Men’s Sexual Health News – Is the Male Birth Control Pill the Future of Sex?

When it comes to dealing with contraception, the primary responsibility tends to fall on the woman; and this is especially true in monogamous and married relationships where condoms are given up, as there is no longer a perceived need to protect oneself from sexually transmitted infections. When it comes to simply preventing pregnancy with hormonal birth control methods, women often have the final say – as they should – as they are the ones who have to use the method and deal with potential side effects and pitfalls. For decades now, men have been happily going along with this arrangement, as they have not been the ones needing to pop a pill every day or getting shots to avoid becoming with child. Well, guys, the freedom from managing this issue may be coming to an end in the near future, as a new male birth control pill is under way and could be coming to a nearby pharmacy counter very soon. Learn what this new form of contraception could mean for the future of sex and its impact on a man’s sexual health.The Male Birth Control Pill: Fact or Fiction?That’s right, ladies around the world may soon be breathing a sigh of relief, or even greeting their partners with a smug smile that says it’s his turn to worry about birth control for a while. Researchers have long toyed with the idea of a male pill, and the science is slowly starting to catch up with the fantasy. While recent versions have not yet been tested on human males, they have made it to the animal testing phase with some success on male mice.How would this pill work?Biologically speaking, it is more difficult to control the fertility of men compared to women – simply because female contraception need only prevent the release and implantation of one female egg every month. A male version would have to keep millions of sperm in check every single day – it is estimated that men produce about 1,500 sperm cells every second! So it is easy to see how much more complicated the prospect of male birth control is.The current research is aimed at stopping the transportation of the sperm from point A to point B – rather than decreasing the production of sperm – as that would essentially cause infertility. Men hoping to go down that road would fare better from a one-time vasectomy — which has long been tried and true. Instead, researchers are focusing on a male hormone that is present in the body at the time of climax and sends a signal to the sperm saying it’s time to get a move on. By pinpointing that hormone, researchers hope that they can stop the release of sperm and thus create the first ever male-specific contraception.Maintaining Male Sexual HealthWhile it will likely be several years before a male birth control pill is available to consumers, the possibility of it looks very real. The good news is, there will be no lasting side effects to men who use the birth control pill, and with a doctor’s prescription, it can be added to his current sexual health routine with ease. A routine that should already include the following: regular physicals with a doctor, a thorough daily hygiene regimen, and consistent use of barrier protection to protect the penis from sexual infections and other issues.To amp up the hygiene routine to the next level, men should also use a daily penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that is enriched with targeted vitamins, nutrients and soothing emollients to help maximize penis health and function.

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The Need for National Guidelines and Testing in the Home Improvement Industry

