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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 Students Safe


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.”

About:

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.

Contact Information

Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.

Education Management Consulting, LLC

609.397.8989

http://www.edmgt.com

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Twit Pro Quo – Newly Released Service is a Promising Tool for Expanding Social Visibility on Twitter


Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) May 5, 2009

Twitter users can both increase and diversify their Twitter following with Twit Pro Quo, a new service which was shrouded in mystery until its unveiling on May 5th. “We wanted to keep people on their toes. Social networkers knew that it would ultimately enhance their presence on Twitter, but they had no idea exactly how this would be done,” says Nick Jabbour, the developer of Twit Pro Quo.

Using a proprietary design, this service seeks to level the playing field in a world where celebrities tend to attract more Twitter followers than almost everyone else combined. “The concept of Twitter Marketing is now commonplace among internet entrepreneurs. Subsequently, more and more people rely on Twitter as a way of promoting their message. We intend to help them do this more effectively.”

Combining ease of use with a rewarding outcome, the development of Twit Pro Quo was no easy task, according to Nick Jabbour. “How do you create a system which gives its users more than it asks of them? Such promises are often left unfulfilled. It is our hope that TwitProQuo.com will shape up to be an exception.” While Twit Pro Quo is a free service, what it asks of its users is for them to follow 10 new people which the site has designated, and optionally, to post a message to their Twitter updates, encouraging others to use the service.

Who somebody follows on Twitter through Twit Pro Quo is based on a combination of individuals who used the site before the current visitor, and other Twitter users who have referred them there. In return, users are promised to gain at least 10 new followers directly from the site in addition to any other Twitter users which they refer to the service. “The main power of our site is handled behind the scenes. It can take only 20 seconds to use our service, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s not going to be effective. If the power lies in the back-end, then the beauty certainly lies in its front-end simplicity.”

Asked whether Twitter passwords could be stolen, Jabbour stated, “We developed this system with security concerns in mind. We do not even store the Twitter credentials on our server and have taken the maximum possible measures to protect our users’ privacy.” Twit Pro Quo also offers user statistics, as well as an email alert service, which notifies users once they have gained 10 new Twitter followers from the site’s queue, and are then eligible to place themselves back in it.

About Twit Pro Quo:

The brain-child of software architect and internet entrepreneur Nick Jabbour, TwitProQuo.com was conceived as a way of allowing individuals and companies alike a simple and fun, yet effective way to grow their presence on Twitter. This service can be reached on Twitter via @twpq.

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Cloning Christ, Peter Thomas Senese’s Theological Thriller To Be Released In Spanish, Italian, and French


(PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Best-selling author Peter Thomas Senese is pleased to announce the upcoming release of his international theological thriller Cloning Christ in Spanish, Italian, and French in e-book format. The novel’s foreign language release date will be May 15th, 2012. Currently, under an exclusive offer that benefits children targeted for international child abduction, Peter Thomas Senese’s thrilling theological thriller Cloning Christ, is now available in e-book on Amazon for Kindle readers. CLONING CHRIST author Peter Thomas Senese’s electrifying best-selling theological thriller evolves around the challenge of science and faith, commencing with a genomic scientiest’s discovery of what appears to be the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth. Mr. Senese, a highly respected child advocate is donating 100% of his e-book royalties to the I CARE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting children who have been internationally abducted. Over the past month, the I CARE Foundation has reunited 4 abducted children with their families while also continuing to build the Department of State’s ‘Hague Convention Attorney Network’ – a pro bono network of lawyers willing to assist the families of abducted children.

Peter Thomas Senese’s theological thrill ride, darting from Israel through Europe to the United States, focuses on Dr. Max Train, a leading genetic scientist from Syracuse, New York. Max was once a devout believer in God, but now lives a faithless life following the brutal slaying of his beloved wife and four year old autistic daughter twelve years ago.

After the widely publicized trial during which Max is rightfully found innocent of his family’s murder pinned on him by corrupt dark forces, Max vacations in Israel. During an earthquake outside of Jerusalem, he discovers what appears to be the True Cross Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on nearly two thousand years ago.

