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Today in America TV Offers April Air Dates for Madison, Wisconsin

Today in America TV Offers April Air Dates for Madison, Wisconsin

Today in America TV Offers April Air Dates for Madison, Wisconsin

Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) April 29, 2012

Madison, Wisconsin ranks at the top of the most desirable categories on Sperling’s Best Places List:

    Most Secure Place to Live in the United States
    Best Places for Military Retirees
    Best Cities to Relocate To in the U.S.
    Best Green Cities.

The “Best” placements are a boon to local economic development groups as they hope to lure potential new residents and tourists to their city. Madison also offers nine local parks and many other cultural and family related activities. Today in America TV is pleased to announce April air dates for one of the top ranked cities in the country. Residents and visitors can watch the award winning cable television program on CNN Headline News.

Terry Bradshaw, former professional football player, is the host and narrator of the informative cable show. He was the starring quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers who helped steer the team to four Super Bowl victories and eight AFC championships. His 14 year career garnered an induction into the Pro Ball Hall of Fame. He was twice given the title of “Most Valuable Player” for his skill and leadership. Bradshaw retired from the grid iron in 1983 and has worked in television for over 25 years. He has been an actor, has authored several books and been a sports show commentator. Today, he is on Fox NFL Sunday as an analyst and was chosen to be a spokesperson for Nutrisystem.

The Today in America Terry Bradshaw show covers topics that are relevant to the lives of everyone. The informative cable television program films throughout the United States and is professionally edited in Coral Springs, Florida. It is broadcast regionally and nationally on a variety of cable news networks. Please visit todayinamericatv.com for more information about the show, its host or to view the fan page. The educational program engages on all social media platforms such as Face Book, YouTube and Twitter.


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CanadaDrugs.com offers consumer savings as inflation soars on prescription drug prices.

CanadaDrugs.com offers consumer savings as inflation soars on prescription drug prices.

Canada Drugs

Winnipeg, Manitoba (PRWEB) March 15, 2012

Two recent studies on inflationary budget pressures in the United States reveal that the cost of prescription medication for American consumers, already the highest in the world, is continuing to rise, putting increased pressure on household budgets already squeezed by the high cost of medication. The studies from the American Institute for Economic Research and the AARP Public Policy Institute both demonstrate that rising drug costs and the impact of prescription drug price changes are forcing more and more Americans to make hard choices in how to fit lifesaving drugs into their monthly budgets. Canada Drugs, as the largest international online prescription provider, is offering price relief to those struggling with increased costs by offering lower priced international brand medication and a wider selection of more affordable generic prescription medication.

While the Consumer Price Index, the governments widely used measure of inflation reported a 3.1 percent rise in prices over 2011, the American Institute for Economic Research focused exclusively on the cost of Americans typical daily purchases, such as food, gasoline and prescription drugs, and found that these costs rose over 8 percent in the past year. The AARP Public Policy Institute study dug deeper into the rising cost of prescription medication and found that the cumulative change in prices for brand-name prescription medication from 2005 through 2009 was almost double the rate of inflation. The AARP examined retail prices for the 514 prescription drugs most used by Medicare beneficiaries and saw the average rate of increase for these drugs was 4.8 percent, while the retail prices for brand name and specialty drug products rose by 8.3 and 8.9 percent. Altogether from 2004 to 2009 the cost of drugs increased by 25.6 percent, compared to a general inflation rate of 13.3 percent. For consumers taking a drug on a chronic basis, their average annual cost rose from $ 2,160 to $ 3,168 over the same time period.

Due to this large increase in drug costs, the AARP has called for Congress to allow for the safe and legal importation of prescription drugs from abroad. CanadaDrugs.com, as the largest and most established online pharmacy, supports American consumers having greater choice in their prescription drug purchases. With price savings that average between 20%-80% off the typical American retail price, Canada Drugs, Canadian pharmacy, has been offering it’s customers significant drug savings since 2001. With no enrollment plans, premiums, or co-pays, Canada Drugs offers easy price relief to those struggling with high drug costs, and to seniors facing the Medicare Part-D doughnut hole. Canada Drugs offers a selection of thousands of varieties of discount prescription medication, with popular types of products including discount Nexium, discount Flomax, and discount Singulair.

