The Newark Digital Empowerment Summit Hosted by the Alliance for Digital Equality is a Success
Hundreds of New Jersey and New York residents attended the summit to learn about the impact that universal broadband access will have on education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities
NEWARK, N.J., April 23 -- Today, the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) hosted over three hundred area residents, elected officials, dignitaries and celebrities at the Newark Digital Empowerment Summit themed "Broadband: Closing the Economic Divide." The summit, which occurred at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the first of its kind in New Jersey. At the event, ADE Chair Julius H. Hollis unveiled a new agenda focusing on jobs, education and technology (the JET Agenda) paramount to achieving the full potential of universal broadband access. Panelists discussed the impact that universal broadband access will have on access to education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities.
Several powerful voices were heard during the summit including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Dr. Randall Pinkett and ADE Vice Chairman, former Mayor of Miami Manny Diaz. CNN Contributor Mario Armstrong, Actor, Author and Activist Hill Harper and Radio host Jacque Reid moderated the summit's panel discussions: "Jobs & Wealth," "The Wireless Broadband Revolution," and "The State of Broadband in Minority Communities."
In line with its mission, ADE hopes to help communities like Newark to understand the impact of broadband in their lives and local economy. "We live in a radically changing world and ultimately what makes us successful is how powerfully connected we are," said Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. "We must ensure that every community has access to connectivity and we need to make sure that the jobs created from broadband are equally accessible. From Virtual classrooms to the implementation of new police crime-fighting technology, we are embracing a bold vision of America which is in the middle of a digital revolution."
Julius H. Hollis, ADE Chairman adds that, "Seldom in the history of our democracy, perhaps with the exception being the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, have we witnessed a socio-economic phenomenon of this magnitude, which possesses a faster, innovative and more comprehensive ability to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans, as well as the potential to rectify the stark economic inequalities that exist between communities of color and their counterparts located in more affluent American communities."
"Altogether, 93 million Americans do not have broadband at home. And adoption rates are much lower among certain populations, including rural Americans, the elderly, persons with disabilities, low-income Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics. Among the 13 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 who do not have broadband at home, 6 million are either Hispanic or African American. These disparities won't just disappear over time if we sit back and do nothing," states FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
The Newark Digital Empowerment Summit occurred just weeks after the FCC released its National Broadband Plan, designed to deliver broadband access to every American. ADE's goal is to educate Americans about the benefits of new broadband technologies and be a voice of underserved communities to raise awareness of the importance of new technologies regardless of socioeconomic status.
About The Alliance for Digital Equality: The Alliance for Digital Equality, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a non-profit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.
Source: The Alliance for Digital Equality
CONTACT: Kimberlee Williams, Marketing Director of FEMWORKS,
+1-973-494-9705, or email@example.com, for The Alliance for Digital
Filter: CSI's Virtual Video Conference Launched 4/8!
Interactive Sessions Highlighted Security Solutions that Maintain Business Agility
NEW YORK, April 23 -- Filter: CSI's virtual video conference debuted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, and was greeted with enthusiasm from the global marketplace. Using cutting-edge technology that included streaming video, CSI connected a community of industry professionals, decision-makers and suppliers from the information security marketplace. Almost 45% of the 655 registered professionals actively participated over the course of the four hours of presentations.
"Our key goal was to provide a cutting-edge educational environment that supports our members' and attendees' goals of securing leading edge solutions and processes," said Robert Richardson, director of CSI. "It clearly was accomplished and we anticipate that 'Filter Events' will become a staple in our offerings."
This online event provided a forum for hundreds of IT Security professionals to participate and network globally. Registrants representing 49 countries expressed great satisfaction with the content and the method of presentation - describing it as "curve-wrecking", as well as "frightening reality", respectively. Bryan Hooke, president, B. Hooke & Associate furthered these sentiments by stating, "Conference was well organized, experts were well versed on their subjects and could clearly convey the key elements memorably. Very slick."
Lynda Martel, Director of Marketing with DriveSavers and one of Filter's key sponsors found the content "interesting and compelling". She was proud and pleased to participate in Filter's debut: "I applaud (CSI) on the event's content and speakers...the event generated 400 VERY qualified leads for DriveSavers - so again, kudos to the CSI Team!" Many of these comments were posted through the live Q&A and chat functions that supported interaction over the course of the event.
"From a Management perspective, it was exciting for the entire CSI Team to actually participate and be a part of the action and dialog in the conference room," commented Robert Richardson. "Collectively, we rarely get to experience this first-hand - and it was so gratifying when questions posted from one side of the world were answered immediately by an expert from the other side of the world! This is exactly the type of interchange we hoped would happen and it did!"
The video conference content allowed for questions to be fielded through an online chat/discussion viewed by all participants and also allowed attendees to privately ask questions of specific speakers - thus providing a free flow of questions and ideas with an element of privacy that is sometimes required. The conference program presented attendees with solutions and information that was "filtered down" (the genesis of "Filter"), thereby providing an exchange that was both cost and time-efficient. Conference content included:
-- The Risks of Business Agility
-- Data Breach Notification Laws: From California to Australia
-- Does Recovering the Data Abandon Your Security? Best Practices
-- Using Virtualization for Better Security
-- Clobbering the Cloud
-- Legal Issues in Multi-National Cloud Computing
-- Compliance in the Cloud
-- Social Media & Security
-- Nature & Security
-- Securing the Electronic Health Record: The Big Challenges
-- Don't Write Your Own Security Code: The OWASP Enterprise Security API
-- Agile Security: Necessity or Mission Impossible
-- How to Protect Against Smartphone Attacks
Seen as an optimal tool to support CSI's "live" and multi-day educational programming, Filter will continue to focus and offer condensed versions of technical information and solutions that are needed for maintaining business agility and continuity. CSI SX is scheduled for May 26-27, 2010 at San Francisco's Marriott Marquis; CSI Annual 2010 takes place October 25-29, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center right outside Washington D.C. Visit http://www.gocsi.com for complete details on all offerings.
Managed by UBM International Media, CSI (Computer Security Institute) is the original and leading educational membership organization for information security professionals, with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Our mission is simple: to provide information security professionals with the resources with which to succeed. At the forefront of security trends and research, CSI is uniquely qualified to provide the Events, Educational Programs & Products offering the practical, yet often undiscovered, insight, strategies and trends that will protect organizations and their assets. For more information, visit http://www.gocsi.com. For sponsor information, please contact Nadine Schwartz-212-600-3363 or Nadine.Schwartz@ubm.com.
UBM International Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Business Media plc a leading provider of business information services to the maritime, travel, fashion, technology, healthcare, media, and property industries. UBM offers services in education/programming, trade shows, online, news distribution, and publishing to customers across the globe. Its brands are represented in more than 30 countries and are organized into specialist teams that serve their business communities helping them excel in their market by working effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com.
Source: UBM International Media
CONTACT: Robert Richardson, CSI - Director, UBM International Media,
Idol Fans & Twitterers Pave the Way in the Fight Against Malaria
*** Now You Can Tweet To Save a Life***
NEW YORK, April 23 -- On this week's American Idol "Idol Gives Back" episode, more than 20 million Americans tuned in to help raise almost $45 million for causes around the world. Malaria was one of them, and donations toward the cause are expected to climb in the days leading up to World Malaria Day on April 25.
Beginning today to honor World Malaria Day on Sunday, Malaria No More, the Case Foundation and Twitter are launching "End Malaria," an effort geared to activate tweets from all over the world to help end malaria deaths in Africa. Mosquito nets save lives, and now, so do tweets.
Every thirty seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa. However, malaria is a completely preventable and treatable disease.
To show your support, please visit Hope140.org/EndMalaria and:
-- Retweet this message from @MalariaNoMore to make a $10 donation: RT:
Malaria kills a child every 30 secs. Nets #endmalaria. So do RTs.
RT2Give $10 http://rt2give.com/t/425
-- If you already have an account on RT2Give, you'll receive a direct
message asking for confirmation. If you don't have an account,
Twitpay will send you an @reply message with simple instructions
on how to enroll.
-- Text 'NET' to 85944 to make a $10 donation to Malaria No More
-- A $10 donation will be charged to your mobile phone bill.
Messaging and data rates may apply.
-- Add hashtag(s) #endmalaria, #malaria, #malariaday and/or
#worldmalariaday to your tweets and the hashtags will trigger the
addition of clickable mosquito icons to the tweet that will take you
To further promote positive change through Twitter, the Case Foundation is matching each $10 donation up to $25,000 made through Twitpay's RT2Give service and text-to-give, giving Twitterers and texters the power to double their efforts to end malaria deaths in Africa.
"Through a donation platform that enables people to move from activism to action, the End Malaria campaign takes a transformative next step in leveraging the power of Twitter to raise both awareness and important funding," said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. "Malaria No More and Twitter have already proven the power of social media to ignite awareness, and the Case Foundation is honored to be a part of this important initiative."
The "End Malaria" effort is an extension of last year's World Malaria Day Twitter challenge between Ashton Kutcher and CNN for a race to 1 million followers. Kutcher's pledge of $100,000 to Malaria No More catapulted him to success and helped provide Senegal with 89,724 life-saving mosquito nets.
"Malaria has finally met its match in this partnership between Malaria No More, the Case Foundation and Twitter," said Scott Case, CEO of Malaria No More. "We know for a fact that tweets can translate into nets, and two villages in Senegal are living proof of that."
This is the second time Twitter has tweaked its tweets for a cause. The first time was to honor World AIDS Day last December by turning tweets red for the RED campaign, which became the most retweeted initiative at the time.
"The difference between life and death can come down to a $10 bed net," said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. "The simple act of tweeting both donates to and promotes the important work of Malaria No More. By matching these donations, the Case Foundation transforms our tweets into a powerful force for good."
Campaign details, Twitpay tweets and donation tracking are available at Hope140.org/EndMalaria.
About Malaria No More
Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths in Africa - and we're helping the world get it done. Malaria No More leverages high-impact communications to engage the world, global advocacy to rally leadership and strategic investments to accelerate progress. For more information, visit http://www.MalariaNoMore.org, read our Buzzwords blog, fan our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
About Case Foundation
The Case Foundation, created by Steve and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation champions initiatives that connect people, increase giving, and catalyze civic action. For more information, visit http://www.CaseFoundation.org.
Malaria No More
(212) 710-5891 W
(917) 892-5962 M
The Case Foundation
(202) 467 2059 W
(202) 870 4750 M
Source: Malaria No More; The Case Foundation
CONTACT: Erica Lichtenberger of Malaria No More, +1-212-710-5891 W,
+1-917-892-5962 M, Erica@MalariaNoMore.org; or Allyson Burns of The Case
Foundation, +1-202-467-2059 W, +1-202-870-4750 M, AllysonB@CaseFoundation.org
Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability of VIERA VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs
VT25 Series Will Feature Four Screen Sizes; Will Also Offer 2010 VIERA CAST IPTV Features Including Skype Capability First Models Expected At Retail in Early May
SECAUCUS, N.J., April 23 -- Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D technology, announced today pricing and nationwide retail availability dates for its critically-acclaimed VIERA(TM) VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs. The debut of the VT25 series will expand Panasonic's 3D offerings to four screens sizes with availability at a wide range of consumer electronics retailers.
