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UNVELING GAALI FREE INDIA INITIATIVE

Mumbai, India, January 24, 2016 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — It’s time when our hearts are evoking patriotic feelings and are making us act like responsible citizens of the nation. But are we really being true to ourselves. Do we really care about the essence of Republic Day Celebrations? To so many people who revel at the thought of getting an extended weekend to hang out with family or just head for a long drive away from the city on Republic Day- Is this patriotism in the true sense? How many of us actually switch on the TV and revel viewing the Republic Day Parade or watch the live parade? At the most, we sport the tri-coloured flag as a badge or as a desk décor. Are we really doing something constructive for the betterment of the country on Republic Day? The answer is with most of us and it is mostly in the negative.

With this thought lingering in her mind, Vandana Sethhi, the Director of Water Communications woke up to do something constructive as a responsible citizen of India and do her bit towards adding value to the India’s growth story. She decided that on the occasion of Republic Day, to add another wing to our respected Prime Minister Modi’s Swachch Bharat campaign by initiating the Swachch Bhasha drive as part of her social initiative. Under this campaign, she wanted to reach out to the people of India and remind them about their responsibility towards their own language, the need for cleaning of one’s vocabulary filled with gaalis and cusp words and working towards using Swachch Bhasha in day to day life while they take care of keeping their surroundings clean as well.

She opines that gaalis have become a disease and is spreading like an epidemic amongst people of Gen-Next era who are so busy running after success that they just don’t know how to control their feelings. To them gaalis is the easiest way to vent out their anger, frustrations and to cope up with stress. She emphatically says “We are humans and we are bound to get frustrated at different times of our lives. But do we really need to depend on gaalis to feel in control just like a little piece of chocolate uplifts one’s mood temporarily by stimulating the endorphin? With over 1,282,390,303 people, India is the second largest nation in terms of population. It is equivalent to 17.5% of the total world population. An estimated 780 languages are spoken in the country. With an expected literacy rate to touch 80% by end of this year, India is a progressive nation beyond doubt … But are we really literate in the moral sense?”

People across the length and breadth of the nation use gaalis as if it is in vogue and that those who don’t use it are considered to be ‘unmanly’ or less gutsy. Gaalis are used so frequently irrespective of any language being spoken, that it has soon become one’s habit that has engulfed them completely and made them unawares of their true vocabulary. Gaalis have become our newly defined vocabulary which they are addicted to using it in their day to day conversations and are passing it down to their next generation without even realizing about its repercussions.

Vandana further opines strongly that people’s identity is not through their status quo or high birth, but through the language they use in their day to day life. Those who respect humanity never use ‘gaalis’ and those who use gaalis in any language are never fully literate in the real sense. Language that’s replete with curse/abusive words, demeaning meanings, demoralizing words and disrespectful diction is a drain on the nation’s rich cultural heritage. It is a blot on the nation’s deep rooted values.

Vandana is that voice that wants to be heard not just to make her presence felt but to enable each and every Indian re-look at their diction and see for themselves that they have become slaves to the gaalis they use- and they don’t even realize it. Vandana is very serious about raising her voice in support of a Gaali Free India- not just for the betterment of the youth but for posterity’s sake as well.

“Gaali is a modern disease and its cure is purely with us. Each and every one of us! Get cured before it’s too late. This Republic Day, let’s pledge to free our country of the gaalis and use slogans and quotes as our way of venting out feelings, constructively.” – Vandana Sethhi.

Contact-Details: Vandana Sethhi,
Contact number – 9004611196
Email Id – web1@waterindia.in

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T.R. Threston’s KIVA group hits $10,000 loan mark

Travel writer and World Guide Publishing CEO, T.R. “Tina” Threston, is well known and respected for her written work, but, she is also becoming widely known for her charity and philanthropic work. Yesterday, October 1, 2013, Threston’s KIVA team reached a milestone by hitting the $10,000 mark in mirco-loans. (The KIVA mirco-loan program allows individuals to provide loans directly to entrepreneurs like you around the globe.)

 

T.R. Threston’s KIVA team was formed in February, 2012, and, has 250 members. During that time the team has made 398 loans in the agriculture, education, food, retail, service and clothing sectors in countries such as Bolivia, Vietnam, Kenya and Georgia.

When asked about the hitting the milestone yesterday Threston said “It has truly been a team effort, and, every single person in the program deserves recognition for their participation.” She went on to say “I’m just impressed that so many people on my KIVA team are so dedicated, and, many of them lend on a monthly or even weekly basis, and, I believe that is how we achieved this milestone so quickly.”

To learn more about KIVA or to join T.R. Threston’s KIVA team please visit: http://www.kiva.org/team/tr_threstons_team/impact

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Core Assets Group acquires leading family expert witness firm

Core Assets Group, the international children’s services provider, has announced the acquisition of Carter Brown Associates Ltd, the UK’s leading family expert witness firm.

This latest acquisition brings greater depth and breadth to the Core Assets existing portfolio of services as it continues to expand in the children and families sector.

