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Bonnie Brae Insurance Agency is located in the Cherry Creek area of Denver and have been serving the front range since 1987. What makes our agency different than others is the friendly and excellent Service you receive. The first key to good service is finding a live voice when you call our agency. Easy communication between the client and the agent is the key to our success. You can call my cell phone, text me, email me, fax me or however you want to communicate with me and you will get prompt and accurate service.

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Insurance 101: Business Car Insurance in Colorado

Are you renting cars or are your employees using their own vehicles? This particular coverage provides business insurance coverage for certain liabilities arising from the use of a rented or leased vehicle (hired), or a non-owned vehicle (employee using their own vehicle on company business). Oftentimes this coverage can be added inexpensively to a general liability policy. Find out more about your Business Insurance options or request a commercial insurance quote online


Ace Pump and Supply #ace #it #solutions


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We sell and engineer Irrigation solutions for the last 35 years from our South Florida headquarters. We supply professional contractors with irrigation supplies, equipment, water efficient and sustainable solutions. We work with commercial irrigation, lawn irrigation, drip irrigation experts to provide the products necessary to complete any landscape and turf products, agronomics and growing, hardscape and outdoor living, landscape lighting, project.

We distribute thousands of products for farm irrigation, lawn sprinklers, water pumps, timers, valves and irrigation supply house with everything you need.

Controls

Controls include a wide variety of products that are engineered to control the output of electrical mechanical devices. Design in such a way that causes systems to behave in the anticipated manner.

We carry wide range of control products for electrical motors, pump systems, irrigation system, HVAC Air Conditioner, Sewage Water and electrical.

Engineering

Ace has participated in thousands of projects over the last 35 years. Our experience enables Ace to perform the roles of many and replace a group, offering electromechanical solutions in Florida, The Caribbean, Central America and South Americas; furnishing not only the necessary equipment but also expert support for all the necessary technical planning, design and installation, providing “turnkey” projects with the following benefits to the customers:

  • One company responsible for all aspects of the project.
  • Reduced response time regarding factory guaranties.
  • Installation and support from specialized personnel.

HVAC Air Conditioner

Ace has many years of experience with the three central functions of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning all inter related. Operating as a major supplier to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality within reasonable installation, operation, and maintenance costs. Our project experience has been developed over the past 35 years in South Florida and the Americas.

If you seek qualified opinion about your next HVAC project please give us the opportunity.


Admission: M #masters #in #nursing #for #non #nursing #majors


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Master of Science in Nursing

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply online or download application for admission and submit via mail .
  2. A $40.00, non-refundable, application fee will be assessed at time of application.
  3. Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts.
    • Please Note – Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of atranscript request form.
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
  5. Regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a bachelor s in another discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.
    • Non-B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate bridge courses (bridge courses are not a prerequisite to admission into the M.S.N, but you must complete before or within the first year of enrollment):
      1. Research in Nursing (NURS 225)
      2. Strategies for Community Health (NURS 440)
      3. Leadership/Management in Nursing (NURS 489)
      4. Population Health (NURS 445)
      5. Nursing Management (NURS 491)
      6. Statistics (math preferred) (MATH 201)
      7. Health Assessment (NURS 210).
    • B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate prerequisite courses (prerequisites are not an admissions requirement, but you must complete before NURS 500 and NURS 502):
      1. Statistics (math preferred) (MATH 201)
      2. Health Assessment (NURS 210)
  6. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet-based test).
  7. Graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program/school or its equivalent.
  8. Current and active nursing license to practice as a registered nurse in your current state of residency and CPR certification (Basic Life Support with Automated External Defibrillator Certification by the American Heart Association).
  9. Minimum of one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse.
  10. One recommendation from a nurse manager or faculty.

Liberty University State Approval Disclosure

Prospective students should also contact their state s Department of Education or Board of Nursing to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program (some states may reserve clinical sites for in-state residential students).

Students residing in Maryland are currently unable to complete their practicum in the state of Maryland. However, it is possible for Maryland students to complete their practicum in neighboring states, such as Virginia or Delaware. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.

Students enrolled in practicum courses must reside in the United States and hold an RN license from one of the 50 states. All practicum hours are completed at an approved practicum site location within the United States or approved U.S. Military bases.

Preliminary Acceptance

If you are sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must:

  • Be in your final term and planning to start your master s degree after the last day of class for your bachelor s degree.
  • Submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.
  • If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application .
  • Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor s and master s degree program, you must:

  • Contact the Registrar s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application.
  • Complete and submit an application for admission .

As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting an application for admission, you must:

  • Contact and speak with our Registrar directly.
  • Have your current university s registrar send Liberty s Registrar s Office an official letter to confirm that you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.

Unofficial College Transcript Policy

An unofficial copy of the college transcript can either be faxed from the institution, printed from the school s official site, or an opened copy that you may have in your possession.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

  • School s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided; however, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60-day time frame will prevent registration.

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Car insurance market faces overhaul – BBC News #car #insurance #market


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Car insurance market faces overhaul

Image copyright PA Image caption The authority raised various concerns about the motor insurance industry

Exclusive pricing deals between motor insurers and price comparison websites will be banned, the UK competition regulator has said.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said such deals were preventing insurers from making their products available more cheaply elsewhere.

But the CMA has ruled out a cap on replacement car and repair charges which it originally favoured.

It has been criticised by some for “inaction” following the inquiry.

The planned changes could reduce premiums by about £20 a year, the AA motoring organisation said.

But it questioned whether such a long inquiry was needed given it would make such a small difference to premiums.

Shopping around

The CMA and its predecessor have been studying the £11bn private motor insurance market since 2012, following a referral from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The inquiry is separate from new rules regarding whiplash claims. It believes that many of the 26 million private motorists in the UK are paying too much for their insurance.

Its research found most deals between insurers and price comparison websites called “price parity” agreements were restricting competition and leading to higher car insurance premiums overall.

More than half of all new car insurance business goes through price comparison websites, and up to 90% of this was priced according to these deals.

The deals stop insurers offering their products more cheaply elsewhere, and again ultimately push up the price of insurance, the CMA found.

“They certainly help motorists look for the best deal, but we want to see an end to clauses which restrict an insurer’s ability to price its products differently on different online channels,” said CMA deputy panel chairman Alasdair Smith.

It has ordered the agreements to end, a move welcomed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). This is likely to take effect by early next year, unless there is an appeal against the order from members of the industry.

However, it will still allow agreements that mean the price quoted by insurers on their own websites will never be cheaper than on a price comparison website.

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Image caption The competition authorities have been studying the market for some time

The CMA also recommended that the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), should examine how insurers inform consumers about add-on products to car insurance policies.

“The way motor insurance-related add-on products are sold makes it hard for consumers to obtain the best value,” Mr Smith added.

The CMA said no-claims bonus protection was particularly problematic, with both the price of this product and its benefits often unclear to consumers.

“We are requiring insurers to provide much better information,” it said.

However, the CMA said it had been unable to find a way to resolve the issue of high car hire and repair charges for drivers not at fault in an accident.

