Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 15, 2007
World Vision commends the U.S. State Departments continued efforts to identify and combat human trafficking throughout the world through the recent release of the seventh annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).
The TIP report is a vital instrument in the U.S. governments commitment to develop policies that fight human trafficking, highlight progress on the issue and encourage foreign governments to take effective action. This report must be matched by sufficient political will to hold all nations accountable for human trafficking violations.
Otherwise, the TIP Report risks becoming a mere footnote in the fight to end modern-day slavery, said Joseph Mettimano, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization focused on helping children and their communities worldwide.
This years report also recognizes the 200th anniversary of the British Parliaments abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Still, slavery continues in todays world. World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is among those working around the globe to stop the trade in human lives.
Human trafficking is the unwilling transport of human beings across borders. It takes many forms, such as commercial sexual exploitation, child soldiering, debt bondage, servitude on the high seas, involuntary domestic labor and brokered marriages. Each year, as many as 800,000 people are transported from one country to another to be used in the commercial sex trade, forced labor or domestic service. Eight out of 10 of those are women and girls. An estimated two million children are enslaved in the global sex trade.
The reports tier rankings include countries that have violations involving both sex trafficking and trafficking child soldiers. The recently introduced Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007 (CSPA) is intended to curb use of child soldiers, in concert with State Department reporting on violations. U.S. lawmakers must pass this legislation to prohibit taxpayer dollars from aiding militaries that victimize children by using them as soldiers and sex slaves.
Passing the Child Soldiers Prevention Act is one such step the U.S. government must implement as they hold other nations accountable for their efforts to address all forms of modern day slavery, says Mettimano.
World Vision has responded to the sex trafficking problem by protecting the vulnerable through education, aftercare and alternative livelihoods. One such program is a Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where hundreds of girls have recovered from their abuse. In its first nine years, the program has served 650 girls ages eight to 18, and successfully reintegrated 520 with their families or communities, or arranged foster or small group homes.
World Vision also helps U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field attachés identify Americans who abuse children in other countries and gather information that could lead to their prosecution and conviction. In addition, World Vision collaborates with destination-country law enforcement and government agencies dedicated to protecting children, to develop more efficient reporting and investigation procedures.
For additional information, please visit http://www.seekjustice.org
(PRWEB) September 20, 2007
Parents are relying too heavily on their children doing as they are asked to keep them safe online according to new research from UK broadband comparison service BroadbandChoices.co.uk.
84 per cent of parents polled across the UK said that they rate verbal agreement with their children on safe Internet usage as their number one means of monitoring online activity. This comes in the wake of a worrying Government report that one in four children has put themselves in potential danger by secretly meeting strangers they have contacted online1.
Michael Phillips, product director of BroadbandChoices.co.uk, said: “It’s surprising that so many people rely heavily on their child doing what they ask – it just isn’t going to happen in most cases and the Government’s research proves this.
“However, there are a few simple steps parents can take to bolster protection for their child when online. Rather than relying on a single approach, they should use parental control and security software, combined with education, to stop inappropriate material – and people – reaching their child.”
Our research shows that the top four ways parents monitor their child’s online activity are:
1. A verbal agreement to use the Internet safely (84 per cent)
2. The use of parental control software such as McAfee and Norton (63 per cent)
3. Restricting the amount of time children spend online (62 per cent)
4. Manually checking the computer to see what they have been doing online (59 per cent)
This represents a three-fold increase on a similar study carried out two years ago.
Behind their parents’ backs
The poll also asked children aged 11-16 what they had actually been doing online during the school holidays. The top three activities were:
1. Downloading music and photos (48 per cent)
2. Joining in with chat rooms and making new friends online (45 per cent)
3. Using social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook (40 per cent)
“The wide availability of the Internet has made ‘stranger danger’ omnipresent. Parents need to be made more aware of the simple checks that they could put in place to safeguard their children who are increasingly using the Internet to build new relationships.
