Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory Aims to Increase Giving and Saving Lives in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Haiti Earthquake Magazine today announced the release of the Haiti Top 10 Nonprofit Directory and the Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory of organizations supporting the people of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. The Top 10 and Top 100 web-based directories provide three vital pieces of information about each nonprofit: (a) summary information about the organization’s response to the Haiti earthquake to date and its history of operations in Haiti, (b) donation information including phone, address and web site, and SMS giving information, and (c) detailed news updates about ongoing efforts of each nonprofit in Haiti.

Haiti Top 10 Directory and Haiti Top 100 Directory.

Nonprofits in the Top 10 and Top 100 directories were selected by Haiti Earthquake Magazine based on their credibility, reputation and demonstrated track record of aid effectiveness. The nonprofits included in the Haiti Top 10 Directory of organizations responding to the Haiti earthquake include (in alphabetical order) (1) CARE, (2) the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, (3) Doctors Without Borders, (4) Oxfam, (5) the Red Cross, (6) Save the Children, (7) UNICEF, (8) the UN Foundation (on behalf of the United Nations), (9) the World Food Programme, and (10) Yele Haiti. To encourage your readers to read updated information about these nonprofits, increase their giving and save lives, please insert the following link on your site: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top10. To include the Haiti Top 100 Directory, please insert this link on your site: http://www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top100

 Increasing Giving and Saving Lives By Providing Accurate and Breaking News about Nonprofits Active in Haiti

The Top 100 internet-based directory is intended to provide citizens with comprehensive, fact-based and up-to-the minute information about each nonprofit. “The sheer magnitude of the humanitarian tragedy and the immense diversity of nonprofits active in Haiti make it a daunting task for individuals to choose a nonprofit to make a donation to,” said Catherine Zhang, publisher of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. Catherine Zhang added: “The magnitude of the challenge in Haiti requires scalability in order to save lives – I am a finance person and I know that money is a big part of this equation. We therefore want to expand the number of people giving to the people of Haiti – and increase the amount donated by each person. I believe that a combination of accurate, fact-based and breaking news about the heroic humanitarian work performed by the nonprofits that are active in Haiti will cut through the confusion, increase donations and contribute to saving lives.”

 Haiti Earthquake Magazine is continuously updating the Haiti Top 100 Directory and welcomes updates from nonprofits on their latest activities in Haiti.

 About Haiti Earthquake Magazine (www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com):

The mission of Haiti Earthquake Magazine is to contribute to saving lives and solving the humanitarian crisis arising from the Haiti earthquake by serving as the one-stop information source for the Haiti earthquake. We do this by providing breaking news coverage and connecting you with opportunities to make a real difference through donations to and volunteering with the world’s most effective organizations involved in the Haiti earthquake. Haiti Earthquake Magazine invites you to make a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti by staying informed daily and donating money — and volunteering if your time and resources allow you to do so. PR Newswire is a Gold Sponsor of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. This press release has been distributed free of charge by PR Newswire.

 Photo: Photo of Catherine Zhang, Publisher, Haiti Earthquake Magazine http://www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/contact-1

Capital G Announces Amalgamation with Kast Investment Management Ltd.

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Capital G Investments Limited (”Capital G”) announced its amalgamation with Bermudian company Kast Investment Management Ltd (”KAST”) bringing its total assets under management to more than $650 million and a total client base of over 400.

 (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100118/CL39164  )

 KAST is an independent investment management company formed in 1991 by Anne Kast and has seen tremendous growth based on its core mission to provide clients with the very best investment advice, long-term growth and superior customer service.

 ”KAST is an investment company that is fully licensed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority and has over $250 million in assets under management spread across more than 250 clients and comes with the highly regarded President and Investment Manager, Ms. Anne Kast, who is known for her distinction in client services,” stated Mr. Joel Schaefer, President and CEO of Capital G Investments Limited.

 ”The amalgamation is part of a long-term strategic plan to grow our investment business while providing clients of the Capital G Limited Group, which includes Private Banking, Investments and Trusts, with access to best of breed investment advice, global reach, diversification of instruments and an expanded investment management network. KAST provides Capital G with a unique opportunity to become affiliated with a strong performing and well established investment business,” continued Mr. Schaefer.

 KAST has relationships with internationally-recognized fund management companies such as GAM, Schroders, Barings, Fidelity and JP Morgan Fleming to name a few. Under the direction of Ms. Kast and the expertise of a variety of highly qualified fund managers from the various groups mentioned, KAST has grown investments consistently since its inception.

 Ms. Kast stated, “After detailed research and much discussion I found a partner in Capital G whose mission, philosophies, values and practices are ideally suited to charter the organization into the next decade.”

