Sunday, June 26, 2011

SAFE International, A North American Self Defense Leader, Launches New York High School Self Defense in New York, USA

SAFE International is a leading provider of high school self defense training in North America. SAFE International is pleased to announce its expansion into New York, USA with a focused marketing campaign to provide self defense to high school students. SAFE International has taught more than 100,000 high school students since 1994.

New York, USA, June 26, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- SAFE International™ is a leading provider of self defense training in North America. It currently operates throughout Canada and has expanded into New York, USA with a focused marketing campaign to provide SAFE International™ believes that Personal Self Defense Protection Education beginning at the High School level helps to develop and ensure that teenage students transition into our communities and workplaces as more confident and responsible individuals helping to strengthen our communities. SAFE International has become North America’s most popular high school / junior high school course for both boys and girls due to the fact that we are not teaching martial arts, but rather a practical approach to personal safety with an emphasis on recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations. All of our instructors are certified through SAFE International and have a unique ability to reach the students in an effective and memorable manner. Teaching teenage students poses unique and exciting challenges. With the bombardment of media and entertainment, trying to entertain teenagers can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching simulated attack class. In this hour, students get the opportunity to practice what they have learned in a high adrenaline simulated attack. Students experience firsthand what is known as an adrenaline dump and how it affects their ability to fight back.

The students quickly learn why they are only able to execute gross motor strikes and movements. Another important aspect of the attacks is to give the students confidence, but not a false sense of over-confidence.
It is important when selecting a New York High School Self Defense company, that you choose the right company.

1) Does the company teach Reality Based self defense or Martial Arts? While martial arts are an excellent activity, they do not address what happens in real life with the psychology, emotions and realistic attacks in the street.

2) Does the company put some emphasis on How to Avoid Danger? Most self defense companies jump right into physical skills while ignoring the most important aspect of high school self defense which is to avoid conflict.

3) Does the company teach the students verbal skills, teaching them how to defuse an attacker? Many attackers can be talked down (defused). This is a very important skill which must be addressed.

4) Does the company brag about all their credentials rather than pointing out how they can make the students safer? While you want someone with excellent credentials, you do not want someone who is there for their own ego.

5) Does the company teach strikes that are basic, gross motor movements? In a real attack, no one can remember highly complex skills. This is another important reason why SAFE International teaches concepts rather than techniques. Do they have the students strike pads or do they have students strike in the air? It is important the students experience making contact.

6) Does the company tell you that they can teach New York High School self defense without any strikes, so that you do not need to be concerned with them becoming aggressive? While we always emphasize run when you can, you must teach students basic strikes or you are not helping them to address real self defense. The goal is to avoid but if you can’t, use verbal skills and if that fails, strike in order to be able to get away safely.

7) Does the company teach realistic holds, grabs, groundwork which is applicable to the students or are they more concerned with looking good, teaching fancy techniques?

8) Does the company offer a class with Realistic Simulated Attacks recreating the intensity and adrenaline of a real attack? Is it done in a safe format? Some companies have students break boards or punch in the air for a final test. Recreating simulated attacks is crucial in making your students safer.

9) Does the company have an excellent reputation, having taught literally thousands and thousands of students? Knowing how to deal with high school students takes a particular skill and not all self defense instructors are able to do it effectively.

10) Does the company have hundreds of evaluations from both teachers and students?

To schedule your New York High School self defense course, please visit You can also email Chris Roberts, CEO, directly by email at or toll free at 1-800-465-5972

SAFE International™ is North America’s most popular high school personal safety awareness and self defense course for both boys and girls. They deliver a practical approach to personal safety which includes classroom instruction and physical instruction with an emphasis on recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations. Here are some tips when choosing a high school self defense company for your students.

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972

Online Gaming and Entertainment Company 2UP Enters Agreement to buy Online Pokies/slo

Listed online gaming and entertainment company 2UP Gaming PLC (2GM:GR) has entered into an agreement to purchase an online pokies/slots affiliate business that is part of a global USD$6.7 billion industry.

London, UK, June 26, 2011 - The agreement, subject to due-diligence, is for the and domains that provide links to internet gaming services for a worldwide audience.

2UP managing director Peter Bentley says the purchase is an excellent strategic fit for the company providing immediate cash flow.

"A report released earlier this year noted online poker and casino operations account for almost half of the USD$13.49 billion international internet gambling market," Mr Bentley says.

"Entering the affiliate business forms part of 2UP’s long-term plans to become a major international online gaming and entertainment company.

"This purchase is for a long-established business with solid earnings, however we believe the revenues can be significantly increased through 2UP’s distribution network in Asia, India and around the world."

