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Amazon Tours Signs ECPAT Accord to Help Combat Child Sex Tourism

Coppell, TX (PRWEB) September 14, 2008

If you Google “child sex tourism,” you’ll read about those who travel abroad to have sex with children, some as young as five. An estimated 2 million children worldwide are prostituted annually. Federal statutes prohibit sex trafficking and sex tourism so those caught may face up to life in prison, as one quarter of all sex tourists are Americans. These same laws target those caught arranging sex tours to places like Thailand, Costa Rica and Brazil.

On Monday, September 15, 2008, one man will take a very public stand against these crimes as he signs the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Phil Marsteller is that man taking this stand because “I want to fight this cancer that is ruining not only my industry but the lives of those living in the land that I love.”

Phil grew up in the jungles of northern Brazil as he worked alongside his missionary parents until he was 19. “I taught my friends to fly kites and they taught me to hunt and fish in the jungle,” he said. “In 1992, I started Amazon Tours so I could take people fishing for Peacock Bass on the third largest river in the world, the Rio Negro. I also wanted to give back to those who had given so much to me and my family.”

“In 1999, I began seeing other fishing tour operators illegally taking their clients into the Indian reservations so they could pick out their own girls, some as young as 12 and 13,” Phil explained. “I saw young girls wearing skimpy bathing suits in the fishing boats with the American tourists as they drank and fished. As things got worse, I knew that I had to do something and began learning about those who fight to protect these children from lives of ruin.”

In an effort to fight child sex tourism, Phil, on behalf of Amazon Tours, will be signing The Code of Conduct on Monday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Center for the United Nations, 10th floor, 777 UN Plaza at the corner of First Ave and 44th Street, which faces the delegates’ entrance to UN Headquarters in New York City.

The media is invited to attend this historic signing ceremony sponsored by the U.S. office of the End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes or ECPAT, the NGO Committee on UNICEF and The Code. Speakers include Frederico Silva da Costa, Brazil National Secretary for Tourism Development, Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT – USA and representatives from UNICEF and the U.S. State Department. H.E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti has also been invited.

The Code of Conduct consists of six criteria adopted by suppliers of tourism services who pledge:

1) To establish an ethical policy regarding the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

2) To train personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.

3) To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial exploitation of children.

4) To provide information to travelers by means of catalogs, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.

5) To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.

6) To report annually.

You can learn more about Amazon Tours at http://www.amazontours.com. Visit Phil’s Rio Negro Foundation at http://rionegrofoundation.org/ to learn about the medical /dental clinic, school and research facility built by Phil and his wife Ruth. The research facility is used for cooperative projects including the Peacock Bass Project, the Amazon Turtle Project and the study of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Rio Negro Basin. You can learn more about ECPAT USA at http://www.ecpat-usa.org. For more information call 1.972.304.1656.


Sir Alex Ferguson Signs Up to AA Child Seat Safety Campaign

Basingstoke, Hampshire (PRWEB) June 26, 2009

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE is backing an AA campaign supported by Britax and Mothercare this summer, urging parents to get their child car seats checked and to ensure that their children are properly belted up. This is all the more important as new AA research shows that the economic downturn means that 50% more people will holiday in the UK this summer1. With two thirds of child seats in the UK not fitted securely2, the summer holiday could be an accident waiting to happen.

Sir Alex is lending his support to the campaign which launches during Child Safety Week (22-26 June), to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of having the right car seat securely fitted, and the right seat for a child’s age and height. This follows his grandson’s recent experience in a road accident; 10 year old Charlie had to undergo surgery back in May, when he was injured due to not being properly protected during a car collision.

The latest research from the AA’s Road Safety team suggests that August is the worst month for death and serious injuries to children in vehicles, which is why Britax, a leading car seat manufacturer, has teamed up with the AA and Mothercare to launch a nationwide roadshow offering parents expert advice and hands on guidance on how to choose and fir the right car seat. The roadshow launches on Monday 22 June, in time for people to make sure they know how to choose and fit their children’s car seats properly, before they hit the roads during the summer holidays.

The need for the roadshow has also been highlighted by recent research that over 20 children under 11 are killed and over 600 seriously injured a year while travelling in cars3.

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE said, “I urge all parents and children to pay attention to using and fixing their seat belts properly, over the shoulder as it should be. This can save your Life.”

