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New Book Teaches Kids the Importance of Eating their Veggies

Woodinville, Wash. (PRWEB) April 29, 2007

Teri Otwell’s new book Bubba and the Germ Army is an entertaining and vivid story about a young boy who refuses to eat the food he needs for good health, until he learns about the war going on inside his own body.

Every parent must endure the frequent battles of trying to get their children to eat healthily — in fact, sometimes, to eat anything at all! Parent and author Teri Otwell has experienced conflicts like this countless times. In her new book, Bubba and the Germ Army, she recounts the story of Bubba, a little boy who is sick yet still refuses to eat the foods that his body needs to recover. When Bubba falls asleep, he dreams of taking a trip inside his body, only to discover a massive war in progress.

During this dream, Bubba sees firsthand the pitched battles that take place between the evil germ army and the forces of good represented by his body’s immune system trying to protect his health. From this adventure, he learns the value of eating good food that will provide nourishment to help him overcome his illness and stay healthy. This fun and engaging story is ideal for parents to share with their children — especially before their kids dig in their heels and refuse to even try their vegetables.

“Otwell has written a charming book, one that should sit on the bookshelf in every house where a child resides.” – Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

For more information or to request a free review copy, please contact the author. Bubba and the Germ Army is available for sale online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author

Teri Otwell started writing short stories when she was only 12 years old, and she has continued to have an interest in writing and telling engaging stories to others. Her professional background is in instructional design. She is married and has three children.

About BookSurge

BookSurge LLC, an Amazon.com company, is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.

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Survey Shows Parents Need To Do more To Protect Their Children Online

(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

About BroadbandChoices.co.uk: http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk

BroadbandChoices.co.uk is the second biggest broadband comparison service in the UK. Unlike other comparison sites, BroadbandChoices.co.uk doesn’t just focus on price but total package value. Consumers can now refer to this impartial Website to access the latest broadband advice and deals, to help them make the right choice.

What makes BroadbandChoices.co.uk different:

Most comprehensive range of consumer guides and advice
Emphasis on value rather than cost alone
Variety of ways to rank products according to individual priorities
Detailed product information
A community of like minded people where you can read reviews or share your thoughts
Up-to-date information regarding key industry developments
Access to bespoke interactive tools – [http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/speed-tester.html speed tester & broadband download monitor)

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Custody Calculations Announces A Contest For The Brilliant Who Want to Strut Their Stuff

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 11, 2007

Background: Custody Calculations announces a unique job search and contest. We are seeking a brilliant marketing person who missed an opportunity to be on the ground floor of Microsoft, Apple, Amazon or Google. Someone who wants that “big break” so they can strut their stuff.

When Custody Calculations is a multi million dollar company, words like, could have, should have, but didn’t is not something than anyone is going to want to say to themselves. For someone this is that big break so we encourage participants to grab onto and strut their stuff!

CEO, Catherine MacWillie, stated we are a young start up company, with the next big, really big idea for the internet. So we decided to get creative ourselves and have a contest of our own. Past interviews and a resume we are looking someone with the ability to obtain results, using creativeness, contacts and any other sensational ideas that may be of value. The goal is to launch our company and to locate the most brilliant and creative PR person out there.

The winner receives a cash prize of $ 1,500.00. If the winner is as brilliant as we hope and we are as successful in our pre sales as anticipated there may also be a job in it for the winner, employment is not guaranteed. But Custody Calculations would be crazy to let an applicant go if they can advertise without a budget, call on friends and associates and get us huge media attention.

On the bright side the applicant might just come out of it with $ 1,500.00 in your their pockets and significant media attention for themselves – if they do it correctly that is the key. Whether or not the job is with Custody Calculations is to still to early to tell. That’s more than most job applicants get for their trouble.

So here is how it works. Whoever can provide Custody Calculations with the most media coverage, and business, notice both are required to win, over a sixty day period of time. Contest commences November 1, 2007. Contestants will be encouraged to try television shows like, 24 Hours, Oprah, or morning shows, like The View, radio shows like Rush Limbaugh, NPR, KFI, Tom and Ken, articles in magazines such as Time, W Magazine, Forbes, stories in newspapers, such as Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco wins. Points are assigned based on visibility of PR and additional points for sign ups, on our various web sites.

Now here is the part where we get serious. The services of our company will save lives. A retired law enforcement officer, CEO, Catherine MacWillie, spent ten years in research on the issue of family law identifying that perhaps as much as 25% of all crime is related to family law; homicides, suicides, kidnappings, abductions, domestic violence, child abuse, violation of court orders. Ultimately this contest is really more about saving lives. Lives like Samy and Lindsey who were only 7 and 8 years old when they were murdered by one of their parents. Angry and mad over their divorce and wanting to punish the other parent, a parent killed their own children. This contest and search is really more about making sure that we never have to bury more children like Samy and Lindsey because of the divorce process ever again! So whether people participate for the possibility of the contest money, job or just want to make a difference and save lives we welcome their participation.

Participants can download articles from our web sites to learn more about the company; brochures, video, press releases, contestants may also contact the CEO for interviews in the media etc. However articles must be original to the contestants. We do not want thirty applicants all contacting the same producers with the same story. Articles must reflect that they are part of contest submission and were not reviewed by the company prior to submission to the producer or media outlet.

