Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) May 10, 2007
Dr. Edward F. Dragan, writer of the soon-to-be published book, “Keeping Kids Safe: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know,” exposes graduation night’s silent killer.
Dr. Dragan, education expert and consultant, exposes the combination of sleep deprivation and driving as the overlooked silent killer among graduating high school students. All-night school sponsored graduation events are popular because they reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug abuse by students who might otherwise attend unsupervised events. However, these alternative “safe” events potentially expose students to the equivalent danger of drowsy driving.
Drowsy driving is the is the second biggest killer on our nation’s roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts the number of such accidents at 100,000 per year of which approximately, 1600 result in fatalities and 71,000 in injuries.
Research has shown that the effects of sleep deprivation are similar to the effects of alcohol intoxication. One such study was reported in 1997 by Dawson and Reid of Australia’s National Center for Sleep Research. They found that subjects kept awake for 17 hours performed on cognitive-psychomotor tests the same as a rested person with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 percent.
At 24 hours of sustained wakefulness, performance was equivalent to a BAC of 0.10 percent. In 16 states drivers are considered drunk with a BAC of 0.08; the remaining states set a level of 0.10.
Many schools and parents fail to consider that allowing students to drive after staying up all night is equally as dangerous as allowing students to driver under the influence of alcohol. Data gathered through a national survey, conducted by Education Management Consulting, LLC, of more than 300 high schools revealed that fatigue and sleep deprivation are generally not considered risks by the planners of all-night graduation parties.
Rather, the focus was on sponsoring a supervised alcohol and drug free event. Typically, event planners keep high school graduates entertained from the beginning of the party until the next morning with a variety of activities, including music, dancing, and competitive events. For many graduates taking part in these events means staying awake for 24 hours. When they leave in the morning- unchecked and unsupervised- their condition is similar to being impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Dr. Dragan said students need not be placed in this life threatening situation. School leaders have a duty to to protect students from known risks, and that includes the clear risk of driving while drowsy.
Fortunately, a few easy and effective precautions can protect students, Dr. Dragan said. First, consider transporting students in school buses, or leased buses to the event and home after the event. For little cost, the school can provide safe transportation after a fun-filled, sleep deprived night for graduates. Even if transportation is provided, adopt clear procedures to protect students from driving while sleep deprived. Specify that under no circumstances will any student, faculty member, or parent chaperon be allowed to drive after attending an all-night graduation party.
Says Dr. Dragan: “No reasonable educator would allow an intoxicated student to get behind the wheel of an automobile and drive away. Why allow a sleep deprived student to do the same? Assessing the risk and planning contingencies for prom and graduation events will help keep students safe, and protect schools from 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 Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 28, 2007
Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited*, fully online university based in Minneapolis, announced today that it is offering two new specializations within its Bachelor of Science in Public Safety online degree program — Homeland Security and Security Management. The specializations are designed to help meet employment needs within these growing fields. The Homeland Security specialization focuses on managing public security in relation to federal resources, while the Security Management specialization focuses on preparing individuals for leadership within the private security field.
“Since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2001, it has grown into one of the largest federal agencies, and there are also many homeland security employment opportunities within other federal agencies and state and local governments. Our new Homeland Security specialization is designed to help prepare students to succeed in these important positions,” said John Sullivan, Jr., PhD, Public Safety faculty chair in Capella’s School of Undergraduate Studies. The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated Capella University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Capella is also one of few schools to have an educational alliance with the FBI.
“Our other new specialization, Security Management, focuses on the needs of private industry, where security has also increased in importance,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Much of the nation’s infrastructure is privately owned and there’s a growing recognition that this needs to be protected, for both business and national security reasons.”
Dr. Sullivan exemplifies Capella’s philosophy of recruiting highly experienced scholar-practitioners for faculty and program leadership positions. Prior to beginning his academic career, which included service as academic dean and founding director of graduate studies in criminal justice for Lynn University, Sullivan had an extensive career with the U.S. Customs Service. He was a U.S. Treasury agent specializing in criminal investigations of fraud, internal security, money laundering, and child sexual exploitation before becoming an agent-in-charge of two large field offices.
