Payday Loans – A Bad Type of Loan

The number of people using payday loans has greatly increased in the last year. Despite this, the payday loan industry has come under attack from a variety of different organizations. They have been criticized for charging high interest rates and putting people who are often already low income further into debt. In this article I will discuss payday loans, and why it is best to avoid them unless you absolutely have to use them.No Credit History?Many people who use payday loans are unable to get cash advances from traditional banks. This is often due to their credit history. Banks will typically reject people who either have no credit or bad credit. This has left open a large market for payday loan companies to make money from. Many services are now offered online, making it easier than ever for people to borrow money. The irony of this is that many banks are now giving credit to payday loan companies in order to tap into the market.Paying More For Your Credit From Your BankThis allows the banks to make money off the payday loan industry without having to directly provide loans to the customers it normally rejects. This fact alone should make anyone who uses payday loans angry. With the rise of the internet many people don’t even have to fax information to be approved anymore. It is not necessary to show a credit history when applying for a payday loan, and this is why the industry has become so large. Many people argue that payday loans are good for people that need cash for emergencies.You Must Save, Save and Save Some MoreMy answer to that is people should save money for emergencies. If you save money consistently, you should rarely have to use a payday loan. These loans are easy to get but come with a lot of strings. Many people become dependent on them, and begin using them between each paycheck. This puts them in a state of being dependent on a loan company that doesn’t have their best interests in mind. The large interest rates they charge guarantee they will get more money back than they loan out to you.Are Payday Loans Like The Plague?My advice for payday loans is to avoid them unless you have a large emergency and no money is available. If you save a large amount of your income every month, you should never have to use a payday loan. These loans can put you into a cycle of debt which is hard to break free from. As soon as you pay back one loan, you will probably have to borrow another one. Some companies even ask for collateral, such as your car. If you default on your payments, your car could be taken from you. This is something you should want to avoid at all costs.The Payday Loan Market Continues To GrowThe payday loan industry will continue to grow larger, especially due to the popularity of the internet. Many of these companies are only allowing new customers to borrow $500 until they can demonstrate a good payment history. While some would say that this is a good thing, I think that this will entice more people to jump on board and begin borrowing money. It is important to understand that the payday loan companies win, not you. You are not going to get ahead financially by using their services.Planning For Your FutureIf you are looking to become wealthy, you can do so by avoiding debt and saving money. You can invest for your retirement or purchase things that will appreciate in value. You should want to earn interest on your money instead of paying interest on money you borrowed from someone else. This is what separates wealthy people from the poor. They earn interest while the poor pay it.

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Wellness Coordinators: Apply Amazon’s Leadership Principles In Your Worksite Wellness Program Today

A principle is a comprehensive and fundamental doctrine, assumption, law or fact of nature. You do want to be a principle centered leader right? Amazon states that its Leadership Principles are used every day when discussing ideas for new projects, deciding on customer solutions or when interviewing job applicants. But how might these same 14 leadership principles apply to your leadership of your worksite wellness program? Let’s examine each individual principle.Principle #1: Customer ObsessionAs a worksite wellness program coordinator, you serve customers as well. Your customers are the organization as a distinct entity and the organization’s employees. Like Amazon, you too should obsess over your customers.Principle #2: OwnershipYou are the owner of your worksite wellness program. Organizational and employee health and wellbeing are your job. You need to think both short and long-term and establish program value from both perspectives.Principle #3: Invent and SimplifyThe cookie cutter approach does not work in worksite wellness. Each program must be unique to the employer and the needs and wants of its leaders and employees. While being based on an organization-wide assessment, your programming and interventions also need to be innovative and inventive. Even though health, wellness, wellbeing and behavior change are complex issues, you should always be on the lookout for ways you can simplify your program and programming.Principle #4: Are Right, A Lot Based on good instincts and sound program design and execution judgement, the programming and interventions you offer should be right, a lot. Your program offerings should be diverse and encompass more than just your own personal beliefs.Principle #5: Hire and Develop the Best Employee health and wellbeing strategies should play a key role in your organization’s career development and employee training and development initiatives. If you utilize vendors for any aspect of your program, settle only for the exceptional vendor. Remember that any vendor and their services represent your program.Principle #6: Insist on the Highest Standards While the worksite wellness field may not currently have any standards, that does not mean you should not have your own personal, professional standards. Setting high standards for yourself will result in your delivering a high quality program.Principle #7: Think BigEstablish a bold direction for your program. It should encompass a direction that inspires results for both the organization and employees. Don’t be afraid to think differently than the crowd. Think critically about what you read and hear as you look for ways to better serve the organization and employees.Principle #8: Bias for ActionSpeed matters in business so keep up with your organization’s response to change. Don’t be afraid to experiment with next generation programming, while at the relying on evidence based and accepted best practice programming and interventions.Principle #9: Frugality Sadly, most employers still view worksite wellness programs as an expense, rather than an investment. Be frugal and wise with the budget you do get. Maximize the use of existing resources both physical and fiscal. Be resourceful, self-sufficient and inventive.Principle #10: Learn and Be CuriousThe fields of wellness and business are huge. Be a life-long learner. Always be learning and seeking to improve. Be curious about new trends and seek to explore them and their implications for you, your organization and your program. Be sure to read and learn outside your specialty and current expertise.Principle #11: Earn TrustListen attentively, speak candidly and treat others with respect. But yourself in positions where management and employees can come to know, like and trust you. Frequently benchmark yourself and your program against the best.Principle #12: Dive DeepMake sure your program addresses the breadth of the wellness dimensions. Be a check of all trades when it comes to the planning, execution and evaluation of your program. Raise questions and challenges when the anecdotes and metrics don’t agree.Principle #13: Have Backbone; Disagree and CommitHave the backbone to respectfully challenge decisions and conventional wisdom when you disagree. Too many wellness program practices are instituted because everyone else is doing them, rather than because they are known to really work and that they will work in your case. Be clear and tenacious about your convictions, but be sure to openly listen and consider alternative points of view. Commit to being and delivering the best.Principle #14: Deliver Results Far too many worksite wellness programs today don’t deliver results. Be results, not activity, focused and driven. Monitor, measure and evaluate. Be clear about and able to demonstrate the value your program delivers. Know and communicate your results.As a worksite wellness coordinator, you can certainly adopt these Amazon Leadership Principles and you would be wise to do so.

