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The Total Transformation Program Wins Awards from the National Association of Social Workers and The National Parenting Center

Westbrook, ME (PRWEB) November 17, 2006

The Total Transformation, a multi-media home study program used nationally by parents to manage behavior problems in children and teenagers, has won two prestigious industry awards: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Stamp of Approval for Quality Continuing Education and The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval.

Through its Continuing Education Approval Program, the NASW approves educational programs that meet its strict criteria. The approved programs are used by social work professionals to meet the continuing education requirement for social work licensure and certification renewal. The Total Transformation Program, developed by behavioral therapist James Lehman and Legacy Parenting Company, was approved for six contact hours of continuing education.

The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval program identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience. Their consumer-oriented testing process solicits evaluations from parents and the award signifies a products quality and desirability.

We are pleased to have The Total Transformation Program approved by the NASW and The National Parenting Center, says Legacy Parenting President, Steve Anderson. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools to manage the myriad of behavioral challenges associated with parenting in the 21st century. Recognition by these two prominent industry organizations will help establish The Total Transformation as a brand families can trust.

The Total Transformation Program teaches parents how to turn around disrespectful, defiant, obnoxious and even abusive behaviors in children and teenagers with the practical, hands-on techniques James Lehman developed over 30 years of working with behaviorally troubled youth and their families. The program offers straightforward techniques for stopping arguments, setting limits, obtaining compliance and teaching accountability and problem solving.

For more information about The Total Transformation Program, contact Sharon Roy, Internet Marketing Director, 207-856-5600 x 3017 or visit http://www.thetotaltransformation.com.

Legacy Parenting Company, publisher of The Total Transformation Program, is committed to helping families through the development of programs and products designed to enhance the quality of family life.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers and also seeks to enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

The National Parenting Center was founded in 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice from the worlds most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.


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.


Hot Summer Products that Keep Baby Cool from Baby Dagny; Introducing the Seat Chiller Child Car Seat Cooler and UV Protected Baby Wrap

Palm Desert, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2007

Baby Dagny, your destination for just cool baby stuff, introduces two revolutionary mom-invented products to the U.S. market. Both the Seat Chiller, a car seat cooler for kids and UV Summer Wrap, are designed to protect a baby’s delicate skin from scorching summer temperatures and harmful UV rays.

The Seat Chiller is designed to dramatically cool off child car seats and forever eliminate a child’s risk of burned skin from car seat buckles and the uncomfortable conditions of a hot seat. According to a study conducted by the Stanford School of Medicine, a car’s interior can heat up surprisingly fast, regardless of the outside temperature. On a typical July day in Chicago, a parked car can reach 124

Harmony Selects Logi 8 Business Intelligence Platform from LogiXML to Enhance Human Services Software Solutions

Reston and McLean, VA (PRWEB) May 29, 2007

Harmony Information Systems, Inc. (Harmony) has reached an OEM agreement with LogiXML, Inc. to integrate the Logi 8 Business Intelligence platform into the innovative Harmony Web-based solution, which offers information management for human service agencies.

The Logi 8 Platform includes a range of BI features to deliver Harmony application data to users for reporting and analysis. Dashboards, ad hoc reports, customizable charts, graphs and report personalization are just a few of the key features that will be incorporated to enhance the value of Harmony products.

Harmony is a Web-based information management solution designed for human services organizations that provide or manage a wide array of programs and services. Harmony is unlike any other application on the market today. Employing a unique enterprise framework approach, Harmony offers exceptional capabilities, combining the strength of a comprehensive, Web-based framework with the flexibility of a user-defined, integrated application.

“We are very pleased Harmony has chosen the Logi 8 business intelligence platform,” said Arman Eshraghi, founder and CEO, LogiXML, Inc. “We are committed to making embedded, Web-based reporting and analysis as easy as possible for innovative application software vendors like Harmony.”

“We see an opportunity to instantly enhance the value of our product by integrating BI capabilities developed by LogiXML into our product line,” said Harmony President and CEO Tonya Harmon. “The Web-based Logi 8 technology is visually appealing and functionally rich. Integrating this technology into our product will provide our users with the additional BI capability they want and will help us reach our product objectives more quickly — a great combination.”

Harmony meets the combined needs of organizations involved in behavioral health care, child welfare and childcare, housing and homeless programs, juvenile justice, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, substance abuse, adult protective services, foster care and adoption, public guardianship and trustee services and other areas.