Premiums are pushed up because the insurer of a driver who was not to blame in an accident arranges for a replacement car or repair, but the at-fault driver’s insurer foots the bill.

It said addressing the issue would require a “fundamental change in the law”. The CMA said its research found the extent of the problem was not as high as it first envisaged – amounting to an average increase on premiums of only £3 a year – meaning “it does not warrant such a radical measure”.

This conclusion was a relief for the Credit Hire Organisation (CHO), which represents companies that provide temporary replacement vehicles.

“We welcome the fact that, after a three-year investigation, the CMA has concluded that non-fault customers do indeed require our assistance in their hour of need, and their legal right to a replacement vehicle while their car is off the road has again been reinforced,” said Martin Andrews, director general of the CHO.

But James Dalton, head of motor insurance at the ABI, said: “[This] will be a bitter pill to swallow for honest motorists. Far from reducing the cost of car insurance, the CMA’s inaction simply entrenches the business models of some replacement vehicle providers who profit from inflating car hire charges at the consumer’s expense.

“The reality is that the CMA has ducked this challenge and when regulators fail, politicians need to step in to act.”

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) described the report as a “mixed bag”.

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Acusis medical transcription careers #legal #job #posting


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Acusis is a leading service provider of quality medical transcription services to a nationwide client base. We are always seeking motivated candidates who are committed to teamwork and quality excellence to join our team.

  • Full-time & Part time positions are open
  • Must be proficient in MS Word
  • Excellent grammatical and internet research skills
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in medical transcription
  • Ability to transcribe from various dictators and multiple specialties preferred
  • Hardware/Software required: PC with at least 1 GB of RAM, Microsoft Office Version 2003 or any newer version, and up-to-date virus scanner required.

Working hours depend on shift availability at the time of candidate’s application. Acusis provides competitive compensation based on experience and performance.

Acusis is a proud partner of the Association
for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) .

Step1

After reviewing these steps, please fill out the online application by clicking in the link “Apply”.

Step2

You will receive an e-mail from Acusis recruiter with test instructions within 24 hours of applying. Please check your spam/junk folder if it is not in your inbox.

  • The test will take 150 to 180 minutes to complete.
  • The test should be completed in one sitting and within 5 days of receiving the e-mail.
  • The aim is to test your ability to transcribe two to three multispecialty reports of standard work types.
  • Eligibility score: greater than 96% accuracy on all tests.
  • You can use any reference material you need.

Step3

Results will be available via mail within 3 working days.

If you are successful, you will receive a mail with access details to Acusis presentations. You can pick your account/shift timings and convey your preference online and move on to interview stage.

Step4

Upon receiving your preference, Acusis HR will contact you for a preliminary screening followed by an interview with one of our operations managers.

  • Following successful interviews, a job offer would be made.
  • Acusis HR will guide you through new hire paperwork.
  • Installation of Acusis’ proprietary software, updated spell checkers and internal communication tools will follow.

Step5

Acusis training with the help of a trainer addressing below areas:

  • Acusis policy overview
  • Acusis transcription platform
  • Utilizing Acusis resources
  • Account training
  • Information on Acusis websites
  • Training on communication tools
  • HIPAA compliance

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Your registration form is accepted,you will be contacted soon from by our recruiter.


Air Conditioning Btu – What is Ac Btu? #air #conditioning #btu,ac #btu,air


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Air conditioning Btu for Homeowners

Air conditioning Btu – Measure how much heat energy air conditioner unit produce.

An air conditioner manufacture needs away to compare the amount of heat is produce on specific period and need to know how much heat is remove on specific period (day, hour, minute).

They came up with measurement units. These measurement units are Btu and ton of refrigeration. This unit does not tell how much energy the air conditioner or furnace consumes in a season. To know how much energy air conditioner unit consumes, you need to know ac seer rating (for cooling).

I’ll explain how much energy the air conditioner units produce and what does 15000 Btu air conditioner unit means.

What is air conditioning Btu?

Btu is a British thermal unit. It’s a unit of heat energy.

Btu defines as the amount (quantity) of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water to 1 degree F.

For example: when 5 lb of water is heated from 10°F to 20°F. 50 Btu of heat energy is added to the water. To look at in a different way, the water now contains 50 Btu of heat energy.

Here is the Btu’s formula:

Btu = Wt in lb. x change in temperature in °F

Btu = 5 lb X (10-20)

HVAC technician used the terms Btu to describe the quantity of heat or heat content. Btu explains the amount of heat energy contains in a substance. In the example above, the water contains 50 Btu.

Let’s said a furnace has 15000 Btu. It means that the furnace wills produce 15,000 Btu of heat within specific period.

When it comes to air conditioner, it entirely difference. 15,000 Btu air conditioners mean that the air conditioner unit will remove 15,000 Btu of heat energy from a resident.

Each components of heating or air conditioner unit is rated base on their ability to remove heat or add heat. If the hvac equipment is not rated, it would be hard to choose the best air conditioner unit or heating unit.

Ton of refrigeration or ton of air conditioner

Air conditioning Btu is a unit use to measure quantity of heat energy and ton of refrigeration is a measurement unit use to size air conditioner unit or refrigeration units.

The terms ton of refrigeration goes back went they used ice as the source to remove heat. It requires 144 Btu of heat energy to melt one pound of ice at 32°F to one pound of water at 32°F.

Ton of refrigeration refers to the amount of heat needed to melt 1 ton of ice in a day (24 hours). 1 ton of refrigeration is equal to 2000 pound of refrigeration (1 ton = 2000 lb). Here how to converts ton of refrigeration to Btu:

2000 lb x 144 Btu/lb = 288,000 Btu

288, 000 Btu is how much heat removes within 24 hours. In one hours, the air conditioner unit removes 12, 000 Btu of heat (288, 000 Btu/ 24 = 12, 000 Btu) or in minute, it would be 200 Btu /min.

Here is different prospective. 1 Ton of air conditioner unit will remove 12, 000 Btu of heat per hours.

Converts Watt to air conditioning Btu:

1 Watt = 3.413 BTU 1 kilo Watt = 3413 BTU

Let’s said you have 6000 Btu air conditioner. How much Watt of energy does it produces?

6,000 Btu = 1 Watt/3.413 Btu = <1758 Watt>

The terms air conditioner Btu or ton of refrigeration is important for homeowners. Whenever, you’re planning to buy window air conditioner or central ac units, you have to know how many Btu the house needs.

Air conditioner Btu calculation for window air conditioner

The air conditioning Btu calculation below is an estimate design for window air conditioner unit. The table data assumes that the room is 8 feet and average insulation.

These Btu numbers below are quite bigger than the other site. I got this Btu number from three difference software and compare them. Look at these number as reference.

Air Conditioner Btu Calculation Table

Change the air conditioning Btu data to the following location:

  • If the window air conditioner unit is install in a kitchen, increase 4,000 Btu cooling capacity to table above.
  • Add 900 Btu if three people stay in the room. (One person is 300 Btu)

  • Minus or plus 10 percent to a room, if it’s very shaded or sunny.
  • Ac Btu site help you calculate air conditioning Btu for your room. By the way, don’t rely on single Btu data to buy window air conditioner unit.