“We see the effects of drug price inflation everyday on our customers when they call us unable to afford their drug bills, or when they have fallen into the Medicare-D Doughnut Hole. We have a dedicated team to assist Medicare-D users that will work with them to maximize their drug savings and help lower the out-of-pocket costs they are paying for their drugs,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs.

The same AARP report also revealed that the retail prices for generic drugs decreased by 7.8 percent over the same period. CanadaDrugs.com also offers a wide selection of generic equivalents that offer the greatest price savings to its customers. Generic equivalents of drugs such as Propecia or Advair Diskus offer affordable alternatives to higher cost brand name version.


About CanadaDrugs.com

Canada Drugs is the largest and most trusted online Canadian pharmacy. In operation since 2001, Canada Drugs has safely filled over 6 million prescriptions for American patients. At Canada Drugs, we maintain extremely rigorous standards in patient safety. We believe access to essential prescription drugs should be safe, convenient, and affordable for all. Canada Drugs is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), the Manitoba International Pharmacists Association (MIPA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), VeriSign and is a 5 star rated pharmacy from Pharmacy Checker.com. As a premiere Canadian Internet-based and mail order pharmacy, CanadaDrugs.com LP is licensed by the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association to distribute prescription medication. For more information on CanadaDrugs.com visit our website or call 1-800-226-3784.

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Reid Supply Offers Environmentally Friendly Industrial Products Catalog

Reid Supply Offers Environmentally Friendly Industrial Products Catalog

The New Reid Supply Company Catalog

Muskegon, MI (PRWEB) February 16, 2012

Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial products, announces their first full-line catalog printed completely on Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc paper.

“We’ve made some very significant changes to our catalog this year, including the use of SFI® paper and environmentally friendly Enviroink™,” says Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing at Reid Supply. “These changes help us protect our water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitats and some animal species at risk. Plus they strengthen best management practices to address Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value when working directly with family forest landowners”

The paper selection includes unique fiber sourcing requirements to promote responsible forest management on all forest lands in North America. By using SFI® paper and Enviroink™, Reid Supply leads the industrial distribution industry in sustainable catalog production.

Among other things, the new SFI 2010-2014 Standard, the result of an extensive 18-month public review, includes revisions that:

    Improve conservation of biodiversity in North America and offshore, and address emerging issues such as climate change and bioenergy.
    Strengthen unique SFI fiber sourcing requirements, which broaden the practice of sustainable forestry in North America and avoid unwanted offshore sources.
    Complement SFI activities aimed at avoiding controversial or illegal offshore fiber sources, and embrace Lacey Act amendments to prevent illegal logging.
    Expand requirements for logger training and support for trained loggers and certified logger programs. Since 1995, more than 117,000 loggers have received training through SFI-supported programs.

“The new standard was enriched by the views and expertise of many people, and offers a solid foundation as we build new partnerships and look for more ways to promote sustainable forest practices,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of non-profit SFI® Inc.

The catalog is printed in full color with color-coding of the following categories:

Knobs, Handles and Hand Wheels
Clamps and Workholding
Tooling Components
Fasteners and Hardware
Leveling Devices and Vibration Control
Material Handling
Bearings and Power Transmission
Tools, Maintenance and Shop Supplies
Pneumatics and Hydraulics
Structural Systems

Reid Supply also offers • Apparel and Footwear and • Packaging and Shipping Supplies online at ReidSupply.com.

Other improvements made to this year’s catalog include: row shading, which makes it easier to keep your place on the page; item numbers next to the price; new photography and line drawings, to better represent the product lines; and discounts noted on applicable pages and inside the back cover.

According to Reid Supply Company’s President, John Carrier, schools and colleges might be interested in the catalog and website as educational tools.

“This new catalog and our website, ReidSupply.com, are so well organized that they can actually be used in engineering and technical education programs,” says Carrier. “Students can get a very good picture of what products are available to help them as they plan, design and build production equipment in their future workplace. And with free CAD drawings for most of the industrial products in the catalog, students can see and build with Reid products.”

Not only does Reid Supply offer industrial products, they also have free CAD drawings of over 90% of the industrial parts in the Reid Supply catalog at ReidSupply.com. They have also invested in new data management tools which have helped to refine and streamline the look and feel of the catalog. According to Palmer, there are more changes in store for the company’s website.