Affiliate sites act as portals to enable visitors to locate and access online slot machines or pokies by redirecting them to casinos who pay for either traffic or a sale of their product. Many online casinos have affiliate programs driving traffic to their chosen domain. commenced in 2006 and acquired in 2010. Both domains have demonstrated cumulative growth in players, revenues and earnings.

Mr Bentley says online gaming is currently experiencing exponential growth with signs for the sector to increase dramatically over the next few years.

"The growth of online gaming is particularly relevant in Europe, where governments are seeking to capture tax revenues by regulating the market," Mr Bentley says.

"A recent report by KPMG states cash-strapped governments around the world may consider relaxing current online gaming rules and restrictions in order to provide a much needed boost to tax revenues.

"If promoted properly, affiliate businesses can be extremely profitable, especially if they have standout URL’s such as these."

2UP, with offices in the UK and Australia, listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in early May and has already seen a solid growth in its share price.

It recently finalised a partnership deal with one of Asia’s largest pool betting companies ToteDaddy.

The deal will see 2UP’s range of popular gaming and wagering products made available to ToteDaddy’s substantial global membership base providing 2UP with immediate high-traffic exposure to the Asian online gaming market.

The company has an online gaming license granted until 2025 to capitalise on its market positioning.

The first game to be released from 2UP is its live streaming and animated versions of the classic Australian coin-tossing game.

This will be underpinned by other unique and established gaming and wagering options to be released as part of its growth plans.

Bruce Nelson
Office 11
10 Great Russel Street
London, WC1B 3BQ
+61 (0)423 403 449

Acquisition Agreement for Cambodian Gold Mine Positive for Astra Mining

The agreement provides Astra with a majority interest in Petone Mining (Asia) which has the acquisition agreement for the mine. A mining license will be applied for prior to production expansion of the mine.

Adelaide, Australia, June 26, 2011 - Astra Mining, an Australian diversified mining company, has signed an option agreement to fund the acquisition of an operating gold mine in Cambodia which presently has an exploration license.

The agreement provides Astra with a majority interest in Petone Mining (Asia) which has the acquisition agreement for the mine. A mining license will be applied for prior to production expansion of the mine.

The first report on the gold exploration license has been received showing the 222 square kilometre lease in the Ratanakiri Province has the potential to host a significant gold deposit.

Astra Mining CEO, Dr Jaydeep Biswas, says while the report is preliminary and assay data from samples collected in the field are yet to be received, early indications are that a small tonnage of high-grade ore is immediately accessible for processing.

"The site inspected by our consultant geologist indicates an extensive system with the potential to host an Intrusion-Related Gold System, a newly defined deposit classification," Dr Biswas says.

"Similar structures overseas, particularly in Alaska, have been known to host greater than three million ounces of gold resources.

"No indiation of the grade of the ‘high grade’ portions could be ascertained in the field, however we have seen some evidence of a range from between six and 33 grams of gold per tonne."

The samples studied comprised grab samples from mine dumps, channel samples, existing pits and composite rock chip samples and samples of ore from small crushing mill.

Astra considers Cambodia to be one of the few remaining countries in the world that has favourable geology in under-explored areas containing high potential for world class, undiscovered gold and copper ore bodies.

"Cambodia is considered a last frontier region for ore deposits, with virtually no coverage by modern exploration techniques," Dr Biswas says.

"A viable, ‘company maker’ mineral deposit for us will require an open-cuttable resource delivering between one and three grams of gold per tonne.

"While early indications are that this is certainly achievable, all information is currently subject to verification as part of our due diligence process involved in the option to acquire a majority ownership in the lease."

Astra’s majority stake in Petone is subject to raising sufficient capital to enable Petone to acquire the gold mine and fund its expansion and final due diligence.

A copy of the report is available at

Astra Mining’s global portfolio includes gold and tin interests in south east Asia and southern India, coal mines in Australia and Africa, iron ore in India and Africa, and the production of a new high-strength steel technology.

The company has already announced signed Business Cooperation Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding with two Vietnamese groups to enter into joint venture operations for three exploration and extraction licenses in Hoa Binh, which is situated in the Doi Bu gold region of Vietnam, and three exploration and extraction licenses in the Nghn An province.

Astra is in advanced discussions on merging these Vietnamese initiatives with a major Vietnamese resource company of which details will be announced as soon as they become available.

Astra has also confirmed its plans to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange before the end of August.

Caitlin Petrou
Astra Mining
46 Tynte Street
North Headline, SA 5006
+61 (0) 402 823 343