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Management Vs. Leadership – An Assessment of Interdependence

AbstractLeadership and management have been the focus of study and attention since the dawn of time. Over time leadership and management have been seen as separate entities, but those times have past. It is this paper’s intent to prove that good management is incumbent upon the success and quality of the leadership that drives it, and by proxy, so too will poor leadership bring poor management that will lead to poor results, and decreased levels of success.From the great minds in management theory: Fayol, Taylor, and Weber; homage being paid to Barnard and Mayo, as well as Maslow, Mintzberg, Drucker and Porter; to the great minds in leadership development: Jung, McClelland and Burnham, this paper intends to examine them all and bring them together as is required in this economy and these times.Much time, effort, and money has been placed into the study of both management and leadership successes. Mintzberg and Drucker have done some of the best and most informative work at bringing management and leadership together; now, with the rising costs of overhead and decreasing profit margins, now is the time to connect the dots, once and for all.Leadership and management have been the focus of study and attention since the dawn of time. Reference biblical scripture that questions the leadership decisions of King David and the managerial prowess of Moses and his exodus to the “Promised Lands” (Cohen, 2007); Plato helped us to manage the Republic while Machiavelli helped us to formulate our idea of what a Prince should represent (Klosko, 1995); Shakespeare questioned Hamlet’s decision making (Augustine & Adelman, 1999) and trumpeted Henry IV’s managerial effectiveness (Corrigan, 1999). John Stuart Mill gave us the “shining city upon a hill”, while Hegel taught us the “elements of the philosophy of right” and Marx taught us how to manage a people in his overly popularized (and oft misunderstood) manifestos (Klosko, 1995). Thomas Payne rewrote leadership to the basic levels of Common Sense, while Thomas Jefferson acknowledged that in the management of a people, you must remember that “all men are created equal” and that they maintain certain degree of”unalienable Rights”. Countless others have come to the surface over the span of time, all promoting a new or improved way to both manage and lead their people. (And hopefully yours, too, if you’re willing to pay for it.) However, through it all, one thing has remained constant; people are not autonomous entities that will respond the same to every situation. People are evolving, thinking, emotionally and socially aware of all that is around them; they are motivated through different methods and they are driven by differing levels of success (McClelland & Burnham, 1995). Over time, leadership and management have been seen as separate entities, but no more: it is, therefore, this paper’s intent to prove that good management is incumbent upon the success and quality of the leadership that drives it, and by proxy, so too will poor leadership bring poor management that will lead to poor results, and decreased levels of success. In today’s fast paced environments, management requires leadership; you cannot have one without the other and still attain the success that you desire.Reference any management text or publication and you will inevitably come across the obligatory references to the great minds in management theory: Fayol – the first to recognize management as a “discipline” to be studied (Brunsson, 2008), Taylor’s scientific management of industrial work and workers (Safferstone, 2006), and Weber’s bureaucracy; homage must also be paid to Barnard, Kotter, Bennis, and Mayo, as well as Maslow, Mintzberg, Drucker, and Porter (Lamond, 2005). These great minds have helped to forge the way for the management field and helped to better management teams across the world. The world of “leadership study” carries quite the similar pedigree; ironically, it also carries many of the same names. It is, however, this author’s opinion that many of the additions to the pool of knowledge on leadership were not made known until the study of psychology was made more fashionable by the likes of Freud and Jung. Management, it appears, is a tool to better the bottom line and productivity, whereas leadership is one of those studies that is to be improved through the person’s ability to be in touch with their personality, traits, motives and effects on the human elements of productivity.There appears be some coincidence in the timing of the juxtaposition of the terms “management” and “leadership” and the correlation to the fact that most literature post 1950 seems to cross pollinate the two phrases. It is quite possible that this, the historical time for post war boom, is where production was at record highs and management of production was not as key as the management of people Possibly drawn from a social recognition that people were not to be managed, but rather, they were to be valued members of the team, and therefore, to be led – it is speculative, but it appears evident that entering the 1960′s, most literature intertwines the “leaders” and the “managers” into the same professional classification.Carl Jung (1923) posits that people carry specific traits and that those traits cannot be altered. However, much time effort and money has been placed into the study of both management and leadership traits, tendencies, styles, and successes. Why is this? One belief is that Jung only half analyzes the