BioTerrorism Was A Threat, But Not A Substantial One

bioterrorismFor most communities, planning for a bioterrorist attack was theoretical. The threat might have existed, but the idea that such an attack could be perpetrated against the United States was hardly given a second thought by most people.

Then came the stunning news in October, when letters containing anthrax spores were sent to Capitol Hill and buildings in Florida and New York City. Traces of the deadly microbes also were found in local government and postal locations along the East Coast. Five people died and 13 others took ill as a result of the incident. For a nation still reeling from the tragedy of Sept. 11, the anthrax attack drove home the point that everyone, everywhere was potentially vulnerable to a bioterrorist or chemical attack.

Thurston County, 3,000 miles away …

Audit Firms Needed Restructuring

ceocomLegislated restriction of non-audit services would seriously impact not only small accounting firms but small and midsized businesses across America, according to testimony presented to the U.S. Senate by William Balhoff, CPA, and the chair of PCPS, a membership division within the American Institute of CPAs that represents the interests of over 6,100 local and regional CPA firms.

In response to the debacle of the Enron Corp., both the Senate and the House of Representatives are working on bills that would attempt to prevent corporate financial disasters that are caused by questionable accounting. The House bill seems to be following the service restrictions that the nation’s biggest accounting firms have already committed to.

It would require firms to abstain from providing internal audits and technology implementation services to the public …

Removing Skin Tags With Tea Tree Oil Can Work, Sometimes

removngstksSkin tags, also known as acrochordons, are harmless small skin growths that look very similar to a mushroom or a small piece of hanging skin. They typically have a skinny base with a larger growth at the top. They can appear virtually anywhere, but typically show up in areas where the skin rubs together such as the:
• Eyelids
• Armpits
• Under the breasts
• In the groin
• The upper chest
• The neck
Skin tags are invariably benign, non-cancerous skin growths that are asymptomatic. Essentially they show no symptoms unless they are harmed in some way via being scratched or rubbed. Skin tags are made from fibers, ducts, nerve cells with a covering or epidermis.
Some people are more susceptible to getting skin tags. Causes include being overweight, hormonal shifts (in pregnancy), genetics and more. We don’t really know exactly why they appear. Thankfully they can be easily removed with a number of homeopathic methods. The one I will discussing today is with Tea Tree Oil, or melaleuca oil. It is an oil that it taken from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. It is native to some areas of Australia. Tea tree oil has been used for decades to treat a number of health conditions, mostly those affecting the skin due to its antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties.
It is especially effective at removing skin tags. I highly recommend purchasing a therapeutic grade oil as it will be more concentrated and not diluted by water or oil. One of the best available is through doTerra. doTerra doesn’t market it as tea tree oil however so please look for Melaleuca oil.
Once you obtain the correct oil, you can proceed to remove the skin tag using the instructions below.
1. Clean the affected area around the skin tag with soap, making sure to not aggravate the skin tag by rubbing it. A gentle cleansing is adequate.
2. Dry the area
3. Take a Q-tip or cotton ball and put a few drops of the tea tree oil on it until it is evenly soaked.
4. Apply the tea tree oil to the skin tag. You only need to apply it directly to the skin tag, not the surrounding area as you may experience some skin irritation.
5. Repeat this at least three times a day. You should see the skin tag disappear (if you follow these instructions) within 14 to 30 days. If you follow these instructions and the skin tag remains, please consider using a different oil. Some oils are very diluted and don’t have the correct therapeutic properties and you will waste your time applying it to the skin tag.
If you are unable to apply the tea tree oil that frequently, and if the skin tag is in a location that cannot be seen, you can soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and tape it directly to the skin tag, leaving it there during your day or while you sleep at night. Just be sure to look for irritation on the surrounding skin. If this occurs stop the treatment and use a Q-tip instead to apply the tea tree oil directly to the skin tag.
Tea Tree oil has not been approved by the FDA in the treatment of skin tags, however there is research to prove its effectiveness. Many people have found using it gives them amazing results. This is an excellent alternative to try before removing the skin tag through other more invasive means i.e. surgery, freezing etc.
In addition, this is also a much less expensive option if you don’t have any type of health insurance or in the event you have a significant amount of skin tags. There are other over the counter OTC creams and solutions, but tea tree oil has been reported as the most effective, homeopathic remedy for skin tags. You can also keep the oil Continue reading

Furniture Manufacturers Smell Recovery

furnituremanuAnd even as exhibitors conceded that March had been a little slow and that the future was questionable, the fact that some of the larger furniture players had just posted better than expected sales was a high point on opening day. In fact, furniture makers such as Furniture Brands International, La-Z-Boy, Bassett, Natuzzi, Hooker and Stanley have all reported sales increases in the past few months. Retail giant Havertys reported the day before High Point opened that its March sales rose 2% compared to year-to-date figures, reaching #42m.

