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Mobile phones and WiFi radiation health risks

There have been many skeptics since the very initial introduction of wireless service about what the constant exposure to radiation can do to human health and the nature surrounding it.

While the world is bracing for the launch of 5G services the question of the health risks looms large.

The result of the extensive study that was conducted by the National Institutes of Health, US was inconclusive. The 10 year study was conducted using 2G and 3G wireless radiation exposure on animals for 9 hours each day. While it did show the increased risk of mutation leading to the growth of tumors or tissue and DNA damage in a group of rodents, another group did not show any evident health issues related to the exposure.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has cited exposure to radiation as a potent carcinogen for humans. It means that long term exposure to radiations could result in extensive damage.

But here is something to think about. The studies were conducted on animals that were expo…

Are You Working an Outdated Vision?

I've stated for years that I don't do five-year business plans, not detailed ones, anyway. When I started my business back in 2002, I wrote a business plan that projected five years out, but not with specifics about exactly what I'd be doing to reach those revenue goals, other than just work x number of hours at x hourly rate.

Things have changed a bit for me.

Actually, that's the point, Back in 2002, all I could see five years ahead was that I would be doing the same thing as what I started out doing, just with more clients and regularly raising my fees.

Well, that didn't take into account my practice taking off, becoming Chief Operating Officer of a virtual training company, and launching a second company.

All that happened within three years after I started my business.

Since then, it seems as if every 6-12 months, some opportunity or opportunity-in-disguise (that's what I call a challenge) comes my way out of the blue. Suddenly, the entire landscape ahead of me…

How To Improve Your Import Finance Tactics

All businesses rely on their cash funds to operate. Although most businesses typically depend on a steady cash flow to sustain their venture, unfortunately, importing companies usually do not enjoy such liberties. This is mainly because import companies have long cash flow cycles.

Businesses in the import industry will therefore need to have and use the right financing strategies in place so that their venture won't go under. In addition, owners of import businesses shouldn't be complacent with the financing strategies they have; they should find ways to improve them.

Below are some tips for businesses on improving their finance strategies:

Be mindful and keep track of all relevant rules and regulations of import. To effectively import finance strategies, owners of importing businesses need to be aware of the regulations and rules set by the different countries for import. Being knowledgeable of all applicable rules and regulations of import finance strategies is important to kee…

Things To Know About Wow Structures

When organizing an event, it is important for individuals to invest in event equipment. These event items are imperative to make events more appealing and better. Plus, some items can also help make events safer and more secured. So, if you are looking for an item that can make events better and appealing at the same time, it is best to invest in wow structures.

What are wow structures?
Wow marquees or structures are identified with its own unique style and design, smooth round shapes and a robust tubular structure. These corporate event tents have the ability to take up to 400kg of suspended weight directly from the in-built rigging points enabling truss, screens, lights, signage or anything else you may desire resulting in a unique, spacious structure with all floor space available for use.

Benefits of using wow structures
Surely, there are other types of tents individuals can choose from. However, when making use of wow structures, individuals can obtain the following benefits.

First an…

Importance of Perseverance In Advertising And Marketing

Have you ever spent time trying to market and advertise only to not see results? You probably feel like giving up or trying a different approach to business success. Before you decide to quit altogether, it's important to understand why perseverance will serve you well in your business efforts. This article will highlight a few reasons why you should continue in your efforts no matter how tough things get.

#1: You May Not Realize It, But You Are Getting Results
You must always realize as long as one new person is viewing or paying attention to your advertisement or marketing efforts, you are making some kind of progress. Everyone has different expectations as to what progress is. Some want a high volume of sales over a quick period of time and others would like to see it over a longer period of time. But it's important to step back and keep things in perspective. Remember that any step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. As wonderful as it is to see significa…

Top Four Enemies Of Stainless Steel Cable Trays Which Cause Corrosion

The cable trays are available in different sizes and various types of material. There are numerous users of the cable trays in the market which prefer material that is easy to clean, maintain, and handle. Iron is very susceptible to corrosion and turns yellow/orange when rust starts to form on it. To protect the product from corrosion, the cable tray manufacturers used various other types of materials which are less subtle to corrosion. The other materials also need little care to go longer with you. To maintain the great strength of the product, you need to keep it away from these things.