We have three web sites, Custody Calculations, http://www.CustodyCalculations.com. This is our promotion web site. We are in beta testing now and expect to launch soon. Our two additional web sites, Teens Against Bad Divorces, http://www.TeensAgainstBadDivorces.com, and The Power Of The Ten Dollar Bill Campaign, http://www.TenDollarBillCampaign.com.

We are putting together a link that you will be able to obtain further contest rules and information, but in the meantime contestants can email/contact us at the company with any questions until the link is posted. Pre-registration is required.

Custody Calculations is seeking Heroes. Heroes is the name to describe volunteers at our company. Heroes are people who want to save lives, protect children, help families recover from the divorce process ad reform family law. To learn more about Custody Calculations, go to http://www.CustodyCalculations.com or contact them at 702-375-9389.

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National Survey Reveals Tail-End Boomers Avoid Participating in Parents’ Estate Planning: Survey by LegalZoom.com Finds that Younger Boomers Avoid their Parents’ Estate Planning, while Older Boomers are More Likely to Discuss and Participate in the Process

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) May 6, 2008

Verizon Wireless and Verizon Fios Sponsor McGruff Safe Kids Total ID Events To Help Raise Safety Awareness and Protect Children in Their Communities

Dunedin, FL (PRWEB) June 25, 2008

McGruff Safe Kids provides child safety packages at grand openings of new Verizon Wireless stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.

The statistics are frightening to say the least. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing or abducted. That translates to over 2,000 children per day and over 800,000 per year!

When a child becomes missing every passing second counts. Law enforcement officials need as much information as possible to help track down a missing child. Having this information is the single most useful tool available to help law enforcement locate a missing child.

“The most recent statistics on child abductions are staggering. Verizon Wireless is pleased to sponsor this important event that will enable parents to better protect their children,” said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless’ Tri-State Region. “I encourage local families to take advantage of this free service and potentially life-saving educational activities that we have planned for the day.”

Each McGruff child safety package includes a full-sized ID card that contains the child’s 10 digital fingerprints, color digital photo and vital personal information, two laminated, wallet-sized ID cards that contain the child’s digital thumbprint, color digital photo and vital personal information, a DNA Self-Collection Kit that will allow a parent to easily obtain and store their child’s saliva, hair and blood samples, a McGruff Jr. Crimefighter Sticker Badge and a McGruff Envelope.

The McGruff Safe Kids Total ID System is the leading, most comprehensive child safety/identification/education program available in the United States. It is the only digital child identification program licensed by the National Crime Prevention Council.

Neil Arfmann, a retired Tampa Bay, FL police officer, is the President and cofounder of the McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System, a company committed to the safety and education of America’s children. The McGruff Safe Kids TID System is a licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council. The National Crime Prevention Council features McGruff the Crime Dog and his slogan, “Take A Bite Out of Crime.” Learn more about McGruff by visiting http://www.ncpc.org.

To schedule an interview with Neil Arfmann, please call 888-209-4218.

McGruff the Crime Dog

Rain Bird Crowns Winners of the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition : Glass Half Full and Water Thicker Than Oil Take Home the Environmentally Focused Competition’s Top Awards for their Insightful And Clever Take On The Need for Water Conservation


Azusa, Calif. (PRWEB) October 12, 2008

“All of the finalists in the competition have taken on the world’s water issues through a personal lens that will undoubtedly encourage discussion on the efficient, effective and responsible use of Earth’s most precious resource,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s Corporate Marketing Director. “In sponsoring the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition we aim to provide filmmakers like these six finalists with a forum to exercise their influence, and actively raise awareness of this important issue in a manner that will inspire others to take action in their own way.”

As the winner of the Jury Prize, David Sutera was awarded $ 6,000 for his film entry, Glass Half Full, a mockery of the film noir genre that drives home an important message of water conservation in an entertaining and comedic manner.

Michael McGuire, the Audience Choice Prize winner, was awarded $ 3,000 for his film entry titled Water Thicker Than Oil, a simplified approach to water conservation as seen through a child’s eyes.

This year’s Jury Award was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Gary McVey, executive director of the American Cinema Foundation, documentarian Jim Thebaut and Timothy Brick, chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Shalini Kantayya, director of the 2007 Audience Choice Award Winner “A Drop of Life,” served as the master of ceremonies for the evening’s event.

Prior to the screening of the finalists’ films, the evening’s guests were treated to a special showing of The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?, critically acclaimed writer, director, producer and competition judge Jim Thebaut’s definitive look at how the water crisis is affecting the American Southwest and its escalating economic toll.

In addition to this evening’s awarding of the film competition winners, Rain Bird presented Christopher S. Gray Sr. with a check for $ 10,000 in recognition of his being selected as the winner of Rain Bird’s 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award for his role in the development and implementation of an innovative wastewater recapture program as Superintendent at Marvel Golf Club in Benton, Kentucky.

The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is part of a range of programs and initiatives to boost awareness of the need for water conservation. Rain Bird devotes significant resources to its Intelligent Use of Water public initiatives, which include The Intelligent Use of Water Award; biannual Intelligent Use of Water Summits; a series of white papers; public service announcements; membership on the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the steering committee advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its WaterSense product labeling program; partnerships with nonprofit organizations; development and support of elementary and middle school curriculums; and participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade