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Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Author of the Soon to be Released Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know,’ Comments on Keeping Students Safe

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) August 22, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan, author of the soon to be released book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, comments on keeping our students safe. School safety and liability expert, Dr. Edward F. Dragan states, “Unnecessary risks in schools must be corrected, most importantly to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staff, but also to eliminate costly litigation and settlements. Implementing regular assessments of school safety policies and procedures can greatly reduce risks.”

Dr. Dragan remarks, “All too often we hear after the fact, ‘How did this accident happen?’ or ‘Could the school have prevented it?” “Unfortunately once the accident occurs; it is too late to ask these questions, a school’s risk management plan must be proactive to be effective.”

Our nation’s schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. New Jersey alone faced 381 suits-more than one case a day-representing a potential liability of over 500 million dollars. This total does not include cases filed in administrative court, which typically hear special education issues. Since most cases settle privately, the general public and even some education insiders are not aware of the scope of such liability.

The following three recent instances chronicle occurrences that could have been avoided had the schools developed a risk analysis plan identifying potential safety hazards, emphasizing accountability and establishing procedures for creating and maintaining a hazard free school.

A 1.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a third-grade student told by her teacher to return a television cart with a television on its top shelf to the library. The cart fell, causing the television to strike the student, whose injury resulted in permanent brain damage. A federal court jury decided the school was partially liable for the accident due to the student’s lack of supervision. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented if teachers and administrators had assessed the risks of allowing young children to move such equipment.

A private settlement was reached in a similar case. A board of education paid $ 850,000 to a five year old student with autism who was seriously injured when a fifty pound television fell and struck him on the head. When evidence of inadequate supervision pointed to the school’s liability the case was settled.

The coach of a girl’s track team and a student who threw his javelin one more time after the coach announced practice was over both shared payment of a $ 300,000 settlement to a student who received permanent nerve damage and facial paralysis when the javelin struck her in the face. The coach was responsible for the students while they were using potentially dangerous equipment.

Most cases of school safety violations could be prevented through practice of proactive risk management. Teachers and administrators must scrutinize their procedures, equipment use and personal practices for ways to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. Schools must follow risk management guidelines to improve overall school safety and to eliminate the high costs of accident related litigation. Although insurance companies usually pay these settlements, schools and taxpayers will ultimately have the burden of higher taxes and insurance premiums.

Dr. Dragan comments, “School administrators must develop a systematic procedure for inspecting school premises and reviewing safety procedures for evidence of potential risks. An inspection log should be established to record potential risks along with the remedial action taken to eliminate the unsafe hazard or procedure.”

In addition, Dr. Dragan suggests the following risk management guidelines to maximize school safety and security. “School administrators should assess potential risk related to all equipment in proximity or accessible to students. A safety handbook that details procedures for supervising students in all school areas should be established.”

“Administrators need to conduct in-service training and review of first-aid practices, crisis response strategies, school evacuation drills, and alternative communication methods to use, if warranted, during potential crises.”

Dr. Dragan also remarks, “Each faculty member must be aware of their specific responsibilities related to safety and should have prioritized action system available to them to effect needed safety corrections in a timely matter. Administrators need to model and emphasize personal accountability and commitment to create and maintain school safety and security procedures.”

“School administrators who demonstrate a proactive commitment to safeguarding the welfare of students, faculty members and support staff will produce safe and secure school campuses and climates which will reduce potential school liability.”


Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation to school administrators and education expert witness services to attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, sexual harassment, child custody, and special education . His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, is scheduled for publication in 2008.

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Enjoy Life

CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

Today’s meeting, held by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, was a Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which support nutritious meals and snacks served to children in schools, child care institutions and afterschool care programs.

Speaking on behalf of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and Enjoy Life Foods, Mandell said, “On behalf of the children, their parents and caregivers that are currently excluded from receiving program benefits, I strongly urge the USDA to make the necessary changes to the National School Lunch Program to ensure that ALL eligible students can benefit from this important, federally assisted meal program.”

