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Fantasy World Comes to Life for Young Adult Readers

Orange, CT (PRWEB) April 2, 2007

Dungeons and Dragons and Lord of the Rings fans looking past Harry Potter for their next good read are in luck. Sorcery, swords and monsters abound in Ethan Rappaport’s fantasy novel, “The Legacy of Ogma” (ISBN 978-1419632952, BookSurge, 2006).

The story has a medieval setting and begins with Halia, a young woman forced into a life of thievery as a child. While deep within the forest, she stumbles upon an old castle in ruins. Inside she finds a crystal sphere, locked away within a protected treasure chest. Halia is puzzled by the sphere, but knows that it must contain some secret power.

In the journey that follows, Halia is joined by Xarun and Arwold, two powerful warriors, Ahriman, a sorcerer, Minaras, an elementalist, and his two apprentices, Oswynn and Thulin. The monstrous foes they must face include snake-headed goats, re-animated corpses and dragon-like mist creatures.

Throughout their travels, occasional glowing lights appear within the crystal sphere, leading the adventurers to speculate as to their meaning. Some of the travelers know more about the sphere than they let on, using it as a tool to spy on others. As the adventurers search for answers about the mysterious sphere, they travel through dense jungles and mountainous terrains, inside a glass wand and finally to a secret chamber beneath the ocean, where good and evil must battle face to face.

“The Legacy of Ogma” is the first book in Rappaport’s “Weapons Trilogy,” geared towards a young adult audience. As the trilogy name suggests, the books focus heavily on the weapons, which are Omga’s legacy. After reading “The Legacy of Ogma,” readers will no doubt have more questions about why the weapons were created and why they were hidden. These questions and more will be answered in Rappaport’s second book, “Forging Paradise,” due out at the end of the year. Readers are welcome to purchase “The Legacy of Ogma” at 20% off by ordering through Rappaport’s website with the coupon code, RDVIEW07.

Ethan Rappaport resides in Orange, Connecticut. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a professional software engineer. He was the co-founder of StatCard Entertainment, the first company to combine smart cards and trading cards. He pursues his passion for writing fantasy/adventure stories while commuting by train to and from work at a global financial services consulting firm in New York City. “The Legacy of Ogma” (ISBN 978-1419632952, BookSurge, 2006) can be purchased through online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.weaponstrilogy.com. Review copies available upon request. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com.


Wee Generation Project Grows as Rickshaw Bagworks Joins To Design, Manufacture Eco-Chic Baby Bag: Seventh Generation, Healthy Child Healthy World and babystyle Encourage Parents to Learn, Contribute and Win at http://www.weegeneration.com

BURLINGTON, Vt. (PRWEB) November 12, 2007

WOOGI WORLD Upgrades Security for Children Through Partnership with eGuardian

Castro Valley, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2008

Children’s Way Foundation (the non-profit developer of the children’s virtual world, Woogi World, (http://www.woogiworld.com) and eGuardian (a children’s online protection company) are partnering to lead the way in creating the safest virtual world for children K-6 worldwide.

eGuardian is the only online verification service that offers a foolproof method for verifying the age of children. The company’s technology works with parental controls, site blockers and access restrictors, while providing a deeper layer of protection and a safer environment.

“We are proud to work with premier partners like Woogi World, and supply them with the information they need to create an online community that expands what is possible for kids, while providing parents with peace of mind,” said eGuardian CEO Ron Zayas. “Through the efforts of eGuardian and our partners, Web, email and instant messaging can be made safe, predator-free and appropriate for children of every age.”

While parents and educators have always appreciated the fact that their children and students were engaging in meaningful activities when on Woogi World, with eGuardian they can now rest assured they’re doing so ONLY with children of the appropriate age–dangerous adults or malicious content simply cannot get through to Woogi World.

“The need to certify every social networking audience, no matter the site, is becoming more and more crucial. In keeping with our priority to ensure Woogi World is the safest children’s virtual world available, it makes great sense to partner with eGuardian–the best online protection available,” said Scott Dow, CEO of Children’s Way.

“It’s been well established that children can concentrate and learn far better in an environment where they feel safe. The assurance eGuardian gives Woogi World users, in terms of certifying that every Woogi spending time in Woogi World is indeed a CHILD, creates a comfort and confidence level that parents respect, children benefit from, and adds to the value of an already amazing site,” said Dr. Kimberly Young, CW Academic Advisory Board member.

