PHOTO ADVISORY: The Deutsche Post DHL Disaster Response Team (DRT) relocates main outpost to Las Americas International Airport in Dominican Republic to provide valuable logistics support for Haitian relief efforts

BONN, Germany, and PLANTATION, Florida, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — DHL advises members of the media that they may download the following photo at no charge from the online archive below:

– NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100125/MXM002

   Caption:  Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading mail and logistics services group, has moved its main DRT outpost from Haiti to the Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The team continues to unload humanitarian aid flights daily totaling over 100 tons of relief goods per day including cases of water and medical supplies.

 PHOTO Credit: DHL DRT Team (PRNewsFoto)

 The DRT:

    — Is managing a 3000 sq. meter warehouse for other non-government organizations (NGOs) to store and sort incoming aid.

    — Has flown five forklifts into Santo Domingo from Caracas, Venezuela to help transfer air goods from aircraft pallets to container trucks bound for Haiti.

    — Is stressing the importance that all cargo flights have pre-arranged onward transportation from the Dominican Republic into Haiti as warehouse capabilities are extremely limited and all ground transportation needs to be escorted.

  DHL DRT is proud of its partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in the area of Disaster Management and will continue the strong collaboration to support humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

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    /NOTE TO EDITORS:  For Media inquiries and/or for interview requests with Gilberto Castro, Manager DRT Americas, and Chris Weeks, Director of Humanitarian Affairs, DHL, contact Michele Mobley/

Anatomic Global Donates 500 ‘Transitional’ Sleep Surface Products To Haiti

Manufacturer Teams Up With Suppliers And Will Donate Several Thousand “WorldBeds” A Week To People In Need

CORONA, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ – Leading U.S. memory foam mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global said today it has joined with five of its key suppliers and Parakletos International to donate specially designed “transitional” sleep surface products to displaced Haitians.  Parakletos, a national cooperative effort of the Calvary Chapel Churches, has already delivered the first of these “WorldBed” products to a clinic in Jacmel, Southern Haiti, an area still cut off from Port-au-Prince and without aid from any outside resource. At the same time, another 500 “WorldBeds” are being shipped this week.

 Several thousand of these transitional mattress products will continue to be shipped until the company reaches its goal of supplying 200,000 pieces, which is what Anatomic Global expects the Haitian need to be in the coming months.

 The specially designed, cot-sized mattresses are made of visco-memory foam and conventional foam. To provide moisture resistance during the upcoming rainy season, the beds are encased in a rugged nylon and vinyl cover. Each WorldBed also has a carry strap so it can be rolled and secured and actually carried over one’s shoulder, a feature that anticipates the camp and migration issues that lay ahead for the Haitians.

 Joining Anatomic Global in this initiative are its key suppliers, FXI Foamex Innovations, UPS, Deslee Textiles USA, Royal Packaging and the Brookwood Companies.  For the group, this is the second such time they have manufactured the WorldBed, the first being in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when they made 3,000 units that ended up benefitting more than 11,000 temporary residents of the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana.

 In addition to this announcement, Anatomic Global said it was re-investing its corporate profits from all operations for the first quarter of 2010 to manufacture WorldBeds for Haitian relief.

 ”There has never been concentrated destruction and human tragedy of the scale seen in Haiti. We learned from our Katrina relief effort that in the early stages of a disaster, there are very specific sleep surface needs that align with FEMA’s sustainable disaster relief phases, that displaced persons require and we wanted to use that expertise to help – and do it quickly,” said Anatomic Global CEO David Farley. “This effort is part of Anatomic Global’s corporate genetic code and we are grateful to our business partners who share this responsibility with us.”

 Farley said that many of Anatomic Global’s distributors and retailers were also in the process of joining the program along with other suppliers. He has also welcomed other mattress manufacturers to work with Anatomic Global on this initiative.  Each product includes care and use instructions and an announcement in English, French and Creole, stating it is a gift from members of the U.S. bedding industry.

 ”We welcome everyone to join with us in this critical project. We have developed the specifications, manufacturing and logistical program and welcome the participation of others in this effort,” he added.