person and that more than your traits influence your leadership potential (de Charon, 2003). This affords the opportunity for you to learn skills necessary to become a better leader, even if that means understanding who you are and what your tendencies are, in order to counteract them. Jung’s work with personality traits has become the hallmark to virtually every professional development and personal development course on the market. Jung stipulates that every person has any combination of sixteen different personality types. By definition, knowing these personality types helps you to better negotiate your way through the situation in order to attain the maximum output desired (Anastasi, 1998).Running in concert to Jung’s ideas are those of Henry Mintzberg. Mintzberg stipulates that much has changed since Fayol’s assessment in 1916; gone are the days when the “picture of a manager was a reflective planner, organizer, leader, and controller” (Pavett & Lau, 1983). Mintzberg breaks the manager’s job into ten roles, divided into three areas: interpersonal, informational, and decisional (2004):Interpersonal Roles
Informational Roles
Decisional Roles
Disturbance handler
Resource allocator
(Lussier & Achua, 2007).Ironically, in today’s interpretation of a leader, one would be hard pressed to find a leader whom is unable to do all of the above, and then some. Mintzberg, in later publications, however, goes much further in his assessment of managers and their roles in the organization. In a collaborative effort with Jonathon Gosling, the two determine the five mindsets of a manager (2003). They break the five mindsets into:1. Managing self: the reflective mindset; where the effective manager is able to reflect upon the history (current and aged) to create a better future moving forward.2. Managing the organization: the analytical mindset; here referencing a tennis match, where the manager must be cognizant of the crowd and their reaction, but also focusing on the ball itself.3. Managing context: the worldly mindset; thinking globally and looking for the unorthodox solution.4. Managing relationships: the collaborative mindset; where the manager is able to engage the employees and moves beyond empowerment [which "implies that people who know the work best somehow receive the blessing of their managers to do it (Kibort, 2004)] into commitment.5. Managing change: the action mindset; “imagine your organization as a chariot pulled by wild horses. These horses represent the emotions, aspirations, and motives of all the people in the organization. Holding a steady course requires just as much skill in steering around to a new direction” (Gosling & Mintzberg, 2003, p. 54-63).Gosling and Mintzberg conclude with one very interesting point. They stipulate that, unlike Pavett & Lau (1983) that good managers are able to look beyond the desire to fix problems with simple reorganizations. In fact, they argue that hierarchy plays a very small role in the actual completion of tasks on the unit level and can only lead to more bureaucracy. Which leads one to ask the question: who is to complete those unit level tasks and solve those problems associated with people?There is no definitive definition of what leadership is, as it appears to change form and focus for each individual study. For the purposes of this paper, however, the definition set forth by Lussier & Achua (2007) seems to fit best: “Leadership is the influencing process of leaders and followers to achieve organizational objectives through change” (p.6). How do we compare leadership and management? The common misconception is that it is something that should be compared “straight up”, or “even Steven”. Obviously, there are natural leaders and persons in positions of social authority throughout every facility, and yes, it is incumbent upon the managers and leaders to empower those people to support the overall mission. Admittedly, some of these people may never become managers, but their role in the facility is of the utmost importance.However, as managers are an industry specific entity, it is ridiculous to try and compare leadership to management outside of the constraint of the management role. Recognizing and accepting the constraint of the comparison, it must be acknowledged that in industry, you cannot have good leadership without good management; and in obvious juxtaposition, poor leadership leads to poor success rates for the management. It seems apparent that our management staffs should concentrate on growing employees into leaders, to eventually become managers; but if the managers themselves are not leaders yet, then much difficulties will soon befall upon that company. As Peter Drucker will tell you, it is imperative to build a strong management team, centered around strong leadership. In thinner times, gone are the days of two people for every position. Here are the days when a successful company is able to package good managerial skills into every leader, and good leadership skills into every manager. Failure to do so will result in failure to succeed.”Drucker devotes considerable effort and space to defining the nature and role of management. This discussion also focuses on the nature and value of leadership in the organization. According to Drucker, leadership gives the organization meaning, defines and nurtures its central values, creates a sense of mission, and builds the systems and processes that lead to successful performance” (Wittmeyer, 2003).References
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3 New Small Business Ideas For 2013 – How To Start For Under $100 Each