    By relying on single air conditioner Btu data, you could have too much or little Btu. It’s not good. Continues reading and I’ll explain why.

    Air conditioner Btu too large:

    Imagine you have a gigantic central air conditioner connected into a small house. So, what happen? It cools the entire house extremely fast. As a result, it does not remove the humidity in the air.

    Central air conditioner units remove humidity within the house by relying on a blower. The blower will create a pressure different within the house.

    The blower pulls the air through the return ducts and rejects the air through the supply ducts. The pressure different occurs within the supply and return duct causes the air to moves.

    The blower circulates the air through the air conditioner evaporator and the humidity condenses into the evaporator coils. Why? Because the ac evaporator is cool than the hot air, so it condenses.

    Since, the central ac units have large Btu capacity. The central air conditioner unit will cool the entire house quickly and it’ll cycle on and off. You’ll feel uncomfortable and sticky. This will always happens if you have central air conditioner unit with large Btu capacity.

    That why it’s relevant to have the right air conditioning Btu for a room or the entire house. If you’re planning to buy window air conditioner unit use the chart above or find the right Ac Btu for your room.

    Air conditioner Btu with small capacity:

    Try having a small central air conditioner unit in big house. It can’t cool the house. Why? It Btu capacity are not designs for that house.

    What will happen to central air conditioner unit with small Btu connects into a big house?

      The central air conditioner unit wills consumer a lot of energy.
  • Central ac unit can’t reach the thermostat setpoint, so it’ll keep running until the ac parts break down.
  • Waste money on the current wrong Btu air conditioners. etc
  • All air conditioner low the temperature and remove humidity. If you’re planning to buy window air conditioners, don’t rely on single air conditioning Btu data. It’s too risking. So, being wise and good luck.

    Return to central air conditioner and refrigeration from air conditioning Btu

    Air conditioner parts


    Affordable Pool Services Plano, TX #pool,cleaning,resurface,resurfacing,repair,plano,carrollton, #north #dallas, #swimming


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    Pool Cleaning Repair for Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville, TX

    Get Your Pool Ready For The Summer!

    Summer time is here and that means it’s time to get the pool ready for the warm weather. A-Affordable Pool and Spa is here to help you make the process of opening, cleaning and maintaining your pool easy and stress free. Here’s some of the services we have to offer in the Plano area:

    Pool Cleaning

    Opening your pool for the season or get behind on upkeep? Let A-Affordable Pool and Spa clean it for you! Our experts know the ins and outs of what it takes to keep your pool crystal clear. With our pool cleaning services. we’ll make sure that the water is maintaining the proper chemical balance, free of debris and properly scrubbed down to make sure everything runs smoothly for the warm summer months.

    Pool Repair

    Is your pool pump making a funny noise? Does something with the filter seem not quite right? A-Affordable Pool and Spa can help. We specialize in pool repair and have the familiarity with all makes and models of equipment to make sure your pool is running great no matter what. Our fast and friendly staff can help get your pool repaired in a timely matter so you can get back swimming and enjoying the summer

    Pool Resurfacing

    Was your pool damaged or cracked and in need of repair? Don’t fret! A-Affordable Pool and Spa has the equipment and knowledge to resurface the walls of your pool. Cracks can cause a much larger problem and it’s important to take care of the problem before it gets worse. We’ll make sure your pool is resurfaced. repaired and ready for you to enjoy the nice weather in.

    A-Affordable Pool Spa proudly services the Plano, Carrollton and Lewisville area with any pool repair and service needs that you have. Let us help you with what all of your pool service need! Call us today!


    Heartland Health Care – Rehabilitation Center of Boca Raton #boca #rehab


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    Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation

    Heartland Health Care Rehabilitation Center of Boca Raton

    Located on Boca Del Mar Drive in Boca Raton, FL, Heartland provides individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care in a comfortable environment. Our clinical and therapy teams are experienced in providing specialized care focused on your needs, interests and ability. This commitment results in a smoother and safer transition throughout your recuperation.

    You should look for a setting that specializes in providing vital medical care and rehabilitation in a warm and caring environment. We offer a range of services to meet your health care needs.

    Email or call us for more information or to schedule a tour.

    Short-term Rehab Services

    We offer comprehensive care designed to shorten your post hospital recovery and improve your ability to get back home safely and quickly. From the moment of admission, an individualized plan will be created expressly for you. Your plan that incorporates your treatment regimen, medication, nutrition, activities of daily living, priorities, scheduling preferences and circumstances. You may benefit from our post-hospital care if you are recovering from:

    • Orthopedic injuries and total joint replacement
    • Cardiac recovery
    • Stroke and neurological recovery
    • Chronic disease management
    • Wound care
    • Pulmonary issues
    • Oncology care

    Long-term Residential Care

    At Heartland we also offer long-term nursing home care combined with quality caregiving. A customized individualized service plan is developed with the involvement of your physician, the care team, you and your family and adjusted as necessary. This comprehensive approach is designed to address not only your health needs, but functional capabilities, chronic illness and desired outcomes in a warm environment with amenities and activities to meet your needs such as:

    • Attractive and comfortable rooms
    • Homemade meals and snacks supervised by a registered dietitian
    • Elegantly appointed dining room
    • Special arrangements for private functions
    • Inviting lounges and activity areas
    • Planned activities, entertainment and excursions
    • Personal laundry and linen service

    Skilled Nursing Center Care

    Heartland offers tailored treatment plans so you receive the care and rehabilitation you need. In-house hospital-level therapy gyms mean your care takes place under one roof by experts in post-hospital care. Our specialized team members provide:

    • Skilled nursing and medical care
    • Individual goal setting, case management and discharge planning when appropriate
    • Hospital-level rehabilitation therapies
    • Recreational activities geared to each resident’s and patient’s needs
    • Resident and family education for lifestyle, nutrition and disease management

    Expertise You Want

    Heartland’s patient and resident care team is experienced in providing a breadth and depth of services for medically complex, functionally limited and/or cognitively impaired patients. We offer a proactive approach in:

    • Mental wellness: helping boost patients’ and residents’ sense of well-being by assisting those who may have issues that arise when dealing with age, chronic illness, impairment or disability which may cause problematic depression or sadness.
    • Pain management intervention: offering pain and symptom management and interventions for many older adults dealing with the daily occurrence of uncontrolled pain to promote comfort and enhance residents’ ability to perform their daily activities.
    • Wound management: providing the special care our our diabetic patients or those with thinner and frailer skin may require as we age while focusing on the entire patient including nutrition, hydration and mobility.

    Impressive Results

    At Heartland, our primary focus is caring for patients with complex recovery and rehabilitation needs in a homelike setting. Our specialized therapy team has years of combined experience with some very impressive results *


    After hours phone service #after #hours #phone #service


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    Phone Answering Service

    In order to stay competitive and satisfy customer expectations, even small and medium size businesses must provide a 24-hour point of contact. If you are not available, you certainly risk the caller dialing your competitor. Our phone answering service is all about great live customer support so your callers won t even think of calling anyone else.

