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  • Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste

    By Joseph Ramondeli

    Black Friday Promotes Over-Consumption and Waste               Every year Thanksgiving weekend is overshadowed by Black Friday and in recent years Cyber Monday as well. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when families can get together, even if it’s just for a day or dinner, to talk and reconnect. However every year more American’s are focused on shopping. Stores are now open by 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day resulting in people sitting at the dinner table with their families while browsing on their phones for the best deals that they hope to buy in a few hours.  This is just another example of how our modern, technologically advanced society is constantly becoming more materialistic. Aside from Black Friday overshadowing an American holiday and tradition, it is an annual example of how Americans over-consume and by doing so are very wasteful.  A huge fraction of purchased goods during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are things that people don’t need, they are things they think they need. Advertisements and social trends play a big role in the impact of this event (I refuse to call it a holiday) and in our consumption behavior in general.             Companies are tricking and forcing us to buy un-needed goods through the use of planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence.  Planned obsolescence is disappointing because it refers to how companies purposely make products to only last a few years and by doing so force consumers to by new products from them every couple of years. The most common example of this is electronic devices. Apple creates a new IPhone every year so that once yours break “accidentally” there’s a brand new, more expensive one to purchase as a replacement. Not to mention that such companies stop making old models, forcing you to buy the newest model. On the other hand, perceived obsolescence is promoted by companies but ultimately results from our own social actions. Companies, through advertisements, constantly throw the promotion of new goods in our face. It’s almost impossible to go anywhere or do anything without seeing an advertisement of some sort. These advertisements tend to increase around the holiday season, hence the origin of Black Friday. The main reason such advertisements work is due to the social pressure we put on each other and ourselves. Everyone wants the next new model or brand and once a friend or family member purchases something then we are pressured and attracted to buying it as well. The biggest example of this is the fashion industry, where new trends come and go each season resulting in constant purchasing of new, unnecessary clothing. These companies are clearly getting the better of us based on the success of such events as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.             So why is over-consumption such a bad thing, why should we care if people waste there money on unnecessary goods? It’s simple: overconsumption leads to waste! One of the downfalls to the technological advancements of today’s world is that we create materials that cannot be found in our natural world. This means that when we throw something out in the garbage it will never decompose. Purchasing many of today’s consumer goods is bad enough because most cannot be recycled and will sit in landfills, but over-consumption takes this once step further in that we buy more than we need! We buy new clothes or new phones before our old ones are worn our or broken. By doing so we are creating more waste because we constantly thrown away products that are still functional and contribute the ever-growing amount of waste humanity has created on this planet. In order to help reduce the waste we create of course we should recycle and reuse as much as possible. However, I believe that the creation of waste should be stopped at its source, and that’s our consumer purchasing. Buying less and using goods to there fullest is a sure way to decrease waste. Resisting social pressure and advertisements is key to getting this accomplished. So next year put the phones away and turn the TV off at the dinner table during Thanksgiving, you don’t need them. Joseph Ramondelli  
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  • Mark Piazzalunga

    DESERTEC project, Sahara Sun could power Europe by 2050

    By Mark Piazzalunga

    Sahara desert climate is hot and arid, everybody knows it. So how can this simple and well-known fact become the idea to power a continent like Europe? Let’s start from the principle: renewable energy is the future of energy; we assume that this sentence is true since all facts gets to this point. Second principle: European territory is restricted and allows the construction of a few plants that could use renewable energy. Paradoxically, countries like Africa have renewable sources, particularly solar, in abundance but scarce funds to make the best of these resources. Now find the connection. Is it possible to produce huge amounts of solar energy in Africa and transport them to Europe through energy infrastructures? Apparently yes, according to DESERTEC project developers and supporters. And what is DESERTEC? It’s an initiative of the Club of Rome (a global think tank that has its headquarters in Switzerland) started in 2009. Directly from the official website of the project (Desertec.org): "The DESERTEC concept was developed by a network of politicians, scientists and economists from around the Mediterranean, from which was born the DESERTEC Foundation. Demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and the development of sustainable energy generation from sites where renewable energy sources are at their most plentiful." In practical terms? Connect renewable energy power plants in Africa to Europe through a network of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) systems. The Foundation target is to build several renewable power plants of various types (mainly wind, photovoltaic and solar concentration) throughout North Africa. To support the project financially, the Foundation and other 12 companies (including Deutsche Bank, E.ON, RWE and ABB) created an industrial initiative: Dii GmbH. The construction project would continue until 2050 and for that date, the cost is estimated at € 400 billion, which means $ 546,720,000,000, approximately seven times Bill Gates’ fortune. It’s little bit expensive (life on Mars seems cheaper) but the entire network could provide Europe with the 15-20% of electricity that it needs. We must also consider the drastic decrease of pollution, direct effect of the project. This project isn’t just an idea but it seems an accurate and long-term plan. This could be an opportunity to connect two continents and to give them economic opportunities and jobs. There could be some problems like the wars and the instability of some of North Africa countries or how to get all 40 nations to agree to an arrangement for subsidizing the green electricity. There’s also the possibility to build the plants in Europe, just $ 54 billion more, and doing some math it brings to a shocking number: €2 per citizen per year to keep tens of thousands of jobs in Europe -- and to prevent Europe from becoming dependent on foreign countries for its electricity. Well, the project just started and it has the funds to go forward. We can't wait to see the results. Photo from Desertec.org
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  • Megan Bonetti

    Conferencing Climate Change: Teamwork or Tug-of-war?