“We are constantly striving to give the customer exactly what they want,” says Palmer. “Our team is always checking with customers to make sure that our publications and website continues to grow with their needs. These are organic marketing tools and we make sure that they grow and adapt to our customers’ needs.”

With nearly 900 pages of industrial products for industries including: manufacturing; CAD and engineering; transportation construction; food processing; packaging; oil, gas and alternative energy; government; aerospace; medical; motorsports and many others, Reid Supply has many of the products that industrial customers need.

“Since 1948 we have committed ourselves to providing such great service that our customers will not want to go anywhere else,” says Carrier. “Reid Supply Company is real people doing really great work for our customers, order after order.”

By constantly improving our electronic and printed catalog ordering systems, Reid Supply Company intends to continually provide their customers with the best new products and the best ways to buy them.

About Reid Supply Company

Reid Supply Company is a U.S. based, global industrial products distribution company founded in 1948. They feature an impressive, full-color, 896 page industrial products catalog and a full-featured ecommerce website at ReidSupply.com.

How Reid Fosters Customer Loyalty

    Personalized Customer Service
    Customization of Standard Parts
    Easy-to-use Color-coded Catalog
    Easy Online Ordering at ReidSupply.com
    Shipping Costs at the Time of Order
    Same Day Shipping on Most In-stock Products
    FREE Downloadable CAD Drawings Featuring Over 90% of Our Catalog Products

ReidSupply.com offers all of the company’s products, plus free CAD drawings of more than 90% of their catalogued parts. The website also offers an extensive knowledge base that includes online industrial tools and calculators, as well as an informative and entertaining monthly e-newsletter.

For more information about Reid Supply Company, call 800-253-0421 or go online at ReidSupply.com.



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New NLN Toolkit Offers Guidance to Nurse Educators Seeking Global Experiences

New NLN Toolkit Offers Guidance to Nurse Educators Seeking Global Experiences

National League for Nursing

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

With the globe shrinking, thanks to the Internet, sophisticated technology, and advanced communications, there are increased opportunities for international experiences in nursing education. Hence, the need for the Faculty Preparation for Global Experiences Toolkit, an initiative of INESA (International Nursing Education, Services, and Accreditation), a joint task force of the National League for Nursing and NLN Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Today’s nurse educators engage in international collaboration for many reasons: personal interest; the encouragement of a dean; the creation of a course or curriculum in global service learning or community/public health; promoting the educator’s home institution. And there are many roles a nurse educator can assume in an international setting: teacher, consultant, researcher, clinician. “Moreover,” said NLN president, Dr. Judith Halstead, “research indicates that health outcomes improve with the heightened cultural sensitivity of caregivers. That’s why nurse educators now have greater motivation than ever for gaining exposure to diverse, trans-cultural learning environments.”

The toolkit consists of five sections that facilitate advance planning, provide practical advice for the time abroad, and aid in implementing lessons learned once the nurse educator returns to home base. The toolkit concludes with a bibliography and web-based resources for additional information. Among the many topics covered are:

Selecting a host country

Packing, visas, immunizations

How to embrace unfamiliar customs and surroundings

Special role of faculty abroad

Faculty/student collaborations

Evaluating the experience and designing next steps

“In the interest of increasing access to safe, quality health care worldwide, the NLN considers the advancement of global nursing education a priority. There is always so much to be learned from our colleagues around the world,” noted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Members of the committee that developed the toolkit were: Daria U. Amato, MSN, RN, CNE; Joyce Barra, PhD, RN; G. Elaine Patterson, EdD, FNP-C, RNC; Shannon E. Perry, PhD, RN, FAAN; Jane F. Sumner, PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC; and Virginia W. Adams, PhD, RN, consultant to the NLN.

The Faculty Preparation for Global Experiences Toolkit is available on the NLN website here.

For more information about the toolkit, contact Dr. Elaine Tagliareni at 212-812-0333.

Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact NLN chief communications officer, Karen R. Klestzick at 212-812-0376.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 35,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations and agencies.