 Founded in 1989, Anatomic Global, Inc. sets itself apart by raising the bar on the manufacture and supply of “proudly made in the USA” environmentally-friendly mattresses and bedding.  The company upholds a 360-degree green manufacturing commitment in three ways – by developing applications for its innovative and sustainable plant-based formulas; by leading the industry with its zero-air emissions manufacturing process; and by applying the most efficient direct-to-store and consumer-direct delivery methods for a reduced carbon footprint.

 In 2008, the company launched the Ecomfort Mattress brand of mattresses featuring its signature, patented EcoMemoryFoam™ extreme open-cell plant-based memory foam.  For more information, visit www.ecomfortmattress.com.

Haiti-Based WIN Group, SEACOR Holdings Begin Emergency Project to Restore Import Capability at Haiti’s Major Bulk Fuels Terminal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — WIN Group, the Haitian conglomerate that owns and operates Terminal Varreux in Port-au-Prince, situated just five miles from the epicenter of the January 12 earthquake, and SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH) (SEACOR) have launched an emergency response project to enable the crucial marine terminal to resume receiving bulk fuel and containerized cargoes thereby replenishing the stricken country’s rapidly dwindling supplies of gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, propane gas and edible oils used for cooking. 

 Terminal Varreux receives and stores in excess of 70% of Haiti’s fuel oil used for power plants, gasoline and diesel used for land-based fueling stations, propane used for multiple applications and edible oils used for cooking. Terminal Varreux has a minimum of 18 large storage tanks with a total capacity of approximately 45 million gallons.

 Terminal Varreux has been unable to unload any tankers since the January 12 earthquake destroyed the marine docking facilities and damaged a complex network of steel pipe connecting the marine operation to the tank storage area.

 ”SEACOR has agreed to provide the emergency support we need to return Terminal Varreux to operation in order to help us keep Haiti supplied with critically needed fuel. Their assistance in getting our marine operation stabilized and back to work, constructing a new temporary section of piping to connect Terminal Varreux’s mooring facilities and the usable storage tanks and insuring the safe return of our storage tank operations is invaluable,” said Youri Mevs, managing partner of WIN Group.

 ”Haiti needs to receive fuel supplies rapidly in order to avoid a shortage that would create panic and hamper the ongoing relief effort. The Haitian government is asking us to secure repairs of the facility as rapidly as possible in order to enable Terminal Varreux to receive supplies and equipment urgently needed in Haiti. While supplies and equipment are crucial, at the end of the day this is about saving lives first, and taking care of business later,” Mevs concluded. 

Under an agreement for their emergency response venture executed late Thursday, and effective immediately, WIN Group and SEACOR Holdings have begun to utilize a combination of SEACOR’s diverse maritime, aviation and emergency response resources to support the restoration of the marine operations, repair and construction of the new temporary 200 yard-long section of the piping and the resumption of the storage tank operations.

 Earthquake-damaged structures and debris will be removed from the dock area; debris will be removed from vessel traffic areas; collapsed mooring infrastructure will be replaced with temporary capability; a new series of piping will bypass and temporarily replace an equal length of the piping from the dock area to the tank farm; collapsed walls in the tank farm area will be removed from critical piping and the piping repaired; critically damaged tanks will be inspected and shifted from service; and the overall terminal operation will be restored in time to accept marine fuel transfers before Terminal Varreux and the country run out of fuel.

 The estimated cost of the emergency project has not been disclosed.

 ”We are pleased to collaborate with the WIN Group and are confident that with SEACOR’s diverse capabilities Terminal Varreux will return to operation promptly,” said Eric Fabrikant, vice president of SEACOR Holdings. 

 SEACOR already has an emergency advance team in Haiti from its O’Brien’s Response Management group, part of the Company’s environmental services business unit, which includes global emergency response personnel, equipment and technology companies.  SEACOR’s work over the years has included close support of the U.S. Coast Guard throughout its response to Hurricane Katrina and responding to and managing numerous major oil spills, including the cleanup of oil fields in the aftermath of both Gulf wars.