Top Four Enemies of Stainless Steel Cable Trays Which Cause Corrosion:-

Chloride - The cable trays installed indoors and outdoors are often cleaned with the help of cleaners. The harsh chemical cleaners mostly made with the chlorines/chlorides which harm the stainless steel to the extreme. Chlorine is mostly used in the swimming pools to keep the water clean and safe from contaminations. It breaks dow…

Various Functions Of The PTFE Reedy Cut Gasket To Leak Proof Flange Joints

The gaskets are made with various types of materials which are installed in chemical, oil, acids, and marine industries to prevent leakage. The main function of the products is to seal the liquid or gas inside the flange joints, pipelines, valves, etc. It is one of the basic elements for the piping systems of the process plant to act as a seal between the two surfaces of the flange joints. It is available in the market in various shapes, sizes, patterns and materials. It can be classified into various categories of metallic, semi-metallic and non-metallic gaskets which are installed as per the requirement of the industries.

The gaskets are widely used in the various types of industries which deal with the hazardous chemicals. It is clamped into two separable mechanical joints to create a static seal between the surfaces of the joints. It is a material or combination of various materials which are used to perform different functions.

Different Functions Of The PTFE Reedy Cut Gasket To Ke…

Replacing a Project Manager Mid-Flight

One of my column readers recently sent in this question: One of our senior project managers left abruptly in the middle of a 3 year million $ contract. What experience and education would you consider in promoting a replacement?

Ooh, good meaty problem. Not so simple a solution.
There's simply never a good time for a PM to leave a project, particularly when the flight takes everyone by surprise. Management scrambles to find a replacement, the project team may be in a state of shock because their leader is now flying the coop, and the potential successor needs to double-time-it to figure out how to take the reins quickly. The key here is to minimize the impact of flight such that the project is not significantly impacted. There are two facets that I think are important to minimizing the impact: preparedness in case of flight and deliberate action if a flight occurs. Following are a series of considerations for each.

First facet, preparedness in case of flight:

Have a project succession…

The Modern Leader - Adapting to Shifts in the Business Landscape

The Modern Leader
Successful leaders hold behaviors, qualities, skills and competencies enabling them to navigate the challenges and evolving demands of the organizational landscape. In order to equip leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to changes in organizations and employee behavior, this document presents shifts in leadership demand alongside the qualities and behaviors modern leaders should possess to successfully lead others. Additionally, this document presents a leadership style perspective leaders should consider to respond to and effectively lead in the 21st century.

Shifts in Leadership Focus
The foundation of the modern leader, and the requirements for successful leadership, are based in the shifting focus points within the organizational setting. Four of the shifting areas include shifting societal values, a shift in investor focus, shifting leader expectations to lead organizational change, and a shift in focus on employee stress. Each of these evolving …

Why Aren't Your Strategic Goals Sensible Enough to Measure (and Execute)?

Sometimes a hard-to-measure strategy can be fixed in the measurement process (like how Step 2 of my performance measurement methodology fixes the weasel word problem). But strategy can be hard to measure due to poor logic and poor structure, and this can't be fixed in the measurement process. We have to go back and rework the planning process to make the strategy sensible.

If you have a hard-to-measure goal like 'Enhance the productivity of our team', oftentimes you can solve the measurability problem by defining, in plain language, what you really mean by 'productivity'. Then it becomes more obvious how to measure it.

But many times I've come across strategic plans that prove much harder to find meaningful measures for. And if you can't measure it, rest assured you won't be able to execute it either. Then there's no point to having it: cynicism will fester and resources will be flushed down the toilet.

