Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gifts to Charity to Honor the 40th Anniversary of the Internet

29 Oct 2009 01:18 Africa/Lagos

Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask, will be featured along with Arianna Huffington and Internet creator Leonard Kleinrock at a special celebration marking the 40th year of the Internet. JOIN UCLA's celebration on October 29th online with UCLA's live feed at

Gifts to Charity to Honor the 40th Anniversary of the Internet

Spencer Trask & Co., the network of private equity investors, teams with for unique giving opportunity on October 29, 2009

GREENWICH, Conn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Spencer Trask & Co., the leading private investment firm discovering and developing ideas to shape the 21st century, will join Leonard Kleinrock, the founder of the Internet, to honor the 40th anniversary of the Internet at a day long event at UCLA on October 29th, 2009.Members of the Spencer Trask network have been encouraged to make a financial gift to the charity of their choice in recognition of the impact the Internet has had on our global awareness and collaborative action. Spencer Trask has joined forces with the website to make a charitable donation in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Internet an easy online offers electronic invitations with a "donate now" button associated with the charity of the party host's choice. Guests are asked to make a donation in lieu of bringing a gift. There are no fees and all donations are 100% tax deductible. partners with and to offer access to 1.8 million charities, and has been featured on the Today Show and Don Tapscott, the author of the bestseller Wikinomics and internationally renowned authority on the strategic impact of information technology on innovation, announced his gift to in his Huffington Post entry today, "A Personal Card to the Internet. Happy 40th Birthday!". A member of the Spencer Trask & Co. network, Mr. Tapscott wrote, "I'm hopeful others will send similar presents as well." Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask & Co. and the Angel Investor who commercialized the wave division multiplexing technology that opened up the lanes of the data superhighway, will be speaking at a special event at UCLA along with Leonard Kleinrock, the recognized "Father of the Internet." Mr. Kimberlin says, "Even after 40 years, the consequences and impact of the Internet on collaboration and innovation remain limitless. I encourage all those who value the Internet to honor its 40th birthday and its founders by using the event as a reason to donate to the charity of their choice through"

Source: Spencer Trask & Co.

CONTACT: Mary Thigpen, Spencer Trask & Co., +1-212-326-9200,,; Jennifer Falvey, Managing
Director,, +1-203-966-0444,

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Divorce Filings Have Dropped in the Recession Reveals Survey of Top Matrimonial Lawyers

28 Oct 2009 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Divorce Filings Have Dropped in the Recession Reveals Survey of Top Matrimonial Lawyers

CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The economy appears to be downsizing the frequency of divorce cases, along with jobs and salaries. More than half of the respondents to the latest survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) are citing a drop in filings during the current recession. In all, 57% of the attorneys have noted fewer divorce filings since the last quarter of 2008.

"The current economic climate is proving to be far more unforgiving than estranged couples seeking a divorce," said Gary Nickelson, president of the AAML. "Forced to weigh damaged marriages against tight budgets and uncertain financial outlooks, many spouses seem more willing to try and wait out the recessionary storm."

Overall, 57% of AAML members reported a decrease in the number of divorce filings since the last quarter of 2008, while only 14% noted an increase in filings during these difficult times.

About AAML

Founded in 1962, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is committed to encouraging the study, improving the practice, elevating the standards, and advancing the cause of matrimonial law, in order to better protect the welfare of American families.

Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized experts in the specialized areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples. For more information, please visit

Source: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

CONTACT: Brian Downey,, +1-212-355-0400, or Casey
Stickles,, +1-212-355-0400, both of R.C. Auletta and
Co., LLC, for AAML

Web Site:

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dow Jones Introduces Premium News Site: The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition

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Dow Jones Introduces Premium News Site: The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition

Combines Dow Jones Factiva with The Wall Street Journal Online to Deliver Unmatched Comprehensive Business News and Information

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dow Jones & Company today announced plans to launch The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition, a premium business news service that delivers customized news feeds and alerts directly to subscribers' desktops and mobile devices. The service offers news scoops, the latest in industry-specific breaking news and immediate analysis of customers' industry sectors from Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal and the rich collection of 17,000 global business and news sources of Dow Jones Factiva.

Available in a simple, personalized user interface, The Wall Street Professional Edition combines award-winning news and analysis from Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal with Dow Jones Factiva's powerful search, alerting and monitoring features and content archive, providing an unmatched resource for business subscribers to stay on top of the day's news while also monitoring focused and personalized in-depth news and information about the industries affecting their business.

Dow Jones is making The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition available exclusively to enterprise customers in November with broader availability scheduled for January 2010.

"This really is a new model for the delivery of high-quality business news for a sophisticated audience. We are not imprisoned by a terminal and are thus able to produce a more contemporary Web-based news feed tailored to a sector, a company or an asset class. Readers will be able to create a virtual newswire and alert system that suits their specific business needs," said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. "It gives users a digital news library along with the world's premier newspaper and newswire. No other business news organization in the world has the same range of products or depth of reader-ready knowledge."