“As well as the possible safety threats posed by the Internet, your child’s online activities could land you a bigger bill at the end of the month. With 48 per cent of children regularly downloading from the Internet, usage allowances could easily be exceeded and parents could find themselves out of pocket at the end of the month if they aren’t able to monitor it,” concluded Phillips.
BroadbandChoices.co.uk’s top five tips for protecting your children online
1. Parental control software: Some ISPs like AOL and BT offer parental controls as part of their service, while other users can get them with their antivirus and security suites. Parental controls allow you to block certain sites and keywords, apply different settings for different age groups and monitor your child’s online activity. You can also use the Messenger Plus! program to keep a log of conversations they might be having using Instant Messenger.
2. Education: Completely banning older children from the Internet is unlikely to stop them from using chatrooms and social networking sites, so instead, explain why they need to be careful on the Internet and make sure they know never to give out personal information or meet strangers without an adult around.
3. All on one PC: Keeping the family computer in the living room is a great way of ensuring that your children stay safe online. They’re far less likely to spend time in chatrooms or downloading illegally if their parents are in the same room. Also, make sure that you’re set as the administrator on any PC in the home, so that only you can change the settings on your parental control software.
4. Antivirus and firewall software: Using security software to protect your PC will also protect your child from spam emails with inappropriate content, and phishing emails where they could give out personal information including bank details.
5. Monitor downloads: If you’re concerned about the affect your children’s downloading is having on your monthly usage allowance, use a Broadband Download Monitor such as ours to keep an eye on downloads and set alarms to alert you when you near your limit.
BroadbandChoices.co.uk’s download monitor can be accessed at http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/broadband-download-monitor.html
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Bakersfield, CA and Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 17, 2009
New research indicates educators view Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education and meet 21st century learning goals, but district leadership and support are critical to ensure safe and effective use. Commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc. and netTrekker, the Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 World white paper from Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), an independent research firm, offers a picture of Web 2.0 use in education through an analysis of several recent research studies, and outlines the implications for educators.
The white paper is part of a multi-year initiative launched in fall 2008 by Lightspeed Systems, a school network security and management software provider, and netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources. The initiatives goal is to help schools maximize the learning opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 tools, while ensuring a safe, secure educational environment.
The report serves as a comprehensive source of information to guide districts in using Internet technologies to promote collaborative, participatory learning. An easy-to-use checklist provides prompts for meaningful discussions among district stakeholders, helping them apply new research results by reflecting, analyzing, and making decisions about their current and future uses of Web 2.0 technologies. Education leaders can also refer to the extensive list of recommended resources, research studies, best practices, and policies in the report to support the decision-making process.
IESD researchers analyzed findings from studies they conducted for Lightspeed Systems and netTrekker, and reports from the Consortium of School Networking and Project Tomorrow, among others. Research findings show that district technology directors play a key leadership role in driving adoption of Web 2.0 and supporting teachers in the effective use of these technologies. In their roles as change agents, district technology directors connect educators with technology by working collaboratively with curriculum leaders, educating district staff about the use of technology to support learning, guiding selection of appropriate technologies, and providing the core technology infrastructure. In turn, technology directors look to the vendor community to provide affordable technologies and Web 2.0 services in a protected environment, like a walled garden.
Other key findings detailed in the white paper indicate:
Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) December 16, 2009
In a recent survey about identity theft, Americans said their number one fear was having bank account, credit card or other personal information stolen from their computers. Interestingly, the second greatest concern was about Trojan viruses that can make a computer an unwitting accomplice in distributing spam, infections or child pornography. The survey was conducted by independent research firm Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research on behalf of Kindsight, developer of identity theft protection services.
Identity theft is not new and the threat is real and founded. In 2008, 9.9 million Americans were victims to identity theft, up from 8.1 million in 20071. And criminals are continuing to move online online threats grew three-fold to 1.7 million.2 While much of the attention is focused on monetary loss, damage to reputation is also high in the minds of Americans.
