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eMazzanti Technologies and WatchGuard Ace Safety, Speed and Cost Test with School District


Hoboken, NJ (Vocus) January 9, 2010

A new case study is available from WatchGuard, a network security OEM, which features eMazzanti Technologies and its customer Andover District Schools. The written case study and subsequent case study video case study detail how Andover Regional School District solved a number of computer technology issues using WatchGuard products and the IT expertise of eMazzanti Technologies.

eMazzanti and WatchGuard aced the test we gave them, noted Terry Van Auken, business administrator, Andover Regional School District. They got all of the safety, speed and cost answers right.

Bandwidth, Safety and Cost Addressed

With over 750 students in grades K through 8 and 350 computers spread across two school campuses and businesses offices, Andover School District faced serious web bandwidth issues that became even more evident as multiple classrooms pulled down simultaneous video and audio streams. We were experiencing a high level of aggravation on a daily basis that wasted time and interrupted quality teaching, continued Auken. Undependable Internet access also impacted business of running the district.

Andover also had two other concerns: student safety and budgetary constraints. According to Carl Mazzanti, chief operating officer, eMazzanti Technologies, the solution developed for Andover included a WatchGuard Firebox

International Parental Child Abduction Will Cost American Economy Billions Of Dollars Over Next Decade According To Upcoming Report Issued By The I CARE Foundation


New York & Los Angeles (PRWEB) March 26, 2012

An upcoming I CARE Foundation report focused on determining the estimated cost of international parental child abduction in the United States titled ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy’ forecasts targeted American citizen parents who have their child internationally abducted by the other parent could surpass billions of dollars over the next decade in their effort to reunite with their children if the growth rate of abduction is not significantly reduced. In addition, according to the study, the overall cost of international abduction for the American taxpayer is considerably high, as the total cost of abduction includes ancillary and supporting costs associated with cross-border child kidnapping. These costs will be a heavy burden to the American taxpayer and involve considerable expenses related to the financial burden placed on the state and federal court systems who have jurisdiction of the legal proceedings, and costs associated with law enforcement intervention, as the illegal detention of a child by one parent by another in violation of a court order is the criminal act of kidnapping according to state and federal laws, including the International Parental Kidnapping Crimes Act. Additionally, the report cites that due to the hard reality that a parent who has their child criminally internationally abducted by the other parent receives minimal government aid, including no financial support for litigation and minimal financial aid in reunification efforts under the United States’ Congress’ annexation of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, many targeted parents will use the vast majority of their resources chasing the cyclone of international parental child abduction in their attempt to reunite with their criminally abducted child. Inevitably, as the nightmare of abduction moves forward, many targeted parents are unable to work due to their need to put considerable time and effort into navigating the complex legal maze required for them to reunite with their child, that is, assuming they even know where their child is. In addition, the financial burden on the American taxpayers in lieu of thousands of parents each year facing the grave challenges of international abduction is consuming and includes a substantial loss of tax revenues due to a chasing parent’s loss of employment combined with an increased burden of financial responsibility connected to social service aid needed by many targeted parents, who sadly, are at risk of loosing their life savings trying to rescue their child from kidnapping. According to ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy’, collectively, the ancillary and supporting services costs are forecast to have a significant toll on the economy and will continue to grow. The final report is scheduled to be released by the I CARE Foundation in mid-May, 2012.

According to ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ author Peter Thomas Senese, a director of the I CARE Foundation and one of the researchers and writers of ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy”, “The financial burdern on American parents and taxpayers due to a failure to create international child abduction prevention laws and for courts to uphold existing laws that protect children, parents, and our nation are shocking, and will exceed billions of dollars, as is predicted in the upcoming report. One of the many questions that presents itself is why no presidential candidate is addressing the billions of dollars that our society will lose, not to mention a prediction that could see over 100,000 American children internationally kidnapped between the anticipated reported and unreported cases over the next decade? Certainly, the possibility of billions of dollars in losses and 100,000 American children’s lives stolen is something to talk about.”

