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CAI’s 2007 Annual Employment and Labor Law Update from May 23-24 in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) April 2, 2007

CAI’s Annual Employment and Labor Law Update provides a one-stop opportunity for employers to stay updated on state and federal employment laws. Experienced attorneys with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., experts in North Carolina and federal labor and employment law, lead this two-day conference and provide essential information on the latest legal updates and recent court decisions affecting personnel policies and practices. Over 300 participants attended the 2006 conference including human resource executives, professionals and practitioners.

Highlights include special presentations from Alfred Robinson, the former acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, and Marie Hejl, attorney and host of “Cooking with Marie”.

Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Alfred Robinson served as the acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor. The WHD administers and enforces the welfare and protects the rights of the nation’s workers. These laws include the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Robinson will present on wage and hour issues and proposed changes to FMLA rules.

Marie Hejl is an employment attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Austin, Texas and a talented chef. Ms. Hejl is the star of the “Cooking with Marie” show airing on television stations from Maine to California. Her presentation at the conference, “A Recipe for Litigation Prevention”, outlines various HR litigation prevention tactics during a live onstage cooking lesson.

Expert presenters provide other important updates:

The New E-Discovery Rules–E-Dilemnas for Employers: How to Manage Electronic Information
Dealing with Disabilities: Who is Protected Under ADA and What to Do About It.
New Employment Issues in a Wired World
North Carolina Law Updates
Employee Benefits Update (Pension Protection, 401k, Deferred Compensation)
Immigration Update: What Every Employer Needs to Know
Organized Labor Under the New Congress–Are You Ready?
Wage and Hour and FMLA Update
Retaliation Claims: New Risks for Employers

The conference format provides the opportunity for interaction between attendees and attorneys to address specific employer issues.

“The conference covers all aspects of Labor and Employment Law with in-depth information on North Carolina and federal laws affecting employers. This is an important opportunity to understand the latest updates and developments to remain compliant. We will cover information including Immigration, ADA, New E-Discovery Rules, Wage and Hour Laws and many other topics. Participants also have the unique opportunity to ask the attorneys specific legal questions that pertain to their workplace,” says Matt Keen, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

“The Annual Employment and Labor Law Update is one of the most highly anticipated events CAI provides, over 300 human resources and management professionals attended last year. You are sure to learn thought-provoking content to create a good environment for employees and the latest labor and employment laws to stay compliant,” says Bruce Clarke, President and CEO, CAI.

The Annual Employment and Labor Law Update is scheduled from 9am-4pm, May 23-24, 2007 in Raleigh, NC at the NCSU McKimmon Center. The conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments. This event qualifies for 10.25 general HRCI credits.

For more information, visit: http://www.capital.org/129

About Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Ogletree Deakins is the nation’s third largest labor and employment law firm, representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has more than 300 lawyers located in 24 offices from Miami to Los Angeles. The firm has three offices in North Carolina. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, including more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations in the U.S.

About CAI

CAI is a non-profit employers’ association serving the greater Research Triangle, Piedmont Triad, and 65 eastern counties of North Carolina. With offices in Raleigh and Greensboro, CAI provides over 1,200 member companies with executive, management and human resources information and services, including day-to-day telephone guidance, advice and training.

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The Arizona Foundation for Women Kicks Off 6th Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The Arizona Foundation for Women (http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org) announced that the 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will be held on April 26, 2008 at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix. The Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run, followed by the 5K Walk and then a Kids Dash. The festivities will include a live performance from the Chris Parker Project, a Kids Zone with games and activities, sponsor booths with giveaways and a designated area where participants can learn about domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County. The Home Team Sponsors (Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Coyotes) will be participating in interactive areas hosted by players and mascots.

The 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will raise much-needed funds to support domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County that provide full-service support to women and children as they flee violent situations. The Walk is also designed to increase awareness of this devastating problem as domestic violence incidences are increasing and public supported fundraising is more critical than ever. Funds are raised through registration fees and pledges collected by participants. All event costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors, therefore 100 percent of the pledges and registration fees directly benefit the shelters looking to end domestic violence.