 In addition, SEACOR dispatched a vessel from one of its environmental services companies, National Response Corporation. The NRC Perseverance, a 110-foot, specially fitted command vessel used to protect the environment and shipping channels against oil spills around the HOVENSA, LLC refinery in St. Croix, arrived in Cap-Haitien last week and is expected to arrive at Terminal Varreux early this week.

 NRC Perseverance has a spill response capability and will initially support the emergency project and the SEACOR team at Terminal Varreux.  The vessel is also laden with 10 tons of pure water, medicines, crutches, food, diapers and other personal hygiene products which were donated by local organizations including Hispanos Unidos and the St. Croix Rotary Club. The donations were coordinated, collected and loaded onto the vessel for transport by several HOVENSA personnel.  More than 60 volunteers assisted in the effort.   

 

In other special projects responding to the Haitian disaster, SEACOR has coordinated a supply of donated medical supplies and food relief from Food for the Poor, which departed from Port Everglades, Florida and arrived in Haiti this past weekend. 

 SEACOR also dispatched a twin engine S-76A++ helicopter, which has the capability to carry up to 12 passengers and cargo, from its aviation services business unit, Era Helicopters (Era), from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Haiti last week for use in a month-long humanitarian effort supporting the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). An additional S-76A++ helicopter arrived over the weekend from Houma, Louisiana to support aid workers moving from Santo Domingo to Haiti.

 

SEACOR will be working with Priority 1 Air Rescue to perform Advanced Life Support Air Ambulance services and will be sending two National Registry certified flight paramedics for Medevac missions in Haiti. Priority 1 Air Rescue has a teaming agreement with Era to provide FAA-approved full-service helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services capabilities worldwide.

 About WIN Group

The Haiti-based, Mevs family-held WIN Group is one of the Caribbean’s largest conglomerates with stakes in diverse industries such as warehousing and storage, port operations and ethanol processing. WIN’s holdings include SHODECOSA, the largest privately-owned industrial and commercial park in Haiti; Terminal Varreux, the largest privately-owned general cargo shipping terminal that is capable of  loading in general, non-specialized stowage areas or standard shipping containers; e.g., boxes, barrels, bales, crates, packages, bundles, and pallets; WINECO, the largest liquid bulk storage facility and, now, the under-construction West Indies Free Zone, a $45 million, 1.2 million square feet manufacturing park in northern Port-au-Prince, among other enterprises.  The fourth generation family has always had a significant impact on the country through its social service-based endeavors, and actively supports numerous organizations providing both immediate relief, and long-term infrastructure development. 

 About SEACOR

SEACOR Holdings is a global provider of equipment and services primarily supporting the offshore oil and gas and marine transportation industries. SEACOR offers customers a diversified suite of services including offshore marine, marine transportation, inland river, aviation, environmental, commodity trading and offshore and harbor towing. SEACOR is focused on providing highly responsive local service combined with the highest safety standards, innovative technology, modern, efficient equipment and dedicated, professional employees. The Company’s website is located at: www.seacorholdings.com.

2010 JAMAICA JAZZ AND BLUES GETS UNDERWAY

CaribPR Wire, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jan. 25, 2010: The 2010 Jamaica Jazz And Blues festival kicked off its inaugural week of performances Sunday evening, January 24, with Roy Ayers and Tony Greene at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Kingston performance marked the first time in the event’s 14-year history that TurnKey Productions, producers of the annual event, has taken the show on the road and extended the event to an entire week-long focus on Jamaica.

The festival moves back to Montego Bay tonight at the Sunset Jamaica Grande with performances from reggae great, Maxi Priest along with Joe Roy Jackson and Ayers. On Tuesday night, Jan. 26th, the festival shifts to the Blue Beat Jazz Bar, Montego Bay with a number of performances. On Wednesday night, get ready for the party at Iberostar, Montego Bay with Jon Secada, Robin Banks and Kathy Brown.

On Thursday night, Jan. 28th, the focus will shift to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival’s new main stage at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny where Kenneth `Babyface` Edmonds, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander and Joe Roy Jackson are set to open the 14th year set.