Yes, it’s true! You really can start your own small business right from home, in just a couple of days for under $100. And in some cases you could be started in just a couple of hours or even just a few minutes.Just Wait Until You See How Easy It Can Be!!There will be 3, no scratch that 4 unique small business ideas presented here. I decided to show you the single best long term business idea (that my wife actually does as well) as the BONUS business idea. I was going to save it for another article but decided to let you discover it here as an extra bonus.Each business idea will be given in brief overview format, but should contain enough information so that you can get startedThen please share this article with your friends via Face Book and your other social media centers. They will be glad you did and will be excited you thought enough of them to share it.#1 Become A Local Business Booster Hero!The idea is very simple. What do all business owners want from their businesses?More money.So, you are just going to help other businesses make more money.Here’s how you do that.You make deals with local businesses like Restaurants, Dentists or even Car Dealers that they will pay you to deliver leads to them.Don’t worry doing it will be easy!you’re just going to give every business you deal with exactly what they really want, which is more customers. Once you have delivered the leads for even just a short amount of time you will become their hero. You will be the one who they always take your calls. Why? Because people like you a whole lot when you make them money. How you do that is by sending them more customers.All businesses want more customers because more customers = more money.As an example: Dentists will pay you $25 per phone call when you get their phone ringing with people who need dental services. A Pizza Parlor will pay you $5 for every person who calls in and orders a pizza.It’s much better for the business to pay you when their phone rings than to pay for huge advertising and nothing happens. Businesses routinely pay thousands in advertising in the hopes that they may get some new customers from it and most of the time they see very poor results. But with your service they don’t pay until the phone rings with a potential customer so it’s very cost effective for them.You have your local business clients print you coupons with really great deals on them. B.O.G.O offers tend to work really well. They are offers where you Buy One Get One free or 1/2 off etc… Everyone loves a pizza coupon where you buy one large pizza and get a 2nd large pizza free. If it’s a dentist maybe they give 50% off initial cleaning and exam or a family deal where the 2nd person gets their cleaning and exam free. Anyway, those are the TYPE of coupons that work best.They print them with your phone number in them. Call fire is an internet telephony company that will give you a phone number to put into each businesses coupon and they will re-route the call to that business, track the call and give you an itemized printout that you can use to bill the business (your client) with. We have no affiliation with call fire whatsoever, they just work well and are really cheap.When You hand out the free coupons with huge discounts on them you can staple many businesses together and make a mini coupon book. That way you’re handing out several coupons to each person.Each offer will pay you differently. Like a Dentist might pay $25, a sit down medium priced restaurant $7, a florist $3 and a Pizza parlor $5So, how can you get these in people’s hands?This is only limited by your imagination, but here are just a couple of examples:1. Handing them out at colleges and sports games as people are leaving.2. Get plastic door hanger bags that only cost about 1 cent each in quantity and hang them on doors.3. Thumbtack 5-10 to community post boards at grocery stores etc…4. Post them on College info boards. Nearly all schools have info boards where people post their band fliers or I lost my dog notices etc..There are hundreds of ways you could come up with if you just sit and brain storm for a few minutes.Call Fire will count up all the calls that went to each business and you just bill them your agreed amount per call at the end of the month.As you can see this is a super simple business that anyone can start in just a couple of days with under $100. And you can scale it up by hiring other people to distribute the coupons.And your next business is… Business #2 The Deal HunterWith your Deal Hunter biz you simply shop super sales in your area.Find items at 75% off and sell them on Craigslist or eBay at 50% off which doubles your money.For this one you would need to live in a decent sized town or city.There is always some store that is having a huge sale or going out of business. To find them look at your local newspaper, online newspaper or Google your town name + sale or + going out of business, you should find plenty.You then shop them and pick up items at 75% off or more that you like and know would sell well on Craigslist or eBay at 50% off retail. If you like the item then you know other people will too and it will sell well. If it’s a really hot item you can buy several and as soon one sells list the next one.This business model is good if you just want to work part time. In the final bonus business you will discover a model with massive full time potential.The next business idea is… Business #3 The Auction HoundIn your Auction Hound business you will simply go to prepaid bid online auction sites for your merchandise instead of shopping sales in the Deal Hunter above.These are sites like where you buy the bids before you bid on items.In this way you will be able to get very good deals on truly hot items.I won’t explain all of their rules in this article but the deals you can pick up at auction sites like quibids have real potential.Then once you have these deals in hand you simply list them on eBay and Craigslist.If you do your bidding correctly and really learn the system you should be able to sell your items at the same price as the cheapest resellers on eBay and still make decent money.NOW for your surprise bonus, saving the VERY BEST for last…Business #4 The Online Price Buster!With your price buster business I will show you where you can get an insanely valuable report dirt cheap. In it you will discover how to find all the very best wholesale vendors for nearly any item you could ever dream of selling.The real value of this is you won’t just get an old outdated suppliers list that lots of other people have.No, no, no!Instead, YOU will discover the insider method of how to instantly find rock bottom price wholesaler’s so you can watch your profits soar!You see, lists get old and outdated. BUT, once you discover the secret to uncovering incredible wholesale connections in mere seconds you become an unstoppable business force!Plus, when new products are launched by big companies you can jump on them super fast and profit quickly! Then you list them on eBay, Craigslist and Amazon (yes you can sell on Amazon too!)Here’s how fast you can react with this system. You can see a new product launch in the news, find a wholesaler in seconds and have your listings up on eBay, Craigslist and Amazon etc.. all in under an hour.But ONLY when you know the secret…