“We are honored to host the Walk and to continue the good work that The Arizona Republic and 12 News started,” states Nancy Dean, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women. “The funds raised from the Walk have helped thousands of lives and the event draws attention to one of Arizona’s most critical social issues. We challenge our community to join with us in taking a stand against domestic violence. This abuse is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it — we must have a unified voice.”

All community members are welcome to join the 5K Walk or Run. Participants include the Honorary Chair, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, city officials, teams from local corporations, domestic violence shelters, victims of abuse and community members who want to show their support for the issue.

The Walk to End Domestic Violence aims to raise $ 400,000 and gain participation from a minimum of 4,000 walkers and runners with a minimum of 146 teams.

To participate in the Walk to End Domestic Violence or to learn more about the event, visit http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org/dv-walk/.

Domestic Violence Statistics

One in every four women in the U.S. is abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in her life
Each year, nearly 100 women are killed in domestic violence situations in Arizona
Sixty percent of all Child Protective Services cases involve a domestic violence component
Domestic violence is the leading cause of death of women in the workplace
Over 4.5 million assaults are committed against U.S. women by intimate partners each year
More than 50 percent of domestic violence victims live with children under the age of 12
More than 50 percent of all Arizona women and their children seeking shelter from domestic violence are turned away due to lack of space (approximately 17,000 per year in Maricopa County)
Domestic violence costs U.S. businesses nearly $ 1 billion in lost productivity

About The Arizona Foundation for Women:

The Arizona Foundation for Women (AZF) is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated to investing in and promoting innovative solutions that address the unmet needs of women and children throughout the state of Arizona.

Using ongoing research, the Foundation identifies and focuses on priority issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and the health and self-esteem of women, teens and children.

The Arizona Foundation for Women’s Men’s Anti-Violence Network (MAN) enlists the help of prominent community leaders to focus on prevention and abuser accountability. Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV) is a program that focuses on domestic violence awareness in the workplace. To date, AFW programs have benefited more than a million individuals in the state of Arizona. For more information about the Arizona Foundation for Women, please call (602) 532-2800.

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Georgia’s Attorney General Thurbert Baker Receives First Annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award From The National Bar Association

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 14, 2009

The National Bar Association (NBA) presented Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker with its first annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award at its 84th annual meeting in San Diego, California on Friday. The award recognizes Baker’s pioneering achievements as a public servant and elected official.

Baker, a Democrat from Stone Mountain, is Georgia’s first African-American Attorney General, having served in the office since 1997. During this time, he has been the only elected African-American Attorney General in the nation. He is also the only African American to be elected by his colleagues to serve as the president of the 102 year old National Association of Attorneys General.

As Attorney General, Baker has successfully managed the state’s legal affairs for more than two decades. He has always made protecting families and children a top priority. He promoted tough new laws against sexual predators who target children via the Internet, and has aggressively worked with local prosecutors and police to bring those who target children online to justice. Baker has also been a leading voice against domestic violence. He fought to make it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child and he’s worked with local law enforcement to fight family violence.

Prior to his service as Attorney General, Baker served for five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, including several years as the Floor Leader for then-Governor Zell Miller. As Floor Leader, Baker led the fight to pass some of the most significant legislation in modern Georgia history, including the institution of the state lottery and the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program.

He was the lead sponsor of the largest tax cut in Georgia history -the removal of the state sales tax on groceries. He also led the fight to pass tough new laws against drunk driving, strengthening the state’s notoriously weak, outdated drunk driving laws, and helped bring Georgia to the forefront in the battle against DUI.

“I am humbled and honored to be the first person to receive the National Bar Association’s Barack Obama Award. I hope to live up to the honor by continuing to bring people together to solve the tough problems facing Georgia,” said Attorney General Baker.

The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925, and is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. It represents a professional network of over 20,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students. The objectives of the NBA are “to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States.”

