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WJC disconcerted by Amnesty International’s campaign against Israeli

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

The World Jewish Congress is disconcerted and disheartened by Amnesty International’s newly launched campaign calling on the world’s leading digital tourism companies – Trip Advisor, Expedia, booking.com, and AirBnB – to stop listing in Israeli settlements, and to governments to bring in regulation to prevent these businesses from operating with or in these communities.“Amnesty International is a serious and respected human rights organization, whose work to stop abuses around the world should never be underrated, but its singular focus on corporate entities doing business in Israeli settlements is gravely misguided and undermining of the organization’s true mandate,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.
“If Amnesty wishes to involve itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it should center its attention on the real human rights abuses ongoing in Palestinian territories, and not attack corporate businesses who strive to bridge divides and build peace through global tourism and interaction,” Singer said.“Amnesty has expressed its concern that these businesses are profiting from and contributing to what it calls human rights violations caused by the settlements. Let it be reminded that in the Palestinian territories today, convicted terrorists who murder innocent Israeli civilians are awarded handsome salaries for their so-called martyrdom, by the Palestinian Authority. This is profit from terror and human rights abuses, plain and simple,” Singer said.“Amnesty International would do well to shift its focus and campaign against this atrocious policy and urge corporate entities and governments to halt any funding to the Palestinian Authority that might be used for terror payments, and advocate loudly and clear against the continued incitement and encouragement to terrorism that proliferates in these territories,” he added.“The World Jewish Congress stands ready and willing to engage with Amnesty International and work together against the real human rights abuses and abusers threatening our world today, and to ensure that the price of unbridled hatred is never forgotten,” Singer said.

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Merkle’s Coleen Kuehn Named to Campaign’s List of Top Digital Talent

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 marzo 2018

Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, announced that Coleen Kuehn, chief media officer, has been named to Campaign US’s Digital 40 over 40 list. Coleen joins an elite group of the industry’s most gifted and accomplished digital talents over 40. Honorees represent a diverse background across interactive advertising, marketing, and design, but each provides outstanding and unique contributions to the state of digital marketing.A seasoned executive with 20 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, digital media, and technology, Coleen began her career in marketing and product development roles for American Express and The Coca-Cola Company, after receiving an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. As Merkle’s chief media officer, she is responsible for a team of 500 digital professionals that span an ever-growing footprint in the Americas. Under her leadership, the team manages Merkle’s media portfolio across search, display, social, and performance media, in addition to overseeing the agency’s comprehensive communications strategy capabilities. In her first year at Merkle, Coleen integrated all of the media and channel offerings into an integrated, holistic offering. Of particular interest was her role in spearheading the development of a revolutionary and proprietary methodology for delivering people-based media. Largely attributable to Coleen’s stewardship, Merkle has recently been recognized with numerous industry accolades, which include being named Search Agency of the Year by MediaPost, a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Search Marketing Agencies, Q4 2017, Best Large SEO Agency by the US Search Awards, and the #2 Programmatic Agency by AdExchanger.“Coleen’s ambition and commitment to driving innovation and advancing Merkle’s media practice is astounding. She is a remarkable leader and has accomplished so much in just her first year here at Merkle,” said Craig Dempster, president of Merkle Americas. “Throughout her career, Coleen has received a great deal of industry recognition, and with the results she has already delivered for Merkle, it’s no wonder Campaign US has joined her list of admirers.”

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This is Getting Old: E-TRADE Tackles Retirement Saving Challenge Through Super Bowl Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 gennaio 2018

Super BowlE-TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) announced its return to the Super Bowl with a 30-second spot during the second quarter of the game. The spot highlights the hypothetical, tongue-in-cheek consequences of an aging population working well into their retirement years. As a precursor and extension of E*TRADE’s Super Bowl spot, a series of video vignettes will be shared in real time during the game on Twitter, featuring cheers from the “Big Game Silver Squad,” a team of silver-haired all-stars and veterans of the cheer trade, who are working through their retirement as a cheer squad.“The campaign aims to shine a light on the growing financial challenge future retirees may face, while encouraging investors to start saving for retirement,” said Lea Stendahl, Chief Marketing Officer for E*TRADE Financial. “We’re leveraging E*TRADE’s irreverence and humor to show in a more relatable way that at E TRADE, consumers have access to the resources and tools they need to help get on track. Our hope is to make America think, and ultimately take more control of their retirement destiny so they can enjoy the golden years in whatever way they choose—be that pursuing a second act, continuing their career, traveling the world, or auditioning for a legendary cheer squad such as ours.”The Super Bowl spot and Big Game Silver Squad activations aim to expose some concerning trends:
Nearly nine out of ten investors worry they haven’t saved enough for retirement
One out of three Americans don’t have any retirement savings
Nearly seven out of ten investors think they could be doing better financially
“Investing for retirement is a serious issue today, but it’s never too late to start,” said Mike Loewengart, VP, Investment Strategy at E*TRADE Financial. “For folks just starting out, the playing field has been leveled with retail investors now having access to tools, education, and products once only reserved for professional money managers, all at a fraction of the cost of previous generations. But one of the biggest factors to getting on track for retirement goals—hands down—may also be the simplest: contributing consistently. You can’t necessarily control your investing returns, but you can control what you add.” (photo: Super Bowl)

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Batu Biologics Successfully Completes $1.3 Million Starvethetumor Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 dicembre 2017

Natali a New York (2)New York. Batu Biologics, an immuno-oncology Company dedicated to the development of its clinical stage tumor-angiogenesis targeting immunotherapy, ValloVax™, announced today the successful closure of a regulation 506(c) equity crowdfunding offering bringing in $1.3 Million in capital to the Company.
The proceeds of this offering were initially earmarked for IND-enabling experiments, when the offering was launched on EquityNet in May of 2017. In early November of this year, Batu Biologics announced the clearance of the Investigational New Drug Application (#16296) for the ValloVax immune therapy. Based upon the successful completion of this milestone, the remaining proceeds from this offering will be used to upscale GMP manufacturing in preparation for the Company’s Phase I study and to position the Company to secure partnerships to demonstrate clinical proof of concept for the ValloVax program.
“We would like to graciously thank our shareholders and collaborators for the support of our vision in the development of the ValloVax immune therapy,” stated Samuel C. Wagner, President and CEO of Batu Biologics. “2018 will be a landmark year for Batu Biologics with the goal of establishing safety and feasibility of ValloVax in a pilot clinical study in all solid tumors, and to further elucidate the mechanism of action of our novel placentally-derived immune therapy.”ValloVax targets angiogenesis, or blood vessel formation, which is a biological process that is commonly found in all solid tumors. Instead of targeting the tumor itself, which can be a difficult strategy due to cancer’s propensity to mutate, ValloVax trains the body to initiate a cellular and antibody response against several targets associated with tumor angiogenesis. To date, ValloVax has demonstrated strong inhibition of melanoma, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and glioblastoma in animal models as a standalone therapy. However, by facilitating better drug delivery and lymphocyte penetration into the tumor, ValloVax may be an ideal candidate for combination therapies with some of the latest immuno-oncology drugs.

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A nationwide campaign against the Sexual Abuse of Children

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 novembre 2017

ateneAthens. The campaign is organized by “The Smile of the Child” and takes place under the aegis of His Excellency, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece.“The Smile of the Child” opened the debate of the issue of “Sexual Abuse of Children” with the participation of prosecutors, Minors’ Investigative Magistrates, Professors of Judicial Psychiatry, Directors and Heads of Social Services, Children’s Hospitals, representatives of primary and secondary Education, from the Hellenic Police and specifically from the Cybercrime Unit and Missing Persons’ Unit, the President of Athens Bar Association, representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other competent actors and agencies.
The President of the “The Smile of the Child”, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos underscored: Through the campaign “It remains a Secret” we open the discussion on the issue of sexual abuse of children. This is an issue that torments Greek society for many years. However, over the recent years the sexual abuse has grown in extent not only in Greece, but also elsewhere and has been recognized in our country and internationally as a public health issue. This campaign will offer us the opportunity to work together with the institutional actors involved and come up with common proposals from across Greece, mobilize state authorities and tackle the problem. At the same time, we work relentlessly to strengthen the level of prevention of in and outside the school communities and empower our children with knowledge. We struggle for the ideal result, but we serve what is feasible in order to protect children and avoid their further victimization”.
In the framework of this nationwide campaign, “The Smile of the Child” submitted for further discussion and elaboration the following proposals:
1. The institutionalization of sexual education in primary schools with the goal of providing proper information to children and, at the other hand, raising awareness on all these issues that children should refuse, suspect and ask for help and assistance in the cases they feel threatened.
2. Development of specialized Centers in Greece where a specialized scientific team will take care for each child victim. In these Centers children will testify to trained interviewers in a unified manner, only once and in a safe and fully protective environment. Competent professionals (prosecutorial authorities, Hellenic Police, social services, services of mental and physical health).
3. Strict limitation to the services involved to call a child victim to an additional testimony -interviews before or after the abovementioned single and unified testimony with the goal to avoid any secondary and further victimization of the children victims and any discouragement of potential victims to report.
4. Institutionalized development of a unified authority that will register the cases and nature of sexual abuse of children.
5. Development of therapeutic Centers for children victims of sexual abuse.
6. Training to professionals for the effective tackling of each case of sexual abuse (police officers, prosecutors, teachers, health professionals, social services).
7. Requirement of CLEAN criminal record as a prerequisite for the recruitment of professionals to public and private actors who come in direct contact with children. This certificate should be renewed annually.
8. Facilitation of legal procedures. The cases of sexual abuse of children are lengthy and as a result children-victims usually experience a procedure with detrimental consequences for them.
In the framework of the campaign, similar meetings will take place in various cities across Greece: Patras (14/11), Larisa (16/11), Chalkida (27/11), Heraklion (28/11), Chania (29/11), Tripoli (4/12) and Thessaloniki (8/12). The meetings will be held with the support of the local Municipalities. (foto: Sexual Abuse of Children)