There are a few clues that will tell you if your …

Screen Printing Services & How to Build Your Brand With Screen Printing

Screen printing is essential for effective branding if you plan on creating brand association and promoting your business with promotional items, promotional giveaways, along with promotional and branded apparel.

Considered the industries standard for the highest quality for custom t-shirt and apparel printing, promotional items and promotional products, and decal printing.

Many people who are interested in branding for their business are interested in screen printing services, but are unaware that what they are looking for, is in fact, called screen printing services.

Have you ever seen an item, such as pens, sunglasses, frisbee's, or bottle opener's with a company name and logo on it? Chances are, those logo's were printed on those items via screen printing.

If you want to build your brand, promotional items and promotional giveaways are always a great way to go, and screen printing is how you would have those items branded. What's so great about promotional giveaways ar…

Hiring Essentials: Interviewing For Soft Skills

Most managers know technical knowledge and experience are important to job performance, but they are not enough. People who know the right thing to do in difficult situations or have innovative ideas will not be successful if they can't communicate clearly, effectively resolve differences or inspire and motivate others to go the extra mile to accomplish a difficult task. Without these "soft skills," it's unlikely even the smartest and most experienced person will get much done.

The problem is that soft skills are difficult to identify on a resume or in an interview. A Wall Street Journal article described the effort many organizations are making in pursuit of the ideal employee. Unfortunately, hiring consultants and extensive testing can be time consuming and expensive. In addition, although these approaches can add value, they should not be seen as a substitute for the hiring manger and what he or she can learned in an effective interview.

Two simple, practical steps …

Summit Slush Machines Can Attract More Customers

The holidays are a wonderful time for both young and old. It is festive and warm so we all can enjoy a relaxing break from the regular hustle and bustle of work. This time of the year brings about customers that seek chilled and icy drinks to cool them down, and a delicious icy slush puppy hits the sweet spot.

Cinemas, restaurants and cafes will benefit greatly with a Summit Slush Machine when it comes to getting more customers. While watching a movie at a cinema a box of popcorn and a slush puppy are a great combination, or a slush puppy can be enjoyed after a meal at a restaurant or while chilling at a caf�.

The Summit Slush Machines have an ultramodern design coupled with high performance. The bowls or tanks are designed in a clear plastic so that you can view the colourful contents. It also allows you to see how the slush is moving within the bowl. This movement combined with the bright colour of the bowl's contents draws the customer in. It makes their mouths water and tempts t…

Why Say "Yes" To Promotional Gifts?

Promotion is a must for giving wings to your marketing strategy. Promotional Gift is a cost-effective marketing strategy that is widely used in the corporate world. But before investing there are many questions you have in your mind - right? Don't worry; here is the answer to all. So, what we are waiting for? Scroll down and let's just get started.

What Are Promotional Gifts?
In simple words, Promotional Gifts are any sort of gift item that is imprinted with the company's logo, name or message designed. These are incredibly powerful and helpful in improving the brand awareness among more and more people. It is highly appreciated by the marketers because they allow a brand to connect directly with the consumer to bind them in a professional relationship. It gives a more memorable brand experience and helps to target a wider audience in an effective manner.

Does Promotional Gifts Still Work?
If you also have the same doubt in your mind, so, clear it up now. Because stay on the …

What Is a Rectifier Transformer?

In the ace world of technologies we all are looking for some reliable device with can complete our demand of power supply and give us tremendous results in the production lines. To bridge the wide gap between the demand of the electricity and supply of the same, the Transformer Manufacturers In India are manufacturing a huge range of transformers to meet the voltage supply demand of various industries.