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Warrior Custom Golf Teams up with The Arcadia Firefighters in Support of the 12th Annual Diamond Bar Chapter of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Charity Golf Tournament


Irvine, CA (Vocus) August 28, 2009

Warrior Custom Golf is proud to support this years 12th Annual Diamond Bar Chapter of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Charity Golf tournament at the Via Verde Country Club in San Dimas, California. The event is held in memory of Alisa Ann Ruch who was fatally injured at age eight in a backyard barbecue accident and to raise funds for the AARBF which was established after her death to prevent burn injuries and provide services to burn survivors.

AARBF supports the fire service and medical community to prevent burns and strives to address the needs of burn survivors throughout all the stages of recovery. AARBF’s staff and volunteers work closely with the community to host prevention programs, raise funds and provide services to burn survivors.

There will be several Arcadia Firefighters and local businesses in attendance, to support the continuing efforts of the AARBF, who provide a supportive atmosphere for children who have suffered burn injuries by sending them to their annual Champ Camp. Champ Camp is a week-long summer camp that gives a child the opportunity to meet others who have gone through a similar experience and to realize they are not alone with their injuries. It spotlights a person’s ”inner beauty” and teaches them not to focus on the burn scars that they have to continually live with.

100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to Champ Camp which is available to all young burn survivors in California ages 5-16 with a special Counselor-in-Training program for survivors ages 17-20.

Here’s how the AARBF impacted one childs life:

Going back to school after a burn injury can be scary. Alyssa Mercado a 6 year old child burn survivor experienced the fear first hand. According to Alyssa’s mother, Fermina Mercado, when Alyssa returned to school the children in Alyssa’s class were not very nice to her. They stared, asked impolite questions, and others did not want to play with Alyssa during recess.

Alyssa was connected to AARBF through Shriner’s Hostpital and hoped for some kind of relief when she returned to school. AARBF went to Richard Riordan Elementary to complete a ”Back to School” presentation with Alyssa’s class.

After the presentation Alyssa’s entire school experience changed. Fermina Mercado, Alyssa’s mother stated ”Alyssa is very happy to go to school each morning, and wakes up extra early and excited.” Fermina further explained that the positive attitude comes from the new friends that Alyssa is making at school; thanks to the ”Back to School” presentation, put on by the Alisa Ruch Burn Foundation. ”The Back to School presentation works, because it helped Alyssa want to be at school. She is very happy,” says her mother.

About the Alisa Ruch Burn Foundation

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.

For more information visit http://www.aarbf.org

About the Arcadia Fire Department

The Mission of the Arcadia Fire Department is to deliver the services necessary to minimize the loss of life and property threatened by the hazards of fire, medical and rescue emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and disaster situations in our community.

We will accomplish our Mission through a proactive approach to fire protection and rescue services, ongoing training and community education programs, procurement of quality equipment, and a dedicated and professional staff.

For more information visit http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us

About Warrior Custom Golf

Warrior Custom Golf, Inc. was established for the singular purpose of developing, manufacturing and marketing custom golf clubs for golfers worldwide. They are dedicated to the continual development of affordable state-of-the-art custom golf products and in building customer loyalty through exceptional customer service and support.

Warrior has brought together an impressive group of highly regarded product development and golf manufacturing professionals, many of whom have 20 or more years experience including seasoned master club builders. Warrior produces many more club sets in a given week than some of the most ”famous brands” with one distinct difference – every one of their clubs is custom built to the exact specifications of each customer.

As a result, Warrior has surpassed $ 150 million sales with over 400,000 satisfied customers and is one of the fastest growing golf companies in the nation. Warrior’s corporate headquarters is located in Irvine, California where its 30,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility employs over 200 individuals year-round.

For more information on Warrior Custom Golf, 15 Mason, Irvine, CA 92618, contact Toby Eklund at 1(800) 574-9790 or visit their website http://www.warriorcustomgolf.com

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Joan Lunden to Appear at the 7th Annual ABC Kids Expo at the Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 8, 2009

Joan Lunden, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities will return to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas to promote and sell her child safety product, Kinderkord. As one of the most visible moms in America, Lunden helped millions of American families start each day as the longest running host of Good Morning America. Lunden is an award-winning television journalist, best-selling author, motivational speaker, mother of seven, and now inventor & entrepreneur. Joan Lunden defines “today’s working mother.”

