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.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 5, 2010
Brian M. Moskowitz, a well-respected family law attorney in south Florida, says the recent Tiger Woods scandal is an unfortunate reminder that happy marriages can change in an instant.
When news broke last Thanksgiving weekend that the worlds greatest golfer had injured himself in a car accident, questions arose about its cause and Americans watched the public unraveling of Woods’ private life. What was seen as a model marriage became a tawdry story about a secret life of misconduct.
The old saying that no one knows what goes on inside a marriage is true, Moskowitz said. Sadly, sometimes its one of the spouses who is in the dark about these hidden aspects of a relationship.”
Marital misconduct is a leading cause of divorce and the innocent spouse in such a case deserves to be properly protected, Moskowitz said.
Moskowitz offered five facts every married Florida couple should know about marital misconduct:
Florida grants a No Fault Divorce if there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Marital misconduct is often a key element leading to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Several types of misconduct often fall under the broader concept of marital misconduct. They include adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive behavior, habitual drunkenness or addiction, or economic fault.
While no fault or not assigning blame is the courts aim in a divorce, spousal conduct does have a bearing on other decisions in a divorce. Adultery, for example, can impact child custody, division of marital assets, and distribution of alimony.
The Florida court can order an attempt at reconciliation. If one spouse denies the marriage is irretrievably broken or if the couple has minor children, the court may delay proceedings for up to three months and can order counseling or mediation.
The best way to be sure you are dealing with marital misconduct in a manner that will result in a proper outcome for you is to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney.
About The Law offices of Brian M. Moskowitz:
With offices located in Boynton Beach (primary), Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handles a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services, and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, relocation, paternity and adoption.
For more information, visit the firms Web site at http://www.mosklaw.com/ or reach the firm by phone at (561) 369-4481.
Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2010
Alterna Cremation Options, an online retailer offering families an alternative to the traditional method of purchasing funeral urns, is now planting one tree for every item purchased through its web site, http://www.AlternaCremation.com. One tree will be planted for every cremation urn, urn vault, keepsake jewelry piece or other item purchased from the company. The trees are planted by Plant-It 2020 in non-harvest locations that are protected by contract from being cut down.
With Alterna Cremation Options, families have a revolutionary new way to quickly and easily find quality cremation products. In business since 2004, Alterna Cremation Options understands the need for an alternative to high priced cremation urns offered at funeral homes and mortuaries. The company’s goal is to serve as a reliable source for these goods that is accessible to families at any time. The recent re-launch of the company web site provides clients even greater convenience and ease of use than ever before.
A proud member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Alterna Cremation Options prides itself on offering only the finest cremation urns available, and always at an affordable price. A wide selection of cremation urns of unmatched quality and workmanship are available, including brass urns, ceramic urns, child and infant urns, cloisonne urns, companion urns, keepsake urns, marble urns and wood urns. Urn burial vaults are also available. Family members may also wish to personalize a cremation urn or burial vault with any of the customizable urn medallions offered by Alterna Cremation Options.
Visitors to AlternaCremation.com will also find many unique styles of cremation jewelry. From cherubs, crosses and hearts, to cowboy boots, dolphins and teddy bears, there’s a keepsake pendant or necklace to memorialize any family member.
Alterna Cremation Options has client service counselors available for support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about Alterna Cremation Options, call toll-free 1-800-609-9308 or visit http://www.AlternaCremation.com.
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Los Angeles (PRWEB) December 4, 2010
“There are many charities that one can donate to during this holiday season. But without any doubt, perhaps the most important organization, such as the USO, are those which physically protects our lives, our homes and our sacred values of democracy,” said Richard Maize.
Richard Maize is one of the worlds most successful and respected businessmen. Maize also directs the Rochelle and Richard Maize Foundation a philanthropic organization that supports, contributes volunteer and financial resources to causes locally in the LA community and worldwide supporting programs focusing on art, culture, sports, family services and health care that work to help people live more fulfilling lives.
“The USO is truly a fantastic organization. I had no idea what they did before my visit today. I can mainly speak for the LAX USO. I found the USO is a safe haven for servicemen and women both current the retired. It is a place for these soldiers to either rest, shower, watch a movie, eat a snack or use the computers. Often soldiers come in from all around the world and need a place to wait, congregate or simply rest. All of the above is done here,” says Richard Maize.