The first VIERA VT25 models will be available in early May in 50-inch class (49.9 inches diagonal) and 54-inch class (54.1 inches diagonal) sizes with 58-inch class (58.0 inches diagonal) and 65-inch class (64.7 inches diagonal) sizes to follow in June. Complete technical specifications for the VT25 Series are now available at http://www.panasonic.com.
In March 2010, Panasonic partnered with Best Buy to debut its first-ever Full HD 3D(1) home entertainment system featuring the VIERA TC-P50VT20 Full HD 3D Plasma (50-inch class screen size, 49.9 inches diagonal) exclusively at select Best Buy Magnolia Home Theater stores.
The VIERA VT25 Series broadens the reach of Panasonic's Full HD 3D technology for the home offering the following models:
-50-inch class (49.9 inches -54-inch class (54.1 inches
- SRP $2,599.95 - SRP $2,999.95
- Available week of May 3, 2010 - Available week of May 3, 2010
-58-inch class (58.0 inches -65-inch class (64.7 inches
- SRP $3,399.95 - SRP $4,299.95
- Available June 2010 - Available June 2010
"The arrival of our VIERA VT25 Series truly defines the phenomenal capabilities of Panasonic's Full HD 3D technology to deliver a new level of home entertainment to consumers," said Henry Hauser, Vice President, Panasonic Display Group. "With Panasonic Plasma's new short-stroke phosphor technology, Full HD 3D imagery is delivered in stunning realism and clarity to create a truly immersive viewing experience that will make the viewer feel that they have stepped in to the program they are watching."
The VIERA VT25 Series was voted "Best of Show" at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show and also received the Consumer Electronics Association's esteemed 2010 Innovations Award for its innovative 3D technology.
All Panasonic VIERA VT25 Series models feature:
Full HD 3D Technology -- For a true Full 1080p 3D image, Panasonic's VT25 Series features new, faster screen phosphors (short-stroke) which, when coupled with the VIERA VT25's 600Hz sub-field drive, outputs alternating imagery at 60 frames per second to each eye. Working in unison with the required Active Shutter Eyewear, the human brain then combines the images and interprets them as a Full HD 3D image for the highest possible realistic visual experience; in effect mimicking what the human eye sees in real life.
Active Shutter Eyewear -- All Panasonic VIERA VT25 Series models come with one pair of Panasonic 3D Active Shutter Eyewear (TY-EW3D10U). Additional pairs of Panasonic 3D Eyewear are available at retail with an SRP of $149.95.
Infinite Black Pro Panel -- A new phosphor technology that produces deep blacks (5,000,000:1 native contrast)(2) and vivid images with minimal reflection.
THX Certified Display -- Ensures that every Panasonic Full HD 3D TV displays motion pictures and television content with exactly the quality and color palette that the director intended.
VIERA CAST WiFi with Skype Capability -- Panasonic's innovative Internet programming package, gives viewers the ability to access feature films plus information and communication offerings including Amazon Video on Demand(TM), Bloomberg News, Fox Sports, Netflix(TM), and Skype(TM) on Your VIERA TV(3), among others.
All Panasonic VIERA VT25 Series models also feature 600Hz Sub-field Drive, 1080p Lines Moving Picture Resolution, VIERA Image Viewer(TM), VIERA Link(TM) Connectivity with Network Cameras, 24p Cinematic Playback, two USB Ports, PC Input, and are ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliant.
Panasonic's VIERA VT20 Full HD 3D Plasma TV (50-inch class screen size, 49.9 inches diagonal) will continue to be sold exclusively at Best Buy Magnolia Home Theater stores (SRP $2499,95) through May 2nd and then will be available at Best Buy stores nationwide. The VT25 Series models offer ISFccc (calibrated with an RS232C jack) and Studio reference mode -- features not included on the VT20 model. The VT25 Series models also feature a different cosmetic -- the bezel color of the VT20 is gunmetal silver/grey while the bezel color of the VT25 Series models is a deep brown metallic.
Panasonic's range of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma HDTVs, when coupled with Panasonic's 3D Blu-ray Disc players (DMP- BDT300 and DMP-BDT350) bring a new era of immersive visual entertainment into consumers' homes, by creating a 3D experience that easily rivals the best that can be seen in cinemas. By delivering a full 1080p-resolution image to each eye, Panasonic's Full HD 3D technology offers consumers the highest possible visual experience. To enjoy Full HD 3D programming, users wear a stylish and lightweight pair of active-shutter eyewear. The sets are also Full HD TVs that display pristine 1080p content in two dimensions (2D) for conventional HD viewing.
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
(1) Current 3D content will be limited and may include certain Blu-ray Disc titles and satellite programming. Additional equipment and/or subscription fees may apply. 3D Blu-ray Disc player (sold separately) required to view 3D content. 3D Eyewear is also required for viewing. One pair included with purchase of a VIERA VT20 or VT25 Series Full HD 3D TV.
(3) Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Panasonic's Communication Camera (TY-CC10W) is required for Skype video functionality and sold separately. Skype is not a replacement for traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
CONTACT: Chris De Maria of Panasonic, +1-201-348-7182,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Blayne Murphy of Cohn & Wolfe, +1-212-798-9763,
Extreme Networks Showcases Scalable, Automated and Virtualized Data Center Solutions at Interop
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 23 -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXTR) today announced that it is showcasing its highly scalable, automated and virtualized network solutions next week at Interop Las Vegas, Booth #2143, April 26-29th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Extreme Networks for the first time will display its leading-edge data center and network virtualization solutions that are based on its Four Pillar Strategy. The Company's data center network architecture, which is based on robust, scalable, efficient, automated, and customizable solutions, allows customers to cost-effectively transition from a physical network, to a virtualized network and to a cloud network.
Displayed for the first time at Interop will be Extreme Networks newly unveiled "Direct Attach" virtualized data center architecture that reduces tiers in the network and the XNV VM Lifecycle Management solution.
-- Extreme Networks Named Best of Interop Finalist: The "Direct Attach"
network architecture, addressing virtualization in the data center, is
a finalist for the Virtualization category, the centerpiece of data
-- Educational Session: Green IT Track - Delivering Business Value with A
Comprehensive Green Data Center Framework; Speaker: Shehzad Merchant,
senior director of strategy, Extreme Networks; Session Time: Tuesday,
April 27, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM
"Extreme Networks offers a data center vision that reduces infrastructure tiers and complexity, maintains an energy efficient network and rapidly scales performance without forklift upgrades," said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. "Our presence at Interop shows customers first hand these latest innovations."
Extreme Networks, Inc.
Extreme Networks provides converged Ethernet network infrastructure that support data, voice and video for enterprises and service providers. The company's network solutions feature high performance, high availability and scalable switching solutions that enable organizations to address real-world communications challenges and opportunities. Operating in more than 50 countries, Extreme Networks provides wired and wireless secure LANs, data center infrastructure and Service Provider Ethernet transport solutions that are complemented by global, 24x7 service and support. For more information, visit: http://www.extremenetworks.com/
Extreme Networks, ExtremeXOS, and Summit are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Extreme Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.
Source: Extreme Networks, Inc.
CONTACT: Greg Cross, Public Relations of Extreme Networks,
JONES Magazine Launches Nationally This Week and JONESMAG.com Gets a Twenty-ten Makeover with New Site Design
NEW YORK, April 23 -- The NorthStar Group is pleased to announce the official national launch of JONES Magazine. In addition to the launch of the magazine, the newly redesigned website JONESMAG.com has gone live, providing readers an interactive 360 degree experience.
JONES Magazine initially launched as a regional publication in 2005 under the creative direction of founder and Editor-in-Chief Tracey Ferguson. "The magazine appeals to stylish and chic multicultural women and serves as a premier shopping guide," shares Ferguson, who is thrilled about JONES becoming a national brand. From fashion to food to distinctive travel destinations to the best in home design, JONES is the go-to guide for a sophisticated consumer.
Recognizing the success and increased demand for JONES Magazine among women outside of the Houston area, founder Tracey Ferguson teamed up with famed attorney and publisher L. Londell McMillan of The NorthStar Group, who furthered Ferguson's dream by taking JONES to national prominence. The national premiere issue, now available in-stores and on newsstands nationwide features supermodel Veronica Webb on the cover. "JONES is a fresh and exciting women's brand across TV, web, and print. It speaks to today's fashionably-forward women who know what they want. I'm thrilled to kick-off the national premiere issue of the magazine as its cover model," says Webb.
With the first national issue of JONES Magazine hitting newsstands, it was only fitting to revamp the complementing website and further expand the reach of JONES. "JONESMAG.com targets savvy African-American and multicultural women who aspire to live or are living a fashion-forward lifestyle. We are setting the tone for what is hot now and what will be on trend in a 360 degree experience from print to online," says Qianna Smith, JONESMAG.com Managing Editor.
The site provides the type of personalized experience and content that appeals to this audience, with expert advice and commentary on hair, beauty and fashion, as well as useful information on shopping, travel and events. JONESMAG.com engages the reader through a customized shopping experience, articles, commentaries, photo galleries, video and blogs. From reviews of new and exclusive travel destinations to candid interviews with fashion's elite, JONESMAG.com will provide readers with editorial features that address their lifestyle. "We have designed a truly unique destination with content that offers the reader not only information, but a glamorous place of escape with each visit," says Smith.
Additional highlights from the site include a "What's Haute" Shopping Guide, which will not only inform women of the hottest trends but, more importantly, enable readers to instantly purchase these hand-picked must-have items. The site will also give readers an exclusive glimpse into the making of the magazine with behind-the-scenes video content, backstage photos and outtakes, and insider interviews. In addition, readers will be privy to the advice of noteworthy guest bloggers such as Beverly Johnson, the first African-American supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue, and Eugena Washington, finalist from season 7 of "America's Next Top Model."
About JONES Magazine
JONES is a national luxury lifestyle publication. The mission of JONES is to serve as the premier luxury shopping and lifestyle resource for African-American and multicultural women. Since 2005, JONES magazine has catered to fashion enthusiasts who share a penchant for what's hot, new and yet-to-be discovered. From fashion to food to distinctive travel destinations to the best in home design, JONES is the go-to guide for a sophisticated consumer in print and online.
JONESMAG.com is the ultimate online insider's shopping guide for women who know better. Our revamped website serves as the No. 1 destination for multicultural women to gain experiences that will push their look and fashion-forward lifestyle to the next level. Get your daily dose of fashion, beauty, shopping, events and travel advice tailored just for you at JONESMAG.com.
About The NorthStar Group
The NorthStar Group is a publishing, marketing and consulting firm specializing in music, entertainment, sports and corporate initiatives. Founded in 1997, The NorthStar Group represents some of the nation's leading African-American celebrities, entertainers, websites and magazines including JONES Magazine, Black Girls Rock! and ARISE in North America.
Source: The NorthStar Group
CONTACT: Melissa Veniero, Public Relations Consultant, +1-201-317-3004,
Coalition Launches New Campaign to Fight Loan Modification Scams
Website Includes Form for Reporting Fraud and Database Listing Scammers
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network, led by Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM), Freddie Mac, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and NeighborWorks America, today announced a national campaign to prevent loan modification scams through public education, complaint reporting and coordination with local, state, and federal enforcement agencies.
