Author: Melissa Thompson

Vehicle Recalls: What Consumers Need to Know

According to 2015 data released earlier this year by the National Safety Council (NSC), an estimated 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, and 4.4 million people were injured and needed a medical consultation. Scarily, the statistics on road fatalities showcases the largest one-year percentage increase noted in 50 years, with the number of deaths rising eight percent from 2014. When you look at data such as this, as well as the significant economic impact of vehicle crashes (estimated at over $230 billion annually), it’s obvious that it never gets any less important for the quality and...

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Millennials Turn From Traditional Housing, Tiny Homes Flourish

It’s no secret the American economy isn’t what it used to be. Since 2008, the country has been in palpable nosedive. Though politicians insist things are getting better, many citizens think otherwise. Numbers are hard to parse because they’re filtered through multiple echelons of media before they get to the common people. How do you know the truth? Watch the trends. When large droves of people are doing one thing or another, it’s an indication of existing conditions. Right now, millennials are unable to make the same kind of income the previous generation has been able to. It’s not strictly because millennials are lazy or unable. Many economic indicators have imposed limitations. Consider the housing market, for instance. Property values have been declining even as mortgages have been increasing, meaning that investment in such a property is a losing venture. If you invest in a $250,000 property, by the end of it value may be as low as $150,000; meaning you really spent $350,000 on it. In a situation like that, it’s almost better to just rent. Millennials understand this; but technology has afforded them some opportunity that is just beginning to take traction. One aspect of this is the mobile revolution. Is It the Sixties Again? Millennials are living in RVs, vans, buses, motorhomes, and trailers in a way very similar to the sixties in America. It makes...

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5 Ways To Green Your Office And Improve Your Business

Making your office more environmentally-friendly is a win-win situation. Your business wins by saving energy costs and the environment wins because you’re conserving limited resources. In addition, customers often prefer working with an ecologically friendly business than one that is indifferent to the impact it has on its environment. It’s not uncommon to find many businesses actually advertising that they run a green business. It can be overwhelming figuring out where to begin. The best way is to start by evaluating your current carbon consumption. This will then lead to ideas about what proactive steps to take. Establish Benchmarks All you have to do to figure out your office carbon footprint is to hire a carbon emissions expert to do a review. Sometimes, too, you might want to designate a manager to serve as a corporate ecologist. This step of getting a reading of your current situation will point you in the right direction. You will know where you stand and what to improve. Once you have a benchmark of the current number of greenhouse gases generated, it’s fairly straightforward to choose the most efficient strategy. 5 Suggested Strategies With that in mind, here are some strategies businesses often take to start improving their carbon footprint: Use electronic payroll. Paper-based wage payments and statements use up a lot of paper. In addition, since they are complex, it increases costs....

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How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty is performed on women who have breasts that are larger than normal. The purpose is to relieve them from any form of discomfort and pain associated with the size of their breasts. The cost varies from one location to the other and from one surgical centre to another. As a general guide, breast reduction can cost somewhere from $3500 to $5000. The following factors are going to determine the final price of the surgery: Geographical location A surgical centre that is created to cater for people with limited income is more likely to be cheaper than one located at the heart of a big city like New York. So the total cost will obviously depend on where you choose to do your breast reduction surgery and where you live. The size of your breast Breast size affects the procedure involved in the surgery and consequently the final cost. For example, the larger your breast, the more time it may take to complete an operation. The method or procedure involved Traditional methods involve making a 12-inch incision around the breast. There are new techniques that use liposuction to reduce breast size by making very minor cuts into the skin to enhance the procedure. The range of women more suitable for this newer method are those from 50 years of age and above, and...

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The Legal Trouble with DNA

The human skin flakes off over one hundred pounds of DNA material in a lifespan. But ownership of that DNA is a privacy issue that is up before the Supreme Court. The question is: What’s to prevent the government or any other agency from obtaining our DNA without our knowledge and/or consent for analysis? The SCOTUS meets this coming February to rule on this issue, which seems like an idea from science fiction. But advancing DNA technology makes it both a timely and timeless dilemma. The original case revolves around a woman allegedly raped in Maryland in 2006. DNA evidence was needed to convict the alleged rapist, but several of the suspects refused to give police a sample of their DNA. Is that a Constitutional right Americans have? Police don’t think so, but many law groups do. Maryland’s top court has already ruled on DNA gathering and testing, basically agreeing with police that DNA remnants left at the scene of a crime are the same as fingerprints and other organic material that can be used to identify criminal intent and behavior without obtaining a warrant or permission from anyone involved in the event. But a dissenting minority of the judges wrote: “We hold it natural that the vagaries of one person’s comings and goings could possibly leave traces of his or her DNA in places where that person has...

