The BBC’s Missing Live Features Online People Search Company

This week saw the return of Missing Live, the BBC’s daily, early morning program highlighting the plight of missing people in the UK. Following Tracesmart’s involvement in last year’s series, the online people search company were once again invited to participate in the month long series as specialists, in this instance, to help find relatives online.

Thursday’s edition of Missing Live featured the remarkable story of reunited brother and sister, Ron Chancellor and Anne Smee. The siblings were unaware, until very recently, of each other’s existence and only became reunited following Anne’s exhaustive research on the internet. An incredible 65 years after Anne was orphaned when her mother sadly died giving birth, she was reunited with her long divided blood family.

Tracesmart’s Louise Hewlett met up with Anne and Ron on set and was interviewed by Missing Live’s Rav Wilding on the subject of tracing. Louise is a seasoned people tracer, utilising Tracesmart’s online people search and address search facilities to find relatives and friends. Due to her experience, Louise was able to extol the virtues of online people searching in general, relaying how easy and inexpensive searching the electoral roll can be. The Electoral Roll is a key source of information in any tracing facility and Tracesmart has combined this data with state of the art web technology to become one of UK’s leading providers.

Missing Live also champions the tremendous work of the charity, Missing People. The organisation proactively campaigns on behalf of relatives of missing people in their quest to find answers, nationally publicising the missing individuals. Tracesmart in turn supports the charity’s great work and also provides Missing People free access to its people search and address search facilities.

Following the live broadcast, Louise Hewlett commented, “Missing Live does a great job of communicating the problems associated with people going missing and the ensuing dilemmas and worries that follow for all concerned. If we at Tracesmart can do our little bit to help, highlighting services such as ours, then all the better.”

Tracesmart is again to be featured in the series at a later date as the program follows a successful missing person case study researched and concluded by Louise herself. Missing Live is broadcast weekdays at 9.15am on BBC1.

 

Tracesmart Ltd – Since the launch of its website in 2004, Cardiff based Tracesmart has established itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of online people tracing. Tracesmart.co.uk combines state of the art search technology with an extensive collection of consumer data, providing one of the most powerful and successful systems to trace people.

Louise Hewlett is the driving force in Tracesmart’s missing person campaign and has extensive tracing experience. Louise has been instrumental in reuniting numerous newsworthy reunions over the past twelve months which have been featured in local and national press and television.

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Secret Missions for Obama’s New First Dog

With every wag of its tail the First Dog will accomplish secret missions for dogs everywhere. The White House dog will teach the Obama children and their counterparts in homes across America about compassion, responsibility, and respect for animals while providing plenty of photo-perfect fun and stress relief. But the dog has already sparked controversy and hope among people who passionately care about animals. Allen and Linda Anderson, best-selling authors of Angel Dogs with a Mission (New World Library, 2008), say, “The Obama dog will fulfill its missions as the nation’s doggie trendsetter with every choice the family makes for their new pet.”

First, there was the issue of whether the Obamas would get a dog from a breeder or adopt a rescue. Not everyone agrees that rescued dogs are the way to go. The First Dog will have to earn high approval ratings to convince skeptics that oppose bringing home a dog with an uncertain lineage or past. The Obamas settled that debate by choosing a rescued Portuguese Water Dog, called Porties. Is this choice of dog delivering the same message as the Obama campaign that anyone, regardless of origin or parentage, can make it into the White House?

Next, pet pundits discussed whether Porties are a good representative of rescued dogs since so few of their breed are abandoned. With an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats in animal shelters that euthanize 3 to 4 million annually, animal lovers hope the First Dog will demonstrate that any type of rescued animal makes a great family pet.

Other questions have been raised: Will the new dog be hypoallergenic enough and is there actually such a creature as an allergy-free canine? Can a Portie protect Sasha and Malia, or will the gregarious, happy-go-lucky dog be oblivious to danger?

Another secret mission of the White House dog will be to set an example for children and pets by offering the Obama children a chance to experience what it’s like to have another creature depend on them.

The ASPCA’s “Guide to Kids and Pets” on its website clues parents in on what to expect children of various ages to do with an adopted animal. American Humane Association states on its website, “We believe that one of the best ways to protect children and animals — and, on a broader scale, create a more humane world — is through humane education that teaches kindness toward other people, animals and the environment.”

In line with the axiom that children learn leadership skills and empathy by having a pet, First Lady Michelle Obama has stated unequivocally that her children will do the walking and poop scooping.

Children who implore their families to adopt a dog typically face the dilemmas of how to keep up with responsibilities of pet ownership when juggling school assignments and activities and thriving social lives. If Mrs. Obama succeeds in keeping her high-profile children engaged in daily dog duties, parents can point to the White House and say, “See? Sasha and Malia are taking care of their pooch.”