About eGuardian:

The eGuardian mission is to protect children online from inappropriate content and solicitation, resulting in safe learning and exploring on the Internet. Through partnerships with prominent web sites eGuardian creates an environment that allows children to learn and communicate without the fear of being solicited by predatory adults or being exposed to adult content. For more information, call 877-EGUARD-1, or visit eGuardian at http://www.eguardian.com

About Children’s Way:

CW Foundation/Woogi World Program is a nat’l, non-profit organization that uses their safe and engaging website, http://www.woogiworld.com, to help elementary children worldwide become responsible Internet users and goodwill ambassadors (becoming good influences in their homes, schools, and communities), ultimately leading out in the global “woogi” phenomenon of kids doing good. Offices: Castro Valley, CA; Provo, UT; Washington, D.C. Go to http://www.childrensway.com or http://www.woogiworld.com for more information. Contact: Eric Clare (510-593-0574, ericc @ childrensway.com).


Retailer WhatSheBuys Adds Davek to Its Collection of World Class Brands

San Gabriel, CA (PRWEB) May 8, 2008

WhatSheBuys, a specialty boutique retailer featuring world-class brands, announced that it has selected Davek as its best-of-category selection for umbrellas and has become an authorized retailer of Davek umbrellas.

WhatSheBuys specializes in identifying best-of-category, world class brands for her, for him, for child. Davek joins Lambertson-Truex, Lodis, and Abas, among others, in its collection of world-class accessory brands. Davek promotes its umbrellas as the world’s strongest and most beautiful. Engineering features a super strong WindFlex Frame and a 3 Action Button that automatically opens, closes and corrects the ribs if they invert due to strong winds. Styling features rich black (with or without color accent panels) with brushed nickel. Davek umbrellas come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee and include a loss protection card, making this “the last umbrella you will ever own”. Davek has been featured on Men’s Journal, Maxim, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

WhatSheBuys selected Davek based on the umbrella’s engineering and craftsmanship, as well as its metropolitan style. “We are excited to add Davek to our collection”, states Cathy Kamimura, Chief Buyer at WhatSheBuys. “These umbrellas are perfect for both men and women, and come in a range of sizes, including the Davek Duet Umbrella, Davek Solo Umbrella and the new Davek Traveler Umbrella. They look great with classic and fashion colors and meticulous detailing. And, you know the quality when you see and use a Davek umbrella. I especially like the engineering and functionality of the 3 action button. This is the ultimate umbrella.”

for more information, contact:

WhatSheBuys PR Department


About WhatSheBuys:

WhatSheBuys is a specialty retailer featuring world-class brands, 5 star rated service, free shipping and free gift wrap. WhatSheBuys is an authorized retailer of best-of-category, world class brands for her, for him, for child, including UGG, Spanx, Phyto, Mason Pearson, Lodis, Barefoot Dreams, Britax, and Kettler. You can shop WhatSheBuys online at http://www.whatshebuys.com or visit its store in the Old Mission District in San Gabriel, CA.

About Davek:

Davek was created by engineer David Kahng who is dedicated to making the most well-designed and most beautiful umbrellas on the market. Davek umbrellas are available in select fine department stores and online.


Friends of World Heritage Teams Up with Indiana Jones to Offer Travelers the Chance to Follow in Indy’s Footsteps

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) July 3, 2008

In coordination with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Friends of World Heritage–a grassroots initiative dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the protection of UNESCO World Heritage sites–is calling on individuals to test their World Heritage and Indiana Jones knowledge through its interactive and educational Adventure Quiz. After taking the quiz, the adventurers will be entered to win a trip for two on an exclusive Indiana Jones Travel Experience by Expedia. The contest closes July 18, 2008.

“For nearly three decades, we have been virtually transported with Indiana Jones from our living rooms to many iconic World Heritage sites around the world, Petra, the Taj Mahal and the City of Venice, are just a few,” said Katherine Miller, executive director of communications and public affairs, United Nations Foundation. “Through this online campaign and travel contest, we hope to educate and inspire travelers towards preserving and protecting these treasured site for future generations to experience and enjoy.”

In addition to launching the quiz, we also worked with Frank Marshall, of the Indiana Jones films to create a public service announcement about the importance of preserving World Heritage. In his message, Frank Marshall shares the following thoughts on the connection between his films and World Heritage: “Just as Indy chased (relics) because he believed in the importance of their preservation, I believe in the preservation of the amazing places where Indy chased those artifacts World Heritage sites belong to us all, and it is up to all of us to work together toward their preservation.”