Harmony customers include public and private agencies such as government social services departments, lead agencies, managed care organizations and providers of behavioral and social services.

About LogiXML, Inc. (http://www.logixml.com)

LogiXML, the leader in interactive, Web-based Business Intelligence, empowers enterprises to turn data into business-critical information with pure Web-based reporting and analysis products. The Company offers a comprehensive platform that addresses all key areas of BI — managed reporting, ad hoc reporting, analysis and data services. Used by thousands of organizations worldwide, LogiXML products are built on standards-based technologies for easy integration, implementation and upgrade. LogiXML’s per server pricing model makes its powerful technology the most affordable BI solution on the market. Founded in 2000, LogiXML is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia.

About Harmony (http://www.harmonyis.com)

Harmony is a Web-based software application for information management in human service agencies that provide or manage a variety of complex programs and services. Harmony is clearly different from competing solutions, combining the flexibility of an application built “from the ground up” with the convenience, cost efficiency and ease of implementation of a commercial off-the-shelf (or COTS) product offering immediate, “out of the box” functionality.


Outskirts Press Releases Evermore, the Latest Fiction/Mystery Book from Author Mary Morris Carrington

Denver, CO and Bellevue, NE (PRWEB) June 27, 2007

Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Evermore by Mary Morris Carrington, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Fiction/ Mystery category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $ 15.95. The webpage at http://www.outskirtspress.com/evermore was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info):

Melissa Grant Whitmark dashed out of her cabin into the raging storm. Her husband was there and going to kill her. She must get away from him and remember that terrible part of her life when he accused her of killing her beloved child. She was arrested but released on a technicality and she ran to the only place where she knew she would remember what happened. Evermore would heal her and she would learn the truth. Ted Whitmark dogged her every move and followed her hoping she would lead him to the book that would give him what he wanted. He needed her money. He would see her dead and buried as soon as he had his hands on her inheritance. Jake Collins must protect her from the past and bring back the girl he knew when they were children. She would lead him on an adventure that would take them both to the White House and a conspiracy that could end the Presidency of the first woman in history to hold that office.

Deftly constructed at 452 pages, Evermore is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Fiction/ Mystery category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Evermore meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $ 15.95.

Additionally, Evermore can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press wholesale online bookstore at http://www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks

ISBN: 9781598006025 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback SRP: $ 15.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.com/evermore

About the Author:

Mary Morris Carrington is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. Evermore is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.:

Outskirts Press offers turn-key, custom book publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

Outskirts Press, Inc.

10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134




Acclaimed Producer Firdaus Kharas Fighting Malaria With Animation Campaign Initial production funding from the Canadian Red Cross

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 26, 2007

Firdaus Kharas, a multi-award winning animation producer and director, is pleased to announce the creation of animated Public Service Announcements to provide an educational tool for those trying to reduce malaria infections in Africa. Initial funding of $ 25,000 is being provided by the Canadian Red Cross to support the project.

“During my travels in Africa, I have been struck by the fact that more children die of malaria than any other disease. I want to support the efforts of organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, which help prevent malaria through massive free net distributions in Africa,” says Director and Producer Firdaus Kharas.

“My colleagues and I will create a series featuring two animated female mosquitoes that highlight the importance of using bed-nets and other educational messages to help prevent malaria in a fun and engaging way. Creating a series of world-class animated spots will provide an important tool that can be easily and widely used by broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, hospitals, schools and others to educate vulnerable communities on how to protect themselves from malaria.”

Initially five spots will be created with a total of 30 spots planned, subject to funding. The series will be provided free-of-charge to any organization requesting to use them. A comprehensive website, http://www.bednets.ca, is being developed where copies of tapes and DVDs can be requested online. This campaign builds on the success of The Three Amigos, an animated HIV/AIDS prevention campaign supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with 20 spots in 41 languages currently in use in 72 countries.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Mr. Kharas on this important initiative to prevent malaria infections, which will greatly complement our existing malaria prevention campaigns,” says Paul Wharram, Interim Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. “The distribution of nets is most effective when accompanied with a strong public education component. This will be a great supporting tool for local Red Cross volunteers in Africa to use during the distributions.”