    Have MAP answer your business line(s) all of the time, some of the time, only after-hours, or simply use us for call overflow – the decision is always yours. Our telephone answering service solutions can be customized to meet your specific business requirements by developing a dynamic script whereby your callers believe they are dealing directly with your business. And, unless directed by you, we do not disclose we are just the service like so many of our phone answering service competitors often do.

    Live Phone Answering Service Solutions

    Your calls are always handled 24 7 by highly-trained live receptionists who are empathetic to your callers needs. Your customers expect a high level of personalization and an accurate response the first time they call. If they can t get that then what s the point? MAP will provide you with this level of competency – 24 hours a day – 7 days a week, and then we ll back it up with all the online tools and reporting you ll need to measure what kind of a job we re doing for you! It s simply called peace-of-mind. And no other phone answering service delivers it like this!

    MAP Communications is widely known in the phone answering service industry as trusted leader for business communications support. Our clients take comfort as they forward their business calls to our team of friendly, cheerful agents delivering world class customer service.

    No two businesses are alike which is why we operate on custom technology and a flexible approach.


    Affordable Online Colleges With Payment Plans #affordable #online #colleges #with #payment #plans


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    Affordable Online Colleges With Payment Plans

    Want to earn your degree online without going into debt? Here are 240+ affordable online colleges with payment plans. Is your college on the list?

    Want to earn your degree online without going into debt? Here are 240+ affordable online colleges with payment plans. Is your college on the list?

    By paying your tuition as you go instead of using student loans, you can finish your college degree without going into debt!

    After you’ve exhausted grants and scholarships. how will you pay what’s left of your tuition bill? Can you afford to pay it in one lump sum before the semester starts? Will you take on student loans and spread it out over the next 10-30 years? Or would you to split the difference with a payment plan offered by your institution?

    Tuition payment plans allow you to break your bill down into smaller, more manageable installments that are spread out over a semester or school year without charging interest.

    Check out all of these online colleges offering tuition payment plans:

    List of Affordable Online Colleges With Payment Plans

    Affordable Colleges with Payment Plans

    How Do University Payment Plans Work?

    A tuition payment plan will split your tuition bill into equal installments spread over a semester or year. Since it’s not a loan, there are no eligibility requirements or credit checks. And while you may have to pay a small enrollment fee ($30 to $100), you won’t have to pay any interest!

    We’ll repeat that just so it sinks in: IT’S INTEREST FREE!

    The payment schedules vary from school to school. Some will split the tuition over a single semester, some over a year, and some have developed plans of their own.

    To give you an idea of what s available, we ve outlined the policies of a few universities with payment plans below:

    • For the semester
      • Fall Semester example: 3 installments, payments due Aug, Sept, Oct (Pennsylvania State University)
      • Fall Semester example: 4 installments, payments due Aug 15, Sept 15, Oct 15, Nov 15 (Northern Arizona University)
    • For the year
      • Monthly payments, 10 installments May 15 – February 15 (Chaplain College)
    • Variation
      • Fall Semester example: (50%/25%/25%) Half is due prior to the start of the semester, the other half is divided into 2 equal payments due Oct 2 and Nov 2 (Del Mar College)
      • Fall Semester example: Student’s choice of 5 installment options June 14-Oct 15, 4 installments July 15-Sept 15, or 3 installments July 14-Sept 15 (Rutgers University)

    Most schools offer just one payment plan, but there are some that offer several different choices so you’re able to select the one that works best for your budget.

    College Payment Plans vs. Federal Student Loans

    There are two main differences between paying with a tuition payment plan and paying using federal student loans.

    With a tuition payment plan through your school, your expenses will be paid off by the time you complete each semester or school year. When you graduate and enter the workforce, you’ll have a clean slate, debt-free.On the other hand, federal student loans typically span 10-30 years. You will need to factor those payments into your budget for many years.

    Because tuition payment plans are repaid over a short term, payments will be high. Federal student loans have a longer term, so payments are lower, but they also include interest.

    Let’s take a look at a college payment plan to compare costs:

    Imagine your tuition for the year is $10,000 and you were awarded $5000 in grants and scholarships. That leaves $5000 remaining for you to pay.

    If you opt to pay the $5000 through a tuition payment plan, you will be charged a non-refundable enrollment fee ($30-100) upfront. Then, with a 10-month installment plan, you will pay 10 equal payments of $500 each month. That is a large monthly payment, but it is interest-free and at the end of your school year, you will not owe anything.

    If you opt to finance that $5000 via federal student loans instead, a 10-year loan at a 4.45% interest rate would leave you paying just $51 per month. After 10 years, you will have paid $6203.82, which includes $1203.82 in interest.

    Tuition Payment Plan

    The tuition payment plan option will impact your budget now and throughout your schooling, while taking out student loans will impact your budget after graduation and going forward. You will need to look carefully at your current finances to figure out which plan is best for you.

    What expenses can I include in a university payment plan?

    Payment plans are meant to cover tuition and fees. You should be prepared to cover any costs beyond that, such as books and other supplies. Some schools will allow you to roll these into your payment plan, but not all schools will.

    What other things should I keep in mind?

    As you look over the terms for a payment plan, here are some things to look for:

    • If you pay via credit card, you may be assessed an additional fee.
    • Some schools do not offer payment plans for summer semesters.
    • Some schools require you to be enrolled full-time to participate.
    • You will need to re-enroll each semester you wish to participate.

    Be sure to read your agreement thoroughly and make sure you understand everything before signing!

    What if I can t afford to make my payment on time?

    Failure to make your payment can have some harsh consequences, including being dropped from classes, prohibited from registering for the upcoming semester, and withholding your grades, transcripts or diploma. It’s absolutely vital that you make the payments you’ve agreed to.

    If you’ve had an unforeseen change in circumstances and know you won’t be able to make your payments, reach out to your school’s financial aid office as soon as possible. They may be able to alter your installment plan or suggest additional resources for financial aid. The more notice they have, the more time they have to help you find a solution.

    Alternate Tuition Installment Payment Plans

    If your college doesn t offer a payment plan that works with your budget, there are a number of agencies that offer payment plans to students.

    Your best bet is to check with your college or university first, but in a pinch, these companies can also help you avoid student loan debt.

    Conclusion

    Many students choose to take out federal student loans to pay for their education because they’re unaware of alternative options. They will graduate with debt they will carry for another 10-30 years. And when it’s all said and done, they will have paid hundreds or thousands of dollars above their tuition costs because of interest.

    If you can afford a monthly installment now, you can avoid this. Paying for your education as you go will allow you to be debt-free when you graduate, and you’ll be very thankful for that then!

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    7 Tips for Network Marketing Success

    You probably have an image firmly planted in your mind of what network marketing (also known as direct sales or multilevel marketing) is all about–housewives buying and selling Tupperware while gossiping and eating finger sandwiches, or a high-pressure salesperson trying to convince you how easily you can become a millionaire if only you and your friends and their friends and so on would buy and sell vitamins with him.

    Both of these images couldn t be further from the reality of network marketing. It s neither a hobby nor a get-rich-scheme but an opportunity for you to earn money running your own part- or full-time business.