Max may hold the fate of Mankind in his hands. If this is the True Cross and Christ was cloned from the remaining blood stains and hair remnants on the cross, would government and religion become obsolete upon His Second Coming? If the blood stains and hair are those of Jesus, then what does this say about the long held belief Christ rose whole and entire upon his resurrection? Where would the battle lines be drawn between the advances in science and the beliefs of religion? What effect would this knowledge have on one’s faith and beliefs? Soon after, and in the hallowed halls of the Vatican a righteous Cardinal, Anselm Mugant, hears of the discovery in Jerusalem. Without the Pope’s knowledge and in clear opposition to all Catholic teaching, the wayward prelate will stop at nothing – even murder – in his bid to prevent human cloning from taking place, including his misconceived belief Max Train has intent to clone the possible body of Christ.

Mugant soon enlists the services of the internationally rumored assassin known simply as The Scorpion to track down Max and silence him with death. The Scorpion, a onetime penitent of the Cardinal, is a force of pure evil and who challenges life. He forces this same challenge onto Max as he casts a deadly shadow over his praised soul and every move he makes.

Adding intricate subterfuge to the plot is the existence of Mugant’s “Fifth Crusade”, five international industrialists with great power and reach devout in the Cardinal’s perspective on human genetic science, and controlled by Mugant’s knowledge of their deepest secrets. Together, Mugant launches an all-out attack to find the ancient artifacts in Train’s possession, and prevent the genetic scientist from doing the unthinkable in his eyes – announcing to the world a cross containing bodily remnants could indeed by the True Cross of Jesus of Nazareth – and clone the body of Christ!

Cloning Christ spins a tangled and intricate web of deceit, blackmail, violence, loss, faith, forgiveness, truth and acceptance in a story that questions the right to clone, while responding to the needs and harsh realities of life as we know it. Cloning Christ is the story of life and the sacredness of it, as shared in the novel that leaves you racing to turn the page.

Amazon Hall of Fame book critic Harriett Klausner commented, “Fans will relish this thriller. The tale is loaded with action yet uses the characters as symbols of mankind similar to a medieval passion play like Everyman. The cast represents the faithful, the disbelievers, the dividers (torn between science and religion) or the selfish. “Cloning Christ” brings the debate of religion vs. science to the forefront in an exciting manner that focuses on the sacredness of life.”

Mr. Senese commented, “I am very pleased and humbled to know that the global interest for Cloning Christ continues. I am excited to know that this special novel will have access to a vast array of audiences around the world due to continued foreign language adaptation. This is yet another important step in sharing the important messages of human connectivity as set forth in a story that has great personal meaning to me.”

Peter Thomas Senese is a storyteller focusing on messages in all formats that bespeak global connectivity. He is actively involved in supporting issues that impact the lives of children, including demonstrative support to keep our nation’s public libraries properly funded and open seven days a week; and, actively engaged in numerous and extensive activities surrounding international child abduction prevention; and, actively advocating for new legislation that will protect children and others from malicious online impersonation.

100% of the author’s royalties earned from e-book sales of Cloning Christ will be donated to the I CARE Foundation.

Mr. Senese’s other noteworthy novels include The Den of the Assassin, and, Chasing The Cyclone. For more information on Peter Thomas Senese, please visit the official website of Peter Thomas Senese to read more about Peter’s writing and advocacy work.

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Lakota Peoples Law Project Released a Special Report on the Richard Mette case, a Non-Indian Foster Care Parent of Indian Girls in South Dakota, Convicted of Child Rape