    By Megan Bonetti

    India. Culture, cows and rubbish. As an Aussie living for a short time in India it is such an intriguing country. Indians love their diverse nation yet they use the streets like rubbish dumps. Even my friends here tell me it’s ok to throw my paddle-pop wrapper out the car window. I can’t… so I just hold it tight and wait till I get home. Growing up in Australia, those ‘emu hunts’ in primary school have willed my littering days away. Yet I suspect that even my household trash bin will just be dumped across the road for the cows to eat or worse still, burnt on the street…for the cows to eat. This is India. Love it or hate it. (#tii) As an Australian social worker volunteering with an NGO in Southern India I witness the large divide between the rich and poor of this incredibly colourful nation. I work with many children whose whole families have had to migrate from various parts of India due to the rapid effects of drought on their land and the significant urbanisation of major cities in the last 10 years. It turns out India has seen a boom in it’s industrial and technological trades a little later than it’s western neighbours and they are loving it. But India’s urban boom is threatened with westerners telling them they have to stop producing and polluting. The earth doesn’t like it. Sorry India…We made our big capitalist bucks, but you don’t get that chance. Just when things are getting good and you’re developing astronomically, your main source of energy is being taken away. It turns out fossil fuels are the cheapest form of energy for the developing world, especially as they try in earnest to develop the same standard of living as we have. So as one the most formidable countries in the developing world, India not only has the pressures of navigating a massive population but also has to figure out how to go green on the cheap. It’s interesting that the Turnbull government has reluctantly agreed on a 5% reduction in carbon emissions in the next five years. “Phew! Glad we got through that one boys.” They wipe their sweaty brows while developing countries are drowning, burning and trying to survive on scant resources. These countries are just trying to make a crust, while Eurocentric nations are slowly turning a baguette into organic multigrain sourdough (and throwing the crusts to their hobby cows). If the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is truly the last attempt for international cooperation, leaders cannot just show and tell their contribution and sit back with folded arms. But how can mere human individuals promote serious teamwork? This brings me back to the children I work with here in India. Every day their parent’s lives are tied to corrupt building associations. They are bonded labourers—gypsies moving from construction to construction. These families have no hope of returning to their now desolate homeland and are not provided social security measures that protect their livelihood. Then there is India’s neighbour, low-lying Bangladesh, experiencing saltwater intrusion that poisons whole water supplies for entire villages. In our own backyard we see Australian farmers shooting all their cattle only to turn the gun on themselves under the shadow of unprecedented drought. This is human impact. Global warming is not just about penguins and polar bears. Climate change is a social justice issue. We live in a globalised world. The industrial revolution brought us here; and climate change is the consequence. No longer do we just neighbour cities, we neighbour nations. The leaders of Australia must be held accountable to all their neighbours including the ones just trying to keep their head above water. It simply won’t do for wealthy nations, such as Australia, to show the world their own country’s carbon reductions and sit back down. This summit can’t work as a set menu; it has to be a potluck dinner, a time for sharing, understanding and safeguarding. For the sake of our beautiful earth and the many diverse cultures of the human race, this time I hope and pray that the leaders of the world provide a resounding voice for the marginalised. This summit and our government must not stop at figures, but uphold the basic democratic and human rights principles that cradle modern society. The United Nations was created so that man-made and worldwide calamities could no longer grasp our world with such authority. Well, it turns out a world war with Mother Nature is knocking on our doorstep. Will we listen and respond? I hope so.   For more information please visit the below links. They offer great insights into climate change realities and are positive and accessible resources for engaging the conversation. The reality of climate change | David Puttnam | TEDxDublin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjtO-0tbKU India: Climate Change Impacts http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/06/19/india-climate-change-impacts Climate Change and the End of Australia http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-change-and-the-end-of-australia-20111003 The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health (Australia) http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/uploads/1bb6887d6f8cacd5d844fc30b0857931.pdf GoPro: Climate Change and the Optimistic Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT6jtTtsG_M Paris Climate Conference: COP21 Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qd8YCaoQ4 Why is the Paris UN climate summit important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnztR5JllA4 Adam asks new PM Malcolm Turnbull on climate change in Question Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqXtKt-Is54 Morgan Freeman's Powerful Climate Change Short Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YQIaOldDU8  
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  1. There are quite a few good uses for RV roof tape, and someone who is caring for their vehicle must ensure that they have enough of this tape to repair anything. There are many things that may be done to ensure that the RV will be in good condition, and someone who wishes to purchase the tape may begin searching online. The tapes come in some colors, and they may be rolled or stretched in any direction the user likes. This article explains how the roofing tape is to be used in every circumstance.

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     #1: What Color Should Be Used?
    RV roof tape may be used in any color the driver likes, and they must ensure that they have chosen colors that will match the body of the vehicle. The vehicle itself may be quite obvious when it has been pieced together with tape, and the driver will avoid a poor appearance when they purchase tape in the proper color. There are many colors to use, and the driver must choose many colors that fit in with the RV's design.