This is evidence that industry analysts are on track in their observations: that Americans will continue to look homeward when it comes to spending disposable income.

Michelle Lamb, founder and chairman of Marketing Directions, which publishes The Trend Curve, notes: `Consumers are …

9/11 Hit The South, Too

911hitIt goes without saying that no one in the Southwest went untouched by the events of September 11. Add an assortment of regional disasters, both natural and man-made (Enron, for starters), to the lingering economic and psychological effects of 9/11, and it’s a wonder that anyone in the area remains confident about the future. Yet design professionals in this region are determined to keep their chins up–even if it has only been to keep their heads out of the flood waters in south-central Texas last summer or to look for rain in drought-stricken states. In Dallas, Jon Flaming reports, “The only design trend I’ve noticed is the minimalist trend: no work. It will get better, though.” Of Oklahoma City, no stranger to terrorism, Amy Johnson of Walker Creative says, “My …

Japan’s Disaster Relief Team Helps The World

jdrt“In areas that have experienced a natural disaster, hospitals have often been destroyed and doctors themselves may have been injured. There is a kind of medical vacuum in such areas,” says Dr. Kondo Hisayoshi, a member of the medical team. “We focus on filling the vacuum, alleviating the disastrous situations and saving as many lives as possible.”

Dr. Kondo, who now works for the Research Center for Radiation Emergency Medicine of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, has had a great interest in the activities of the JDR ever since he was a medical student. He registered with the medical team soon after becoming a doctor. Dr. Kondo has been dispatched to Nicaragua after a hurricane in 1998, to Taiwan after an earthquake in 1999 and to Mozambique after floods …

Hotels Make Safety The Top Priority During Disasters

hduringdEnsuring the safety of their guests and employees is the top priority for hoteliers. Whether operating a beachside hotel, ski resort in the Rockies, or urban skyscraper, natural disasters and emergency situations are a reality. Hoteliers who display a heightened approach to crisis management and communications are better prepared for such frightening scenarios.

Hosting hundreds of travel writers this past September for the Society of American Travel Writers convention, Bermuda’s Fairmont Southampton and Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotels were not going to let a looming hurricane dampen the annual conference. As Hurricane Erin prepared to bear down on Bermuda with winds up to 85 miles per hour, hotel employees readied to execute an expeditious plan for the safety of the employees and guests. All team members assumed specific duties from locking …

Hurricane Andrew Destroyed Many Lives

hurricaneIn the early morning hours of August 24, 1992, a wicked hurricane ripped through southern Florida. By lunchtime, 15 people were dead and 250,000 were homeless. Ten years after one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, witnesses remember Hurricane Andrew’s scariest moments and the struggles of starting over.

“If Our Marriage Survived This, We Can Get Through Anything.”

Leslie Case, then 27, was relaxing with her husband, Brad, at the family’s Florida Keys beach house when the first warnings about Hurricane Andrew flashed across the TV screen. Together the Cases stored away the deck furniture–“just in case the wind was bad”–and decided to head back to their avocado and lime farm in Homestead, 60 miles away. Leslie, three months pregnant with her first child, was a rookie when …

CEO Compensation Issues – Never Will Be Settled

ceocomThe New York Times recently reported that Mr. Weill received over $1 billion during the last decade.

If it weren’t for the Times’ report, no one would know Mr. Weill’s true compensation, nor its significance. No Securities and Exchange Commission report or Citigroup annual report gives any hint of this billion-dollar compensation package. No official report compares this with corporate philanthropic giving; for example, Mr. Weill’s annual compensation has generally exceeded Citi’s corporate philanthropy by a ratio of three to one.

No official report provides any data on the ratio of Mr. Weill’s or any other CEO’s pay to that of the average American worker or a company’s average employee. At Citigroup, the CEO compensation package is generally in the area of 3,000 times that of the typical bank teller.…

Mapping From Space!

forestmapperForestMapper, a high-precision, airborne visible imaging system manufactured by Space Instruments, Inc. (Encinitas, CA), is hard at work sweeping across the South American sky, gathering digital data about the Amazon basin for Brazil’s national forest service, Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renovaveis (IBAMA).

IBAMA employs images collected with ForestMapper to generate regional vegetation indices, study the ecological impact of pollution, track natural disasters such as floods and fires, and even pinpoint active sites of illegal logging operations that practice selective harvesting of high-value hardwood trees such as mahogany. In Brazil, for instance, the radiometric device is helping detect the unique spectral signatures of various forms of florae, as well as find the fresh skid trails of loggers.

ForestMapper incorporates a pair of high-speed MegaPlus 1.6i CCD