The most recent statistics of international abduction comes from the 2010 Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction prepared by the U.S. Department of States Office of Childrens Issues cites that there were 1,621 reported international parental child abductions originating from the U.S. during 2009. The average growth rate over the past several years is approximately 20% per year.Additionally, the number of unreported cases of international child abduction to contiguous nations is believed to be substantial and is discussed in “Crisis in America: International Parental Child Abduction Today” that is included in the publication “The World Turned Upside Down.” Supporting the concern of the existence of significant unreported cases is the most recent National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2) study, which reports that of the 203,900 children that are estimated to be parentally abducted annually in the U.S., only 28% (56,500) of these abductions were reported to law enforcement.

Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey, the lead sponsor of H.R. 1940 stated in an ‘Amendment In The Notice Of A Substitute to H.R. 1940, “The Department of State’s Office Of Children’s Issues, which serves as the Central Authority of the United States for purposes of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction reported that from fiscal year 2008 through fiscal year 2010, it received 3,239 new requests for assistance in the return of 4,728 children to the United States from other countries.”

Requests for assistance to the United States Office of Children’s Issues does not include ‘unreported’ cases of international abduction, which according to the previously issued report ‘Crisis In America’ written by Peter Thomas Senese and Florida’s Child Abduction Prevention Act writer Carolyn Ann Vlk, is forecasted to be near equivalent to the ‘reported’ cases of cross-border abduction due in part to immigration migration projections.

Previously, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency stated in their December, 2001 report that, “Left behind parents pay a high price in cases of international abduction. Approximately one-half of the parents surveyed reported on the amount of money they spent for and/on recovering abducted children. These parents spent on average $ 33,500.00 for search and recovery efforts. About one-fourth of these parents spent $ 75,000.00 or more.” The survey’s mean was $ 61, 238.00, and the medium was $ 33,500.00.

Joel S. Walter, a prominent international family law attorney practicing in New York State commented, “The 2001 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency report was published over a decade ago. During this past decade the number of illegal child abductions has grown exponentially. So too have the costs associated with reunification as will be conveyed in the I CARE Foundation’s upcoming report. Combining the direct financial burden placed on targeted parents, we must consider the ancillary costs associated to court proceedings, law enforcement intervention, government administration of these costs, inflation, and the social cost directly related to the loss of taxable income and social service report. The reality is our nation needs to increase both state and federal laws and policies that prevent abduction from occurring, while our courts and the judges that oversee cases of potential abduction need to act with great caution. Undeniably, this is a grave problem. However, it is simply not a problem that parents who are targeted for this crime face. Economically, the abduction of a child is an attack on the American economy, and the financial cost over the next decade is enormous and will run into the billions of dollars. Clearly, at a time that our nation decides who our new government leaders will be, this is an issue that needs to be seriously discussed.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficki

Before Students Head Back to School, GradGuard Shares Five Assumptions That May Cost College Students

Phoenix, AZ and Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 03, 2012

As nearly 3 million new college students and their families prepare to start college this year, now is an excellent time for parents and students to examine important financial issues that can impact the entire family. The cost of college is frequently among the largest investments a family and student make. As a result, it is important to prepare for and reduce the potential and unintended costs surrounding college life. According to GradGuard, an insurance and benefits service for college students, a way to start is by evaluating your assumptions about college life and exploring alternatives for how you can protect your investment in a college education.

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Don’t Let the Cost of Bringing Up Kids Push You Into Debt

Salford, Manchester, M50 2GQ (PRWEB) September 07, 2012

Insolvency specialists http://www.FreemanJones.co.uk have advised parents to review their spending habits when it comes to raising kids, in order to help protect their finances in the current climate.

The comments follow the new research from Child Poverty Action Group, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which details the average cost of bringing up a child in 2012. The findings indicate that the typical overall cost of raising a child up to the age of 18 stands at

Festive Season Sees Increase in Family Break-Up and Divorce; Seasonal Advice about Managing the Emotional Cost, Provided by Anglia Counselling


Newmarket, Suffolk (PRWEB UK) 13 December 2012

There are few experiences more painful than divorce and family separation.