 ”I’ve been in the investment business for more than 35 years and part of my business model included development of a succession plan to ensure long-term security and financial growth for my clients, who are deeply valuable to me both professionally and personally,” continued Ms. Kast.

 Mr. Schaefer said to facilitate a seamless transition, Ms. Kast will continue on with Capital G for at least three years with an opportunity of extension following the term. She will have the full support of the Capital G Private Banking and Investments team, which she will personally train in the same processes and procedures implemented under Kast Investment Management Ltd.

 Under the merger, KAST and existing Capital G clients can look forward to access to a broader team of investment professionals, incorporation of a strategic investment process to enhance the existing process of KAST, direct access to Capital G Private Banking and general banking services, including credit, trust, and deposits, as well as a broader range of investment options.

 KPMG Advisory, acting as lead merger and acquisition advisor for Kast Investment Management Limited, provided full transaction advisory services. 

 Mike Morrison, Managing Director of KPMG Advisory said, “Capital G and Kast Investment Management Limited are well respected financial services providers in the Bermuda market. This transaction is a clear win for both of them and their existing clients. We wish them all success in the future.”

 Jason Barger, Head of Offshore Sales for Schroders added, “The compatibility of these two organizations presents a stronger unity in the marketplace.  Their complementary approaches to wealth management will undoubtedly benefit their clientele. As an organization, we are thrilled to be associated with the combined entity.”

KAST will undergo a physical move to Capital G’s offices later in the year.

 Capital G Bank Limited is a privately held local financial institution with over $1 Billion in assets providing personalized and simple integrated wealth management services for personal, business and private banking clients.  For more information visit Capital G Bank at 19 Reid Street in Hamilton, call 296-6969 or visit capital-g.com.


De Surinaamsche Bank, N.V. Selects MBanking From MoadBus With VASCO’s DIGIPASS to Bring Mobile Banking to Suriname

 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 18  /PRNewswire/ — MoadBus, Inc., a global provider of financial software and services, and VASCO Data Security, a world leader in authentication and e-signature solutions, announced today that De Surinaamsche Bank, N.V., the largest bank in Suriname, South America, has selected MBanking from MoadBus with VASCO’s DIGIPASS®, and is the first bank in Suriname to offer mobile banking.   

 ”Our mission is to offer a wide diversity of top-quality products through the services of enthusiastic and expert staff and vendor relationships.  We do not settle for providing less than the highest quality of service, and with the extensive coverage and functionality available through MBanking and the added security of the DIGIPASS transaction signature, partnering with MoadBus and VASCO to bring mobile banking to Suriname was the right choice for us,” said John Lie-Tjauw, COO, De Surinaamsche Bank, N.V.  


MBanking provides maximum capabilities, including extensive bill payment and two-way actionable alerting features.  It is supported by a powerful multi-factor authentication and multi-level security mechanism including full integration to VASCO’s DIGIPASS transaction signature. DIGIPASS authentication and e-signature capability is embedded into Moadbus’ MBanking. Customers authenticate using their mobile phone as authentication device.  Furthermore, MBanking is the only application that offers quad mode technology; encrypted SMS, downloadable app, browser and simple SMS within a single solution. 

 ”Adoption rate is a key component for any bank when considering a mobile banking solution.  MBanking provides the broadest coverage and highest security available, without limiting the bank’s customers to specific mobile devices, communication modes or network providers.   We are very proud that De Surinaamsche Bank has selected MBanking from MoadBus and has become the first to launch mobile banking in Suriname,” said Kurian Abraham, President, MoadBus, Inc. 

“Banks have recognized the strength of the mobile platform to offer additional services,” says Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO Data Security. “Thanks to MBanking, banks can substantially increase their financial services outreach by using a multi-channel approach. VASCO embraces this growing market trend by broadening the availability of its two-factor authentication technology for leading mobile solutions.” 

 MBanking, with its universal coverage and extensive user preferences features coupled with unparalleled security and ease of use is well positioned to lead the explosion of mobile banking.

 About MoadBus: MoadBus, Inc. is an innovative technology company, dedicated to providing scalable, advanced, and cost effective business solutions to financial institutions.  MoadBus is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with multiple worldwide locations. 

 About De Surinaamsche Bank, N.V., Suriname:  De Surinaamsche Bank is the largest bank in Suriname, and offers universal banking services, including retail, commercial and private banking.

 About VASCO:

VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions.  VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of over 9,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including almost 1,350 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

 Forward Looking Statements:

Statements made in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements. Any statement containing words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intend,” “mean,” and similar words, is forward-looking, and these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations. Consequently, actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. 

 Reference is made to the VASCO’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding VASCO and its operations.

 This document may contain trademarks of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including VASCO, the VASCO “V” design, DIGIPASS, VACMAN, aXsGUARD and IDENTIKEY.