As part of the campaign, the Network has launched a consumer-friendly Website, http://www.PreventLoanScams.org, which is designed to support national, state and local law enforcement efforts. The Website serves as a nationwide clearinghouse and destination for loan modification scam information on complaints filed, laws and regulations, and enforcement actions.
The Website includes:
-- An electronic complaint form that can be filled out easily by an
individual who has been scammed or by counselors or friends helping a
victim of fraud;
-- Names of individuals and organizations who have been identified by
enforcement agencies to have allegedly committed a loan modification
-- Information on how to avoid a loan modification scam;
-- State-by-state information about rules, regulations and resources
available to homeowners; and
-- News and information on enforcement efforts.
Homeowners who believe they may have been a victim of a loan modification scam, can also call the Homeowners Hope Hotline at 888-995-HOPE to log a complaint and to receive free foreclosure prevention counseling.
"We've joined forces with government agencies and other industry leaders to help fight loan scams across the country," said Jeff Hayward, Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae. "This effort links homeowners to free, legitimate counseling and helps to put scammers out of business. The goal of this campaign is to educate homeowners and empower those who have fallen victim to scammers to report and prevent future fraud."
"By working together we can help the public identify alleged loan modification scam artists, learn how these scams work, and give them a new way to fight mortgage fraud," said Senior Vice President Hollis McLoughlin, Freddie Mac. "The Network's new website form will enable citizens to report fraud artists to law enforcement agencies before other borrowers are swindled out of their homes."
Loan modification scams are schemes in which people take advantage of vulnerable homeowners. Scammers prey on homeowners in distress by guaranteeing to help the homeowner obtain a modification of their mortgage to save their home. Frequently, the borrowers pay money up front but receive no help at all and their home is lost to foreclosure.
"Receiving complaints about loan modification scammers throughout the country is crucial to supporting enforcement efforts," said Joseph Rich of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "By encouraging homeowners to take action and report fraud to the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network, we hope to help federal, state and local enforcement officials bring actions against scammers."
"We're pleased to be a part of this coalition, which complements and supports our ongoing efforts to educate consumers about the warning signs of loan fraud," said Marietta Rodriguez of NeighborWorks America. "We want homeowners to know they have a place to turn to if they think they are being scammed."
"It's a real shame to hear stories from consumers who are already financially struggling and who learn they have paid large amounts of money, unwittingly, to a loan modification scam organization," said Josh Fuhrman, Vice President for Programs of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation.
Key partners include:
-- U.S. Department of the Treasury
-- U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
-- Federal Trade Commission
-- Department of Justice
-- Federal Bureau of Investigations
-- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp
-- Office of the Illinois Attorney General
-- National Association of Attorneys General
-- Conference of State Bank Supervisors
-- HOPE NOW Alliance
-- National Fair Housing Alliance
-- National Urban League
-- National Council of La Raza
-- National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development
For more information, including additional national and local partners and tips on how to avoid and report scammers, please visit http://www.PreventLoanScams.org or call the Homeowners Hope Hotline. 888-995-HOPE (4673).
About Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.
About Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.
About the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of housing, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice. For more information about the LCCRUL, visit http://www.lawyerscommittee.org .
About NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. NeighborWorks® America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. For more information, go to http://www.nw.org.
About Homeownership Preservation Foundation
Founded in 2004, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) is a 501(c)(3) independent national nonprofit dedicated to reducing foreclosures and preserving homeownership for American homeowners. HPF provides comprehensive foreclosure prevention counseling service available for free in over 160 languages to homeowners by calling 888-995-HOPE(TM) or visiting http://www.995hope.org. For more information about the Homeownership Preservation Foundation or the Homeowner's HOPE(TM) Hotline, visit http://www.995hope.org
Source: Fannie Mae
CONTACT: Amy Bonitatibus of Fannie Mae, +1-202-752-4144
SIRIUS XM Radio Coming Soon to Android-Powered Smartphones
Free SIRIUS XM App for Android-powered smartphones will deliver exclusive sports, talk, entertainment, comedy and commercial-free music channels to the DROID by Motorola and the Google Nexus One All users of the SIRIUS XM App will receive a 7-day free trial of the SIRIUS XM Premium Online service
NEW YORK, April 23 -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that a free application for Android-powered smartphones will be available in May, giving consumers access to over 120 channels of sports, talk, entertainment, news, comedy and commercial-free music on the DROID by Motorola and the Google Nexus One.
The free SIRIUS XM App for the DROID and Nexus One will give mobile consumers the freedom to listen to SIRIUS XM Premium Online content on the go on their smartphones over cellular and WiFi networks.
"SIRIUS XM will make it easy and convenient for DROID and Nexus One users to access our superior programming and exclusive content that they can't get anywhere else," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. "We are happy to add the DROID and Nexus One to our growing portfolio of Apps for smartphones that bring subscribers the best in mobile audio entertainment."
The SIRIUS XM App will give subscribers to SIRIUS or XM Premium Online who own a DROID or Nexus One the ability to access exclusive sports talk and entertainment programming from SIRIUS XM's satellite radio service. Exclusive programming includes MLB Network Radio, SIRIUS NFL Radio, NHL Home Ice, PGA TOUR, Mad Dog Radio with Chris Russo, CNN, Fox News Talk, NPR, MSNBC, The Foxxhole channel presented by Jamie Foxx, Blue Collar Comedy Radio, The Virus featuring Opie & Anthony, Playboy Radio, Rosie Radio, Oprah Radio, and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
SIRIUS and XM Premium Online subscribers will be able to listen to commercial-free music featuring exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM's satellite radio service, such as Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour and Tom Petty's Buried Treasure. Premium Online subscribers can also hear a broad array of 24/7 artist-branded music channels such as The Grateful Dead Channel, Eminem's Shade 45, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, "Little Steven" Van Zandt's Underground Garage and Outlaw Country channels, B.B. King's Bluesville, Willie Nelson's Willie's Place, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, and Metropolitan Opera Radio. In addition to the artist branded channels, Premium Online subscribers have access to commercial-free music channels from every genre, such as, dance channel BPM, new country music channel The Highway, and indie rock channel SIRIUS XMU.
Premium Online subscribers will also have access to exclusive online-only showcase channels that feature multiple plays of exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM's satellite radio service, including such acclaimed shows as Rosie Radio, The Jamie Foxx Show, specials from Blue Collar Comedy and Raw Dog Comedy, selections from the Artist Confidential series, and selections from exclusive live SIRIUS XM music performances, including pop, rock, hip-hop, country, jazz and more.
Certain programming, including MLB Play-by-Play, NFL Play-by-Play, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, and Howard Stern, will not be available via the SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One. Listeners will continue to be able to access that programming through the SIRIUS XM platforms where they are currently offered.
The SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One will allow users to:
-- Listen to over 120 channels of SIRIUS XM Premium Online programming on
the go, even while surfing the web or checking email.
-- Bookmark SIRIUS XM Premium Online channels for fast, easy access
through a "Favorites" function.
-- View the current channel plus what is playing on all other available
channels via the "Lookaround" function.
The SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One will be available as a free download through the Android Market on the handset or by visiting http://www.siriusxm.com/android. After downloading the free App, users will then be able to register for a 7-day free trial to SIRIUS XM Premium Online on their compatible smartphones.
There will be no additional charge for listening to SIRIUS XM's Premium Online programming on an Android-powered smartphone once a user becomes a SIRIUS XM Premium Online subscriber or subscribes to the Company's Premium Online service in conjunction with their satellite radio subscription.
SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather.
SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge®, Bob Edwards, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball®, NASCAR®, NBA, NHL®, and PGA TOUR® and major college sports.
SIRIUS XM Radio has arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Wal-Mart and independent retailers.
SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic® service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.
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The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: general economic conditions; our dependence upon automakers and other third parties, the substantial indebtedness of SIRIUS and XM; the useful life of our satellites; and our competitive position versus other forms of audio and video entertainment. Additional factors that could cause SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and XM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov/). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.
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'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' to Launch on May 11th
- First expansion to the best-selling MMO 'Age of Conan' launches 11th of May 2010 - - Pre-order now available on the brand new http://www.ageofconan.com website -
DURHAM, N.C., April 23 -- Funcom is proud to announce the launch of the pre-order campaign for 'Rise of the Godslayer', the first expansion for the highly acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures'. The expansion, set in the eastern empire of Khitai, builds on an already extensive Conan universe and will let players travel to a unique part of Conan's world where an ancient traditional culture clashes with dark forces. 'Rise of the Godslayer' expands on an already massive game world, and will also introduce entirely new and exciting gameplay mechanics.
The expansion will launch on May 11th and will be available both through retail and as a digital download. In retail the expansion will come in an all-new packaging that includes both the expansion and the original game, allowing new players to quickly get up to speed with all the new content and gameplay. The retail product comes bundled with a new social pet as well as a package of virtual items to welcome new players to Hyboria.
Funcom is proud to be working with two new distribution partners, Deep Silver for the European territories and CompuExpert for the North American markets. Both Deep Silver and CompuExpert are heralded industry-leading distributors with over 35 years of combined experience.
"We are now ready to publish the expansion and it feels great to sound the horn and let players into this great new world that we have created," says Morten Larssen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Funcom. "It is also very exciting to be re-engaging with retail together with our great distribution partners with an updated product that contains both the expansion and the original game, making this release relevant to both new players, previous players and our current playerbase."
As a pre-order reward a new form of in-game pet that aids players in battle is premiered. This pet will immediately be given to all existing customers that pre-order before the launch date, as well as to all retail customers that register up until the 25th of May. Combined with this launch, Funcom is also introducing a digital Collector's Edition optional upgrade, which among other things gives immediate access to a flying fighting pet. The upgrade to the digital Collector's Edition is now available through the customer account page.
The soundtrack of the expansion content is simultaneously being made available in all major territories through Grappa records, including a bonus DVD with full 5.1 surround recording. The soundtrack will also include a key that will unlock a unique in-game bone flute.
Launching in May 2008 'Age of Conan' quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies around the world. In North America, the most prominent online gaming market in the west, 'Age of Conan' became the third best-selling PC title of the year in 2008. In the weeks after launch 'Age of Conan' simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. 'Age of Conan' is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and is being prepared for launch in Korea as well.
Visit ftp.funcom.com/press to download screenshots, artworks, videos and more.
ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Recent titles include 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures', 'The Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit. For information about Funcom games visit http://www.anarchy-online.com, http://www.dreamfall.com, http://www.darkdaysarecoming.com or http://www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.
ABOUT CONAN PROPERTIES INTERNATIONAL - Conan Properties International LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paradox Entertainment Inc., controls rights to Conan, many associated characters and the Hyborian world, as created by Robert E. Howard and various rights expanded upon by many acclaimed authors and artists. Many consider Conan the world's best-known fantasy character. For more information about Conan Properties International LLC, visit http://www.conan.com. For information about Paradox Entertainment Inc., visit http://www.paradox-entertainment.com.