The online culprits are no longer the teen hackers in the basement, but sophisticated criminals, said Mike Gassewitz, Kindsight CEO. Once they have someones personal information, not only can they deplete bank accounts and damage credit ratings but they can also use a persons computer to distribute spam and pornography; essentially they can damage someones wealth and reputation.
The most common attacks include Trojan horses and other viruses, keystroke logging, phishing attacks and spyware. In the Kindsight study, participants named Trojan horses as their top concern.
Although 71% of the survey sample had installed and updated anti-virus software and 44% had enabled a firewall on their home router and/or computers, 30% still recorded having been infected by a virus in the last three months and 77% of the overall sample reported having been infected at some point in their computing life.
Summary of study findings:
56% identified theft of bank account, credit card, or other personal information from their computer as one of their top two concerns;
29% identified Trojan viruses that hijack their computers for the distribution of spam, infections, or child pornography to other computers and users as one of their top two concerns;
27% identified phishing, which further reinforces identity theft as one of their top two concerns;
26% were most concerned with having their computers performance compromised by viruses;
15% were concerned about viruses corrupting their personal photos, videos and other memories.
The online survey was representative of the U.S. population overall with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Kindsight partners with Internet service providers (ISPs) to provide consumers with an additional layer of protection against identity theft and other threats. The Kindsight Identity Theft Protection Service detects threats in your Internet traffic, sends you alerts and shows you step-by-step how to remove threats that put your personal information at risk. The Kindsight service is always-on, always-up-to-date and can not be disabled by criminals since it is embedded in the ISPs network. The Kindsight service is offered for a monthly fee or, like search engines, at no-cost through relevant advertising. Visit http://www.kindsight.net for more information.
1 Javelin Strategy & Research: 2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report: Consumer Version
2 CNNmoney.com: Cybercrime: A secret underground economy, September 17, 2009
Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 17, 2009
According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2009 released earlier this week, more than one third of affected countries included in the study have witnessed reduction in malaria cases by more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2008. The report, which compiles information gathered from malaria programs in 108 countries, highlights considerable progress in the fight against malaria since the turn of the decade.
These improvements are attributed to a vast increase in international funding for malaria efforts over the past four years, which more than doubled from $ 730 million to $ 1.7 billion. However, malaria advocates in Washington cautioned that unless funding continues to increase, programs will fall well short of 2010 targets for universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in 2015. According to the Global Malaria Action Plan, $ 6.2 billion is needed in 2010 alone to fully fund the package of malaria interventions necessary to meet the Roll Back Malaria goals that will save the lives of mothers and children worldwide.
“Malaria is one of the best investments we have in global health,” said Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, the U.S. Malaria Coordinator. “We must build on successes we have seen in places like Rwanda, Zambia and Zanzibar, where effective partnership and proven tools like insecticide-treated mosquito nets, spraying of homes with safe, effective insecticides and malaria diagnosis and treatment worked together to dramatically reduce deaths and illness. And as we continue to make progress in the fight against malaria, we make important gains toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals related to poverty reduction, child survival, maternal health and reducing malaria deaths.”
Bolstered by the new data from WHO, malaria advocates in the U.S. have requested that the U.S. government allocate $ 924 million for bilateral malaria funding; $ 200 million for research, development and technical assistance; and $ 1.75 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in appropriations for fiscal year 2011. Advocates also applauded the ongoing commitment of the Obama Administration and Congress to expand malaria programming, demonstrated by the recent approval of $ 585 million for bilateral assistance for malaria and an additional $ 1.05 billion in support of the Global Fund.
The United States remains a global leader in the fight against malaria. Last year alone, the President’s Malaria Initiative reached 32 million people with lifesaving prevention or treatment services, while direct funding from the U.S. has helped the Global Fund distribute 104 million ITNs to protect families and provide treatment to 74 million individuals suffering with malaria.
