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Scrum Club Starts Pre-sales on Corporate Espionage

Author: Scrum Club
Dateline: Wed, 06 Aug 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Scrum Club, a not-for-profit organization, announced today that they have begun pre-sales of their first fundraising product, a card game titled 'Corporate Espionage.' This game represents a battle between freshly-funded start-up companies who all have similar ideas and are entering the same target market. Each company must ramp up quickly in order to compete, and when that fails, take out the competition by any means necessary.”



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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Scrum Club, a not-for-profit organization, announced today that they have begun pre-sales of their first fundraising product, a card game titled "Corporate Espionage." This game represents a battle between freshly-funded start-up companies who all have similar ideas and are entering the same target market. Each company must ramp up quickly in order to compete, and when that fails, take out the competition by any means necessary. Touted as the first business educational card game, Scrum Club is hoping to launch an entire line of products based around this new franchise, the proceeds from which will benefit local charities and support developing business communities.

Corporate Espionage card game"We go to tons of tech social events. It's hard to make a connection, let alone separate the schmoozers from the geniuses. Corporate Espionage is a test of smarts and strategy. The most dynamic marketing guy and geeked-out developer can get trumped by a recruiter who understands how to build a team and work with stock options. It's just a deck of cards, but it tells you a lot about who you might want to do business with," said Scrum Club Director and Executive Producer, Amanda Abelove.

The game can be pre-ordered from www.masterofespionage.com for $14.99 US, or two for $24.99 US. The first shipment is expected to go out in Q1 of 2009. All proceeds benefit Scrum Club.

About Corporate Espionage
Corporate Espionage, the first product released by Scrum Club, is a completely original card game for 2 or more players. Players must use business skills and savvy to get an edge on the competition with the ultimate goal of driving competitors to bankruptcy. Each deck consists of 80 unique cards with vibrant hand drawn illustrations and humorous quotes. Future expansions are planned for the game in the form of stand-alone themed expansion packs.

About Scrum Club
Scrum Club is a new project management association that wants to teach people how to, metaphorically speaking, "throw down" and fight to get a project delivered on time, in scope, and under budget. The group addresses the need of business professionals to understand how to manage a project across multiple teams and functions, including software development. The group is piloting the program in Los Angeles, California, and will then make the program available for free to other people who want to start a chapter in their local area.

The program is being sponsored by the National Organization for Business Community Development (NOBCD), a not-for-profit organization with the intent of growing business community leaders through sponsorship of community leadership programs.

Formed in March 2007, Scrum Club is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, USA. More information is available at www.scrumclub.org.

CONTACT:
Amanda Abelove
Scrum Club
Phone: +1.310.237.6370
Fax: +1.310.606.2758
amanda@scrumclub.org
http://www.masterofespionage.com


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IPTV, Streaming Movie and Music Industry Will Generate $70 Billion Over Six Years, says Insight Research

Author: Insight Research Corporation
Dateline: Wed, 26 Mar 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOONTON, N.J., March 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Streaming video and music distributed across the Internet, an IPTV network, or a mobile handset will generate $70 billion in network-derived and content-derived revenue into the US markets over the next six years, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. Streaming media refers to the transmission of digital audio and video files over an IP network or wireless network in real time or on-demand.”



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BOONTON, N.J., March 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Streaming video and music distributed across the Internet, an IPTV network, or a mobile handset will generate $70 billion in network-derived and content-derived revenue into the US markets over the next six years, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. Streaming media refers to the transmission of digital audio and video files over an IP network or wireless network in real time or on-demand, while prohibiting users from storing the files locally.

Insight Research CorpInsight's market analysis study, "Streaming Media, IPTV, and Broadband Transport: Telecommunications Carriers and Entertainment Services 2008-2013," describes the technology and market forces underpinning the network-derived revenues generated from distributing streamed content across the public Internet, content distribution networks, cellular networks, or telco IP networks.