He also served as U.S. Customs headquarters section chief for general smuggling, during which time he authored some of the earliest threat assessments on terrorism in the 1980s. He has been a guest instructor at both the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the FBI Academy, has testified before Congress on crimes against children, and has served on the executive protection details of U.S. presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and heads of state. His professional certifications include Certified Homeland Security Practitioner (CHS-V), Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Business Manager, among others.
Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its BS in Public Safety, Homeland Security and Security Management specializations. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), option 3, or e-mail email@example.com. Review of these specializations is pending in AZ, FL, KY, SC, and WA. Contact an enrollment counselor for additional information.
About Capella University:
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, public health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs, as of October 23, 2007. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).
*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.
Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), http://www.capella.edu.
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Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 3, 2008
At the 2008 Merchant Risk Council Conference, Cyveillance’s director of product management, James Brooks will speak about recent trends in blended phishing attacks and provide best practices and processes for organizations to proactively protect themselves and their customers. With increasingly sophisticated techniques and the widespread use of malware, criminals continue to successfully exploit the Internet to commit ID theft and fraud despite increased awareness of these attacks by users. Attendees will learn about the “business” of phishing for ID theft, along with methods organizations can employ to both restore and ensure long-term consumer confidence in online commerce.
James Brooks is Director of Product Management at Cyveillance and is responsible for online threat and fraud security services. With over 14 years experience in the security industry, James possesses a thorough understanding of security technologies, network and Internet environments, and Internet intelligence strategies. Previously, James worked at NTT/Verio and Genuity, and also held various technical positions with U.S. Naval Intelligence.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 15, 2008
MSI (Multi-Systems, Inc.), a hospitality technology solutions provider with a focus on property management software and solutions, is pleased to be an active partner and participant in the opening of the new Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and if that child is ill, it can often take a community. Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital furthers its commitment by providing a safe, loving environment for families that travel and wish to remain close to their child during their treatment. MSI has long been supportive of Ronald McDonald House by providing both property management software solutions and a time commitment.
“We provided MSI’s Enterprise Property Management Software in a true ASP environment to run and operate the original Phoenix Ronald McDonald House, and we have done it again for the new one. Community is one of MSI’s core values, and partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities allowed us to make the volunteers’ [at the house] lives easier through enhanced property management software technology, as well as make guests and patients comfortable in a room we designed and furnished,” said Tim Tiller, MSW, President, MSI.
MSI adopted a room at the new Ronald McDonald House as part of its continuing relationship within the community, and the property management software company’s team, lead by Kim Gollehon, Executive Assistant, took this activity to heart.
“I enjoy working for a company that is proud to participate in its community and truly takes that commitment to heart. It makes me feel good to know that when a family has a child at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, they can at least be comfortable in their surroundings and close by,” stated Gollehon. “This was a labor of love for all of us.”
“I think the biggest reward, for me, was the end result – the completion of the room. It is really easy to write a check to charity; it’s another thing to participate actively. It was great to see the amazing team we have at MSI come together and volunteer, sharing their talents, muscle, and dedication for our community, so sick children and families can have a home away from home that is incredibly rewarding,” stated Donna Martin, Sr. Account Executive.
The new house boasts 18 guest rooms, many of which are decorated and furnished by Phoenix corporations. The original 45-room Ronald McDonald House on Roanoke Avenue, which is still open, had to turn away many families because of overcrowding last year. It is the hope of the staff at the house they never have to turn a family away again.
Ronald McDonald House Executive Director, Nancy Roach commented, “The new House will allow us to meet the community’s demand for our services for many years to come. We are very fortunate to have partners like MSI who have worked so hard to create a loving, comfortable environment for families who have traveled to Phoenix with sick children and need a temporary home away from home.”
The Ronald McDonald House Charities is just one local organization benefiting from the property management software company’s time and talents. MSI’s founder and CEO, Rick Munson, sits on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Crisis Nursery. Crisis Nursery’s mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing protection, support and opportunities to troubled families and their children. Tim Tiller, MSW and President of the property management software company, is privileged to hold a position on the Board of Directors for Central Arizona Shelter Services also known as CASS. CASS’ mission is to empower men, women and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services. MSI, as a company, firmly believes in giving back and encourages all team members to participate in something that is larger than they are. In an effort to provide associates outreach opportunities, the property management software company has created an internal Humanities Committee. Whether it’s helping an associate or someone else, we’ve found it incredibly rewarding to participate in a bigger picture. For more details on MSI and its property management software and technology, please visit http://www.msisolutions.com.