Established in 2001, Carter Brown Associates delivers bespoke expert witness services to legal professionals who operate in the family courts. With headquarters in Mansfield, the company employs 25 staff who support a network of 200 expert associates including paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and independent social workers with experience in both family law and criminal law proceedings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Core Assets executive chairman, Jim Cockburn said: “This latest move strengthens our ability to deliver a range of services and will add an important new dimension to the Group. It complements Core Assets’ existing portfolio of work with children and families, and further demonstrates our commitment to invest in the sector.

“Core Assets Group can now integrate the hugely specialised expert witness services of Carter Brown to offer a broader and comprehensive spectrum of services to meet increased customer demand, both in the UK and overseas.”

Christine Carter, one of the original owners of Carter Brown will continue to run the company as it seeks to grow and develop. Planned areas of growth include further moves into criminal proceedings and forensic work.

Core Assets has confirmed that no redundancies will arise as a result of the acquisition.

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National Trust Heritage Gardens Benefit From Major New Plant Conservation Centre

Rare plants from National Trust gardens across the country will be propagated at a new Plant Conservation Centre that will improve the way one of the most important plant collections in the UK is cared for.

Opened by international plantsman Roy Lancaster, the new 2.5 acre facility at a secret East Devon location will bring together plant propagation facilities, plant collection management expertise and facilities for training National Trust staff on all aspects of caring for the important plants in the gardens they look after.

The opening of the new facilities comes at a time when the spread of new plant diseases in the UK, in particular ‘Phytophthora ramorum’ which causes Sudden Oak Death, have required an acceleration of emergency propagation to ensure the survival of threatened specimens and the supply of disease-free replacements.

The £700,000 Centre’s immediate focus will be to build on existing plant conservation work at Knightshayes Court, also in Devon, to help staff and volunteers record and identify the special plants that require priority propagation at National Trust gardens throughout the country.

Mike Calnan, Head of Gardens at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust’s portfolio of plants is of immense importance and is one of the most significant collections in the UK.

“The aesthetic, historic and botanical value of the plants is what makes the gardens we look after so special and give pleasure to more than 12 million visitors each year.

“This is the most important plant conservation initiative from the National Trust for more than 60 years and will have a legacy for decades to come.”

The charity cares for over 20 major collections of trees and shrubs including thirty National Plant Collections and hundreds of plants that were first raised or collected in the wild around the globe and planted in National Trust gardens over past centuries.

Roy Lancaster said: “The new Plant Conservation Centre is a hugely important development for the National Trust, creating for the first time a single facility dedicated to the vital work of conserving the important plants in its properties.”

In addition to the Centre’s work for the National Trust, a new bespoke propagation service for major private plant collection owners will be offered for the first time.

Propagation services are also available to Trust countryside properties wishing to save or bulk-up rare native species.

The National Trust gardeners who will be working at the Centre recently propagated and helped save over 300 old Cornish apple varieties now successfully established in the ‘Mother orchard’ at Cotehele in Cornwall.

Charlie Port, who worked for the National Trust at Knightshayes and is now one of the volunteers that will be working at the new Centre, said: “Working in the propagation unit is extremely rewarding.

“I’ve been involved with propagating plants for the Trust for 25 years now and during that time we’ve had thousands of successes.

“I get huge satisfaction from the idea that some of the plants I have handled will be around for hundreds of years to come.”

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Kick Racism Out Of Soccer

United, formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of Coral Springs Storm and Coral Springs Renegades, are teaming up with Kick It Out and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, south Florida’s only professional men’s soccer team, to host the inaugural One Game, One Community Trophy on June 2.

The Trophy, which will be competed for annually in a one-off game between United’s two under-14s teams, is set to take place prior to Lauderdale’s North American Soccer League fixture against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Lockhart Stadium.

The youngsters will be supporting Kick It Out by conducting a flag display and donningOne Game, One Community t-shirts before the match at the 18,500-seater arena – a historical venue where football legends George Best, Gerd Mueller, Gordon Banks and Teófilo Cubillas have all previously featured.

To see an e-flyer for the One Game, One Community Trophy match, please click here (e-flyer).

Having established the partnership between Kick It Out and United, Spencer Freedman, who acts as the under-14s assistant coach and parent liaison manager, is looking forward to the occasion. The Englishman said: “We are proud to be one of the first soccer clubs to be carrying the message in the United States.

“It is vital to educate youth players on the importance of social behaviour both on and off the field, and we’re looking to generate as much support ahead of the One Game, One Community Trophy as possible. Let’s get unity in the community, and help in educating our youth to become responsible and productive members of our society.”

Former England international Earl Barrett, one of Kick It Out’s leading ambassadors, has been impressed by the commitment shown by United to spread awareness of the campaign. He said: “Kick It Out is proud to be affiliated to Coral Springs United.

“This is one of the first youth soccer programs to promote the campaign’s message in the United States, and the club deserves praise for spreading awareness around the importance of equality and diversity. Coral’s projects are further proof that football is able to act as a key engagement tool when it comes to educating youngsters, and bringing people together from all different backgrounds.”