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

The Lakota Peoples Law Project, a non-profit Indian rights organization of the Romero Institute, recently released a Special Report of their four month investigation of the Richard Mette Indian child rape case, and the criminal charges filed against the acting attorney Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Schwab. Mr. Mette, a non-Indian foster care parent of Indian girls was convicted May 29th of child rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Attorney Taliaferro, the former assistant state attorney in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, South Dakota, filed charges against Mr. Mette in 2011 (CR 10-11-13; Fifth Circuit Superior Court of South Dakota). To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were working to protect Indian children from rape and incest in a state foster care home. Although Mr. Mette has pled guilty and been convicted, the two critics of the foster care parents were indicted by the state for alleged ‘witness tampering’ and ‘subornation of perjury’ in cases State of South Dakota v. Brandon Taliaferro (CR 12-428 and CR 12-431; Aberdeen, South Dakota) and State of South Dakota v. Shirley Schwab (CR 12-427 and CR 12-430; Aberdeen, South Dakota). Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were charged by the state with allegedly disclosing confidential case information and encouraging perjury by two Indian children against Richard Mette and his wife Gwendolyn. The court has scheduled a Status Hearing on June 13, and a jury will ultimately decide whether Taliaferro and Schwab are guilty or not, states Daniel Sheehan, Harvard trained attorney and counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro is the former assistant state attorney of Brown County in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, and Mrs. Shirley Schwab is a widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. The Aberdeen News reported on Dec. 19, 2011, that Attorney Taliaferro asserts that he was simply looking out for the children, trying to hold the Department of Social Services accountable, and refusing to participate in the cover-up of misconduct by the D.S.S.

According to the National Public Radio investigation Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families by Laura Sullivan in October 2011, Native American children in the State of South Dakota have been being seized, removed from their Lakota families and Tribe, and placed involuntarily into state foster care facilities by the State of South Dakota. In fact, the Child Welfare League of America reports that Native children constitute from 61% -to-68% of the children seized and placed in out-of-home care in South Dakota over the last ten-years, even though they make up less than 13% of the states total child population. Placing the Lakota children in non-Indian foster care violates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (authored by former South Dakota United States Senator James Abourezk), which mandates that all necessary active efforts be undertaken by State officials to place such children with their closest Native American family member, so as not to remove these Indian children from their Native American culture.

Research shows that the outcomes for Indian Children in non-Indian foster care homes and institutions are not encouraging. In fact, Judge Thorne of the Utah Supreme Court asserts that, Over 60% of Native children in non-native foster care who age out of the system are homeless, in prison, or dead by age 20. Also, according to Attorney Sheehan, The current system is a failure. Our research shows that the State of South Dakota is the worst violator of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the nation.

To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Since 2006 the Lakota Peoples Law Project has been partnering with the Native American tribes of South Dakota. Through law, public policy, research, and education, LPLP is challenging systemic injustices and working for the renewal of Lakota culture and society. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit organization the Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute, named after slain human rights advocate, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, seeks to identify and disassemble structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.







Fuhu Nabi 2 Kids Tablet Review Released Via Find My Price Comparison Service


Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) January 07, 2013

The new year shopping season is the time for consumers to buy electronics at discounted prices. The tablet market is particularly targeted by online retailers with discounts and bundle deals. A special category in this market focuses on children, offering educational electronic devices that pertain to children age 2 to 12.

According to the company, tablet market for children features numerous options, including premium-priced devices as well as low-cost and unknown brands.

The Fuhu Nabi 2 is a 7-inch tablet, that Find My Price identified as being an affordable and satisfactory purchase for parents with small children. It is a sturdy tablet designed to endure through a childs play without tear, while offering adults features similar to the Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire HD since it runs on a 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3.0 quad-core CPU and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Fuhu Nabi 2 is a second generation 7-inch tablet for and starts selling at $ 199.99 on Amazon. The 1024 x 600p touchscreen is shatter-proof and the overall tablet is protected with a thick rubber layer all around the 10.10 x 7.10 x 3.20 inches body. It weighs 2.7 pounds and features wireless syncing, a TV channel for children, as well as 8 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 50 GB.

The battery life on this childrens tablet matches the performance of adult 7-inch premium tablets, at 7 hours and 42 minutes (video playback, maximum screen brightness and Wi-Fi).

The team at http://www.FindMyPrice.net has reviewed the offers and products available, based on screen quality, protection, durability, weight, OS, apps and education potential, tech specs, battery life, internet connection and parent control features.

Find My Price is a leading price comparison service for electronics with online retailers. The platform delivers comprehensive reviews of products, prices and deals, by analyzing tech specs, screen quality, app potential, OS, functionality, user friendliness, battery life, storage options, Internet connectivity, cons and pros, consumer feedback and products with similar characteristics.