It is time for Washington to step up and put legislation in place that will force states to better regulate the home improvement industry. Up to now Washington has left the regulation of the home improvement industry up to state regulators, and for whatever reason(s) many states have fallen considerably short.There are still some states that do not even have contractor licensing in place for home improvements. For some of the states that do have licensing, the license requirements do not include that the applicant demonstrate the ability to do any type of home improvement work. (That is like saying I will issue you a license to cut hair but you don’t have to demonstrate that you know how to cut hair……… ouch!) Then why do states bother issuing licenses if there are no requirements to demonstrate competence? Revenue? Or could it be that they need more consumer complaints for Consumer Affairs and BBB to handle? The unfortunate consequences of this problem are that homeowners are the ones who are paying the price by receiving poor workmanship and a cascade of home improvement problems.Let’s be honest, the home improvement industry does not seem to attract the most reliable, honest and competent individuals. The lure of a quick buck and the relative ease to “qualify” to do home improvement work, brings many a “character” to your door. When I was a contractor I needed to hire people for a variety of field positions. Most of the people, who I interviewed and sometimes hired, seemed to have the same type of problems with past employers. These problems consisted of substance abuse issues, honesty issues, and reliability issues. The labor pool never seemed to have an over abundance of talent and employability to pick from.I remember always reading article after article that dealt with the significant manpower shortage in the home improvement industry. The bottom line of each article would always be the same, “If you can find an honest, reliable and competent person to work for you, pull out all the stops to keep them!!!! Do whatever you need to do to keep that person happy because you’ll never know if you will be lucky enough to find someone to take their place.” As an owner, it was a very constant and stressful problem to deal with. You were almost afraid to try and increase project production because you knew you would have to try and find someone to do the additional work. Finding employees was always an adventure, an adventure that I never looked forward to.For the last 10-15 years the number one problem in the home improvement industry is the lack of manpower. Many contractors are training and hiring minorities to try and solve this major problem.If you were to talk to your state authorities about what is being done to improve regulations and screening in the home improvement industry, they will probably tell you something is in the works or there is no money for more regulations (testing). I have been hearing this for 30 years. The county in which I live (Suffolk County, New York) still does not require any demonstration of home improvement ability to obtain a home improvement license. The fee has consistently gone up but the requirements have pretty much stayed the same. We are one of the highest taxed counties in the country, so I refuse to believe there is no money to develop and implement a better policing and screening process in the home improvement industry.The National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI) http://www.nari.org is the only national organization that offers certification of home improvement individuals. They have a number of different certifications that one could obtain. To obtain these certifications the applicant needs to demonstrate a variety of knowledge, ranging from good business practices to project knowledge. NARI’s main certification is called – Certified Remodeler (CR). This certification requires the applicant to prepare an extensive matrix or resume of their experience and knowledge as well as obtaining a certain score on an 8-hour exam. There are only approximately 1000 CR’s, out of the hundreds of thousands of home improvement contractors in this country. I earned this certification in 1994 and still proudly hold this certification today. I will admit that obtaining this certification is a time consuming process and does take considerable effort, but it was well worth it. What I also like about this certification is that it has to be renewed every year by demonstrating continued involvement and knowledge in the home improvement industry.Why then couldn’t Washington mandate some type of screening, nationwide, that all people interested in doing home improvements must be able to “pass” to obtain a license? This license could be used nationwide. Use a screening process that emulates what NARI does for its certifications. You could make the screening as simple as a comprehensive test with multiple choice questions. A test that could be machine scored.I think an ideal situation for licensing would be to divide up home improvement licensing into sub-licenses. For example, if you were a bathroom contractor you would obtain a license for bathroom home improvements only. This would refine what licensees are qualified to do, rather then issuing one license that could wrongly give the impression that the licensee is capable of doing any type of project.The reason I think Washington needs to get involved with this problem is because the American public doesn’t have the time to wait for each of the 50 states to come up with a similar solution, individually.However, if Washington were to step up and mandate a national screening and testing situation, you would still have to address the screening of the people who show up to work on your house. (if they were not the person(s) who was screened and licensed) These people would hopefully be employees of the person who was screened. Is the homeowner then back to square one with not knowing the qualifications of the people working on their house? I tend to think not, because the person who went through the screening and obtained the license would want to keep the license. It is in the best interest of the licensed individual to make sure the project is done correctly. Problems develop when a contractor has too much work and attempts to get it all done by using inexperienced and unqualified help. The lure of completing more work and making more money sometimes leads to his or her business getting “out of control”. This subsequently leads to quality and project completion problems. Employees of licensed and screened contractors need to “qualify” on some level similar to NARI’s lead carpenter certification.Will any of these desperately needed changes occur any time soon? To be honest, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Washington to step up to the plate and I don’t think your state or local governments will dramatically improve home improvement regulations either.So what should a homeowner do to protect their home and property? Get the right “tools” and knowledge to be able to protect your home from poor home improvement decisions and situations.The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM) (http://www.homeimprovementsuccess.com) can give you all the right knowledge and “tools” you need, without spending hours and hours doing research and trying to figure out what to do. This club has a variety of forums (chat room, message board, phone consultations and project estimate-contract evaluations) to answer your questions about how to get great home improvement results. Membership to this club also includes the use of The Home Improvement Success System, which is a step by step home improvement system that shows you exactly what to do and what not to do. This system can be used with any project. The club also includes a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not delighted with being a club member.If you’re serious about doing a home improvement project and protecting your home, then join The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM). You will be happy you did!The Home Improvement Success Club of America(TM)