Visit the World Health Organization’s Web site for more information on the World Malaria Report 2009.
This effort sponsored collectively by the following malaria community partners:
Development Finance International
Global Health Council
Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs
Malaria No More
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 3, 2010
If you don’t think your child is spending every waking minute connected to the world, guess again. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8 to 18-year-old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using a form of entertainment multimedia, such as TV, computers or video games. If you subtract the amount of time they should be in school, those 7
Washington DC (PRWEB) September 14, 2010
A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health.
Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) – reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.
The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.
Malaria causes over 850,000 deaths per year worldwide, the majority of deaths in Africa where the disease accounts for almost 20% of all child deaths. Malaria also threatens the health of pregnant women. In sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 10,000 pregnant women die each year of malaria-related causes, mainly anemia.
Massive increases in the availability of insecticide treated nets have been recorded in the last few years. However, directly measuring the impact of insecticide nets, treatments, and other malaria control efforts is difficult as health information systems remain weak and the majority of malaria deaths are not properly recorded.
The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) – developed to be used across major childhood diseases – is being applied to malaria prevention across Africa. The report provides the first assessment of lives saved based on the level of coverage achieved with currently available malaria prevention tools. Although this does not include data on lives saved from diagnosis and treatment, and is likely to be an underestimate, the results show just how much progress has been made.
“The findings from this report clearly show the efficacy of our efforts to save lives, especially among children in Africa,” says Professor Awa Coll Seck, RBM Partnership Executive Director. “This is a vital tool which can help strengthen country planning and guide us all as we focus on 2015.”
Findings from the report also show that the number of rural households protected by either insecticide-treated nets or indoor residual spraying has increased significantly, especially in the latter half of this decade. The report estimates that malaria funding in 2010 could result in 500 more children alive every day.
“This report demonstrates the critical importance of malaria control efforts to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015” states Dr. Robert Newman, director of the Global Malaria Program at WHO. “Without continued investment in malaria, reaching the MDG for child survival is unlikely to be reached in Africa.”
“While we’ve made great progress, much work remains,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. “To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate our efforts to expand not only malaria prevention and treatment, but also a broad range of community-based health services. The Administration’s Global Health Initiative is helping partner countries achieve major advances through innovation, integration, and improved health service delivery in countries.”
Progress made in controlling malaria is still very fragile. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the largest funder of malaria control programs worldwide, will hold its third replenishment meeting in November 2010, where governments will make financial pledges which may well determine if the malaria-related MDGs can be achieved.
About Roll Back Malaria
Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals is the third in the Progress & Impact Series of reports published by the RBM Partnership. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It provides a neutral platform for consensus-building and developing solutions to challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies. RBM is a public-private partnership that also facilitates the incubation of new ideas and lends support to innovative approaches.
The Partnership promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. Founded by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and UNDP and strengthened by the expertise, resources, and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, the Partnership secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.
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(PRWEB) February 25, 2011
Kuoni, the luxury tour operator, has published its latest report on how different British holidaymakers behave abroad, with revealing some results.
According to the survey, Liverpudlians have more sex on holiday, Londoners most dislike body odour, holidaymakers from Sheffield buy the most new clothes for their holidays, child-free couples fret over litter and Brummies abstain from drinking alcohol.
The Kuoni Holiday Report 2011 (http://www.kuoni.co.uk/en/services/about_kuoni/news/press_releases/holiday-report-2011/pages/holidayreport2011.aspx ) is part of the company’s strategy of getting closer to its customers by understanding them better. The report looks at behaviour before, during and after a holiday, including eating and spending preferences, manners, etiquette, holiday romance and sexual habits.
Despite the regional variations highlighted throughout the report, what unifies the research is how different British holidaymakers behave when on holiday. Escaping from their every day routines, the Brits discard their regular persona and eat less healthily, exercise less, drink more, dress more provocatively, expect more sex and in more adventurous places and spend more money.
