NY SKYRIDE and Empire State Building Special Pricing for Holiday Season

NY SKYRIDE and Empire State Building Special Pricing for Holiday Season











NY SKYRIDE / Empire State Building COMBO


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 16, 2011

NY SKYRIDE announces their holiday sale for their Empire State Building and NY SKYRIDE virtual tour Combo package. The Empire State Building COMBO tickets can be purchased online at the NY SKYRIDE website.

“We’re thrilled to offer a holiday season sale on one of our most popular New York City tourist packages,” states Matthew Day, Vice President of Business Development at NY SKYRIDE, “every New York tourist wants to enjoy the views from the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck!”

The NY SKYRIDE and Empire State Building COMBO package – with Adult, Senior & Child tickets on sale – is the perfect New York City attraction for all ages – and combines the NY SKYRIDE virtual tour with the exhilarating outside views of New York City from the 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building.

NY SKYRIDE offers New York tourists the unique ‘one and only’ virtual tour simulator. The virtual tour includes spectacular views of nearly 3 dozen popular New York City attractions and famous landmarks. The NY SKYRIDE’s virtual tour simulator is located on the 2nd floor of the Empire State Building and is appropriate and enjoyable for all ages.

Combined with the famous Empire State Building Observation Deck, the NY SKYRIDE virtual tour / Empire State Building Combo package purchase grants Fast Track admission saving New York tourists and vacationers up to 75% off regular ticket admission costs.

“The Empire State Building is a must see New York tourist attraction,” continues Matthew Day, “and we’re excited to offer this COMBO package holiday savings for New York City tourists – to experience the spectacular views from the Empire State Building’s 86th Floor Observation Deck along with the one-of-a-kind thrill of the NY SKYRIDE virtual tour – all in one convenient location.”

To purchase tickets for the NY SKYRIDE Combo Pack:

Visit: NY SKYRIDE / Empire State Building Combo Tickets

Call: 1-888-SKYRIDE (1-888-759-7433)

About NY SKYRIDE:

New York Skyline, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, owns and operates the “NY SKYRIDE,” a multi-million dollar, flight simulator attraction located in the Empire State Building. From its inception, New York Skyline’s location based entertainment concept maintains a consistent philosophy of providing quality entertainment for the entire family. Using state of the art technology, the NY SKYRIDE provides unique on-site entertainment experience for guests of all ages with worldwide appeal.

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Public Policy Expert Anthony Figliola, Announces Economic Development Ideas to Create Jobs in America

Public Policy Expert Anthony Figliola, Announces Economic Development Ideas to Create Jobs in America











Anthony Figliola


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 14, 2011

The United States is currently running a deficit of over $ 14 Trillion with a quarter of Americans living at or below the poverty line. Unemployment has remained over 9 percent for over 24 consecutive months and both the White House and Congress failed to pass mandatory budget cuts through the Super Committee to save our economy.

“People are in bad shape and something needs to be done to rebuild our nation, but not at the expense of the taxpayers,” said Anthony Figliola, economic development professional and Vice President of Empire Government Strategies. “The good news is that there are many initiatives Washington can enact, which can put Americans back to work without raising taxes.”

Anthony Figliola is the former Deputy Supervisor of Economic Development for the Town of Brookhaven, one of America’s largest municipalities. During his time in government he was directly responsible economic and energy policy. He worked with businesses seeking government incentives to grow as well as developed workforce development programs to put people back to work.

He continued his work in economic development in the private sector and in total has helped to create over 3,500 new jobs. In addition he obtained over $ 800 million in government grants for businesses, which invested over $ 2 billion in capital projects.

Utilizing his past experience in job creation and economic development, Mr. Figliola outlined several steps the federal government should take to stimulate job growth in America.

Support Oil and Natural Gas Exploration: currently there are trillions of cubic feet of oil and natural gas shales under our feet. The EPA and states including New York need to approve continued exploration, so that our country can significantly reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create tens of thousands of jobs for Americans. For example, the Obama Administration has an opportunity to approve the expansion of the Keystone XL Pipeline down to the Gulf of Mexico. This project has the potential to create over 20,000 jobs at no cost to the taxpayers, however, the project has been stalled.

Repatriate U.S. Cash from Overseas: right now there is over $ 2 trillion in profits made by U.S. corporations sitting in overseas accounts. The Congress should pass legislation to allow those corporations to bring that money back home at a one-time discounted tax rate. The caveat would be that 3% of taxable earnings would be put into an Economic Development fund designed to help small businesses looking for capital to grow.