For further information on the One Game, One Community Trophy, Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 pm. We hope to have a great attendance and support from the crowd on that day

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For more details & Press Information Contact Spencer Freedmanonegameonecommunity@gmail.com Tel: 954 780 9088 Cell: 631 896 8815 Twitter@coralspringsutd

Ken Mendonça | Media Relations & Communications Manager | 954.547.7567 | kmendonca@strikers.com

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Child Sexual Abuse Aftermath

The trauma of childhood sexual abuse doesn’t stop after the act itself. The effects of sexual abuse can linger for years, debilitating victims throughout their lives and well into adulthood, according to experts.

The anti-sexual violence organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation are two organizations that each year work with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault in the US.

Many sexual abuse survivors will spend their lives one way or another coping with the repercussions of the sexual violations inflicted upon them as children.

“Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people understand. It’s a pandemic. The aftermath is devastating and can leave individuals with significant psychological, emotional, and physical disorders that may continue indefinitely if not effectively treated. Recovery can be a lifelong challenge where survivors have trouble living normal lives as they get older,” says Peter S. Pelullo, who is a frequent guest on the Dr. Drew show and the author of the new book “Betrayal and the Beast.”

In his book Mr. Pelullo focuses on his own journey as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual predation. For many years he kept hidden and refused to face his own debilitating issues as a survivor of sexual predation—the shame, rage, multiple addictions, depression, and other influences that directly impacted his life. Finally, at the age of fifty-five, he confronted the sexual abuse he endured as a child.

Lack of trust is a common issue for many survivors. In most cases (over ninety percent) children are abused by somebody they know, trust, and love. Perpetrators can be parents, family members, caregivers, neighbors, other adults, or even children.

Peter S. Pelullo’s concern for adult survivors of sexual child abuse led him to create the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, an international outreach program aimed at bringing victims to the recovery process. The foundation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are aligned in a common goal of preventing child sexual abuse and the harm and suffering it inflicts and improving treatment for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

There is a long list of psychological, social, sexual, and physical effects in the aftermath of sexual abuse. Every day survivors struggle with the greatest challenges, such as drug and alcohol abuse; eating disorders, obesity, and anorexia; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); depression and suicide; and many others.

According to RAINN.org, victims of sexual abuse are:

* 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
* 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
* 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
* 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
* 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide

“While it’s a difficult journey, there is now more help and hope than ever for men and women who have experienced sexual predation and sexual molestation as children,” says Mr. Pelullo. “If you are one of these adults, don’t allow the trauma to continue interfering with your life. There is hope, so don’t wait to start the recovery process.”

Peter S. Pelullo was the founder of Philly World Records and owner of a premiere recording studio in the ’70s, where he worked with the Rolling Stones, Evelyn“Champagne” King, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. He is now an entrepreneur and financier focusing on technology startups. During his journey in recovery, he created the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, which supports adult victims of childhood sexual abuse throughout the world and is presently subsidizing trauma therapy sessions for a couple of the alleged victims from the Jerry Sandusky incidents at Penn State University.

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National Trust Appoints 18 Feet & Rising As Lead Creative Agency

The National Trust is to work with agency 18 Feet & Rising as its lead creative partner, following a competitive pitch process.

The brief is to develop an overarching brand strategy that helps deliver the Trust’s core charitable purpose – looking after special places for ever, for everyone – whilst broadening the charity’s appeal.

The Trust has performed well through the economic downturn, seeing record visitor numbers of 19 million in 2011 and reaching four million members last autumn, but the charity knows the brand can extend its relevance and appeal to more people.

18 Feet & Rising will be at the forefront of evolving perceptions of the Trust, opening up conversations with new and existing audiences and facilitating experiences between people and the places that are special to them.

Clare Mullin, Director of Brand & Marketing at National Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with 18 Feet & Rising as our lead creative agency.

“They clearly understand our strategic priorities and have shown that they can help make the Trust relevant today through their strategy and creative.

“They’ve really challenged us and we’re excited by the work we can do with them going forwards.”

Jonathan Trimble, Managing Partner at 18 Feet & Rising, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with such a special organisation. The Trust has a unique role in terms of the country’s relationships with special places.

“It gives us the chance to bring our creativity to bear in unique ways with unique people.”

First steps for 18 Feet & Rising will be to develop the brand strategy, working across the Trust’s 5,000 staff and the 62,000 people who assist with the Trust’s volunteer projects to express the brand in an authentic and joined-up way. They’ll also take on the challenge of developing the Trust’s 2013 national campaign.

Throughout the pitch, the National Trust has been supported by pitch consultancy Agency Insight.

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National Trust’s Director-General to step down

The National Trust has announced that Fiona Reynolds has decided to leave the charity after more than 11 years as Director-General.

Fiona is to take up her duties as Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, in the autumn of 2013 – the first woman to be elected Master in the College’s history.

She said: “As a graduate of Cambridge I am thrilled to be going back to head one of its finest colleges.

“I have loved every minute leading the National Trust and working with our passionate and dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters.

“I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved in the last 11 years.

“There is no organisation like it and I will miss it terribly. But it is time to allow someone else an opportunity to make their mark.”

Fiona has overseen a period of transformational change at the National Trust, reconnecting the organisation with its original founding purpose, and infusing it with warmth and liveliness.

Membership hit four million last year from 2.7 million in 2001, and visitor numbers to the Trust’s 300 properties reached 19 million from 10 million a decade ago. Volunteer numbers have also doubled, with 62,000 people involved last year.