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Kingston Kicks off Security Drive Free Trial Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 agosto 2017

Kingston DTVP 3.0Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, announced a free 21-Day trial program for its bestselling encrypted drive — DataTraveler Vault Privacy (DTVP) 3.0, targeted at selective organisations with bulk purchase needs in Australia. Launched in late 2013, DTVP 3.0 provides 100-percent hardware-based encryption to help enterprises safeguard business data and set security policies for end-users at an affordable price point, which makes it one of the hot-selling product lines among Kingston’s encrypted drives.Aiming to offer security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection, Kingston now offers a great opportunity for said organisations in Australia to experience the reliability of its DTVP 3.0 USB Flash drive for free. The encrypted USB drive provides affordable business-grade security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using XTS block cipher mode, and is available with optional, easy to deploy and easy to use (no installation required) anti-virus protection from ESET/ClevX that protects the drive’s contents from viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and other Internet-borne threats.With bestselling encrypted drive DTVP 3.0, Kingston has a broad range of solutions designed for the highest levels of government use to enterprises and organisations of all sizes:
IronKey™ S1000 – the ultimate security encrypted USB Flash drive – is designed specifically to meet the strictest standards and most demanding data-protection needs of sensitive military, government and enterprise information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
IronKey D300 with optional Management – includes an advanced level of security that builds on the features that made IronKey well-respected in safeguarding sensitive information. Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Since early 2016, Kingston has been the proud owner of the entire USB technology and assets of IronKey, a long-time leading brand in encrypted USB Flash drive solutions. Kingston continues the IronKey brand and tradition of delivering FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified solutions to customers who need the highest level of encryption and security. With the IronKey brand, Kingston demonstrates its commitment as the global leader in trusted encrypted solutions for mobile data.DTVP 3.0, as well as Kingston’s full line of encrypted DataTraveler and IronKey USBs, is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability. Now is the best time to re-examine company security policies with professional help from Kingston. The free trial program is a limited time offer and only while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply. Visit http://kings.tn/dtvp30 for more information.Kingston Technology is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for computers, digital cameras and mobile devices. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please visit http://www.kingston.com.Kingston and the Kingston logo are registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Corporation. All rights reserved. All other marks may be the property of their respective titleholders.

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Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assault