On Friday night, Jan. 29th, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Machel Montano, Robin Banks, Queens Project – Tamia, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox will thrill the thousands of fans who have already bought tickets to the festival.

On Saturday, Jan. 30th, the curtains will come down with Gladys Knight, Third World, Hall & Oates, Jon Secada and Marion Hall.

Executive Producer of the festival, Walter Elmore is very upbeat about the facilities at the new home of Jazz and Blues, insisting that fans of the main event will not have to sit in stadium seats for the festival but as at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, fans will be able to sit or stand on the field under the stars and soak in the many extraordinary performances.

 “All of the focus has been on transforming the in-field of the stadium to create the intimacy and mystique that is undoubtedly Jamaica Jazz & Blues,” said Elmore. “It will not be a stadium-style performance but definitely an upfront and personal experience as our loyal fans remain our primary focus and we are dedicated to ensuring we continue to providing the unparalleled experience that has made us the number one musical event across the Caribbean.”

“The venue has a wonderful ambience all by itself,” he added. “The view from here is spectacular of the north coast of Jamaica, and Falmouth, and you can see them building the new cruise ship pier. We are creating a very similar ambience that we had at Rose Hall and there will be ample parking.”
Meanwhile, moved by the recent tragedy in neighbouring Haiti, TurnKey Productions, producers of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, have introduced a food relief programme to assist the victims of the earthquake.

Working with local agencies, TurnKey will collect and package non-perishable food items from patrons attending the annual festival for delivery to the impoverished nation. 

The annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, the Caribbean’s best musical event, has become synonymous with the culture of Jamaica and since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica.

 This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board. Other sponsors include Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort, CVM TV, Link Up Group, Jamrock Magazine and The Gleaner Company among others.

 Tickets and packages are available at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

Niurka Marcos Y Eduardo Antonio De Marcos Se Unen En Apoyo A Los Afectados De La Tragedia En Haiti En Evento Comunitario En Miami ‘Unidos Por Haiti’

MIAMI, 23 de enero /PRNewswire/ — El terremoto que impactó a la nación de Haití el día martes 12 de enero del 2010, ha dejado una huella de destrucción y dolor entre más de 100 millones de damnificados. Niurka Marcos y Eduardo Antonio de Marcos se unen a la voz de miles que están clamando por ayuda y donaciones a este país hermano que necesita de nosotros en este momento más que nunca.

 La pareja del momento estará presente durante la presentación del telemaratón “Unidos por Haití” en la ciudad de Miami, el domingo 24 de enero desde las 4 p.m. en el Magic City Casino.

 Niurka Marcos y Eduardo Antonio de Marcos participaran del concierto latino “Unidos por Haití”  para recaudar fondos en beneficio de la comunidad Haitiana. “Estamos muy  conmovidos con el terremoto que ocasiono tantas muertes y desastres en Haití, por eso queremos llamar la atención a la comunidad del sur de la Florida y apoyar a todas las entidades benéficas que darán ayuda concreta a los hermanos Haitianos”.

 Para comprar los tickets lo pueden hacer telefónicamente al (305) 460-6579

‘Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief’ Supported by Greatest Digital Distribution and Support of Any Televised Fundraising Event in History

iTunes(R), YouTube, Hulu, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft, Fancast, Akamai, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, FLO TV, PayPal and Dozens More Digital Partners Aid Haiti Relief Telethon Across Online, Mobile, Social Media and Download-to-Own

NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES and LONDON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — When “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT, the telethon will be supported by the greatest digital distribution, promotion, and support of any televised fundraising event in history.  iTunes, YouTube, Hulu, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft, Fancast, Akamai, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, FLO TV, PayPal and dozens more digital partners across online, mobile, social media and download-to-own have joined together to promote and live stream the event in support of Haiti relief efforts. 