In Africa, one child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Each year, between 350 million and 500 million people are infected with malaria around the world. Even though malaria is preventable and treatable, it currently threatens over 40 per cent of the world’s population. The majority of deaths from malaria are young children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. There is no vaccine against malaria; the best defence is prevention.

Firdaus Kharas:

Firdaus Kharas has been publicly acknowledged as a “world renowned” director and producer of animation, film and television media. His current work focuses on creating various types of media to affect societal and individual behavioural change through mass communications. These media initiatives have a universal appeal in that they span many cultures and countries to better the human condition.

In the last three years, Mr. Kharas’ media work has garnered 60 international awards. These include the Peabody, CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Platinum Remi, Chris, Hugo, Golden Reel, Gold World Medal in New York and First Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Festival.

Mr. Kharas, who is Ottawa-based, owns and operates Chocolate Moose Media Inc. Further information can be found at http://www.kharas.ca. The Three Amigos HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme site is http://www.thethreeamigos.org.

The Canadian Red Cross:

The Canadian Red Cross works with Red Cross Societies in Africa to provide nets free-of-charge in some of the world’s most malaria-affected countries. Red Cross has delivered more than three million nets directly to families in Togo, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Niger, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar, thanks to the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency and Canadian donors.

Canadians wishing to support the Campaign Against Malaria are encouraged to donate online at http://www.malariabites.net, calling toll-free 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Campaign Against Malaria” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300; Ottawa, Ontario; K2P 2P2.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

For additional information and interviews, please contact:

Kita Szpak, KS Communications.

Tel: (1) 613-798-8333 or (1) 613-725-3063

Canadian Red Cross Media Line

1 (613) 740-1994


Votenet Solutions Achieves Independent Security Certification from Interfor, Inc.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 19, 2007

Continually enhancing its industry-leading security capabilities, Votenet Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of secure online voting and nomination solutions for associations, corporations, law firms, non-profits, universities and organizations, announced today that the company has achieved an independent 3rd party Physical Security Certification from Interfor, Inc., an international investigation and security consulting firm offering comprehensive domestic and foreign intelligence services to the legal, corporate, and financial communities. Due to the importance Votenet Solutions places on securing sensitive corporate and client information contained within their office locations, offsite data facility, and IT systems, the company proactively completed Interfor’s highly rigorous Physical Security Vulnerability Assessment in order to achieve certification. The assessment included thorough review of:

the convergence of Votenet Solutions’ physical security capabilities and IT network
security, including application of the highest levels of Internet security protocols and email data encryption
application of electronic control systems
protection measures for paper-based and electronically stored corporate, client, and partner proprietary information
corporate-wide disaster recovery and crisis management procedures
access control, intrusion detection, and video protection systems
employee, vendor, and visitor identification procedures

“Votenet Solutions has achieved a robust, comprehensive security program comparable to our Fortune 500 corporation clients, in which all of their protocols, procedures, and systems converge to ensure protection of all physical and electronic properties. Preventing a security intrusion is extremely advantageous in itself, but the complete confidence this Physical Security Certification provides to Votenet Solutions and their clients and partners is invaluable,” stated Don Aviv, Chief Operating Officer, CPP, PSP, PCI, Interfor, Inc.

Protecting proprietary corporate and client information was a particularly high priority throughout the security assessment. Among the security measures in place, strong email, server, and network encryption ensures that Votenet Solutions’ online voting solutions and information such as credit card payment transactions and client election materials including ballots, membership rosters, and voting results are safe from intrusion.

“Although we have built a solid reputation for software and corporate security over the past eight years, this independent security certification from Interfor ensures that our security protocols meet the highest standards today and in the future, as Interfor will regularly re-evaluate our security program. The trust and confidence of our clients and partners in our ability to secure our Web-based voting solutions and services is of utmost importance to us, and we will continue to actively pursue opportunities to enhance our capabilities,” said Michael Tuteur, CEO, Votenet Solutions, Inc.

For more information on Votenet Solutions’ best-in-class security processes, please visit http://eballot30.votenet.com/dynamiccontent/subsection.cfm?navid=105&type=child

About Votenet Solutions, Inc.

Votenet Solutions, Inc. is the leading provider of secure on-demand voting and nominations software and election consulting for private organizations including membership associations, trade associations, award shows, realtor organizations, universities, K-12 schools, law firms, homeowner associations, corporations, financial institutions, unions, pension boards, credit unions and other types of organizations.