    #2: How Wide Is The Tape?
    The tape that is used on the RV must be chosen in the proper width, as there are many different types that will suit many different situations. The thin tape may be utilized for small patch jobs, and wide tape may be used for significant repairs that are simply too difficult to hold together with less tape.

    #3: How Long Will The Tape Last?
    The tape will last for quite a long time, as it has been rated for use in outdoor settings. The weather and the wind that hits the tape will not break it down, and it will not pull away because it sticks with a strong adhesive that was made for vehicular repairs. A mechanic knows which tape to use, and they may make recommendations when required.

    #4: How To Apply The Tape
    Roof tape must be applied using a bit of care because air bubbles cannot be allowed to sit under the surface. The tape may be used to ensure that a smooth seam is created given the passengers, or it may be used where two pieces must be stuck together after having separated inside the vehicle. RVs will take quite a lot of punishment while in-use, and they must be repaired correctly using proper tape.

    Someone who wishes to use the roofing tape to repair small problems in their vehicle may dispense it at any time and in any color. The colors will match the vehicle, and they may purchase as many rolls as they like. Someone who wants to use the tape on their own may do so, but there are also many people who may bring the tape to someone who will do the repairs for them. Order the tape online, and it will help repair any crack in the RV. Want to find the best RV roof tape available? Contact us today!

  2. Taraji P. Henson wholesale Plus Size Lingerie proudly displays her lingerie in a sheer design for her star-studded birthday dinner

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    She gave her character Cookie Lyon a run for her money in her latest sartorial display.

    Taraji P. Henson was spotted attending a private dinner in her honor at Asia de Cuba in NYC on Saturday, showcasing her curvaceous frame in a eye-catching Moschino Couture design.

    The Empire star, who recently turned 45, gave fans a peek at her ample assets by wearing black undergarments underneath her opulent cover.

    Birthday girl: Taraji P. Henson was spotted attending a private dinner in her honor at Asia de Cuba in New York City on Saturday, showcasing her curvaceous frame in a eye-catching Moschino Couture design

    Taraji teamed her sheer ensemble with gold stilettos and accessorized with a diamond-encrusted Chanel necklace. 

    Her raven tresses were styled with a soft wave, adding texture to her freshly chopped bangs, which seemed to channel 1950s pin-up star Betty Page.

    She tucked her hands in her pockets for a few photos, hiding only for a moment her pointy nude polished acrylics.

    The Oscar-nominee opted for a night-friendly makeup look, wearing smoky eye shadow, voluminous false lashes as well as a crimson lip stain.

    Sultry: The Empire star, who recently turned 45, gave fans a peek at her ample assets by wearing black undergarments underneath her opulent cover

    Blast from the past: Her raven tresses were styled with a soft wave, adding texture to her freshly chopped bangs, which seemed to channel 1950s pin-up star Betty Page

    Out and about: The Oscar-nominee opted for a night-friendly makeup look, wearing smoky eye shadow, voluminous false lashes as well as a crimson lip stain

     

    Taraji P Henson celebrated her birthday in New York last night and boy did she make an entrance.

    The actress looked incredible in a see through dress by Moschino that proved age is just a number when you've got a body like Taraji's. Shirt dresses are a style staple and can be found in most women's wardrobes.

    But of course Jeremy Scott took it to the next level by making his Resort 2016 version a sheer sensation. It's not available to buy just yet but if you fancy checking out the current line then click (right) to shop it at Luisaviaroma.com.

    Or recreate Taraji's daring look with one of the dresses in our edit below. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Glamorous and Rare London have racy options but we prefer Asos' version with its tie waist and more demure take on the trend.

    Also joining Taraji to commemorate the momentous occasion was her Empire co-star Ta'Ronda Jones as well as co-creator of the music industry based soap opera, Lee Daniels.

    Mary J. Blidge also pulled out the stops for her appearance, putting on a leggy display in a little black dress with silver stud embellishments. 

    The Family Affair crooner rocked a chic blonde 'do, pairing her ensemble with pointed toe pumps that drew attention to the flower tattoo located on her upper thigh.

    She took to Instagram the day before with a sweet message: 'Happy Birthday to my beautiful, amazingly talented sister & friend @tarajiphenson!!!! I hope you are having the best day ever wherever you are and I will see you tomorrow!!!! Love you so much!!!!' 

    Famous friends: Also joining Taraji to commemorate the momentous occasion was her Empire co-star Ta'Ronda Jones as well as co-creator of the music industry based soap opera, Lee Daniels

    Wowing: The Family Affair crooner rocked a chic blonde 'do, pairing her ensemble with pointed toe pumps that drew attention to the flower tattoo located on her upper thigh

    Dressed to the nines: Mary J. Blidge also pulled out the stops for her appearance, putting on a leggy display in a little black dress with silver stud embellishments

    While inside the East Village venue, Taraji was all smiles while being greeted by a three-tier birthday cake with a lion placed on the top.

    Known for her boisterous personality, she had a blast while dipping her finger in the cake before blowing out the candles aside a bevvy of A-listers.

    Seen behind her was Jussie Smullet, who portrays her son Jamal in the highly-anticipated series, as well as Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Marissa Tomei. 

    The beauty was also surrounded by a plethora of gifts, but made sure to take time out to pose with a giant golden pen which was used to write personal messages for her birthday.