 LIVE STREAMING

The two-hour telethon will be live streamed in its entirety across sites including: ABC.com, AOL, AT&T Entertainment, Bebo, Bild Germany, Bing, Buddy TV, Causecast, CBS.com, CNN.com,  Eonline.com, EpixHD.com, Facebook, Fancast, Gawker, GlobalGrind.com, Habbo UK, Huffington Post, Hulu, Metacafe, MSN, MySpace, NBC.com, Oprah.com, OurStage.com, PerezHilton, Rhapsody, Veoh, VEVO, Yahoo and YouTube. The live streaming is powered via the Akamai HD Network.

 On mobile, the event will be live streamed via Alltel, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, MobiTV, FloTV, via apps on iPhone, Palm, Inc. and Blackberry, and across MTV Networks mobile sites, which will be promoted via AT&T, PrimeTime2Go, Yahoo Mobile, AOL Mobile and the largest mobile ad networks.

 Live streaming of the telethon will be made available online by major cable and telco operators as well including AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Warner Latin America and Wide Open West.

 MTV Networks sites including MTV.com, VH1.com, Nick.com, TeenNick.com, AddictingGames.com, ParentsConnect.com, Shockwave.com, ComedyCentral.com, The DailyShow.com, ColbertNation.com, Jokes.com, Atom.com, Spike.com, GameTrailers.com and TVLand.com will all be promoting “Hope for Haiti Now” through live streaming of the event and the celebrity-manned phone banks, text alerts to registered users, on-demand video and post-show clips.

 Internationally, users can watch via a multi-language site (21 languages), hope.mtv.com, which will include information on the telethon, links to the donation site, a central Facebook connect widget and links to the Twitter Tracker.  

 DOWNLOAD-TO-OWN

Beginning today, iTunes customers will be able to exclusively pre-order both the “Hope for Haiti Now” full performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99), and can receive an exclusive studio track from Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna.   Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon.  Individual audio performances will be available for purchase and download for $.99 cents each in the days following the telethon.  Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.  Performances will also be available for purchase on AmazonMP3 and Rhapsody, with distribution provided by INgrooves.

SOCIAL MEDIA

“Hope for Haiti Now” will also have unprecedented support from the leading social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Gigya.  Twitter is promoting “Hope for Haiti Now” across every user profile page – a first for Twitter – and will promote the #igave hashtag during the show to encourage people to share how they’ve helped Haiti relief efforts. MTV.com and hopeforhaitinow.org will also provide the “Hope For Haiti Now” Twitter Tracker, offering a visual representation of real-time conversations around the globe taking place on Twitter to capture how people are responding to the tragedy in unprecedented ways. Built by Stamen Design, with technical support from Twitter, users will be able to follow activity on a country-by-country basis, down to individual tweets at any given moment.  Gigya is providing a social widget to support “Hope for Haiti Now” with a live chat experience alongside the live stream on both MTV.com and VH1.com.   

 TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

“Hope for Haiti Now” has the support of the following technology partners across its online and mobile operations that have made all of this possible: AdMob, Akamai, Drop.io, Incited Media, Inlet Technologies, iStreamPlanet, Kyte, Level 3, Mediafly, Millennial Media, Mobile Accord, Mobile Giving Foundation, Netbiscuits, Obtiva, Quattro, Real Networks, Stamen Design, Tagged, Wiredset and Xtreme Labs.

 The global telethon will feature musical performances by Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Haitian Artist Emaline Michel, Beyonce, Coldplay, and group performances by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow; and by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. 

 In addition to musical performances, Wyclef Jean in New York City, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti, “Hope for Haiti Now” will feature President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, and more than one hundred of the biggest names in film, television, and music.

 

DIGITAL DONATIONS

“Hope for Haiti Now” will begin accepting donations at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT on Friday, January 22 via the following methods:

 All proceeds will benefit Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.

 “Hope for Haiti” is produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom’s MTV Networks and George Clooney.

 About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers, and Xfire.

‘Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief’ Announces Superstar Lineup of Operators Standing By

More than One Hundred of the Biggest Names in Film, Television, and Music to Work the Phones and Take Donations in Support of “Hope for Haiti Now”

 NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, and LONDON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” today announced that some of the biggest names in film, television, and music will be working the phones and taking donations from Los Angeles during tonight’s broadcast.  “Hope for Haiti Now” will air on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT.