Lunden has been a constant and reassuring presence in American homes for over 25 years, keeping families informed on the latest information and products to help keep their homes and families safe. After having two sets of twins via surrogate, Lunden and her husband Jeff Konigsberg found that the child safety market was missing something: the perfect product to help stay physically connected with children while out in public. Lunden and Konigsberg created their own solution: Kinderkord.

GBK Honored 2009 Emmy Award Nominees and Presenters at its 4th Annual Luxury Emmy Lounge ‘A Luxury Bazaar for the Senses’


Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2009

Over 100 Celebrities and Press enjoyed the festivites at GBK’s Luxury Gift Lounge. They entered this Moroccan inspired lounge to music from Koffee House who featured some of their top artists and DJ SHY who was spinning the hottest tracks throughout the day. This was definitely a party not to be missed

ROAR CLOTHING was one of the biggest hits. In addition to their billboard campaign opportunity giving celebrities the opportunity to submit their charity to be highlighted in the month of October, they also gifted their ‘Fresh Casual’ shirts and products which exude confidence and individuality. Many of the guests couldn’t wait to wear these cool shirts on the town. Co-sponsor, EMERGING MAGAZINE, brought a wide range of gifts, including a chance to go to NASCAR and drive around the track at 200 MPH, an assortment of products from Project Runway’s Gordana Gehlhausen, ‘The Dazer Laser’, and diamond encrusted iPod ear buds; IndulgentEscapes.com, gave out the finest in luxury travel, to one of their many top resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Six Senses Destination Spa in Thailand hooked the nominees and presenters with: A five night stay including meals and spa services (Over $ 10,000 value); Danny Alex’s Muscle Flex, a leading edge fitness, health and lifestyle company gifted one of a kind, one size fits all garments from their Vata Brasil Sports and Active wear line as well as a Buddy Tablet Caddy. The women celebrities in particular were extremely excited about this. To keep the healthy body alive ACAISODA.com gifted a year of their tasty Acai Soda – a soda providing energy, stress relief and weight loss.

Gavin Keilly, CEO of GBK said, “this is truly a remarkable drink.” Hands down the Press and Celebrities alike were amazed with THE ONE TOUCH SOLUTION, a cutting edge A/V software program that with one finger you are able to program parental controls, audio, visual, A/C, heat, lights and security. Jamie Kennedy said, “when can I get this installed. This is really cool.” Nourish, a woman-owned company that provides health and convenience products to children and their families gifted an exclusive Emmy Nourish Gift Box with various baby products, which interestingly enough even the celebrities without children were excited about; Mocks, a protective and designer socks for cell phones, digital cameras and ipods were also on site with their latest accessories.

On the fashion front, the lounge featured RANDY JACKSON EYEWEAR, gifting a cool pair of optical-quality shades or eyeglass frame from the ‘Dawg’ himself, Randy Jackson; Jen m was on site with her gorgeous Zen Jewelz to give a mini energy consultation followed by a gift of spiritual gemstone jewelry that connected many to their higher self; Hunter Fashion Clips had their adorable handmade hair clips designed by child entrepreneur Hunter Stevens with proceeds that benefit organizations promoting the physical, mental and spiritual development of girls; OKOBOS fitted everyone with their unique footwear gifting shoes designed to be a messenger of hope and a vehicle for change. Jennifer Love Hewitt loved the fact that proceeds from each product benefits their child-focused philanthropic organization. Audra and Daliah had their unique jewelry with a blend of handcrafted South American artisanship and contemporary design on display, which were incredibly impressive. Finally Cool Three, gifted their fashionable and functional accessories as well bags for women and girls and their ‘Big Wave’ professional gear for men.