About Deep Silver
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver products are designed to equally appeal to pros and beginners, children and adults. Visit Deep Silver's website: http://www.deepsilver.com.
CompuExpert, a is a subsidiary of Digital Interactive , a leading provider of innovative video gaming products, services and technologies to consumers, online retailers, video game publishers, and PC accessory manufacturers. . CompuExpert enjoys a solid reputation as one of the leading distributors for the gaming channels today with reach to many retail partners. With over 19 years of gaming & distribution experience CompuExpert focus on delivering the hottest Video Games products in the North American territory. CompuExpert is your first choice of gaming when it comes to distributing front line video game products. Visit CompuExpert website: http://www.compuexpert.com.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Erling Ellingsen, Director of Communications, Funcom,
+47-48-86-71-07, or Jan Birkeland, Junior Communications Manager, Funcom,
+47-95-81-16 86, email@example.com
Seo-Console.com Merges Contextual Ads and Textual Link Ads Into One Format
EINDHOVEN, The Nederlands, April 23, 2010-- An innovative concept of merging different types of online advertisements
into one format has been realized by the portal http://www.seo-console.com.
The new ad format, named Digest-Based Ads (DBA), provides the online
advertisers with a powerful instrumentation to reach multiple marketing
targets at once and with a low cost.
The high-tech lab IVRA, located in the 'Silicon Valley of Europe' has
released a principally new service for online promotion and marketing,
available on its website http://www.seo-console.com. The service allows
online advertisers promoting their online business/product by placing the
Digest-Based Ads on such Internet resources which theme/niche coincides with
the niche of the promoted business.
The achieved niche-match between the promoted product and publishing
websites is not the only advantage of the http://www.seo-console.com service.
The second benefit is brought by the nature of the DBA format. Opposite to
the Google AdWords and Yahoo! Advertising platforms, which allow only short
texts in their ads, the format of a Digest-Based Ads allows placing a digest
(mini-article) containing a title as a direct link to the promoted website
and a few descriptive sentences in a post-title description. This attracts
more attention from the visitors of publishing websites, since the
information in such DBA is readable and informative.
As a result, via DBA placements, an advertiser obtains multiple benefits
at the same time: (a) publicity ('I read about this somewhere in net'), (b)
bringing thematically involved visitors onto his business website from the
publishing websites, and (c) better website ranking in major search engines,
due to the direct link in the DBA title, where the good ranking brings even
more targeted visitors from the organic search results.
The owners of the publishing websites admitted to the network that, among
valuable website monetization, they also obtained additional content for their
websites, because the digests are placed on their webpages on a long-term
Seo-Console.com is a part of IVRA Holding B.V., headquartered in
Eindhoven, The Netherlands, which develops and provides B2C online-solutions
for marketing and tourism sectors.
Contact: Egor Bondarau of the IVRA Holding, +31(0)6-47568928, E.Bondarev@TUE.nl
Yovia Starts the People Party in Advance of 2010 Election Buzz
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla., April 23 -- Yovia, the first People Engine, reaching more than 90,000 key influencers on the social web, announced today the launch of a political community designed to aid qualified candidates in the use of social media for their 2010 campaigns.
In preparation for the 2010 mid-term elections, Yovia has created an independent forum for political debate online.
The new "People Party" is designed to enable groups to build consensus via social networks, and then leverage that consensus for meaningful voter activity.
"Starting with President Obama, we're seeing a big shift in politics to focus more on grassroots, social-network-driven political campaigns," said Jalali Hartman, CEO of Yovia. "With the emergence of the Tea Party Patriots and other online movements, I think we will see a direct relationship between social networking and winning elections. These groups are not large, but they are extremely influential."
Candidates and voters can share their views and organize supporters at:
Founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing simplicity and purpose to social networking, Yovia is the world's first People Engine, where real people generate real content and form real communities around what matters to them. Yovia helps individuals increase their social capital and introduces advertisers to the communities that best connect with their offerings.
Promptu's ShoutOUT for Android(TM) offers hands-free texting capability, transcribing messages dictated in natural speech; first version of ShoutOUT to feature text message voice addressing
MENLO PARK, Calif., April 23 -- ShoutOUT, Promptu Systems Corporation's free speech recognition app that lets users compose text messages in natural speech instead of typing, is available for the Motorola Droid(TM) in the Android Market.
No other Android speech recognition app used for text messaging - including Google Voice functionality in Android 2.1 - comes close to the accuracy of ShoutOUT, which is fully integrated with the Android SMS client and uses Smartword, Promptu's editing tool that lets users see and select from likely word alternatives.
But what advances the Motorola Droid(TM) version of ShoutOUT close to Promptu's vision for totally hands-free messaging, is its ability to use voice commands to address text messages.
"ShoutOUT is great for texting on the go when you don't have two free hands for typing - it's much more intuitive and natural than the awkward process of typing on a phone," said Giuseppe Staffaroni, Promptu's CEO.
All Promptu applications are built on state-of-the-art speech recognition technology and are recognized in the industry for extremely high accuracy rates. To maximize accuracy for ShoutOUT, a personalized acoustic model is assigned for every user during the app's registration process. Promptu's ShoutOUT for iPhone, released in late December 2009, continues to receive strong reviews.
ShoutOUT's speech recognition is server-based, and 100-percent automated. All message transcriptions that appear on users' phones are created with no human intervention whatsoever, so privacy is guaranteed.
ShoutOUT standard features include:
-- Voice Addressing
-- Full integration into the phone's messaging service
-- Message exchanges threaded by recipient
-- Thumbnail images for contacts
-- One-touch navigation to all recent incoming and outgoing messages
By using voice as the interface, ShoutOUT is the most intuitive and natural alternative to the awkward process of entering text on a mobile phone.
The Motorola Droid(TM) version of ShoutOUT will be available on Monday, April 26 in the Android Market.
Promptu Systems Corporation is at the tipping point of a mobile revolution fueled by Voice User Interface (VUI) applications - the most intuitive and natural way to interact with a phone. Created for consumers, carriers, and handset providers, Promptu applications run on the company's fully automated Network Speech Recognition (NSR(TM)) platform to ensure accuracy, speed, privacy, and scalability. Promptu applications can be optimized for regional accents, and support real-time review and editing of transcribed text. Every day thousands of Promptu applications are downloaded worldwide. See how the revolution is being vocalized at: http://www.promptu.com/.
Source: Promptu Systems Corporation
CONTACT: Leigh Anne Varney, +1-415-387-7250, firstname.lastname@example.org, for
Promptu Systems Corporation
WISeKey Announce New Services and Solutions for Latin America at MIT
GENEVA and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 23, 2010-- Carlos Moreira, Chairman and Founder of WISeKey, is to unveil his vision
and plans towards the region in an address to a selected audience of over 500
entrepreneurs and members of the science community in New England during the
traditional MIT Latin Conference to be held this week-end in Cambridge,
Carlos Moreira will debate some of these initiatives with MIT's Media Lab
Scholars and MIT Sloan School of Management's Dean, David Schmittlein, at the
opening of the Conference.
WISeKey, a World Economic Forum High Growth Company, is to present its
deployment plan to provide Trusted Digital Identities and Secure Cloud
Services to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking populations in Latin America and
the US. WISeKey is a world leader in solutions designed to digital
identification, secure electronic transactions and cloud computing.
The first e-security company in the world to offer decentralized Trust
Models and PKI architecture, WISeKey allows ecosystems to be federated via a
linguistic attribute that makes them interact while maintaining local
traditions and languages.
Gone are the days of huge centralized clouds and ID metasystems with no
respect to local traditions, languages and national boundaries.
During his presentation, Moreira will provide an overview of the Latin
American Digital Identification and Trusted cloud computing landscape. He
will have a particular focus on how Latin American ecosystems can leverage
cloud utilization at local and national levels, allowing them to improve the
interconnectivity among Spanish and Portuguese-speaking populations, which is
now the third largest language group on earth.
This also includes the US, where over 44 million Spanish-speakers reside
- with that number expected to surpass 100 million by 2050 according to the
Generally speaking, English is the universal language on the Internet and
cloud computing. But the use of only one language tends to polarize the world
into Internet users and Internet illiterates, and to exclude huge populations
from the benefits of these technologies.
The position of English on the building of cloud services can only be
altered by major world-scale political and economic changes, such as
increasing importance of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities and
ecosystems that might wish and be able to promote another language than
English. Developing localized ID services and cloud computing in Spanish and
Portuguese will reduce the cost of the cloud technology.
Cloud computing is relatively new, but rapidly growing in Latin America.
WISeKey is assisting some local providers in leveraging their data centers,
increasing their security and trust models, and adding digital identification
technologies to provide trusted secure services to their client maintaining
their linguistic neutrality.
Carlos Moreira is also to detail at the MIT Latin Conference WISeKey's
enhanced presence in the region. The primary focus will be in partnering up
with local companies and governments in the establishment of technology
transactional hubs, which provide the required platform for the industrial
development of technologies, local R&D and applications for firms, the public
sector and individuals.
WISeKey Brazil was recently established in partnership with the
Brasilinvest Group. The name of its new CEO, who will also share
responsibilities for expanding operations to other Latin American countries,
is to be announced in the next few weeks.
Fitness Magazine Kicks Off the Warmer Weather with Easy Healthy Recipes, Including Healthy Smoothie Recipes
FitnessMagazine.com Promotes Healthy Snack Foods and Warns Against Vending Machine Snacks
NEW YORK, April 23 -- With the return of warmer weather, women are looking to Fitness Magazine and FitnessMagazine.com for healthy snack foods and easy, healthy recipes to get back in shape after the long winter. In response, FitnessMagazine.com has posted new healthy recipes along with updates to its most popular ones.
"We all know that healthy eating is one of the fastest ways to feel empowered and ready to make smart choices and at least small changes in our lives," said Kristen Diederich, Senior Editor of FitnessMagazine.com. "This is the time of year when women are eager to reevaluate their eating habits and add more healthy foods and low calorie snacks. Our website is full of suggestions to help them make the transition."
At FitnessMagazine.com, women will find easy healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch and multi-course dinners. There are recipes that make over a traditionally unhealthy recipe and turn it into something that's healthier and fewer calories, as well as recipes for produce that is in season and therefore more accessible and affordable. Women can also sign up to receive a free weekly newsletter with the latest delicious and healthy recipes, suggestions for putting together shopping lists, cooking tips and other health news.
In between meals, women are encouraged to choose healthy snack foods to boost their metabolism. FitnessMagazine.com presents photos and recipes for homemade snacks such as hummus with pita and peas, spiced maple yogurt, and tomato juice and cheese. Also available is a collection of the healthiest packaged snack foods you can buy in the grocery store. Vending machine snacks are discouraged, but in case of an emergency, FitnessMagazine.com ranks the top 10 vending machine snacks to avoid and their top 10 to choose in a pinch.
To help women recharge their batteries after a workout or for a quick meal to start the day, FitnessMagazine.com has a variety of healthy smoothie recipes with photos to match. These fruit smoothies come in many varieties, including strawberry, banana and flax; honeydew-kiwifruit; and whipped strawberry lemonade.