Mandell supported his comments by citing the growing number of children affected by Celiac Disease, food allergies, food intolerances and autism:

Celiac Disease, is the world’s most common genetic auto-immune disease, and is estimated to affect at least 1% of the populationi. At this time, the only known treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life (gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye). Food allergies are estimated to affect 6 to 8% of children and 3 to 4% of adultsii, and diagnoses are on the rise. For the over 12 million Americans with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild (such as gastrointestinal discomfort) to life threatening (due to anaphylactic shock). Another 30 million Americans have food intolerancesiii that cause them to avoid certain foods. And finally, one in 150 children is affected by autismiv which can be effectively managed in some cases by following a diet free of gluten and casein (the protein found in dairy). Carol McCarthy Shilson, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and ACDA member, also provided comments on behalf of Stefano Guandalini, M.D., the Center’s founder and medical director. “It is not right that children with Celiac Disease should be denied a safe meal or given food that is nutritionally inadequate. Surely we cannot expect our children to learn and thrive with such conditions. It is our duty to see that all children are provided with a nutritious and safe meal at school,” Guandalini commented.

Shilson also presented results from a recent survey by the ACDA, which revealed that among 2,229 parents of children with Celiac Disease, only 111 were able to get a gluten-free lunch at school. The others had to pack a lunch or go without, according to the ACDA survey.

About ACDA

The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) began to take shape in early 2003 when an ad hoc group of 15 leaders in the celiac community came together to help persuade Congress to require food labels to include information about allergens. The group’s efforts were instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The non-profit organization provides leadership on policy issues affecting the lives of individuals with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting children and adults. The ACDA is recognized internationally for its role in advocating on behalf of all segments of the celiac community.

About Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.enjoylifefoods.com and http://www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named for the second consecutive year to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.enjoylifenb.com.

i Dr. Stefano Guandalini, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center


iii National Institutes of Health

iv Autism Society of America

Internet Telecommunications Plc Comments on Free Broadband Services

(PRWEB) October 7, 2006

Internet Telecommunications Plc (IT) has announced record breaking numbers of Service Providers and Reseller which have signed up of the IT Wholesale Line Rental (ITWLR) service last month.

Charlie Yiasemis says I would like to thank all Service Providers, Resellers and Partners for registering with ITWLR and for their support. During September and since the launch of Talk Talk and Sky Free Internet Broadband services, a large number of Service Providers, Resellers and Partners alike have been increasingly damaged by loss of business since the launch of this so called Free Broadband marketing. On the contrary, Customers signing up to those services are not exactly getting anything for free but are in fact paying for it through bundled packages, which are there to confuse them.

IT has recognized this and has been advising all of its Service Providers, Resellers and Partners to compare their offerings on a like for like basis when speaking to customers in order to convey to them that there are better and cheaper offers by looking around.

IT has recognized the pressure of those competing with the big two in the broadband world and has now reacted to competing with various special offers to secure its Service Providers, Resellers and Partners to go out and offer even better packages with no hidden charges to businesses and consumers. At IT, we intend to compete from early 2007 with a unique Broadband product offering for all our Service Providers, Resellers and Partners.

As UKs Lowest Cost and Leading Wholesale Line Rental Company, offering line rental at up to

Accounts Receivable Collection Agency, Rapid Recovery Solutions, Comments On CNN Money Article Revealing Shocking Threats To Collect Debts

Bohemia, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 09, 2013

On February 9, John Monderine, CEO of Rapid Recovery Solution, comments on an article published by CNN Money, which lists some of the recent unprofessional ways collectors are going after debtors.

According to the article published by CNN Money, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act forbids collectors from threatening debtors by using violence, explicit language, continuous calling, inflating a debt and posing as lawyers. The laws also state that a collector cant tell debtors they will arrest them or take money from paychecks unless ordered by a court.

The article lists a plethora of ways debt collectors have illegally tried to satisfy a debt, including threats to take away children, posing as a law firm, promising to hurt pets or even digging up dead bodies.

A collection agency was fined over $ 700,000 last month after one of its collectors attempted to collect outstanding funeral debts, the article said. The collector threatened to dig up the graves of the debtors children and hang them on a tree or leave them outside the debtors door.

John Monderine, CEO of accounts receivable collection agency Rapid Recovery Solution, said harassing and threatening debtors will not speed up the collection process. Insulting them and threatening them is just going to push them away and force them to take legal action against you, he said. While the main objective is to satisfy a debt, collectors need to realize its better to assist the debtor than attack them or back them into a corner. Offer them solutions to how they can pay the debt.