    But what does it take to succeed in this industry? Vincent J. Kellsey, director of member services for the Direct Selling Women s Alliance. an organization that provides a variety of resources to women and men in the direct-selling industry, offers these tips for making it:

    Choose wisely. There are six key elements you should be looking for [when selecting an opportunity]. Number one: stability. How old is the company? Number two is excellent products or services that consumers will use and need more of.

    Number three is the pay plan–how even and fair and generous overall is the distribution? This is really crucial as the pay plan represents exactly how you ll get paid–or not get paid. There are really only two questions to ask [regarding this]: How many pennies out of each sales dollar get paid back to the distributors each month, and how fair is the distribution of these pennies between the old members and the new members?

    Number four is the integrity of the company and the management. As much as possible, [investigate] the experience of the CEO, [their] experience in the network marketing industry, and their background. [Have] they been successful in other companies in the industry? Do they have a good reputation?

    Number five is momentum and timing. Look at where the company s at, what s going on with the company, and if it s growing.

    Number six is support, training and business systems. You may have [chosen] a great company with excellent management, products that make a difference, a pay plan that s uniquely fair and very generous, and momentum and stability, but if you don t have a system in place that works, all of that [doesn t matter]. Most companies will have a transferable training system that they use, and that s where mentorship comes in.

    Practice what they teach. [To succeed,] you need to be willing to listen and learn from mentors. The way this industry is structured, it s in the best interests of the [MLM veterans in your company] to help you succeed, so they re willing to teach you the system. Whatever [your mentor] did to become successful, it s very duplicatible, but you have to be willing to listen and be taught and follow those systems.

    The higher-ups. It can be called various things, but the general term is the upline, meaning the people above you. How supportive are they? Do they call you? Do they help you put a plan in place? Are they as committed to your success as they are to their own? You should be able to relate to [the people in your upline] and be able to call them at any time to say I need some help. How much support there is from the people above you in the company is very important.

    Take up the lead with your downline. There s a term in the network marketing industry called orphans –when somebody is brought in and then the person who brought them in is just so busy bringing in other people that they don t spend the time to teach and train [the new person]. You should be prepared to spend at least 30 days helping a new person come into the industry–training them, supporting them and holding their hand until they feel confident to be able to go off on their own. You really need to ask yourself, are you willing to do that? Are you able to do that? This is really about long-term relationship building. It s not about just bringing people into the business and just moving forward. It s about working with these people and helping them to develop relationships.

    On the net. People are utilizing [the internet] as their main marketing tool. [You can set up your site] with autoresponders so when you capture leads, the autoresponder can follow up with that person. One of the greatest keys to success in this industry is follow-up. Many people will have someone call them who s interested or they ll call the person and say they re interested, but then they don t follow up with it. Automation on the internet has allowed a much more consistent method of following up.

    The only drawback with the internet is people who utilize it to spam. If there was one thing I could put forward to say, Do not do when utilizing the internet as a marketing tool, it s spamming because that can give a very bad reputation not only to you but also to the company you re working with.

    Taking care of business. This is a business, and just like if you were running a franchise or a storefront, you [should have an] accountant. You have all the same write-offs tax-wise that you have with running a [full-time] business, so it s very important to [do your research] prior to getting involved, before you start making money from it. How is that going to affect you tax-wise? What are your write-offs?

    It s important to set up a [support] team around you. I d suggest seeking out lawyers who deal in network marketing, so they re very versed in all the laws and how that affects [your business.]. There are also accountants who specialize in dealing with homebased businesses specifically in the direct-selling industry.

    Don t quit your day job. yet. Never leave your full-time position unless you re absolutely certain that the income that s coming in with this company is going to be there. [Be sure that] you ve been with the company [for awhile] and that you know it s a stable company, and the income that you re earning is equal to or greater than the income you re earning from your job before quitting.





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    The Online Business Directory.

    Local Company Search using an Online Business Directory.

    • Convenience – everyday millions of people lookup the telephone numbers of local businesses. Customers are becoming increasingly savvy by researching potential suppliers listed within a business directory before contacting a supplier;
    • Real-time Updates – Online directories help you keep up to date. Get the latest comments and customer rating and reviews. Likewise, company owners like to keep their own contact details up-to-date. Firms frequently move office, or add new phone number. So, business owners can easily log-in and manage their online business listing can also be kept up-to-date;
    • Interactive Information – most respectable business directories allow advertisers to enhance their listing by uploading multimedia content (such as maps, pictures, videos, reviews, and audio). This helps to promote and advertise more effectively;
    • Confidence Boost – when a prospective customer visits the website of an advertiser, they can ‘get a feel’ for the level of professionalism and credibility of a potential supplier;
    • Buy Now – if your in a hurry to make that purchase, an online business directory can you find the right company quickly and painlessly. Many online websites provide sophisticated business listings company search capabilities to help website visitors quickly identify potential suppliers by geography, size, keyword and many other criteria. This is infinitely quicker than flicking through a whopping paper-based trade index, in the hope of narrowing down the list of potential suppliers.

    Supporting Local Companies.

    We believe that small firms are the lifeblood of any local economy, generating wealth and employment for millions of people. We want to make it easier for an accurate company search to be undertaken by prospective customers. History has proven that the greater the number of entrepreneurial small organisations that exist within an economy, the higher the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of that economy becomes. Owners create and attack new markets, create new products and services that generates jobs, wealth and prosperity amongst local communities. For example, in the UK alone there are 4.9m small and medium sized enterprises (SME), and an incredible 2.1m of those are micro businesses based at home. SME firms employ nearly half the UK workforce and accounts for nearly half of the UK’s turnover. To help these small organisations, there are many trade associations. business networks, forums and lobbying groups, providing a valuable voice, on behalf of company owners.

    Like most Western economies, the UK is now a service led economy. Millions of small firms provide thousands of different types of small B2B services. This ‘services sector’ generally, contributes the majority of GDP. These firms deliver services locally that they cannot easily export. So their success or demise is directly linked to confidence, and local spending and investment patterns. Most small firms provide invaluable ‘business to business’ support for larger commercial customers. Others deliver services directly to consumers. Most small firms trade as either a Sole Trader, Limited Liability Company or Partnership.

    The Growth of Small Businesses.

    At a time of economic uncertainty, an emerging trend is the increase in over 50’s starting up their own firm. Many do so to supplement their retirement income out of necessity as inflation erodes savings and pensions. Many older people start a business up out of choice. The desire to feel active and worthwhile. Generally speaking, most entrepreneurs start their own small business in order to take control of their own destiny, and capitalise on proven skills and experience. Yet talent is not always enough. As an entrepreneur you will need a realistic business plan, complete personal commitment, and the ability to work hard, and adapt when times become tough. If you plan to deliver a service you will be selling yourself – not just a package of business services. Your integrity, work rate, customer service and listening skills – will all be called into question. You will also have to spend time and money learning and dealing with the laws and regulations that impact day to day activities. Unfortunately, a certain proportion of business start-ups fail within the first few years of trading. Too many business owners concentrate on selling, without bothering to forecast cash flow problems (such as unforeseen expenses or bad debt).