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Biosphere Technology Towards a Better World

Waste is indeed one of the growing problems in the country, has been one of the major cause of dilemmas and tragedies both in the past and up to the present time. To eliminate this, different municipalities have come up with a uniform solution to end this hoarding destitution: landfills; which have been the major cause of land depletion and sicknesses for folks who live nearby.There are lots of technologies that have been invented in order to be of solution to the growing insolent waste problem. One of the examples is the technology brought by the Japanese people here in our country; where biodegradable waste materials are being processed to become environmental by-products. The main question here is: how about for non-recyclable waste materials?The Biosphere Technology doesn’t exclude non-recyclable materials. It uses all kinds of wastes which serve as fuel for the biosphere process to generate electricity. Biosphere gasification technology is something that we harness in order to build a better world to live in, how: through a zero waste nation campaign.
What is Biosphere Technology?The biosphere gasification technology or simply called biosphere technology is a kind of green technology that the biosphere machine uses to be able produce electricity. Biosphere technology is a process of turning waste to green energy in a cost effective manner. Biosphere technology is different from the other technologies that diminish waste. I came across also with a kind of green technology invented by the Japanese that transform waste to environmental by-products.It is also a very good kind of invention but there is a flaw in it, only recyclable waste materials are to be used for the process. The good thing in biosphere technology is that it uses all kinds of waste materials for the process so there are no waste materials left to pack up landfills.What is the significance of Biosphere Technology?Biosphere technology uses the process of incineration that burns waste turning it to electricity. Everybody opposes the idea of burning tons of waste materials just to be able to diminish them. The answer is the gasification process. Biosphere gasification process is done in a limited oxygen environment that causes zero atmospheric emission. We all know that fuel price increase is also the number one problem that this world is facing. And for every process concerning technology, fuel is a very much vital source of substance to be used.Biosphere technology uses a gasification process that uses waste as its fuel thus eliminating the use of overpriced fuel. It is like birds hit with just a single stone. Fuel problem is eliminated, waste is diminished plus a new form of renewable electricity is produced, what else could surpass this kind of technology.Biosphere Technology is something to glee about. Waste being the number one unsolved problem of our environment doesn’t only affect the atmosphere but causes land depletion and fun gutter for the government. As we are all unaware about, to manage a single landfill, a municipality would cost for thousands of funds every day. And for some places that I have stumbled upon, I learned that to haul garbage to a designated landfill in other places it will cost hundreds of thousand for a single day; what a waste!Biosphere technology is a process that diminishes waste in a cost effective manner turning it to electricity causing zero harm to the environment. It is done in limited oxygen environment therefore eliminating atmospheric emission. Biosphere gasification technology hopes to produce the electricity that will serve as glow to every light bulb of every home.
The innovative gasification process is set to change the world one city at a time. One day, optimistically, the electricity which will be coming from the biosphere machines will serve as glow to every light bulb of every home.A company needs to be innovative in what they furnish so it may attain the reputation of a business that always provides valuable and beneficial products or services to the people. Being a company inclined to finding real solutions in making this world a better place, Innovation is very meaningful to us, which is why it should be adoptive of the benefit of biosphere technology that is expected to be a breakthrough in green energy while creating a better world to live in hand in hand.