To view the PSA, and for more information about the Quiz and contest, visit http://www.FriendsofWorldHeritage.org.

About Friends of World Heritage

Friends of World Heritage is a grassroots initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of protecting World Heritage, promoting sustainable development, offering ways to explore these sites through sustainable travel, and raising funds to support projects in communities that depend on World Heritage sites. Friends of World Heritage was created by the United Nations Foundation and its partners are: Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. http://www.FriendsofWorldHeritage.org.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and capital to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit http://www.UNFoundation.org.


American Jewish World Service Announces Latest Docket

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 21, 2008

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) today announced that it has awarded in its most recent grant review more than $ 3.8 million in grants to 154 organizations in 27 countries throughout the developing world. These recent grants, totaling $ 3,887,786, are divided into five umbrella funds, which include Sustainable Livelihoods and Development, Community Health, Community Voice, Education for All, and Community Engagement in Conflicts and Emergencies.

As part of this docket, AJWS will be awarding grants related to education in conflict-affected countries in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative as well as grants providing opportunities to adolescent girls through support from the Nike Foundation.

AJWS’s mission is to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among poor people in developing countries regardless of race, religion or nationality. Seventy-five percent of the grantees that will be receiving money from AJWS as a result of this review have annual budgets of less than $ 300,000 and most rely on AJWS for at least 60 percent of their funding.

Recipients of AJWS funding include grassroots organizations working in their communities to promote social change and to address the fundamental causes of poverty, discrimination and injustice. These organizations ensure access to basic services, such as education and health, while assisting individuals to develop livelihoods that will provide them with the means to support their families and contribute meaningfully to the development of their communities.

“We believe that grassroots organizations are best positioned to transform communities; human rights are essential to the process; women are critical drivers of change; and that, ultimately,

marginalized communities must be able to mobilize from within,” said Ruth W. Messinger, President of AJWS. “All of our grants reflect our core values and our grassroots approach to community and human development.”

Highlights include:

Community Health –

AJWS will be awarding a grant to the Imana Association to support a pilot project in Nigeria addressing poverty among HIV-affected widows and orphans. The focus of the project is to reduce stigma faced by these community members by promoting state responsibility around human rights and by providing basic healthcare and education. Another community health project that AJWS will be supporting is Mujeres de Anta, a group in Peru that is focused on helping community members effectively organize and pursue reparations for the forced sterilization of indigenous women in the 1990s.

Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Development –

In its grantmaking, AJWS continues to emphasize land and labor rights for indigenous people. For example, AJWS will be awarding a grant to Gaon Ganrajya Abjiyan, a network of peoples’ organizations mobilizing tribal and rural communities across four states in India to assert their livelihood rights in an era of globalization that has had devastating consequences for the land and resources of indigenous groups. In Senegal, AJWS is supporting the efforts of Green Senegal to help small-scale farmers and community-based agricultural groups improve their farming capacities through training in drip irrigation.

Community Voice –

Among the new grantees AJWS will be supporting is Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) in Uganda. CEDOVIP will be using AJWS support to continue its work in educating communities on the link between the spread of HIV and domestic violence. AJWS will also award a grant to Independent Advocacy Project of Nigeria which advocates for increased transparency and accountability in public HIV/AIDS funding.

Education for All –

AJWS’s first new grant under the Clinton Global Initiative will go to the Alianza Maya para la Educacion Popular in Guatemala, a network of eight community-based organizations dedicated to providing high-quality, bi-cultural education for indigenous children. In Kenya, as part of the Nike Grassroots Girls Initiative, AJWS will be awarding a renewal grant to the Education Centre for the Advancement of Women, which will conduct an empowerment camp to improve adolescent girls’ understandings of sexual and reproductive health.

Community Engagement in Conflicts and Emergencies –

In Colombia, where one out of four para-military soldiers is under 18 years of age, AJWS will be supporting Picaho con Futures, which reintegrates youth soldiers into society by building their capacity to participate in public policy and democratic processes and by fostering inter-generational learning exchanges with adult organzations. AJWS is also initiating a partnership with Centre for Child Rights and Development, a group in India that develops neighborhood child protection committees to prepare children in the event of future disasters.


World Population Day 2009

United Nations, New York, NY (Vocus) July 10, 2009

Investing in women and girls during the global financial crisis will help set the stage for economic recovery and reduce inequality and poverty, according to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. “There is no smarter investment in troubled times,” added Ms. Obaid in her statement for World Population Day, which falls on Saturday, 11 July.