    Living it up: While inside the East Village venue, Taraji was all smiles while being greeted by a three-tier birthday cake with a lion placed on the top

    It's my party: Known for her boisterous personality, she had a blast while dipping her finger in the cake before blowing out the candles aside a bevvy of A-listers

    Making a wish: Seen behind her was Jussie Smullet, who portrays her son Jamal in the highly-anticipated series, as well as Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Marissa Tomei

    Sign here: The beauty was also surrounded by a plethora of gifts, but made sure to take time out to pose with a giant golden pen which was used to write personal messages for her birthday

    Her sultry display was actually her second look for the evening, considering hours before she was dressed in yet another black dress that featured a red, white and champagne panel down the side.

    Taraji had plenty to celebrate, considering it was also the premiere of Fox's second season of Empire, which turned out to be a smash success in its debut season.

    In attendance was Naomi Campbell, Gabourey Sidibe, and Taraji's on-screen ex-husband Terrence Howard, who brought his ex-wife Mira Pak less than a month after divorce rumors.

    The birthday girl even enjoyed having a song dedicated to her by Howard and Smullet, taking the stage to groove by her co-stars while soaking up her moment in all it's glory.

    Loving it: The birthday girl even enjoyed having a song dedicated to her by Howard and Smullet, taking the stage to groove by her co-stars while soaking up her moment in all it's glory

    Taraji will next be featured as the cover star on the October issue of Glamour Magazine, looking stunning in a bright orange frock with a metallic gold belt.

    She gave fans an insight on her views regarding her character Cookie, dishing: 'After 17 years in prison, Cookie feels there is nothing to fear. She made it out alive. In her mind that’s how strong she is.'

    The Baby Boy star also noted about her personal struggles, becoming pregnant while striving to be an actress: 'I didn't have time to go to the club to 'network.' That's B.S. No business deals go down at the club. So I didn't get caught up in that. I had a mission. I had to make my dream come true.'

    Her determination, of course, paid off with her latest role earning her an Emmy nod - making her one of the most popular characters on television.

    Dream team: Taraji captioned the Empire group pic: 'I really love everyone in this picture!!!!! Tonight a dream is realized when I get to perform at #CarnegieHall. Why dream small when you can #DreamBIG?'

      

    Read more: Taraji P. Henson on Empire, Being a Single Mom, and the Art of Fearlessness: Glamour.com

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    Under both public and government pressure, more industries are adopting eco-friendly practices. Business owners are also looking for ways to incorporate green practices into their operations out of their own environmental concern. One of the industries that's increasingly focused on going green is dentistry. Here are just a few of the ways that dentists have become more eco-friendly.

    1. Office environment

    More dentists are opting to use green materials in both the exterior and interior of their facilities. Fabrics, panels, finishes, and many other products are now available that are made from non-toxic, biodegradable, and sustainable recycled materials. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has established benchmarks for green construction. Designs are based on a point rating system and earn LEED certifications you can display.

    2. Office practices

    In your practice you should also be following the paperless trend in business processes by shifting from hard copies and paper forms to digital records and web-based information, including automated systems for patient appointments and reminders. Dentists are also trying to measure, track, and improve such concerns as solid waste, water conservation, and reduced energy consumption. Low-flow toilets and fixtures, smart HVAC systems, and LED lighting will save on resources and monthly bills.

    3. Patient practices

    Use of green cleaning and sterilization products is creating a safer, healthier environment for your patients. Digital radiography is reducing the need for chemical-based films and development, as well as lowering radiation risks to patients. Some items such as tubes or IV bags were once made with PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. PVC has been linked with cancer, birth defects, and diabetes, among other ailments. You can now replace these products with safer, eco-friendly materials such as biodegradable plastics. It might be worth it to check around at other clinics like Silverado Family Dental to see what their practices are when it comes to the environment.

    4. Dental amalgams

    Dentists have traditionally used amalgam for common tooth fillings, without the general public recognizing that the principle ingredient of amalgam is mercury, now universally recognized as a toxic metal. It can cause severe nervous disorders leading to loss of motor and cognitive abilities. One of the major sources of mercury in community waste water comes from dental practices. Today's dentists, however, are leaning toward use of composite resins, or installing elimination systems to prevent the mercury from reaching municipal water systems. By taking these approaches, you'll do your part in removing this heavy metal from accumulating in the environment.

    These are just a few ideas for making your dental office more eco-friendly. Your staff and patients will appreciate that your practice is helping to make our planet a safer, cleaner place.

  4. If you want to start purifying your drinking water , it’s important to get familiar with what kind of filters there are on the market. There are two most common kinds, Ultraviolet (UV) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters, and if you’re unsure which type to choose, here is a brief overview outlining their advantages and disadvantages. You will find out how they work and what their benefits and limitations are that will hopefully help you decide which filter to buy. Have a look.

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    Reverse osmosis filters

    Reverse Osmosis filters work by extracting inorganic solids from water by pushing water through a thin semipermeable membrane. This membrane has a tight structure that is highly effective in extracting contaminants from the drinking water. Collected impurities from the filters are simply washed down the drain.

