Category Archives: Business and Work

A Good Business Neighbor

I was just reading an article online about back in 2006, how a dry cleaner learned about perc contamination and became concerned about how the property behind his dry cleaning business might be contaminated with the toxic waste from thirty-five years of dry-cleaning. He contacted an environmental cleaning firm and had them test the soil behind his property. They did find toxic contamination, and they worked with him to rectify the situation.

Unfortunately, rectifying the situation involved excavating all of the soil behind the building! That was a process that took a couple of weeks, and he had to close his business while it was being done. He had 120 tons of contaminated soil trucked away! I truly applaud the business owner for being a good business neighbor, and taking care of this problem before it got worse!

I do wish that the article had indicated where the soil was taken, I would find that interesting to learn.

When I lived in New England, I learned that I lived a few miles away from a dump that accepted toxic wastes, and that the dump site was leaking into the area’s lakes, and may have been affecting the groundwater. These types of situations do worry me, as I am always concerned about the health of my family, my neighbors, and the entire world.

I like to believe that I’ve instilled those concerns in my children, and that had some influence in the decision of my youngest son to go into Environmental Engineering. His passion is water quality, and he has been working hard going to college. He is currently attending Stanford, working on his doctorate. I hope that he has a major impact on cleaning up the pollution on this world!

This has been a guest post, written by my friend, Linda Bradshaw

Gotta do it

In The Midst of Chaos

There are quite a few advantages that do mange to come out of coming from a large family that I never would have thought of when growing up in the midst of all the chaos that went on back in the “good old days”  One of the good things that is extremely helpful in all of our later years in life is to be able to call on the services and expertise that everyone has gotten into over the years.

We have a wide variety of professions spread out around the ever growing family but we have never had an attorney in the family, which certainly would have come in handy a plenty through out the years. Not that we have a lot of criminals in the family but there are plenty of times that legal issues have come and inevitably will come up in the future that certainly warranted the need for a good quality attorney. So when the announcement came that one of my nephews has decided to pursue the legal profession up in Cincinnati, Ohio the whole family felt the need to celebrate before he heads off to college in just a few months. So come Labor Day weekend as many family members that can manage to gather themselves up and make trip will hopefully send him off to law school in style! Looks like I need to start finding the perfect gift for the occasion. Labor Day weekend will be here in no time flat.

No Fooling Around

Yesterday was April Fools Day and I was worried that the day was going to bring some wacky and unusual pranks around my work place. I mean people have been talking it up for the past week or so, so I figured that at least one person was up to something for the day. In a way I was disappointed and in another I am grateful, ya know what I mean?

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one which occurs as the result of an external force, sometime after birth. The causes and effects of TBIs can be as varied as the people who sustain them – although there are obviously certain activities which carry a greater risk of head injury. The symptoms can also vary from person to person.

Causes of TBI

The most common causes of traumatic head injuries include:

  • falls
  • road traffic accidents
  • violence
  • sports injuries
  • explosive blasts and/or other combat injuries

Only some of these will be preventable.

If you cycle, ride a motorcycle, or take part in any winter or extreme sports such as skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, or BMXing, for example, it is vital that you always wear an appropriate, and well-fitting helmet. Studies consistently show the benefit of wearing helmets.

  • Wearing a cycle helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by up to 88%, and the risk of injury to the upper and mid face by as much as 65%.
  • Motorcycle helmets are estimated to reduce the risk of head injury by around 72%.
  • Wearing a helmet whilst skiing could reduce the risk of head injury by between 21 and 45%.

Symptoms of TBI

One thing that is important to remember with brain injuries is that the level of external head injury is not always indicative of the damage that may have occurred within. If you, or someone close to you, has suffered a head injury, there are some very important signs to look out for in the days immediately following:

  • Any loss of consciousness – in fact if there was a loss of consciousness at the time of the accident, NHS advice is to visit your doctor as soon as possible to get checked out.
  • Vomiting – it is not unusual to feel nauseous or to vomit after a blow to the head, but if the nausea and vomiting do not reduce in frequency or intensity over the day or so following the accident, it is time to seek medical attention.
  • Clear fluid – if you notice clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears, you must visit A&E immediately. This could be cerebrospinal fluid, and could signify severe injury.
  • Excessive blood loss – as with any injury, blood loss can lead to shock and other problems, so you must always get it seen by a doctor, particularly if the blood is not clotting or slowing.

Other symptoms that indicate you may need medical attention include fits, seizures, loss of hearing or speech, memory loss, or a difficulty staying awake.

If in doubt, always see a doctor after any head injury, even if you’re not sure that it was that severe – it is always better to be safe.

A brain injury can be life changing, and sometimes it may have been sustained as the result of an accident that was not your fault. If this is the case, and you wish to research your legal options, have a look on the Free Legal Advice Centre, whose video-based site offers many resources.

 

 

On-line job seeking platforms

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Upload and Save Resumes

Using CareerBuilder is an ideal tool for uploading and saving different versions of your resume. When you are applying for different positions and want a customized resume for each position using the tool is a way to expedite the process of submitting your entire application to a potential employer.

Store Cover Letters

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Receive Job Alerts

A benefit of using CareerBuilder regularly when seeking out new jobs is the ability to sign up for newsletters and job alerts that are customized to your own needs in terms of careers. Receiving job alerts directly into your inbox is a way for you to have the ability to apply for positions quicker than competition, increasing your chances of receiving an interview request. Getting job alerts delivered directly to your inbox is a way to save time when searching for new available job openings near you. Using the job alert function gives you more insight into the industry you are working in along with the type of positions that are most in-demand regardless of your field.

Search for Positions by Keyword and Industry

With the use of CareerBuilder it is possible to search for positions and job openings that are relevant to your own qualifications and personal and professional experience. Seeking out positions by keyword and industry helps to save time when you are looking to apply for multiple jobs in one sitting. Finding Kool Smiles jobs and positions along with various companies you are interested in within the same field is all possible with the use of the search engine available directly on CareerBuilder.

Apply Directly On CareerBuilder

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