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Aspens Exemplify Community

Aspens are wonderful trees. They offer qualities which instruct us to look beyond beauty, to look inside and underneath to discover greater meaning. Did you ever think a tree could tell a story? Aspens do; they tell a story of what it takes to be a supporting, thriving community.Have you ever come across or seen just a single Aspen tree, standing alone with no others nearby? If you are familiar with Aspens, you know this rarely occurs.By their nature, Aspens are not a solitary tree. Their roots spread below the earth’s surface and facilitate growth in others to form a group. Aspens grow as a community; they are unified by their roots and share nutrients and resources to support each other. The community is enlivened through a solidly linked foundation.If you look at the root structure of Aspen, you will notice that they are survivors. An Aspen’s roots can remain dormant for years. At the right time, they jump to life and re-generate as a community. Aspens have strength and resilience, unseen by many.Aspen groves thrive on diversity. They are strongest when there is a mix of young and old. The diverse mix guards against disease and natural disasters, delivering greater assurance that the community survives during the tougher times.Aspen trees have restorative qualities which reach outside their bonded community to the natural world around them. Animals gain nourishment in the winter months from an Aspen’s trunk and pains can be soothed through their medicinal, aspirin-like value. Even humans can gain protection from the sun or relieve a cut or burn by rubbing an Aspen’s bark on their skin.Aspens tell us an important story, if we choose to listen. They share with us lessons of connectedness, survival, and outreach to serve as a guide for our communities.What story do our communities tell?From today’s world springs a new humanity of being electronically connected. Many benefits can be realized from these new roots of joining people together. Connections through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn easily multiply with short bursts of challenging, calming, and even inspirational words typed and distributed through the networked maze. New people outside our typical span are engaged offering new insights through tenuous relationships.While the electronic community may be thriving, the face-to-face community dims. Our communities tend to be more solitary and thinly rooted.With all the popularity focused on social media and its limitless scope via the internet, how much do we know about our neighbor a few doors down? Do we even know their names? How do we support each other within our neighborhood block?Our community relationships have become superficial or nonexistent, with only impersonal facts known about our neighbors. It is an “acknowledged” relationship. There is little depth to our knowledge about them. Their joys and concerns remain within their four walls or expressed through the electronic relationships that extend beyond their immediate surroundings.Just as Aspen tree communities can remain dormant underneath the surface for many years and then spring to life at the right moment, are we ready to engage with the people in our neighborhood and activate our communities?What can we learn from an Aspen community?Aspen trees deliver strong guidance on how to engage personal relationships and build a sound community. Through connectedness, survival, and outreach, our communities can spring to life again with supportive relationships, inciting our society to be better, do more.Connectedness. Aspen trees are intertwined underneath the surface, creating a foundation for growth and life. The connected roots are what support the beautiful life above the surface.Within our cities and neighborhoods, our connections need to be strengthened. We go through the motions of everyday life, and time quickly escapes us. Rather than building relationships within a 5 mile radius, we log-in and connect to people in other states and countries. As a result, our foundation weakens; neighborhoods become lonely places. This is in stark contrast to our ancestors who created rich and vibrant communities fueled by daily social interaction with their neighbors.A vibrant neighborhood should emulate the beauty of an Aspen grove. Healthy communities have healthy relationships. They should be like walking into Cheers, where “everyone knows your name.”Survival. Just as a diverse mix of Aspen trees withstand the ups and downs of existence; our communities need to be built in the same manner. Diversity builds not only strength but understanding.Often, we move to ensure our kids are in schools of people who are similar to us, or we want to find the neighborhood that has all the right ages for our kids to play with. Some aspects of this are good but sometimes these objectives can go too far and end up doing more harm than good.We need to embrace the differences in our communities. Spending time with the elderly can provide insights into our own lives, foster a sense of generational continuity, and deliver warmth in our interactions. Spending time with the younger generation will reintroduce us to vigor and inspire us to get out of our comfort zones.Outreach. Another import element for our communities is outreach. This can be achieved by helping others who may have been hit hard by the current economic waves or weather-driven disasters or just need an attentive ear to listen and provide comfort. Offering a helping hand to other communities is critical in thinking outside our immediate walls and engaging in our larger community.A strong community stretches outside its borders and offers assistance and sustenance to other communities in getting through rough patches. Essentially, it is giving what we can, spreading the healing salve on the wounded communities or providing protection for those which may be threatened.Outreach facilitates the spirit of leading meaningful lives. Actions which strengthen and energize others will long be remembered as what really made the difference.Setting an Example. People should strive to represent the best of what communities can be. Rather than Aspen trees setting the example, we should. The beauty in this type of human community will outshine what a grove of Aspens can ever produce.Deeper, supportive relationships within our neighborhoods will enable us to lead richer lives and extend our reach more easily to others a mile down the road or in the next state or country. The common thread will be a well-grounded root system which connects and supports us. In other words, the strength of our immediate community will allow us to stretch our helping hand farther.The decisions we make in how we connect with our community will drive how our society continues to develop. Will we be more insular or more inclusive? Will we be more self-centered or people-centered? Can we balance our growing interest in social media with an active sense of community and compassion for our nearby neighbors?So the next time you see a neighbor, stop, talk, and listen. Go beyond the surface questions. Ask them what is going on in their job, their family, their life. Make a connection. Develop the roots.Just as an Aspen community of trees can regenerate themselves after being dormant for many years, with enough steadfast commitment, the roots of our community can rejuvenate, connect, and thrive once again.

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7 Reasons for Investing in Mutual Funds