    Just to name the few, a reliable reverse osmosis system is successful in removing lead, asbestos, chlorine, detergents, fluoride, nitrates, sulphates and pesticides from the water. All these contaminants can easily enter streams, rivers, and aquifers and get to your home. Another good thing is that Reverse Osmosis filters exclude ions out of the water, making your water pure of salts, sugars, and bacteria.

    Additionally, RO filters can also block radioactive elements like plutonium and strontium. Just like the UV filters, RO filters are affordable and require regular maintenance performed either by the homeowner or the expert. RO membranes and filters need to be replaced every 6 months to 2 years, depending on the water quality, water usage, and the type of system you use. Quality units, as this Clear Choice Water Filters reverse osmosis system, improve both the taste and smell of your water, making it perfect for drinking.

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    Ultraviolet filters

    Ultraviolet filters use rays from a UV light source and they use radiation to kill inactive viruses and bacteria. They aim at their DNA structure and successfully stop them from reproducing and spreading. UV rays protect against waterborne bacteria, mould, viruses, and other microorganisms that cause diseases. UV also eliminates hepatitis virus that can be resistant to chlorine that is used to disinfect water.  

    Simply said, ultraviolet filters are probably the best defence system against biological contaminants. UV filtered water is completely tasteless, odourless and colourless which makes it perfect for drinking. Also, you will not need any professional help in maintaining UV filters, and the only thing you need to do is change the UV bulb yearly. Another upside is that the process of purification is relatively fast, so the production of the water isn’t limited.

    UV filters have many benefits, but they have limitations as well. UV filters work wonders on biological contaminants, but they cannot protect you from inorganic impurities. Contaminants, such as chlorine, heavy metals, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals that get into the ground waters during production processes of paint, petroleum and different refrigerants) cannot be removed from water by using UV filters.

    In order to ensure your household gets completely clean water, you might consider combining UV filters with Granular Activated Carbon filters or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filters. The combination of those will filter out all organic and inorganic impurities and make your water completely safe to drink.

    As you can see, both UV and RO filter systems have their advantages and limitations. UV filters are unprecedented in their defence against organic contaminates, and RO filters excel in fighting inorganic impurities. Both are excellent, but they cannot produce completely pure water on their own. If you want to ensure you get the best quality water in your household, consider combining the two systems. This way you will be safe from both organic and inorganic contaminants. Before you decide, make sure to test your water and see what impurities it contains and then choose the water filter accordingly.

  5. Police officers, firefighters, security guards, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders need LED warning lights on their vehicles. Even tow trucks and construction vehicles need to outfit their vehicles with LED warning lights to increase their safety and in some cases, abide by local laws. Some tow truck and construction vehicles opt for amber colored LED warning lights to distinguish them from emergency services personnel. However, each state may have its own laws regarding the color of the warning lights. Whenever a vehicle needs to be visible day or night, an LED warning light becomes essential.

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    All emergency LED warning lights are designed to promote safety. LED emergency lights are not restricted for use by police officers and firefighters. In fact, individuals and private sector companies sometimes need to use LED warning lights. For example, operating farm equipment might require the use of LED warning lights.

    Rural and off road situations frequently demand the use of LED warning lights by commercial vehicles ranging from logging trucks to ATVs. Service trucks escorting wide loads and other moving equipment may also need LED warning lights to help other drivers be aware of a slow-moving or awkward vehicle. Commercial transportation service vehicles like senior transportation services, school transportation services, or shared automobile services may also benefit from LED warning lights. Cable, gas, electric, and water repair personnel may need to outfit their commercial vehicles with LED warning lights. Security guard vehicles use LED warning lights, too.

    The main function of an LED warning light is to alert drivers and pedestrians of the presence of the vehicle, and to identify that vehicle as a special service vehicle of any type. However, LED warning lights need to be chosen with care so as to not conflict with fire and police personnel colors. The colors of the different private sector warning lights will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It is critical to learn about the laws in your area before purchasing an LED warning light in a certain color.
     

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    Protein Intake And Weight Loss – Expert Advice From Top Nutritionists

    The modern life has forced a variety of diseases, discomforts and problems on us. Obesity is a menace for many and a big concern for the fitness and medical worlds. Obesity loads your body with huge fat masses letting you weigh more. Sometimes, the results of obesity are horrible in making you feel difficult to walk, letting you gasp for breath even while doing a few simple chores, unable to use the stairs for climbing up, joint problems and knee pains, high blood cholesterol levels, cardiac problems, sluggishness, loss of self-esteem and organ failures in the long run. Hence, you can never overlook this problem. Here is a proven way to overcome the obesity problem.

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    Thinking of obesity, the first thing that comes to our minds is a gym with all the necessary exercising equipment, trainers and rigorous workout sessions. The first enemy to workouts is the modern lifestyle we have. Most of us are too busy to commit ourselves sincerely and regularly to those workouts. Also, we do not feel motivated to work out when we have no body building or slimming goals in front of us. Some people warn you that once you start your exercise regime, you cannot afford to give it up at some point, which would mean gaining back those lost pounds within no time. With all this, we really find it a tough thing to resort to this remedy for losing weight.