For the new year, Find My Price released a series of reviews on tablets, the hottest electronics of the holiday season. The reviews on Find My Price are unbiased and aim to deliver buyers every important bit of information they need to take a purchasing decision. The tablet reviews include premium and popular brands such as iPad, Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, as well as unknown devices to the general audience and low-cost brands.

A particular focus was given to the low-cost tablet market and the new year deals online retailers released earlier this month. The team at Find My Price strives to help buyers find the best deals and lowest prices for the electronic devices they intend to acquire.







Erin Childs, Certified Family Law Specialist*, and Founder of Childs Law Office Has Released a Video Explaining the Family Law Legal Services Offered to the Public


Fresno, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2013

Erin Childs, Fresno divorce attorney and certified family law specialist* has released a video explaining the family law legal services her firm offers. This is a plain-English, user-friendly tool to help educate those decide whether or not they need a family law attorney. In this video, she explains services such as family law litigation, collaborative practice, domestic violence restraining orders, guardianships, adoptions, etc.

Childs says, “This can be a very useful tool to someone who may not be totally clear on what their legal issue is and helps them decide if they even need an attorney.”

This video is the first of many short clips available at no charge to the general public. The goal is to inform people who may be faced with a difficult situation with their family and may not know exactly what the legal issue may be and how to go about seeking help. Erin Childs has designed dozens of these clips that are designed to give viewers an easy-to-understand, plain English description of legal issues and their possible remedies.

Childs Law Office has been providing legal advice, counsel and representation in family law throughout the California Central Valley. Owner and Attorney Erin Childs is a respected litigator and a Certified Family Law Specialist with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization that practices in areas of divorce, collaborative law, child custody, child visitation, spousal support, guardianships, juvenile dependency, adoptions and complex property division issues. Childs Law Offices mission is to educate, inform and enable you to make insightful decisions that protect your rights and interests. To see what Childs Law Office can do for you, visit childslawoffice.com.







Finally Final! HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations Released

Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) January 25, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released some long-awaited (and long over-due) final regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The release updated various HIPAA requirements including privacy, security, enforcement and breach notification. Employers, Plan Sponsors as well as Covered Entities, will likely require a great deal of time to analyze and digest the 500+ pages. Meanwhile, these Covered Entities, including self-funded group health plans, should prepare for changes that will be necessary as a result of these new rules. The changes will result in updating HIPAA policies and procedures, Business Associate Agreements (BAAs), privacy notices and workforce training.

Effective March 26, 2013, Covered Entities must generally comply with the new rules by September 23, 2013 – which is the maximum 180 day compliance period. Transition rules are included that allow valid BAAs in place on or before January 25, 2013 to be compliant.

BACKGROUND:

HIPAA’s administrative simplification rules have evolved since their initial release in 1996 and several rounds of governmental guidance have addressed how HIPAA protects individual’s personal health information (PHI). Including:


The privacy and security rules became effective for most Covered Entities (including health providers, health plans and health data clearinghouses) in 2003 and 2005, depending on how large the plan was. These foundational rules provide the basic structure of how covered entities must treat and protect PHI, in all formats.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) extended certain HIPAA provisions and penalties to covered entities’ business associates directly just as they would apply to the Covered Entity. Included in this category are third party administrators, contractors and subcontractors as well as other vendors. HITECH also added new breach notification requirements and individual policy rights, and it strengthened enforcement with significantly increased penalties for HIPAA violations. (Crawford Advisors’ client’s HIPAA BAAs were updated in January/February of 2010 to account for this.)
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) imposed specific privacy requirements in connection with the use of genetic information. For a full background on GINA, see our 1Q 2009 Compliance Chronicle.
Proposed regulations released in 2011 regarding the accounting and disclosure rules would change the timeframes allotted to provide accounting of disclosures and allow individuals to receive reports showing who accessed their PHI.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL REGULATIONS:

The new regulations require compliance by September 23, 2013.
BAAs will need to be updated to reflect the new liability, with the exception of the aforementioned valid BAAs in effect before January 25, 2013.
The sale of PHI without an individual’s permission will be prohibited, with the exception of some applicable circumstances.
Additional limits on the use of PHI will be imposed for marketing and fundraising purposes.
Permission to give a child’s immunization proof to a school will be made easier.
The ability for certain family members to access a descendants PHI will be expanded.
Changes to the analysis for determining whether a HIPAA breach must be reported.
GINA standards prohibiting the use or disclosure of genetic information for underwriting purposes must be adopted.
Individual rights will be expanded.
Adoption of the increased and tiered civil monetary penalties provided by the HITECH Act.