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Fax: 631-361-3582By Hank Jaworowski, CR
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Google a Day Makes Traffic Pay

Google’s Traffic Diet PaysTo be honest and in order to share the irony with you, I must admit that I did not come up with this image on my own. The image creator itself is uncertain, but we found it on the University of Minnesota library blog for the biomedical department in a post by Jon Jeffryes entitled “Google for Researchers” and the diet metaphor is richly and rightly portrayed in this and many other aspects, especially in online marketing realms where a good, daily dose of Google traffic is one of the main (and sometimes only) ways new small businesses survive. Online marketing is getting tougher everyday. Google makes it hard to rank organically with it stringent but necessary algorithms. This leaves many little choice but to spend money on an SEO (search engine optimization) consulting service, a pay for click (PPC) campaign, linking campaign in conjunction with or separate from an SEO campaign, or wait, pray and hope that merely building it will in fact mean they will come. Can a website survive on the Internet without getting traffic from Google? The short answer for most online businesses and small business owners using the Internet for their online marketing campaigns is simply, no. That is not to say or discount that many businesses can, and many currently are, enjoy traffic from other sources, namely social media networks, but for the majority of businesses, social media marketing is still more a compliment to their desires to rank in the one Internet traffic source that is still the king of consistent visitors on a daily basis – Google. So Mr. Jeffryes’ find or creation of this image displays applicability across many genres and cliches, to include ours here today – a diet of Google traffic a day does pay!Getting Right with Google While no one knows for sure the undoubtedly very complex algorithms of Google, there are certainly hints and even free Google SEO advice based on their own Google SEO guide and discussions, posts and more hints from the infamous Matt Cutts. While the Google SEO Guide is lengthy, it is certainly a prerequisite to beginning the process of getting right with Google. It only makes sense to read the course syllabus and understand not only the requirements to pass, but the expectations along the way for the best possible grade. Like any course outline or syllabus, this one too has a required reading list, beginning with the Google SEO Starter Guide. Google SEO Starter Guide Highlights Here are some highlights of the guide mixed with our own insights and additions.First, get used to the term “Googlebot” – this is the “robot” or “spider” that crawls the Internet and your website pages gathering information, data, and quality markers for Google to cache and rank in the search engine result pages (SERP).
The first, and obviously very important, thing the Google SEO Stater Guide points out is the need to ensure your title is unique to the page and richly, concisely indicative to the page it represents; keywords of your title will appear in bold when search engine information seekers use those terms in searching. Keep your title from being too length; about 65 characters including spaces.
Make use of your description meta tag. Although Google does not always use this information – it sometimes uses a snippet of the page content or DMOZ directory description – it does sometime rely on it for display in SERP. Descriptions should be short, descriptive summaries of the page it presents or represents; keep to about 160 characters with spaces.
Keep your URL structure user and googlebot friendly by using keyword specific terms where possible but keep them from being too long; keep to a maximum of 75 total characters or use a URL shortening service for posting in social media networks and other places where long URL’s may not be bot friendly.
Create sitemaps for your users and for search engine robots like the Googlebot; an html sitemap for the humans and an xml sitemap for the automated robots coming by on behalf of search engines. Good pages titles with specific URLs and a well structured hierarchy structure will ensure a friendly, easy to follow sitemap for both human and artificially intelligent visitors.
Create smart, friendly 404 error pages should your users get lost. Keep track of legitimate error pages and correct or redirect them.
Provide quality, unique content for your visitors. The importance of quality content cannot be stressed enough. While perfect English, grammar and rhetoric skills are not necessary, good writing mechanics and usage go a long way in keeping your visitors returning and Google impressed.
Optimize images where used; use the alt text attribute to give short descriptive analysis to your viewers what the image is or is about. The same is true for file names – use descriptive words when saving to a logical (/images) and common folder, using common formats (bmp, gif, png, and jpg) that most users will be able to access. Finally, keep your image file size as small as possible for faster loading for readers and better accessing by Googlebot.
Make use of appropriate headings to show your readers important sections of your text and draw careful attention to particular parts, words or messages. Outlining your content with keyword relevant headings helps your readers and your ranking. For a good look at how your website page appears in heading outline you can use the W3C Validator; simply click “more options” and select “show outline” to see this important factor of your website page that is an important, key SEO factor too!
Make good, smart use of your robots.txt file to tell Googlebot and other search engine robots what they should and should not index into their databases for ranking and displaying to the whole of the world wide web.
Make use of free webmaster tools. There are a ton of websites out there and some of them are not only paid webmaster help sites, some of them get down right expensive, but some of the best and easiest to use are the free tool offered by Google for webmasters.These are but a few of the Google SEO starter basic and a cursory glance at them, but when Google tells you how to rank in Google, it’s generally a good idea to pay attention.So On-Page SEO is All I Need? Uh, nice wishing; but, no. A well built site with the aforementioned factors factors kept in mind will have a great leg up in getting recognized, but unfortunately these attributes alone will not readily propel a site to the top of Google’s SERP, especially for high contested and competitive keywords or phrases. At L5DG we put the maximum effort possible to on-page factors as outlined above, where possible, with a great emphasis on content for the user; more succinctly put, we build the foundation right and work our way up.

