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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


EFI Fiery Technology Powers Newest Konica Minolta Production Press, Exceeds Demanding Customer Requirements

Philadelphia, Pa. (Vocus) April 20, 2010

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, and EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Fiery

Crop Production Services of Pantego, NC Honored on Capitol Hill

Pantego, NC (PRWEB) July 15, 2011

Crop Production Services, Pantego, North Carolina, was honored as a Regional Environmental Respect Award winner for 2011, July 14 at a special ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Building. Winners were selected May 5 in Willoughby, Ohio.

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by CropLife

Chemical Company Reduces Hazardous Waste On Resin Production Line

Portage, MI (PRWEB) November 5, 2005

Resin and Polymer manufacturing demands tremendous finished product quality and consistency. Even slight impurities can cause significant problems later in the manufacturing process, not to mention the risks associated with the hazardous waste.

The plant manager at a U.S. chemical company–which produced resins for the construction industry–wanted to make improvements in their resin production line filtering systems to reduce their hazardous waste. Using filtration effectively means a finished product with consistent properties, which is free from contaminants and offers homogenous composition.

Chemical Company Example — Filtration process:

There were three separate filtering applications on the line: pre-pump straining, intermediate filtering, and finished product filtering. And, each filtering system generated a host of housekeeping, waste disposal and productivity issues.

A standard pump strainer installed between a process vessel and pump was being used to screen out large diameter particles before product entered the pump.

Cleaning the strainer was a messy job, and the cleaning process sometimes allowed large particulate to bypass the strainer and cause pump failure.

Further down the line, a cartridge filter screened out small particulate after a process tank discharge pump. Changing the fiber-mesh filter cartridges required halting production, and the used cartridges generated environmental and disposal costs.

Finished product filtering was handled by a dual housing bag filter that used two 300-micron, nylon bags. In addition to the hazardous waste generated when the bag filters were changed, product was being wasted when the product-gorged filter bags were removed.

The plant manager consulted with Ronningen-Petter about upgrading the facilities filtering processes. He was interested in the capability of the company’s DCF Self-Cleaning (Mechanically Cleaned) filter, and was especially attracted by the prospect of eliminating the messy housekeeping and disposal problems that the current pump strainer, cartridge filter, and dual bag filters generated.


The standard pump strainer was replaced with a Ronningen-Petter DCF-1600 filter. The cleaning cycle on DCF is automatically initiated when the differential pressure within the system reaches a predetermined point.

Now, with DCF in place, filtering is continuous and the pump is protected from the large particulate that previously threatened pump performance.

To eliminate the hazardous waste problems associated with disposal, the intermediate cartridge filter was replaced with a DCF-1600 equipped with the twin actuator option.

Resins are a unique filtering challenge and the twin actuators were designed for sticky, quick-drying liquids. With its robust dual drive mechanism, DCF with Twin Actuator option performs the difficult resin-filtering task flawlessly.

The standard Ronningen-Petter DCF Mechanically-Cleaned filter performs its self-cleaning action using a single pneumatic actuator to drive a patented cleaning disc up and down the filtering screen, scraping debris from the screen.

Collected debris is then automatically purged from the collection chamber at the bottom of the filter, without halting production.

The Ronningen-Petter DCF with Twin option performs the same function as the standard DCF but uses two actuators in place of one. This enables the unit to filter tough applications like viscous and/or sticky liquids, high shear materials, sugar-based liquids and quick-drying paints.

Resins are no problem for the DCF with Twin Actuator option.

Finished product filtering was also upgraded by installing a Ronningen-Petter

DCF-1600 in place of the bag filters for final cleaning before product is loaded

into tankers for shipment.


The upgrades made by installing Ronningen-Petter DCF Mechanically-Cleaned filters at pre-pump, intermediate and finished product filtering stages have provided tremendous improvements in overall resin processing productivity,

filtering quality, waste reduction and maintenance.

By automating the pre-pump filter cleaning process, filter screen cleaning is performed on demand, rather than when product flow becomes severely restricted.

In addition, DCF performs its cleaning cycle without halting production or leaving the pump exposed to contaminants. At the resin filtering or intermediate stage, DCF eliminated the hazardous waste challenges and messy filter changes required by cartridge filters.

DCF installed for finished product filtering eliminated many housekeeping issues. Contaminated bag filters are no longer being transported down the loading platform, because the DCF Mechanically-Cleaned filter drains at ground level.

The mess, time and cost of removing, transporting and disposing of the bag filters is gone forever. DCF has also provided the ability to reuse filter purges

in lower grade product, thereby reducing product loss and increasing product output.


The success of the Ronningen-Petter DCF Mechanically-Cleaned filter with Twin Actuator option in resin filtering has prompted the plant manager to specify the filter for all new filter installations at the plant.

Because of the proven performance of DCF at this site, three other company facilities have installed DCF 1600 filters for finished product filtering.

Application details:

Filter model: Ronningen-Petter DCF-1600 with Twin Actuator Option

Type of liquid: Resins used in the construction industry

Application: Intermediate filtering of resins

Temperature: 100

Despatch Industries Surpasses 1GW Solar Cell Production Capacity

Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A. (PRWEB) October 27, 2006

Despatch Industries, a leading supplier to the photovoltaic industry, announced today that the company has surpassed the 1GW benchmark in firing furnace production orders for solar cell manufacturing.

“Our customers continue to increase their manufacturing capacity by acquiring new 30MW production lines,” says Steve Oman, Director of International Sales. “The market has been very responsive to our line of 30MW firing furnaces. By the end of 2006, we will have shipped production capacity worldwide exceeding 1GW of production capacity. Despatch’s newly released integrated, in-line diffusion system, in conjunction with our firing and drying furnace lines provide a roadmap for our customers to achieve even higher cell efficiencies in the future.”

Despatch currently manufactures infrared dryers and firing furnaces and most recently announced the availability of the DCF Series, a new integrated, in-line diffusion system featuring a patent-pending in-line doper and an infrared diffusion furnace. Products in the Despatch infrared portfolio are consistently recognized for superior thermal processing control, improved cost of ownership, value-added feature sets and ease of maintenance. Since entering the photovoltaic market, Despatch has engineered and manufactured solar cell production equipment that improves and optimizes in-line solar cell manufacturing.

Despatch Industries is a leading worldwide provider of thermal processing and environmental simulation solutions. Founded in 1902, closely held Despatch Industries is a technology-driven company committed to satisfying customer needs through ground-breaking research and development. Despatch continues to rapidly expand its global presence in the photovoltaic, semiconductor and electronic markets by anticipating and reacting to customer needs and supplying premium, innovative products.

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