 The lineup of superstar operators includes (in alphabetical order): Ben Affleck, Tim Allen, Jennifer Aniston, David Archuleta, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Drew Barrymore, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt, Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, Chevy Chase, Kristin Chenoweth, Sacha Baron Cohen, Common, Cat Cora, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Billy Crystal, John Cusack, Eric Dane, Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher, Michael Clarke Duncan, Zac Efron, Jenna Elfman, Colin Farrell, Andy Garcia, Mel Gibson, Tyrese Gibson, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Taraji P. Henson, Dijmon Honsou, Vanessa Hudgens, Randy Jackson, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Michael Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Greg Kinnear, Jane Krakowski, John Krasinksi, Jessica Lange, Taylor Lautner, Daniel Day Lewis, Jared Leto, Justin Long, Rose McGowan, Ewan McGregor, Toby Maguire, Ricky Martin, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Jack Nicholson, Keke Palmer, Holly Robinson Peete, Tyler Perry, Chris Pine, Jeremy Piven, Jeremy Renner, Tim Robbins, Ray Romano, Jeri Ryan, Meg Ryan, Zoe Saldana, Adam Sandler, Nicole Scherzinger, Gabourey Sidibe, Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons, Christian Slater, Steven Spielberg, Molly Sims, Ringo Starr, Charlize Theron, Ashley Tisdale, Marisa Tomei, Amber Valleta, Sofia Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Joe Walsh, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, Olivia Wilde, Rainn Wilson, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, and Noah Wyle.

 ”Hope for Haiti Now” will begin accepting donations at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT on Friday, January 22 via the following methods:

  • Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org
  • Phone: 877-99-HAITI
  • Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
  • Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

 ”Hope for Haiti Now” will feature Wyclef Jean in New York City, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti, as well as President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, and Muhammad Ali.

 ”Hope for Haiti Now” will also include performances by Wyclef Jean, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Emeline Michel and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Beyonce, Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in London.

 ”Hope for Haiti Now,” will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.  Proceeds from “Hope for Haiti Now” will be split among each organization’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.  With the exception of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, each partner organization was selected for its history of operation and collaboration within the NGO community in Haiti.

 ”Hope for Haiti Now” will air across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Espanol, HBO Latino, and Canadian networks including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, and MuchMusic.  The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Facebook, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide.  “Hope for Haiti Now” will be available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one time only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.

 Bases on production needs and venue sizes, all “Hope for Haiti Now” studio locations will be closed to the media.  Photos, pool video footage and talent interviews from “Hope for Haiti Now” will be serviced to news outlets immediately following the event.

 ”Hope for Haiti Now” is produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom’s MTV Networks and George Clooney.

 About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers, and Xfire.

MarketAxess Raises $178,000 for Haiti Relief Efforts

NEW YORK and LONDON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: MKTX), the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced it raised $178,000 for the American Red Cross through its Haiti Charity Trading Day that took place on January 21, 2010.

 ”We are extremely thankful to our investor and dealer clients for their remarkable support,” said Richard M. McVey, chairman and chief executive officer of MarketAxess. “We are fortunate to have a strong global community of fixed income professionals that came together to make our Haiti Charity Trading Day a tremendous success.”

 The funds raised will be contributed to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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 About MarketAxess

MarketAxess operates a leading electronic trading platform that enables investment industry professionals to efficiently trade corporate bonds and other types of fixed-income instruments.   MarketAxess’ patented trading technology allows institutional investor clients to request competitive, executable bids or offers from multiple broker-dealers simultaneously, and to execute trades with the broker-dealer of their choice.  Approximately 700 institutional investors are active users of the MarketAxess trading platform, accessing the global liquidity provided by MarketAxess’ 67 broker-dealer clients in U.S. high-grade corporate bonds, European bonds, high yield and emerging markets bonds, agency bonds and credit default swaps.  MarketAxess also offers a number of trading-related products and services, including: market data to assist clients with trading decisions; connectivity solutions that facilitate straight-through processing; technology services to optimize trading environments; and execution services for exchange-traded fund managers and other clients.  