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Homeowners: Heres How You Can Reduce Energy Consumption

Now that were in the throes of summer, you’re probably dealing with sky-high utility bills that eat into your budget and make you feel bad about just how much energy your home is consuming. Well, the good news is that there are ways to both save money and curb unnecessary energy consumption in one fell swoop. Seal Windows and Doors Doors and windows represent the most inefficient zones in your entire home. However, its not just that they let in hot air when they open and close. Unknown to you, there may actually be air gaps and holes around windows and doors. Whether leaks are letting hot air inside during the warmer months or letting in drafts during the cooler season, one of the quickest energy- and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all cracks and large openings to the outside, Energy.gov points out. Air takes the path of least resistance, so you should aim to seal the big holes first. Block Out the Sunlight Even caulked and sealed windows allow sunlight to enter, which heats up the rooms you’re trying to cool. This causes your AC system to overwork and drives up your energy consumption. To solve this problem, consider purchasing energy-efficient windows, or treatments at the very least. Most energy efficient windows today have tighter seals and a special glazing on the...

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Be Yourself to be a Successful Entrepreneur

You already know how important a superior network is to your career and your life. You’re looking for mentors and supporters who can help boost your career prospects. But there’s always a little bit of uncertainty and anxiety in approaching the people you want in your network, isn’t there? Nurturing new relationships for business is not easy for most people. Can you make a good first impression? Can you be flexible at a first-time meeting, and cover whatever contingencies might come up? Are you a shameless self-promoter or brown-noser? Do you know how to be yourself? If you’re on an airplane after having found a killer deal on tickets with JustFly, are you going to use the time on the plane wisely? Are you a people pleaser, always trying to learn what the other person likes and expects and then playing to those expectations no matter what? Is this a good networking strategy? In a survey of 500 professionals from a wide field of business, 66% reported using this kind of people-pleaser approach, often called catering. But these same 66% said that their catering plans did not work out as well as they expected. And they were wondering if they shouldn’t place more emphasis on being themselves, being authentic to make a better first impression. Field studies show that entrepreneurs who make pitches based on a catering approach actually...

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How to Talk To Your Kids About Controversial Issues

In today’s world, even innocuous conversations can quickly turn into controversial subjects. From eating organic food to buying products only made in America and even your views of how to handle certain situations, you’re bound to find someone who disagrees with you. On a more global level, you simply have to turn on your computer or your local news station to see story after story based on controversial topics. While you may know how you feel about these issues, how should you explain complex circumstances or touchy subjects to your little ones when they start to ask questions? To help with this, here are three tips that may help you know how to talk to your kids about controversial issues either in their personal lives or around the world. Helping To Differentiate Between Facts and Opinions Controversial topics can quickly become more about arguing than about the real issue at hand if you find it hard to differentiate between the facts and personal opinions. So to help your kids know how to navigate around certain subjects, Marsha Rakestraw, a contributor to HumaneEducation.org, suggests focusing on learning skills of critical thinking that will be beneficial in differentiating between facts and opinions. Once your child is able to breakdown an argument into what is fact and what is opinion, they’ll find it easier to find the core of the issue and...

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4 Current Event Topics That Are Sure to Get Your Blog Some Traffic

In the world of journalism and news, its important to give people a story. If you are busy reporting on old events, people will tune you out, change the channel, or read another blog altogether. There is a lot going on in the world and perhaps everything is interesting to somebody, but if youre a writer who has goals to have a large readership, you have to talk about current events. You also have to talk about the things that other people arent talking about. You have to say the things that others wont say. When you stir the pot and say things that are often left unsaid, it gets people interested. Some of the interest generated might be negative, and other people might rave about the fact that you were the person that said it; but in any case, any publicity is good publicity and means there is more money being put in your pockets. To get you started, here are four current event topics that are sure to get your blog the traffic you desire. The Presidential Election This is a very heated time for the American people. When it comes time to elect a new president every four years, things often get heated and there is great debate back and forth from people who support or oppose particular parties and candidates. This election is different. There...

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Everyone Is A Major Winner With Online Coupons

It is truly no secret that coupons are tremendously beneficial for the consumer. People all around the world are able to save a substantial amount of money each and every day, thanks to the utilization of coupons. Although they may not know it, coupons are also beneficial for the business. When looking at the picture as a whole, it is easy to see that coupons are a win-win situation for everyone involved. Below, you will learn how businesses and consumers benefit from the use of coupons. Benefits for Consumers Over the years, worker wages have remained stagnant, while the prices of consumer necessities have soared higher and higher. This has created a problem for consumers and has forced them to find ways to save money. Coupons can be a viable solution. Although each coupon will only account for a small saving, the savings can add up over time. And, using more coupons will give the individual the opportunity to save even more. Visibility Businesses needs to engage in online marketing, in order to remain relevant in todays scene. One of the best ways to gain visibility and attract more clients to your business is by offering coupons. Coupons can be advertised on various websites, including your own. By making the coupons available through social media and other websites, you will be able to make consumers aware of your store...

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