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Seniors Face Tough Times this Holiday Season; Home Instead Senior Care Network Offers 10 Money-Saving Tips

Seniors Face Tough Times this Holiday Season; Home Instead Senior Care Network Offers 10 Money-Saving Tips

In an effort to help older adults make the most of this holiday season, the Home Instead Senior Care network offers 10 money-saving tips

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

Even though Congress increased the debt ceiling earlier this year, allowing older adults to get Social Security checks on time, seniors face financial challenges that could contribute to a bleak holiday.

In 2011, for the second consecutive year, seniors received no Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a senior advocacy organization. What’s more, seniors can expect to receive only a very small COLA next year, TSCL reported. Unfortunately, a downward trend is continuing for older adults. Since 2000, the COLA has increased just 31 percent, while typical senior expenses have jumped 73 percent, more than twice as fast, according to the survey.

“Cuts of essential items such as food and medication should be of immediate concern to seniors’ families,” said President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network.

“Other reductions in spending can lead to less obvious issues. One of the biggest problems that we see is senior isolation, which has been magnified during this troubled time in the economy, especially considering the high price of gas,” he added.

In an effort to help older adults make the most of this holiday season, the Home Instead Senior Care network offers the following money-saving tips:

1.    Consider in-home care. The costs of home care are often lower than other living options for seniors who need help. However, seniors and their families typically over-estimate that cost, according to research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network.

2.    Economize at mealtime. Look for affordable meal options such as Meals on Wheels® or a local senior center, which can offer both cost savings and opportunities for companionship.

3.    Get back to basics. While winter might not be a great time to garden in many parts of the country, container and potted gardens can be grown indoors year-round to deliver fresh herbs or even produce.

4.    Avoid convenience. While that might seem like a strange statement, convenience many times equates to increased cost, especially when it comes to food. Avoid convenience foods and watch for sales on fresh or canned fruits, vegetables and meats, which can be less expensive.

5.    Look for deals. It always pays to look for the best price, but no more so than with medications. Buy generic when possible. Contact a pharmacist about ways to save money on medications.

6.    Thrifting is thrifty. Just because money is tight doesn’t mean that family and friends need to go without a holiday gift. Look to thrift stores for affordable gifts. Or make presents. A grandchild likely would love a recipe box of favorite family recipes and the stories that go with those dishes. Scrapbooks always are popular as well.

7.    Carpooling makes sense. If it’s too cold to walk, contact others going in the same direction or to the same place and share costs.

8.    Save energy. Installing weather-stripping, caulking leaky doors and windows, and installing gaskets behind outlet covers can lead to cost savings.

9.    Decorate the natural way. Go green and save money. It’s amazing the beautiful holiday ornaments that can be created from pine cones and branches sprayed with silver, white or gold paint. Cranberry and popcorn garlands make pretty and affordable decorations as well.

10.    Look to the experts. Call a local Area Agency on Aging if the costs of food and gas have become prohibitive. For more information about programs and resources, contact the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Family caregivers can look to the Home Instead Senior Care network’s many online resources, such as the CaregiverStress.com website, to help seniors and their loved ones cope during difficult times.


Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy and Puerto Rico. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGivers(SM) worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.


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Personalized Medicine Offers New Hope to People With Depression

Personalized Medicine Offers New Hope to People With Depression

Chalfont, PA (PRWEB) November 17, 2011

Depression has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It affects approximately 19 million Americans or 9.5% of the population in any given one-year period. It is estimated that depression costs the United States $ 83 billion each year in lost productivity and increased medical expense.

A report issued last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. has increased nearly 400% since 1988 with about 11% of Americans aged 12 or older taking antidepressants.

Despite the increase in antidepressant use, studies have found that even the most popular antidepressants on the market work on only about half of the people who try them, and that as many as 30% of those who are clinically depressed aren’t helped by any of the drugs they have taken.

Dr. Ronald I. Dozoretz, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Genomind, believes that a new approach to treating mental illness is needed. “The goal of our company is to bring science into the clinic and patient setting. We believe that this can best be achieved through the adoption of personalized medicine into psychiatry by assisting physicians in the selection of appropriate medicine based on genetic information.”

Dr. Jay Lombard, Chief Scientific Officer and Medical Director of Genomind and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, says that the reason for the low response rate is not that the medications for depression and other mental disorders are ineffective. The problem is that there is little science to guide physicians in treating depressed patients.

