Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • Royal Wedding

    On this day in 1981, Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, were wed at St Paul's Cathedral at approximately 11:20 am.

    Notable figures from around the world and an estimated TV audience of 750 million observed what was widely billed as "a fairytale wedding" and "the wedding of the century."

    The wedding was followed by a 120 guest reception at Buckingham Palace with 27 wedding cakes and the couple spent their honeymoon aboard the Royal yacht Britannia.

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  • World Conservation Day

    Happy World Conservation Day!

    ConservationObserved each year on July 28th, World Conservation Day is celebrated internationally to increase awareness about the best practices to protect our natural resources. The Earth is supplied a limited amount of properties that we all rely upon each day like water, air, soil and trees.

    Wondering how you can get involved in practicing sustainability? Try turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth in the morning, or participate in a nature walk with some friends to appreciate the resources that surround us. The holiday may be celebrated one day out of the year, but why not think sustainably always?

    Learn more: Recycle Your Plastic Bags7 Quick Ways to Live Greener at HomeIt's not easy Being Green. Or is it?

  • National Night Out

    NNPNational Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community
    partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

    This is the 33rd annual National Night Out: a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. In addition, it sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

    The National Night Out program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. Note: Texas and a select few areas celebrate the first Tuesday of October.

    Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

    The best way to prevent crime is to know your neighbors and your surroundings. Preventing and solving crime is a community effort. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is August 2nd this year, get out there and Join the Fun!

    • Knowing your neighbors is a great defense to keep your neighborhood safe.
    • Being aware of your neighbors' habits can assist in noticing if something does not seem right.
    • Create an email chain for your street/neighborhood to help keep the neighborhood abreast of safety tips and crime trends.
    • Go outside and be visible by hosting block parties, going for walks, playing in the front yard to show potential criminals that you live in a tight knit community where neighbors look out for one another.

    A neighborhood with mowed lawns, flowers, and freshly painted homes looks like it's cared for, and this alone can help deter crime. Learn more


  • Get Your Mind Right

    Having the right mindset is important in almost everything you do, but it can play a particularly key role in your success.

    While not all successful people have the same mindset, they do often share several key characteristics. First, they don't take failure too seriously- they see it as an opportunity to being again. Second, successful people know who they are and don't try to be someone they are not. Third, they are constantly learning - observing others and reading

  • Allergy & Flu News

    Vaccine Strategy Induces Antibodies that Can Target Multiple Influenza Viruses...

    Allergy-InstituteScientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) have identified three types of vaccine-induced antibodies that can neutralize diverse strains of influenza virus that infect humans. The discovery will help guide development of a universal influenza vaccine, according to investigators. The findings appear in the July 21st online edition of Cell. Learn more & also read: Allergy Treatment & Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

    X-ray crystal structure image of one of the newly-identified antibodies X-ray crystal structure image of one of the newly-identified antibodies
  • 7 Quick Ways to Live Greener at Home

    Going green at home doesn't necessarily require a lifestyle overhaul. You can save money while saving the environment.

    Greening up your lifestyle at home is relatively simple when you take the time to consider choices. Two central approaches are reducing your energy consumption and reducing consumer byproducts, such as waste.

    The bonus to living with greener habits is you could end up cutting your electric and grocery bills. (also read Recycle Your Plastic Bags & It's not easy Being Green. Or is it?)

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    1. Clean green. Swap out chemical cleaning products for more eco-friendly versions. Look for cleaning agents like Simple Green and Mrs. Meyers, and similar ready-made concoctions that will put the shine back on your counter tops without harmful side effects.

    Simple Green is available in a few different strengths and is appropriate for just about any surface and level of cleaning. Save money by using this all-purpose formula to pretreat laundry, degrease your stove or remove grime from the bathtub.

    Mrs. Meyers is also a natural cleaning combination and it comes in a variety of fragrances. It uses essential oils and vegetable protein extracts to cut through dirt and film. Because there is no chlorine in the mixture, you can spray the multisurface everyday cleaner on carpet, bedding and door handles without damaging anything.

    Side note: Natural household staples are also good grime tacklers. For example, baking soda plus vinegar will help unclog a bathroom or garbage disposal drain. The combo produces a fizz that helps move along particles stuck in the pipes without damaging the metal or plastic plumbing.

    2. Disconnect. Unplug chargers when you're not using them. Any appliance, lamp or device charger connected to an outlet will cause a phantom charge. It's a small amount of electricity, but that current is continuously engaged.

    3. Change the lights. LED lights reduce heat and energy consumption, and are now available in shades other than fluorescent terrible. That's not a color, just an opinion. Replacing daily-use lightbulbs with LED lights as the regular bulbs expire will help keep the room cooler, use less electricity and contribute to your efforts toward green living.

    4. Reuse and repurpose. Recycle all that you can, and buy products made from recycled materials. Trash dumps are an ecological ordeal, and the less we contribute to the mountains of waste, the better off we all are.

    5. Use the sun. Go solar when possible for accessories like outdoor lighting and decor. You'll save money on landscaping costs, materials, labor and electric bills when you choose solar lights over traditional electric lamps.

    6. Change power habits. Buy rechargeable batteries and a good charger. Batteries are not biodegradable, but if you buy the right kind, they can be recharged repeatedly.

    7. Be clever with appliances. Run heat-producing appliances at night during the summer and throughout the day (if possible) in the winter months. Clothes dryers and dishwashers use a lot of electricity and produce a lot of heat. Use those side effects to your advantage.