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    When it is the question of losing weight, most of us would blame out diet and become conscious of the calories we intake. However, health and nutrition experts along with fitness professionals say you must focus on protein intake if you wish to lose weight the easy way. The corporate dietician Alexandra Miller asks us to focus more on protein intake. The three top advantages of proteins making them ideal intake for losing weight are it keeps you fuller for a longer time, it repairs muscles and tissues and it boosts up your energy levels.

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    Everyone’s body and metabolic rates are different. Therefore none can prescribe a fixed protein intake formula for all people. The protein needs of every person depend on the body weight. However, we can always go by the general rule that says the mini9mum protein intake advisable for most people is 0.4 grams per pound. So, if you wish to know what will be the ideal quantity of protein you must take, multiply your body weight in pounds with 0.4 grams and you got the recommended value.

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  6. It’s obvious that one of the best elements of using a vape is experiencing the taste of the juice. It’s what a lot of people love most about vaping. Luckily to vape users, there is a magnitude of flavors to choose from and experience. They range from strawberry shortcake to candy corn to banana to cappuccino. The list of flavors available stretches much, much farther than that found at your local ice cream shop. There are tons of e liquid flavors, but some of the favorites of vapers are found in the following categories:

     

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    If you have decided to install a trendy shower in your bathroom by tearing off that old and outdated bathtub, you are in line with the popular trend since bathtub to shower remodel is one of the most popular and highly sought after upgrades. However, you can’t just rush with the project. You always need to take well informed decisions in order to save on the costs as well as avoiding those expensive mistakes. Planning and planning well is the key to accomplish the project to perfection. Here are some important considerations for homeowners intending to replace their tubs with showers.

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    Replace the Appliances

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    Use clean, green materials

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    Waste not…

    There are plenty of people on the hunt for used materials to do their own home renovations at a lower cost. If you’ve just invested in some custom bathroom vanity cabinets made of sustainable forest wood, using non-toxic glues and paint or what have you, don’t just chuck the old ones onto the curb. Local donation centres are always happy to take on used items that can be put to use in someone else’s dream home. Just be sure to call in advance to see what items they will and won’t take, so that you don’t waste time hauling things across town!

     

    Long-term Ecofriendliness

    Beyond making the renovation process more ecofriendly, the key to having a green home is by maintaining it in a healthy and environmentally-friendly manner long after the contractors have left your place for the last time.

     

    Reduce water waste

    Install low-flow toilets, which are both functional and often come in beautiful designs. They can save you up to 7 gallons of water a flush. Dual-flush toilets are also a great option, and if you don’t want an entirely new toilet, you can opt for a dual flush converter for less than $25. It’ll take you less than ten minutes to install and can save you up to 55,000 litres of water per year. Given that toilets alone use up just over a quarter of all water in your home, this is something you’ll seriously want to think about when it comes to going green in the long run.

     

    Similarly, low-flow showerheads will bring the average 5 to 8 gallons of water a minute down to 2.5 gallons, without you losing that water pressure you love. Some even come with built-in water filters, removing things like chlorine, which can have a drying effect on your hair and skin. This is another quick and easy fix that can help reduce your annual water bill.

     

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    Another easy upgrade you can make is to invest in LED light blubs, which can come in cold or warm tones. These will consume 80 percent less energy and can last up to five times longer than other types of bulbs out there. What’s not to love? Shop for them in terms of lumens instead of watts. If you’re partial to incandescent lights, “warm white” and “soft white” are popular colours which give you a very similar warm glow.

     

    An energy-efficient fan is also a great way to bring down energy costs. Furthermore, a strong but silent fan can reduce the chance of mildew and mold growing in your new bathroom. This should make you jump for joy – not only does it bring down the time you spend scrubbing those grout lines, it reduces the chance of you suffering adverse health effects from breathing in nasty mold.

     

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    If you have a green home, you already know that the key to green living is to make the most of your energy consumption. Did you know that having the right roof can make the biggest difference in your home’s energy usage and the size your energy bill? Much of your home’s heat loss in the winter, and source of heat in the summer is the roof. Let’s learn more about how your roof affects your green home.

    Dark Roofs in the Summer

    Did you know that darker roofs can heat up to 50 to 60 degrees hotter than the outside temperature in the summer? If you live in a warm climate, a dark colored asphalt roof can heat up to 175° if the temperature is 95° outside. This makes your cooling system work much harder and also contributes to the heat island effect if you live in a city. A lighter colored roof decreases the solar gain and heat retention of your home. If you want to same on summer cooling costs, then replacing your roof will make a difference.

    Winter Heating Woes

    While a dark roof may not be ideal in the summer, if you live in a climate that has a longer winter than summer, a dark roof will help to reduce heating cost. Dark asphalt roofs absorb more heat than metal or rubber roofs. This not only helps to provide additional heating for the home, it helps snow melt off faster too. This is especially true with a properly insulated attic.

    Proper Insulation

    Having a properly insulated roof with the right color and type of roofing material means that you can run your furnace at a lower setting, which can result in big savings for your green home. Companies like Leon Construction can help you choose the right roof for your home and replace your old roof with new materials that are more sustainable than those used in the past.

    If you want to improve the efficiency of your green home, then your roof is the first place that you should look. A roof that is leaky and old can cost you more in the long run than replacing your roof with one that is more cost and energy efficient. A new roof is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run through lower heating and cooling bills. Not to mention, it will also improve the value of your home.