From her earliest days at the Trust Fiona pioneered an ‘arms open’ approach to conservation, bringing expert work out from behind closed doors to take place in front of visitors, now an integral part of the Trust’s programme to bring places to life.

Property acquisitions have included the vast Victorian Gothic Tyntesfield and its estate near Bristol, Vanbrugh’s Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, the ‘back-to-back’ terraced houses in Birmingham, John Lennon’s boyhood home in Liverpool and the quirky home of Kenyan-born poet Khadambi Asalache in Wandsworth.

These acquisitions have been part of a concerted focus on social and community relevance for the Trust, recently underlined by the long-term lease taken out on Tredegar House in South East Wales.

As a geographer and walker with a passionate interest in landscape, she has systematically added to the 617,000 acres of countryside under the Trust’s care.

During this time she has championed the importance of access to the outdoors and nature for people’s wellbeing and promoted local and seasonal food with a drive to create 1,000 new allotments on National Trust land.

Most recently, this included the acquisition of the 617-acre Llyndy Isaf estate near Snowdon after a public appeal raised £1 million in seven months from 20,000 donors.

She has overseen a restructure of the governance of the charity, from a 52-member Council to a 12-member Board of Trustees, as well as two major internal restructures which have strengthened and localised the organisation.

While maintaining the Trust’s strict party-political neutrality, Fiona has championed its conservation principles, most recently leading the charge against proposed changes to the planning framework which, she warned, would bias planning towards excessive building in the countryside.

Fiona, 53, will continue in her post at the National Trust until her successor is in place. She plans to use the interval between leaving and moving to Cambridge in September 2013 to write a book about her years at the Trust.

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The Co-operative Approach Raises Ethical Bar Yet Again

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Co-operatives, the UK’s biggest mutually owned business yesterday (16 February) demonstrated how its longer term approach has enabled it to raise the ethical bar yet again.

The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, shows how many of the original targets, particularly in relation to environmental issues, have been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The new plan shows that in the past 12 months The Co-operative has seen:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions reduce by a massive 35%, and water consumption is down by 20%
• Lending of £700 million has been progressed to green energy projects
• Pressure groups have ranked The Co-operative as leader in areas such as pesticides, palm oil, sustainable fish and forest stewardship
• A million new customer members have joined
• Support for a new community initiative in the UK every hour of every day
• 700 co-operative enterprises have been helped to grow and prosper
• 70% of developing world products that can be Fairtrade will be Fairtrade by end March

This year’s Plan contains 53 commitments and, in order to ensure that The Co-operative continues to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, includes the following:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2020, and water consumption will be reduced by 30% by 2014
• £17m will be invested in support of co-operative development
• The number of schools active in our Green schools Revolution will be doubled to 6,000
• To improve the safety of Britain’s roads, young drivers will be rewarded with premium discounts worth £20m
• A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
• 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “Despite the economic downturn we have remained true to our pledge to show the way on corporate responsibility.

“The one million new members we now have bears testimony to the continued support we have had from our customers. It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives, nearly £40m a year, are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs.

“Our work in the communities in and around our stores is going from strength to strength. Amazingly, the average person in the UK is now only a mile away from a community project that has received our support.

“Abroad, we have continued to lead the way on tackling global poverty. Our new partnership with Oxfam is particularly timely given it’s the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. Smallholder farmers and co-operatives already help feed a third of the world, with a little more help they can help us rise to the challenge of how to feed sustainably the extra two billion that will be on the planet by 2050.”

Jonathon Porritt , Founder Director of Forum for the Future, said: “The UK’s energy economy has been profoundly weakened by an over-dependence on the big energy companies and inconsistencies in both policy and regulation.

“Despite all that, community energy schemes are at last coming into their own, and the very substantial support now promised to community energy by The Co-operative has the potential to transform this hugely exciting sector. If you want to see what the ‘green economy’ looks like in practice, look no further.”

Oxfam Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking said: “Oxfam and The Co-operative’s new campaigning partnership will shine a spotlight on the crucial role that small farmers and co-operatives play in global food production. It’s morally indefensible that 1 billion people currently go hungry every day; increased international investment in co-operatives and small farmers, especially women, who produce the majority of the world’s food, would help to tackle this injustice and ensure a future where everyone always has enough to eat.”

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Best Ways to Spend the 2011 Holiday Season with Your Pets by Igor Purlantov

Once again it is that time of the year when the holiday season is in full swing. As everyone starts to look back on the 2011 year that is now coming to a close, we start to remember all of the wonderful times that we have had with family and friends.

As the holiday season gets going, we all know that it is also time to think about everything we are grateful for and being excited to spend time with close family and friends. For many people this includes spending time with their beloved animal companions. Here are five top tips by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov for making your furry friends feel just as warm and fuzzy during this holiday season as they have made you feel all year long:

5) Buy a special treat for your pet so that their holiday meal is as delicious as yours.
Make a difference: Donate a bag of pet food to your local animal shelter.

4) Make your pet a special toy – get a new can of tennis balls for puppies, or craft a pipe-cleaner toy for kitties.
Make a difference: Make a special toy for a neighbors pet too.