Edmund King, AA president said: “Sir Alex is absolutely right that it is imperative for all children to be properly belted up in the back. The AA Populus poll of 16,500 respondents showed that 83% are not aware of legislation requiring children to use the appropriate restraint or child seat. Modern seat belts are not uncomfortable so parents or drivers need to ensure that children are appropriately belted up. It can be a matter of life or death.”

Mark Bennett from Britax said: “With so many families hitting the UK roads for their summer holidays this year, the correct fitting of children’s car seats is of paramount importance. We find it extremely alarming how many people are unaware that their car seats are fitted incorrectly, and are delighted to be working with Mothercare and the AA to help parents, and educate them on the solutions available before they embark on their road trips this summer.”

Liz day, parenting consultant at Mothercare said: “At Mothercare, the safety of children is our number one priority. As one of the UK’s leading retailers of car seats we strongly advise all parents to ensure their car seats are suitable for their child and fitted correctly and offer demonstrations and advice in our stores. This roadshow event brings together the specialist expertise of Mothercare, Britax and the AA to promote the safety of children in cars.”

The roadshow will take place outside Mothercare stores in 11 UK locations4 2, where Britax and AA car breakdown cover patrols will be offering demonstrations of the car seats showing ISOFIX safety systems on Britax AA ISOFIX child car seats, showing just how easy and safe the ISOFIX system is. The system eliminates misfitting problems, which are common with the use of adult belts, and improve the dynamic performance of child restraints, as the seat is rigidly attached to the car structure. The vast majority of new car models since 2006 (and several previous models) have ISOFIX installed as standard.

Notes to Editors

1AA/Populus poll conducted on-line, between 30 January and 6 February 2009 which received 11,147 responses from AA members

2The Walsall Trading Standards and Road safety Unit checked 216 car seats over 4 days in Autumn 2008 and found just 32.55 were correctly fitted

3 Department for Transport Road Casualties Great Britain: 2007

4Aberdeen, Anniesland, Stoke, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Watford, Canterbury and Edinburgh

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The AA on 01256 493493


QualityStocks News – Virtual Piggy Signs Agreements with Four Fashion Companies to Utilize Protective E-Commerce Solution

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) November 03, 2012

QualityStocks would like to highlight Virtual Piggy, Inc., a publicly traded technology company delivering online solutions for parents and merchants that allow children to interact online in a safe and secure manner. Children under 18 spend hours a day playing and interacting online and they often want the capability to also make purchases online. These young consumers have an estimated $ 50 billion in annual spending power, with much of that spending taking place online.

In the companys news yesterday,

Virtual Piggy announced that it has entered into agreements with four fashion companies that will soon feature VPIGs free payment technology.

Retailers All The Above, As Is, Violet Love and Sub_Urban RIOT have formed partnerships with VPIG to take advantage of the companys e-commerce solution, ultimately strengthening the providers visibility while offering safe transactions among youth.

Adding these four strong fashion brands continues to build up our merchant base for apparel, Virtual Piggy founder and CEO Dr. Jo Webber stated in the press release. All The Above, As Is, Violet Love and Sub_Urban RIOT are four unique brands with exceptional product lines, offering our customers yet more options when using their Virtual Piggy account.

VPIGs technology not only allows children to make online purchases without revealing their name or age, it also provides parents with the ability to monitor or approve purchases.

Heres how it works.

To make an online purchase from a participating merchant, such as the ones listed above, a child selects the Virtual Piggy icon to checkout. The purchase is either approved or denied based on pre-established conditions set by the parent in the childs profile. Once the purchase is approved, per the profile, the transaction is then advanced to the payment processor.

The parental control mechanism is compliant with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPA), which is federally enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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New CDC Vital Signs Report: Disparities in Breast Cancer Continue Among U.S. Women

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

Black women have higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. They are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the decline in breast cancer death rates in the past 20 years, black women had higher death rates even though they had fewer new cases of breast cancer, the report says.

The reports findings highlight the importance of educating women about the preventive benefits and coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, including coverage of mammograms without co-pays in many health plans and, beginning in 2014, the law will expand access to health insurance coverage for 30 million previously uninsured Americans.

Although we are making progress reducing deaths from breast cancer, we have much work to do to reduce preventable deaths, particularly among African-American women, said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Only when every woman receives adequate screening, timely follow-up, and high-quality treatment, will the full benefit of breast cancer screening be achieved.

