an Affordable Solution

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) June 10, 2010

The New York State Senate passed a bill last week requiring more paid protection for its domestic workers, including nannies. The new bill could result in increases in the cost of child-care for families, unless a caregivers benefits already meet the new standards. Au Pair Care, a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families, already provides these benefits for its au pairs making it an affordable childcare alternative for New York families.

New York is the first state in the U.S. to pass legislation that provides domestic workers with basic labor protections. Known as the domestic workers bill of rights, the legislation guarantees protections such as paid holidays, sick days, vacation days and the right to overtime pay and collective bargaining. The bill would also require 14 days notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker.

At Au Pair Care we are focused on providing host families with quality, live-in childcare while at the same time ensuring a good experience for our au pairs, said Sarah McNamara, director of matching and new product at Au Pair Care. The person caring for your child has such an important job. At Au Pair Care we ensure that au pairs receive vacation, a weekly stipend, and medical benefits according to federal regulations governing U.S. Department of State au pair programs. This simplifies the burden on families and also provides peace of mind.

Au Pair Cares program offers affordable childcare at an equivalent of $ 7.50 per hour, plus room and board, which provides families full-time childcare with all program fees remaining the same, regardless of the number of children. Au pairs work flexible hours, up to 45 hours per week. In addition, they perform duties related to childcare such as meal preparation, laundry and cleaning up the play area.

Knowing I have set time off, insurance, sick days, and local support makes being an au pair easier, as I can focus all my attention on caring for my host child, said Anita Kuzmanoska from Macedonia, a New York-placed au pair with Au Pair Care.

About Au Pair Care

Au Pair Care (http://www.aupaircare.com) is a leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, Au Pair Care offers superior childcare to fit families unique needs. Au Pair Care has made more than 40,000 successful au pair placements across the U.S. Au Pair Care is a division of Intrax Cultural Exchange, a family of organizations devoted to cultivating international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 80 countries worldwide.


International Law Enforcement Leaders to Convene in Philadelphia

University Park, PA (PRWEB) February 28, 2011

Members of the law enforcement community are encouraged to attend this years 2011 International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Law Enforcement. Organizers of the conference said that, although delegate and exhibitioner registrations are ahead of last years pace, participants can still register for the critical law enforcement event.

The conference is filling up quickly because of the number of high profile presenters, such as Toronto Police Chief William Blair; Nola Joyce, Chief Administrative Officer of the Philadelphia Police Department; Chief Constable Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police Department; and, Glenn Walp, Retired Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, among others.

Leaders from all over the U.S. and Canada will present forward-thinking strategies and tactics for meeting the needs of their stakeholders in an ever-changing global society. The conference will be held April 28-29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penns Landing.

This is one of those rare opportunities where the law enforcement from the United States and Canada can get together, said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. Its a great chance for members of law enforcement from both countries to share their knowledge and learn from each other.

Conference attendees will learn how to better utilize their greatest resourcetheir officers. Departments can align their goals and motivations to ensure efficiency and productivity with the methods available at the conference. The content can be customized to suit the needs and demands of departments of any size.

Effective and progressive law enforcement training is an investment in the safety and well-being of police departments and the communities they serve. This conference will provide opportunities to network with law enforcement officials from national and international locations and gain new ideas and insight about procedures in both countries.

A variety of breakout sessions will tailor to departments specific needs. Attendees can choose from topics such as: how to procure more funding and resources, how to foster and maintain positive ties to the community, and how to foster cooperation with state and local municipalities.

All participants will receive digital copies of every presentation so they can further review and more effectively implement the strategies offered at the conference. There will also be several exhibitors on-site to present products and services to help operationalize what is learned at the conference.

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Atlantic Police Academy have continued their partnership after the success of the 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing. This international partnership seeks to facilitate collaboration between police executives and command staff, government managers, community leaders, educators and researchers through education and training.

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

Penn States Justice and Safety Institute(JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skillssomething it has been doing for more than 35 years. 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. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Penn State JASI is also partnering with the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern PA who will provide logistical support and MAGLOCLEN who will provide technical and equipment support.

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International Year of Sustainable Energy For All Gets Boost from Advocates and Energy Service Providers

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011

The United Nations Foundation and the inter-agency coordinating group UN-Energy, together with several leading service providers and advocates, today championed a UN effort to raise awareness about the critical importance of extending modern energy services to the billions who still lack them.

Worldwide some 2.7 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, and 1.4 billion have no access to electricity, with one billion more having access only to unreliable electricity networks.

More than a hundred business and investment leaders gathered today at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance roundtable on energy access and climate finance to discuss new ways to expand energys reach among the worlds poorest. The event is a critical forum to connect policy advocates and investors to outline the manner in which modern energy services can be provided, and the means needed to pay for them.