3) Ensure that bedtime is extra cozy with a new blanket.
Make a difference: Donate old sheets, towels and t-shirts to your local animal shelter.

2) Include your pet in holiday photos.
Make a difference: Post a photo of a shelter pet in need of adoption on your Facebook page.

1) Purchase new identification tags and collars for your pet.
Make a difference: Donate to the ASPCA or a local shelter to ensure that all shelter pets find their way to a new home.

This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Annual List of the Top Holiday Book Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers in 2011 by Igor Purlantov

As the 2011 holiday season gets into full swing, it is time once again to start thinking of the perfect gifts for family and friends. While shopping around for the perfect holiday gift there is always the question of what would make a great stocking stuffer. As people think of ideas for stocking stuffers during this holiday season, they should remember that books are always a great gift option especially for close family and friends.

For pet lovers there are many great options available that are entertaining, educational and fun. Here are ten top books by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov that will serve as a great gift for any animal lover during this holiday season:

10 ) A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke.

9 ) All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

8 ) Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons.

7 ) The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle.

6 ) The Dogs of Central Park by Fran Reisner.

5 ) Among Giants: A Life with Whales by Charles “Flip” Nicklin.

4 ) Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds by Billy Collins.

3 ) The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan P. Balcombe.

2 ) Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson.

1 ) Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson.

This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh NC Spa and Laser Hair Removal Center Donates $107,000.00 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh laser hair removal center, donates $108,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Kile Law, president and founder of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC attributes the donations to the loyalty and generosity of the clients and staff at Blue Water Spa.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs is an amazing organization. They need support of the community to continue their wonderful work,” says Kile Law. “We are a small business, but I know when we work together Blue Water Spa clients can do great things. The average donation was $37.11, but we all gave together to reach $100,000.00.” Blue Water Spa raised money by offering spa and laser hair removal in Raleigh at a redued price for people who donate to charity.

Blue Water Spa has been voted best medical spa in America for three consecutive years by American Spa Magazine. Raleigh Spa Specials at Blue Water Spa provide an opportunity for people who serve the community and/or donate time or funds to charity to receive luxury spa treatments at reduced prices. Blue Water Spa www.bluewaterspa.com is the top provider of Botox and Juvederm in the Raleigh area and was recently designated an Allergan Black Diamond Provider. In 2011 Blue Water Spa supported over 120 local charities and non-profits. Blue Water Spa has donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC.

The North Raleigh spa provides luxury spa services in a beautiful lush atmosphere. Blue Water Spa laser center provides laser hair removal, laser skin tightening and laser vein therapy.

Kile Law is president and founder of Blue Water Spa, Kile has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in the Aesthetics industry by Aesthetics International. Under Kile Law’s leadership, Blue Water Spa has been voted best place to work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Kile Law leads the spa’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2010 she was recognized by the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC for a gift of 100,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

NY Giants Michael Clayton, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross Host Event Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and for a couple of families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, this season they have a little more to celebrate about. On December 13, 2011 veteran WR Michael Clayton, CB Corey Webster, and CB Aaron Ross of the New York Giants will host a celebration and awareness event at the Build-A-Bear Workshop® store in New York City on Fifth Avenue from 5-8 p.m. for children who have reached a milestone in their treatment and their families.

In March 2011, St. Jude and Build-A-Bear Workshop developed a partnership which allows kids of all ages to celebrate the milestones in their lives while supporting the lifesaving research and cutting-edge medical treatment conducted at the hospital. NY Giants Michael Clayton has been a longtime advocate and supporter of several cancer-related organizations and causes. Through numerous speaking engagements, fundraisers, and his non-profit organization the “Generation Next Foundation,” he has assisted many charities including The Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and CancerCare, and in raising funds, awareness, and support for research and cures. Together, all three players remain highly dedicated and committed to improving the lives of children.

Clayton, Webster, and Ross will make stuffed animals dressed in NY Giants uniforms at Build-A-Bear Workshop with the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while participating in a number of photo opportunities and autograph signings. These families, who have gone through so much, are celebrating milestones in their lives, such as completing their cancer treatment, being able to walk again and going back to school.

Celebrity and athlete attendees can also participate in the festivities by making and purchasing stuffed animals and donating the furry friends to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. All guest will enjoy a mix of music, passed hors ‘d oeuvres, a special music performance, and gift bags to complete the fun-filled benefit. DASHA co-founders Shannon and Dr. Darren Pollack, D.C., are pleased to donate gift certificates for DASHA’s luxury services to all event attendees. The Pollacks, parents of two young children themselves, are actively involved in giving back to the community through their involvement with local charities this holiday season. They look forward to building bears to donate together with the inspirational families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional sponsors include: Artistic Events, Sephora, Cozy Cuts, Victoria Secret, Hint Water, Blueprint Cleanse, The Laundress, Tonnie’s Cupcakes, and Razor & Tie who will be donating Kidz Bop cd’s.

This event is closed to the public, all rsvp’s are mandatory. Current celebrity-athlete attendees consist of cast members of NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Bachelor Pad, Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Vh1’s Basketball Wives, Geffen Music recording artist, and several players from the NY Giants. For additional information please email ahlilahl@theteslagroup.com.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Reports 70% of Brits Don’t Have A Will

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that nearly half of the nation (46%) admit they don’t like to talk about death at all and feel uncomfortable talking about their will. Two thirds (65%) say they haven’t even discussed the subject with close friends or family.