“Studies demonstrate that antidepressants do work. There is no way for a doctor to know in advance which antidepressant is the best one for his or her patient. This sets up a trial-and-error process of trying different medications, or combinations of medications, until the right one is found. Patients and their families tell me this is one of the most frustrating aspects of treatment,” Dr. Lombard says.

Antidepressant medications can take between 4 to 6 weeks to work. And it can take several weeks for the drug to be out of a person’s system before a new one can be started. “You don’t see this trial-and-error approach in cancer chemotherapy, where there is great effort to find exactly the right regimen for the right patient because consequences of the wrong treatment can be substantial.”

Rather than the trial-and-error process we now have, Dr. Lombard believes the answer to better treatments for mental illness needs to be science-based. “We know that specific genetic variations modify the body’s response to various drugs and therapies. By identifying these variations, clinicians can design an optimized treatment plan likely to be most effective for that individual patient. This new development, known as personalized medicine, has the potential to increase effectiveness and lower costs in a wide range of medical specialties. Most research and clinical applications for biomarker testing to date have been applied to a limited range of markers, including cancer and anticoagulation, but not to mental health. The reason I was one of the co-founders of Genomind was to help this enormous, underserved population and specifically seeks to facilitate the adoption of personalized medicine to mental health.”

The Genecept™ Assay is the first commercial product of Genomind, a company specializing in neuropsychiat-ric personalized medicine and was formed to facilitate the adoption of personalized medicine into psychiatry by providing genetic information to better understand the patient. It combines a proprietary panel of genetic tests and an analytical report to be used by clinicians. In addition, the Genecept Assay is coupled with Genomind psychopharmacologist assistance for clinicians, together with emerging education and information concerning neuropsychiatric disorders and pharmacogenomics. Genomind has unique intellectual property for this integrated approach and product.

Dr. Lombard cautions that these biomarker tests are not to be used for diagnosis, but rather as a tool for clinicians to more fully understand their patient’s genotype and assist in understanding potential responses to medications.

Dr. Lombard presented data from a new study at the 2011 Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Global Psychopharmacology Congress held November 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The presentation, entitled, “Does Pharmacogenetic Testing in Psychiatry Influence Clinician Treatment Selection and Confidence?” reported that 76% of early adopter clinicians say that the Genecept™ Assay influenced their treatment of patients, 67% say they elected to make changes to treatment, and 87% say the test increased their confidence in treatment decisions.

The authors of the study besides Dr. Lombard, were Roy Perlis, MD, Director, Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Bryce Kasuba, MA, MBA, and Rachel Dicker, PharmD of Genomind.

“We were pleased to be able to present our data at the NEI conference about how genetic testing can help clinicians be more confident about the treatment decisions they make,” said Dr. Lombard. “As opposed to trial-and-error, a personalized medicine approach has great promise for making better choices about treatment, and we anticipate seeing further data that will support the results from our early adopter program.”


Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD, is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Genomind. He is also the Founder and Chairman of ValueOptions, Inc., one of the nation’s leading behavioral health and wellness companies, serving over 22 million people.

Dr. Dozoretz has held numerous positions with healthcare-related professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors for RAND Health, and Board of Directors for the National Health Policy Council and for the National Foundation for Mental Health. He has advised the Newt Gingrich Center for Health Transformation.


Dr. Lombard is a co-founder of Genomind with Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD, and is responsible for the company’s scientific research and development, as well as medical leadership and clinical oversight. He is the former Chief of Neurology and head of the Stroke Department at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and is a nationally recognized leader in neuropsychiatry practice, research and thought leadership. Dr. Lombard is the former Director of the Brain Behavior Center in Rockland County, New York. Dr. Lombard is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Touro Medical College and former Director of Medical Education.

He is also the Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He also served as Chief of Neurology at Westchester Square Hospital in New York, and has been named an outstanding New York physician in various professional surveys.

Dr. Lombard is also regarded as a leading expert about the role of nutrition in brain function. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Freedom from Disease, Balance Your Brain, and The Brain Wellness Plan. Dr. Lombard was one of the first researchers to propose that autism was linked to mitochondrial function. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the role of nutrition in brain function and has extensive experience as a medical advisor to the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. Dr. Lombard is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He combined his psychiatry and neurology residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, and is a board-certified neurologist.