There are a large number of industries which require specific industrial application device due to the great usage of power as its main resource for production. The transformers are used in the various types of industries which help to distribute the supply of energy evenly throughout the various types of heavy motored devices. Among the various types of the transformers, Rectifier Transformer is one of the basic transformers which are slightly different from the normal power and distribution versions. They are special transformers which are made especially for the industrial application…

BI, KPIs and Other Abbreviations to Help You Run Your Business

Many a company manager is drowned in abbreviations but here are a few that will help you build your business success.

BI - or Business Intelligence - is a powerful software package that sits on the top of your databases and mines them - or burrows down into them, to find the business information that you really need to run your business. To ensure that you get just the information that you want to make key decisions you set up a number of KPIs or Key Performance Indicators that you will use to regularly use to monitor the health and strength of you business. These KPIs are easily set up using the dashboard that most BI software packages come with.

This group of data is then found in your databases and displayed onto your screen, usually in graphically and/or graph format for ease of use. You can then interrogate this data in order to make more informed business decisions.

One more abbreviation - on line analytical processing (OLAP) is the process that enables the manager to investigate a…

Why on Earth Do I Need a BI System When I Know What Is Going on in My Company?

You business has been growing over the last few years and you have to admit that you have expanded your IT systems and processes to keep pace. Your staff give you monthly management and business information, surely that is enough?

OK so sometimes the information is not what you want and sometimes it is a little bit out of date - but that is always the case surely? You know that your competitors are also chasing the same customers that you are and some of them are more successful than you are. What can you do though?

Well, yes business is fast now-a-days, especially with social media, review sites and the need to have tip top service. You have a stack of data coming at you from your website, service department, banks, processing, suppliers etc. Getting up to date information from all of these areas is going to be a nightmare, which frankly I don't have time for. That is not to mention the expense that a new software system will pose. That is even before you get to maintenance costs a…

Becoming a Furniture Mover

There are is a few criteria that you must meet before you can become a furniture mover. These criteria will allow you to perform the job. Usually there are no specific educational requirements but you must be able to read and write. You must be strong and physically fit and need a driver's license that is valid. A furniture mover may work for a store that delivers furniture or for a moving company. When applying for a job many companies will require that you pass a physical exam in order to become a furniture mover. Working as a furniture mover you will be lifting heavy items and carrying large items of furniture through cramped spaces and up and down stairs.

In addition to the criteria, there are certain attributes you will need.

• Good communication skills so you can deal with customers effectively along with other employees
• Be courteous to customers as they can be demanding at time
• Be trustworthy so you will be allowed into customer's home and if working with a moving compa…

8 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Technical Writer

We are in a time of increasing competition and the ever increasing need for good quality technical documentation both to support your business and market its credentials to other companies. Many more businesses are seeking to outsource their technical writing requirements. How do you find just the right person for the project? Here are eight things to consider first.

1) Experience: This is not the time to trust this very important assignment to someone new to the job. Ideally for technical writing you need both writing experience AND the required technical experience. For very in-depth articles and write papers there is only so far a quick Google search will go to providing you with a quality and insightful article. Technical document writing such as business proposals, tenders, business plans, Statements of Work, Case Studies etc. have a great deal riding on them, including the expansion of your company. They really need a writer who has written many of them before. On this note, alwa…

Networking for Startups

Networking is an essential tool for startups. Sometimes overlooked or undervalued, it can create opportunities to fuel your business innovation or product. A word of caution, make sure that your networking is up to par. This involves establishing a plan, having goals, aligning with the right individuals and being consistent in your endeavors.

Listed below are a few helpful tips for mastering this incredibly effective art.

Build Your Social Capital
Time and time again, you have heard the common saying that people do business with those they know, like and trust. Well, much has not changed in that aspect. Utilize your networking to gain trust and credibility with potential customers, partners, investors etc. Focus on building quality relationships to develop understanding and gaining opportunities.

Build Your Communication Skills
This is such a critical piece in networking for success. It is so important to be clear, concise and marketable. Whether it involves making a pitch or presentation,…

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Does this sound like something Amazon would write?

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Let me share my experience with you.
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