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 ottobre 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Bestselling author Jon Krakauer today traveled to Harrisburg to discuss his recent book “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” and Wolf administration efforts to combat campus sexual assault in Pennsylvania through the “It’s On Us PA” campaign. At public event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Krakauer participated in an in-depth discussion focused on the epidemic of campus rape across the country moderated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser.
A preeminent writer of narrative non-fiction, Krakauer’s numerous bestsellers include “Where Men Win Glory,” “Under the Banner of Heaven,” “Into the Wild,” and “Into Thin Air.” Krakauer was joined at the event by First Lady Frances Wolf, Commission for Women Chair Randi Teplitz, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, and PCAR CEO Delilah Rumburg.“Sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration is committed to combatting this urgent and serious epidemic, specifically on college campuses. That’s why we created “It’s On Us PA” earlier this year – the first statewide campaign to address campus sexual assault. I am so pleased too that in addition to our partners within the higher education and K-12 communities, we also have the support of bestselling author Jon Krakauer, who’s recent book “Missoula” brings much-needed attention and a call to action about the widespread issue of campus sexual assault across the country.”In an effort to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault, on January 29, 2016 Governor Wolf launched “It’s On Us PA.” Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” engages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Since that time, over 1,500 individuals and representatives from 176 schools in Pennsylvania have taken the pledge on the Governor’s website. The campaign’s goals are to:
– Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.
– Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.
– Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.
In addition, on September 15, the Governor’s Office announced a grant program in which eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania could apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault. The application period closed on October 15th and grant awards are expected to be announced next week.
This initiative builds on an important dialogue sparked by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and PCAR last November, which brought together educators, advocates, students, and policymakers for a screening of The Hunting Ground documentary. “Over the last year, it has been exciting to see the momentum build around the “It’s On Us PA” campaign,” said Randi Teplitz. “I am proud that the Pennsylvania Commission for Women has been actively engaged in the conversation that is helping to shift the culture and sensitivity in which we handle these cases in Pennsylvania. It is only after society declares these behaviors and crimes to be intolerable can true change occur.”
Since the launch of “It’s On Us PA,” the Wolf administration has been working with community leaders and stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to develop a comprehensive, statewide policy to address the pressing issue of sexual assault in our schools and postsecondary institutions, which will be announced in the coming months.

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Hillary Clinton writes

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 ottobre 2016

hillary-clintonWhen we launched this campaign 17 months ago, I knew how difficult the road would be. But no matter how tough things have gotten, you’ve stood by my side.We’ve dealt with a lot of hatred and divisiveness. But like my friend Michelle Obama says, when they go low, we go high. In the face of bigotry and anger, you’ve stayed committed to our promise to fill this world with more love and kindness.America is great because Americans are good. Think of the proud moments we’ve shared in the past 17 months: couples embracing outside the Supreme Court after winning the right to get married, new citizens raising their hands at their swearing-in ceremonies, little girls on their fathers’ shoulders waving to me at rallies, telling me that when they grow up, they’re going to run for president.We’re still working toward that more perfect union our founders imagined, that civil rights heroes bled and died for, that our brave veterans protected, and that you have said you want to fight for by being a part of this campaign.In some states, we’re already taking that fight to the ballot box. Two days ago, I was lucky enough to visit an early voting location in Iowa to watch a very special supporter cast her vote: her name is Ruline, and she is 103 years old. When I met her last February, she told me that though she was born well before women won the right to vote, she was really looking forward to electing our first woman president. I promised I’d do my best not to let her down. In the final five weeks of this campaign, I’m going to fight my heart out for the values that define our country and humanity, for our families and our future. (photo: hillary clinton)

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Governor and First Lady Wolf to Launch “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 gennaio 2016

PennsylvaniaFriday, January 28th, 2016 09:45 to 10:30 (Eastern) Elizabethtown College, Myer Residence Hall Susquehanna Room, 401 E Cedar Street, Elizabethtown PA 17022 LIVE STREAM: https://www.governor.pa.gov/live/ Governor and First Lady Wolf will launch “It’s On Us PA,” a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. With this announcement, Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign. “It’s On Us PA” will engage education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Governor Wolf will make remarks during this event.

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Relax ALLY crowdfunding campaign raised € 100 000 to end the travel nightmare