Create a Federal Economic Development Fund: This fund would be managed by a non-profit entity oversaw by the Department of Commerce and the Congress. This fund would solicit competitive applications for funding from all 50 states. Each state currently has programs that provide financial support to growing businesses and workforce training projects. The mechanism and oversight has already been established by the states. They have access to businesses ready to expand, but funds are limited. A competitive grant program similar to the Race to the Top initiative would immediately create badly needed jobs for struggling state economies.

Anthony Figliola has been published and regularly interviewed for his expertise in economic development and public policy for media outlets such as: NBC News, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Newsday, Finance & Commerce, Long Island Business News, New York Metro, BusinessWeek and many more.

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Ryla Teleservices Call Center Employees Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP Granted Conditional Class Certification in Off-the-Clock Case

Ryla Teleservices Call Center Employees Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP Granted Conditional Class Certification in Off-the-Clock Case











Lafayette, Indiana (PRWEB) December 13, 2011

On December 13, 2011, The Honorable Robert L. Miller of the Northern District of Indiana granted Conditional Class Certification under the Fair Labor Standard Act to Plaintiff Martha Swarthout and granted her Motion for Judicial Notice. Ms. Swarthout brought suit against Ryla Teleservices, Inc. on April 13, 2011, alleging that she and other similarly situated customer service employees of Ryla’s call center in Lafayette, Indiana, were not compensated for logging into computer applications and performing other necessary work tasks before the beginning of their shifts and after the end of their shifts. Ms. Swarthout’s complaint also alleged that on certain occasions, Ryla failed to pay her and other similarly situated employees on time. The case is titled Swarthout et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 4:11-cv-21 RM (N.D. Ind.)

Judge Miller’s Order means that Ms. Swarthout will be permitted to send judicial notice of the lawsuit to the other customer service representatives who worked at Ryla’s Lafayette, Indiana, call center in the last three years and give them an opportunity to file consent forms to join the case.

This case is one of seven collective actions filed against Ryla by its employees in various states. These cases allege that Ryla failed to pay its employees for all time worked and failed to pay its employees on time. The other cases include Slaughter-Cabbell & Hooks, et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 1:11-CV-00202 (N.D. Ga.); Robinson & Wingard et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 1:11-CV-00131 (S.D. Ind.), Shea & Gurtin et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 1:11-cv-00626 (E.D. Ca.); Dickenson & Green et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 11-CV-1208 (D. Co.); Hargrove et al. v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., (E.D. Va.).

Individuals with questions about any of these cases should contact David Schlesinger at Nichols Kaster, PLLP at (612) 256-3277 or schlesinger@nka.com.

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Autism Speaks Launches Updates to Its Online Autism Safety Project

Autism Speaks Launches Updates to Its Online Autism Safety Project










New York, NY (PRWEB) December 12, 2011

Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today introduced 11 new sections to its popular Autism Safety Project on the Autism Speaks website. Safety is a concern for all parents, but given the challenges of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), safety is even more critical. The new sections of the Autism Safety Project focus on safety in the home and the community, and provide information about preventing sexual abuse and other forms of mistreatment.

Keeping individuals with autism safe is of paramount concern to families and should start within the home. These concerns are addressed in “Safe Signals,” a collection of in-home safety materials for individuals with ASD developed by the Ohio State University Health System Nursing Patient Education in conjunction with the Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center and the Ohio State University Medical Center’s Burn Center. The Safe Signals section of the Autism Safety Project includes a workbook and vinyl clings with important home safety information for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living areas and utility spaces. In addition, a “Safe Signals” video is available on the Autism Speaks Autism Safety Project webpage. A $ 25,000 community grant from Autism Speaks covered the production costs of the “Safe Signals” video, workbook and vinyl clings.

“The focus of the Safe Signals project is to develop fire and burn safety at home for older teens and young adults with autism. To our knowledge no other resource quite like this exists for this population,” said Lisa Murray-Johnson, program director for patient education at the Ohio State University Medical Center. “Whether they live alone, with a roommate, in a group home or with care providers, we want to prevent accidental injury before it happens. Burn center experts are excellent at treating burns, but education to prevent burns is equally important,” said Murray-Johnson.