In short, Brits lose their inhibitions on holiday, whether aged 25 or 65. Over half do things out of character such as drink more alcohol – and feel liberated by the fact that no-one knows who they are.
Christine Webber, psychotherapist and health writer and broadcaster, said:
“Times are really tough for most people in the UK at the moment, so its a small wonder that people want to let off steam on holiday.
“It’s particularly interesting to me that some respondents actually enjoy adopting a whole new persona on holiday. It’s as if they’re conducting an experiment, which might lead to real change at a later date. In the midst of our busy lives, we often fantasise about embracing a completely different lifestyle, or becoming a different sort of person, and it seems as if holidays allow us to flirt with the sort of changes we dream about.
“Luxury holidays (http://www.kuoni.co.uk/en/pages/default.aspx ) are great times to reconnect with the person we love, and to remind each other of the importance of romance and closeness.
“Many of us have no option but to work flat-out these days if we are to hold onto our jobs. But this can turn us into dull, stressed-out, irritable and terribly tired individuals. By taking a holiday, we restore balance and sanity into our lives. We have time to think and we have time to just chill.”
The full report is available from http://www.kuoni.co.uk/holidayreport
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Forty-four percent of young adult drivers (16 24), said friends were the most influential source to encourage them to curb their texting and driving habits followed by their parents (33 percent), according to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council. To help raise awareness on this issue and kick-off National Youth Traffic Safety Month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies, and the Ad Council are hosting the first nationwide Stop the Texts Day on May 1, 2012. The goal of this day is to extend the message of their Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks. youth texting and driving prevention public service advertising campaign via social media in an effort to educate young drivers about the risks of texting while driving.
The survey also found that sixty percent of young adult drivers said they have texted while driving. The majority of respondents who reported that they have texted while driving said they will continue to do so even with the knowledge that texting while driving can seriously injure or kill others and/or themselves.
“While teen drivers often feel invincible, the reality is that texting and driving too often leads to terrible injuries and even death, said Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, president of NAAG. No text message is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Texting while driving should be even more socially unacceptable than driving without a seat belt.
Most notably, the survey also asked young adults which legal or financial consequences would encourage them not to text while driving:
(PRWEB) November 13, 2012 — Sarah Nobrega has almost everything a child could want except loving parents and understanding teachers. As told in this new novel, although Sarah lives in a mansion, has beautiful clothes and toys and a driver to take her to school, her father punishes her severely,and neither parent has any patience for her interest in the supernatural. Events force Sarah to run away from home, and she encounters mysterious, loving beings who take her to a utopian village where she can fully develop her power to fight evil.
Although its a fictional account, The Love Spirits: The Little Girls Who Came from the Stars incorporates facts from investigations by the author into cases of kidnappings of children, as well as more than 10 years of study of prapsychology and pranormal sciences. Sarah, who becomes known as Yania in her new life, uses her newfound powers to rescue the innocent from evil. Her good deeds catch the attention of officials in the Church of Satan, who fight back. Soon, Yania takes on the biggest foe of all and must draw on all she knows to prevail.
At its heart, the story is about Love the most beautiful and powerful force in the world and what the author calls Love Spirits, human beings who choose to be part of Love forever, inspiring joy and protecting against all forms of malevolence. Striking illustrations add poignancy to this unforgettable novel.
Author and Lawyer Marcos Aragao Correia, with support from the Portuguese Lawyers Order and Amnesty International, proved in the Judicial Court of Faro (Portugal) that his client, Leonor Cipriano, was tortured by Portuguese police officers to force her to falsely confess to a crime. She was accused of kidnapping and murdering her own daughter, Joana, who was taken just a short distance from where another little girl, Madeleine McCann, was kidnapped.
For additional information, please visit http://www.thelovespirits.net.
The Love Spirits: The Little Girls Who Came from the Stars
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