Genomind is a company specializing in neuropsychiatric personalized medicine and was formed to facilitate the adoption of personalized medicine into psychiatry by providing genetic information to better understand the patient. Its Genecept™ Assay was made available for the study. Genomind was founded by Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD, a psychiatrist who has devoted his career to improving mental health and bringing innovations in science, delivery, and access to mental health patients. He also is founder of ValueOptions, one of the nation’s leading behavioral health and wellness companies. Dr Lombard, a neurologist, is co-founder of Genomind and is a critically acclaimed author and nationally recognized thought leader in neuropsychiatry practice and research. Learn more at http://www.genomind.com.


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Logicalis Offers Seven Ways to Identify a Secure IT Environment

Logicalis Offers Seven Ways to Identify a Secure IT Environment

Farmington Hills, MI (PRWEB) September 27, 2011

Security is a top of mind concern for CIOs and data center managers. In environments where regulatory requirements play a role, it is critical to ensure that organizational data is safe and secure at every access point. Awareness isn’t enough, though. Organizations must be able to gauge their security preparedness. That’s why Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services (http://www.us.logicalis.com), has developed a checklist of seven key things to look for in a secure IT environment.

“The cornerstone when securing an IT environment is to classify the data that runs through that environment,” explains Von Williams, director of information security, audits and compliance for Logicalis. “You have to know whether your data is private, confidential or public before you can assign security protocols and policies that will safeguard that data to the extent required for each level of classification.”

According to Logicalis, there are seven key ways to know if an IT environment is operating under a “best practices” approach to data security. Using this checklist as a guide is a good start, but Williams warns that IT security is not a static process and controls must be employed to continually assess and reassess the companywide policies and strategies that keep security in check.

Seven Ways to ID a Secure IT Environment

(1)    An established security program: Any IT security program must have buy-in from upper management and include an established and communicated commitment from the top down, reaching employees, shareholders and customers alike that demonstrates that this is a company that takes security seriously.

(2)    Classified data: To protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) of the data in an IT environment, that data has to be classified as private, confidential or public. There will be more security controls around company financial data (confidential), for example, than around a memo about a company picnic (public).

(3)    Defined security policies: Policies tell everyone in an organization exactly what to do to protect the CIA of that data. Confidential data may need to be encrypted, and the security policy will dictate exactly what kind of encryption protocol is required to protect something like the company’s sensitive financial data on a user’s laptop. Other examples of security policies include access control, backup, anti-virus, mobile computing and risk management policies to name just a few.

(4)    Guidelines for “acceptable use”: It is important to define what is and what is not “acceptable use” of the tools the company provides to its employees; employees should be asked to read and sign the policy before being granted access to the equipment and the company’s network/data.

(5)    Companywide awareness: It’s not enough to establish policies and define rules if no one in the company knows what those rules and policies dictate. Every employee should know where the security policies are stored (i.e., the company’s intranet) and how to access them. One way to accomplish this is to hold regular security awareness classes that reinforce the company’s policies. Post signs, send out weekly security email reminders and be sure all employees embrace the idea that “security is everyone’s responsibility.”

(6)    Identified risks: A critical step in securing an IT environment is to identify all imaginable risk factors. Clearly, more time will be spent assessing the risk to confidential data than to public data. This is an exercise that cannot be taken lightly; without such an assessment, data remains at risk in ways that could have easily been defined and protected.

(7)    An incident response plan: What happens when there is a data breach? It’s not a question of “if” it will happen, but more one of “when.” How will the company respond? A clearly defined process lays out what constitutes a breach, how to identify it, and who to contact to report a data security breach. Once confirmed, IT must act to contain it as quickly as possible, minimizing the impact on the company. Afterwards, a “lessons learned” session will re-examine the process and create adjustments to avoid a similar circumstance in the future.

To learn more, watch “IT Happens Here – Security” – a short video from Logicalis: http://www.us.logicalis.com/knowledge-share/videos/it-happens-here-security.aspx .

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration; data center; and professional and managed services.

Logicalis Group employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $ 1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $ 5 billion.

For more information, visit http://www.us.logicalis.com.