In stress terms, relationship break-ups appear to share emotions likened to bereavement, which of course it is! During the free-for-all of accusations, fights, threats, and fears of separation, along with any subsequent divorce, there are very few winners – and even fewer intact emotional survivors!

However, does there need to be a further cost to pay, by default?

Mediation can help.

When the communications break down, there are very few healthy avenues left in which to move through and on from the separation. Helping to overcome this is good family lawyers who are pro-active in offering or referring to the services of a Mediator. As of April 2011, it is a requirement in the UK for divorcing couples to consider Mediation before completing court proceedings

Mediation can help provide for a more harmonious settlement of child welfare and financial matters at a time where it may feel impossible to have such conversations without point scoring.

Mediation is not however an attempt for reconciliation, simply to provide a communications conduit, and environment, to facilitate impartial, non-judgmental negotiations – with the preferred outcome being win-win. (Resolution Advice)

If a couple use a mediator and they come to facilitated meeting/s with the right heart, that is they have attended and agreed of their own free will (rather than be ordered), their chances of working through the other hugely emotive and stressful matters, such as any children, finances, the homes and pets, are greatly enhanced

Mediation is one crucial avenue requiring careful consideration to protect yourself and your family from at least some of the emotional duress, whilst providing a route to better communications beyond the separation. Another important aspect that can bring sustainable emotional health benefits for the entire family – is family and individual centred counselling and guidance

It is possible to manage your present and future emotional well-being. (Even if it feels a bit late for that by this time) and it may be too late for the marriage and partnership; but for ongoing emotional mental health it can be highly beneficial.

It is of course preferable to avoid playing one another off against the kids, and it is helpful for all parties to be able to talk when there is a need to discuss the children’s future.

Expressing your emotions and feelings in an impartial, non-judgmental environment, with a professional listener, can facilitate the means to bring closure to a number of existing elements with the relationship that has ended. This helpfully allows the parties to progress into future relationships with a healthy frame of mind, rather than risk bringing the past emotions to an unsuspecting new partner and relationship.

Change is clearly inevitable for all involved in separation and divorce, and with change comes a number of other potentially harmful emotions. How long these last can depend on whether they are provided opportunity to be aired in that non-judgmental and impartial environment, just as with that provided for the more practical elements in mediation and counselling

With change comes fear and anxiety; often accompanying these emotions can be anger and resentment, and all of this overflows into outpourings of emotional behaviours and intolerance to that which you would ordinarily accommodate. Families involved in break-up have to get used to so many new ways – and each individuals subconscious would prefer routine, even if that involved discomfort!

Counselling can further invest in all parties current and future emotional well-being, potentially avoiding a negative emotional legacy.

In times of personal crisis, we appear to have a tendency to believe we are victims to the entire process. This may be the case for a moment in time and during an event, but this lack of personal empowerment can be overcome, and it is that which can determine how to continue through the rest of life.

A legacy of resentment for past, current and future relationships can be overcome; it is possible to take each moment of every communication and formulate responses based on the present, rather than the past?

We do get to choose.







Caesars Entertainment


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) January 29, 2013

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has a strong Code of Commitment that governs its relationships with its guests, employees and the communities where Caesars Entertainment’s resorts are located. As the world’s most geographically diversified casino entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment is now encouraging its 70,000+ employees to sign up for AlertID, a free service providing critical public safety information and alerts to its members.

Members can enroll at no cost and are able to receive important alerts about crime, sex offenders, weather, natural disasters, terrorism and other important advisories from trusted public safety officials. Alerts are available online and on mobile applications and are delivered via email and mobile push notifications. Members can monitor and receive alerts for their neighborhoods as well as other areas such as their workplace and childs school.

AlertID also provides a secure social networking environment for members to share important safety information with each other, law enforcement and Homeland Security, and provides safety tips to help people better protect their families.