Developed by Fitness Magazine (http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/), it's the premier website for exercise, health, and nutrition information. From our Personal Fitness Trainer to our healthy recipes, from video workouts to our free exercise logs, FitnessMagazine.com is the guide you need to help you reach your fitness goals and celebrate your successes. FitnessMagazine.com is dedicated to delivering strategies and tools that help women make little changes to achieve big success. With a you-can-do-it attitude, our workouts, health and beauty advice, diet plans and success stories motivate readers to get strong in mind, body and spirit.
Source: Fitness Magazine
CONTACT: Kristen Diederich of Fitness Magazine,
Huntkey Introduces New Safety and Practicality Concept for Power Strips: PZA500 and PZA501
SHENZHEN, China, April 23 -- Huntkey Enterprise Group, the leading provider of both computer components and consumers products such as various kinds of power supplies, PC cases, adapters, power strips, etc., announces new members to the power strip family--- PZA500 and PZA501 after the launching of "Universal" Series. "They are increased to new safety standards and for practicality, which provides home customers and SOHO users the best solution," said Alva Li, Huntkey global marketing manager.
Different from the "Universal" series of power strip, the PZA500 and PZA501's German and French standard dual-use plug design makes them apply to many regions and countries such as Germany, France, Poland, Russian, Demark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, Turkey, etc. It complies with such safety certification as DIN VDE0620-1(VDE 0620-1):2005-04; DIN 49406 T.1/1981.3.
According to the survey, 30% of the faults in network electronic equipment are caused by lighting, 80% of indirect lighting intrudes network equipment via the power cord. Surge harm exists everywhere and its protection cannot be ignored. These two models adopt full 3-line surge protection technology that can stand up to 660 Joules of surge. They not only protect electrical appliances, but the special plug for TV(PZA501)or Net(PZA500) can also keep them away from surge harm directly.
Overload protection is another function of the power strips--- 4000W rated power at 250V, 16A operating environment. It will automatically cut down the electricity while overloading. Push the bottom in the side of the power strip, it will be recovered. The humanized design brings more safety and convenience to users' lives. These two models all have one master switch to control all five sockets simultaneously. It's N/L (null wire and live wire) double breaking switch could prevent the devices from fire caused by null wires still connected. Moreover, grounding protection and well filter function make it a good safety defender for users.
-- Complies with: DIN VDE0620-1(VDE 0620-1):2005-04; DIN 49406 T.1/1981.3
-- Rated Current: Max 16A
-- Rated Voltage: 250V
-- Rated Power: Max 4000W
-- Frequency: 50Hz
-- Power Cord: 3M
-- Master Switch: 16A, 250V
-- Overload protector: 16A, 250V
-- Socket: 5 outlets German sockets
Huntkey Enterprise Group, one of the top 5 power supply providers, founded in 1992, is a professional provider specialized in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of power supplies. The products of Huntkey cover a wide variety, including power supplies (1W-250KW), power systems, computer cases, universal notebook adapters, chargers, power supply converters, power strip, etc. The industrial parks of Huntkey in Shenzhen, Heyuan and Hefei, which cover a total area of over 750,000 square meters, are now the largest IT manufacturing base in China's mainland. Huntkey with over 7,000 employees has set up its branch companies in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe. Its clients are found all over the world in more than 30 countries and regions, including Lenovo, DELL, etc.
For more information, please contact:
Source: Huntkey Enterprise Group
CONTACT: Alva Li at email@example.com; Sheena Hu at firstname.lastname@example.org
or +86-755-8960-6654 & +86-755-8960-6684
Barcode.com Announces Industry's Largest Free Online Directory of Barcode Companies and Services
A new free directory of over 1,600 companies in the barcode industry is available at http://www.barcode.com. The list includes niches such as barcode software, barcode labels, barcode fonts, barcode printers, barcode readers and more.
SARASOTA, Fla., April 23 -- Barcode.com, the barcode industry's newest hub for industry-related news, events and information, announces the launch of the world's largest online directory of its kind.
The directory's database contains over 1,600 companies representing 50 countries, providing products and services related to the barcode and point of sale industries; categories include barcode scanners, barcode printers, barcode labels, barcode fonts, barcode software, used barcode equipment, manufacturers, distributors, resellers, mobile barcodes and more. The directory is offered as a free service to anyone seeking information in the field.
"It is our goal at barcode.com to act as a hub for the industry. We provide a single source where readers can go to find answers to their barcode-related questions and stay up-to-date with industry news and advances. This directory satisfies an industry deficit; we are proud to offer the world's most comprehensive list and are confident that it will be of great benefit to our readers and colleagues in the field," says Craig Aberle, President, Barcode.com.
The team at Barcode.com has been working on this ambitious endeavor for over 6 months, and will continue growing the list by adding new companies. Companies in the barcode industry are invited to check the list for their inclusion and to add their company if it is not present.
Barcode.com also offers a weekly news magazine. Visit the site to subscribe.
Barcode.com is a free, online magazine providing a single source for all industry-related news, information and advances. It also operates http://www.pointofsale.com as a news and information hub for the point of sale (POS) industry.
For more information, contact Craig Aberle, President, at email@example.com.
LightInTheBox.com Launches Its Italian Language Version
BEIJING, April 23 -- LightInTheBox.com has just launched an Italian language version of its popular wholesale website. With the continual rise of the number of Italians on the internet, which is now around 49% of Italy's nearly 60 million people, LightInTheBox.com saw the opportunity to launch a dedicated service for this rapidly-growing group that transacts over 10 Billion Euros online, annually.
The Italian version of Lighinthebox.com will be unique in that it will be targeted at the smallest geographic area of all LightInTheBox.com language sites. This means that products and promotions will be highly tailored and targeted for this demographic. LightInTheBox.com has also hired locals to research designs and trends specific to their Italian customers.
It will provide all the services and products that consumers can already find on all existing language versions of LightInTheBox.com - electronics, health & beauty, home & garden, and most importantly, clothing & apparel ( http://www.lightinthebox.com/it/wholesale-moda_c71 ), the most popular category of all time.
To celebrate the launch, LightInTheBox.com will be having special offers and deals only for their Italian-speaking customers.
CEO of LightInTheBox.com, Alan Guo, said that, "it's an exciting opportunity for us to move into the Italian-speaking market. We have had much success in other European countries, but we believe that our attention to the specific needs and wants of our Italian customers will allow us to establish a long lasting relationship together."
"Those websites definitely have an established place in the market, but we have such a wide range of products and many existing customers already in Italy, that we feel it won't take us long to catch up," said Kevin Wen, founder of LightInTheBox.com.
LightInTheBox.com is a leading global online distributor, offering more than fifty thousand quality products to customers in more than 160 countries, and serves both individual consumers and commercial customers.
Youku.com Authorized Broadcast Rights for All FIFA 2010 World Cup Matches
Youku World Cup Channel goes online; conference on sports marketing planned
BEIJING, April 23 -- Youku.com, China's leading video site, announced that FIFA and CCTV have jointly authorized Youku.com with online broadcast rights to all FIFA 2010 matches. CCTV has also granted rights to Youku.com for on-demand broadcast of CCTV's self-produced FIFA programs. With these agreements in hand, Youku now is positioned to offer the most complete range of World Cup broadcasts of any online video site in China.
Youku.com's new World Cup Channel will be dedicated to broadcasts of matches as well as interactive activities for football fans. Programming will include match play, an extensive collection of highlights, background information on teams, and much more. In addition, the Youku World Cup Channel will also broadcast all FIFA-related programming airing on CCTV.
Working with many of its over 2000 media partners, Youku will leverage both online and offline entertainment activities around the World Cup to encourage deeper participation from football fans. During the FIFA season, Youku will also invite experts, entertainment stars and well-known figures from the world of sports as well as celebrities from the entertainment world to interact with Youku users.
According to the data provided by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), over 60 percent of Chinese netizens followed the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany online. With more than three years of development, online video sites are better equipped than ever to offer marketing value, an excellent user experience, and deep level of user engagement for the this long anticipated event.
With daily video views averaging over 200 million and 30 million daily unique visitors, Youku has established itself as the leading brand in China's online video market, occupying more than half of the market by total time spent online. The World Cup Channel takes its place beside Youku's other leading content channels -- Youku Information, Box Office Hits, TV Serials, and Youku Entertainment.
Youku also announced plans to host a conference in the near future, inviting brand advertisers and partners to discuss ways to best use Youku World Cup Channel to for building brand value and for developing optimal content.
With the FIFA license and Youku's natural marketing advantage, Youku invites brand advertisers and partners to explore this valuable opportunity.
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Announcing Two New Sleek and Stylish Devices: Nokia C5 and Nokia X5
BEIJING, China, April 23, 2010-- Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today strengthens its TD-SCDMA portfolio announcing two
new devices: the Nokia X5 and the Nokia C5 for TD-SCDMA. Customized for China
Mobile - the world's leading operator - these two new TD-SCDMA devices which
include the first joint mobile application store, the Mobile Market-Ovi
Store, are another demonstration of Nokia's continued commitment to TD-SCDMA
as a major standard in China. The Nokia X5 and C5 will debut at the World
Expo Shanghai 2010, where consumers can test the Nokia TD-SCDMA devices
powerful entertainment features and rich internet experience in the China
Mobile Expo area.
With these devices, users can connect to the internet through China
Mobiles high-speed 3G (TD-SCDMA) network as well as enjoy preloaded
applications such as CMCC Music, Mobile Video, Fetion IM, and the Mobile
"Nokia is boosting its leadership in the TD-SCDMA market by strengthening
its TD-SCDMA portfolio with products that appeal to a wide range of customers
at a range of price points. After the milestone collaboration with China
Mobile on the Mobile Market-Ovi Store, we also continue to offer new and
stylish devices to satisfy our consumers," said Chris Leong, Senior Vice
President, Greater China, Korea & Japan.
"We are also very excited to become a board member of TD Forum after
being involved in the forum's activities for years. We have a long-term
commitment to TD-SCDMA and we take our leadership role very seriously. We
will continue to drive for TD-SCDMA technology and market development as well
as evolution towards TD-LTE. And thus will contribute the prosperity of
TD-SCDMA in China, with both high quality TD-SCDMA devices and rich
applications and services." Leong added.
Nokia X5: an exciting music experience and iconic design make users stand
out from the crowd
Designed for music lovers and young trendsetters, the new Nokia X5 is the
first Nokia TD-SCDMA Symbian based entertainment device. Taking the lead on
music experience in the TD-SCDMA market, the Nokia X5 includes a dedicated
music key and easy access to CMCC music. With an iconic design in three
bright colors - black, white, and red, the Nokia X5 is certain to make
younger Chinese consumers stand out from the crowd.
With its 5.0-megapixel camera, dual LED flash and video recording
functions, the Nokia X5 ensures users will never miss an opportunity to
record life's important moments. The device makes it easy to recall those
special moments for viewing pictures and videos on a 2.4'' QVGA 16M color TFT
display. Direct access to MM-Ovi Store, mobile video, Fetion IM, and Mobile
Map/Navigation bring consumers an exceptional mobile internet experience,
while pre-loaded rich contents also contribute to an impressive entertainment
The Nokia X5 will become available in China during the second quarter of
Nokia C5: an exciting mobile internet experience in a stylish, compact
The Nokia C5 is a stylish, powerful TD-SCDMA device at a new
affordability level in Nokia's TD-SCDMA portfolio and is guaranteed to turn
heads. The Nokia C5 has a stylish stainless-steel keypad in a compact design.