On the beauty front, invited guests will also be pampered with on-site beauty treatments and beauty products from RN Factor, medicinal skin care products combining the best of nature and science as well as mini facials on site; REVITALASH, a ‘favorite’ at GBK Gift Lounge, was Gifting their eyelash conditioner that lengthens and thickens eye lashes, as well as their new hair product called Hair by RevitaLash, a conditioner that gives you thicker and fuller hair ($ 150 value each); Center for Advance Medicine gifted their extraordinary Trans D Tropin – the only natural product rubbed on your forearms that promises to be a ‘fountain of youth’ used by over 1800 Doctors; Lalo Fitness, gifted 3 personal training sessions valued at $ 450; Vivier Pharma kept attendees from getting burnt on this hot day by gifting their high quality daily moisturizing shield. IT&LY HAIRFASHION, made in Milan Italy treated guests to their Purity Design Styling Line with rich and luxurious phyto-derived antioxidants and uv inhibitors that will hydrate and protect the hair. Barbar Hair Tools gave out his designer hair tools for men and women and finallyInfinity Sun provided Infinity sun glow on the Go sunless tanning aerosol and a spray tan gift certificate.

This Year’s BAZAAR FOR THE SENSES had sampling of some of GBK’s top picks in cuisine and spirits including: Best Tequila, AsomBroso (also the chosen tequila for the 2009 Emmy Awards); Most unique vodka Devotion Vodka and Cognac based liquor, Alize The Best of the Best wines included Verite Wines (Best Meritage), Shafer Wines (Best Cabernet), Etude Wines (Best Californian Pinot Noir), Roco Wines (Best Oregon Pinot Noir), Talbott Vineyards (Best Chardonnay), Pahlmeyer (Best Merlot), and Illumination (Best Sauvignon).

In the food category Chosen for Best Japanese Cuisine was MVSEVM by Brian Ogawa (formerly of Katsuya by Stark and Katana) specializes in fusing five essential senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) and aims to bridge creativity by supporting homegrown artists, giving them a unique platform to showcase their work. Chosen for Best Gourmet Bites, Garden of Eating Catering & Events served a selection of gourmet hot or cold bites and sweet treats. Chosen for Best Chocolate was CHARLES GOURMET CHOCOLATES. They also gifted boxes of their gourmet artisan chocolates and while providing delicious melt in your mouth samples. Best Street Taco went to CalbiBBQ, a new more modern version of the classic Mexican taco truck fused with authentic Korean BBQ. Chosen for Best Cake was the infamous HANSEN CAKES. They served samples and displayed one of their trademark elaborate display cakes fitted to the theme. This was truly a masterpiece work of art. Best Frozen Yogurt went to Cefiore, who will be sampled their leading all natural, non-fat frozen yogurt with an assortment of toppings. Chosen for Best American Cuisine was JOHNNY ROCKETS. They were on site serving up samples of their delicious shakes and offering the nominees and presenters a VIP Card to eat for a year this American-favorite restaurant group.

The Best Luxury Tea went to FULLY LOADED TEA, a tea company that takes exotic berries full of vitamins and antioxidants and blends them with premium whole leaf green, black and white teas. A selection of teas were displayed and available for tasting. EVO took home the Best Energy Drink category, and plenty of their “positive energy” drinks (full of real, healthy ingredients), and Drench was selected as the Best New Water.

And lastly, to honor its continued commitment to charitable giving, the following charities were present to represent their mission: DONATE LIFE – A national campaign to inspire Americans to donate life by signing up on their state registry as an eye, organ and tissue donor (onelegacy.org); WHITE KNOT for Equality -White Knot for Equality is a non-profit organization formed after the passage of Prop 8 in California to educate and inform the public on the issue of Marriage Equality, engage people in the conversations necessary to change hearts and minds, and visibly show the true support Marriage Equality has (whiteknot.org); FEED THE CHILDREN – Provides food, water, medical care and hope to children worldwide (feedthechildren.org); SOMALY MAM FOUNDATION – Somaly Mam Foundation gave celebrities an opportunity to get involved in ending human trafficking and invited them to attend the second annual SMF benefit in Beverly Hills, a Night of Hopes and Dreams on Sept. 29 (somaly.org).