Chadbourne & Parke Foundation to Contribute to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Firm’s Charitable Foundation Will Also Match Individual Contributions as Done for Katrina, Tsunami and 9/11 Victims

 NEW YORK Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to charities participating in earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

 To encourage individual donations, the Firm also established a matching program, in effect until the end of February 2010, whereby individual donations by Firm employees in its U.S. and nine international offices will also be matched by the Foundation.

 ”We are all deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused in Haiti resulting from the recent earthquake,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O’Neill. “Many participating charitable organizations rely heavily on corporate and individual donations and will be in need of additional funds for the relief effort for an extended period.  We want to do our part.”

 The Foundation was created in 2001 to assist victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It supported groups that provided financial assistance to families and individuals who were affected by the attacks but did not qualify for government aid.

 The Firm initially contributed $500,000 to the Foundation and makes additional donations to the Foundation in the names of many clients.

 In 2002, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored the Firm by declaring May 17 “Chadbourne & Parke Day” in New York. This honor recognized the Firm for providing space in its Rockefeller Center offices for more than 100 attorneys and staff in the City of New York’s law department when their downtown offices were unusable after the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, New York Disaster Interfaith Services honored Chadbourne for its donations to the 9/11 recovery group.

 The Chadbourne & Parke Foundation made substantial contributions and established matching programs in 2004 and 2005 to support relief efforts for the Tsunami in Asia and also in 2005 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

 Firm’s Charitable Contribution Advisory Committee, comprising both staff and legal personnel, makes recommendations to the Directors of the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation regarding specific charities which their research shows are likely to continue to be the most effective in long-term relief efforts.

 About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, a global law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters.  Major geographical areas of concentration include Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.  The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London (an affiliated partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing.  For additional information, visit www.chadbourne.com.

Cablevision Extends Free Calling To Haiti

Adds Haiti To Optimum Voice Included Calling Area To Facilitate Contact Between Customers And Those Impacted By Devastating Earthquake

 BETHPAGE, N.Y., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that the unlimited calling area available to Optimum Voice phone customers was being temporarily extended to include calls to landlines and mobile phones in Haiti, in light of this week’s devastating earthquake.

 ”We know we have customers who are trying to reach family and friends in Haiti, and want to do everything we can to help facilitate these connections,” said John Trierweiler, Cablevision’s senior vice president of product management.  “We also know that many are experiencing difficulty placing and completing these calls, frequently with long delays, and do not want our customers to be concerned with fees or per-minute charges while they are trying to reach loved ones in this difficult time.”


Calls to Haiti will continue to be free until further notice, the company said.

 About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company’s advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

Sovereign Bank Collecting Funds to Aid Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti

BOSTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Sovereign Bank announced today that it has opened a special account to collect monetary donations for the American Red Cross to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  Cash and check donations will be accepted at all Sovereign Bank branches.

 ”We are saddened by the loss of lives and devastation in Haiti,” said Gabriel Jaramillo, Sovereign Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We hope that providing the public with this opportunity to donate will help bring some relief to the victims of this tragedy.”

 Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross.  Donors should write “Haiti Relief & Development Fund” in the memo section of their check.

 About Sovereign and Santander

 Sovereign Bank, a subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., is a financial institution with principal markets in the northeastern United States. Sovereign has more than 723 branches, over 2,300 ATMs and approximately 9,000 team members.  For more information on Sovereign Bank, visit http://www.sovereignbank.com or call 877-SOV-BANK.

 Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N) is a retail and commercial bank, based in Spain. At the end of 2008, Santander was the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and third in the world by profit. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1,271 billion in managed funds at the end of 2008. Following the acquisition of Sovereign Bancorp in January 2009, Santander has 90 million customers, around 14,000 branches — more than any other international bank — and over 170,000 employees. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America, with leading positions in the United Kingdom and Portugal and a broad presence in Europe through its Santander Consumer Finance arm.

San Francisco Charity A GOOD IDEA to Give $100,000 to Haiti Victims Upon Winning Nationwide Charity Program

Opportunity for A GOOD IDEA to Win $1MM In Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook

 January 15 – January 22

 Facebook: http://www.voteagi.org

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — A Good Idea, a volunteer organization which is a vehicle for positive social change ideas in San Francisco, plans to give $100,000 to Haiti earthquake victims if the organization is selected as the winner of the Chase Community Giving contest sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 “While A Good Idea focuses on homelessness within the Bay Area, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to contribute to the people of Haiti,” said Jared Paul, Founder and Executive Director of A Good Idea.

 A Good Idea was among 100 small charities out of 500,000 eligible nationwide to garner enough Facebook votes to receive a $25,000 grant as part of the Chase contest. Entering the second round of voting on Friday, January 15, A Good Idea will give $100,000 of their winnings if they are able to earn enough Facebook votes to propel them to the top spot in the contest.