Since 2001, Votenet’s software has delivered more than 8,000 online ballots and served over 6,000,000 voters worldwide. With its market-leading online voting solution, eBallot , its suite of online governance solutions, and 650+ clients in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe, Votenet Solutions Inc. is the emerging global leader in e-governance technology.

Votenet Solutions, Inc. is based in Washington, D.C. with offices throughout North America. For more information please visit http://www.votenet.com. To inquire about one of our solutions, please call 800-868-3638 or send an email to salesconsultant@votenet.com.

About Interfor, Inc.

Founded in 1979, Interfor, Inc. is an international investigation and security consulting firm headquartered in NYC and operating in 36 countries around the world. Interfor offers comprehensive domestic and foreign intelligence services to the legal, corporate and financial communities.

Interfor is staffed by highly skilled investigators, fraud examiners and security consultants, many of whom have been associated with government, defense, and intelligence agencies worldwide, including the British Secret Service, Israeli intelligence, various European agencies, and the United States CID, CIA, DEA and FBI agencies. Our investigators are also supported by a sophisticated research division using state of the art technology.

Interfor is fully licensed and operates in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia. While the nature of Interfor services precludes disclosing the identity of specific clients, they include Fortune 500 companies, major law firms, an international airline and a number of Western governments.

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Votenet Solutions Achieves Independent Security Certification from Interfor, Inc.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 20, 2007

Continually enhancing its industry-leading security capabilities, Votenet Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of secure online voting and nomination solutions for associations, corporations, law firms, non-profits, universities and organizations, announced today that the company has achieved an independent 3rd party Physical Security Certification from Interfor, Inc., an international investigation and security consulting firm offering comprehensive domestic and foreign intelligence services to the legal, corporate, and financial communities. Due to the importance Votenet Solutions places on securing sensitive corporate and client information contained within their office locations, offsite data facility, and IT systems, the company proactively completed Interfor’s highly rigorous Physical Security Vulnerability Assessment in order to achieve certification. The assessment included thorough review of:

LegalView Updates Mesothelioma Blog with Info about An Asbestos-Tainted Toy That Has Been Pulled from Shelves

Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 30, 2007

LegalView.com recently reported on its mesothlelioma information blog that a popular toy was finally pulled from shelves after it was found to have been tainted with traces of asbestos dust. The CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Fingerprint Examination Kits and the CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Field Kits allegedly had traces of asbestos fibers and dust in the product, which is made for children.

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is often described as painful and debilitating for victims. Most individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer came in contact with asbestos fibers or asbestos dust several years earlier. After having inhaled the asbestos, cancer cells began to form on the interior lining of the lung. Mesothelioma cancer is often misdiagnosed because symptoms are similar to other illnesses and because it takes years and even decades to develop. If caught early, there is a chance of treating mesothelioma, but because it is considered a silent killer by many, it is often not caught until it is far too late for a victim. If you recently purchased either of these recalled toy games, contact a mesothelioma law firm to determine the next best step to protect loved ones. Also contact an experienced asbestos attorney if you, a friend or family member has or may have been previously exposed to asbestos to get the help you deserve.

The games were allegedly found to have asbestos contamination in the fingerprint powder within the kits. An asbestos awareness group known as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) tested hundreds of toys and other products for asbestos, according to news reports. Several weeks after finding the toy’s contamination, the toys were finally removed from shelves. Contact with asbestos is irreversible and extremely hazardous to any human being, but children are especially susceptible to harm from asbestos. If you feel you, your child, a friend or family member has been exposed to asbestos fibers or dust contact an asbestos law firm for more information on what to do.

LegalView offers assistance on a variety of legal topics for Americans who need information and need to be able to locate it quickly and easily. For more information on mesothelioma or asbestos contact a mesothelioma attorney. In addition to mesothelioma, victims of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) can also find additional information on the illness that usually affects kidney disease patients who undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) tests and receive gadolinium dye. LegalView.com can help victims locate a NSF lawyer who can offer consultation on the illness. Also available on LegalView.com is information on the recent reports of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents and rollovers that have allegedly been the cause of individuals losing limbs as well as their lives due to potentially faulty vehicles. For more information on this, use LegalView.com to contact an ATV law firm. And use the ATV information portal to find more information on allegedly dangerous types and brands of the faulty ATVs.

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