The researchers reviewed data on new cases of invasive breast cancer reported during 2005 through 2009 from CDCs National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institutes Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Breast cancer deaths were based on death certificates submitted to National Vital Statistics System.

Major findings:

Toon Goggles Signs with Malaysia’s MDeC, Adding Animated Series “Saladin” To Kids Platform’s Growing Content

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

Leading Online kids channel, Toon Goggles (http://www.toongoggles.com), the innovative free portal that provides valuable viewing data to content producers, has signed an agreement with Malaysia-based Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to bring the animated action-adventure childrens property Saladin the TV series to Toon Goggles growing library of childrens content, it was jointly announced by Brendan Pollitz, Creative Director, Toon Goggles and Kamil Othman, VP Creative Multimedia Division, MDeC.

Malaysia is quickly becoming a global power in the animation industry, said Pollitz. Whether working with the studios or creating their own terrific IPs like Saladin, MDeC has been leading the way in developing and producing some of the worlds finest animation. We are very proud to be the selected on-line kids TV channel to premiere Saladin in the USA and Canada. We will be attending the forthcoming Asian Animation Summit in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia and look forward to meeting with animation producers there and building further our, Toon Goggles, Malaysian partnerships.

The agreement sees MDeCs delivering, 6 episodes of Saladin, to Toon Goggles audiences throughout the US and Canada. An action adventure series. Targeting 8-12 year olds, Saladin features the story of the hero who became a legend. Inspired by the actual medieval statesman and warrior, Salah al-Din Yusuf Ibn Ayyub, the series introduces, fictional character, the young adventurer named Saladin who leaves his home city of Damascus with his lifelong friend Tarik, in search of destiny and adventures. Saladin contains heroes, villains, vendettas, drama, comedy, exotic locales, climactic swordfights, daring rescues, battling armies and a dash of romance. He is the ultimate hero courage in the face of danger, never willing to admit defeat and funny when he needs to be.

Kamil Othman said With an International Emmy nomination under its belt, Saladin has become a shining beacon of the Malaysian skill, talent and technology in Creative Multimedia. We are excited that Toon Goggles has added Saladin to its childrens programming, which we hope will open doors for more local companies to gain international exposure and further strengthen Malaysias position as a world-class creative industry hub.

About Toon Goggles:

ToonGoggles.com is the premiere 24/7 online destination for childrens entertainment. The safe and protected childrens online channel offers a vast and diverse amount of child and parent friendly cartoons (clips, trailers, episodes, games and features). Toon Goggles launched its subscriber-based service in early September, but continues to offer users limited content for free by providing an option to view up to three episodes of the platforms library of diverse content for free, including free access to all educational programming. The platform is fully COPPA-compliant (Children Online Privacy Protection Act), boasting a strictly enforced screening process to ensure that all content presented is clean, safe and age appropriate. Designed specifically for children to be in charge of their viewing experience; to watch their own personally selected programming, watching what they want, when they want and where they want. As such, Toon Goggles encourages parents to review the Toon Goggles diverse content and take part in their childrens enjoyable viewing and browsing experience.

Toon Goggles is available on all smart phones and tablet computers for viewing anywhere, at any time. Toon Goggles iOS app is available for download in the iTunes App Store and for Android in the Google Play Store. Most recently, Toon Goggles became available to download for free in the KIDO’Z App Store, the Toon Goggles app includes 100’s of videos that have been divided into six categories; girl, boy, comedy, action, pre-school, and educational and the childrens entertainment platform can be found on the Meep! and Kurio7 Childrens Tablets.

Link to download the Toon Goggles iOS App:


Link to download the Toon Goggles Android App:


We feel that children should be able to view cartoons based off their own likes and interests. We make it simple for them with six different category offerings and an easy keyword search box. At Toon Goggles, children can create their own Facepage and add their favorite cartoons to their Toonstrip for future viewing. We want children to be in charge of their viewing experience and watch the content they want, when they want and where they want. As such, we encourage parents to review Toon Goggles and participate in their childrens viewing and browsing experience.

About Multimedia Development Corporation:

The Multimedia Development Corporation is an organization established to steer Digital Malaysia and drive MSC Malaysia. Its key role is to help drive the adoption of ICT and Digital Technology for the country. MDeC is also tasked with advising the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, developing industry-specific practices and helping to further the pervasive use of multimedia and digital technologies. For more information, please visit http://www.mdec.my

Verian Signs Leading Northeastern Provider of Continuing Care Services

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2013

Verian, the leader in universal purchasing and invoice processing systems, has signed a leading Northeastern provider of continuing care retirement communities and related services.