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 dicembre 2014

relaxRelax ALLY equity crowdfunding campaign reached the campaign target 17th December 2014. Company raised € 100 000 through FundedByMe crowdfunding platform.Active Ally Oy/Ltd (a Finnish company) provides innovative solutions for the travel market that uniquely solves a huge problem experienced by millions of travellers daily. Sleep comfortably while sitting in airplanes, trains, busses and cars.Their product Relax ALLY® helps to fall asleep relaxed, prevents the head from falling and thus sleep from interrupting.“The problem is simply huge and for some reason people just seems to have accepted it. We wanted to wake-up people with a horror themed travel nightmare video and show a viable solution with huge potential to revolutionise the way we travel.” says Mr. Lasse Korvala, CEO, Active Ally Oy. The product has already been sold to over twenty countries and has been featured in global media (Forbes, Entrepreneur, Mail Online, The Telegraph and USA today). Now the company aims to grow and is raising funds via an equity crowdfunding campaign. Currently with over 60 international investors and 4 lead investors the campaign has already exceeded it’s initial goal € 100 000 and is the biggest Finnish success on the FundedByMe platform till date.The company has already started issuing shares but still welcomes new investments until the closing date (29th of Dec).”Active Ally Oy has an easily understood business, a solution to a well known problem with IPR in hand and an experienced team that we have had the opportunity to meet and evaluate in beforehand. We see the opportunity for co-operation and are investing into this company as a lead investor. We recommend this company with highly scalable business to other investor colleagues.” says lead investor Mr. Antti Miettinen, Guida Invest Oy, a Finnish investment company as the lead investor.”It is clear that Relax ALLY will have huge demand in the Asian travel hubs. With a successful airline company co-operation we will have a solid take off for growth also in this market area.” says lead investor Mr. Jari Talvinen, Managing Partner, Paradise Investment, Singapore. (photo: relax)

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Crowdfunding campaign for better travel started

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 ottobre 2014

travel with confortFinnish Active Ally Oy provides innovative solutions for the travel market that uniquely solve a huge problem experienced by millions of travellers daily. Sleep comfortably while sitting in airplanes, trains, busses and cars using Relax ALLY® accessory.Relax ALLY® helps to fall asleep and prevents the head from falling. The product has raised a lot of interest and it has been sold to over twenty countries. Now the company wants to grow globally, and seeks for equity investors through the international FundedByMe crowdfunding platform.
– The problem is simply huge and for some reason people just seems to have accepted it. We wanted to wake-up people by releasing the campaign during the Halloween week with a themed travel nightmare introduction video, and show them a viable solution with huge potential says Mr. Lasse Korvala, CEO of Active Ally Oy
– Active Ally Oy has an easily understood business, a solution to a well known problem with IPR in hand and an experienced team that we have had the opportunity to meet and evaluate in beforehand. We see the opportunity for co-operation and are investing into this company as a lead investor. We recommend this company with highly scalable business to other investor colleagues, says Mr. Antti Miettinen from Finnish investment company Guida Invest Oy. (photo: travel with confort)

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Author Launches Kickstarter Campaign To See Her Novel On The Syrian Conflict Edited & Mass-produced

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 aprile 2014

syrian civil warWestford, MA – ‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ is the shocking Syrian Civil War story as portrayed through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old survivor. The author is seeking crowdfunding via her Kickstarter campaign to help fund the professional editing costs of this young adult novel and to see it mass-produced.Hayley J. Lawson, the author of War Kids — A Syrian Story, has announced that she is launching her Kickstarter campaign on which aims to cover the cost of having this young adult novel professionally edited and mass-produced.
‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ deals with the very real crisis of the ongoing Syrian Civil War through the eyes of young children as they try to stay strong despite the overwhelming presence of death. The novel provides a number of perspectives from young characters as they deal with the deaths of their families, the destruction of their villages and their ongoing need to survive. “It really is heartbreaking what is happening in Syria. As I watched TV and folded up my laundry, an image of a young girl appeared. She was older than my daughter by a few years,” said Hayley J. Lawson, author of the book War Kids — A Syrian Story.  When a fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself. Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war. To help fund the contemporary young adult novel War Kids — A Syrian Story, visit the Kickstarter Campaign page here. About Hayley J. Lawson
Hayley J. Lawson is the author of the young adult contemporary novel War Kids — The Syrian Story. On August 21st 2013, she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her first novel. The novel is set in Syria and encapsulates the Syrian Civil War as seen through the eyes of children. Hayley was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building. Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, Hayley always believed that if you worked hard, you could do anything you wanted. If she didn’t know how to do something she would research until she did. As a young child, she found a passion for drawing, and continued her artistic slant into adulthood — graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA (Hons) in fashion design. Aged twenty seven, Hayley and her husband left the UK and moved to California, where she gave birth to her daughter. The family relocated to Long Island, NY, where she currently resides.