About Multi-Systems, Inc.
Serving the hospitality industry since 1990, MSI (Multi-Systems, Inc.) is a leading supplier of hotel technology and property management software solutions. With an installed customer base of nearly 3,000 hotels and resorts throughout North America, MSI is one of the largest privately-held providers of fully-integrated property management, sales, marketing and catering, point of sale, web booking, and centralized corporate services. MSI specializes in “total system solutions” for management companies and hotel chains by providing central reservation and property system integration. For more information on MSI, visit http://www.msisolutions.com.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix
For the past 20 years, Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix has offered a comfortable, welcoming and affordable haven for families who come to this “home-away-from-home.” The families stay for days, weeks, sometimes months at a time, while their children undergo medical treatment at Valley hospitals. They are asked to pay just $ 10 a day to stay at the House, but no family is ever turned away because of its inability to pay. The Phoenix House can accommodate up to 45 families at any one time and serves more than 1,200 families a year. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix is a non-profit organization supported by individual, corporate and foundation donations. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix visit http://www.rmhcphoenix.com.
Carmel, IN (Vocus) April 7, 2009
Jacksonville, FL (Vocus) August 1, 2009
Professional Development Resources, RiskManagementEducationOnline has released a new continuing education course that details the real risks of practicing in mental health professions, along with strategies for anticipating and minimizing risks. Areas of special emphasis include the impact of managed care and the complex interaction of new HIPAA regulations with legal and ethical considerations. The six-hour course, which is available online, makes the case that there are real risks associated with independent practice, but that most risky situations can be managed with thoughtful clinical decision making and careful attention to detail in day-to-day clinical practice.
The average mental health practitioner in independent practice who belongs to a managed care organization (MCO) must perform a balancing act, attempting to attend to and satisfy the requirements of half a dozen entities. These include the practitioners own profession (code of ethics), state licensure laws and rules, federal regulations (HIPAA privacy laws), the MCOs limitations and guidelines, local standards of practice, and a variety of state and national child abuse and duty to protect laws. Sometimes the requirements are inconsistent or even in conflict with each other, and the clinician must unravel the tangles in order to discern the ethical and legal course of action.
It may seem ironic that those who practice in the helping professions have to be so aware of practicing defensively. Most of the people who complete lengthy training programs to become psychotherapists do so because of a desire to help people. Yet, over the last 10 years, there has been a major increase in the number of lawsuits, licensing board actions, and ethics complaints against mental health practitioners. How has this need for defensive practice come about?
There seem to be a number of contributing factors. Changes in the economic system, the growth of managed care, increased federal and state regulations, advancing technology, and greater demands for oversight and accountability in clinical practice have made record keeping and communications much more complex, time consuming, and risky. Many clinicians are frustrated by the extra work they must do to satisfy the complex and sometimes contradictory demands of regulators and insurers. This CE program offers practical take-home tools for minimizing risk and covering ones assets, associates, and actions.
One cannot insure against or prevent all risks. That is why it is called risk management, and not risk prevention, says Ed Zuckerman, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of the course. There are very real emotional, personal, and financial costs involved in licensing board complaints and malpractice suits. Risk management involves reducing the potential impacts by reducing the levels of threat, vulnerability, and likelihood at the lowest cost or effort.
One of the unique aspects of this course is that it gives the reader the opportunity to estimate his or her own individual risk of being the target of a licensing board complaint or malpractice suit. Based on the real occurrence of complaints and lawsuits brought against individuals in each particular profession, the author guides the reader through a mathematical probability sequence that results in a realistic risk self-assessment. The reader can then implement specific strategies designed to reduce his or her individual risk.
I have never seen such an inclusive collection of rational strategies, thoughtful analyses, and ready-to-use tools brought together in one place before, says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. Independent practice has become more risky, and many clinicians have not adapted. What are the real-life risks? What constitutes standard of care? How long do we have to keep clinical records? How can we be sure that electronic records are secure and confidential? We can all learn how to protect our clients and ourselves by implementing changes that are surprisingly simple.
The new risk management course and a number of others all of which are available instantly online and can be completed any time and anywhere include:
Realistic Risk Management, (2009) 85 pages, HIPAA Help: A Compliance Manual for Psychotherapists, (2009) 263 pages, Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips I, (2008) 22 pages, and
Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips II, (2009) 26 pages.
About Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as well as many other national and state boards has focused its efforts on making continuing education courses more efficient and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.
Leo Christie, PhD, CEO
Professional Development Resources, Inc.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2010
OpenDNS, provider of the worlds leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that the Rutherford County Library System in North Carolina has deployed OpenDNS system-wide, on both its wired and wireless networks.
The library system chose OpenDNS for its comprehensive content filtering capabilities, coupled with OpenDNS unique ability to filter content on all devices accessing their network without complicated software installations. Using OpenDNS, anyone at a library branch accessing their networkthrough a library computer or even a cell phone using their wireless Internet connectionis subject to the same high level of protection against malware and restricted websites. This security comes with no appliance to buy and no software to install on each device accessing the network.
As an added bonus, OpenDNS helps the Rutherford County Library System remain CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act) compliant. A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. Says Kenneth Odom, the Rutherford County Library System Administrator that implemented OpenDNS: The service has worked perfectly. I never have to wonder what the person on their laptop near the childrens room is looking at. It just works!
Prior to choosing OpenDNS for their content filtering needs, the Rutherford County Libraries used Netsweeper, though they could only filter content on devices where the software was installed, leaving patrons own computerslike laptops and mobile devicessusceptible to online security threats and out of compliance with the librarys Internet content policies.
According to Odom, Ive never used a product or service that allowed me to manage multiple distributed networks so easily.
With the OpenDNS adoption, Rutherford County joins thousands of libraries around the world that have chosen OpenDNS to provide their employees and patrons with a faster, safer and more reliable Internet experience.
OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network’s overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com.
About the Rutherford County Library System
The main branch of the Rutherford County Library is located in Spindale, NC with two satellite branches in Lake Lure and Henrietta. The libraries serve a mostly rural population of approximately 65,000.
(PRWEB) August 2, 2010
CT Business Travel is part of UNIGLOBE, and it is through this association that these organisations have decided to help a very special cause. The charity is Plan and the specific campaign the funds are being raised for is Because I am a Girl.
Plan is one of the largest child-centred community development organisations in the world, helping children and their families in 48 of the poorest countries to break the cycle of poverty.
Plans Because I am a Girl campaign is a global campaign to raise awareness for the plight of girls around the world and the unique role they play in the fight against global poverty. In many countries around the world, girls are denied their rights such as education and healthcare, nourishment and protection simply because they are girls. But it is proven that investing in girls is a key to eliminating global poverty. By educating girls they will go on to improve the lives of those around them. They will help break the cycle of poverty, not just for themselves, but for their families, communities and nations.
The Mount Kilimanjaro charity climb has been created with the aim of raising
Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) December 22, 2011
SportsSignup, a national leader in online services for sports organizations, and Axon Sports, creators of a breakthrough testing system that helps qualified medical providers make return-to-play decisions after head injuries, are collaborating on educational initiatives highlighting safety in concussion management, which includes making Baseline testing more accessible to young athletes.
Axon Sports developed the Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT), an online cognitive test that utilizes distinct tasks to measure attention, recall, and speed and accuracy of responses to provide a snapshot of an athletes brain function. If a concussion is suspected, the Baseline test results, when compared to After-Injury test results, are a critical tool for qualified medical providers in assessing cognitive impairment and are extremely valuable in guiding care decisions, including when it is safe for athletes to return to the classroom, practice, or competitive play.
SportsSignups services allow sports organizations to manage all aspects of sports administration, from online sports registration and payments to team rosters, scheduling, and coach background checks. The integration with Axon Sports enables organizations that use SportsSignup services to easily offer Baseline testing at a discounted price during the registration process. In addition, clubs and teams can purchase bulk quantities of test credits to obtain discounts for their members via the SportsSignup system, providing an even more affordable option to implement Baseline testing to all of their eligible athletes.
The safety of young athletes is every familys main concern, and we share that concern, said Anthony Bruno, CEO of SportsSignup. As we continue to learn more about the cumulative effects of concussions and other head injuries, it is clear that we need to do all we can to give families, medical personnel and others involved in the care and nurturing of young athletes access to the best information available to help them make sound, safe decisions. Thats why were proud to partner with Axon Sports to spread the word about the importance of using the Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool, and making it more accessible through our system.