Another recent tactic was threatening to take a debtors kids away by calling Child Protective Services, the article said. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banned a debt collector from using tactics like threatening to arrest or put a debtor in jail. The article said the collector told consumers that when they go to jail, police or child protective services would take their minor children into government custody.

Monderine said the FTC had every right to take legal actions against those collectors. As collectors, we have legal responsibilities and laws to abide by, he said. No matter how frustrating some debtors might be, we cant make our own exceptions to the laws. Its a violation of debt collection practices, as well as invasion of privacy.

Founded in 2006, Rapid Recovery Solution, Inc. is headquartered at the highest point of beautiful Long Island. Rapid Recovery Collection Agency is committed to recovering your funds. We believe that every debtor has the ability to pay if motivated correctly. We DO NOT alienate the debtors; we attempt to align with them and offer a number of ways to resolve not only your debt but also all their debts.


Long Island Private Investigator Provider, The Protective Group, Comments on Technology Used by Parents to Track Their Children

Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

John Monderine, CEO of Long Island private investigator provider, The Protective Group, comments on an August 28th article published by The Financial Times titled Big Mother is watching you which discusses how new technology is allowing parents to closely watch their children.

It started with small cameras in teddy bears. Now technology has advanced to a level where parents can locate their children, monitor their spending habits, and censor the people they converse with on social media.

Telematic devices are devices that can report metrics to parents about their childs driving habits, like how they accelerate, turn corners, and the overall average speed.

This technology is a consideration for insurance companies to decipher premiums for drivers under 25 years of age. The Telematic devises could also supply valuable information to an insurance investigator.

EJ Hilbert, a former FBI agent uses the Find My iPhone app as a way to keep tabs on his childrens whereabouts. They have it on their phone and thats the way its going to be, says Mr. Hilbert, who used to investigate cyber crimes.

Banks offer pre paid cards for parents to give to their children as a means to see where the children spend their money. This would work if the child doesnt use the card their parents give them to purchase another card.

With all these different options available in common market, one can only imagine the technology a private investigator has available to them to assist in their day to day investigations, says John Monderine, CEO of private investigator provider, The Protective Group.

The Protective Group is an elite full service private security firm with specializations in special event security, corporate security, private investigators, insurance investigators and surveillance. Its top-notch professional security guards have over 150 years of combined law enforcement service and its security personnel are physically fit, professional, athletic, and completely dedicated to ensuring events proceed without a hitch. From charity runs and fashion shows, to fundraisers and art shows, The Protective Group instills confidence and assures safety at an exclusive event or place of business.


Generic Drug Lawsuits: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Possible FDA Rule Change that Could Eliminate Pre-emption

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2013

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a rule change that could pave the the way for individuals allegedly injured by generic versions of popular medications, including Fosamax, to pursue generic drugs lawsuits against their manufacturers, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The agency recently confirmed to Reuters that it is considering a regulatory change that would allow generic manufacturers, like brand-name manufacturers, to change their labeling in appropriate circumstances. The proposed change could eliminate pre-emption of failure-to-warn claims against generic-drug manufacturers.*

Generic drugs pose the same risks as their name-brand counterparts. Yet, under the current state of the law, individuals allegedly injured by generic medications are denied legal recourse, says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices.

Generic Drug Lawsuits

Under existing FDA regulations, generic drugs are required to carry the same label warnings as their name-brand counterparts. However, generic drug manufacturers are currently barred from altering their labels on their own. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Pliva vs. Mensing that generic manufacturers could not be sued for failing to warn patients about their drugs risks, since they have no control over the content of their labels. (Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011))

According to the American Association for Justice, numerous generic drug failure-to-warn claims have since been dismissed by courts citing Mensing. In November 2011, for example, the Judge overseeing Fosamax lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, granted a motion filed by generic manufacturers to dismiss claims against them that were based on failure to warn. (In re: Fosamax (Aledronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) MDL 2243). **

According to the Reuters report, the U.S. Department of Justice recently filed an Amicus Brief in Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Barret, a lawsuit involving a generic heartburn medication. One footnote in that brief suggested that if the FDA adopts the new generic drug labeling rule, generic drug makers won’t be able to use pre-emption as a defense to failure-to warn claims.

Victims of defective drugs may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free legal consultations to individuals injured as a result of drug side effects, including those allegedly caused by Fosamax, Actos and Pradaxa. Learn more by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.