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Barack’s 50th birthday

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 agosto 2011

Letter to editor. Riccardo. Every day, I see Barack make choices he knows will affect every American family. That’s no small task for anyone and more proof that he’s earning every last one of those gray hairs. This has been a busy week in Washington, but today happens to be Barack’s 50th birthday. I’m writing to you because this year, the girls and I would like to do something a little different. I’m asking friends and supporters of this campaign to wish him a happy birthday by signing his card, and sharing why you’re on this journey with us. Your names and notes will become part of a book that tells the story of this campaign — who’s building it, why we’re in this thing, and what he means to us. We’ll deliver a copy to Barack and send one to our campaign offices across the country. I’ve known Barack for more than 20 of his 50 years, and we’ve been through quite a lot together. It still amazes me that no matter how many decisions and distractions he’s faced with every day, he’s always able to focus on the bigger picture. One way he does that is by making time for stories and letters from people like you — because he knows that this job isn’t about him, but about the millions of folks around the country he’s fighting for. This next year will challenge us all to work harder than ever before, but the crucial thing is that you’re here now, early on, helping to build this campaign. I know that, like Barack and me, you have your own reasons why, so I hope you’ll take a moment to sign the card and share your story with him and other supporters of this campaign. http://my.barackobama.com/Birthday-Card Thanks for being a part of this. (Michelle)

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Today, we launch our 2012 campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 aprile 2011

Letter to editor. We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build. So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today. We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does. But as my administration and folks across the country fight to protect the progress we’ve made — and make more — we also need to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin campaigning in earnest. (Barack Obama)

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Consumer alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 marzo 2011

Washington, Dc – Recent news reports are confirming what the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) has documented since the organization was launched in 2010: environmental front groups, liberal foundations, uncompetitive industries and retailers are colluding to hinder the global trade of forestry and agricultural products. As part of its ongoing direct advocacy campaign to highlight these left-wing, anti-business activities, CAGP issued the following comment: “CAGP has consistently cautioned against the radical environmentalists working to halt natural resource development in Asia and their biased financiers. In Australia, the truth was laid bare in new reports that guerilla warfare was launched by conservationist Alec Marr with the help of RAN and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund against Tasmania-based pulp company Gunns. This collusion between RAN and wealthy elitists like Steven Rockefeller forces thousands of the working poor out of a job and threatens investment integral to local communities. These tactics are morally bankrupt,” said Andrew Langer, spokesman for CAGP.

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46th Democratic National Convention in 2012

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 febbraio 2011

Letter to editor. Riccardo I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news. Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012. Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue. Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families. All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte. We hope many of you can join us in Charlotte the week of September 3rd, 2012. But if you can’t, we intend to bring the spirit of the convention — as well as actual, related events to your community and even your own backyard. More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time. To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention — The People’s Convention — we need to hear from you. We want to know what you’d like to see at next year’s convention, how and where you plan on watching it — and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors. That’s also the belief at the core of The People’s Convention. That the table we sit at together ought to be big enough for everyone. That the thread that binds us — a belief in the promise of this country — is strong enough to sustain us through good times and bad. Barack talked at the State of the Union of his vision for how America can win the future. That must be the focus now, and I know so many of you will help talk about our plans with your neighbors — that through innovation, education, reform, and responsibility we can make sure America realizes this vision. (Michelle Obama)

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Stop Oil Spill campaign and EU decision

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 ottobre 2010

On October 13th, the European Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger, officially abandoned hopes for a moratorium on deep water offshore oil rigs. In spite of this setback, he announced that European legislation concerning offshore oil drilling business (regulations, measures…) would be established. Last July, the Commissioner spoke out in favour of a deep water moratorium, but yesterday, on the day of the lifting of the American moratorium, the European Commissioner stepped back from his previously stated position. This decision is not unexpected, considering the opposition shown by the European Parliament on October 7th, and by the stonewalling from the United Kingdom. Once again, Surfrider reveals that the European authorities are unable to implement the precautionary principle, exposing all of us to the potential occurrence of a catastrophic oil spill in Europe. Developing and implementing this new legislation is urgent. Surfrider is committed to monitoring developments of every new oil drilling rig project. Surfrider renews its call for citizens to come and sign the petition calling for a moratorium. Find the petition on: http://www.stopoilspill.surfrider.eu/

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Embrace of anti-Israel campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 marzo 2010