A new Community Section expands the Autism Safety Project with the inclusion of information, tips and links to professional resources to help ensure the safety of an individual with autism outside of the home. It is broken down into categories that address common situations that can pose a risk depending on an individual with ASD’s cognitive and communication abilities. Categories include crossing the street, learning landmarks and directions, taking public transportation, using public restrooms and asking for help. For each category, Autism Speaks worked with professionals to provide tips and resources to teach appropriate safey skills in the community.

Sexual abuse is a very real concern for individuals affected by autism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls suffer from sexual abuse before the age of 18. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, the country’s largest and most reliable crime study, reports that every two minutes a person is sexually victimized in the United States – and the numbers for individuals with disabilities are even higher. With these troubling statistics in mind, Autism Speaks has developed a special section of the Autism Safety Project on sexual abuse to inform and empower parents to talk about sexuality with their children, take preventive measures, detect signs of abuse and address suspected instances of abuse.

“People with autism are especially vulnerable to sexual predators, and some may either be unaware that they are being mistreated or may be unable to effectively communicate that abuse has occurred,” said Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks vice president of Family Services. “It’s critical that we do everything possible to prevent abuse by arming parents and children with key safety information, as well as improve our ability to detect and report any instance of mistreatment.”

Additional sections of the Autism Safety Project include information and strategies targeted to first responders and judicial personal. Within each section there is information about characteristics associated with autism and strategies to facilitate safe and productive interactions. The online resource also features materials to help families be better prepared for an emergency or crisis situation, including tools for creating an effective safety plan. It also provides a list of national autism information resources that includes first responder training programs and safety programs for people with disabilities.

About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 110 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 600 percent increase in the past two decades that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $ 160 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light it Up Blue initiative. Also, Autism Speaks award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council has received over $ 300 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit, a Grandparent’s Guide to Autism, and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments in 29 states thus far, with bills pending in an additional 10 states. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org.

About the Co-Founders

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and Chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He served as Vice Chairman of General Electric; and as the Chief Executive Officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. He also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, Mission Product, EMI Group Global Ltd., and AMC Networks Inc., and is a Trustee of the New York Presbyterian hospital. Suzanne Wright is a Trustee Emeritus of Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater. Suzanne has received numerous awards, the Women of Distinction Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University, the CHILD Magazine Children’s Champions Award, Luella Bennack Volunteer Award, Spirit of Achievement award by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s National Women’s Division and The Women of Vision Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2008, the Wrights were named to the Time 100 Heroes and Pioneers category, a list of the most influential people in the world, for their commitment to global autism advocacy. They have also received the first ever Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the NYU Child Advocacy Award, the Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award and the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. In the past couple of years the Wrights have received honorary doctorate degrees from St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s University and UMass Medical School.

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New Site Features Scholarship and Educational Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean

New Site Features Scholarship and Educational Opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean











Highlights from LASPAU’s recent programs are featured on the site through program reports, videos and testimonials.


Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011

Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas launched a new website for students, partners and affiliates interested in learning more about its educational programs and services. LASPAU is the premier organization dedicated solely to advancing higher education in the Americas. An affiliate of Harvard University, LASPAU works with world class educators and researchers in a variety of fields. The organization’s new website, located at http://www.laspau.harvard.edu, is part of an ongoing effort to expand educational opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

LASPAU’s executive director, Ambassador Peter DeShazo, says “We are pleased to be launching a new website that will provide more comprehensive information and resources to students and partners throughout the world. The new website is more user-friendly, provides valuable information and showcases LASPAU’s efforts to strengthen higher education in the region.”

The new website, provides a streamlined resource to a variety of audiences. Individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean who are seeking scholarships for university study can now more easily find a variety of funding opportunities in one central location. Likewise, partner organizations will also have instant access to LASPAU’s offering of educational services including scholarship management, testing and evaluation and teaching and learning programs. Highlights from LASPAU’s recent programs for the education, business and public sectors through the Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation (IDIA) are also featured on the site through program reports, videos and testimonials.

LASPAU’s efforts are guided by the vision that quality academic preparation and training should be available throughout society in Latin America and the Caribbean. Key to those efforts is the ability to make information about educational opportunities accessible and understandable.

About LASPAU: LASPAU designs and implements academic and professional programs to meet the complex social, political, and economic challenges facing the Americas. The organization’s efforts are focused on institutional capacity-building and human resource development, principally through the design and management of international scholarship programs at the graduate level, evaluation and testing services and teaching and learning programs. Since 1964 more than 20,000 academics, scientists and professionals have received grants or participated in programs administered by LASPAU.

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