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Top 10 Mistakes Business Owners Make With Their Technology and IT Decisions

Technology. Love it or hate it, it’s a necessary part of business today. Some business owners feel investing in technology is a waste of funds. Others think technology works well for other business owners, but can’t make it work for them. Here’s a list of the top 10 mistakes business owners make that leads to the cost of inefficient IT adding up. Read it and avoid the same pitfalls.1. Is IT a part of your strategic business plan? If not, why not?If not, your company will be unnecessarily challenged in meeting strategic goals.Technology is complicated, confusing and intimidating, but also closely tied to the success of an ever increasing number of businesses in today’s marketplace. All you need is a good IT Advisor to work with you, make recommendations based on your goals, and deploy those recommendations on time and on budget. Don’t think it’s important? Well let’s review that for a moment.
Your client info is stored on computers
Your sales efforts, leads etc are stored on computers and require advanced software to track.
Your employees work on computers, and are more efficient with file and printer servers installed as part of the network.
Your communications rely on email, antivirus software, cell phones and SmartPhones and syncing them all back to office computers and so on.
All your data needs to be protected, backed up and available for recovery should disaster strike.
If you haven’t thought about just how important a regular IT audit & review is for your company, you’re leaving too much up to chance. IT is an integral part of your business. Give it the appropriate focus, budget and consideration and see how it can add value to the overall strategic plan.2. Does your technology match your business plan or did you try to make your business plan fit with whatever technology you had?If your growth strategy requires a team of independently operating sales reps, make sure your IT supports that in the most cost and time efficient way possible. If your work flow is more of a process that must go from person A to person B to person C, then your IT design should match your work flow. If it doesn’t, it’s costing you time and money.Don’t make the mistake of making your business strategy fit into your existing IT set up. That could be a devastating move for your business. With the help of a trusted IT Advisor, you can find and implement solutions that support your business needs, add value to your company and simplify daily operations for your entire team.3. Is Your Technology Secure?
Your threats might include:
A virus
A network wide virus
A fire
The failure of your single back up drive
Employee theft of data
And just plain ol’ we hack for the fun of it hackers Your technology should be secure. Many businesses under invest in this area and too many come to regret it. One unfortunate incident can prove to severely outweigh the cost of investing in appropriate security.4. Are You Under Utilizing Technology In Your Business?Have you purchased the right amount of technology or power for your needs? Are your processors slowing down your team? Is your server scalable? Do you continue to invest in an antiquated model when the cost/benefit ratio for a new system makes fiscal sense. Technology is an investment and can give your company a considerable competitive edge. Don’t overspend on unnecessary technology just because you are enamoured with “toys” – yes, this is the case with some rare folks. But do strike the correct balance that will give your business the IT power it needs to excel forward.5. You bought what? How are you planning on using that technology?You might be surprised to learn that there are cases of business owners purchasing technology and then never using it. It usually results from an impulse buy or a “sale” purchase. If your technology purchase was not part of strategic business plan, it may not fit in. If your technology purchase was the result of a sale, it may be the wrong technology. Even if it is the right piece of equipment or software, simply purchasing it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have thought enough about how to:
Make it work with what you’ve already got