The study also estimates the revenue from the various types of content-derived revenues, along with associated advertising revenue. The streaming market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of nearly 29 percent over the next six years, driven by on-demand audio, on-demand video, as well as the accompanying advertising revenue.

"The outlook for streaming media has never been brighter. Questions surrounding consumers' willingness to pay for content have been dispelled by satellite radio and iTunes," says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research president. "The forecasts that we present are conservative and in line with current performance. If, however, per-stream costs drop faster than anticipated, we have quicker acceptance of IPTV, or improvements in 3G delivery take place faster than expected, it could blow the doors off of our forecasts, propelling this industry into explosive growth," Rosenberg continues.

Insight's report examines the following market drivers: licensing issues, broadband Internet access, mass-market demand, and enterprise usage. Forecasts include revenues for the US market by network services, including digital rights management (DRM), encoding, and performance measurement; and by content services, including advertising, music on-demand, Internet radio and video on-demand.

An excerpt of this research report, table of contents, and ordering information are online at www.insight-corp.com/reports/IPTV08.asp.

This 140-page report is available immediately for $3,995 (hard copy). Electronic (PDF) reports can be ordered online.

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Leading Skin Care Author Sets New Guinness Book World Record for Most Sumo Squats in One Hour

Author: Thienna Ho
Dateline: Tue, 18 Dec 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On December 16, at the age of almost 40, Dr. Thienna Ho, a leading skin care author who is conscious of health and fitness on all levels, broke the Guinness Book World Record for the most Sumo squats in one hour. The event was overseen by an official adjudicator from the U.K. at the San Francisco State University Basketball Gymnasium. (VIDEO)”



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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 18 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On December 16, at the age of almost 40, Dr. Thienna, a leading skin care author who is conscious of health and fitness on all levels, broke the Guinness Book World Record for the most Sumo squats in one hour. The event was overseen by an official adjudicator from the U.K. at the San Francisco State University Basketball Gymnasium.

Adjudicator, Carlos Martinez, watched while Dr. Thienna, without a break, completed an incredible 5,135 squats in one hour.

Dr. Thienna started practicing the Sumo squat in her 20s when she felt it was time to start maintaining her physical health. She was first introduced to the move by her father, a fourth-degree black belt.

"Sumo squats work every major muscle group in the body," Dr. Thienna said. "Specifically, they help to strengthen problem areas such as the inner and outer thighs while working the whole upper body and providing a vigorous cardiovascular workout and improved flexibility."

Dr. Thienna is thrilled about having achieved this new record, not only for personal satisfaction, but to raise the awareness of the benefits associated with Sumo squat exercise, especially for women.

"Squat exercises are typically associated with men. My hope is that women will embrace this exercise as it targets many common problem areas that typically concern them," Thienna explained.

Sharing her love of health and fitness is what Dr. Thienna enjoys most. She is the author of "Unlocking the Mystery of Skin Color" (ISBN: 978-0-9792103-0-3), a book that teaches people how to obtain a brighter, clearer, and healthier complexion.

During research for the book, she discovered that the techniques involved in the Natural Fairskin Method(TM), not only gave her a clear and healthy complexion, but it also provided her with amazing strength, endurance, and stamina.

When Dr. Thienna first started practicing squats, she did them three times per week, 500-1,000 squats per session. Normally, it took 30 to 45 minutes to complete each session. So, to complete 5,135 in one hour is a tremendous breakthrough and one which she greatly attributes to the Natural Fairskin Method(TM).

In addition, Dr. Thienna reports no back, shoulder, wrist, hip, or knee pain; minor muscle soreness quickly disappears.

Dr. Thienna was born in Saigon, Vietnam three months after Viet Cong forces attacked the city during the infamous Tet Offensive. Eleven years later, Dr. Thienna and her family fled communist Vietnam in a 50-foot wooden boat that carried 285 passengers. On its way to Indonesia, the vessel was attacked by pirates. Less than one year later, Dr. Thienna's family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Francisco.