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin B. Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting Lounges, GBK Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/PR. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to http://www.gbkproductions.com

For More Information on DONATE LIFE, go to onelegacy.org

For More Information on FEED THE CHILDREN, go to feedthechildren.org

For More Information on WHITE KNOT, go to whiteknot.org

For More Information on SOMALY MAM FOUNDATION, go to somaly.org

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Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative Feature Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

New York, NY (Vocus) September 21, 2010

The nations largest conservation organization has joined forces with sustainable green building products company Serious Materials and Jayni Chase, Green Community Schools founder and author. The Commitment to Action developed by these three entities will be featured Tuesday at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Serious Materials, and Jayni Chase have committed to creating and supporting a coalition of manufacturers, installers, unions and others to launch a comprehensive environmental and energy-efficient experiential education model in 500 schools by year-end 2012.

The resulting Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative is a comprehensive strategy to reduce barriers for implementing energy efficiency in Americas schools. The solution is through building retrofits and hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by students. Students will produce energy models, decide on alternatives and savings, learn about conservation and efficient technologies, and develop skills to meet the needs of the emerging clean energy economy.

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative collaboration embodies the mission of National Wildlife Federation, which works to ensure a healthy planetabundant with wildlife and the natural resources on which all life depends. To achieve a sustainable world, we must deploy conservation practices and environmental education simultaneously. Helping young people think critically about energy sources, consumption and how to work together to solve problems is absolutely necessary, said Larry Schweiger, President & CEO of National Wildlife Federation.

This Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative commitment addresses three problems:

-Climate change and carbon-based energy consumption

-Declining STEM education in American schools

-Declining human capital and locus of controlan individuals desire to make a difference and

feel that their actions matter.

Improving education is a national priority that needs to be tackled with attention paid to developing the economy as a whole. The ultimate goal is preparing our nation’s children to be more confident and successful adults. At the same time, our joint expertise will bring together suppliers, service providers, construction workers and others to build a more sustainable economic future, said Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials. Serious Materials is the leading provider of high-tech products and services that reduce energy usage in the built environment, the largest contributor of CO2 worldwide.

President Barack Obamas administration deems bettering education a national priority that needs to be tackled with attention paid to developing the clean energy economy as a whole. Our nations economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation, according to the White House education landing page.

Talk about a good investmentthe more we invest in our schools, the bigger returns we will reap on every level. Schools are the hearts of our communities, our future depends on how much we choose to nurture or ignore our children. By investing our dollars and ourselves in our schools today, we will make improvements in the lives of Americas children. The benefits of the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative will help kids bodies and brains in ways that will pay-off for the rest of their lives, said Jayni Chase, Founder, Center for Environmental Education, who brings decades of leadership in environmental education and sustainable school programs.

Additional Information

Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials and Jayni Chase, Green Community Schools founder and author, met at the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting. Surace and Chase subsequently engaged the National Wildlife Federation because of its 75 year history and reputation in science-based environmental education and civic engagement.

Link: http://live.clintonglobalinitiative.org

Twitter: Follow the CGI 2010 conversation with hashtag #cgi2010

Contact: Carey Stanton, Sr. Director for Education & Integrated Marketing, at 734-834-6483 (cell)

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is the host organization for Eco-Schools USA, part of the international Eco-Schools program network of 37,000 schools in 50 nations. Visit ecoschoolsusa.org to learn more.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the worlds most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $ 57 billion, which have already improved the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For more information, visit http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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Stop Cyberbullying and Internet Predators with PC Pandora Monitoring Software During the 7th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Month


Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) October 12, 2010

This October marks the 7th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month, as declared by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Pandora Corp., maker of PC Pandora 6.1 computer monitoring software, is reminding parents that part of keeping the family safe online is knowing what the younger surfers are doing while connected to the internet.

Every family needs to take protective measures to avoid falling victim to identity theft, phishing scams and cyber attacks, says Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. But these practices need to continue year-round, as does monitoring how your children are using the Internet.

Two key issues cyberbullying and Internet predators grab most of the headlines when it comes to child Internet safety. Leasure says being aware of how our kids represent themselves online, how they treat others, and who their friends are can help reduce dangerous and disastrous incidents.