Key features of The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition include:

-- Aggregated news and information from more than 17,000 global sources
-- a significant portion of which are not available on the public Web
-- along with The Wall Street Journal, supported by more than 2,000
Dow Jones journalists in 84 bureaus worldwide
-- Factiva SmartSearch(TM), which provides a one-year archive of
Factiva's global business sources and a two-year archive of
content, filtered and sorted to reveal the best, highest-value results
-- Search results that are instantly analyzed to uncover issues,
industries, companies, people and ideas buried beneath the headlines
and displayed in know-at-a-glance graphical format
-- More than 30 industry-specific pages, managed by a team of Dow Jones
editors to deliver the most current insight and identify emerging
-- Six key industry sections that are continuously managed by Wall Street
Journal editors who select news and information from across Factiva's
vast archive: Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Energy, Media & Marketing,
Telecommunications and Technology
-- Custom News that allows users to personalize their own home page to
quickly surface the news they want on issues, companies, industries or
editor-chosen "deep dives"

-- User-defined alerts to deliver the latest news and information when
and how it is needed

"We've designed The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition to deliver information without the overload," said Clare Hart, executive vice president, Dow Jones & Company, and president, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. "By harnessing the power of Dow Jones Factiva and combining it with the unmatched news and analysis from, business professionals get the focused news and content they need and want in a way that allows them to quickly identify what is meaningful or important to them. If they want more detail or a broader view, they can dig deeper to gain additional insight; all of this adds up to tremendous competitive advantage to the business professional who needs quick, easy access to information about industries, companies, people and issues."

More information is available at .


Dow Jones & Company ( is a News Corporation company (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV; Dow Jones is a leading provider of global business news and information services. Its Consumer Media Group publishes The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, MarketWatch and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Its Enterprise Media Group includes Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Factiva, Dow Jones Client Solutions, Dow Jones Indexes and Dow Jones Financial Information Services. Its Local Media Group operates community-based information franchises. Dow Jones owns 50% of SmartMoney and 33% of STOXX Ltd. and provides news content to radio stations in the U.S.

Source: Dow Jones & Company

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore

Get Off Obama's Back ...second thoughts from Michael Moore

Saturday, October 10th, 2009


Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize. "No, I don't think so," I replied. I thought it was important to remind him he's now conducting the two wars he's inherited. "Yeah," she said, "but to tell him, 'Now earn it!'? Give the guy a break -- this is a great day for him and for all of us."

I went back and re-read what I had written. And I listened for far too long yesterday to the right wing hate machine who did what they could to crap all over Barack's big day. Did I -- and others on the left -- do the same?

We are weary, weary of war. The trillions that will have gone to these two wars have helped to bankrupt us as a nation -- financially and morally. To think of all the good we could have done with all that money! Two months of the War in Iraq would pay for all the wells that need to be dug in the Third World for drinking water! Obama is moving too slow for most of us -- but he needs to know we are with him and we stand beside him as he attempts to turn eight years of sheer madness around. Who could do that in nine months? Superman? Thor? Mitch McConnell?

Instead of waiting to see what the president is going to do, we all need to be pro-active and push the agenda that we want to see enacted. What keeps us from forming the same local groups we put together to get out the vote last November? C'mon! We're the majority now -- the majority by a significant margin! We call the shots -- and we need to tell this wimpy Congress to get busy and do what we say -- or else.

All I ask of those who voted for Obama is to not pile on him too quickly. Yes, make your voice heard (his phone number is 202-456-1414). But don't abandon the best hope we've had in our lifetime for change. And for God's sake, don't head to bummerville if he says or does something we don't like. Do you ever see Republicans behave that way? I mean, the Right had 20 years of Republican presidents and they still couldn't get prayer in the public schools, or outlaw abortion, or initiate a flat tax or put our Social Security into the stock market. They did a lot of damage, no doubt about that, but on the key issues that the Christian Right fought for, they came up nearly empty handed. No wonder they've been driven crazy lately. They'll never have it as good again as they've had it since Reagan took office.

But -- do you ever see them looking all gloomy and defeated? No! They keep on fighting! Every day. Our side? At the first sign of wavering, we just pack up our toys and go home.

So, at least for this weekend, let us celebrate what people elsewhere are celebrating -- that America now has a sane and smart man in the White House, a man who truly wants a world at peace for his two daughters.

Many, for the past couple days (yes, myself included), have grumbled, "What has he done to earn this prize?" How 'bout this:

The simple fact that he was elected was reason enough for him to be the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Because on that day the murderous actions of the Bush/Cheney years were totally and thoroughly rebuked. One man -- a man who opposed the War in Iraq from the beginning -- offered to end the insanity. The world has stood by in utter horror for the past eight years as they watched the descendants of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson light the fuse of our own self-destruction. We flipped off the nations on this planet by abandoning Kyoto and then proceeded to melt eight more years worth of the polar ice caps. We invaded two nations that didn't attack us, failed to find the real terrorists and, in effect, ignited our own wave of terror. People all over the world wondered if we had gone mad.

And if all that wasn't enough, the outgoing Joker presided over the worst global financial collapse since the Great Depression.