Why must we ever give a thought about making an investment? Is it even a necessity or it is just a matter of one’s choice? Even when it comes to investing, why are mutual funds a preferred option than any other instrument?Yes, mutual funds are any way the best investment solution where one could get better returns in lieu of lesser risks. Moreover, your capital is managed by a fund manager who is an expert of every financial subject and has an experience of more than 10 years, which qualifies him to attend and resolve every matter of concern related to your investment. A mutual fund offers you a choice of investment and flexible withdrawals, where your money is planned inline with your needs.Smartly ManagedThey are managed by fund manager who is profound at tracking the markets and managing the investments. They guide you at every point from when to buy and which one to buy to when to sell the stocks. They manage your funds far better than you. The fund managers have a vast experience of all financial matters and they are an assurance that your investment is safe and will flourish with time. They take the entire responsibility from the very stage where you invest your money to the phase where you wish to withdraw your investment with high returns. This is the reason it assures you better security and management of your funds.Better ReturnsMutual funds offer higher and better returns than any other traditional investment plan. They offer the best choices to the investors who wish to take lesser risks in lieu of the investments. One must begin with a savings plan by investing in the right mutual funds today. A few investors are often worried about the volatile phase of the market but the data of over the years clearly indicates that investors can make more money if they continue to bet on the market during the volatile phase. Further, mutual funds are one of the safest modes in the sense that the investors are protected against any kind of fraud.Easy InvestmentIt is one of the easiest and safest ways to invest your money in stocks. The whole plan is also offered online and is just becomes a matter of a few clicks. Even tracking down the performance could be done easily. The lumpsum is a one-time investment in mutual funds, whereas there is SIP, in which small amount is vested periodically. SIP amount is automatically debited from the investor’s account every month. Thus, it is an easy process which offers higher returns.Choice of InvestmentWhile most of the other plans are more about dictating you their already laid down plans, mutual funds give you multiple choices. From the very choice of what type of fund do you want and for how long to how much do you want to invest, these all choices reside with you and you have all the right to pick or choose the plan that suits you. All in all, they offer a customized investment plan which is designed as per your requirement.Diversified InvestmentIn mutual funds, your funds are diversified and invested across a wide variety of stocks. If one stock faces any change, it will be balanced by the performance of the other stock. It is further advisable, not to invest your money in a single mutual fund category, rather diversify it across different ones to lessen the risk.Secured FutureWhile you invest in mutual funds, you actually commit to investing a certain amount of your earnings or savings into a Systematic Investment Plan, where you consistently deposit your money for certain years. This helps in securing your future, where you are disciplined to add a certain value into your plan every month. This becomes your fixed monthly spend, while your other expenses are made from the remaining amount that you are left with. It ensures that save an amount of your earnings that will contribute in offering you a secured future, irrespective of all the miscellaneous expenses that you make. Your amount remains intact and it keeps on growing for a better tomorrow.Flexible WithdrawalWhile almost all the investment instruments hold your money for a specific number of years, this makes it really difficult for you to withdraw the amount in case of emergencies. Mutual funds provide the benefit of liquidity on your invested money. However, you can withhold your money in the plan for as long as you wish to. But it is still advisable not to withdraw the funds before it gets matured complying with the terms of the investment plan.We hope now you are well aware of the benefits of mutual funds. To know more about this investment option, connect with a financial expert asap.

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How is Parkinson’s Disease Treated?

Parkinsons disease is a comparatively common condition of the nervous system which is as a result of problems with the nerve cells in the part of the brain which generates dopamine. This is a chemical substance that is needed for the smooth management of muscles and motion, so the symptoms of the disorder is a result of a reduction of that chemical. Parkinson’s disease mostly impacts individuals aged over 65, but it can and does come on at younger ages with 5-10% developing before the age of forty.

The chief clinical features of Parkinson’s disease are a tremor or shaking, that will commences in one arm or hand; there is often a muscle rigidity or stiffness along with a slowness of motion; the stance gets more stooped; additionally, there are equilibrium concerns. Parkinson’s can also cause greater pain and result in depression symptoms and create problems with memory and sleep. There isn’t any specific test for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s. The identification is usually made primarily based on the history of the symptoms, a physical along with neural evaluation. Other reasons for the signs and symptoms also need to be eliminated. There are imaging assessments, such as a CAT scan or MRI, that can be used to eliminate other issues. From time to time a dopamine transporter diagnostic might also be utilized.

The actual cause of Parkinson’s isn’t known. It does appear to have both genetic and environmental elements with it plus some specialists think that a virus may induce Parkinson’s as well. Decreased amounts of dopamine and also norepinephrine, a substance which in turn is responsible for the dopamine, have already been found in those with Parkinson’s, but it is not yet determined what is causing this. Unusual proteins which are named Lewy bodies have been located in the brains of those who have Parkinson’s; nevertheless, experts don’t know what role they may play in the development of Parkinson’s. While the specific cause just isn’t known, studies have identified risk factors that establish groups of people who are more prone to develop the condition. Men are more than one and a half times more prone to get Parkinson’s as compared to women. Caucasians are much more prone to get the condition as compared to African Americans or Asians. Those who have close members of the family who have Parkinson’s disease are more likely to develop it, implying the inherited contribution. A number of toxins could raise the potential for the problem, implying a role of the environment. People who experience difficulties with brain injuries can be more likely to go on and have Parkinson’s disease.

There is no identified remedy for Parkinson’s disease. That will not imply that the signs and symptoms can’t be handled. The main method is to use medicines to raise or replacement for the dopamine. Balanced and healthy diet together with frequent exercise is crucial. There may be changes made to the surroundings at home and work to keep the individual involved as well as active. There are also some options sometimes for brain surgical treatment which can be used to relieve some of the motor symptoms. A diverse team of different health professionals are often involved.