The survey of 2,000 people also revealed that seven in ten (70%) have not even written a will or made plans for what they’ll leave behind. To support the launch of ‘Will Aid Month’, Macmillan Cancer Support has partnered with Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and founder of Moneymagpie.com, to provide a set of tips on will writing, so people can ensure that all they care about and the causes that matter to them the most, are looked after.

Nine in ten (87%) are aware that they can leave a gift to charity in their will however only 38% would. Gifts in wills currently accounts for over 1/3 of Macmillan’s funding, but only 7% of the UK population supports charities with a gift in their will. This compares to over 70% who support charities in their lifetime.

Sarah Lee, Legacies Manager at Macmillan commented: “Legacy giving is surrounded by many myths and misunderstandings which stop people from actively considering supporting charities in this way. By raising awareness of the ways in which people can leave gifts to charities in their wills we want to overcome these so that will-writing is discussed more openly and honestly. Gifts in wills are so important for Macmillan, large or small every gift makes a difference, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Jasmine Birtles highlights the importance of making a will and keeping it updated as personal circumstances change. She said: “If you don’t write a will, it can leave distressing, and often expensive problems for those who are left behind. It could also mean that people you wanted to look after end up being left out. I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support in this matter because I want to encourage people to think about their will and make sure their assets go to people and causes they care about.”

For more information on legacy giving, support on will writing or just a chat, interested parties can visit www.macmillan.org.uk/legacies or call Macmillan on 0800 107 4448.

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National Trust Welcomes Four Millionth Member Family To AGM

National Trust members gathered in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall for the Annual General Meeting. Cliodhna Giltinan and Frank Allais, along with their daughters Bo (aged six) and Eve (aged eight), were welcomed by Director-General Fiona Reynolds and Chairman Simon Jenkins and received life membership, in celebration of becoming the four millionth family member.

Cliodhna is a teacher from Dublin and Frank is a photographer, originally from France. They live with their children in Hackney, East London. Looking to find out more about the UK and British history, they joined the National Trust. The also use their membership to enjoy great days out as a family. On discovering they were the charity’s 4 millionth member, Cliodhna revealed that they were very surprised, saying: “When we received the phone call from the Trust’s membership department saying we were the four-millionth members we couldn’t quite believe it.

Cliodhna said it was her family’s visit to Knole that inspired them to join the National Trust. She remarked that the price of a family membership felt like money well-spent since they would only need to visit a few places per year in order for it to be worthwhile.

This presentation by the Director General and the Trust’s Chairman marks the start of the day when official National Trust business is undertaken, with up to 1,000 National Trust members gathered together.

According to Fiona Reynolds, 2011 is a very special year. She said she was delighted to meet Cliodhna and Frank and that she is proud that four million people are members of the National Trust. She explained: I’m proud because it shows the strength of feeling behind our cause. Our mission to look after special places, forever, for everyone is as relevant now as it was 116 years ago when we were founded.

“The support of our members really matters, so I want to say a huge thank you. It’s only through their support that we can look after the places in our care for millions more to enjoy. Seventeen million people visited our houses last year and 75 million our coast and countryside.

“People join us for many reasons – a love of their local place, a passion for beauty, for heritage and art, for surfing and cycling, or simply the joy of family time together. What all our members have in common is a love for beautiful and historic places.”

National Trust Chairman, Simon Jenkins, shared in the pride of reaching the milestone, but said there’s still much more for the charity to do: “Growing from 2.8million members a decade ago to this 4million landmark is amazing – but we know we cannot stand still. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of reaching 5million members by 2020. So, we strive to make the experience our visitors have of our places better and better. And we’re constantly seeking new ways to connect people with place – whether through food, or technology, or through becoming more open and involving.”

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On Friday September 30th MyDish.co.uk Will Be Turning To Its Baking Recipes In Support Of The Macmillan Cancer Support Event The ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

Established in 1990, the Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Coffee Morning’ event quickly grew in popularity and soon became known as the ‘world’s largest coffee morning’. Last year alone saw 43,000 people get involved in this great cause helping to raise over eight million pounds.

Cancer is still a huge health risk for the UK population with statistics showing 1 in 3 people suffering from the illness at some point in their lives. These individuals require financial, emotional and medical support which Macmillan attempts to address and provide.

It is for this reason and many others that the founder of MyDish.co.uk, Carol Savage, is a big supporter of the charity and will be baking her favourite recipes for the Coffee Morning this coming Friday. Donning the chef’s hat and sourcing her favourite baking recipes, Carol will be baking her best cupcake recipes and selling them to support the Macmillan trust.

Asked about the Coffee Morning event Carol Savage said ‘Cancer is something that affects us all in some form or another.  My Mother-in law Maureen died of Leukeimia and she inspired me with her recipes to start MyDish.co.uk. Cancer is a very real illness that is just too common and we should do what we can to help and offer support .A few cupcakes here and there is not much to ask’

Making even the smallest donation can still make a big difference.  £25 alone can pay for the cost of a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping to provide essential medical, practical and emotional support for cancer sufferers.