The years designation was established in a December 2010 UN General Assembly resolution and was endorsed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech to the World Energy Forum in Dubai earlier this year. During the year, a number of events will be held around the world to demonstrate both the need for and benefits from increasing access to energy. Throughout 2012, member states, with assistance from UN agencies, will create National Coordinating Committees to raise awareness about the issue and available solutions, and chart a course for reaching universal access by 2030 a goal set last year by the Secretary-Generals Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. Without electricity and fuel to power machinery and lighting there is little hope of achieving the health, education and environmental improvements set forth in the Millennium Development Goals.

The obstacles to energy access are not technical. We know how to build power systems, design modern cooking stoves and meet energy demand efficiently. What is missing is a global commitment to move energy access up the political and development agendas, declared Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization. The Year affords an unparalleled opportunity to focus attention and secure commitments from governments, private businesses, academia, civil society, international organizations and NGOs.

Energy is the oxygen of commerce and wealth creation; it is essential to economic development. Modern energy powered the industrial revolution and raised the productivity, living standards and wealth of countless millions. Developing countries need that same opportunity to improve their peoples lives, said United Nations Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth. The visibility of the Years activities will make a strategic contribution that programs and partnerships will depend on for eventual success.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance is pleased to be working with the United Nations Foundation and UN-Energy to push forward the Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which has been announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, said Michael Liebreich, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Providing energy to those who need it the most is a vital step to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and improving the living conditions of billions of people around the world. We are committed to supporting This Year and the goal of universal access to cheap, clean, safe energy.

The development stimulated by increased energy access will not only benefit those in developing countries, said Harry Verhaar, Senior Director, Energy and Climate Change, Phillips Lighting. This growing prosperity will also increase demand for modern products and services creating new markets for which we can all compete.”

Broader access to electricity and modern fuels is a means for women’s empowerment, access to education, health care, and prosperity and, through sustainable technologies, such as solar panels and clean and efficient cookstoves, lives are saved and our environment protected, said Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The Year will summon much-needed attention to the issue and set in motion the programs and commitments necessary to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030.

Energy access for the poor using sustainable energy solves two pressing problems – poverty and climate, explained Harish Hande, Managing Director of SELCO-India. 2012 being the Year of Sustainable Energy for All provides a perfect platform for corporates, government institutions, NGOs and individuals to make sure that the present 4 billion underserved poor in the world join the mainstream – resulting in a socially and environmentally sustainable world.

Many international humanitarian and development goals have yet to be reached, due in large part to a lack of access to electricity and modern fuels. In the developed world, energy’s essential role in life and commerce is made clear every time a storm knocks out power: no ability to heat, cool or light homes or businesses, cook or refrigerate. Once power is restored these worries are ancient history. But such conditions are the daily norm for billions in the developing world, where fuel to power agricultural machinery, irrigation systems and medical equipment is scarce and costly; goods and crops cannot reach beyond local markets; production and learning come to a halt when the sun sets; and life-saving vaccines cannot be adequately stored.

The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and the goal of reaching universal access to energy by 2030, are the result of consistent leadership from the Secretary General, and are based upon recommendations from a 2010 report of his Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.

For more information please visit: http://www.unfoundation.org/SEFA2012 or contact John Anthony at 202.277.2103 or via email at janthony(at)unfoundation(dot)org.

About the United Nations Foundation

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


John Anthony




Genecell International Opens office in the Dominican Republic; Launches Cord Blood Collection Services in the Country

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) September 23, 2011

GeneCell International, a trusted provider in the processing and preservation of umbilical cord blood, announced today the opening of its new offices in the Dominican Republics capital city, Santo Domingo. The company, with its corporate headquarters located in Miami, Florida, collects and stores umbilical cord blood, dental pulp and adipose tissue that can later be used to treat a variety of diseases and blood disorders. GeneCell hosted a launch cocktail-style event at Taboo Bamboo, a local restaurant in the heart of Santo Domingo, to celebrate the opening of the new offices.

The event was attended by more than 60 doctors and featured several keynote speakers. The evenings program was kicked-off with a special introduction by CEO of GeneCell International Eduardo Cortez, who welcomed guests and shared his excitement on the companys successful expansion into the Dominican Republic. Mr. Cortez also recognized special guests including Dr. Todd Flower, Laboratory Director of the Miami facility, and Dr. Adriana Lopez, Laboratory Director of the Venezuelan facility, as well as Dr. Albert Milc

Jill Jones-Soderman and The Family Resolution Center Launches Research Project Concerning Parental Alienation And International Child Abduction

Chester, NY (PRWEB) November 19, 2011

According to Jill Jones-Soderman, The Family Resolution Center (Center) and The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts (Foundation) will be joining forces to provide therapeutic advocacy, mediation, family therapy, intensive evaluation services to parents and children. These organizations will join forces with other credible resources to provide a safety network to provide services on an ongoing basis for families and children in crisis.