 “We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in Haiti,” said Paul. “By connecting people in need with people that want to help, our organization has the ability to offer courage and support.”

 In two years, A Good Idea has built a strong following of volunteers and produced a string of impactful community service events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group recently attracted national attention for its 24 Hours of Service Event, which included distribution of goods to the homeless and other civil outlets. Gaining nationwide notoriety for their work, A Good Idea was awarded the “Acts of Kindness” award from the American Red Cross and has been recognized by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 About A Good Idea

A Good Idea, a San Francisco-based nonprofit 501(c)(3), is a vehicle for positive social change ideas that connect people in need with people who want to help. A Good Idea will be bringing a fully accredited residential high school for homeless teens to San Francisco called Hope Academy of Arts & Sciences (HAAS). To learn more please visit www.agoodideasf.org.

 For more information about the Chase Community Giving Campaign, please visit http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/

Free Video Sharing Service Now Available for Haiti Relief Organizations

SEATTLE, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — In the wake of this week’s earthquake in Haiti and to support the recovery efforts now being organized, Streambox is making its Streambox Live™ video sharing service available free of charge to emergency relief organizations, government and military operations, and broadcasters. Using only a camera, a laptop equipped with the Streambox Live software, and a low-bandwidth IP connection, these organizations can capture and stream live video in a secure fashion. The capability can help first responder organizations create the situational awareness they need to build a comprehensive disaster response and recovery plan.

 ”In remote locations that have been devastated by natural disaster, high-bandwidth Internet connections are often not available and many areas cannot be accessed by broadcast satellite vehicles,” said Bob Hildeman, CEO of Streambox. “With Streambox Live, news teams and relief organizations can enter these areas and share video in order to better coordinate communications efforts. The service also provides a searchable repository for archived video footage, which can be shared among broadcasters and relief agencies to help ensure that the most important needs are quickly met.” 

 Organizations interested in accessing the free Streambox Live service may contact Streambox by phone at 1 (206) 956-0544 or by e-mail at streamboxlive@streambox.com.

 About Streambox

Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live™ Service supplements the Streambox Platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company’s platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.

 More information is available at www.streambox.com.

Glory Foods(R) Donates Over 7,000 Cans to Feed the Children(R) for Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

Glory Foods provides canned vegetables to victims of the Haiti earthquake

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Glory Foods, the category leader in Southern-style, heat-and-serve canned vegetables , will donate more than 7,000 cans of its Sensibly Seasoned Black Bean product to Feed The Children for victims effected by Tuesday’s earthquake near Haiti’s capital, Port-Au-Prince.

 Glory Foods will hand over the donation to Feed The Children out of its Grand Prairie, Texas warehouse next week.  The 7,000+ cans equal more than 40 pallets with each pallet holding 170 cases of canned food items. Glory Foods’ Sensibly Seasoned Black Bean products contain Protein, Calcium and Iron – essentials for victims’ survival.

 ”When I heard about this tragedy, I was immediately moved to do something along with the rest of the world,” said Jacqueline Neal, President of Glory Foods.  “Glory Foods is committed to every neighborhood it serves here and abroad.”

 About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in the US and in 119 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.FeedtheChildren.org.

 About Glory Foods

Founded in 1989, Glory Foods is the category leader in Southern-style, heat-and-serve products including seasoned canned vegetables, cooking bases and fresh greens. Its Southern-style vegetables and side dishes are staples in American homes and offer convenient meal-planning solutions for busy families. Glory Foods is a private, minority-controlled business based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit  www.GloryFoods.com.

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AMCA Initiating Effort to Monitor Mosquito Crisis in Haiti

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As Haiti recovers from the devastating January 12th earthquake, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) expresses its concern for residents and relief workers alike. 

 According to AMCA Technical Advisor and Retired U.S. Navy Medical Entomologist Joseph M. Conlon, the region will face both immediate challenges and long-term repercussions:

  • Damages caused by the earthquake have created ideal habitat for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
  • At present, flies will prove to be an issue for rescue workers in the area, possibly hampering relief efforts.
  • In the coming weeks, the traumatized population and rescue workers will feel the impact of increased mosquito activity, as temporary shelters provide little protection from the insects.
  • Eventual concerns, which are more challenging to predict, include the spread of mosquito-borne diseases – in particular, malaria and dengue fever.

 Joe Conlon is available to comment on these issues, and is initiating an effort with AMCA to monitor the mosquito crisis.  He will initiate a response with AMCA members and partners based on the feedback from relief workers in Haiti.

 About AMCA

Celebrating 75 years of protecting public health in 2010, the American Mosquito Control Association is an international not-for-profit public service association.  With 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA services are provided mainly to public agencies and their principal staff members engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities.  The membership extends to more than 50 countries, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities.  Please visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org.