    Traditionally most small and medium sized businesses are generally under funded, and do not have the professional financial expertise and experience of finance managers of large corporate organisations. As personal, business and Government debt mountains exploded over the years, eventually the world woke up to the scale of bad debt. The subsequent Global liquidity crisis (or ‘credit crunch’ as it has become known), now means small firms struggle to access vital business loans and overdraft facilities. This is prohibiting business investment in ongoing activities. Accessing credit is the now the number one challenge for owners of small firms.





    Business Courses – My Own Business Institute #business #computers

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    Business Courses

    My Own Business Institute is the world’s leading provider of free online education for entrepreneurs.

    Our popular, free online courses teach new entrepreneurs how to start a business and experienced entrepreneurs how to grow a business. Through video, audio, and text, our online students learn how to pick a business, how to finance it, how to build clientele, and how to create a successful team. MOBI students come from all over the world and represent every kind of business imaginable.

    Each of our courses, STARTING A BUSINESS and BUSINESS EXPANSION, is comprised of 15 sessions. You can take our courses at your own pace without the constraints of weekly deadlines. Our program offers you the freedom to focus on the areas that require more of your attention while letting you move at an accelerated pace when you are able.

    You have two options to get started:

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    How to become a Business Analyst

    Business Analysts: Making the world a better place, one office at a time…

    Business Analysts (known as BAs) are responsible for analysing a business’s processes and investigating how they work. They then identify improvements that can be made and present the case for these improvements back to the business.

    Although specific responsibilities vary greatly from specialism to specialism, the role of a Business Analyst will generally include the following:

    • Analysing the business (either one element or the business as a whole)
    • Evaluating all available data
    • Identifying any problems that need addressing or potential improvements
    • Projecting how feasible these improvements are to make
    • Using all of the acquired information to present a business case back to the company which details the solutions
    • Implementing the necessary and agreed-to changes, overall increasing efficiency for the business

    To be successful as a Business Analyst, excellent analytical skills are an obvious pre-requisite. You will need to be objective when evaluating elements within the business, combining your observations with an acute awareness of any developments within the marketplace in order to present any outcome.

    You will be spending most of your time researching processes and extrapolating data, so self-motivation and the ability to work independently are also necessities.

    Other key skills include:

      • Exceptional problem solving skills
      • Superior communication skills, not to mention the ability to be objective
      • Reporting and presentation skills
      • Computer literacy, not to mention proficiency in Microsoft Office (in particular Microsoft Excel)
      • The passion and confidence to justify your suggestions and back them up with solid research and analysis

    Being a BA gives me the opportunity to put my analytical and problem solving skills to good use, as well as witness my recommendations being put into practice on a daily basis. It’s not all numbers and analysis, as it often requires collaboration, which is ideal as I love to bounce ideas off the people I work with.

    Get qualified

    It is not a necessary requirement to have a degree to become a Project Manager. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry.

    This course is for anyone who has an interest in Business Analysis, either to become a BA or to further their current career or qualifications. Ideal for entry level candidates.

    Learn everything you need to know to become a Certified Business Analysis Professional with this reputable and well-recognised qualification, suited to individuals looking to further their ability within business analysis.





    10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online #comcast #business #phone

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    10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online

    Getting a business education doesn’t have to be expensive. An increasing number of colleges, universities and even nonprofit organizations offer free business courses online. Find out how you can sign up for these courses and what you can get from them.

    Online Business Courses for Credit

    Online business courses that don’t require students to register or pay tuition are plentiful, but these courses don’t lead to college credit. Students who would rather earn credit for the courses they take online might want to consider resources that charge a fee in exchange for access to online course materials.Study.com offers this form of distance learning through its quick and informative video lessons and corresponding self-assessment quizzes. Students also have access to free transcripts for the video lessons.

    Students can start with Business 101: Principles of Management which include chapters like:

    • Management Basics – Study different managers’ roles and examine the four functions of management.
    • Leading in Organizations – This chapter explores the difference between leadership and management and how the two work together. Various leadership styles are also covered.
    • Marketing Philosophies and Ethics – Learn about marketing versus sales, corporate responsibility and cause-related marketing.
    • Consumer Decision Making – Topics include consumer behavior theory, the purchase process, cognitive dissonance and consumer buying influences.
    • Network Systems Technology – Examine client/server systems, network operating systems and wireless computing devices in this chapter.
    • Systems Development – Subjects include life cycles, graphical user interfaces, application development processes and project management tools.

    Free Online Non-Credit Business Courses

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    MIT OpenCourseWare might be the next best thing to getting an MIT education for free. Through these free online publication, students can find bachelor-level and master-level courses business courses offered by MIT’s Sloan School of Management

    • Undergraduate and Graduate Business Courses include online lecture notes, videos, labs demonstrations and more. No registration is required and more than 150 courses are available.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration

    The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.

    • Financing Options for Small Businesses centers around determining financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and more.
    • Strategic Planning looks at the significance of strategic planning while breaking down the steps of the process.

    Free Management Library

    • The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA(SM) Program is a great resource for students wishing to learn more about nonprofit management. Completion of this program will not result in an MBA degree, but enrollment is free. The amount of time it takes to complete the program will depend on how fast you learn, but you may expect to spend at least 200 hours on coursework.

    University of California Irvine

    The University of California Irvine offers several free business courses in English and Spanish through their OpenCourseWare site. Courses are broken down into lessons, and include optional reading lists for students who want to dig deeper into the course subjects.

    • Fundamentals of Business Analysis focuses on the function of a business analyst within the operating of an organization.
    • Training and Human Resource Development breaks down the information and experience needed to pick out an organization’s training and development needs while looking into the related processes.

    Financial Management Training Center Courses

    The Financial Management Training Center provides 20 free downloadable business courses for people who need to learn the finer points of financial management. All courses can be taken online. They include full exams as well as evaluation forms for people seeking Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

    • The Management of Capital provides a basic overview of navigating a company’s financial structure.
    • Creating Value through Financial Management serves as an introduction to concepts related to Value Based Finance.
    • Project Management introduces the concept and components of project management.

    Kutztown University – Small Business Development Center

    • Strategic Planning and Execution Course presents strategies for crafting and executing business visions, mission statements and goals. The SBDC also provides strategic planning software free to all course participants.

    University of California Berkeley

    The University of California Berkeley offers a new selection of business courses each semester. Courses are lecture-based and typically include either audio or video or both.

    • Business Administration Videos are uploaded to the school’s YouTube page often. Videos are presented by leading business experts such and cover topics like leadership, investment strategies and behavioral economics.
    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business teaches students about descriptive statistics, probability models, confidence intervals, controlled experiments vs. observational studies, tests of significance, correlation and regression.

    The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

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  • Alcohol and Drug Problems-Topic Overview #adolescent #alcohol #use, #alcohol #abuse, #alcohol #addiction,


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    Alcohol and Drug Problems – Topic Overview

    The overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism ) or other drugs is called substance abuse. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and can destroy families and lives.

    If you think you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, take a short quiz to evaluate your symptoms:

    Alcohol

    Alcohol abuse causes over 100,000 deaths in the United States and Canada each year. It is the drug most commonly abused by children ages 12 to 17. Alcohol-related car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers. People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior. have poor grades or job performance, use tobacco products, and experiment with illegal drugs. Alcohol and drug use may be an unconscious attempt at self-treatment for another problem, such as depression .