So, yeah, at precisely 11:00pm ET on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. And the 66 million people who voted for him won it, too. By the time he took the stage at midnight ET in the Grant Park Historic Hippie Battlefield in downtown Chicago, billions of people around the globe were already breathing a huge sigh of relief. It was as if, in that instant, one man did bring the promise of peace to the world -- and most were ready to go wherever he wanted to go to achieve that end. Never before had the election of one man made every other nation feel like they had won, too. When you've got billions of people ready, willing and able to join a cause like this, well, a prize in Oslo is the least that you deserve.

One other thought. The Peace Prize historically has been given to those who have worked to throw off the yoke of racial discrimination and segregation (Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu). I think the Nobel committee, in awarding Obama the prize, was also rewarding the fact that something profound had happened in a nation that was founded on racial genocide, built on racist slavery, and held back for a hundred-plus years by vestiges of hateful bigotry (which can still be found on display at teabagger rallies and daily talk radio). The fact that this one man could cause this seismic historical event to occur -- and to do so with such grace and humility, never succumbing to the bait, but still not backing down (yes, he asked to be sworn in as "Barack Hussein Obama"!) -- is more than reason enough he should be in Oslo to meet the King on December 10. Maybe he could take us along with him. 'Cause I also suspect the Nobel committee was tipping its hat to all of us -- we, the American people, had conquered some of our racism and did the truly unexpected. After seeing searing images of our black fellow citizens left to drown in New Orleans -- and poor whites seeing their own treated no better than the black man they had been raised to hate -- we had all seen enough. It was time for change.

Thank you, Barack Obama, for giving us the opportunity to redeem ourselves. Now for the tasks ahead. We need you to do all that you promised to do. We need it. The world needs it.

My prediction for the future? You become the first *two-time* winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! Yeah!

Fred (that's Norwegian for "Peace"),
Michael Moore

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Barack Obama Humbled and Challenged by Nobel Peace Prize

Barack Obama Humbled and Challenged by Nobel Peace Prize

The news of winning the Nobel Peace Prize came as a surprise to President Barack Obama, but he has seen it as a challenge to take up the mantle of a peacemaker and not a war monger and a wake up call in the nation building of a New America in the leadership of the world.

The following is a copy of his call to action addressed to all those on his mailing list.

Oct 9 (17 hours ago)

Michael Chima --

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Friday, October 9, 2009

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. )on the Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to President Obama

9 Oct 2009 16:26 Africa/Lagos

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. )on the Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to President Obama

MIDDLESEX, Vt., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a comment by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on the Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to President Obama:

"It's a stunning announcement and it reflects well on America's ideals and the world's yearning for American leadership.

"Little is possible without leadership. No one can force other nations to follow, but President Obama is reintroducing America to the rest of the world, and people of goodwill everywhere do have hope about working together for progress on some of the world's most daunting and dangerous problems."

Source: Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

CONTACT: David Carle of the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy,

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

World Vision Responding to Tsunami in Samoan Islands

1 Oct 2009 02:37 Africa/Lagos

World Vision Responding to Tsunami in Samoan Islands

-Organization sending response team, coordinating local efforts for concerned groups

-Samoan American relief worker to lead World Vision team deploying from Seattle

-Former NFL quarterback "Throwin' Samoan" Jack Thompson calls on Americans to help

SEATTLE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christian relief group World Vision is coordinating a response to the massive 8.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck the islands of Samoa and American Samoa yesterday, killing at least 110 people. Leading the agency's response is World Vision's national program director and Samoan American Lina Thompson, who will be traveling to the islands this weekend.

"The Samoan community here in the U.S. are in complete shock at what has happened," said Thompson. "I myself have been unable to reach my aunts and cousins to check on their safety. At the same time, there's already a groundswell of people, churches and other groups wanting to do something to help."

Former NFL quarterback and Lina's brother Jack Thompson, known as the "Throwin' Samoan," is also calling on Americans to help through groups like World Vision: "I was just there this summer to help deliver medical supplies and encourage young athletes through a football clinic. Now with the immediate needs Samoans are facing, it's important for us on the U.S. mainland to do whatever we can to show our support."

World Vision will be working through partners in Samoa to distribute emergency items that are most needed by survivors, including things like personal hygiene items, clothing, and first aid supplies. Lina Thompson is deploying to the islands along with the agency's U.S. disaster response director Phyllis Freeman, to oversee the distribution of goods.

"Churches and community leaders have been contacting us eager to help, especially people here in the Pacific Northwest, where there is a sizable Samoan community. We'll be moving quickly in the next few days to ensure we can deliver help effectively and efficiently," said Lina Thompson.

Thompson and World Vision staff in Seattle have organized a community meeting for concerned churches, community leaders and individuals to mobilize and find the best ways to help. The meeting will take place at 9:30 am on Thursday, October 1 at Mountview Presbyterian Church, located at 10806-12th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146. The public can help by calling 1.888.56.CHILD or visiting

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Visit

Source: World Vision

CONTACT: Rachel Wolff, +1-253-394-2214, or

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