She is the founder of Thienna, Inc. and is one of the world's leading authorities on human skin color. She holds a number of academic degrees, including a BA in Economics; a BS in Microbiology; a Graduate Certificate in Genetic Engineering; an MA in Business Administration; and a Ph.D. in Scientific Nutrition. She also has performed significant additional study in the fields of chemistry, biology, and molecular biology.

For more information, visit: www.Thienna.com.

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Leading Skin Expert Author Attempts to Break Guinness Book World Record for Most Squats in One Hour

Author: Thienna Ho
Dateline: Fri, 30 Nov 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m., a Guinness World Records (GWR) adjudicator from the United Kingdom will attend a record-breaking attempt by Dr. Thienna Ho. Dr. Thienna is challenging the current record of 4,656 squats in one hour. The event will be held at the San Francisco State University Basketball Gymnasium.”



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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On Sunday, December 16, 2007, at 2:00 p.m., a Guinness World Records (GWR) adjudicator from the United Kingdom will attend a record-breaking attempt by Dr. Thienna Ho. Dr. Thienna is challenging the current record of 4,656 squats in one hour. The event will be held at the San Francisco State University Basketball Gymnasium.

Currently, Dr. Thienna's personal record is 5,389 which exceeds the current record held by Attila Horvath, recorded on January 30, 2002. At the age of 40, Dr. Thienna can still do over 10,000 squats per week and is ready to grab the record-holding title.

Dr. Thienna explains that the reason she is so thrilled about this event, is not only the attempt to break the record, but to share through the event, how healthy squats can make people.

"Squats can really keep people looking young and healthy," she explains. "It's the king of all exercises."

Generally, people hate the idea of squatting because it can be so repetitious. However, if done correctly, squats work every muscle in the body. They also strengthen the heart and maintain flexibility.

"My strength and stamina/endurance have primarily been gained from practicing my 'Natural Fairskin Method' in a book I recently authored, 'Unlocking the Mystery of Skin Color,'" Dr. Thienna, says. "Skin health reflects overall health."

Dr. Thienna was born in Saigon, Vietnam three months after Viet Cong forces attacked the city during the infamous Tet Offensive. Eleven years later, Dr. Thienna and her family fled communist Vietnam in a 50-foot wooden boat that carried 285 passengers. On its way to Indonesia, the vessel was attacked by pirates. Less than one year later, Dr. Thienna's family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Francisco.

Dr. Thienna is founder of Thienna, Inc. and is one of the world's leading authorities on human skin color. She holds a number of academic degrees, including a BA in Economics; a BS in Microbiology; a Graduate Certificate in Genetic Engineering; an MA in Business Administration; and a Ph.D. in Scientific Nutrition. She also has performed significant additional study in the fields of chemistry, biology, and molecular biology. At the age of 27, Dr. Thienna started a small business that has blossomed into a million-dollar success.

Several sponsors have joined together to support Dr. Thienna in her personal achievement and they include: CaliToday.com; GG Connections; KTR; NetworkPCB.com; Legaldigitalvideo.com; Piercey Toyota; Redgraphic.com; Saratogadentalspa.com; Call Centers International; and Thienna, Inc.

For more information on the book and the event: visit:
www.thienna.com/global-event_avi.html

Disclaimer: If not properly trained, there is potential for injury when doing squats so a fitness professional should be consulted prior to emulating squat exercises.

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Anna Wilding, Actress, Producer and Director of Buddhist Film Takes Dangerous Fall in New York City

Author: Wingate, Russotti & Shapiro, LLP
Dateline: Mon, 15 Oct 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Oct. 15 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Prominent, former Hollywood based, international actress / director / producer, Anna Wilding, was injured while walking on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Wilding sustained a broken finger, torn left shoulder rotator cuff, sprained elbow and other associated injuries when she fell due to a pavement grating defect. A notice of claim has been filed by Wingate, Russotti & Shapiro against NYC Transit Authority and the City of New York as result of the injury.”



