Greenville, SC (PRWEB) July 24, 2007
They seem to be everywhere: the corporate elite compensated far beyond their worth … lazy teachers who ride the “tenure train” while contributing very little … lawsuit leeches seeking to profit from imagined slights or fake injuries. Deadbeats. If you’re a hardworking, law-abiding citizen, you probably fume every time you read about them or see them on TV (or in person as the case may be). America is supposed to be the Land of Opportunity, you think. But it’s looking more like the Land of Opportunists.
“Each man, woman, and child in the United States pays almost $ 10,000 per year in higher product costs, higher costs for services, higher insurance costs, higher taxes, and higher fees at financial institutions, all because of deadbeats,” says Michael Webb, author of Are You Kidding Me? How Deadbeat Tolerance Is Killing Common Sense and Costing America Trillions. “A family of four decent, hardworking, honest people pays $ 38,000 for deadbeat activities. No wonder we have a tough time saving money!”
Webb is on a mission to squash the slackers, porky politicians, welfare wasters, and other low-lifes who take advantage of the rest of us.
Here are seven action tips that will help you become a deadbeat vigilante:
Take “consumer action” against deadbeats. “When you encounter slothful servers, slacker salesclerks, or tenure-train-riding teachers, report them to their supervisors,” says Webb. “The first step to ending this kind of deadbeat behavior is forcing their supervisors to take notice and act on their employees’ behavior.
Refuse to participate in frivolous lawsuits. “Frivolous cases that are not immediately dismissed can really hit an organization’s and/or individual’s wallet,” says Webb. “Attorneys often drag out depositions and other parts of the process to fatten their bills. They also include every possible person, product, and corporation ‘involved’ in a tragic event in hopes of getting a big settlement from one, some, or all those named.”
Protect your credit and debit cards. “Shred old bills and credit card applications. If you’re making purchases online, make sure you are using a secure site,” says Webb. “Every time you lose sight of a card, you’re susceptible to becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft. To live on the safe side, use cash whenever possible.”
Volunteer with at-risk kids. “Some young people may not have the necessary mentors to encourage them to make positive choices and stick with getting an education,” says Webb. “By letting them know that someone cares, and by showing them another, better path in life, you can help reduce the chances that they will become involved in crime and start going down the path of a deadbeat.”
Vote! “Voting is the best way to get rid of the politicians in our system who aren’t following the rules,” says Webb. “Whether they’re engaging in pork barrel spending, not attending legislative sessions or other meetings, or enjoying behind the scenes illegal deals involving fraud, bribery, or other criminal acts, the best way to show them you don’t approve is by voting them out of office.”
Report deadbeat parents. “Refusing to pay child support not only costs taxpayers big money, it inflicts hardship on the most innocent people of all,” says Webb. “It is a serious offense. Don’t let them get away with it. If you need a little encouragement to spur you on to turning in deadbeat parents, consider this: taxpayers often pay twice for deadbeat parents–once to incarcerate them and another to pay their welfare checks.”
Work to improve schools. Confront bad teachers. Run for school board and effect change from within. Campaign for school reform on a local, state, or national level. Education is one of the key factors in preventing our children from becoming the future deadbeats of America. Make sure you are doing your part to stop the cycle.
“Deadbeats have worn us down by their behavior, and if we don’t take a stand, it will only get worse,” says Webb. “If we can mobilize the responsible, hardworking people who are paying the lion’s share of the bills–and get them to stand up to deadbeats in all their insidious forms and shout, ‘Enough!’–we can halt the spreading deadbeat plague that threatens the very fabric of our nation.”
About the Author:
Michael Webb is on an anti-deadbeat mission. He is president of Smith Premier Services, a South Carolina-based company within the JM Smith Corporation, with revenues exceeding $ 2.1 billion. As a registered pharmacist, he has spent over 35 years in the prescription drug marketplace with hands-on experience in every facet of the industry. He has held senior positions with such respected companies as Prescription Management Services, Inc., Baxter International, Walgreen Company, and Lily/PCS. He has also consulted for the Office of Pharmacy Affairs in Washington and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy from which he graduated.
About the Book:
Are You Kidding Me? How Deadbeat Tolerance Is Killing Common Sense and Costing America Trillions (Pittsburgh Professional Publishing, 2006, ISBN-10: 0-9748299-2-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-9748299-2-0, $ 14.95) is available at bookstores nationwide and major online booksellers.
For more information, visit http://www.antideadbeat.com.
Orange County, Calif. (PRWEB) January 4, 2008
eGuardian, designers of the child-safe Internet, today announced a partnership with FoundationCare, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping schools fund new technology, that will expand the reach of eGuardian and provide schools with a new income source.
Under this arrangement, eGuardian will donate $ 10 from each $ 20 enrollment fee for its innovative, patent-pending child protection service to local schools, and donate $ 2 to FoundationCare.