£51 can purchase a liquidiser for someone who can unfortunately no longer eat solid food as a result of their cancer treatment. These services and many like them are just some of the essentials cancer sufferers need and the Macmillan trust helps provide them.

If you need some recipe ideas this coming Friday then visit MyDish.co.uk.  Home to thousands of good recipes, MyDish.co.uk has hundreds of baking recipes and cupcake recipes ensuring that everyone can find the perfect baking recipe for the Coffee Morning .

You can add your own suggestions if you feel the MyDish.co.uk com munity would benefit. In addition to this you can also see loads of great recipes on MyDish that have been donated to Macmillan by big name celebrities. Check out Eva Longoria’s lovely Churros and Gwyneth Paltrow’s gorgeous Pancakes. Alternatively Judi Denchs’ delicious Rum and Chocolate Fudge may be more to your taste.

So this Friday spare a little extra change, get your baking gloves on, drink some coffee and join Carol Savage and www.mydish.co.uk in supporting this extremely worthwhile charity, as together we can make a difference.

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npower’s No Power Hour Roadshow kicked off by Kevin Keegan

npower’s nationwide tour of its No Power Hour road show was kicked off at Sunderland’s Seaburn Recreation Park. The family football fun day was hosted by former England manager and North East legend, Kevin Keegan.

npower has joined forces with Keegan to blow the whistle on plugged-in power, and score a giant goal throughout Sunderland, by asking the city’s families to come together and spend just one hour doing something fun that doesn’t involve electricity.

Kevin Keegan was at the event to host an exclusive family workshop demonstrating the many ways families can switch off, get active, and spend some quality time together outside, whilst saving energy at the same time.

Kevin Keegan, ambassador for npower’s No Power Hour, said: “When I was young I spent most of my time outside practising the skills that have helped me to get where I am today. For me, it helped me develop both my football and athletic ability, as well as my people skills. I appreciate that it was a different era but spending more time outside being active seems to me something that would benefit everyone as well as reduce the carbon footprint.

“npower’s No Power Hour is a great way to encourage both the parents and children of Sunderland to pledge to spend an hour without power. I look forward to being a part of some of the games that npower will put on for everyone to enjoy. The games can be played in the smallest or largest of spaces. Above all else it is about having fun as a family outside.”

Children and their parents joined in Kevin’s master class where he showed families some exciting footy skills that they can practice together in back gardens, on playing fields, at the beach, the sports centre, the park and even in the living room – if mum will allow – using no power whatsoever.

npower teams were also on hand to put the kids through their paces throughout the day in specially designed football work-outs while one lucky parent had the opportunity to earn eternal bragging rights amongst their family and friends by taking on Keegan in a game of table football.

Clare McDougall, npower’s Head of Education and Community, said: “Football is one of our nation’s most popular sports and is a fantastic tool for bringing families together, so what better way to encourage kids (and their parents!) to unplug their games consoles and get outdoors for some power-free fun than the npower No Power Hour football road show.

“The message we want to get across is simple. Switch off for just an hour each day and you’ll have fun and do your bit for the planet at the same time. Planet one, climate change zero.”

To find out how to get involved and for a chance to win the ultimate No Power Hour with Kevin Keegan, interested parties can enter npower’s competition online. Entrants simply have to take a photo to show how they spent their very own Hour without Power, and send it to npower via the online form. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.npower.com/nph/index.htm.

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npower Employee Takes To His Bike In Support Of Macmillan Cancer Support

Npower employee Steven Jones and his friend Rob Smart, both 26 years old and from Stourbridge, have eschewed the idea of a local bike ride for charity; instead, they have entered the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will be covering 300 miles – or 470km – in just four days, starting from St Pancras station on August 17 and finishing up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on August 20.

Steve, who works for npower and Rob, who works for Structural Design Partnership Ltd, have been friends since before they could walk, let alone ride a bike. They both attended Greenfield Primary School and then Redhill Secondary; both have done some road cycling in the past, but nothing on the scale of their forthcoming challenge. Steve is a keen downhill mountain biker, and Rob a regular cross country cyclist but London to Paris, a long distance road challenge, is completely different. Both friends have been in training for some time and can now cope with cycling around 150 miles a week.

They aim to raise at least £1,400 each for Macmillan. Steve explained: “This year is Macmillan’s Centenary and, speaking with friends and family, everyone has a story to tell of how Macmillan has helped someone they know. Macmillan wouldn’t be able to do the great work that they do without regular financial support – we were looking for a challenge, Macmillan is an incredibly worthy cause; it seemed like an excellent match.”

Up until now, they have been riding their off-road bikes but, following a practice ride on the MacRide Elgar, when they borrowed road bikes and found the whole experience faster, easier and more comfortable they are looking to buy road bikes in time for the event.

As an extra incentive, npower, has promised to match Steve’s fundraising, up to£1,000. The fundraising is on track and anyone who is willing to sponsor the dynamic duo should go to www.justgiving.com/teams/london2paris.

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The National Trust Opens Its Doors To The Uks Best-Loved Cartoon Characters

The National Trust has, for the first time, given fictional characters keys to all of its 300 homes and access to the 617,500 acres of land it cares for. ‘The Beano’ team of illustrators and comic whizzes have had full creative control as characters from Dennis the Menace to Billy Whizz conquer castles and race ponies across grand estates.