Rich in features and applications, the Nokia C5 is pre-loaded with Fetion and
139 mailbox, and offers easy access to all services and applications on
Offering a 5.0 megapixel camera and a 2.4'' QVGA 16M color TFT display to
allow consumers to take, view great pictures and videos in great detail and
share with family and friends. There are two colors schemes available -
silver and black.
The Nokia C5 will become available in China during the third quarter of
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music, maps,
apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital
mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides
equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.
Harman and Neusoft Form Strategic Partnership to Develop Advanced Technologies in Automotive and Consumer Electronics
Joint Development Centers Established in China and Germany
SHENYANG, China, April 23 -- Harman International (NYSE:HAR) and Neusoft Corporation (600718.SH) announced today that the two companies have agreed to enter into partnership for the development of advanced technologies in automotive and consumer electronics. As a result of this collaboration, Harman and Neusoft have jointly established technology development centers in Shenyang, China and Hamburg, Germany that will extend both parties' technological leadership in these fast-growing industries. The opening ceremony of the Harman and Neusoft Joint Offshore Development Center was held on April 23, 2010 in Neusoft Park, Shenyang, China.
Beginning with some 250 professionals, this partnership is expected to increase the number of technical resources working on Harman products and systems by more 500 personnel within the next two years. The milestone collaboration leverages Harman's market-leading position in automotive infotainment and audio technologies, and Neusoft's more than 15 years of expertise in automotive technologies and product engineering solutions.
"We are delighted to welcome Neusoft as a strategic partner," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman's Chairman, President and CEO. "This relationship will accelerate our development of next-generation technologies and sharpen our execution focus in delivering Harman's record $10 billion audio and infotainment order book, while adding Neusoft's deep expertise to our commitment to keep our customers at the leading edge of navigation technologies. Further, Neusoft's experience in Chinese, Japanese and Korean navigation solutions will help Harman extend its Western automotive
leadership to Asia."
"Harman's leading market share and close relationships with global automakers will provide a platform for Neusoft's expertise in next-generation technologies for automotive and consumer electronics, which will significantly enhance Neusoft's position in the global product engineering market." said Dr. Jiren Liu, Chairman and CEO of Neusoft Corporation. "By partnering with Harman, Neusoft will also further improve our development and innovation competitiveness in the product engineering field, as well as enhance our overall delivery capabilities for our customers in the European market."
Neusoft Corporation ( http://www.neusoft.com/ ) is a leading IT solutions and services provider in China. Neusoft is also a leading product engineering services provider with worldwide operations, serving an increasing range of large corporate customers from all over the world. Focusing on software technology, Neusoft provides industry solutions, product engineering solutions, related software products & platforms, and services. With more than 16,000 employees around the world, Neusoft has a comprehensive marketing and service network in more than 40 cities across China, as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Middle East. The Company is the first listed software company in China and is traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Harman International Industries, Incorporated ( http://www.harman.com/ ) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia and has approximately 11,000 employees worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes some 15 leading names including AKG(R), Harman Kardon(R), Infinity(R), JBL(R), Lexicon(R) and Mark Levinson. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR."
Brad A. Hoffman
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Harman International Industries, Incorporated
Ateam Inc. Launches Pubbles!! -- A Casual Match-3 Puzzle Game for Windows Computers!
- Pubbles is a new charming puzzler available as download for US$9.99 -
NAGOYA, Japan, April 23 -- Ateam Inc., a leading Internet and mobile content developer in Japan, announced on April 23 its Pubbles game for Windows (TM) computers is now available for download through the game's website http://www.pubblesgame.com (US$9.99). Pubbles features a relaxing and enjoyable marine theme with soft colors and beautiful backgrounds created exclusively for the game. With 3 great game modes, consumers on tight gaming budgets can enjoy Pubbles for hours and hours at half the price of most other popular casual match-3 puzzlers. Also as a free bonus, Pubbles comes with 10 beautiful desktop wallpapers straight from the game.
"I'm excited that people around the world will have the opportunity to play Ateam's first PC game Pubbles," explained Takao Hayashi, founder and president of Ateam Inc. "I think with its wonderful graphics and stress-free play style, everyone from kids to adults will enjoy Pubbles."
In Pubbles the player pops sets of 3 or more bubbles to gain points and clear levels. If a large set of bubbles is popped at once, the player is rewarded with a dazzling lightening blast special which creates point coins to collect and the chance for sensational combos. Players can play at their own pace in RELAX mode, or challenge their skills in the quicker and more challenging EXPERT mode. Players can also have fun timing their popping speed in SPEED POP mode. Get Pubbles today for just US$9.99 at http://www.pubblesgame.com.
Ateam Inc. (http://www.a-tm.co.jp) is a leading Internet and mobile content developer in Japan. Based in Nagoya, Ateam Inc. was founded in 2000 and creates/manages websites used widely throughout the country, develops hundreds of game sites and content for Japanese mobile phones, and releases consumer games around the world through digital platforms like WiiWare (TM) and iPhone (TM). For the last 2 years Ateam has been in the Top 10 of the Deloitte Technology Fast50 as one of Japan's fastest growing technology companies.
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Marketing Division, Promotion Group
New Catalogs and Reference Guide Publications From Anixter: Info on the Latest Communications and Security Products and Standards
GLENVIEW, Ill., April 22 -- Anixter (NYSE:AXE) announced today the release of three new publications that address the current and future technological and product needs of the enterprise cabling and security industries: Anixter's Standards Reference Guide, Communications Products catalog and Security Solutions catalog.
As technologies in the enterprise cabling and security industries evolve, keeping up with the latest products and solutions can be challenging. The 2010 catalogs and Standards Reference Guide are the latest effort in Anixter's commitment to provide customers with the necessary products and updates on trends, new technologies and industry standards that affect the networking and security markets. The Communications Products and Security Solutions catalogs include information on Anixter ipAssured(SM), the migration to IP-based physical security and networking overviews. The Standards Reference Guide highlights the most relevant standards from the TIA, ISO, IEEE standards bodies and more.
Anixter's Standards Reference Guide places all of the most relevant network cabling standards into an easy-to-use pocket guide. Designed to be a clear and concise at-a-glance guide, the Standards Reference Guide provides the latest networking standards and performance specifications to help ensure an installation is meeting industry best practices, guidelines and standards to minimize transmission errors. The guide includes the latest network cabling standards, including the new ANSI/TIA-568-C suite of standards.
The 2010 Communications Products and Security Solutions catalogs bring together the most recent security and communications products with reference material that covers the latest networking standards. User friendly with bold and rich colors, the easy-to-navigate resources are searchable by part number, product type or manufacturer.
Products for the 2010 Communications Products catalog include:
-- High-performance copper and fiber optic cabling solutions
-- Racks, cabinets and cable management
-- Power, cooling and environmental management
-- Installation tools, test equipment and accessories
-- Outside plant cabling solutions and building entrance protection.
Products for the 2010 Security Solutions catalog include:
-- IP surveillance, networking and storage products
-- Video transmission and wireless products
-- Security racks, consoles and enclosures
-- Access control and intrusion detection systems
-- Sound and paging systems, fire alarm systems, power products.
Anixter's 2010 catalogs (available in both print and on CD) and the Standards Reference Guide, can be ordered by visiting anixter.com/literature or by contacting an Anixter representative at 1.800.ANIXTER. You can request a quote on any of our products through our online catalog at anixter.com/catalog.
Anixter International is a leading global distributor of communications products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small parts. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs; 2) more than 450,000 products and over $900 million in inventory; 3) 223 warehouses with more than 7 million square feet of space; and 4) locations in 265 cities in 51 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.
Source: Anixter International
CONTACT: Dawn Marks, +1-224-521-8484, for Anixter International
RFS Unveils HYBRIFLEX, the World's First Lightweight Aluminum Hybrid Feeder Cabling Solution for Remote Radio Heads
COLOMBES, France, April 22, 2010-- With HYBRIFLEX, its revolutionary new RRH hybrid feeder
cabling solution, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and
broadcast infrastructure specialist, becomes the first company to combine
optical fiber and DC power for Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) in a single
lightweight aluminum corrugated cable. RFS' patented solution enables the
cabling expenditure reductions, ease-of-installation and operational
efficiency mobile operators need to evolve their networks while limiting
their power consumption and carbon footprint at cellular sites.
Upgrading technology, reducing operating expenditures (OPEX)
and decreasing CO2 emissions at cellular sites are constant challenges for
operators around the globe. As part of their efforts, many operators are
deploying a distributed base station architecture where RRHs are installed
next to the antenna on the tower or rooftop rather than deploying old-style
macro base stations. Installing RRHs close to antennas reduces costs by
cutting power consumption - typically in half - but means RF transmission,
power and grounding cables must all be brought to the RRH on the tower or
Recognizing operators' challenges, RFS developed HYBRIFLEX,
which allows operators to connect up to three sectors with a single composite
optical fiber and power cable with the grounding function incorporated
directly in the cable.
"RFS' innovative single-cable architecture allows operators to
reduce the number of RRH cables required from nine to one," explains Marc
Kaeumle, Vice President, RF Transmission and Distribution at RFS. "Along with
decreasing the load on the tower or rooftop, HYBRIFLEX dramatically
simplifies and cuts the cost of installation while enabling significant
savings. For example, installation of stripped fiber optic cable pairs
directly to the RRH eliminates the need for expensive junction boxes and
limits wind load. In addition, by enabling simple, flexible and
cost-effective deployment of RRHs close to antennas, HYBRIFLEX helps
operators reduce power consumption at their cellular sites - an important
step toward achieving their CO2 reduction objectives," concludes Kaeumle.
HYBRIFLEX's unique design and structure offer additional
- To simplify inventory management of cable accessories,
HYBRIFLEX is designed according to standard RF feeder diameter. This
means commonly available RFS CELLFLEX LCF 1/2-inch and LCF 7/8-inch
feeder accessories can be used in all HYBRIFLEX installations.
- For maximum flexibility, HYBRIFLEX can be connectorized
on-site. Alternatively, pre-connectorized solutions and services are
available to help standardize the RRH cabling process.
- To ensure an extremely lightweight cable, the armor is
aluminum. Aluminum also offers the fragile fiber optic cables inside
more protection than polyethylene tubes and at a much lower cost than
Incorporating the grounding function, which is critical to
RRHs, also eliminates the need for and cost of cable grounding.
Trademarks: Radio Frequency Systems(R), RFS(R) and CELLFLEX(R)
are registered trademarks and HYBRIFLEX(TM) is a trademark of Radio Frequency
Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and
manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, plus active and passive RF
conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for wireless
RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators
and installers in the broadcast, wireless communications, land-mobile and
microwave market sectors. As an ISO compliant organization with manufacturing
and customer service facilities that span the globe, RFS offers cutting-edge
engineering capabilities, superior field support and innovative product
design. RFS is a leader in wireless infrastructure.