“This is a great opportunity for Orange County schools. Every time a parent signs up to protect his or her child online, the child’s local school will earn valuable funds,” said Elizabeth Zayas, executive director of FoundationCare.
Parents enroll in the eGuardian service to make social networking web sites and Internet search engines safe for their children. “We are in the business of protecting children and this relationship allows us to expand our reach while also benefiting children through schools and FoundationCare,” said Robert Patrick, eGuardian’s chief operations officer.
The partnership between eGuardian and FoundationCare will be heralded in a promotional campaign on the family-friendly cable networks Oxygen, Nickelodeon, the Food Network and ABC Family. “We look forward to increasing awareness of this exciting new partnership among California’s parents, teachers and school administrators. With help from eGuardian and FoundationCare, Orange County schools can lead the way in Internet protection, and benefit financially as well,” Zayas said.
The eGuardian application, which runs on any Windows- or Mac-based computer, verifies the age of a child and blocks contact with predators by allowing children to interact online only with other eGuardian-verified children. The service also blocks pornography sites, and allows popular search engines to automatically filter search results for the age of the child visitor.
eGuardian is available for a one-time fee of $ 20. Special programs are available to waive the fee for low-income households. Schools that choose to participate directly in eGuardian registration can earn more money per enrollment, and receive free unlimited use of the service for protecting children on school computers.
Parents or organizations interested in learning more about the new program can call 877-EGUARD-1, or visit eGuardian at http://www.eguardian.com or FoundationCare at http://www.foundationcare.org.
The eGuardian mission is to protect children online from inappropriate content and solicitation, resulting in safe learning and exploring on the Internet. Through partnerships with prominent web sites eGuardian creates an environment that allows children to learn and communicate without the fear of being solicited by predatory adults or being exposed to adult content. For more information, call 877-EGUARD-1, or visit eGuardian at http://www.eguardian.com
FoundationCare is an Orange County-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping schools fund new technology. FoundationCare works closely with schools to support fundraising efforts and offer recommendations for maximizing technology investments. For more information, or to enroll a school in this fundraising opportunity, email info @ foundationcare.com, or call 877-FDCARE-1 (877-332-2731).
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Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2008
A year ago Diane Cranley’s world was turned upside down when her youngest daughter confided to her that she was being sexually abused. Cranley began her search for additional victims of her daughter’s perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming.
Caught up in the midst of a legal battle, Cranley made a courageous decision. Rather than becoming a forgotten statistic, Cranley created the non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids. The organization was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.
“I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers,” said Cranley. “This means fewer than 10 percent of abusers are strangers.”
TAALK’s vision is to inspire community coalitions to accept responsibility for educating their residents on how to better protect the children in their community from child sexual abuse.
Its TAALK Today awareness program includes a top down media campaign as well as a grass roots network of members who are committed to spreading the word about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Members personally invite their family, friends and acquaintances to join the movement. The focus of this awareness program is to make child sexual abuse and its prevention an acceptable topic of every day discussion. The program also encourages the public to take action to protect children.
On January 18, 2008, TAALK launched its new website, http://www.taalk.org. In addition to the TAALK Today awareness program and primary prevention education, TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides prevention program consulting to youth serving organizations. The website is filled with valuable information to help individuals, organizations and communities prevent child sexual abuse.
“TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse,” said Cranley. “We want to shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that ‘There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.’ Our efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children.”
According to the American Psychological Association, “Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse. However, there is general agreement among mental health and child protection professionals that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States.”
For additional information on preventing child sexual abuse, contact Diane Cranley or visit http://www.taalk.org.
TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a non-profit corporation formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.
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Arvada, CO (PRWEB) January 23, 2008
Steve Garrison and Kim Jensen have been chosen to launch the exclusive DIGIKIDS
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 27, 2008
GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd announces the first in a series of donations supporting charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Through The Angel’s Corner and sales of its recently created Angel Salt Lamp, our customers have so far helped us support hundreds of children and entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Togo and Paraguay.
Our first contribution, three micro-loans through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/lender/GAMMASalt3136), is helping a man in Togo buy tools for his repair business, a woman in Togo to buy inventory for her shoe business, and a woman in Paraguay to buy more merchandise for her grocery store. As these loans are repaid over the coming year, the funds will be reloaned to others looking to start or expand their business, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Next we made a donation to Plan Canada, which will be used in a Birth Registration Program in Pakistan, where our factory is located. The goal of this project is to assist children without documentation in obtaining a birth certificate. Most significantly these documents provide children with easier access to essential social services such as education and health care. Also, by providing proof of age, it helps protect against child labor and child marriage and aids in defending against abuse and child trafficking. Our contribution will help provide documents for over 230 children.
Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’ and Oprah Winfrey’s efforts to improve the lives of countless people around the globe, “I decided to use my name to give tribute to these Angels and use our company to spread a bit of goodness around the world. I would like to thank our customers for their support and assure you that we will continue to investigate other worthy projects around the world. This is only the beginning,” said Maria Angel, co-owner of Gamma Salt.
About GAMMA Salt
GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd is a leading manufacturer and seller of salt crystal products mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Its main products are a variety of Himalayan salt lamps and salt lamp diffusers. These beautiful and colorful lamps are ideal for Feng Shui and generate negative ions, which naturally cleans the air without creating harmful ozone like man-made ionizers. The company also offers natural bath salts, pure sea salt containing the same 84 trace minerals and elements as in the human body, as well as other natural salt products to retail and wholesale customers in the US and Canada.
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Dunedin, FL (PRWEB) June 25, 2008
McGruff Safe Kids provides child safety packages at grand openings of new Verizon Wireless stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.
The statistics are frightening to say the least. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing or abducted. That translates to over 2,000 children per day and over 800,000 per year!
When a child becomes missing every passing second counts. Law enforcement officials need as much information as possible to help track down a missing child. Having this information is the single most useful tool available to help law enforcement locate a missing child.
“The most recent statistics on child abductions are staggering. Verizon Wireless is pleased to sponsor this important event that will enable parents to better protect their children,” said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless’ Tri-State Region. “I encourage local families to take advantage of this free service and potentially life-saving educational activities that we have planned for the day.”
Each McGruff child safety package includes a full-sized ID card that contains the child’s 10 digital fingerprints, color digital photo and vital personal information, two laminated, wallet-sized ID cards that contain the child’s digital thumbprint, color digital photo and vital personal information, a DNA Self-Collection Kit that will allow a parent to easily obtain and store their child’s saliva, hair and blood samples, a McGruff Jr. Crimefighter Sticker Badge and a McGruff Envelope.
The McGruff Safe Kids Total ID System is the leading, most comprehensive child safety/identification/education program available in the United States. It is the only digital child identification program licensed by the National Crime Prevention Council.
Neil Arfmann, a retired Tampa Bay, FL police officer, is the President and cofounder of the McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System, a company committed to the safety and education of America’s children. The McGruff Safe Kids TID System is a licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council. The National Crime Prevention Council features McGruff the Crime Dog and his slogan, “Take A Bite Out of Crime.” Learn more about McGruff by visiting http://www.ncpc.org.
To schedule an interview with Neil Arfmann, please call 888-209-4218.
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NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 2, 2008
“Deciding what breed to get is as important as deciding whether to get a dog in the first place,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The first step in being a responsible pet owner is to do some serious and careful research to determine which breed of dog is right for you and your family.”
The Obama family will be adding a dog to their household for the first time, but according to an Associated Press survey Republican Presidential nominee John McCain and his wife already have 24 pets, including four dogs. The “McCain canines” are an English Springer Spaniel named Sam, two Yorkshire Terriers named Lucy and Desi, and a mixed-breed named Coco. Making up the rest of McCain’s menagerie are a cat, two turtles, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish.
As for a breed for the Obamas, the AKC has scoured all of the “canine candidates” to assess each breed’s credentials as potential “first pet.” Choices were narrowed significantly due to their daughters’ allergies. Therefore, AKC experts made the selection from their list of hypoallergenic breeds.
In the true spirit of doggy democracy, the AKC is asking Americans to vote on the breed they think the Obama family should select. The short list of “canine candidates” chosen by the AKC are:
The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shon Free-ZAY) A small yet sturdy dog with a white, loosely curled double coat, Bichons are naturally sociable. They have a self-assured temperament and are likely to get along with just about everyone (including members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation). Their active, alert and curious personalities make them easy to train, and the breed’s history of being a companion to noblemen in the courts of 16th-century France have primed it for a high-profile life in the White House. Learn more at http://www.akc.org/breeds/bichon_frise/. The Chinese Crested Their Chinese and African heritage makes for an exotic pedigree, and with its unique appearance it’s certain to turn heads. Coming in two varieties, hairless and the powderpuff, Cresteds are lively, playful and alert dogs with plenty of energy. While they are exceptionally loving and affectionate with children, they are only appropriate for mature children who can be taught to handle this diminutive breed gently and responsibly. Learn more at http://www.akc.org/breeds/chinese_crested/. The Poodle – Although often considered high-maintenance show dogs, Poodles are exceptionally smart and athletic. They excel in obedience training and even as hunting companions. The breed comes in three sizes. While their coat does require frequent grooming, their intelligence and versatility more than make up for the extra care. The Poodle is currently the eighth most popular breed in the U.S., according to AKC registrations statistics (AKC
Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2008
Info Cubic, a world-wide employment screening company headquartered in Denver, has developed a network of agents delivering protection packages to businesses and organizations across the United States.