The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel. There are over 120 USO Centers around the world serving thousands of brave US troops in the Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force stationed from California and New York to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“On the day and time I visited there were not any soldiers in uniform. Apparently, many go to USO Centers during a transition,” says Maize. “Let me tell you what I learned from Ismael Martinez who is the Chief of Naval Operations. He was there awaiting the arrival of certain wounded or sick sailors from the US Coast Guard.”
Maize continues: “I discovered that the USO also sponsors ‘wounded worrier games’ which takes a certain number or wounded soldiers from the Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army to participate in Olympic style games in Port Hueneme.”
“I lived during the time that we, as young people were trying to figure out how to deal with Vietnam. I was so very concerned about fighting a war on the other side of the world that I had no real knowledge of our strategies or how in the world we are going to win that one.”
“Since that time, our brave servicemen and women have shown the US who they are and who we are as a nation. I am proud to be an American who stands up for justice. Our whole country rallied in retaliation to 9/11, much like when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. We rallied together with more mutual American love than we showed each other for many decades. The other countries around the world supported our efforts to preserve democracy and freedom. It was a great moment in a horrible time.”
Richard Maize concludes: “The USO survives mainly on contributions. I was more than pleased to participate through my foundation to provide funds for the USO. It was truly a fulfilling experience. And to improve upon the morale of soldiers is enable them to be that more effective in defending the home land. What could be more important?”
“I think the world of the USO and our men and women in the US armed forces. They are selfless and I view them with great honor and praise. Great work you men and women in uniform. Hope you all have a safe holiday wherever you are and come home safe and sound.”
Supporting Americas troops was the first mission of the USO. In 1941, as it became clear that the nation was heading into World War II, several organizations mobilized to support the growing U.S. military: the Salvation Army, Young Mens Christian Association, Young Womens Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt created synergy among these agencies by forming the United Service Organizations, with the objective of providing the emotional support the troops needed.
Over time, the USO has evolved, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of the troops and their families, while holding fast to the original mission.
Today, the USO continues to lift the spirits of Americas troops and their families, and will continue to be there for them until every one comes home.
Richard Maize, who also serves as mentor to recent college graduates, established the Rochelle and Richard Maize Foundation a philanthropic organization that supports, contributes volunteer and financial resources to causes locally in the LA community and worldwide supporting programs focusing on art, culture, sports, family services and health care that work to help people live more fulfilling lives.
Richard Maize has generously supported a variety of organizations and causes including the American Cancer Society, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Hurricane Katrina, Los Angeles Police Foundation, the Beverly Hills Police and Fire Department, the USO, the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors, Israel Flying Aid in earthquake devastated Haiti and the Maccabiah Sports Games in Israel.
Richard Maize and his wife, Rochelle Maize, are longtime benefactors of many other non-profit local organizations in LA and globally where Richard has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of dozens of charitable groups and community projects.
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Wayne, PA (PRWEB) February 6, 2011
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Washington D.C. (PRWEB) October 05, 2011
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and uKnow.com is doing its part by offering parents access to a free version of their industry-leading parental intelligence system. uKnowKids Essential is a powerful new service to help parents protect their kids against online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying while also supervising their children’s digital privacy and reputation. uKnowKids Essential is the foundation of the uKnowKids platform, which includes uKnowKids Premier and uKnowKids Premier+. Parents can access the free service at http://www.uknow.com.
uKnowKids Essential provides parents with all the major tools needed to effectively supervise their childrens digital world. Features of the free product include:
Hilliard, OH (PRWEB) November 03, 2011
Wireless mobile buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC is launching an e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes campaign and will donate $ 1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for every mobile phone sold or recycled from Nov. 14 through the 23.
e-Cycle CEO,Chris Irion, said the goal of the promotion is to help raise awareness and support for two causes that are close to his heartAmerica Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and American Diabetes Month (November). Irion said that he hopes the campaign will encourage organizations to recycle their used mobile devices responsibly in November and also help support a critical research fund dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating disease.
As a father with a child suffering with Childhood Diabetes, I know first hand the difficult challenges that families face in fighting a deadly and life-changing disease, while also trying to maintain a normal and healthy family life, Irion said. e-Cycle was founded on three principals: a love of technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving. Our e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion touches all three of our passions and I hope businesses will join us in our cause.