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Understanding the Impacts of Gout

Gout is among those historical problems because there are numerous mentions of it in historical literature, at least since ancient times. The traditional typecast of it is that it is related to the upper classes that binge in alcohol and certain foods. This image was pictured in early art work illustrating people who had gout. Gout has stopped being viewed as a problem of over consumption, because of the current research demonstrating an important genetic component to it.

Gout is a distressing inflammation related disorder which mostly impacts the joints, most commonly the great toe joint with the feet. It is because of uric acid crystals getting placed in joints in the event the bloodstream uric acid quantities are increased. The uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines which come from the consuming of foods like venison, salmon, tuna, haddock, sardines, anchovies, mussels, herring along with alcohol consumption. It is possible to understand how that old misconception was produced according to the overindulgence of the higher classes in those types of food and alcoholic beverages. The actual problem is not really the quantity of those foods which can be consumed, but the actual genetics of the biochemical pathway which usually breaks the purines in these food items down into the uric acid and how your body deals with it.

While diet is still important in the treating of gout and lowering the quantity of food which have the purines with them continues to be considered essential, however it is becoming apparent recently that this is just not sufficient by itself and just about all those who have gout probably will need pharmaceutical management. It goes without saying that drugs are likely to be needed for relief of pain throughout an acute flare up. The acute phase of gout is extremely painful. Over the long term there are two forms of drugs which you can use for gout. One kind of medicine block chemicals in the pathway which splits the purines into uric acid, which simply implies there will be much less uric acid in the blood stream that could find its way in to the joints to trigger an acute episode of gout or lead to the long-term gout. The other main kind of drug is one that can help the renal system remove much more uric acid. This would also reduce the urates in the bloodstream. Generally, only one of those drugs is all that’s needed, however occasionally both are needed to be utilized at the same time. Since these prescription medication is ordinarily pretty successful, that will not indicate that the life-style and eating habits changes may be pushed aside. Local measures, including wearing good fitting shoes if the big toe joint gets too painful is important. Also ice packs during an acute flare up will also help with the relief of pain.

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How To Approach Removing Asbestos Removal in Sydney

Planning to renovate your home built decades ago? Well, you got to be careful! There is a good chance it may have asbestos. This is a popular building material used throughout Australia before it was completely banned in 2003.

Asbestos is not generally considered hazardous. In fact, homeowners are only allowed to remove up to ten square meters of non-friable asbestos. More than that, people are advised to seek professional help, especially handling friable ones. Because of the health risks involved, DIY removal is considered illegal.

This is particularly prohibited in Sydney. Hence, the expertise of your trusted asbestos removalists is required to handle the dangerous job.

Why Removing Asbestos Can Be Dangerous?

There are many DIY ideas. Some are equally fun. Whilst, others can be hazardous, like removing asbestos by yourself.

Here are some reasons why removing asbestos without proper knowledge can be dangerous:

Exposure to diseases

Small quantities of asbestos are present in the air most of the time and are being breathed in by everyone without ill effects. But, exposure to high levels of asbestos for a long time is pretty serious. It can cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Accidents and Injuries

Asbestos is used in cement sheeting, drainage and pipes, guttering, and even roofing. But, asbestos roofing can become fragile over time. Hence, you might risk breaking it apart, releasing harmful fibres into the air. Also, a single sheet of asbestos can weigh 30-50 kilograms. Such weight can cause injuries.

Wrong removal and ill-fitting equipment

You may not know the proper ways to remove asbestos, exposing you to very harmful fibres. And the recommended removal equipment is quite expensive. You don’t have to deal with it on your own.

How Much Does It Cost To Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos removal can be pretty costly. It is determined by the type and size of the area, as well as the amount of debris to be removed. The safety risks of asbestos also increase the cost, especially when friable asbestos is involved. But health is wealth. It is always worth the price.

Most junk removalists in Sydney are priced from $99.99 per cubic metre, however, given the highly dangerous nature of asbestos, prices may be higher. It’s important to receive a few quotes before proceeding with an asbestos removal service.

How To Find The Right Asbestos Removal Provider?

There are a few key things you can do right now to ensure that your search for a provider is a successful one. They include:

Check Online Reviews

Does the asbestos removal service provider have an abundance of positive Google reviews? Check the history of their reviews to make sure that they are in-fact, legitimate. Businesses with legitimate reviews tend to have a stream of reviews that span across years of their lifetime; not just all within a few months.

Service Locality

Hiring a local asbestos removal business is always best. This ensures that you receive the best pricing as the business is local and nearby to your location. Typically, local businesses tend to take more pride in their workmanship as a positive reputation is key to their ongoing success.

Number of Years in Business

Given the highly dangerous nature of asbestos, it’s important to check how long the business has been in operation. A business who has over 10 years servicing the local community may provide cheaper pricing, given that they likely will have more refined practices.


Take your time while in search of a suitable asbestos removal provider. Due-dilligence is important and always shop around for the best quotes.

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