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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Oct. 15 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Prominent, former Hollywood based, international actress / director / producer, Anna Wilding, was injured while walking on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Wilding sustained a broken finger, torn left shoulder rotator cuff, sprained elbow and other associated injuries when she fell due to a pavement grating defect. A notice of claim has been filed by Wingate, Russotti & Shapiro against NYC Transit Authority and the City of New York as result of the injury.

Caption: Buddha Wild Monk in the HutWilding recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. Her most current released projects include the film "Buddha Wild Monk in the Hut" which she directed. The injury has temporarily delayed further public screenings of the film.

The film may have become additionally topical with increased interest and sales on Amazon.com, possibly due to recent issues in Myanmar.

Wilding gave a speech at the last Earth Week in New York in discussion of the topic "The Environment and Nature in Relation to Buddhism and Spirituality," along with political figureheads like Ralph Nader and Environmental Scientist Dr. Kevin Denneher.

She is also the editor of her blog: www.bubblegumpop.vox.com. Wilding is CEO of Carpe Diem Films, LLC, a Beverly Hills based company. Her great uncle, Anthony Wilding, won Wimbledon ten times and is inducted into the International Hall of Tennis Fame in Rhode Island.

She was just thanked by New Line Cinema for her humanitarian work on the Oscar(R)-winning film trilogy "Lord of the Rings."


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Danfranc Productions is Not Just Another Pretty Face in the Pageant Business

Author: Danfranc Productions
Dateline: Mon, 30 Jul 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SACRAMENTO, Calif. - July 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Many of today's beauty pageants appear superficial and focus too much on outward appearance, but Danfranc Productions, a special event planning company, has been producing the Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant for 29 years with a focus on education.”



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The 29th annual Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for April 18-20, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - July 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Many of today's beauty pageants appear superficial and focus too much on outward appearance, but Danfranc Productions, a special event planning company, has been producing the Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant for 29 years with a focus on education.

(c) Send2PressThe 29th annual Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for April 18-20, 2008 at the Radisson Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport. It promotes scholastic achievement, and a healthy lifestyle.

(Photo Caption: Miss Teenage California 2007, Noelle Freeman, Carlsbad, CA)

A recent study, "Generation of Worried Teens" reports that 30 percent of girls compared to 19 percent of boys weigh themselves at least weekly. And, according to "Girls Speak Out," girls as young as eight years old talk about clothing and watching calories.

Frank Lameira, president of Danfranc Productions, explained. "Our goal is to re-shift the focus to young women who participate in school activities and/or their community."

For Noelle Freeman, Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant 2007, it was her very first pageant. As Miss Teenage California, Noelle won a $10,000 college scholarship to the university of her choice; $5,000 in cash; a $1,500 national-pageant wardrobe; a laptop computer; luggage, and many other prizes.

"The popularity of more traditional beauty pageants is dwindling," Lameira said. "Today's young women have lots more to offer than simply look good in a bathing suit; we used to have a swimsuit competition, but eliminated it."

Eating disorders and self-esteem issues have pressured pageant organizers to change with the times and to eliminate the idea that young women need to be skinny to be popular.

Some pageants have changed their focus, while others continue to instill unhealthy images that do not reflect our current society.

The Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant is a pageant that celebrates today's youth. Contestants vary in height, weight, and race. The judging categories consist of: Achievements and Activities; Personality/Intelligence; and Poise and Presence in Formal Attire.

"It's still a pageant, but whether or not a young woman is a size 0 or a size 10, everyone is welcomed to participate," Lameira said. "And, no swimsuits are required."

While part of the population may still feel that a young woman pursuing a crown in today's society is frivolous, Lameira disagrees. Contestants in the Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant are active in their school and community; most maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and are highly motivated.

Over $82,000 in college scholarships and prizes will be awarded at the 29th Annual Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant.

"What also sets this pageant apart from others is that it is not a winner-take-all event," Lameira said."