    You have an alcohol problem if your use of alcohol interferes with your health or daily living. You develop alcoholism if you physically or emotionally depend on alcohol to get you through your day.

    Long-term heavy drinking damages the liver. nervous system. heart. and brain. It can lead to high blood pressure. stomach problems. medicine interactions, sexual problems, osteoporosis. and cancer. Alcohol abuse can also lead to violence, accidents, social isolation, jail or prison time, and problems at work and home.

    Symptoms of an alcohol problem include personality changes, blackouts, drinking more and more for the same “high,” and denial of the problem. A person with an alcohol problem may gulp or sneak drinks, drink alone or early in the morning, and suffer from the shakes. He or she may also have family, school, or work problems or get in trouble with the law because of drinking.

    The use of alcohol with medicines or illegal drugs may increase the effects of each.

    Alcohol abuse patterns vary. Some people drink and may be intoxicated (drunk) every day. Other people drink large amounts of alcohol at specific times, such as on the weekend. It is common for someone with an alcohol or drug problem to call in sick for work on Monday or Friday. He or she may complain of having a virus or the flu. Others may be sober for long periods and then go on a drinking binge that lasts for weeks or months.

    Someone with alcohol dependence may suffer serious withdrawal symptoms. such as trembling, delusions. hallucinations. and sweating. if he or she stops drinking suddenly (“cold turkey”). After alcohol dependence develops, it becomes very hard to stop drinking without outside help. Medical detoxification may be needed.

    Continued

    Drugs

    Drug abuse includes the use of illegal drugs-such as marijuana. methamphetamines. cocaine. heroin. or other “street drugs”-and the abuse of legal prescription and nonprescription drugs. Some people use drugs to get a “high” or to relieve stress and emotional problems.

    Drugs like ecstasy (MDMA), ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol. and LSD, which are known as “club drugs,” may be found at all-night dances, raves, trances, or clubs. The use of club drugs accounts for increasing numbers of drug overdoses and emergency room visits. Inhalants like nitrous oxide may also be used at these clubs. Drugs come in different forms and can be used in different ways. They can be smoked, snorted, inhaled, taken as pills, put in liquids or food, put in the rectum or the vagina. or injected with a needle. Teens and young adults may be at risk for becoming victims of sexual assault or violent behavior in situations where these drugs are used.

    Some nonprescription medicines, such as cold medicines that have dextromethorphan as an ingredient, are being abused by teens and young adults as a way to get a “high.” Glue, shoe polish, cleaning fluids, and aerosols, are common household products with ingredients that can also be used to get a “high.”

    In the United States and Canada, approximately 40% of adults will use an illegal drug at some time during their lives. This does not include the use of alcohol or prescription medicines. Many people abuse more than one illegal substance at a time.

    Drug dependence or addiction occurs when you develop a physical or emotional “need” for a drug. You are unable to control your use of a drug despite the negative impact it has on your life. You may not be aware that you have become dependent on a drug until you try to stop taking it. Drug withdrawal can cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms. The usual treatment is to gradually reduce the dose of the drug until you can completely stop using it.

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    High-risk groups

    Some groups of people are more likely than others to have problems related to alcohol or drug abuse. These groups include:

    • Teenagers and young adults. Approximately one-half of all high school seniors in the U.S. admit to having used alcohol or an illegal drug. Substance abuse in this age group increases the risk of involvement in crime, high-risk sexual behavior, accidents, and injuries. Teens that use alcohol and drugs are more likely to have poor school performance and have higher dropout rates. For more information, see the topic Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse .
    • Women.
      • Although women are less likely than men to abuse alcohol, they are more likely to have alcohol-related health problems, such as liver disease .
      • Women are more likely to have problems with prescription medicines. More than two-thirds of all tranquilizers are prescribed for women. Tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicines, and amphetamines are abused most often by women.
      • Alcohol and drug abuse in women increases the risk of developing other health problems, such as osteoporosis or depression .
      • Women who abuse alcohol and drugs attempt suicide four times more frequently than nonabusers.
    • Adults older than age 65. Drug abuse in this age group is a problem because of the high number of prescription medicines and the lack of coordination between doctors. Signs of alcohol or drug abuse may be mistaken for other disease problems or simply overlooked as a symptom of “aging.” Many older adults “self-medicate” with alcohol to help relieve sleep problems, depression. and other problems. Alcohol abuse is more common than drug abuse in older adults. Alcohol contributes to car crashes and other types of severe injury in this group of people. For more information, see the topic Substance Abuse in Older Adults .
    • Low-income populations. Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem for many minorities, including disabled adults, the homeless, and minority populations.
    • Babies. Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy can cause birth defects and increase the risk of infant death. Babies are more likely to have learning disabilities and social and behavioral problems when their mothers use alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. Babies with mothers who use alcohol are at risk for problems from fetal alcohol syndrome .
    • Children. Studies show that children who are exposed to drug abuse in the home, especially methamphetamine. have higher rates of depression. anxiety. post-traumatic stress, anger, and alcohol and drug abuse. They also are more likely to have learning problems and do poorly in school.

    Recognizing a problem

    Alcohol is part of many people’s lives and may have a place in cultural and family traditions. It can sometimes be hard to know when you begin to drink too much.

    There is a strong connection between the use of drugs and alcohol and high-risk sexual behaviors. This increases a person’s chance of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). hepatitis B. and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) .

    If you think you might have a drinking or drug problem, take a short quiz to evaluate your symptoms:

    Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. © 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

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    West Coast Recovery is a completely free consultation and placement service for alcohol and drug addiction help. When you’re talking to someone at a specific treatment center, you’re dealing with their direct sales team. They don’t want to get you into the best treatment center for you, they want to get you into THEIR treatment center to fill their beds or drug detox programs. These days, treatment centers are more likely to be owned by venture capitalists and investment firms who are trying to maximize profits while people who are suffering. With so many options out there, how do you know where to start? Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve formed relationships with some of the best detox, inpatient, sober living, and outpatient facilities to help for drug addiction in Los Angeles.

    Once we get some information on your situation, we help with anything from cocaine detox, alcohol detox, or heroin detox to alcohol addiction treatment, cocaine addiction treatment, and heroin addiction treatment among many other drugs and substances. We’ll put you in touch with the treatment center that will best fit your individual needs. We work with the best drug rehabs in Los Angeles. Our only incentive is patient satisfaction and help for drug addiction.

    If need be, we can coordinate and fund travel arrangements whether it be via plane, bus, or train. Don’t let your location keep you from getting the help you need! Your PPO health insurance policy will often cover everything including alcohol and drug detox services, residential, sober living and outpatient treatment. If for some reason you can’t come to Los Angeles, we have connections and relationships with treatment centers all over the country.

    The first phase for an active addict or alcoholic looking to quit is a medical detox. Without going through a proper detox under medical supervision, withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous and even deadly.

    Inpatient treatment at a residential facility following the detox phase is highly recommended by substance abuse professionals and one of the most critical factors for long-term sobriety. These programs typically last 30 days.