 MarketAxess maintains its headquarters in New York and has offices in London, Chicago and Salt Lake City.  For more information, please visit www.marketaxess.com.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Older Americans Team With Grand Circle Foundation To Raise $517K for Red Cross Provision of Food & Water in Haiti

BOSTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Alan Lewis, Chairman of Grand Circle Corporation, which owns Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel, today reported that $517,719 has been donated by their charitable arm, Grand Circle Foundation, and by more than 4,000 travelers (4,029) in support of Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.  The funds will be used to provide water and food to earthquake survivors.

 In a one week period, Grand Circle travelers, mostly retired Americans in their late 60s, 70s, and 80s, donated $367,719, including $346,267 donated by 3,536 travelers during a 96-hour period that began last Thursday, January 14.  Their generous response came quickly after an email from Grand Circle Foundation invited travelers to donate to the Red Cross through the Foundation during a given time period to receive a 100% match. The matching period raised $150,000 and Grand Circle Foundation matched that for a total donation of $517,719 to the American Red Cross of Mass. Bay.

 ”These donors are mostly retired, middle class Americans in their late 60s, 70s, and 80s,” said Mr. Lewis.  “While most are not wealthy, as travelers they consider themselves to be global citizens and, when called, will always do what they can to help.  I have always considered our travelers to be America’s greatest generation, and their actions this past week further confirm that.”

 Alan and Harriet Lewis established Grand Circle Foundation in 1992 as a way to give back to the countries through which Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Travel customers travel.  Since then, the Foundation has pledged or donated more than $47 million worldwide to support the education of young people and the preservation of cultural treasures and traditions.  Currently, the Foundation supports more than 80 schools and educational institutions serving youth in more than 60 countries.  Fore more information, please visit our new website: www.grandcirclefoundation.org.

JA Apparel Corp. and Nordstrom Partner in Support of Haiti and Other Crises Through Charitable Program to Benefit Doctors Without Borders

 NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — JA Apparel Corp. announced today that it will initiate a week-long, nation-wide promotion to benefit Haiti and other victims of humanitarian crises through Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, the medical humanitarian organization.

 Beginning Sunday, January 24th and continuing through Saturday, January 30th, Joseph Abboud® will donate a portion of the proceeds generated from the sale of all Joseph Abboud® suiting purchased at any of Nordstrom’s 181 stores nationwide including Nordstrom Rack stores as well as online at Nordstrom.com to Doctors Without Borders.

 JA Apparel Corp.’s decision to collaborate with Nordstrom represents one of the industry’s most ambitious charitable efforts on behalf of Haiti to date. “We at Joseph Abboud are proud to associate with Nordstrom and to do our part in ensuring Haiti’s full recovery and helping victims of crises around the world,” said Marty Staff, President & CEO of JA Apparel Corp.  “As a key Nordstrom supplier, we feel they represent the very best in our society: honest, of high integrity and smart.  We are proud to contribute a portion of our sales at Nordstrom to Doctors Without Borders.  Our combined effort creates an impactful team, and we will continue to help in any way we can,” he concluded.

 About JA Apparel Corp.

The Joseph Abboud Brand embodies sophisticated American style for traditional menswear. The Joseph Abboud brand instills confidence through tailored collections and unique sportswear that are crafted from the world’s finest fabrics and defined by superior fit, exceptional quality and remarkable luxurious style.

Since 2004, the Company has made a successful transition from men’s suit designer to global lifestyle brand. Joseph Abboud can now outfit a man in style throughout his entire life, thanks to lines of clothing for men and boys and a growing collection of casual wear. In addition, the Company has an expanding universe of products ranging from luggage to footwear to eyewear to home furnishings. Abboud brand names include Joseph Abboud, JOE Joseph Abboud, Joseph Abboud BOYS, and Joseph Abboud Home.

 Joseph Abboud branded products are available in superior department stores and specialty stores throughout the United States, China, Indonesia, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as other countries.  www.josephabboud.com

 About Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.

 Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work.  www.doctorswithoutborders.org.