One example of dogs having a mission to aid children is in Angel Dogs with a Mission. Zoom, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, and Deb Richeson of Smithfield, Kentucky began visiting a local elementary school and offering the dog’s patient listening skills to special needs students. Not only “Zoom’s Kids” improved, but also the entire school’s reading test scores rose. Perhaps Sasha and Malia will read school papers to the First Dog that they write at the desk in the Lincoln bedroom and be encouraged by canine appreciation.

Some of the questions that will be raised about the First Dog are serious. The ways in which the Obamas deal with the following issues are sure to send important messages about responsible care to those homes that already contain America’s 60 million dogs.

* Considering the pet food debacle, what will the First Dog eat? Organic pet food? Wheat and corn-free? Vegetarian? What brands?
* Will the snow and ice-melting products used on the White House sidewalks be pet-safe?
* Does everybody know not to use cocoa mulch on the Rose Garden?
* Who is in charge of patrolling the premises so plants and foods that are toxic to dogs – grapes, raisons, chocolate, onions, artificially sweetened products — aren’t at drooling-mouth level?
* Where will the Obama dog sleep at night? In the bedroom with the children or in a crate somewhere else? Will it be the right size crate?
* Are the Obamas using biodegradable poop bags? It might sound like a funny question but savvy environmentalists will want to know.

Then, there will be fodder for comedians and national news segments:

* Who will train the most famous dog in the world not to bite reporters or will that lesson be discreetly skipped?
* Will the dog have a Secret Service code name? What should it be?
* Will the dog sport a diamond-studded collar and sleep on a $500 dollar doggie bed as befits its celebrity status?
* When the Obama children have sleepovers, will friends bring their canines for doggie night out?
* What famous person or figure from history will the dog dress as for Halloween?
* Who will be the official White House doggie photographer?
* Which dog toys will grace the gleaming and carpeted floors and new playground?
* Does the dog’s name have ethnic or historical origins? Does it more creatively top previous First Dog names such as Spot, Buddy, Millie, Lucky, Grits, Liberty, Checkers, Him and Her, Feller, Heidi, Duke, Pushinka, and King Tut?

Allen Anderson sums up the First Dog’s capacity for bringing about change by saying, “Although the new White House dog might become a source of debate and emulation, one of the dog’s greatest missions is just to be the First Family’s pet. Relief will come when the Obamas engage in a tug-toy pull instead of wrestling with the economy and other issues. For a moment, they can relax and forget the cares of the day.”

Hopefully the First Dog will unite more than divide us. After all, who can resist a cute face and unconditional love? But the dog’s greatest mission may be as a pack leader for the two out of three American households with pets, so that all dogs will have good and safe homes, even if they’re not living in white houses.

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Allen and Linda Anderson are pet experts and authors of a popular series of books about the beneficial relationships between people and animals. Their new book, Angel Dogs with a Mission (New World Library, 2008) is available in bookstores nationwide and at www.angeldogswithamission.com. Press Kit for Allen and Linda Anderson and Angel Animals Network at www.angelanimals.net/media.html.

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New Picture Book Helps Children Understand How To Reach And Communicate With God

Life can sometimes be painful and lonely for adults, but even more so for children. Many unavoidable, hurtful circumstances can break a child’s spirit and leave a lot of emotional scars. The lessons, however, that await readers in Keoni’s Big Question, an endearing new picture book authored by Patti B. Ogden, teaches children how to reach out and communicate with God in times of need. It gives parents inspiration, encouragement and a gentle way to show their children that God is not as distant as He seems.

Keoni’s Big Question, a new release from Capstone Productions, follows the emotions of a little boy who is very curious about God. He has a question, a really big question that no one seems to be able to answer to his satisfaction. This gripping tale follows Keoni (“Key-Oh-Knee” is Hawaiian for John) and a family friend on a fishing trip that turns dangerous, then miraculous. How does Keoni get his question answered? The surprise ending catches readers off guard. Read the book to find out.

Keoni’s Big Question is essentially a sharing tool especially written for family reading time. The book’s touching ending has even caused families to shed a tear because suddenly they realize that God is not as distant as we think He is and children are relieved to get answers to questions they cannot verbalize. It brings to readers an in-depth look at the love of Jesus Christ through a child’s eyes.

A mother and grandmother herself, Ogden says she has watched children experience times of hopelessness and helplessness, with a great need of comfort beyond what a parent or relative can give. The intent of the book, she says, “is to teach, encourage and inspire children to call God on the scene in times of trouble, and to understand that His presence is near in everyday life.” Profits from the book help fund Capstone’s missionary endeavors, sending Bibles to the needy overseas. For more information, please visit www.Capstone-Productions.com.

About the Author 
Patti B. Ogden’s multi-faceted career in the business accounting and management field began with a background in journalism. As an active Sunday school teacher she enjoys working with children of all ages. She is the author of two more children’s books due to be published this year. She lives in Northern Illinois with her husband of 36 years, Jeff.

