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The situation for children continues to worsen in Myanmar as thousands of children have been separated from their families, many more are living in desperate conditions in relief camps, and some are drinking water from ponds covered with dead bodies, a UNICEF report stated today.

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The information is contained in a new situation report received from UNICEF’s 10 offices in Myanmar. It details the most urgent needs of women and children and clearly shows the magnitude of devastation in the delta region.

In Bogalay Township, ponds are covered with dead bodies of humans and animals. Currently, people are trying to pump water from the pond, which can be bleached, but it can only serve the nearby communities.

Also in this township, hospitals are overcrowded with up to 6,000 patients every day. The very grave threat of water-borne diseases is apparent with more people visiting hospitals suffering from deadly diarrhea and dehydration. About 20,000 people from this township are displaced and living in 50 camps.

In Mawlamyinegyun Township, UNICEF reports that 50 percent of villages were damaged out of 757 villages, and 20,000 people are currently staying in 20 camps. UNICEF is sending additional emergency supplies, expected to reach the area today.

The situation is also desperate in Pyapon Township where 16,000 people have been displaced, now living in 35 camps. Conditions in these camps are appalling: in one camp there are only five latrines for 3,500 people. People in this area are suffering a severe shortage of food, insufficient shelters and they are drinking water from contaminated ponds.

A priority concern for UNICEF is the identification of unaccompanied and separated children, as well as family tracing and unification. In all regions, the number of children who have been orphaned by the disaster or separated from their families is rapidly increasing. So far, UNICEF has identified at least 2,000 of these children from the Laputta Township, and it is expected that number of children will continue to rise. UNICEF is working to ensure these children have safe shelter and that their basic needs are met. UNICEF staff have already begun the process of trying to trace the families of these children to reunite them.

UNICEF RESPONSE

The risk of life-threatening diarrhea and infectious diseases increases dramatically with every day. Children are highly susceptible to these problems and their impact is graver when the sufferers are under-nourished.

“If there was ever a clearer sign that every second counts for children in Myanmar this is it,” said Caryl M. Stern, President, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “This is a critical time for the children and families affected by the cyclone. The UNICEF team on the ground in Myanmar will continue to work around the clock to ensure children are provided for.”

At present, UNICEF’s priority is to provide life saving essentials to children and their mothers:

  • On Saturday, UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen packed 30 emergency health kits that will provide drugs, medical supplies, and basic medical equipment for 300,000 persons for 3 months.  Other medical supplies, including intravenous glucose, thermometers, masks and gloves are also on the flight, which is a commercial plane to fly from Amsterdam Sunday, 11 May 23:30, expected to Bangkok Mon 19:50. Will be transferred to Yangon ASAP.
  • Another shipment of nutrition supplies will be flown from Paris, via KLM on Sunday, 11 May, including fortified therapeutic milk.  On Monday UNICEF will share a charter with UNHCR from Dubai into Yangon with 540 family water kits. Another flight arriving Monday will be carrying 32 tons of provisions including 20 large tents, essential drugs, and oral rehydration therapy.
  • A UNICEF flight containing three million water purification tablets, good to purify five million liters of contaminated water, enough for the needs of 200,000 people for one week, landed on Friday and will be distributed following a customs check.
  • UNICEF is constructing latrines and digging wells in the hardest hit areas.
  • UNICEF is providing water purification tablets, oral rehydration therapies, essential drugs for infectious diseases and mosquito nets, but the quantities currently available are not sufficient to meet needs.

UNICEF staff in Myanmar have been able to distribute emergency supplies in the most affected regions using pre-positioned stock in the country prior to the cyclone, as well as with supplies purchased in Myanmar. However, given the scope of the disaster, “We need the supply pipeline to increase exponentially,” said Stern.

UNICEF is one of the few international organizations that has a well-established, on-the-ground presence in Myanmar. UNICEF has worked in the country since 1950 and has 130 staff on the ground spread across nine zonal offices with a head office in Yangon.

To donate to the Cyclone Nargis disaster, please go to: http://www.unicefusa.org/myanmar or call 1-800 4UNICEF.

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Yahoo! India, a leading global Internet company, today announced the launch of a new concept for Yahoo! India Search called Glue Pages Beta, available exclusively at www.yahoo.in. This new search experience collates and integrates the most relevant information from across the Web onto a single ‘visual’ search results page. Glue Pages Beta, which aggregates text, images, and video content, is available for select search terms across categories such as health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology, and finance.

Designed to save time by offering a new way to find answers quickly, Glue Pages Beta is ideal for topics with broad coverage across a variety of information sources. For example, a search for ‘diabetes’ combines results from HowStuffWorks, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Health, Yahoo! Answers, and blogs. A search for ‘Aishwarya Rai’ would include biographical quick-facts, videos, music tracks, photos, and content from Yahoo! Answers.

Results will be displayed alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results. Consumers will also find links for other Glue Pages on topics related to their query.

Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Searching on Glue Pages Beta will result in an experience that promises more than just web links. Users will receive more relevant, visually appealing search results from across the Web in one topical page. The new Glue Pages Beta feature for Yahoo! India Search supports our strategy to make Yahoo! the leading starting point on the Internet and demonstrates our commitment to provide a compelling online search experience,” said Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Glue Pages Beta limits guesswork for the user by providing the best of web, all onto one ‘at-a-glance’ page. Over time, Glue Pages Beta will be made available to more categories that are relevant to users in India. We are excited to open this up further and work with a wider ecosystem of consumers, publishers, developers and advertisers in the future,” said Sandeep Shrivastava, Director Search, Yahoo! India.

Yahoo! Glue Pages Beta.

With a focus on providing a compelling and intuitive online search experience, the new Glue Pages Beta helps enable users in India to derive maximum value from their search efforts. As this beta evolves, Yahoo! India Search will explore various ways to supplement algorithmically generated Glue Pages with topical pages built and maintained by local subject-matter experts from the Internet community.

Key benefits of Glue Pages Beta

  • Collates and integrates the best information from across the Web onto a single topical page.
  • Uses intuitive search technology to identify the most relevant combination of text, images and video content for select popular search queries, alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results.
  • Saves time and helps eliminate guess work involved in clicking on multiple web links.
  • Initially available across categories like health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology and finance.

What are Glue Pages?
Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

How are they different?
In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

What are Related Pages?
These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search. Example:

These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search.

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The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy announced today that the Web site AIDS.gov, a gateway to all federal domestic HIV /AIDS information and resources, now has an innovative look and feel that incorporates a blog, podcasts, and other new media tools.

AIDS.gov Home Page MessageThe blog, one of AIDS.gov’s latest features, focuses on using new media – interactive forms of communication based on the Internet – in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The blog addresses topics such as podcasts, social networks (e.g. MySpace and Facebook), mobile phone text messaging, and Web site usability and accessibility.

HHS, which hosts AIDS.gov, developed the site with input from public health experts, representatives of HIV/AIDS service organizations, federal employees, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the general public. AIDS.gov was first launched on Dec. 1, 2006, which is World AIDS Day.

“As we approach the 27th year of this epidemic, new media tools are an effective and interactive way to deliver information to and engage with AIDS service providers, health departments, federal partners, community partners, and the general public,” said Miguel Gomez, director of AIDS.gov.

Visitors to AIDS.gov can listen to and view a monthly podcast series, Conversations on AIDS.gov, directly on the site, as well as download episodes. Each episode features a brief interview with a government official about topics impacting the lives of people living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS. The address is http://www.aids.gov/podcast/aids_podcast.html.

One of AIDS.gov’s other added features is that visitors can subscribe to an RSS feed to receive updates when new information is added to thesite. This enables subscribers to have information delivered to them, instead of having to constantly check the site for it.

AIDS.gov’s new design helps visitors navigate through a wealth of HIV/AIDS resources. The site includes the latest HIV/AIDS news, basic HIV/AIDS information, information on prevention, education, treatment, and care resources.

Many HHS agencies collaborate to make AIDS.gov a user-friendly, accessible, and helpful source of information. Non-HHS partners include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and the State Department’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.”

AIDS.gov is a key source for federal domestic HIV/AIDS information. The site’s new look and feel, and improved navigation, enhances our ability to reach the country with critical HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and research messages and resources,” said Christopher H. Bates, acting director of HHS’ Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. To learn more, visit: http://www.AIDS.gov.

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Lockheed Martin Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Atlanta, Georgia based Eagle Group International, LLC. Eagle Group provides logistics, information technology, training and healthcare services to the U.S. Department of Defense.

As part of the agreement, the parties have agreed to exclude from the transaction all obligations associated with Eagle Group’s U.S. Department of Labor Potomac Job Corps Contract. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Eagle Group’s proven capabilities in military readiness and integrated logistics, healthcare program management and outsourcing, information technology, and training services have enabled it to develop a reputation for outstanding support of its customers’ critical missions. Eagle’s revenue is generated mainly from work done for the U.S. Army.

“The acquisition of Eagle Group extends our logistics and business process outsourcing capabilities, strengthens our relationships with several key Army customers, and enhances our support for military force modernization and reset imperatives,” said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin’s Chairman, President and CEO. “We’re confident that this acquisition will create value for our customers and our shareholders.”

“The combination will allow our customers to have access to an expanded range of capabilities and will provide growth opportunities for our exceptional and dedicated employees,” said A.J. Johnson, Eagle’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “We look forward to joining Lockheed Martin and continuing to build upon our success.”

The transaction is subject to government approvals, including a review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and satisfaction of certain closing conditions. It is expected that the transaction will close in the second quarter of 2008.

Founded in 1995, Eagle Group employs more than 1,350 people.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion. For additional information, visit our website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com

LOCKHEED MARTIN Safe Harbor Statement / Forward-Looking Statements: Some of the statements contained in this press release are considered “forward- looking statements” under the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements regarding: (1) the expected closing date of the transaction; (2) the expected future synergies arising out of the transaction; and (3) future reduced costs, increased efficiency and customer satisfaction. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (a) the risk that the transaction may close more slowly than expected or not at all; (b) the risk that the cost savings arising out of the transaction may be less than anticipated, and (c) other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Lockheed Martin’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this release is as of December 16, 2005. Lockheed Martin disclaims any duty to update forward- looking statements to reflect subsequent events, actual results or changes in expectations.

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