Novellus Develops Precision Anti-Reflective Layers That Enable Critical Dimension Control Strategies for Sub-32nm Lithography
New VECTOR(R) PECVD Process Deposits Patterning Layers With 4X Less Wafer-To-Wafer Variability As Compared To Single Station Deposition Architectures
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22 -- Novellus Systems (NASDAQ:NVLS) announced today that it has developed precision anti-reflective layer (ARL) patterning films on its VECTOR PECVD platform with less than 2 angstroms wafer-to-wafer thickness variability. The new process technology utilizes VECTOR's multi-station sequential processing (MSSP®) architecture to deposit ARL films with ultra-uniform film thickness, refractive index (n), and extinction coefficient (k). The properties of these new films exceed the requirements of sub-32nm lithography and are significantly superior to similar films deposited using a side-by-side single station-like deposition architecture.
Control of critical dimension (CD) variation is essential for 32nm lithography and beyond. The 2009 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) recommends less than 1nm total CD variation to ensure the functionality of ultra-high performance circuits. Advanced lithography CD control tools such as high-end phase-shift masks with complex optical proximity correction have become extremely expensive to implement in order to achieve the tight CD control required for 32nm device manufacturing. An effective, less expensive lithography technique used to control variability is called dose compensation, where the exposure dose is adjusted using a software algorithm for a specific area on the wafer. To ensure proper performance, dose compensation strategies require predictable anti-reflective layer thickness and optical properties for each incoming wafer.
Novellus engineers have developed a new ARL process technology on the VECTOR platform that provides the ultra-uniform wafer-to-wafer performance required to employ these dose compensation control strategies. The new process technology is coupled with the VECTOR's angular placement accuracy of less than 0.3 mm to ensure the predictable film properties required for sub-32nm lithography. Figure 1 shows ARL film thickness profiles for wafers processed on a VECTOR with MSSP and those deposited using a side-by-side single station-like deposition. The film thickness maps for the VECTOR ARL films show low within-wafer and wafer-to-wafer variability, with a predictable profile for each wafer. In contrast, the ARL films deposited on the single station-like architecture have large wafer-to-wafer variation, which can compromise a dose compensation control strategy.
Figure 2 further quantifies the low wafer-to-wafer variation obtainable using Novellus' new ARL process technology. The plot shows the normalized ARL thickness for a single measurement point on a wafer, measured over a 300 wafer run. Novellus' ARL process has a point-to-point thickness variation of 1.6 angstroms, or 0.34 percent of full range. The side-by-side single station-like deposition has a thickness variation of 7.3 angstroms (1.5 percent of full range), more than 4X that of the Novellus process. Factoring in the inherent bimodality of the side-by-side single station-like deposition, this variation may become too great to effectively employ dose compensation for CD control.
"The new generation of precision ARL films developed for the VECTOR platform have ultra-uniform thickness and optical properties that are essential for CD control at advanced technology nodes," said Kevin Jennings, senior vice president of Novellus' PECVD business unit. "As dual and triple-layer PECVD ARL films are employed for reflectivity control, VECTOR's inherent process control will enable the efficient use of feed-back and feed-forward CD control solutions."
Novellus' PECVD films deposited using VECTOR's multi-station sequential processing result in unparalleled wafer-to-wafer and point-to-point repeatability. This satisfies the variability needs of next generation technology for all films, in particular for optical films with tightly controlled lithography specifications. The industry-leading capability of VECTOR has resulted in the placement of over 1000 systems in 70 manufacturing facilities worldwide, processing over one million wafers a day.
Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLS) is a leading provider of advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry. The company's products deliver value to customers by providing innovative technology backed by trusted productivity. An S&P 500 company, Novellus is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with subsidiary offices across the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.novellus.com
Novellus, VECTOR and MSSP are registered trademarks of Novellus Systems, Inc.
Netreo's Virtualization Visualizer Brings Pain-Free Management and Real-World Performance Monitoring to Virtualized Environments
IRVINE, Calif., April 22 -- Driving a virtualized environment to its maximum potential requires both careful server management and deep insight into key areas of system operation. Virtualization Visualizer (V2), Netreo's new capacity-planning and performance management software, provides an array of easy-to-use tools and resources that allow IT departments to immediately begin extracting the greatest possible ROI out of their virtualized environments.
Real-time dashboards, alerts and historical reports about clusters, resource pools, host systems, guests and applications give V2 users instant, meaningful insight into their virtualized environment's real-world performance while providing the capacity-planning ability that's vital to creating a fully virtualized environment.
V2 enables IT departments to move beyond the "low-hanging fruit" stage to find the many cost-saving opportunities that lie hidden on critical high-utilization servers. "Getting started with virtualization is easy, but converting vital production applications to a virtualized environment is far more challenging," says Andrew Anderson, Netreo's Chief Operations Officer. "V2 lets users take virtualization to the next level without creating I/O bottlenecks or falling into other performance-robbing pitfalls."
V2 effectively caps server sprawl by enabling IT managers and server administrators to view precisely which applications and guests are using cluster resources. The software then lets users identify resource functions and determine who provisioned or requested them. V2 also allows underutilized and over-configured systems to be quickly pinpointed and brought under control. Orphaned guests, meanwhile, can be rapidly spotted and configurations immediately adjusted in order to fine-tune and optimize performance.
Eliminating the need to deploy costly probes or unwieldy, time-wasting agent software, V2 requires virtually no administration and discovers the virtual environment automatically. Users begin receiving crucial data and reports immediately, without first conducting lengthy and expensive configuration or implementation projects.
Provided as a virtual appliance, V2 integrates quickly and easily into any VMWare ESX or vSphere environment with VMWare's Virtual Center. To learn more about V2 and how it can help your enterprise reach the next stage of virtualization, visit http://www.netreo.net/products/v2
Netreo is a premier provider of IT management solutions for enterprise business. The firm's diverse product line, offered in a wide variety of capacity and application-specific configurations, can be scaled to support virtually any corporate environment. Netreo utilizes a unique stand-alone architecture and browser-based (no client needed) interface to enable rapid deployment, low total-cost-of-ownership, and minimal administrative overhead. Offering widely deployed and proven solutions since 2000, Netreo products currently communicate with over 40,000 customer locations across the planet every five minutes. For more information, please call Netreo at (866) 638-7361 or visit http://www.netreo.com.
CONTACT: Kevin Kinsey, CEO of Netreo, +1-949-569-5701, email@example.com
A New and Affordable BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Appliance Premieres at WES2010
NEW YORK, April 22 -- CytexOne will be showing their new Stratus server appliances for both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Edition at WES2010, from April 25-29, 2010 in booth 417. These remarkable Stratus models give Small to Medium-Sized Businesses (SMB's) a flexible, affordable and cutting-edge, turn-key solution for administering BlackBerry's and their Enterprise applications.
"Small and mid-sized organizations need to have the most up-to-date capability and the greatest flexibility for a changing marketplace," said Daniel Levine, CytexOne CEO and co-founder. "By providing an appliance that is already configured and can be remotely managed and supported, SMB's can quickly roll out high-reliability BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Express Edition without the need for an IT department. We've taken the best of traditional server systems and managed hosting and created a unique SMB offering that meets the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace."
Stratus Express, with its lowered pricing model, is ideal for running Express Edition software and eliminates any of the potential instabilities. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Edition, the latest end-user software release from RIM®, has opened up a large new market for SMB's due to its free-download pricing model.
Uniquely, the CytexOne Stratus appliances are based on a subscription model so they deliver a very low entry cost due to their low fixed monthly fees. This eliminates large startup costs, a key concern in today's business environment. The Stratus appliances are fully scalable to meet changing demands, highly cost-effective, easy to operate, and keep corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars all securely in-house. They come complete with all the hardware and software necessary, as well as the licensing. Since the Stratus are rented and not purchased, software and hardware is regularly upgraded, without surprise costs.
"The Stratus Appliances are based on our proprietary platform, which offer highly scalable BlackBerry services without purchasing and configuring hardware, so buy-in as well as ongoing costs are a fraction of traditional systems," notes Dan. Stratus not only dramatically reduce hardware needs and lower your carbon footprint, they also reduce downtime expenses due to CytexOne's proactive monitoring.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Edition come pre-installed and ready to use. Enterprise applications can be accessed company-wide through CytexOne's StratusPhere application store, a feature currently unavailable on any other BlackBerry Enterprise Server solution.
The Stratus Appliance is part of a family of products that uses CytexOne's proprietary Secure Distributed Virtualization(TM) platform. This revolutionary distributed host-and-infrastructure platform enables unprecedented access for client premise devices for remote programming, monitoring, network maintenance and server scalability.
CytexOne's Stratus Appliance is fully configured out of the box and sets up in under an hour, provides licenses for small to large BlackBerry smartphone deployments, offers automated license collection, reporting, and easy upgrading for customers. The Stratus Appliances also simplify remote monitoring of hardware, OS and BlackBerry services. Business administrators get encrypted remote administrative access to the BlackBerry Administration Service console from a web browser anywhere in the world. CytexOne offers 24/7 support for its Stratus infrastructure. The Stratus Appliance leverages Dell servers and their hardware replacement program. Technical support for BlackBerry services are available directly from our industry-leading support partners and Research In Motion (RIM).
CytexOne, a technology integration company, builds turn-key solutions that combine cutting-edge products with unmatched service and support. CytexOne delivers advanced solutions to the Residential, Commercial, IT, MDU and Hospitality industries. For more information, visit http://www.cytexone.com.
CytexOne, the CytexOne logo and CytexOne Stratus Appliance are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of CytexOne Corp. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion. Dell is a registered trademark of Dell, Inc.
Interactive Guide Behind Specifying a Sustainable Paper
BOSTON, April 22 -- As part of Sappi Fine Paper North America's ongoing commitment to sustainability, Sappi announces the launch of its eQ Tool -- an interactive Web based tool that allows you to explore a full range of factors behind choosing a sustainable paper. The eQ Tool illustrates Sappi's industry leading approach to carbon management, explores the best use of recycled fiber, and brings to life our progress in forest certification and waste reduction. To develop the eQ Tool, Sappi worked with IDEO, a global design and innovative consultancy.
"Our newly launched eQ Tool is an engaging demonstration of our core commitment to sustainability," commented Jennifer Miller, Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Chief Sustainability Officer. "This interactive tool reflects our dedication to transparency, reporting measurable results and stating publicly the goals we have set for future progress. We recognize that the environmental performance of a paper supplier is an increasingly relevant and critical factor in choosing a product brand. The eQ Tool responds to that need and allows us to have a meaningful dialogue with our customers on a range of issues."
"IDEO was pleased to collaborate with Sappi in the development of their eQ Tool. This strategic design work demonstrates how a complex organization can effectively communicate their holistic values and activities with regards to sustainability. To understand and affect the environmental impact of print, one must take a systems approach. The eQ Tool provides stakeholders with the foundation to engage with the broader environmental considerations when choosing a paper supplier," said Beto Lopez, Design Director of Sustainability, IDEO.
1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2. Renewable Energy
3. Managing Process to Minimize Waste
4. Carbon Offsets
5. Sustainably-Harvested Wood
6. Initiatives for Sustainability
7. Recycled Fiber
The eQ Tool also provides you with the ability to generate a customized product statement that summarizes the environmental benefits of choosing Sappi Fine Paper North America's papers for your job.