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    Reducing electricity usage is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet. You can cut down on power use at home without going through any major lifestyle changes. Believe it or not, it is still possible to enjoy the comforts of a dishwasher and good lighting while paying less for utilities. Try these four tips for saving power and lowering monthly bills.

    Upgrade to Efficient Light Bulbs

    If you still use incandescent light bulbs, make the switch to LED light bulbs. The cost of LED light bulbs has significantly decreased over the past couple of years. LED bulbs emit an extremely minimal amount of heat and convert almost all of their electricity to light. Traditional incandescent bulbs waste most of the electricity, turning it into heat instead of light. LED bulbs will help to keep your home cooler in the summer since they emit less heat.

    Install Electrical Transfer Switches

    To save power and lower your electricity bill, install electrical transfer switches. These devices allow you to connect your home to an alternate source of power. Some companies, like Enercon Engineering Inc.,  know that they could be also used in conjunction with a solar panel array. They could also be used with a wind turbine or another renewable energy source too. You could use an electrical transfer switch with a backup generator too.

    Power-down Electronics

    Anything that is plugged in and has an indicator light or digital clock uses power. Some items will draw power while plugged in even if they do not have any lights. This is often referred to as "ghosting." Be sure to power down or completely unplug devices such as computer monitors, televisions, and DVD players when you are not using them.

    Skip the Drying Cycle

    Skip the hot dry cycle when using the dishwasher. Just opening the door of the dishwasher after the wash cycle is done will allow the dishes to quickly dry, with no power required. Consider reducing the amount of times you use your clothes dryer. Hang shirts and pants on a clothes rack or clothesline. Save the dryer for delicate items and linens that need the hot air for sanitary purposes.

    Each of these tips does not require much time or effort to employ. You could make one change at a time to get used to the idea of saving power and add in more tips as each one becomes a habit. After you do all four of these things, you can keep more of your hard-earned money instead of sending it to utility companies.

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    El ser mujer jamás debe ser sinónimo del sexo débil. Por eso es importante darle su lugar en sectores empresariales, económicos y más. Esto no quiere decir que el hombre sea menos,

    o que solo contrates mujeres si no todo lo contrario. Es hacer un equipo integral con una equidad laboral esto beneficiara en que todos los niveles fluyan más, podrán alcanzar objetivos en conjunto y tener metas más claras.   

     

    ¿Cómo lograr un empresa con empoderamiento femenino?

    1.    Si un hombre y una mujer tienen el mismo puesto, la remuneración económica debe de ser la misma, ya que hacen tareas y persiguen los objetivos por igual. Esto quiere decir que es para todas las ocupaciones desde el más alto hasta el más bajo.    consejos para las mujeres de negocio

     

    2. Establecer siempre un ambiente de respeto. Evitar en todo momentos abuso verbal y físico.  Identificar signos de violencia contra las mujeres puede prevenir de altercados mayores.

     

    3. En una toma de decisión es importante garantizar la participación de una mujer ya sea entre directivos, gerentes o administrativos. Esto para equilibrar e integrar al sexo femenino.

     

    4. Si tu empresa trabaja con otras empresas, es importante garantizar que todos sus empleados trabajen de manera digna. Difundir las implantaciones que tienes para favorecer la igual de género.

     

    5. Evitar a toda costa la discriminación en hombres y mujeres, sin importar su orientación sexual, nivel socioeconómico, edad o religión. empoderamiento de mujeres

  17. With the amount of products and services to choose from nowadays, the importance of differentiating from your competitors has never been more important. Going green is a great way to stand out and a great way to help your bottom line. Becoming environmentally conscious is actually a lot easier than you might think. Something as simple as replacing your old lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs is an easy and effective way to help the environment and your spending costs. Below is an infographic that includes a checklist of some tips to help save both money and the environment. 

    Infographic created by Earthwise Environmental

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  18. If you’re planning on starting a restaurant or already own one, there’s a chance that you’re scratching your head wondering, “Where can I find restaurant equipment near me?” That’s perfectly okay, and there are plenty of sources that you can try to meet your needs and requirements for your business. You could go for new restaurant equipment if you prefer, but you might also try looking for some used equipment to keep your investment costs down.

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    The fact is that investing in used equipment may be a great idea because of the low costs and the fact that a lot of these items are built to last and haven’t been used much. Quite simply, used equipment is often the better option for many new restaurateurs.

    There’s no reason to spend a lot of money on new restaurant equipment when you don’t need to, though of course if you’re running a specialty restaurant this may be your only option for certain things. It’s true that things like tables and chairs are part of the decor in a restaurant and should go along with the general theme of the place, but you can always get them used because like other equipment they’re made to last.

    While of course, you should keep in mind the look that you’re going for in your restaurant, there’s no reason to not look into second-hand tables and chairs to save a bit of money. After all, the profit margins for the first few months in the restaurant industry can be a little iffy so it’s always good if you can save a bit of money where you can when you’re starting out. If you’re particular, you might not find anything, but then it’s a matter of achieving the right look versus minimizing your losses - so choose wisely.