    An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) builds upon the tools learned in residential treatment. It will allow you the opportunity to process changes resulting from treatment and apply them to real-world situations as they appear.

    Next Steps.

    Give us a call at (703) 943-8171 or simply fill out our insurance verification form to see what you’re covered for and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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    Scholarships for online college #finaid, #kantrowitz, #scholarships, #scholarship, #unusual #scholarships, #prestigious #scholarships,


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    Scholarships

    Generally, scholarships and fellowships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.

    The best way to find scholarships for college and fellowships is to use a personalized search, like Fastweb. that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches.

    There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the Fastweb scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. Fastweb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.

    Students who are awarded scholarships often need additional financial assistance. See the Loans section for information on student and parent loans. To find out about contest, grants and other aid options, visit the section discussing Other Types of Aid. Businesses and philanthropists who are thinking about sponsoring a new scholarship may find the Scholarship Design & Management section helpful.

    Copyright 2017 Fastweb LLC. All rights reserved.
    Mark Kantrowitz, Founder
    www.FinAid.org


    Air Conditioning, AC Repair #air #conditioner #repair #richmond #va


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    Air Conditioning Service in Manassas, Gainesville VA

    If you have a broken heating or cooling system in Manassas, Bristow or the greater Northern Virginia area, the experts at AirFlow Service Company are just a phone call away. When it comes to repairing your heating and cooling system, you want to hire professionals who know what they are doing. Our licensed and insured technicians are trained in all manners of heating and cooling including equipment installation, system repair, indoor air quality and energy efficient upgrades.

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    Dedicated to Your Health Comfort

    Whether you own a commercial building or a residential home, whether you need installation or service, our goal is to provide you with key environmental systems expertise. The flow of air is vitally important to maintaining your health and the health of those who live or work with you. Without a HVAC system that functions properly, air in your home becomes stale, allowing germs and other airborne pathogens to fester around you. Give the experts at Airflow a call to evaluate your system. We’ll ensure that it’s working properly so that fresh air flows beautifully into your home or business, keeping your space safe, healthy and allowing you to live comfortably.

    Why Us?

    • 24-Hour Service Availability
    • Emergency Problem Resolution
    • On Time Within 1-Hour or You are Notified
    • Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer
    • ARI Certificate of Performance to Show Commitment to Quality Workmanship
    • NATE Certified Highly Trained Technicians
    • Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on New Installations
    • Licensed, Bonded and Insured
    • Flexible Financing Available with Approved Credit
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    Small Business Investors – Funding – Finance for UK Businesses #work #from

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    Funding for Small Businesses

    Where does someone look for funding if they are a small business? Business loans are only possible if the company has been in business for some time, but most young businesses are looking to expand and so they need other options to raise business capital.

    Government grants are another possibility. However, the process of obtaining funding this way is notoriously difficult. The UK government has claimed that this is a sort to test to see how much they need the funding, but the reality is that it is regulated by EU legislation. On the other hand, the EU itself does not fund anything beyond public sector ventures.

    There are also sites that offer local grants to small businesses around the UK, including local councils and large companies such as BT and O2, but the latter are usually competitions. Sites such as Business Zone UK list various business grants and awards available to UK entrepreneurs, but the number of proposals and funding amounts are usually quite limited.

    More common options for business funding are Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists, both of which will invest significantly higher amounts in your start-up or small business. However, both Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists will want some control of your business and guarantees of a good return on investment in exchange for their money. But at the same time, they offer the experience which could be that factor which allows your business to succeed in the first place.

    Remember, the investor is looking to make money just as you are, and so it will be a venture that both sides enter together as a partnership. This means that anyone who invests in a small business will do everything possible to ensure that they are making a sound investment. They will check your business plans thoroughly, and make sure that they themselves believe in your business idea and future plans.

    Finding funding for your small business or start-up can take a long time, but the Angel Investment Network can help you make vital contacts with experienced angel investors who are looking to make an investment.

    Recent Proposals

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    Our team (experienced) will sell all products on Installments (Leasing) to enhance the buying power of Public as well as will earn 36% on every sale in one year.

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    I am acquiring an established, proven business who’s existing owner is retiring. I need short-term cash (3 years) to restructure the business, generating significant returns.

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    Algaesys Ltd is a process contractor delivering our new proven algae-based treatment for small municipal wastewater. The process is driven by the sun, not electricity.





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    Find Relevant Business to Business Leads


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    Have what you need at your fingertips from a specific contact s name, title and brand affiliation(s), to creative and media agency relationships, company financials, analyst reports, media spend, social media connections, and much more .


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    Business Analyst #business #profiles

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    Business Analyst

    There’s often a lot at stake when new information technology (IT) systems are put into a business. It’s Chris Conradie’s job to check out exactly what the business requires.

    “There is recognition by businesses that a lot of analysis needs to happen before you can get to the programming stage.”

    Discovering business needs requires a technical and people focus

    To do this, Chris works closely with businesses to help them work out what they need. As a person who has never been able to just sit behind a computer, he enjoys the chance analysis work gives him to get out and work directly with people.

    “There are many challenges in this role that are not just technical; you have to be able to get the information you need from people.”

    Background in software development led to consulting

    Chris says he always had an inquisitive mind when it came to technology. He graduated as an electronic engineer and worked as a software developer before moving to consulting, where it became less development-focused.

    Chris now works in a senior consulting role and is intent on staying in IT. “I’m going in the direction of IT management and that is the way I see my future.”

    What’s hot

    • Working with people.
    • Helping businesses improve their processes.

    What’s not

    • The challenge of getting the information you need from people.
    • Working long hours to finish projects.

    What are the chances of getting a job?

    Shortage of business analysts

    While demand for business analysts is expected to remain strong, the number of IT trainees coming through is insufficient to meet demand.

    A survey of IT employers in February 2015 reported that 79% of employers were planning to hire additional staff. Business analysis was the top skill employers were looking for. However, 28% of employers also reported greater difficulty finding staff in 2015 than in 2014.

    As a result of these factors, business analyst appears on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled business analysts from overseas to work in New Zealand.

    Types of employers varied

    Many medium to large organisations employ business analysts, including:

    • government departments
    • computer management firms
    • marketing companies
    • manufacturers
    • professional firms such as law and accountancy businesses.

    Sources

    • AbsoluteIT, ‘Employer Insight Report’, January 2016, (www.itsalaries.co.nz).
    • AbsoluteIT, ‘Remuneration Report’, July 2015, (www.itsalaries.co.nz).
    • Hudson Recruitment, ‘Hudson Report, Q3, 2015’, 2015, (nz.hudson.com).
    • Hudson Recruitment, ‘New Zealand Hiring Expectations – Quarter 3, 2015’, 2015, (nz.hudson.com).
    • Immigration New Zealand, ‘Long-term Skill Shortage List’, July 2015, (www.immigration.govt.nz).
    • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, ‘2006-2014 Occupation Data’ (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2015.
    • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, ‘Information and Communications Technology Report – 2015’, 2015, (www.mbie.govt.nz).

    Progression and specialisations

    The business analyst role is often seen as a starting point for progressing towards project management and more detailed business and systems analysis.