About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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Fairfield University Jesuit Comments On U.N.s Day of the Girl Child

Fairfield, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

On the eve of the United Nations observance of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, 2013, Jesuit priest Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., director of Fairfield Universitys Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL), applauded the U.N. initiative, which focuses on the pivotal need to educate girls as a moral imperative that we must embrace, and be prepared to do the time-consuming and sensitive ground work where there is resistance to change.

It is imperative that we make a distinction between cultural differences and practices that call for our respect and acceptance, and violations of basic human rights that no appeal to cultural exception should be allowed to justify, Fr. Ryscavage, professor of sociology and international studies, said. These may be sensitive distinctions, but we must not be afraid to draw them when they are warranted. Protecting the human dignity of girls and helping them reach their full human potential is one of those distinctions. Educated girls can become powerful economic engines within their communities and contribute much to the good of society. We must foster a climate in which girls are perceived as valuable in their own right, and deserving of respect, if we want to change the attitudes that perpetuate these injustices, he said.

Fr. Ryscavage cited recent examples of grave inequities girls have suffered in some corners of the globe. Last month in Yemen, where marrying girl children is legal, it was reported that an 8-year-old girl died as a result of injuries she suffered during her wedding night. In 2012, in Pakistan, the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai for seeking an education. She recovered, and in a powerful address before the U.N., she called upon the global community to support the expansion of education opportunities for girls in the developing world.

Opening the doors to education for girls is a moral imperative that we must embrace, continued Fr. Ryscavage. We must also be prepared to do the time-consuming and sensitive groundwork in those communities where there is resistance to change, so that these communities will be prepared to welcome what educated girls and women have to offer.

Fr. Ryscavage said that a unique Fairfield University endeavor, Impact India 2021, supports the U.N. International Day of the Girl Child initiative by aiming to elevate the status of women and girls in India, and holds great promise for addressing the challenges related to womens issues in Indian society.

Fr. Ryscavage, the former executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services Office, explained how Fairfield is trying to make a difference for women and girls:

At Fairfield University, under the direction of Dr. Gita Rajan, professor of English, the Center for Faith and Public Life is engaged in an ongoing body of research in collaboration with Jesuit universities in India in the hope of making an impact on the future of girls in that country, he continued. The title of our project, ‘Impact India 2021,’ signals that we have a goal of helping to change attitudes about the value of girls that will be clearly discernible in the next Indian census of 2021.

The Center for Faith and Public Life led a pilot study investigation partnering with Jesuit universities in Mumbai and Chennai to try to understand the social forces that are compelling families to choose to not have a girl child.

In Phase II of the project, we, together with our eight major academic partners in India, will examine 24,000 new families from around the country to validate what we have discovered to date, Fr. Ryscavage said. Our deeper qualitative understanding of the family dynamics surrounding the preference for the boy will then be used to help determine the communication strategy needed to effect change. This information is critical to designing successful initiatives in public policy as well as uniting widespread support of academia, popular culture, religious institutions and community-based organizations, all dedicated to real change.

Many scholars feel that most of the violence against women in India stems from an undervaluing of women, which has contributed to the current sex ratio imbalance crisis whereby 880 girls are born each year for every 1,000 boys. Many families opt for having a boy rather than a girl because they see girls as lacking economic value to the family, Fr. Ryscavage said. As the government of India clearly understands, demographic imbalance of such magnitude will have serious long-term consequences for social stability, levels of violence, work force growth, and economic development.

Holidaymakers reveal their car hire concerns Questor Insurance comments

UK (PRWEB UK) 15 October 2013

Vehicle hire and travel insurance specialist Questor Insurance highlights research which reveals travellers most common car hire concerns, and their motivations for hiring a car on their annual holidays.

With recent figures revealing that soaring temperatures in the UK have meant that a fifth of holidaymakers will be heading to foreign shores this month for the first time this year* autumn could prove to be a busy season for Brits hiring a car abroad.

A survey of 5,300 people** offered insight into holidaymakers key concerns when hiring a car for their overseas trip, with almost two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed arguing that they were worried about extra charges, while just over half (51%) believed that they would be charged for extra services or products by rental companies.

Some of these concerns are founded as a Mail Online investigation conducted earlier in the year revealed that drivers hiring a car on holiday could be hit with more than