How to properly install and configure it
How to train your team on using it properly/to full potential
Porting your data over to it…and so on.
Don’t be frivolous with IT purchases. Work with your IT Consultant to make planned purchases and implementations.6. Don’t Get “Sold”If you go out shopping for IT, or give most IT “departments” a budget, I assure you they will find something to spend it on. It may not be what your business needs, but they already have a “new”, “exciting” or “cutting edge” solution that they have been drooling over and dying to work with. Is it what best suits your needs? Maybe. Maybe not. Will it be the simplest most effective solution for your needs, and easy enough for all you employees to use? Are you sure about that?It comes down to this: You don’t want business processes to fit in to your technology. You want the right technology to support your business processes in the most efficient way possible. An independent IT Consultant who won’t gain financially from a purchase recommendation is a wise choice here. Such an IT Advisor won’t “sell” you anything, but will help you navigate your options and purchase the IT you need.7. Failing To OutsourceThere comes a time in every new business when the cost benefit of managing your IT yourself diminishes to the point of no return. At that time, outsourcing might just be the sensible option. In mid size companies, outsourcing or having an IT firm on call as needed helps balance costs and necessary IT support. In a large company, outsourcing can significantly reduce the IT budget with Service Level Agreements.Service Level Agreements are suitable for many companies, giving them a fixed cost for enough IT service to efficiently run their business. The best part is that Service Level Agreements cost a fraction of a full time IT employee. Be sure to explore this option thoroughly. Unless technology is your core service or product, your needs may best be served by an independent IT firm and a good Service Level Agreement.8. Failing To Plan for the WorstDisaster recovery is a term often used for cleaning up after a hurricane, tsunami or data loss. Albeit in different ways, all incidences are considered a disaster for those involved.But data loss doesn’t just happen when a drive fails or becomes corrupted. Paper fades or goes up in a fire. Devices are stolen. Data Protection solutions help reduce such losses. Overall, a well thought out back up and recovery plan can be simple to implement and low cost to run. Not having a data backup and recovery plan is just too high of a risk. In some instances, it could mean the death of a business.9. What’s Your IT Policy? How Many Hours Do You Want Employees On Facebook?Endless of hours are wasted each day by employees who are the clock, but doing anything but business related work. Web surfing, IM, chatting, social media, online dating and personal email pervades the business landscape. You don’t have to be austere and cut it out completely, but you can monitor it, curb it and significantly reduce those lost productivity hours.How about your company green policy and the environment? Is it important to you? Have you communicated that to your employees? Do they know not to print documents unless essential, to refill cartridges if possible, to recycle old electronics in appropriate ways?Make it policy and it will stick. Whether it’s reducing wasted hours on social media or dating sites, or saving paper, your trusted IT Advisor can help you better manage your resources by implementing the right technology and policy.10. Grow With It. Scale It. Upgrade. Keep Your Technology Up-To-Date.Technology evolves faster and faster. Don’t buy in to the one sided view of “IT is a never ending cost with no return”. Rather, accept and plan for technology that will suit your purposes today but will also grow with you in future. Accept that upgrades are as essential as ongoing product development, sales training and team building. Avoid delaying upgrades until all your technology is obsolete and unsupported by your industry ( or the software industry), leaving you with an enormous upgrade bill due all at once.Of course on the flip side of that token, don’t be the company buying up technology aimlessly. Your IT purchases should always be planned out and support your business model.