(c) Send2PressPhoto Caption: (at right) Miss Teenage California 2207: Top Five Winners

Four runner-ups will win college scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000, respectively. The remaining top 10 finalists each earn a $1,000 college scholarship for placement. The pageant acknowledges young women in the state of California who are achievers and activators in their school and community, have career goals, and wish to pursue higher education.

Lameira, a 1997 inductee into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame for his work with youth, explains that the education of young people is indicative of a strong and vibrant society.

"We need to encourage positive behavior in today's youth, and to celebrate their individuality, while still providing opportunities for reward and recognition," Lameira said. "We read enough stuff about young celebrities who get mixed up in alcohol and drugs. But, we don't hear enough about teens who silently, but consistently, are good students, and involved in their school and community."

Area representatives are currently being sought for the 2008 pageant. For more information, visit: www.missteenageca.com or call 916-714-4222. Or, email Danfrancprod@aol.com for an application packet.

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National Dance Week at JCAL – ‘Celebrating Africa and the Diaspora’

Author: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Dateline: Thu, 19 Apr 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “JAMAICA, N.Y. - Apr. 19 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of National Dance Week, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will offer Master Classes in dance and a live performance on Saturday April 28, 2007 from 12 PM to 6:30 PM. This year, JCAL celebrates National Dance Week by traveling the globe with the dances of Africa and the African Diaspora.”



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JAMAICA, N.Y. - Apr. 19 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of National Dance Week, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will offer Master Classes in dance and a live performance on Saturday April 28, 2007 from 12 PM to 6:30 PM. This year, JCAL celebrates National Dance Week by traveling the globe with the dances of Africa and the African Diaspora.

The African Diaspora is defined as the cultures and populations created by the movements of the peoples of the African continent to the Americas (including North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean), Europe, and Asia. Over a period of nearly four hundred years, four million Africans were transported to foreign lands in the slave trade.

As they struggled to retain their traditions in a world devoid of familiarity, new customs and cultures were born. The dance traditions of Africa merged with those of the new world to form distinct new forms; we can see the influence of African dance in the dances of Brazil, the Caribbean, and even American popular culture.

On Saturday, April 28, JCAL is proud to present a day of classes and performances as we welcome acclaimed West African dancer Youssouf Koumbasssa, founder of Les Ballets Bagata, as our guest master artist. Born in Guinea, West Africa, Mr. Koumbassa has performed internationally in West Africa, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Korea, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Since moving to the United States twenty years ago Youssouf has established himself as the pre-eminent teacher of dance from Guinea, and now travels widely throughout the world as a much sought after master teacher.

The event includes a West African master class with Mr. Koumbassa as well as classes in Afro-Brazilian/Samba and American Tribal Style Belly Dance. The West African Master Class involves graceful and energetic movements to vibrant drumming. The Afro-Brazilian/Samba Master Class is a festive and celebratory class of Afro-Brazilian dance to live drumming combining movements, rhythms and beats of West African dance with influences from indigenous Indian and European cultures.

Samba is considered the "national" dance of Brazil and is most often associated with Carnival. American Tribal Style Belly Dance, a recent movement in the USA has addressed the feminist philosophy of empowerment of women through Middle Eastern belly dance. It is an ethnic fusion style, influenced by ancient dance techniques from North India, the Middle East and Africa, but inspired by American artistic sensibilities.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information call 718-658-7400 ext. 123. Visit www.jcal.org.

National Dance Week is supported, in part, by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is housed in a landmark building owned by the City of New York and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin; the New York City Council; Council Speaker Christine Quinn; the Queens Delegation of the Council; Majority Whip, Councilman Leroy Comrie; and Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.

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Celebrity Endorsed Website Turns War Tax Into Peace Dividend

Author: Refunds for Good, Inc.
Dateline: Thu, 22 Mar 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WOODBRIDGE, Conn. - Mar. 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, two social entrepreneurs, Jon Gorham and Michael Swartz from Connecticut, have launched a web site to help foster peace in the world: refundsforgood.org. Swartz and Gorham created a company called Refunds for Good, Inc. and have launched an interactive web portal that shows individuals and organizations how to claim telephone tax refunds on their 2006 returns.”