Notably, the omnibus rules do not appear to include 2011 proposed regulations on accounting of disclosures and an individual’s right to receive an access report.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR EMPLOYER PLAN SPONSORS?

These regulations are detailed and affect a broad range of HIPAA issues. HHS has characterized these rules as “the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented.”

Accordingly, employers and plan sponsors must review, and possibly update, their HIPAA policies and procedures, BAAs and Privacy Notices to confirm that they meet the new mandates by the (absolute) deadline – September 23, 2013. In addition, plan sponsors should conduct workforce training to update individuals with access to PHI on the new rules.







Visitor Management System Released by IDville Plays a Vital Role in Schools


Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

IDville, the leading identification and security expert for business, education, healthcare, and government, recommends visitor management systems for schools that are currently operating without a process in place to manage visitors. Today, more than ever, it is apparent that school safety isnt just an option, its an obligation. Implementing a process to track visitors is a critical step in not only protecting students, but also staff members.

ID is key to knowing when a child should or shouldnt be picked up from school. With Visitor Express: School Edition, all it takes is the swipe of a state-issued ID to know in seconds if the person entering a school poses a potential threat to the safety of students. When an ID is swiped, the National Sex Offender Registry will be checked, as well as any customized unwanted and approved pick-up lists created by staff members. Returning visitors can then be processed in as little as fifteen seconds with available Visitor Express key tags.

Visitor Express allows schools to manage the many students, staff, vendors, parents, and faculty that enter the school building each day in a low-cost and efficient way, says Kelli Piepkow, Marketing Manager of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based IDville.

The Visitor Express: School Edition system includes Visitor Express software, ID badge printer, license scanner, barcode reader, and a USB web cam. For more information, demos can be requested and scheduled.

Adjusting from a staff-managed or paper and pencil visitor check-in system to a technology-driven visitor management system requires an up-front investment, but it is a necessary and critical step in protecting students and staff. With instant alerts for parents, customizable unwanted visitor lists, instantaneous sex offender checks, and emergency response reporting, school security can be improved.

To stay up-to-date on the newest products, updates, and exclusive offers, connect with IDville on Facebook.

About IDville

IDville, the leading identification and security expert for business, education, healthcare and government, focuses on the identification of employees, students, and staff. The brand has become known for its user-friendly ID Maker suite of products, QuantixTM time and attendance system, superior customer service, and expert knowledge. The brand offers complete identification solutions including software, printer systems, custom lanyards, retractable badge reels, and more, simplifying the buying and identification processes.







Cyberbullying Prevention Tool Released by iPredator Inc.


Poughkeepsie, New York (PRWEB) June 02, 2013

Cyberbullying is a pediatric social issue impacting thousands of children, families and educators in the United States. Unlike classic bullying that used to be restricted to school grounds and neighborhoods, cyberbullying is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for a targeted child.

Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C., a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, has designed the iPredator Probability Inventory-Cyber Bullying (IPI-CB.) The IPI- CB is a 110 question diagnostic and education tool designed to examine a childs risk of being cyberbullied and their internet safety skills.

In addition to developing the IPI-CB, Dr. Nuccitelli designed 25 other internet safety and risk assessment tools specific to the typology, age of online user and organization. To view a sample of the items that are used in all of the internet safety tools, feel free to visit iPredator Inc.s Cyber Risk List web page by clicking on this link: Cyber Risk List.

To contact iPredator Inc. directly with questions to order the tool via telephone, please call 347-871-2416. Interested parties can also visit iPredator Inc.s internet safety website or click on the link provided here.