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Effective Communication and Why it is Important to Your Business

Why is building up the communications skills of employees something a company should not pass up on? Does the industry that your company belong to matter? How does one conduct communications training to maximum productivity? Let us first go back to basics. What does it mean to communicate? What are the medium used to communicate? How does one ensure minimum possibility of misunderstanding?I talk. I write. I paint. I dance. I sing. I play an instrument. I act. I do. All of those mentioned are ways that a person can communicate to another person. However, the bigger thing is if the person sending the message is able to effectively communicate the message he wants to send or convey.Communication is most effective when it is understood by all persons involved in the process. It is most effective when the receivers are able to decode the message the way the sender meant it to be decoded. The key to effective communication is to rid the message anything that may lead it to be interpreted in another way.But how does a sender ensure that he is sending a message which has the least possibility of being misinterpreted? Consider the following factors to help you effectively communicate your ideas or thoughts: there are barriers to communication (which are considered noise), there are different communication styles, remember cultural differences between persons involved, there are appropriate communication channels for different types of messages and always consider your audience or receiver.So where does your business come in? What can your business profit from investing in communication skills? The answer is obvious. Your company is made up of people. Some genius once said that in business communications is everything. The hard truth is, it is; starting from business development down to personal selling or marketing. In a business environment, communication is downright and flat out critical. It is crucial that internal communication, which includes managers to employees communication, is effective or it could go downhill for that company fast. A message must be understood in its entirety for it to be effective. The importance of effective communication can never be overemphasized.Effective communication is the backbone of an organizations ability to thrive in the business arena. It gives a company the flexibility to respond to the changes in the market without disruption of operations, thereby saving the company from wasted time, resources and man power.Effective communication leads to productivity. How? When managers are able to send messages effectively to their subordinates and subordinates are effectively able to do their reports, report their grievances and suggestions to their seniors, you are able to establish harmony in the communication channels of your business. Effective communication in companies also helps avoid unwanted and unnecessary delays in operations or implementation of a policy or transactions.In some industries, if not all, ineffective communication is very expensive; and because of the rapidly developing technology, communications has become even more important as businesses now deal with clients over the phone and other technologies. The business arena can receive even small players for global competition. As a manager or business owner, effective communication will provide a good start to a good style of management. Your employees will know what is expected of them and give them the knowledge of how to do what they know they should or could do for the company.So how do you start on building on communication skills? First, make the workplace environment conducive to open communication. Address communication styles differences and think of ways to overcome them. Provide your employees training and the tools that they may need to help them communicate effectively verbally or non verbally.Stop preaching and start doing. Let them see your ears in action. Practice active listening. Make it a point to reiterate a point back to the sender, even if it is just for confirmation or acknowledgment. Show both body and verbal response to a conversation with your subordinates.Talk and convey your messages with clarity, both in meaning and show of emotions. Remember that communication is also considered signaling. It is more than just a transmission of thoughts. Your thoughts convey certain emotions or responses.Bank on your communication skills of your employees and the return of investment is going to come even years after.

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Questions First Time Investors Should Ask Before Investing