"Our eQ Tool reflects Sappi Fine Paper North America's commitment to providing clarity on the issues associated with the sustainability of paper, by providing audiences with reliable, accurate information that is grounded in science," said Laura Thompson, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Technical Marketing, Sappi Fine Paper North America.
In addition, the second issue of Sappi Fine Paper North America's eQ Journal on sustainability is now available online and in print. The eQ Journal presents Sappi Fine Paper North America's initiatives in sustainability, and highlights best practices in this area among the printing, graphic design and publishing fields, and more. In the second issue of the eQ Journal, you'll get a first-hand look at: Sappi's carbon management strategies; how companies are raising the bar in sustainability; and a snapshot of the new eQ Tool. To request a printed copy of the eQ Journal, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-882-4332.
About Sappi Fine Paper North America
Sappi Fine Paper North America is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are some of the industry's most widely recognized and specified. Sappi's mills in North America are triple chain of custody certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Over 80% of the energy used by Sappi's North American mills comes from renewable resources, resulting in one of the lowest carbon footprints of any major North American coated paper supplier. Sappi Fine Paper North America is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE and JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in 10 countries, sales offices in over 40 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. For more information about Sappi Fine Paper North America, visit: http://www.sappi.com/na.
New deal-of-the-week feature will make eldercare products more affordable to caregivers.
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 22 -- Caring.com is making it more affordable for caregivers to get the products they need, at the prices they can afford, through its new "50+ Club." Beginning today, members can sign up for the new deal-of-the-week program, which will offer product information and special pricing at 50 percent or more off retail for a variety of eldercare products that have been proven to help make caregiving easier.
Caring for an aging parent or loved one is a life stage when consumers need specific products that can make life easier for both the caregiver and the person they're caring for. The average person caring for an aging parent spends $5,534 per year in out-of-pocket expenses for items such as medications, safety equipment, and daily living necessities, making it difficult for caregivers to be able to afford the products they need for themselves or their loved ones.
"Deal-of-the-day websites have become popular among consumers, because they offer special promotions for what to do, eat, see, or buy in top cities around the world," said Evan Liang, Vice President of Product, Caring.com. "Caring.com is tapping into this popular trend and tailoring it to fit the needs of caregivers by making products that can help them care for a loved one more affordably, without breaking the bank."
By negotiating with retailers on behalf of its entire community base, Caring.com is able to offer special rates for popular eldercare products for one week, or while the retailer has inventory in stock. To launch this program, Caring has partnered with firstSTREET, the leading direct marketer for products targeting boomers and beyond. Products will span a variety of categories, with an emphasis on those most highly rated by other caregivers for helping loved ones living independently, with family members, in assisted living, in long-term care, or in senior living communities.
Initially, products will be picked by Caring.com, but beginning in May, products will be selected by the Caring.com community.
"There's no greater seal of approval to a caregiver than positive recommendations from others who are caring for aging loved ones. We hope members will help the 50+ Club grow and become another way for Caring.com to provide caregivers with the information and resources they need while caring for an aging loved one," said Andy Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder, Caring.com.
For more information on the Caring.com 50+ Club, visit the 50+ Club Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter.
Caring.com is a community and content website that provides people who are caring for aging parents with time-saving information to help them make better decisions. Founded in 2007 by a team of people who have taken care of their own aging parents, Caring.com is a free resource to users and is supported by advertisers. Caring.com is backed by leading venture investors, including DCM, Shasta Ventures, and Split Rock Partners. Caring.com is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and can be reached at http://www.caring.com/.
About firstSTREET for Boomers and Beyond
firstSTREET is the leading direct marketer of innovative products for boomers and beyond in the United States. Their products are advertised in virtually all of America's major consumer magazines and marketed directly to their 2.5 million customers over age 65 via a monthly catalog. Additionally, their award-winning website (http://www.firststreetonline.com/) attracts over 2 million visitors per year. For more information, visit http://www.firststreetonline.com.
CONTACT: Danielle Simmons of DMS Public Relations, +1-650-991-8899,
email@example.com, for Caring.com
Panasonic and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Partner on AVATAR Blu-ray Disc and DVD Launch
Purchase of 2010 Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player or Home Theater System and AVATAR on Blu-ray Disc Gives Consumers $25 Rebate James Cameron's AVATAR Arrives In Stores on Blu-ray Disc Today
SECAUCUS, N.J., April 22 -- Panasonic, a leader in Blu-ray Disc technology, announced today an exclusive agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on a promotion celebrating the release of James Cameron's epic movie, AVATAR, on Blu-ray Disc(TM) and DVD. This will offer consumers a $25.00 rebate with the purchase of a 2010 Panasonic Blu-ray Disc player or entertainment system as well as AVATAR on either DVD or Blu-ray Disc.
The promotion, which begins today nationwide(1), is a mail-in offer which gives consumers a $25.00 cash rebate. Panasonic Blu-ray Disc player and entertainment systems included in the promotion include the DMP-BD45, DMP-BD65, DMP-BD85, DMP-B100, DMP-B500, SC-BT230, SC-BT330, and the SC-BT730.
Panasonic Hollywood Labs, a leader in authoring and encoding Hollywood theatrical releases to Blu-ray and DVD format, authored the AVATAR Blu-ray and DVD releases.
Panasonic has a long history of involvement with AVATAR, collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Lightstorm Entertainment on the global promotion of AVATAR as the film's exclusive audio visual partner. As part of that relationship, Panasonic provided the production with its latest AV technology products.
Since its global theatrical release last December, AVATAR has continued to make motion picture history. Written by James Cameron and produced with his long-time collaborator Jon Landau, AVATAR stars include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso. The Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning epic is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Director James Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. AVATAR delivers a fully-immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.
Panasonic also supported the big-screen release of the film by launching a global advertising campaign in December 2009 tied to AVATAR and promoting numerous Panasonic AV products, including Panasonic's award-winning Full HD 3D Home Theater Systems which debuted in March 2010. Panasonic's Full HD 3D Home Theater System was among the first to be certified under the new Blu-ray Disc Association(2) (BDA) 3D standard.
"Panasonic is proud to be a partner with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and to have played a part in the big-screen launch of AVATAR and its tremendous success worldwide through our technological and promotional contributions," said Bob Perry, Senior Vice President, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "We are equally proud to work with Fox on the next step in the AVATAR legacy by helping to promote the launch of AVATAR on Blu-ray and DVD. AVATAR is perhaps the purest example of the tremendous benefits of Blu-ray Disc movies which allow consumers to enjoy stunning Full HD, true-to-life imagery as the movie creators intended it to look."
"There are millions of households with high definition TVs that are ready for the high definition Blu-ray experience," said Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "AVATAR will be their first Blu-ray purchase, and Panasonic will be their first Blu-ray player."
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at http://www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at http://www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
About Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory
Founded in 2002, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) is a video research lab located in Hollywood, the movie capital of the world. It builds on the more than 15 years that Panasonic has been conducting on-site research into technologies such as digital conversion for film-based movies, compressing DVD images, authoring, and digital cinema. In 2009, Panasonic announced Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory Advanced Authoring Center (PHL-AC). The Center is focused on 3D Full HD (3D FHD) Blu-ray format-establishment and development and will work directly with Hollywood studios providing 3D title development services for 3D FHD Blu-ray titles.
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.
(1) This promotional mail-in rebate offer will be available to consumers in the United States through July 10, 2010.
(2) Panasonic's BDT300 3D Blu-ray Disc Player is certified to be in compliance with the 3D Blu-ray standard created by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). The Blu-ray Disc(TM) name and Blu-ray Disc logo are registered trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
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firstname.lastname@example.org; or Blayne Murphy, Cohn & Wolfe, +1-212-798-9763,
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Entertainment, +1-310-369-2940, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students From Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti to Receive Scholarships From Purdue and the Voila Foundation
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 22 -- Two students from Haiti will receive scholarships to study earth science at Purdue University as part of a long-term effort to educate the next generation of scientists about the earthquake hazards faced by that nation.
Purdue and the Voila Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, are partnering to fund three years of graduate study for two students selected by a committee from the State University of Haiti. The students will begin their studies this fall.
"The devastating earthquake on Jan. 12 underscored the importance of academic research in evaluating the potential for hazardous events and in providing the critical information needed to properly prepare and prevent the tragic loss of lives," Purdue President France A. Cordova said. "The students benefiting from these scholarships will be empowered with the knowledge they need to return home with the expertise to make a difference in the future of their country."
Purdue is providing two three-year graduate tuition scholarships. The Voila Foundation is providing each student with $25,000 per year for three years - for a total of $150,000 - to cover travel and cost of living as well as additional expenses for research.
The students will study under Eric Calais, the Purdue professor of geophysics who has studied the Haitian faults since 1989 when he wrote his doctoral thesis on the Cap Haitien fault and first reported the risk for a major earthquake there in 2008. On Jan. 12 Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7 earthquake that caused massive destruction and killed more than 200,000 people.
"Unfortunately, earthquakes are not isolated events, and we need to take into account that the earthquake hazard in Haiti remains high," Calais said. "To reduce the risks we need to acquire scientific data to quantify the threat level and construct better buildings in the short term, but for a long-term impact we also need to create a local resource of experts in seismic hazards. We need to train Haitian students and build the country's capacity to deal with the scientific and technical aspects of earthquakes and the related risks."
The State University of Haiti does not offer an earth science degree but is working on developing a natural hazards curriculum, Calais said. The terms of the scholarship include an agreement by the students to return to Haiti for at least two years, and a next step in their careers could be teaching related courses at the university and doing research using the geological and geophysical data sets now being acquired in Haiti.
Bernard Fils-Aime, president of the Voila Foundation, said expertise in seismic hazards is a crucial need for the country and an area in which there had not historically been a large knowledge base.
"Education has always been a cornerstone of Voila's corporate social responsibility programs in Haiti," Fils-Aime said. "Through our partnership with Purdue, we hope to build a foundation for future Haitian seismologists, deepening the next generation's understanding of the geophysical conditions of Haiti and the ongoing risks the nation faces. These scholarships could lead to the first Haitian seismologist or earthquake engineer."
Priority will be given to graduates from the State University of Haiti with a science background who are interested in studying geophysics and earthquake science related to Haiti.
About the Voila Foundation
For over a decade, Voila, one of Haiti's leading wireless communications service providers, has been committed to improving the lives of the Haitian people through youth and education initiatives supported by the Voila Foundation, now an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity in the United States. In December 2009, Voila and parent company, Trilogy International Partners, based in Bellevue, Wash., received the prestigious "Award for Corporate Excellence" from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in recognition of Voila's record of corporate social responsibility in Haiti. Following the tragic earthquake on Jan. 12, Voila and Trilogy, through the Voila Foundation, will fund initiatives that provide immediate relief to the homeless and injured and to underwrite programs that will deliver lasting social benefits.
CONTACT: Kim Olsson of Voila/Trilogy International Partners,
+1-425-458-5956, email@example.com; or writer, Elizabeth
Gardner of Purdue University, +1-765-494-2081, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Purdue
News Service, +1-765-494-2096