I. iPredator Probability Inventory-Cyber Bully (IPI-CB) $ 199.95

Just as all iPredator Inc.s internet safety tools, the IPI-CB is based on the Information Age Forensics construct, iPredator, developed by Dr. Nuccitelli. A brief definition of the IPI-CB and iPredator is as follows:

iPredator Probability Inventory-Cyber Bully (IPI-CB): The iPredator Probability Inventory-Cyber Bully is a 110 question diagnostic, education, assessment and data collection tool designed to investigate a child or adolescent’s online preparedness, vulnerability and risk potential for being cyber bullied and/or harassed. Just as all the IPI Assessment Collection inventories, the IPI-CB focuses on the child’s relationship to ICT, their knowledge base of malevolent and nefarious users, environmental aspects influencing their ICT activities and their practice of the behavioral actions necessary for internet safety and preparedness if cyber attacked.

The IPI-CB also explores parental and support system cyber bully protection and prevention tactics employed by loved ones and school officials. A parent, primary caregiver, educator or pediatric professional completes the IPI-CB for children and adolescents ages 6-17.

Once completed, the IPI score, ranging from 0-110, represents the preparedness, vulnerability and risk potential of the child becoming a cyber bully target, cyber bully abuser or cyber bully bystander. The IPI-CB can be used as both a cyber bullying prevention tool for children and a data collection instrument for parents and educators investigating cyber bullying episodes involving their child or student. The IPI-CB also addresses the growth of mobile device technology and attempts by iPredators to infiltrate their targets mobile devices.

iPredator: A child, adult, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using ICT. iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage. iPredator is a global term including cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber harassment, cybercrime, online sexual predation, cyber terrorism and internet defamation.

About iPredator Inc.

iPredator Inc. is a New York State based Information Age Forensics Company founded to provide educational and advisory products & services to consumers and organizations on cyberbullying, cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online sexual predation and the new field the founder is pioneering termed, Information Age Forensics. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft, harm and disparagement from online assailants.

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Newly Released Videos Show Wide-Spread Animal and Pet Starvation Inside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone


(PRWEB) May 09, 2011

Three videos recently published on Youtube indicate a wide-spread animal and pet emergency is still taking place inside the Fukushima exclusion zone.

April 22, the government has implemented a no-go law punishable by fines or imprisonment [1].

This policy has reportedly blocked access by private Animal Search and Rescue teams many of which have documented wide-spread starvation of the companion animals, pets, and livestock within the TEPCO exclusion zone.

Concerned citizens held a protest in Tokyo on May 8th, starting in the “Hachiko” Square and ending at TEPCO offices [2].

Photos available on the Angels 2005 Animal Rescue Team “Action Report Blog” show many pets have already starved to death [3].

On May 5th, PETA has issued an action alert which in part states [4]:

“Please urge the Japanese government to take immediate action to transfer farmed animals inside the 20-kilometer no-go zone to facilities where they can be cared for or to euthanize any animals who are suffering.”

PETA also provides a form email for readers to send:

“I was shocked to learn that the Japanese government has yet to take action to end the suffering of the estimated hundreds of thousands of farmed animals in the no-go zone around the Fukushima power plant.”

FIRST VIDEO:

“Individuals entering Fukushima no-go zone to feed and rescue dogs” (not suitable for children):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwPONXhkCps

CONDENSED SUBTITLE TRANSCRIPTION FOLLOWS:

@0:00: The video opens in a parking lot with a skittish dog looking cautiously at the rescuers.

*BEEP*

*BEEP*

*BEEP*

A geiger counter sounds a warning, not just of detected radiation particles, but a warning that the animal rescue team is being over exposed to radiation.

The skittish dog approaches food scattered on the ground and begins eating.

Behind the car, a team member can be seen kneeling down to calm yet another dog on a leash.

A man says: 66.33mSv, then 68Its going to exceed 70 [mSv/hour]. Oh, it has exceed 70its already 71.16 mSv/hour. It gets really strong in the 2km zone. But this is still not too bad.

Speaking of the leashed dog: Well take you with us and hope well find the owner.

The team takes note of the dog and GPS location in order to find the owner.

Referring back to the skittish dog: Ok thenSee you next time then. You have to stay alive, ok?