Crises may stem from high conflict interaction in the home including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and the threat of child abduction, or even protection of the child from the abuse of the parent protesting “failure to enforce parental rights” to the child. In addition, the Foundation and Center will jointly participate in a new study on the effects of international parental child abduction of children and their targeted parents.

Parental child abduction is often the last step in a crisis that has been building or is apparent as a possible tactic when one parent is either an extreme alienator or an extreme abuser, insistent on having their” own way” with the child and the parent whom is seen as an interference.

Child abduction can be a tool of parental alienation as well as a sadistic attack on the parent meant to be thwarted. It can also be an attempt at rescuing a child at especially grave risk where the authorities have made incorrect decisions. Risk and diagnostic assessment are critical especially when the span of geographical territory that can easily be traversed requires hands across the country to communicate, act, support the necessary tactics to be implemented.

Family therapy and evaluation services are meant to prevent crimes and abuse against children that result in court intervention.

Jill Jones-Soderman, Executive Director of the two Foundations noted has a career that spans nearly 40 years as a therapist, forensic advocate in court analysis and case navigation. She states that “the family courts across the country often attempt to promote fairness and parenting equality without having the refined tools of analytic evaluation or time to experience more than a snapshot view of family interaction, orchestrated by attorneys and other court actors. Too often children are placed from the hands of the protective parent into the hands of the abuser because of a lack of in depth understanding of character pathology, serious mental disorders and the dynamics which defines parental alienation or the little discussed phenomenon of the child alienator.”

Dr. Monty N. Weinstein of the Family therapy Center of New York and Georgia and the Director of the National Parents Rights Association commented on Jones-Soderman, “Dr. Jill Jones-Soderman has been a friend and colleague for a number of years. I consider her to be one of the most brilliant analysts and court forensic strategists I have ever known. She has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the confidentiality of her patients and an ability to stand up for client’s rights under the most egregious court situations; a loyal friend and ally, fierce adversary, she is a force with which to contend.”

Jones-Soderman states, “It takes considerable time and skill to tease out who really has the best interest of the child at heart. When one parent is willing to subject children to repeated police enforced visitation, disruption of home life, school, friendships, extra curricular activities to enforce their rights, where a child repeatedly resists visitation, jumping to the conclusion that the child has been influenced,or brain washed appears simplistic and banal. These issues are extremely complex and subject to sensitive scrutiny and individualized understanding and detailed explanation. Domestic violence, physical, emotional, sexual abuse of children is often not recognized by the courts as anything but the unrelenting false claims of a disgruntled parent. Credibility is established by the view held by the judge of the client’s lawyer and representation of the client. or by the words of the court appointed evaluator, who may have their own agenda – namely to please the court and keep the referrals coming.”

The Foundation and Center concentrate in part in cases that include in which parents in court recognize what a destructive process in which they are both engaged and are subjecting their children to and decide to stop the ravages, dismiss the case and proceed to either therapy or a mediated divorce and long term parenting plan. Jones-Soderman commented, “Though this scenario occasionally occurs, more often than not children are treated as if they were no more than chattel; possessions of the state or of one or both parents to be parceled out like a pound of cold cuts.”

Most representative of this phenomenon is the trend toward international parental abduction of children. The distinction between child abduction and a parent or child running from an abusive, destructive relationship must be carefully understood as mistakes in this area, easily made are lethal and occur far too frequently.

According to the recently released resource guide on international parental child abduciton titled ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ written by Carolyn Ann Vlk and Peter Thomas Senese, it is estimated that there will be over 3,000 ‘reported’ and ‘unreported’ abduction cases in 2011. Confronting the issues of parental alienation and abuse associated with the threat of parental child abduction or the act of parental child abduction are priorities of both the Foundation and the Center as parental child abduction is a severe form of child abuse. International parental child abduction is a crime in under federal and every state law.

Child Advocate and author Peter Thomas Senese added, “I have known the Foundation and the Center along with its key individuals, including Jill Jones-Soderman, to be extraordinarily committed to assisting children targeted for abuse in the face of parental alienation. Ms. Jones-Soderman is a leading analyst and champion of children’s rights, who acts with thoughtful and prudent determination. The Foundation and Center’s work in the area of international parental child abduction re-entry is well known.”

The Family Resolution Center, LLC and The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts have extensive experience in evaluating and working with parents and children in and out of courts across the country in long term treatment or ongoing mediation and parent coordinator services. Knowledge of reliable, stable resources, our partners in various aspects of work – whether it be for referrals to professionals in different parts of the country or reaching out to professionals who have specialized knowledge is an invaluable tool.

The goal of all services is to preserve confidentiality of all clients, to support

the integrity, individuality and goals of all individuals and to advocate for clients in court circumstances as necessary. Children must be seen hear, believed and protected as must be the best interests of all parties with benefits of fairness and most current knowledge and research available to guide practice.

For more information, please visit The Family Resolution Center or The Foundation For The Child Victims Of The Family Court.