Women and girls were the majority of the world’s poor, even before the current financial crisis, said Ms. Obaid. “Now, they are falling deeper into poverty and face increased health risks, especially if they are pregnant.” For World Population Day, she added, “I call on all leaders to make the health and rights of women a political and development priority.”

In developing countries, women’s health has critical economic importance. Women are more than half the agricultural labour force. They grow 80 per cent of staple crops in Africa, and in South-east Asia, 90 per cent of rice growers are women.

Investing in reproductive health is especially cost-effective, noted Ms. Obaid, adding, as an example, “an investment in contraceptive services can be recouped four times over–and sometimes dramatically more over the long term–by reducing the need for public spending on health, education and other social services.”

In a separate statement, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on decision-makers to “protect women’s ability to earn income, keep their daughters in school, and obtain reproductive health information and services, including voluntary family planning.

“Together,” added Mr. Ban, “let us advance the rights of women and girls, and empower them as highly productive members of society capable of contributing to economic recovery and growth. There can be no better investment on this day or any other.”

Since 1990, governments and their national partners have been marking World Population Day with a variety of activities and events focusing on the importance of population to overall development strategies. This year’s 20th anniversary of the Day coincides with the 40th anniversary of UNFPA and the 15th anniversary of the historic International Conference on Population and Development that guides UNFPA’s work.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

For more information, please contact:

Omar Gharzeddine, +1 212 297 5028

Abubakar Dungus, +1 212 297 5031

or visit the UNFPA website, http://www.unfpa.org


Minneapolis-based CornerHouse Marks 20th Anniversary of Helping Sexually Abused Children Around the World

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 29, 2009

In August 1989, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the site of what was to become one of the first child advocacy centers in the nation, CornerHouse. Since that day CornerHouse has become a groundbreaking organization, improving the way child abuse is investigated around the world.

CornerHouse conducts forensic interviews and non-emergency medical examinations for children and vulnerable adults who report sexual abuse or witness a violent crime. CornerHouse’s pioneering interview protocol is recognized by the Minnesota State Supreme Court and has been adopted by the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

“While difficult to imagine, it wasn’t until the 1960s when our society began to truly recognize and deal with the painful issue of child sexual abuse. Until that time, there were minimal public services to report, document and prosecute child sexual abuse,” said Thomas Frost, executive director of CornerHouse. “CornerHouse was established in 1989 to be a safe place in our community for skilled, dedicated and compassionate professionals to interview child victims of sexual abuse and violence.”

CornerHouse’s Internationally Recognized Interviewing Protocol

Since it was founded in 1989, CornerHouse has trained more than 22,000 professionals around the world as mandated reporters and on its interviewing protocol. CornerHouse interviews approximately 500 children each year.

“CornerHouse had revolutionized the way child abuse is investigated,” said Frost. “Instead of a child being interviewed over and over at multiple professional offices, CornerHouse’s interviewing protocol puts the child’s needs first. Now, the professionals come to the child-friendly environment at CornerHouse where a single recorded interview meets the needs of all investigators.”

CornerHouse Interview Specialists interview a child in one room while members from law enforcement, child protection and the prosecutor’s office observe through closed circuit television from another room. Coordinating the interview between the various offices reduces the number of interviews the child must endure, thereby reducing stress and trauma on the child. The interviewer conducts the interview with attention to the child’s development, cognitive, social and emotional levels. Age-appropriate questions, drawings and anatomical dolls help children describe their experiences.

CornerHouse statistics and research indicate that between 50 and 60 percent of all cases accepted for charging for adult criminal court have resulted in a guilty plea, eliminating the need for costly trials.

20th Anniversary Gala, September 19

In its 20th year of helping children and families, CornerHouse is marking the occasion with a gala event on Saturday, September 19, honoring founding members Tom Johnson and Mary Ellison. The 20th Anniversary Gala will be held at the Golden Wings Museum at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minn. The evening will feature helicopter and airplane rides, live jazz music and tours of the rare and one-of-a-kind antique airplanes at the museum. Tickets can be purchased for $ 85 at http://cornerhousegala.eventbrite.com. The event is open to the public.

CornerHouse Ambassadors

This past year, a team of CornerHouse Ambassadors has been asked to raise awareness of child abuse prevention and the important role of CornerHouse in our community. Ambassadors have been asked to distribute safety information cards to help adults who may be in a position to help a child, promote and participate in fundraising opportunities, speak in a public forum about CornerHouse and contribute to 20th anniversary activities.