The Beano characters have invaded to help the National Trust bring its many places to visit to life and prove that its doors (and copious amounts of fresh air) are open to all, breaking down preconceptions of the organisation.

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher kick off the chaos as they conquer Powis Castle in Wales, fooling National Trust staff with dozens of “hedge menaces” disguising the real rascal and his companion and becoming King for the day.

The Numskulls, who live inside Edd’s nostrils, are sneezed out at Edwardian Surrey estate Polesden Lacey into a game of croquet – and a planned bug hunt – to enjoy the buzz of bumblebee racing, while Minnie The Minx takes her dad on a manic trip to Northern Ireland to discover the iconic Giant’s Causeway and find the giant Finn McCool himself.

The Bash Street Kids days out in Devon, visiting the family manor Arlington Court and enjoying the great outdoors, while fellow mischief-maker Billy Whizz – the fastest boy in ‘The Beano’ – explores the country in less than a day. Fooled by Attingham Park’s false doors, to completing Cragside’s 8 foot high rhododendron maze in seconds and experiencing life as an Anglo Saxon at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Billy Whizz has a fast-paced day topped off by a good night’s sleep in Lyme Park’s Edwardian Nursery.

Tony Berry, Visitor Experience Director of the National Trust, commented: “We are delighted to open our doors to ‘The Beano’ and all of its mischievous characters. The National Trust and ‘The Beano’ are both British institutions and we are hoping the news that we have opened our doors to them all will encourage families to take a leaf out of Dennis’ book and organise a trip to one of our places. As our black and red stripy friend says; ‘a menace always has a plan’ and this summer should be no exception.

“Wherever we can we have tried to take away ropes and show the fun side of our places with everything from mazes to talking portraits. We are certain that real-life Dennises will find that it is not all ‘please don’t touch’ anymore; in some places you can even have a go on the snooker table.”

John-Paul Murphy, Head of Brand Marketing of ‘The Beano’ publishers, D.C. Thomson, added: “We couldn’t think of a better way to prove what fun kids can have at ‘Gnashional Trust’ properties by letting the world’s most famous menace and his friends from ‘Beanotown’ loose on them. Dennis hasn’t let his own 60th anniversary affect his ability to cause his own brand of havoc and it is a fitting birthday treat for him to become ‘King of the Castle’ at Powis. We’re sure ‘Beano’ readers will have just as much fun as the characters have when they visit the venues featured in our comic this summer.”

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Research Now Ltd Donates To Help The Japanese Tsunami Relief Efforts

Research Now Ltd has announced that together with Valued Opinions panellists from across the globe, it has raised £12,400 for the Jap anise Tsunami/Earthquake relief effort.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a shattering, magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The tremor, which occurred 20 miles underwater, triggered a huge tsunami that swept across the eastern coast of Japan, destroying everything in its path and killing over 15,000 people*.

Joining in the generous global response, Research Now Ltd, owners of the Valued Opinions’ panels, made an initial donation of £3000. Throughout April, Research Now Ltd offered members of its UK opinion panels, along with those from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan panels, the opportunity to convert their Valued Opinions rewards into cash donations to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a charity supporting Japan’s recovery. Big-hearted donors gave up shopping rewards for vital contributions to the relief efforts in a country that is still staggering from the impact of this disaster 3 months on. The initiative saw Valued Opinions’ members raise an impressive £9,400 throughout the 4 week campaign, which was then added to Research Now’s contribution of £3,000.

These donations have has been invaluable in propping up the work of the Japanese Red Cross Society as it provides vast-scale medical assistance, water and sanitation and psycho-social programming. The charity reports that, as well as running the only functioning Hospital in the Miyagi prefecture and vital first-aid stations in Kamaishi, it has used the funds to help mobilise 677 medical teams, which have already treated 63,567 patients. Addressing the huge mental trauma facing survivors, the charity has also established psychological support centres in two prefectures, deploying 300 staff who have benefitted over 6,000 people to date.**

A recent Valued Opinions online survey found that the most popular way for the British respondents to give is through sponsoring someone to participate in a fundraising event (19%), followed by making monthly cash or direct debit donations to charity (13%) and donating to charity via a street worker (11%). Overall, an impressive total of 51% of the British respondents choose to support charities financially, whether donating through charity websites, street workers, monthly donations or sponsorship.

In April 2011, Valued Opinions UK panellists’ generosity has helped to bring relief to a desperate situation. Regarding the Valued Opinions Tsunami Campaign, Research Now’s vice president, panel marketing and CRM, Thomas Lapperger commented: “I’m very proud to be involved in a series of campaigns that see Valued Opinions and our members working together to contribute towards worthy causes. Earning credits through online surveys UK participation and then claiming vouchers is a rewarding experience. Donating those credits instead to the Red Cross, who are helping Japan recover following the devastating tsunami, provides for a deeper and more meaningful rewarding experience. I would like to thank all members of Valued Opinions UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan for their participation in surveys. In particular, my gratitude goes to those who donated generously to the Valued Opinions Tsunami campaign.”

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