Caesars Entertainment cares about the safety of all our employees, guests and their families, and we are encouraging everyone to sign up for AlertID today. It is so important to have access to information and alerts that can help you become aware of potential threats to better protect your family, said Jan Jones-Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Once enrolled in AlertID, members can view an interactive alert map online as well as on the mobile app. Members can view crime information (where available), where registered sex offenders are in their neighborhoods and other current threats and advisories based on their desired or current location. While traveling, members can access the same information with AlertIDs free mobile app, including My Family Wallet, which helps people protect their family members.

We appreciate the support of Caesars Entertainment and the companys commitment to public safety, said Ken Wiles, AlertIDs Chief Executive Officer. We, like Caesars Entertainment, are dedicated to helping people protect their families and communities. Providing universal access to crime and sex offender information, and alerts when that information changes, will help families make informed decisions about how to keep their family members safe.

To sign up for a free account, or for more information, go to http://www.AlertID.com.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars

Lifeline Direct Insurance Services Releases Life Insurance for Women The Cost of Raising a Child Infographic


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

Lifeline Direct Insurance Services, a nationally branded life insurance agency specializing in term life insurance, released a new infographic titled Life Insurance for Women The Cost of Raising a Child.

The new infographic illustrates that the cost of raising a child is a lot more than expected. According to the BabyCenters 2011 report, the average cost of raising a child is $ 226,920! On average $ 10,000 is spent in the first year alone. states Matt Loughran, from Lifeline Direct Insurance Services. Furthermore, according to LIMRA 40% of households with children under 18 say they would immediately have trouble meeting everyday expenses if a primary wage earner died today. Protect your loved ones. The price of a $ 250,000 20 year term life insurance for women policy can cost as little as $ 16 per month for a 40 yr. old female.

To view Lifeline Direct Insurance Services Buying Life Insurance: Facts of Life infographic visit: http://www.lifelinedirectinsurance.com/life-insurance-for-women-the-cost-of-raising-a-child-infographic/ or click here. By sharing the infographic on Social Media or blogs, consumers can help Lifeline Direct Insurance spread the word about the cost of raising a child.

To get an instant quote click the link below or call 877-805-9624

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About Lifeline Direct Insurance Services

Direct Insurance Services was founded to assist clients in finding the right life insurance plan for their specific situation at the most competitive prices on the market. Lifeline Direct Insurance remains diligent in their goal to deconstruct and speed up the process of acquiring insurance for their clients. To obtain more information please contact Lifeline Direct Insurance Services at 877-805-9624 or http://lifelinedirectinsurance.com







Ceres: Climate Change a Bigger Cost for American Taxpayers


Boston (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

A growing chunk of American tax dollars is footing the bill for increasing floods, fires, droughts and other climate-related changes taking place in the country, according to new figures compiled by Ceres, a nonprofit organization mobilizing business leadership on climate change.

Climate change is fundamentally changing the United States, and American taxpayers are paying a huge price for it, said Ceres President Mindy Lubber. The cost of withered crops, submerged streets, hurricane damage and wildfires eventually comes out of our own wallets. Crop insurance losses from last years drought alone cost every person in America $ 51.

Ceres compiled data showing rising costs to three federal programs, as well as growing financial exposure for state taxpayers in hurricane-prone states. Among the findings:

Floods

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is staggering under massive losses after Hurricane Sandy, which triggered more than 115,000 new claims in just the first two weeks after the storm. Although NFIP collects about $ 3.5 billion a year in premiums, the amount of claims the agency has paid out has exceeded the amount of premiums collected in four of the past eight years. Last year’s losses in Sandy’s wake are expected to approach $ 8 billion.

Thats $ 25 for every American, and that figure doesnt even include the $ 50 billion of disaster relief that Congress approved in January for Sandy-impacted states, Lubber said.

Food

Taxpayers subsidize the Federal Crop Insurance program that was created during the 1930s Dust Bowl to protect farmers against crop losses. Federal crop insurance losses, due in part to the devastating, ongoing drought, have tripled in the past three years to $ 16 billion in payouts for 2012.

Last years crop insurance losses amount to $ 51 a year for every man, woman and child in America, Lubber said. And this year will likely be costly too. The latest numbers from the U.S. Drought Monitor show more than 64 percent of the country is now experiencing some level of drought.