Info Cubic’s “Local Agent” personalized service network helps business owners comply with laws and establish policies protecting their organizations from career criminals and people who target the elderly and children. Background screening is an essential hiring tool in verifying if a person is who they claim to be. Verification helps business owners identify if a potential employee is someone who could harm the organization through criminal behavior, fraud, embezzlement or physical harm to employees and customers.
Background check agents working locally in their community is a new and innovative service created by Info Cubic to address the growing needs of small business owners. Through personalized service, the company helps employers and organizational management keep up with hiring laws. A small business can be shut down for violations to immigration laws, suffer great financial hardship in negligent hiring lawsuits. A business owner can make one mistake and hire someone who has a fraudulent resume and it can cost the organization greatly.
Small Business Group Rate discount background-screening packages are delivered through contact with an Info Cubic agent. To find your local or regional agent, call Info Cubic at 1-877-360-4636
Info Cubic’s local agents will contact you and forward a link which will give you the registration process and access to the discounted programs. You will have access to the Info Cubic world class customer service center. Your local agent will assist you in creating your business screening policy and you will immediately have the protection that Fortune 100 companies enjoy.
Info Cubic is looking for additional independent agents located near business centers around the United States. If you would like to consider joining the Info Cubic business development team by becoming an independent agent, contact the business development office at 1-877-360-4636.
In today’s society we must protect our assets, data, and people. Employers must hire wisely through timely background-screening. Agents can also help landlords, child, and elderly care giver organizations and any other group which hires people or manages volunteers. Call Info Cubic today and have your own employment background-screening agent.
About Info Cubic
Info Cubic, headquartered in Denver Technological Center, Colorado and is a leading provider of employment screening and drug testing for organizations of any size and structure. Info Cubic’s easy-to-use, web-based service allows employers to conveniently request services, track work in progress, and securely retrieve and archive completed reports. Thousands of companies nationwide depend on Info Cubic’s world-class customer service, industry-leading turnaround times, accuracy/ legal compliance expertise. Visit http://www.infocubic.net or call (877) 360-INFO (4636) for additional information.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 10, 2008
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Coppell, TX (PRWEB) September 14, 2008
If you Google “child sex tourism,” you’ll read about those who travel abroad to have sex with children, some as young as five. An estimated 2 million children worldwide are prostituted annually. Federal statutes prohibit sex trafficking and sex tourism so those caught may face up to life in prison, as one quarter of all sex tourists are Americans. These same laws target those caught arranging sex tours to places like Thailand, Costa Rica and Brazil.
On Monday, September 15, 2008, one man will take a very public stand against these crimes as he signs the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Phil Marsteller is that man taking this stand because “I want to fight this cancer that is ruining not only my industry but the lives of those living in the land that I love.”
Phil grew up in the jungles of northern Brazil as he worked alongside his missionary parents until he was 19. “I taught my friends to fly kites and they taught me to hunt and fish in the jungle,” he said. “In 1992, I started Amazon Tours so I could take people fishing for Peacock Bass on the third largest river in the world, the Rio Negro. I also wanted to give back to those who had given so much to me and my family.”
“In 1999, I began seeing other fishing tour operators illegally taking their clients into the Indian reservations so they could pick out their own girls, some as young as 12 and 13,” Phil explained. “I saw young girls wearing skimpy bathing suits in the fishing boats with the American tourists as they drank and fished. As things got worse, I knew that I had to do something and began learning about those who fight to protect these children from lives of ruin.”
In an effort to fight child sex tourism, Phil, on behalf of Amazon Tours, will be signing The Code of Conduct on Monday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Center for the United Nations, 10th floor, 777 UN Plaza at the corner of First Ave and 44th Street, which faces the delegates’ entrance to UN Headquarters in New York City.
The media is invited to attend this historic signing ceremony sponsored by the U.S. office of the End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes or ECPAT, the NGO Committee on UNICEF and The Code. Speakers include Frederico Silva da Costa, Brazil National Secretary for Tourism Development, Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT – USA and representatives from UNICEF and the U.S. State Department. H.E. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti has also been invited.
The Code of Conduct consists of six criteria adopted by suppliers of tourism services who pledge:
1) To establish an ethical policy regarding the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
2) To train personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
3) To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial exploitation of children.
4) To provide information to travelers by means of catalogs, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.
5) To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.
6) To report annually.
You can learn more about Amazon Tours at http://www.amazontours.com. Visit Phil’s Rio Negro Foundation at http://rionegrofoundation.org/ to learn about the medical /dental clinic, school and research facility built by Phil and his wife Ruth. The research facility is used for cooperative projects including the Peacock Bass Project, the Amazon Turtle Project and the study of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Rio Negro Basin. You can learn more about ECPAT USA at http://www.ecpat-usa.org. For more information call 1.972.304.1656.