@3:49: The team stops on a street in the middle of town. Piles of dog food can be seen in the street. Barking dogs can be heard inside the empty apartments along the street.

There are so many dogs barking. Urging his team to stay calm in the face of twenty or more dogs stranded in houses and potentially starving, the man says: Everyone, stay strong Well come back again.

@5:54: The team is back in the car driving through town. Dogs are wandering past on the street. Lets throw out lots of food. Everyone [the dogs] are waiting look. Stay strongYou tooPoor dogs

Other passenger: Throw the food out..More and more

Woman: Give a lot of food, we wont be able to feed them for a whileWe dont know when we can come back again in this situationJust give everything out.

The camera pans to the back seat, past the driver who is wearing a white radiation protective suit and googles. There are three dogs sitting in the back seat. Hey you guysWe are taking you guys with us, ok?

SECOND VIDEO

Fukushima no-go zone to feed and rescue

The scrolling title indicates this video was taken on April 22, 2011.

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THIRD VIDEO

SOS Fukushima Animals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0frBRQ_ndls

In yet a third video entitled “SOS Fukushima animals,” a Fukushima prefecture citizen has released a desperate plea of help, worried the animals may be starving and pleading for the government to provide rescue and shelter.

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0:00: The video opens: “[SOS] Fukushima animals”

[The citizen bows to the camera. Reading from prepared notes, the citizen begins:]

Hello to everyone all over Japan. I am Meiko Yoshida, living in Odaku-ku, Minami Soma-shi, Fukushima-ken. My residence is at 17 km of the power plant.

March 11, 2011, the area was hit by the Eastern Japan mega earthquake as well as the tidal wave, followed by a series of accidents at TEPCO. The entire area of Odaka-ku, where we live, is within the 20 km radius. On March 12, the next day of the earthquake, TEPCO issued a voluntary evacuation order to Odaku-ku, which I was not aware of at the time.

The following day, on Sunday, March 13, I went to Odaka Ward Office, where I was told to evacuate immediately. The faces of the personnels then at the office were all devoid of expression like zombies while they worked. They knew what really happened in the power plant, that something horrible [had] happened, that is why their faces became like zombies.

Even though I was told to evacuate immediately, since I had nine cats to take care of at home, I had not been able to evacuate immediately. Several days later, on March 19, the Self-Defense Force members and the Ward Office personnels visited my home to persuade me to evacuate. I was told to leave the pets behind, and I left without them. At the time, I made a mistake of releasing my inside-living cats outdoors. I didnt have a mobile phone. I regret not having been able to consult with others who were in the same situation as myself.

Even at the evacuation center though, I was worried about my cats at home, so from March 19 until the midnight of April 21, I went back home every other day or two days to feed them food and water. During that period, six out of nine cats I released [had] been found and I have asked animal protection groups to look after them. One of the nine [has] died of a disease, and still now there are two remaining whom I have not been able to protect yet.

In the a.m. of April 21 it was just so sudden I heard that the 20 km area would become a severe cautionary zone. Before when I asked around when the off-limit will take effect, no one ever told me, but a bad news like that happened suddenly. Out of excessive worry, at around 23:00 on April 21, I went home but I was unable to provide them for protection. The cautionary zone became effective starting April 22, so I could no longer go back to my house. I had been asking the police officers at the checkpoint how I can get inside, [and they] told me that I need to obtain a permit from the city mayor, so I also went and appealed directly to the city mayor. So I went back and forth between the citys municipal office and the public health department, and asked to be permitted inside the zone, but it just could not be done.

The other day, on April 28, the public health department went inside the 20 km zone for the purpose of doing research; however this was for inspection only, so they could pick up wandering animals from the road. But no helping hand was extended for the cats and dogs who were left inside homes. When you rescue animals, time allowance is needed to carry out the task, but being told it starts tomorrow so suddenly, I was not able to carry out rescue.

At evacuation centers, there are MANY people who were told the same way and could not even prepare for evacuation, nor could they take their pets with them to evacuate. Those people are so worried about their pets living without them, their heartache is so severe that they cant sleep for nights; they cant even eat