It is easy to find people’s opinion on how to invest in the stock market as everyone has a different angle on what to expect in the stock market at every point in time, but most of the time people’s opinion may be very confusing. The most common problem that new investors do have is how to determine good investments from the bad ones, what to invest on, what time to invest among others. Some of the questions that you need to answer so as to make a good decision when you want to invest are highlighted below.Is This a Good Time to Invest in Stocks?On the off chance that you are taking a gander at money markets amid a lofty decrease, you may think it is a terrible time to begin investing. On the off chance that you are taking a gander at it when stocks are reviving, you may think it is a decent time.Neither one of the times is fundamentally great or terrible in the event that you are investing for the long haul (10 years or more). Nobody can anticipate with any level of assurance which way the share trading system will move at any given time; yet over the long haul, stock markets has constantly moved higher. Each bear advertises is trailed by a buyer market (when stock costs rise). Verifiably, positively trending markets have endured any longer than bear markets, and the additions of buyer markets have more than counterbalance the misfortunes in bear marketsHow Much Risk Should I Take?A standout amongst the most essential fundamentals of investing is the cozy relationship amongst risk and returns. Without risk, there can be no profits. You ought to will to accept more risk on the off chance that you are looking for more noteworthy returns. In that regard, risk can be something to be thankful for, yet just in the event that you take into consideration adequate time to let the inescapable market cycles happen. By and large, in the event that you have a more drawn out venture time skyline, you ought to will to expect a more noteworthy measure of risk, on the grounds that there will be more opportunity for the market to work through the here and there cycles. Generally, understanding financial specialists have been compensated with positive long haul returns.New investors are regularly encouraged to put fundamentally in common money, which can give moment enhancement, offering the most ideal approach to lessen risk. By putting resources into a couple of various shared assets speaking to various resource classes, (for example, expansive development stocks, global stocks or bonds), you can lessen unpredictability significantly promote without yielding long haul returns.On the off chance that you are beginning an investment program by investing incremental measures of cash on a month to month basis, you will profit by dollar cost averaging. When you invest an altered measure of cash on a month to month premise, you get some share costs at a higher cost and some at a lower cost because of market changes. At the point when the market decreases, your settled dollar sum will purchase more shares. After some time, the normal cost of your shares ought to be lower than the present market cost. By utilizing dollar cost averaging, your drawback risk will be alleviated after some time. What Is My Investment Goal?The most vital question to consider before making any invest is, “What Is My Investment Goal?” Your ventures will contrast boundlessly if, for instance, you are attempting to spare cash for retirement as opposed to attempting to spare cash for an up front installment on the house. Things being what they are, ask yourself, “Is this venture prone to help me meet my objective?” What Is My Risk Tolerance?If your investment objective is to profit as would be prudent and you can endure any hazard, then you ought to invest in the National Lottery. Putting resources into lotteries, be that as it may, practically promises you won’t achieve your venture objective. There are speculations for each level of risk resilience. But if you are not a high-risk taker, investing in long-term investment is the key.What Happens if This Investment Goes to Zero?Among the 12 stocks in 1896 stock list, only General Electric is still in operation, the other eleven firms in the first record have either gone bankrupt or have been gobbled up. There is a genuine plausibility that any investment you make could go to zero while you claim it. Ask yourself, “Will I be monetarily crushed if this speculation goes to zero?” If the answer is yes, don’t make that venture.What Is My Investment Time Frame?As a rule, the more extended your investment time allotment, the more risk you can take in your investment portfolio since you have more opportunity to recuperate from a mix-up. Likewise, in case you’re putting something aside for retirement, and you’re decades from resigning, putting resources into something illiquid (like an investment property) may bode well. “Does this venture bode well from a planning perspective?”When and Why Will I Sell This Investment?If you know why you are putting resources into something, you ought to have an entirely smart thought of when to sell it. On the off chance that you purchased a stock since you were expecting 20 percent income development for each year, you ought to anticipate offering the stock if income development doesn’t live up to your desires. On the off chance that you purchased a stock since you enjoyed the dividend yield, offer the stock if the profit yield falls.Who Am I Investing With?It is extremely hard to judge the character and capacity of anybody in light of a two-passage portrayal accessible in an organization’s yearly report or a common store outline. However, you ought to at any rate know with whom you are entrusting your money. What is their past record? Things to hope for are long fruitful track records and good dividend and turnover.Do I Have Special Knowledge?A celebrated investment expert feels that normal individuals have a tremendous favorable position over investment experts in fields where they work in light of the fact that no investment professional will ever know more around an industry than somebody who works in it. Ask yourself, “Am I putting resources into something I know something about, or am I putting resources into something that some specialist know something about?”I couldn’t care less how great something sounds. In the event that I don’t totally see how it functions, I won’t put resources into it.In the event that an investment can’t be clarified obviously, it implies one of two things:The individual clarifying it doesn’t comprehend it either, or there’s something about the investment that the individual is attempting to stow away.On top of that, one of the greatest keys to investing admirably is adhering to your arrangement through the good and bad times.That is difficult. Indeed, even the best investment methodologies have enormous down periods that make you reconsider. Adhering to your arrangement in those extreme times requires a practically religious-like conviction that things will pivot.Furthermore, the best way to have that sort of conviction is to comprehend why you’re investing the way you are and what every bit of your arrangement is accomplishing for you. Without a solid comprehension, you’ll more likely than not safeguard at the main indication of inconvenience.Why Do I Still Own That Investment?It is a smart thought to intermittently look through your investment portfolio to ensure regardless you need to claim your stock. Offering an investment for a misfortune or offering a major champ is exceptionally troublesome. Be that as it may, the greatest distinction amongst beginner and professional investors is that professional investors don’t have passionate ensnarement with their investment and can strip themselves of their investment without kicking themselves if the investment keeps on picking up esteem.Should I Be Managing My Own Investments?It is extremely difficult for beginner investor to perform well than a professional investment expert. If you don’t have sufficient energy or slant to deal with your investment, you ought to think about paying an expert to do it for you. Every investor wants to make profit, so there is no harm in trusting your investment in good hand.