The leading continuing care provider plans to implement cloud-based versions of Verians Purchase Manager, Invoice Manager, and Inventory & Materials Manager software solutions.

At its various Northeastern campuses and facilities, the non-profit client company provides assistance to its residents and communities such as health care, short-term rehab, hospice, home care, adult daily living care, child care, and many other supporting services.

The company also provides commerce, preservation, and recreation services to support its communities such as a solar power plant, a working farm, a farm market, formal gardens, walking trails, a greenway, a fitness center, and much more.

The companys farm operation was recently recognized with a national environmental stewardship award for its efforts in conservation, and soil and water protection.

The client will use Verian software solutions initially to help them automate and gain better control over their current manual purchasing and inventory functions at their medical facilities. Long-term goals include working with Verian to expand automated spend visibility and control to all of their campus operations.

We are privileged to work with such a standout provider of community services, and we welcome them to our family of satisfied customers, said Tehseen Ali Dahya, President and CEO of Verian, They can count on the Verian team to help them achieve their goals.

About Verian

Verian is the leader in universal purchasing and invoice processing systems. Founded in 1997 with headquarters in Charlotte, NC, Verian helps clients in a wide array of industries control spending and enhance visibility by providing them with a single software platform to automate their entire purchase-to-pay process. Verians broad and flexible product offering provides affordable, easy-to-use solutions that fit companies now and when they change. Notable customers in industry segments such as energy, including oil & gas, retail, industrial, healthcare, financial services, government/non-profit and many others all trust Verian for intelligent purchase-to-pay automation solutions. Learn more at Verian.com.

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704-971-6992, slowe(at)verian(dot)com

ChoicePoint’s VitalChek Signs Applicant Authentication Agreement with 100th Government Agency

Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) January 4, 2008

VitalChek Network Inc. (vitalchek.com), a ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) company and America’s leading source for government-issued birth certificates and other vital records, has signed its 100th government agreement with the Larimer County Health Department in Fort Collins, Colo., to provide ChoicePoint’s ProCheck and ProID knowledge-based authentication products. The products will assist in efforts to reduce identity theft for birth certificate or other vital record requests. In addition, Larimer County also will use express certificate services offered through VitalChek.

“ProCheck and ProID helps to ensure that your personal information is protected,” said Billy Burn, VitalChek vice president of sales. “Customers may safely and conveniently order vital records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“We have been increasing the requirements for identification to protect our customers from identity theft,” said Ron Hyman, state registrar of vital events for the State of Colorado. “Some of our customers are in situations where they have lost documents due to fire and storms and need to re-establish their identities, and VitalChek allows them to do that.”

VitalChek’s state-of-the-art applicant verification methods make it safe and convenient to order official copies of vital documents, including birth and death certificates, and marriage and divorce records via the Internet. The ProCheck service verifies the actual existence of a person trying to place an order and helps spot fraudulent identities, while ProID generates an interactive verification quiz that ensures that the person placing an order is whom they claim to be.

Larimer County is the 100th government agency to use VitalChek authentication services. Other agencies using VitalChek authentication services include Virginia Vital Records, New Mexico Vital Records, Colorado Department of Health and Cook County Vital Records, which provides birth certificates for the city of Chicago.

VitalChek Network Inc., a ChoicePoint Company, is America’s first online remote ordering service for life’s important documents. For almost 20 years, VitalChek has provided an affordable, easy and reliable way to obtain official government vital records as an official service provider for more than 600 government agencies throughout the United States and U.S. Territories, safely delivering millions of important documents every year. VitalChek is the preferred source for online birth certificates for congressional offices, passport acceptance agencies, travel agencies, major airlines and cruise lines, post offices, school administrators, tour operators, department of defense and military recruiters, sports organizations, hospitals, public health agencies and courts and social services agencies. Additional information is available at vitalchek.com.

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ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) provides businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations with technology, software, information and marketing services to help manage economic and physical risks as well as identify business opportunities. Consumers have free access to the reports we create at ChoiceTrust.com. Learn what we do to protect consumer privacy by visiting PrivacyatChoicePoint.com and, for more information on our company, go to ChoicePoint.com.

ChoicePoint, ProCheck and ProID are registered trademarks of ChoicePoint Asset Company.