  • Allergy Management Tips For Food Manufacturing

    Allergy Management Tips For Food Manufacturing

    One of the biggest risks in modern food manufacturing is the rise of serious food allergies. While not entirely new, they have increased in recent years, and the public has become far more aware of the dangers.

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    The problem goes beyond consumers inadvertently purchasing items containing allergens. Rather, food manufacturing itself has come under scrutiny as cross-contamination of food items on the front end can have devastating consequences. Ignorance is no excuse, and neither is accidental contamination. As such, food manufacturers must have solid plans in place to prevent the likelihood of cross-contamination.

    Below, learn more about the risk of food allergies and what food manufacturers can do to keep consumers safe.

    What are the Major Food Allergies?

    Before you can take steps to keep food products safe, you have to have a thorough understanding of the ingredients most likely to hurt your consumers. Nine out of 10 allergic reactions to food fall into the following categories: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Victims can suffer symptoms that range from breathing difficulties, swelling or, at worst, anaphylactic shock that can lead to death.

    While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strict labeling requirements for ingredients in those eight categories, a food manufacturer cannot rely on labels alone. With millions of U.S. consumers at risk every time they purchase and consume food, it’s crucial to take every step possible.Food-allergens-poster

    The Risks of Cross-Contamination

    Cross-contamination does not necessarily mean that certain food items are dropped directly into the mix. It can happen at several stages of food manufacturing. In fact, food handling and storage is one of the likeliest culprits behind cross-contamination. Under ideal circumstances, foods with ingredients that fall into the eight allergens categories would be stored in an entirely different section, if not another facility; however, storage facilities don’t always have the luxury of massive amounts of sectioned space. Smaller facilities should provide designated allergen sections while closely monitoring all movement and providing plenty of signage.

    Similarly, food-handling equipment can result in contamination. Take pallets and forklifts, for example; if used across all food products in a single facility, the risk of cross-contamination can be much higher than if a facility uses specific machinery for different food items. When multiple machines are not practical, food handlers should take care to properly clean equipment on a regular basis.

    The Necessity of Sanitation

    Food manufacturing equipment must be constantly sanitized. For some, sanitation means simply eliminating the risk of bacterial contamination. However, despite efforts to kill microbes, allergens can sometimes make it through.

    All equipment should be visually inspected for any loose particles. Also, be sure to use the right cleaner, as some contaminants might not be as obvious as solid particles. Residues and pastes, for example, could be much harder to remove with standard cleaning supplies.

    The Benefits of Smart Labeling

    Labeling both in your facility and on the finished product can save lives. In food manufacturing and storage itself, labeling can ensure that products are properly separated and stored — and for consumers, labeling can be a vital red flag. Consumer product labeling should be as transparent as possible. It’s not enough to list the ingredients in the food. Rather, labeling should indicate whether food products are made in plants that also process with allergens — think: “may contain peanuts” or “made in a plant that also processes tree nuts.”

    With the right precautions in place, you can prevent deadly allergy-related accidents.

    Chris Bekermeier is the Vice President of Marketing at PacMoore. PacMoore is a food contract manufacturer that offers food processing and packaging services. Chris received his B.S. in business management from Eastern Illinois University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

    MORE READING:  Allergy Treatment

  • Mork

    Happy birthday to the late Robin Williams. Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams attended Julliard before later experimenting with comedy and standup in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Famous for his eccentric, improvisational style, Williams went on to star in the hit comedy series Mork & Mindy in 1978 which ran for four seasons. His TV stint was followed by several successful film roles including his work in "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Morning Vietnam" both which granted him Academy Award nominations for lead actor. His role as the voice of the genie in Disney's "Aladdin" expanded his artistic resume into films like "Jumangi" and "Flubber". His performance in "Good Will Hunting" won him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.mork-and-mindy

  • 4 Safety Tips When You’re Home During A Robbery

    It has happened to almost everyone. They wake up to a strange noise in the house. Most of the time, it’s simply the heater turning on, the walls settling or an appliance running. But what about the case where there is an intruder? Is it smart to grab a baseball bat and investigate? Attempt to scare him off straight away?

    Follow these four steps to keep you and your family’s safety a top priority during a break-in.

    Pepper Spray with Key Ring PouchEscape if possible
    In order to ensure your safety, see if there is a way out of the house without encountering the intruder. If you’re near an exit, whether a window or door, try to get out immediately. This is a great step to practice with your family in advance. Know your escape routes before a break-in occurs!

    Stay quiet
    Being completely silent and still will allow you to assess the situation. You’ll be able to hear any voices that may indicate multiple intruders. You can learn their location and what they might be doing.

    Since many robbers prefer an empty home to break into, the last thing you want to do is alert them that someone is home. You don’t know how they will respond.

    Call the police
    As quickly as possible, call 999. Let the operator know your name, address and that there is an intruder in the house. Let them know what room you are in, and what room the intruder is in.

    Because they deal with these situations on a regular basis, the operator will tell you exactly what to do.

    Keep calm if the intruder sees you
    If escaping was not an option and the robber finds you, try to remain calm. Most often, they will be surprised someone is home and may flee. If they don’t, cooperate with them and don’t make any sudden moves. If you’ve been able to reach the police, then help is on its way.

    Being proactive about preparing for break-ins is vital. Make sure to have a plan and practice with your family so they know what to do in this type of situation.

    CrimeAbout the Author:
    Lauren Ventosa is the owner and blogger at She’s passionate about helping people create a safe home that promotes peace of mind. With a degree in communication and multimedia, she loves using the internet as an effective medium for enhancing lives through blogging.

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