The key is parental awareness, he says. When you know for sure what your kids are doing on the Internet, you have a much better chance of keeping them safe.

CYBERBULLYING STOPS HERE:

In the year since the last Cyber Security Awareness Month, the country has been shocked by a rash of teenage suicides, all pointing to endless, fierce cyberbullying as the driving force and reason for the act.

Phoebe Prince, Alexis Pilkington and Tyler Clementi are just some of the names we have seen and read about, all resulting in a tragic loss that could have been prevented, says Leasure.

Leasure says cyberbullying is here to stay until parents of the bullies take action.

Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity, he explains. Not only are the bullies anonymous online, but they are working in secret in their own homes. Cyberbullying wont stop until that parents of the bullies are aware of what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it.

PC Pandora monitoring software will let parents know if their child is acting as an aggressor to a peer or fellow student, or enabling the bullying by passing the information along.

STOP INTERNET PREDATORS:

While cynics and experts dismiss Internet predators as overhyped media sensationalism, stories continue to surface every week of predators arrested in law enforcement sting operations and caught with real teens. One of the most recent stories that deserves special attention is the Kid-nap/ rape hoax in San Diego.

According to ABC News, a 20-year-old man in southern California befriended a 15-year-old girl online through the website, Mocospace. The two carried out a relationship that eventually lead to consensual sex. The girl felt guilty and decided to create an elaborate kidnapping and assault story to cover her actions.

The main message here is that talking just isnt enough, explains Leasure. The girl admits her parents had talked to her about the dangers online, but she disregarded their warnings, took things dangerously too far, felt guilty, and then made things worse by creating a horrible lie. As shocking as it is, taking risks like this and not listening to mom and dad is completely normal teen behavior. Thats why in the digital age, talking isnt enough; monitoring Internet activity could have helped prevent this unfortunate event.

HOW IT WORKS:

PC Pandora 6.0 is computer monitoring software that records all user activity through sequential screen snapshots, allowing parents to visually see everything their kids are doing online. The program also records activity in text-based files that capture all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, websites visited, programs accessed, peer-to-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, Internet search queries, printer logs, and more.

For parents that have to work and cant be home right after school, PC Pandora comes equipped with the IRIS feature, which sends the recorded text-based files to a parents email at specified intervals. The new PC Pandora LIVE! takes things a step further and allows parents to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer from a remote Internet connection.

We really hope parents use this month to double-check and update their PCs security, concludes Leasure. Part of that includes making sure they have a program in place to monitor what their children are doing online. PC Pandora is a vital weapon for parents in the battle for Internet safety.

For tips on how to keep your children safe from online predators and help stop cyberbullying in its tracks, visit http://www.pcpandora.com.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

Reporters and Producers: Covering Internet safety? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Executives are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe on the Internet.

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Olive Crest Presents 1st Annual Stars In Adoption Awards


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010

In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month (November), and to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families and the work that Olive Crest is doing in Los Angeles County,Olive Crest recently held its first annual Stars In Adoption Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Emceed by Los Angeles Times columnist and ESPN personality Bill Plaschke, a longtime Olive Crest supporter, the evening featured a host of celebrated honorees and presenters, including rising musical star Aswan North; Patricia Ploehn, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; California congressman Adam Schiff; Mike Harrah, Owner of Original Mikes; LaFern Cusack of ESPN Radio and Radio Disney; and actor Perry King (Big Love), who serves as Chairman of Olive Crests Los Angeles Board of Trustees.

Olive Crest, the acclaimed nonprofit that provides a wide range of servicesincluding foster and adoption servicesfor at-risk children and teens and their families, presented more than a dozen Stars In Adoption Awards at the event.

Olive Crests Stars in Adoption are so diverse and come from so many different places in life that you could almost say they have nothing in commonexcept one very important thing, said William A. Bedrossian, Olive Crests Executive Director for the Los Angeles region. Each of these men, women and kids understands at a very deep level the importance of healthy, loving families. And they’re all part of making that dream a reality in Los Angeles County.”