Keoni’s Big Question * by Patti B. Ogden
New Christian children’s book 
Publication Date: October 7, 2008 
Picture Book Hardcover; $12.00; 32 pages; 978-0-9816783-6-8

To purchase copies of the book for resale, please email orders@bookch.com or call (800) 431-1579

For more information, contact Capstone Productions at (800) 565-2041 or on the web at www.capstone-productions.com.

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Brand New Kindle 2 Raffle Offer For Every 500th Book Sold Of Sectarian Song: Cult Escapist

Authour Michael Klein of his book entitled Sectarian Song: Cult Escapist is giving away a brand new KINDLE 2 on every 500 copies of his book that sells through amazon.com or booksurge.com

How to know which person is the 500th person to buy the book? To make it interesting. Scan the receipt from amazon.com or booksurge.com and email it to mikescorner@verizon.net and I shall hold a raffle from those who send in the scan reciept once I send another PRESS RELEASE announcing the sale of my 500th book throgh amazon.com or booksurge.com. No other means of purchasing the book will be honored.

This offer is good and GURANTEED until March 26th, 2009. Winners that get their receipts in WHEN I ANNOUCE THE AMOUNT OF BOOKS SOLD THE PRESS RELEASE THAT WILL BE SENT OUT ON MARCH 26th, 2009 will be raffled for the free KINDLE 2.

IF 1000 BOOKS ARE SOLD 2 KINDLE WINNERS. IF 1500 BOOKS SELL THEN THREE FREE KINDLE WINERS THERE WILL BE AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

ABOUT BOOK:
From its shocking opening sentences, Sectarian Song provides a terrifying first-hand look at life inside a cult, in this instance the infamous Nation of Yahweh. Michael Klein (not the author’s real name) joined this offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites at the age of eleven, when his mother brought him and his three siblings with her into the group. For two years, until he left at the age of thirteen, Klein suffered abuse at the hands of the zealot cult members, targeted for being a child of mixed race. Even after he escaped, Klein suffered a psychological toll, bouncing between foster homes and psychiatrists, spending years of his life looking over his shoulder, haunted by fear. Despite its grim, often violent early passages, Klein’s tale becomes one of hope and faith, an uplifting lesson in the power of the human spirit.

ABOUT AUTHOR:
Michael Klein is a pseudonym. Despite the recent death of Temple of Love leader Yahweh ben Yahweh, the author’s fear of reprisals from his former captors lingers to this day. While his name may be false, his story is completely true.

Michael Klein
Sectarian Song: Cult Escapist
Publisher: Booksurge.com
ISBN 10: 1439219192
ISBN 13: 978-1439219195
Pages: 244
Publish Date: Jan. 6, 2009
Harcover (Available on Booksurge.com online): $25.99
Softcover: (Available on Amazon.com & Booksurge.com,Ingram.com) $20.99

Author’s Website: www.sectariansong.com
Author’s Publicity Page: http://amsaw.org/authorsplace/Enhanced/authorklein-sectariansong.html

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New Book: The People’s Gallery

Friday last, saw the launch of a unique insight into the Bogside area of Derry, N.Ireland, and its people at The Bogside Artists’ studio. It takes the form of a unique book on the lives and work of three muralists called The Bogside Artists whose series of twelve full-scale murals on the theme of ‘The Troubles’ that ravaged the North of Ireland have become a major tourist draw. The People’s Gallery, the name given to this work by the artists, is also the title of their book. The murals stand as sentinels in the Bogside relaying to local and visitor alike the key historical events that impacted the city and the community of the Bogside in particular. It says much for the regard with which they are held in the community that all of them are in the same pristine condition as the day they were painted.

The first of them, known internationally as The Petrol Bomber, was completed as far back as the summer of 1994 and the last of them,” A Tribute to John Hume”, was unveiled in June of last year. During the unveiling a congratulation from Bono of U2 was read out that stated; “We have a saying here at U2 – whatever John Hume wants, give it to him.” Bono also took leave to draw a direct and accurate comparison between Martin Luther King and Mr. Hume.

Drawing extensively on the comments made on their work by world famous playwright Brian Friel, the Nobel Peace Laureate added that The Bogside Artists’ new book would make “an enormous contribution to the respect for and interest in our city. It will be of great interest to our visitors, both national and international, and I heartily recommend it.”

Praise indeed from a man who once taught English Literature at St. Columb’s College in Derry where incidentally Brian Friel also was educated. The Bogside Artists were “deeply honoured” by the tribute and are justly proud of this authorized account of their turbulent lives. Tom Kelly, spokesman for the artists, responded to a studio full of journalists, political figures and VIPs that included Lady Fiona Hannon and her husband Peter; “Our admiration for John Hume needs no elaboration from us. He is The Bogside where he was born and raised and the esteem with which he is held in this city and throughout the world, even among those who do not share his politics, is inestimable and will never fade. We are honoured indeed to have him speak so well of us.”

Contact Details: k_333@hotmail.com
Tom Kelly, The Bogside Artists Studio, William Street, Derry City. N,Ireland.
Telephone; 028-71-373842

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