Axon Sports recommends that an athlete take an annual Baseline test at the start of every school year or before the first practice of a sport season. In the event of a concussion or other head injury, an athlete should visit with a qualified medical provider who can use the Baseline result as the benchmark for After-Injury testing and care management.
Axon Sports is the first company to make Baseline tests broadly accessible, affordable, and convenient. The Axon Sports CCAT is available online to any athlete age 10 and older. Athletes can complete a test in eight to 10 minutes. Parents can access the online data any time and share it with their childs doctor, coach or athletic trainer. Preview the test at axonsports.com/demotest.
Rising public awareness about the importance of concussion management has led to widespread legislative attention. Today, nearly all states have passed or have pending legislation. The three most common elements are: concussion education, removal from play and return-to-play decisions to be made by qualified medical providers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 10 percent of athletes in contact sports will suffer a concussion in a given year. The risk is especially acute in sports such as ice hockey, football and soccer, where collisions are frequent.
SportsSignup has become an essential service for a fast-growing number of leagues and individuals, and were extremely pleased they have joined us in the effort to raise awareness about the importance of knowing baseline cognitive performance for each individual athlete, said Polly James, President and CEO of Axon Sports. SportsSignups reach ensures thousands of athletes and their families will have access to this vital, potentially life-saving information.
About Axon Sports
Axon Sports provides the Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT) as well as educational resources on a wide range of topics surrounding its proper use within an overall concussion management program. Together with athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers and doctors, Axon Sports is on a mission to protect and train the athletic brain. To learn more or preview a sample test, visit axonsports.com.
SportsSignup, owned and operated by League Sports Services LLC, provides sports organizations and event organizers with easy-to-learn and easy-to-use integrated Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to facilitate online sports registration, e-commerce fundraising, and coach/volunteer background check management. Since 2003, the company has been dedicated to operating a secure, affordable, and hassle-free online service suite that enables administrators from thousands of soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, track & field, and many other sports organizations to easily automate many aspects of their duties. For more information about SportsSignup, please visit SportsSignup.com.
Irving, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Irving-based AllPlayers.com, the first application built to make life easier for mom and dad to register and manage all of their childrens activities using one secure and simple account, today announced a newly-formed partnership with QuickScores.com, the leading provider of online sports league scheduling. This partnership will integrate QuickScores scheduling system within the AllPlayers.com suite of services, enabling groups of all sizes to easily create schedules for leagues, tournaments, fields, resources and more.
With this partnership, current AllPlayers.com customers will continue to enjoy free access to all the group management and social elements, such as mobile, text, email, multimedia and file sharing in addition to advanced scheduling options provided by QuickScores. Likewise, current QuickScores customers will now have the option to utilize the free AllPlayers.com group management features in companion to the scheduling features theyve become accustomed to.
We are all about making everything easy on the parent or participant and the group administrator, said AllPlayers.com President and CEO Jason McKay. Many of our customers have utilized QuickScores for the robust scheduling solution it has provided for years. At AllPlayers.com we have no desire to build functionality that other companies have already perfected, like QuickScores. We are an open-source company who is looking to join forces, share resources and strengths, and add mutual value to build the best-of-the-best for all parents, participants and organizers. This bundling partnership is win/win for our users. They get the best of what the two companies have to offer.
Tim Quilici, President of QuickScores says, “This partnership between AllPlayers.com and QuickScores creates a unique product set that will greatly enhance an organizations communications capabilities while raising their sports management services to a whole new level. We look forward to growing both products even further and expanding our reach to a broader customer base.”
Founded in 2009, AllPlayers.com was started by parents, coaches and community leaders, who sought to fix a technology void by establishing a free and open-source platform that enabled any group to efficiently organize, advertise, manage registration, communicate and schedule activities online. AllPlayers.com released this free software-as-a-service group management system in 2010, and today has organizations and users in across the globe. AllPlayers.com is a COPPA Compliant (Child Online Privacy and Protection Act) company.
QuickScores is web-based software designed to create and share sports league schedules and tournament brackets. QuickScores software creates events with any number of teams and games in any schedule or bracket format. Schedules are automatically validated to prevent double-booking fields or teams. Founded in Richardson, TX in 2002, QuickScores has the well-earned reputation as the most powerful scheduling software on the market and the easiest and fastest user interface.