Among those receiving awards were:

Aswan North, lead singer of the Paper Tongues, a rapidly ascending band discovered and managed by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, for being a role model as an adoptee and a true rising star. I am so proud of Aswan, who came from a challenging childhood background and has used his experiences in a beautiful way to create his art, says MTV casting director Heidi Tuttle, who presented the award. When Aswan sings, Hear me pleading/I’m a child/I’m the poor/I am needing, he speaks for all of us who work on behalf of the children who need us.

California Congressman Adam Schiff for his ongoing adoption advocacy work in Los Angeles.

Mike Harrah, owner of the Original Mikes in Santa Ana, for his generosity as a corporate partner to Olive Crest.

Patricia Ploehn, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and adoptive parent, for her guidance of the agency that has done more adoptive finalizations over the last 5 years than any other child welfare agency in the world.

Adoptive parents Grant and Frances Delgatty of Pasadena; Jeff and Maureen Learned of La Crescenta and Karina Sanchez and Mario Muniz of Bell Gardens for serving as great inspirations and role models for other families considering adoption. Receiving this award is a huge honor, said Jeff Learned, a television editor for Pilgrim Films and Television and whose credits include Dirty Jobs. But Maureens and my greatest rewardwhich we are given every single dayis our children.

Four brave teens from South Los Angeles: Al

McCarter Attorney Receives New Jersey State Bar Associations Annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award


Newark, NJ (PRWEB) December 10, 2010

McCarter & English is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Bar Association has awarded attorney Michael P. Pasquale with the 2010 “Annual Distinguished Legislative Services Award” for his work in drafting and advancing bill S-1963/A-3096. The bill revises the Family Law Act in New Jersey with respect to military child custody issues. As Chairman of the NJSBA Military Law Section, Mr. Pasquale was charged with the responsibility to have the law vetted from a military perspective by the Section, garner State Bar support and approval, as well as legislative approval. Approval of the bill will align the State with existing federal law under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCPA).

The award will be presented today at NJSBAs Board of Trustees holiday luncheon. Attorneys Patricia Apy, Tim McGoughran and Stuart Pachman will also be recognized.

I am truly honored to be presented with this award, said Mr. Pasquale, who is a member of the firm’s Business & Financial Litigation Group. I also must thank Patricia for bringing me on board with this project. Her vision and determination has been the foundation for our work, which I believe to be the most important project that the NJSBA Military Law Section has pushed forward. It is another vital tool to address the various challenges facing soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These changes we propose are in the best interests of the parents and, most importantly, the children.

Thousands of servicemembers nationwide must place their children with temporary custodial figures when deployed. This bill will allow them to maintain their primary custodial rights and avoid contested family litigation once theyve returned home. New Jersey will be joining 40 other states that have approved similar amendments, if the bill is passed.

Specifically, the bill ensures that 1) no permanent orders can be entered to change custody in the deployed servicemember’s absence, 2) time spent deployed is never a reason in and of itself to take away custody of a servicemembers child, and 3) the non-custodial parent, and not the servicemember, has the burden of filing an application to change custody upon the servicemembers return. This last measure serves to shift the burden of hiring an attorney from the returning soldier.

“The NJSBA is committed to advancing this legislation which we believe will balance the interests of New Jersey children in having a secure and stable environment against the need for soldiers defending our country to participate in training and multiple deployments,” said Susan A. Feeney, a partner at McCarter and President-Elect of the NJSBA. “I congratulate Mike, Patricia and the rest of the team on a job well done.”

“With more than 9,000 servicemembers from New Jersey, this legislation has the opportunity to provide comfort to many families within our State,” said William S. Greenberg, a partner at McCarter who established NJSBA’s Military Legal Assistance Program which helps New Jersey’s military reservists gain the services and benefits to which they are entitled. “I commend Mike for the work that he has done to help support the families of the brave men and women protecting us.”

The Legislative Services Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon members of NJSBA. Its purpose is to highlight those who have diligently worked to further advance the Associations legislative efforts.

The bill is expected to be voted on by the State in the first quarter of 2011.

To learn more, please visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S2000/1963_I1.HTM and http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A3500/3096_I1.HTM.

About McCarter & English

McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com

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