New York, NY The Simon Wiesenthal Center today sharply criticized the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) for its embrace of the Kairos Palestine Document that would mean the end of the Jewish State of Israel, as well as denies the connection of the Jewish people to its land.  In a protest to Rev. P. Verhoeff, the President of the Board of the General Synod of the PKN and to Dr. A.J. Plaisier, the General Secretary of the Board, associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Center’s Director of Interfaith Affairs pointed to the Church’s endorsement of the Kairos Palestine Document that insists Israel could not be a Jewish state – that such a state would be inherently racist. “Kairos rules—and you as well by embracing it—that Christians have a sacred obligation to support the ‘underdog’ Palestinians against Israel. Kairos justifies suicide bombing and terrorism and takes absolutely no responsibility for the decades of Arab warring against Israeli civilians or the Palestinian campaign of anti-Jewish indoctrination of the next generation,” wrote the rabbis. They added that Kairos only acknowledges a Jewish connection to the land as beginning after the WWII Nazi Holocaust, willfully omitting any references to the Jews’ continuous presence over thousands of years. The Wiesenthal Center termed the Kairos document “a full frontal attack on the legitimacy, viability and existence of the State of Israel.”  The Kairos Document comes on the heels of the World Council of Churches’ Bern Initiative, which seeks to decouple any connection between today’s Jews and the Biblical narrative and the Amman Call which endorses Palestinian “right of return” to what is today the sovereign Jewish state of Israel. Kairos is also being cited by activists in the PCUSA Presbyterian Church in the US in their efforts to get the important American denomination to adopt draconian anti-Israel resolutions Center officials urged the PKN to “recall this ill-advised letter” to the Israeli Ambassador. “Like you, we will not stop praying for peace in the Middle East, for the Jewish and Palestinian peoples, a peace that will not come when all sides of the conflict can at least hear, understand, and respect the position of the Other,” the rabbis concluded.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action.  The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide.  The Center is accredited as a non-governmental organization both at the United Nations and UNESCO.  With a membership of over 450,000 families, the Center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.

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Opening of first Football for Khayelitsha

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 dicembre 2009

Cape Town The first Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha in the outskirts of Cape Town opened its doors today (5 December 2009). FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was joined by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) CEO Danny Jordaan, South African Football Association President Kirsten Nematandani and Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town Dan Plato at the celebration of the latest milestone of 20 Centres for 2010, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Among the special guests were Football for Hope ambassador Dr. Gabriele Princess Inaara the Begum Aga Khan and former Bafana  captain Lucas Radebe. The centre, which is the first of 20 community centres, will help to tackle HIV/AIDS and some of the biggest issues facing young people across the African continent. “With the opening of this Football for Hope Centre, we can now see the real legacy that the 2010 FIFA World Cup will leave in Africa,” said the FIFA President. “This centre will use people’s passion for football to transform communities and to provide hope and opportunities for young people. Many years from now people will still be benefiting from this and the other 20 Centres for 2010.” The next five centres will be built by FIFA and its strategic ally streetfootballworld in disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Namibia, Mali, Rwanda and Ghana and will address crucial issues like health, education, gender equality, peace-building and the environment as well as HIV and AIDS – considered to be one of the greatest challenges faced by young people in Africa.The centre in Khayelitsha has been built in an area once notorious for crime and violence as part of an initiative to breathe new life into the community. It provides rooms for public health services and informal education, office space, common space for community gatherings and a football turf pitch. Each of the 20 centres will be run by an existing community organisation. The Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha will be managed by Grassroot Soccer, a South African-based non-profit organisation that uses football to educate young people about HIV and AIDS and empower them with the knowledge to live HIV-free. “This was more like a crime spot, but now it is more like an activity spot where people come to enjoy themselves,” said Zamayedwa Sogayise, chairperson of the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

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Summit of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 novembre 2009

Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November 2009. The importance of risk assessment in the workplace, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, will be the focus of a high-profile event organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the Swedish EU Presidency, the summit marks the close of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment, which for the last two years has been promoting practical ways in which workplace risks can be managed and reduced. The event will also include the award ceremony of a pan-European photo competition and presentations of some of our 43 EU campaign partners, giving insight to our first campaign partnership experience, and of the winners of the Good Practice Awards. This scheme recognises organisations that have found innovative ways of keeping European workers safe. Preliminary results will also be made available of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), a €2.6 million study which provides a unique insight into European organisations, the action they are taking to anticipate and manage the new risks brought about by changing workplaces, and the support they might need in doing so. The Agency has also made a wide range of material freely available, to help organisations (and especially SMEs) carry out risk assessments in a systematic and thorough manner, and so identify the steps that they need to take to keep their employees safe. At the summit, EU-OSHA director, Dr Takala, presents a new Online Risk Assessment Tool with checklists and plans that help to demystify the risk assessment process. This free tool is being developed as a joint project with EU social partners.

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