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Help Solve Global Warming: Non-Profit Offers Public Free Personal Carbon Impact Calculator

Help Solve Global Warming: Non-Profit Offers Public Free Personal Carbon Impact Calculator

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) June 29, 2007

“A solution to global warming is right under our feet and we can make it personal,” says Peter Holter, COO of Holistic Management International (HMI). ). The non-profit uses natural methods to restore land, improve soil health, reverse desertification, and improve biodiversity – which greatly increase the soil’s ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it as organic matter. 30 million acres worldwide are currently being managed holistically.

“Because we know that carbon sequestration makes a positive impact on global climate change, we want to help people who are looking for realistic ways they can to combat global warming,” Holter adds. “So we’re offering them a simple, convenient tool that they can easily use in their own homes and offices.”

The tool is a free Personal Carbon Impact Calculator, a 9″ x 4″ card that helps people determine and offset their ecological effects on the planet. The card carries a simple chart that translates individual impacts on global warming into dollars and cents, using the same principle that the Climate Exchange industry uses in paying carbon credits to farmers.

“Reviewing the chart, people can calculate their personal carbon impacts, and then decide whether or not to use the dollar value of their impacts to support alternative energy projects.” Holter says.

People interested in obtaining the free Personal Carbon Impact Calculator card may call HMI at (505) 842-5252 or visit the website, http://www.holisticmanagement.org.

Holter suggests six other actions people can take to combat global warming:

1. Vote with your dollars. Invest in products and companies that conserve resources (energy efficient appliances, on-demand water heaters, photovoltaics, etc.).

2. Support low-tech solutions for removing carbon from the air and high-tech solutions for keeping new carbon out.

3. Buy locally grown, organic produce and grass-fed meat and dairy, whose producers avoid using chemicals that hurt land, animals and humans.

4. Increase your ecological literacy. Learn how we can develop symbiotic relationships with Nature so all may thrive.

5. Learn additional ways to reduce your ecological footprint at http://www.ecologicalfootprint.org

6. Support HMI’s efforts to educate others about using animals to improve land health and sequester carbon.



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National Flood School Offers Insight Into Heat Drying With New Course

A new course from the National Flood School explores the transformational effect drying with heat can achieve in the restoration of a flood damaged building.


The one day course ‘Drying With Heat’ has been designed to provide an introduction to the basics of heat drying.


The subject is explored through a combination of technical instruction – and unique hands-on experience – achieved by delegates seeing the equipment in action at the National Flood School’s purpose-built Flood House.

Believed to be the only purpose-built floodable house in Europe, the Flood House comprises of eight rooms and 60 common household materials – providing a comprehensive test-bed for training and development.

National Flood School technicians will flood the building with water to produce a realistic environment for demonstrations of heat drying systems.

Delegates will also practice how to set-up heat drying systems on site and learn more about monitoring the drying process.

Chris Netherton, MD of The National Flood School, based in Farnham, Surrey, said: “This is a new course for 2010. The use of our unique Flood House will allow people to witness the aftermath of flooding and see how the heat drying process works.

“The aim of the course is to give people the experience to fully understand and use heat drying techniques to conduct flood restoration safely – and to a high standard.

“The drying out process is a critical stage of building restoration following a flood.


“Students will be able to see how a building reacts to heat drying processes and consider issues such as whether to strip out the building thoroughly – and the effect heat has on micro-organisms and on building materials.”


Videos about the National Flood School and the Flood House can be seen at the National Flood School’s own YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/nationalfloodschool

More details about the National Flood School, the Drying With Heat course and other specialist training can be found at http://www.nationalfloodschool.co.uk or by calling 01252 821185.


Notes To Editors

Recognised across the UK and Europe as a leader in the research, development, testing and education of a wide-range of techniques and systems to enhance the restoration of property damaged by flood and fire, the National Flood School was founded in 1988.

Based in Farnham, Surrey, The National Flood School shares its expertise to support and train restoration professionals and provides information and professional guidance for many other associated industries, including insurers and loss adjusters

The organisation has three specific divisions; training, consultancy and research and development.

The National Flood School has recently been appointed a Licensed Training Centre by the British Damage Management Association (BDMA). 

This accreditation sees the National Flood School now offer regular courses under the BDMA Licensed Damage Management Training programme, alongside its own comprehensive training events.

It also writes and maintains the BSI Code of Practice for Professional Water Damage Mitigation (PAS 64).


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