Fires

In 2012, more than 9 million acres burned in wildfires an area larger than the state of Maryland making it the third-worst fire year in U.S. history. In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service overspent its available fire suppression budget by $ 400 million, as it has almost every year for the last 20 years, transferring millions of dollars away from other land management projects. And climate models show a likely increase in wildfires in coming years.

The costs are not just borne by the federal government, said Lubber. Wyoming and Montana spent more than $ 90 million of state money fighting wildfires in 2012.

State taxpayer exposure

Extreme weather, influenced by climate change, creates other taxpayer risks. State governments are increasingly liable for hurricane damages as private insurers pull out, leaving state taxpayers subsidizing insurance loss claims for homes and businesses.

The state insurer in Florida, for example, is carrying the burden of more than 1 million homeowners policies a financial catastrophe just waiting for state taxpayers the next time a major hurricane hits Florida. State government-loss exposure in hurricane-prone states (such as Florida, Texas and Massachusetts) now exceeds $ 885 billion, a 16-fold jump from 1990.

As Americans pay their taxes on April 15, they should also consider what their political leaders in Washington and their state capitals are doing to address climate change, Lubber added. Let’s hope, for our wallet’s sake, they’re tackling the issue head-on.

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Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful coalition of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $ 11 trillion.







Northstar Alarm Provides a Home Security System at No Cost for a Family with Autistic Children


Provo, UT (PRWEB) July 01, 2013

Last Wednesday, NorthStar Alarm had one of their technicians, Ryan Forbes, install a home security system for the Artanduaga Family at no cost. The family has three children, two of them have autism. The youngest child has severe autism and receives constant care.

The habitat for humanity home has been in construction since last year. Finishing the home is a great accomplishment for Habitat for Humanity, and a great blessing to the Artanduaga Family.

We are so happy to have a home for our family,” Rubeth Artanduaga said.

One of NorthStar Alarms core values is service. Service is embedded in each employee and NorthStar is always on the lookout for opportunities to give back. NorthStar has participated in past Habitat for Humanity projects, like a revitalization project. However, NorthStar wanted to take things up a notch and donate a security system to a family who really needs it.

We appreciate Northstar’s kind donation of a security system in the new Habitat home in Provo,” said Nancy Mickiewicz, Partnership Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. “This generous donation will give the family peace of mind now and in the future.”

It took one hour to completely install the system. It is a wireless system with an easy-to-use touch screen panel. NorthStar is covering the monitoring for two years, after that the equipment will still be able to be armed and disarmed. The value of the system is around $ 2500.

Besides just the home security benefits, there is new technology in our systems that can be incredibly beneficial for parents that are simply trying to keep track and protect their children, said NorthStar Alarm CEO Jason Christensen. NorthStar is excited to be able to provide this benefit for the Artanduaga family. We hope that this can help this family as they continue to admirably deal with different life challenges.

The ribbon cutting for the home is tomorrow, July 2nd at 8:30 am.

About NorthStar Alarm

NorthStar Alarm Services, LLC, an authorized dealer of Honeywell Security Products, provides the most technologically-advanced and user-friendly home security systems on the market. Having the equipment, relationships, and reputation that families have been able to count on since NorthStar was founded in 2000, NorthStar continues to grow and protect residents in more than 20 states across the U.S. With a 24-7 support staff, Rapid Response monitoring, well-trained technicians, and professional consultants NorthStar Alarm exists to provide security and peace of mind through quality products and superior service. For more information, please visit http://www.northstaralarm.com.

About Habitat for Humanity of Utah County

Through volunteer labor, professional expertise and tax-deductible donations, we obtain land and build simple, decent homes in Utah County. Families who meet our qualifications help build, and then purchase the home at no profit to our organization. Their monthly payments go into a revolving fund to help build more homes. Families must have need, be able to pay, and be willing to partner with our organization. New homeowners have a unique pride in this home, which has given them a “hand up”, not a “hand-out.” Families and communities thrive when everyone has a sturdy, safe, nurturing place to call home. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatuc.org/.