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emPower eLearning: September 2012

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

PracTutor launches the pre-registration to help students learn Math and English in an adaptive innovative way

Louisville, KY. September 08, 2012 – PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor was established with just one focus – THE STUDENT. PracTutor is trying to solve the challenge of how can we make any student love, learn and enjoy Math and English.

There are 39 million students in US in K-8 in public and private schools. Only 69% students make it to a high school and less than 70% to a college. Most of them falter at one of the numerous high school or college admission tests.  In college, majority of the students need to take remedial courses in Math and English.

About 40% of the students take some form of Math and English training program to prepare for high school and more than 75% to prepare for college admission tests. The students get frustrated with the narrow focus of such trainings or possible interventions not available when needed. PracTutor experience is personalized and it understands the student’s strengths to challenge them more on their strengths and it understands their weaknesses to eliminate them.

PracTutor is virtually effortless and very intuitive for the student to use. It applies intelligent algorithms to understand the student’s abilities in Math and English and provide practice and training to strengthen their skills. This training is mapped to each and every standard of the common core curriculum. PracTutor involves the parents and the school teacher in the student’s progress and provides all the elements required for the success of the student. A private tutor can help the student whenever they need any help.

“I created PracTutor because I was frustrated after using quite a few after-school Math and English programs for my two sons in Grades 3 and 5, I felt there had to be a better way, a better product and not seeing one, decided to create one.”, said Vatsal Ghiya, co-founder, PracTutor.

“I have seen a lot of my cousins and sons and daughters on my friends struggle with Math and English with numerous programs they work on. All of the training programs seem to be missing one or several elements.

We wanted to provide the entire ecosystem – a complete solution. That is what PracTutor is.”, said Hardik Parikh, co-founder and CEO, PracTutor.

PracTutor’s team comprises experts on Math and English from common core team, web designers, software developers, child psychologists, parents and school administrators.

PracTutor is in development right now and we would like to invite users for beta testing as soon as we have it out.

Watch what we do at http://youtu.be/HTo_D6N-CVI
Take a tour of the product at –http://www.practutor.com/tour
Pre-register using this link - http://www.practutor.com/

About PracTutor

Started in April -2012, PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor is part of emPower Training Solutions (www.empowerbpo.com) that has been providing online compliance solutions to 100+ healthcare practices and hospitals since the last 4 years.

To learn more about PracTutor follow us at: http://www.facebook.com/PracTutor

12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311

Hardik Parikh, Co-founder and CEO
12806 Townepark Way,
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Direct (502) 400-9374
Email: hardik@practutor.com
Twitter: @hardikvparikh
Blog: http://hardik.practutor.com

All press related inquiries to press@practutor.com

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

OSHA Again Delays Fall-Protection Rule

Residential contractors are being given yet another temporary reprieve in implementing a 2010 federal directive on fall protection.

In an effort to encourage greater compliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the “temporary enforcement measure” period for its Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction (STD 03-11-002) to Dec. 15.

The directive requires employers to provide roofers and construction workers with fall-protection equipment whenever work is performed six feet or higher above the ground.

 The directive, published in December 2010, replaces fall-protection policies issued in June 1999.
The directive, published in December 2010, replaces fall-protection policies issued in June 1999.

The “temporary enforcement measures” include priority free on-site OSHA compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, and increased outreach.

Fatalities from falls are the number-one cause of workplace death in construction, OSHA says.
Months of ‘Temporary Enforcement’

The directive on fall protection in residential construction was issued in December 2010 and replaces policies issued in 1999. The directive was to take effect June 16, 2011.

A three-month phase-in period was then implemented June 16, 2011, through Sept. 15, 2011.

Then, in September 2011, the agency began a period of “temporary enforcement” measures that was scheduled to close March 15, 2012. The temporary period was then extended until Sept. 15.

Last week, however, the agency said it would keep the measures in place until Dec. 15.

‘Common-Sense’ Approach

OSHA said that from March 1 to June 30 of this year, its Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) conducted 809 outreach activities related to residential fall protection.

From Oct. 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, OSHA’s On-site Consultation Projects conducted 2,527 on-site visits, 438 presentations and 925 training sessions related to fall protection in residential construction.

OSHA said the agency was taking a “common-sense” approach to enforcement and would continue to work with employers to ensure understanding of, and facilitate compliance with, the new policy.

Protection Requirements

The directive requires that workers engaged in residential construction six feet or more above lower levels be protected by conventional fall protection (i.e., guardrail systems, safety-net systems or personal fall-arrest systems) or other fall-protection measures allowed elsewhere in 1926.501(b).

If an employer can demonstrate that such fall protection is infeasible or presents a greater hazard, the employer may implement a plan that meets the requirements of 1926.502(k)

Alternative measures must use safe work practices that eliminate or reduce the possibility of a fall, OSHA said.

The directive, details of the phase-in policy, a presentation, and other guidance materials are available here.