    Commercial kitchen equipment can be expensive, but it’s made to last. You could always buy new equipment, but it might be better to either lease it or invest in used equipment when you’re starting out. Still, you have a few options here for getting the best deals - it’s always a good idea to sign up for a dealer’s mailing list so that you can get updates and even discounts on the equipment that you require. If you decide to go for used equipment, it’s best to go through a local dealer not only because of their means that you won’t have to pay to ship but also because you can go and inspect the equipment yourself to see if it suits your needs. It’s highly recommended that you ensure that everything is in working order before you start shelling out thousands of dollars on something that potentially won’t work. It’s equally important to ensure that everything has a proper warranty too because the last thing you need is finding yourself stuck with something that stopped working after a week or two of use and no options for replacement or repairs.

    It’s quite important to find an equipment dealer near you, which is a point that you probably already understand if you are a new restaurateur asking “where can I find used restaurant equipment near me?” This will ensure the best support and service possible as well as cut down on other costs like having everything shipped to you, and in the long run, could save you a lot of money if you choose a local dealer over having everything shipped from afar just because the prices are a bit lower. You’ll thank yourself in the long run. For the best kitchen equipment dealer near you, contact us today!

  19. The sustainable building trend is not just good for the planet, but for the economy — green construction is expected to account for 3.3 million jobs in the U.S. alone by 2018, a 143.5 percent increase over 2015. Green construction involves the design, construction and/or operation of buildings in ways that reduce any harmful impact on the environment and/or on human health. Some of these include reducing the carbon footprint of manufacture, preserving air and water quality, minimizing toxic emissions, and increasing energy efficiency in building operations. Sustainable building also can be economically beneficial. Using green materials and practices often benefits local economies, and the focus on energy efficiency frequently results in significant savings for property owners.

    The following infographic was created by Accurate Perforating Company and highlights 10 green building materials to consider for your next green building project.

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    There are over 150 chemicals found homes that are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders. Everyday cleaning products contain most of these chemicals. The following presentation offers different recipes for natural cleaning solutions, as well as how to use each cleaner. These all-natural cleaning methods will help reduce the use of toxic chemical in your bathroom. Keep your family chemical free, and try out these natural bathroom cleaners.

    The following PDF was created by Modern Bathroom and displays natural bathroom cleaning methods. 

     

     

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  20. More than 1 million U.S. homes now sport solar panels on the roof. That number is expected to double in the next two years as the cost of solar continues to decline and solar awareness continues to rise.
     
    While making the shift to solar is good for the environment, that’s not the only reason to invest in solar technology. Here are just a few of the many benefits homeowners can realize by going solar. 

    5 Reasons So Many Homeowners Are Going Solar

    1.    Solar is a good investment. While the exact ROI for solar varies according to location and other factors, research indicates that in most states it makes financial sense to go solar. Specifically, solar brings a better return than a five-year CD in 86 percent of states. If you live in one of the top 13 states for solar, you’ll actually do better with your solar panels than you would by investing in the S&P 500. 
    2.    Solar is reliable. With any technology comes the potential for failure, but solar bucks the trend by being one of the least likely of your home’s systems to break down. While solar panels are typically warranted for 25 years, 90 percent of them last 30 years or longer. One report showed that many 40-year-old panels are still generating power at 80 percent of their efficiency. In addition, a residential solar system typically has no moving parts, and almost never needs repair. 
    3.    Solar is security. Concerned about power grid security, future energy price hikes, and/or the escalating effects of global climate change on the weather? Installing a solar system with battery backup is an excellent way to ensure that you will always have the power you need at a price you can afford. 
    4.    Solar protects our planet. Sunshine is a clean, renewable energy source that does not contribute to global climate change. While all manufacture has an impact on the environment, solar panels create far more energy in their lifetime than is consumed by making them. In fact, an average 4 KW solar power system offsets nearly 200,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in its first 25 years. It would take planting more than 2,000 trees to equal that amount of carbon offset.  
    5.    Solar is hot — and that’s cool. Who doesn’t like to be the cool kid on the block? Solar is an undeniably hot and trendy technology, so why not add a system to your roof and enjoy witnessing the “panel envy” of your neighbors and friends?   

    How to Go Solar at Home

    According to Google’s Project Sunroof, nearly four out of five U.S. homes have enough unshaded area to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. So when you’re ready for a larger investment in your home (similar to what you would pay for a kitchen remodel or home addition), chances are good that solar will pay off for you.  

    That said, PV panels aren’t the only way to go solar in your home. Here are more ideas, at a variety of price points for any budget:
    •    Solar water heater — A typical solar water heating system saves 50-80 percent on monthly water heating costs, even in a cloudy climate.
    •    Solar landscape lighting — Solar outdoor lighting doesn’t just save electricity. It’s also safer and reduces maintenance because you won’t have to run power lines outside. 
    •    Solar chargers — A solar phone charger lets you charge your phone from anywhere, even on a hiking trip or in a boat! 
    •    Solar Christmas lights — Solar LED holiday lights are convenient to set up, and can save you up to $10 for every 300 hours they’re lit.

    These are just a few of the many benefits you can realize by going solar at home. Check out this infographic to discover even more compelling reasons why so many Americans these days are choosing to add solar to their homes. 

    Ryan McNeill is the president of Renewable Energy Corporation, one of the largest residential solar energy companies in the mid-Atlantic region. It is committed to providing homeowners with high-quality, American-made solar panels and solar energy products. 

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