How the e-Cycle for Juvenile Diabetes promotion works:
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) December 19, 2011
One of the worlds most respected photographers, Anne Geddes has made a commitment to the United Nations Every Woman Every Child effort to raise awareness about the need to improve the health of women and children in the developing world. Building on her current philanthropic activities and the charitable work of the Geddes Philanthropic Trust, Anne now will lend her voice and in select instances, her iconic imagery, to support Every Woman Every Child.
Every ninety seconds around the world, a woman dies either in pregnancy or in childbirth, said Anne Geddes. And in ninety percent of these cases, the causes are preventable.
Every Woman Every Child is a continuing, ambitious global endeavor to save the lives of millions of women and children. Anne has joined the Every Woman Every Child partners governments, international organizations, the business community, civil society and nongovernmental organizations (CSOs and NGOs), philanthropists, health care professionals, and academic and research institutions in a pledge to advocate for action to reduce the preventable deaths of women and children. Every Woman Every Child is a collective effort to save the lives of millions of women and children around the world, through improving their access to essential services such as life-saving vaccines, safe delivery by skilled health workers, and family planning.
With her commitment to support the Every Woman Every Child effort, photographer Ann Geddes brings her wonderful artistic talent to the cause of womens and childrens health, said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She is now among the diverse partners from business, philanthropy and the arts who are playing increasingly important roles in raising awareness, saving lives and advancing UN objectives throughout the world.
Annes contributions and outreach on behalf of Every Woman Every Child will be ongoing. She recently announced her participation in the Million Moms Challenge Imagine Me & You photo contest, supported in part by the United Nations Foundation, in a video aired on ABC-TVs Good Morning America.
In collaboration with the Million Moms Challenge, ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, and Disney Baby, Anne Geddes helped launch Imagine Me & You, a photo contest to win a never-before-offered photo session in her Sydney studio, including a free trip for two adults, plus baby, to Australia.
Ive agreed to do a very special portrait sitting, for free. Why? Because I want to get your attention, said Anne.
As a partner in the Every Woman Every Child effort, Anne has increased her commitment to the welfare of babies around the world, and engaged on a deeper level to help raise awareness about the need to improve the health of women and children in the developing world.
To illustrate the importance of love and family in the earliest stages of life is a message that I stand behind and feel privileged to experience every day, said Anne. That is why I am proud to be a part of the Million Moms Challenge Imagine Me & You contest.
Realizing that a healthier tomorrow for our world starts with healthy moms and babies today, the Million Moms Challenge engages millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries around issues that affect pregnancy, childbirth and childrens health.
The Imagine Me & You contest is designed to celebrate the universal dream that mothers everywhere have for healthy, happy babies who will grow to reach their full potential. To enter the contest, expectant moms in their third trimester uploaded a picture on http://www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge of their baby bump, along with an original, creative message written on their bellies capturing their wishes and dreams for life with their little one.
America is voting on the images from December 6th to December 15th. The three finalists will be announced on ABC News December 16th. Anne Geddes will personally select the grand-prize winner in January, and will shoot a rare private portrait of the winning mom and newborn in her Sydney, Australia, studio.
Watch Anne announce her Million Moms Challenge Imagine Me & You free photo session; follow her experience @annegeddestweet on Twitter and use the hashtag #AMillionMoms.
About Anne Geddes
One of the worlds most respected photographers, Anne Geddes creates images that are iconic, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. Like no photographer before, her imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity, vulnerability, and preciousness of children, embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be protected, nurtured, and loved. Throughout her career Anne Geddes has continued to give back. In 1992, Anne with her husband, Kel, founded The Geddes Philanthropic Trust to raise funds and awareness worldwide for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2011, Anne was proud to announce her partnership with the United Nations Every Woman Every Child effort, which she hopes will continue to help make the health and welfare of pregnant women, and newborn children, a global priority. Annes work has been published in 83 countries and her books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. Her English-language my Pregnancy: A Womans Story digital magazine will launch worldwide in late 2011, and the weekly television series my Pregnancy: A Womans Story debuted in Australia in October. Her book Beginnings received Gold in the 2011 Independent Publishers Book Awards, won both the photography and e-book non-fiction categories in the USA Best Books 2011 Awards, and was one of the top bestselling photography books of the year. Anne Geddes blog, Facebook and Twitter pages bring her fans into her studio and life. For more information, please visit http://www.AnneGeddes.com.
About Every Woman Every Child
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It is an unprecedented global effort that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. The effort puts into action the Global Strategy for Womens and Childrens Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. For more information please visit http://www.everywomaneverychild.org.