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WOODBRIDGE, Conn. - Mar. 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq, two social entrepreneurs, Jon Gorham and Michael Swartz from Connecticut, have launched a web site to help foster peace in the world http://www.refundsforgood.org. Swartz and Gorham created a company called Refunds for Good, Inc. and have launched an interactive web portal that shows individuals and organizations how to claim telephone tax refunds on their 2006 returns.

Refunds for Good - (c) Send2PressThe multi-media web site also provides visitors with a simple way to donate their refund to three exceptional non-profits working to end global conflict, promote sustainable development as well as help the environment.

The website is endorsed by several prominent actors and comedians such as Martin Sheen, Larry Hagman ("JR"), Ed Begley, Jr. and Nate Corddry from the Daily Show. 13 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, such as the Dalai Lama and Bishop Tutu also support the campaign.

Individuals who choose a standard refund on their tax return will receive between $30 and $60, depending on their exemptions. Businesses and non-profits may receive tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the size of their monthly telephone expenses and other factors. A calculator on this web site allows organizations to determine their precise refund.

In May 2006, following the losses of five federal court decisions, the IRS decided to stop assessing the tax on most service. This tax year, ending April 17th, the IRS will refund with interest the monies collected over a 41-month period. The American public is eligible to receive an estimated $20 billion through this refund, if taxpayers claim it; half going to businesses and non-profits, and half to individuals.

"If we all do our part and donate our refund money to the non-profits on the website we can make a big difference," says Refunds for Good co-founder, Jonathan Gorham. "There is definitely power in numbers."

The site www.refundsforgood.org educates visitors about these three U.S. non-profits, which are working to address different parts of our global community:
    * PeaceJam Foundation works with Nobel Peace Laureates from around the globe to nurture a new generation of young leaders committed to positive change in themselves and the world through peace-making service projects in their local communities.

    * Solar Electric Light Fund brings solar power and modern communications to rural villages in the developing world for enhancements in health, education, and economic well-being - at the same time as protecting and preserving the environment and natural habitats.

    * Physicians for Social Responsibility is the medical and public health voice for policies to stop nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.
Taxpayers can use the secure, on-line form at www.refundsforgood.org to make a direct donation of any amount to one or more of the three non-profits.

All donations are tax deductible.

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Entertainment

First-Ever International Online Mahjong Community Tournament

Author: MahjongTime
Dateline: Tue, 01 Aug 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN DIEGO, CA - Aug. 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- MahjongTime is the largest online mahjong community; they have developed an innovative technology that provides them with the resources to host the first-ever, online, international tournament. On October 28th and 29th, mahjong players from all over the world will compete online for the world championship title.”



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SAN DIEGO, CA - Aug. 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- MahjongTime is the largest online mahjong community; they have developed an innovative technology that provides them with the resources to host the first-ever, online, international tournament. On October 28th and 29th, mahjong players from all over the world will compete online for the world championship title.

MahjongTime will host the event which will consist of two popular mahjong game versions: Hong Kong and International Rules - also called "Chinese Official."

"Mahjong is the world's most played game," William Sutjiadi, founder and CEO of MahjongTime said. "It has an estimated one billion players, worldwide, and a player base that is 10 times more than poker; it is also the 255th official sport in China."

MahjongTime already has members from all over the world who compete on a daily basis. As a result, they have established world ranking via their sophisticated ranking and belt system.

"We plan to take our service to the next level by establishing an online, international league and hosting the first-ever, online world championship tournament," Sutjiadi explained. "We are confident this will provide an estimated number of one billion mahjong players, world-wide, to compete in a unified manner."

Traditional mahjong is played with four players, where the objective is to assemble a hand of certain combinations. At MahjongTime, players can play against other players 24 hours per day and no download of software is required. The unique technology makes interactive play easy and readily available.