About CornerHouse, http://www.cornerhousemn.org

CornerHouse is a public-private partnership organized as a non-profit agency. It provides forensic interviews and medical examinations for children and vulnerable adults suspected of being physically or sexually abused. CornerHouse hears the cries of approximately 500 children each year. Opened in 1989, CornerHouse works with police, child protection and prosecutors to provide the highest quality and most reliable information and evidence regarding allegations of abuse. CornerHouse also provides training locally, nationally and internationally.


Bonita Springs Charter School Students Decide to Change the World

Bonita Springs, Fla. (Vocus) December 8, 2009

It happens every day, in every classroom, in every city, in every country in the entire world. Bullying. Although its not a new concept, bullying has taken on an alarming level of seriousness that can lead to devastating outcomes. In todays world, bully targets are just as apt to take their own life as someone elses as a result of bullying. Few understand this better than the mother of teen Jeffrey Johnston who successfully lobbied for the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act, which mandates schools enact anti-bullying policies and programs to help protect students from bullying. Johnston took his own life after being cyber-bullied. A program at Bonita Springs Charter School is taking the challenge to eliminate bullying just as seriously one student at a time.

Jeffs Law, which it is commonly called, goes hand-in-hand with a curriculum-based character education program adopted last year by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) called STRIVE. STRIVE is a program created by the Clarion Council that is being implemented as a pilot program with all CSUSA schools. STRIVE 65 is a list of traits that help build moral and performance character as well as encourage active citizenship. STRIVE 65s #18 reminds students to Help the person others are bullying or being mean to.

This STRIVE trait is the foundation of a program developed by Robert Barnes, the guidance counselor at Bonita Springs Charter School. His program called What if uses trait #18 as its basis. The concept asks, What if you could change the world and be the one person who saves a student from making a life altering decision.

Each year we survey the students in our middle school to find out what they believe should be the focus of our bullying program, says Barnes. This year, the overwhelming response was to address cyber-bullying and sexting. Were now focusing on those two bullying behaviors and have been working on the elimination of these demeaning practices from the lives of middle-schoolers.

Cyber-bullying occurs when a child is targeted, harassed, humiliated or embarrassed by someone using interactive or digital technologies or cell phones. Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily through cell phones. Both forms of bullying can have very damaging effects on children.

The What if? program empowers students to use the time they have in school to help build the self esteem of others. It suggests that students identify those students who are the target of bullies and make an effort to be kind to them even if it means just using their name when addressing them in the hall, making eye contact with them and smiling or sitting with them at lunch. According to Barnes, since it takes two people to engage in a bullying situation the target and the bully its easier to take the target out of the equation.

Bullies want power, says Barnes. Their efforts are only effective if the victim is offended or hurt by their words. Bullies target those with low self esteem who will believe their taunts. So if the rest of the students help build their peers self esteem, the bullies have fewer and fewer targets.

The program seems to be working well. Last year, prior to the advent of this program, Barnes received four to five bully reports per week. So far this year, there has been only one complaint that needed to be resolved by disciplinary action and one other that was resolved by the students in a peaceful manner. He is greatly encouraged by the dramatic decline in referrals.

I think there is a combination of the students helping each other and a better understanding of the definition of bullying that is helping to decrease those numbers, adds Barnes. Its so gratifying to see students looking out for each other. No one wants to be bullied and everyone can relate to being a target. Giving these students the tools they need to help stop this trend empowers them to truly believe they can change the world.

Bonita Springs Charter School is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. CSUSA is one of the nations leading charter school management companies, serving kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA provides comprehensive management services to corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations. CSUSA schools are individually developed to meet the unique needs and requirements of the community. CSUSA educational advantages include integrated technology, parental involvement contracts, student uniforms, enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus and high academic performance.

Enrollment for Bonita Springs Charter School is underway; interested parents can register their child online at http://www.bonitaspringscharter.org. For additional information, contact Charter Schools USA at 1-866-KIDSUSA or visit the corporate Web site at http://www.charterschoolsusa.com .

Media Contacts:

Deborah Tracy Bonita Springs Charter School Principal or

Robert Barnes Bonita Spring Charter School Guidance Counselor

Ofc: 239- 992-6932

Colleen Reynolds, APR, president and owner of Edge Communications

Ofc: 239-437-0040; Cell: 239-849-6400; Fax: 239-437-0170

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