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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.

Conclusion

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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A Pall Settles Over America

I see it in their eyes, downcast and wary. I see it in their steps, shuffling and tentative. When they talk, they use a word I rarely hear, depressed.

These are the producers, those who make the country work. Hourly and salaried employees and managers, who go to their jobs every day, work hard and provide for themselves and their families.

They’re the kind of people who have been with us since the country began. Back then, we called them Pilgrims, sod-busters, and settlers. Today they go by many names, Physician, Technician, Engineer, and Laborer. But for all of them, life has a rhythm, just as it did two centuries ago, that comes from our agricultural heritage.

Spring has always been the time for planting, and looking forward to the year ahead. Summertime is when they cultivate the crops. Fall is harvest time when we enjoy the fruits of our labor and thank God for blessing us. Winter is the time of austerity, the time to prune, the time to cut back.

But not this year. This year, we are still in harvest time. Yet the pruning has already begun. Major companies across this land are already cutting back, eliminating staff to reduce.

For thousands of laid-off workers, it comes at the worst possible time. Just before the holidays. A time when many who have children will have to cut back this Christmas. There will be little joy for those who lost their jobs these holidays.

If you’ve lived through a corporate “downsizing,” you know that anxiety runs high. No matter how often the boss has assured you that you will be kept on, you’re never sure about your future. Should you start looking for a new job now, or wait? Does the boss know what lies ahead, or might he be on the corporate chopping block? There is no job security once layoffs begin.

But there is much more to our collective angst this year than at any time in our memory. These corporate cutbacks are merely reflecting a more significant issue, an issue that is nationwide.

Our country is headed in the wrong direction. That is a sentiment shared by three-quarters of us. And we’ve felt that way for a couple of years. Producers know that the country should be operating better. Yes, there were all difficulties associated with the Pandemic. But those are now behind us.

Today recovery should be well underway. But it’s not. Despite all the trillions of dollars pumped into the system, our standard of living is falling. Each day inflation marches on; real income is declining. Gasoline, food, and shelter costs accelerate in real-time, but a salary rise comes annually. Corporate raises will arrive at the end of the year and likely come nowhere near the level of inflation we’ve already experienced.

Producers see all of this.

Producers also know that many, perhaps most, of our problems come from Washington. We see that a feeble old man has his bony fingers on the nation’s tiller, steering us straight for the shoals. He, and those who surround him, have a policy of austerity. In their eyes, less is better, and fewer is preferred. We should use less heat this winter, drive smaller, preferably electric vehicles, and eat vegan. And the less we consume, the better. From this perspective, we are the problem. Our destiny is to have shortages and wants. And they’ve pushed us in that direction.

However, these leaders told us last week that we could change everything. By walking into our voting booth, we could make our voices heard. We, the people, could take this country in a new direction that our leaders were indeed subject to the will of the people.

That didn’t happen. Counting votes has become a haze of computational complexity and slow-walking results. So that the incumbents in Washington get the results they want, it’s the complete inversion of the principal and values that the country’s founders intended. But there it is—today’s reality.

It’s the reason the word I hear most often from Producers today is: depression. And I’m afraid that’s where we’re headed.

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