Interested players can sign up for a free account where 20 game credits will automatically be issued. Players can then continue to compete in tournaments, create their own mini-tournaments, and win money and prizes.

In order to qualify for the international tournament, players simply play in rated games and tournaments and achieve a rating (or belt) based on the established rating system; small fees and promotional packages may apply. Players may also win cash and prizes in addition to qualifying for the world championship tournament.

"Our unique technology allows us to provide a secure, multi-player environment," Sutjiadi added. "We are the first in the market to offer such a technology to our members."

In addition, MahjongTime maintains schedules, distributes prizes, uses a ranking and rating system, and leaves the outcome of every game in the player's hands.

When players log onto www.mahjongtime.com, they can learn about the game's history, find out how to play, learn the rules for scoring, meet friends and have fun.

Tutorials and live-player services teach members how to play in addition to giving them access to news-related articles. There is also an online store where players can purchase items such as mahjong games, accessories, books and magazines.

"One interesting fact," Sutjiadi said, "pertains to the name of the game. The Chinese interpretation is 'clattering sparrow,' 'flax sparrow, or 'hemp bird.' The name may have been given due to the musical noise that the tiles make when mixed up, suggestive of the clatter of several sparrows squabbling over tossed food crumbs."

Sutjiadi explains that his goal is to create a world-class mahjong league where players can interact, have fun and compete against people from all over the world from the privacy of their home.

"If people want to be part of mahjong history then they can join the first-ever online world mahjong championship in October," Sutjiadi said, "and be part of a world-class league."

To learn more about MahjongTime, visit: www.mahjongtime.com.


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Life Becomes Art: DNA 11 Introduces Personalized Artwork from Fingerprint Images

Author: DNA 11
Dateline: Mon, 10 Jul 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIAMI, FL - July 10 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- DNA 11, the creators of nationally-acclaimed DNA artwork, are proud to announce an innovative, second-generation product of fingerprint art.”



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MIAMI, FL - July 10 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- DNA 11, the creators of nationally-acclaimed DNA artwork, are proud to announce an innovative, second-generation product of fingerprint art.

These custom-made, digital works of art capture the essence of the client by creating a personalized image; customers can select one fingerprint or all five.

"We are so excited about this," Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder, DNA 11, said. "We have taken our progressive art to the next level and are creating personal art portraits for people."

DNA 11's first designs combined science and art by photographing their customers' DNA, enlarging it, and printing it on high-quality canvas. These pieces were so popular that founders, Salamunovic and Nazim Ahmed, expanded their product line.

This is how the process works: Customers place their orders on DNA 11's Website (www.dna11.com); size and custom color are selected; DNA 11 sends a fingerprint collection kit including all essentials; and the kit is returned to DNA 11 studios.

Once the image(s) is received, DNA 11 scans the print(s) with a high-resolution scanner. That print is then manually adjusted to clearly illustrate each fingerprint ridge; images(s) can be magnified up 4,000 percent.

The artwork is affordable and offers a wide range of prices; framing is an option. There are 15 exciting color schemes categorized into three designer-color series: Classics, Earth, and Pop.

"These pieces contribute to any stylish home decor," explained Salamunovic, "and they allow the personality of the customer to shine through."

Typically, when choosing a piece of art, buyers attempt to create an environment for it. Now, through DNA 11's innovative ColorMatch(TM) technology, customers can customize foregrounds and backgrounds to match their environment instead of the other way around.

These works of art also make unique gifts. Parents can proudly display their children's images, and couples can personalize their homes.

"We have experienced such success with DNA art that we are confident our new product will also become one of the hottest products in the home decor market," explained Ahmed.

DNA 11 has been featured in elite media outlets including Dwell, HGTV, Cargo, Vogue Italy, Fashion TV, USA Today, WIRED and Playboy. Products have been showcased in the WIRED store in SOHO and in galleries in South Beach, FL.

Information and images: http://www.dna11.com



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