Bacteria and Viral Illnesses and Your Septic System

Bacterial and Viral Illnesses post by Charles Laverty

Your Badly Maintained Septic System

A PDF file I just read really was quite an interesting.  Please follow this link to read it for yourself.  This was written by R. Mohamed of Wayne State University, USA.  He writes about septic systems and also the bacterial and viral illnesses associated with this.

Illnesses May Await You

In turn, one of the noteworthy sentences stated  “Meanwhile, according to the EPA, 168,000 viral and 34,000 bacterial illnesses each year can be traced to badly maintained septic systems. In addition, the monetized value of environmental and public health damages could be large.”

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/4450/WW-SM-008.pdf

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Wastewater is being Wasted

Wastewater is being Wasted post by Charles Laverty

Water

I started speaking to people about what they knew about wastewater.  I was really surprised at how little thought went into that very important subject.

The water that goes down the drain is in fact being wasted.  However, we can resolve this problem.  At the core of fixing it is that the private industry and the government need to work together.

Reuse Wastewater

I read on United Nations website that “80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused”  This article posted by UN.org is highly educational for everyone.

 

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Water Top Issue Facing Humanity

Top Issue Facing Humanity is Water post by Charles Laverty

Water

Top issue facing humanity is water.  This household staple that comes out of our faucets in many homes is a crucial issue around the globe.  At its core, water is a critical development for energy and food production.  Water is also critical for our human survival and to maintain healthy ecosystems.

Some of the main point about water I found on UN.org site.    I read that 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. More points they made are below:

  • 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)
  • 340,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases. (WHO/UNICEF 2015)
  • Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people. (WHO)
  • 90% of all natural disasters are water-related. (UNISDR)
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Economics, Jobs and the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination

Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court Good for America

 

In recent articles on LinkedIn and on my USA Herald column I expressed my support of President Trumps nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He’s the right choice for many reasons – not least of which is a record of being an impartial arbiter of the law. Kavanaugh believes the judiciary is meant to interpret the law based on the constitution and precedent. Any attempt by a judge to rewrite the law would dangerously undermine American democracy.

 

Creating a Business Friendly Environment

Small business all over America should be happy with Kavanaugh’s nomination. Over regulation is the consistent enemy of our entrepreneurs and this appointment is another step in President Trump’s approach for dealing with that threat. Choosing a Supreme Court nominee that seeks to remove unnecessary and unlawful regulations is a positive move.

Charles Laverty Op Ed about SCOTUS Nomination
Charles Laverty Op Ed about SCOTUS Nomination

Removal of Barriers for Growth

If there are any doubts about the choice that President Trump has made they should be quickly displaced by a look at Kavanaugh’s record. As a federal appeals court judge for the District of Columbia he ruled against unnecessary regulations on 75 separate occasions. He believes that regulations should not be created to impose barriers to business, but should only be used when necessary to help the American economy and individual Americans.

 

A Man of Conviction

There are many examples of judges that have been afraid to make big decisions that challenge established institutions – even when it’s right to do so. Kavanaugh is not one of those judges. In 2014, he correctly ruled against FDA regulations that had forced a medical device company to remove a product from the market. He recognized that this agency had overstepped its reach. He instead made a ruling based on constitutional principles that supported the growth and expansion of medical innovation – something that is vital to America’s national interests.

 

Deserves American Support

Nominations to the Supreme Court are often controversial for a variety of reasons. This one shouldn’t be. Kavanaugh’s impartial record of ruling based on the constitution and the precedent of previous judgements are unquestioned. In his impressive career he’s clearly established himself as a supporter of traditional American values and the rule of law. Those are principles that both parties should support – Republican and Democrat. There will undoubtedly be opponents of his nomination, but there’s little reason to suspect that his nomination won’t be approved. America’s Supreme Court looks like it’s heading in the right direction once again.

 

Thank you again for reading. I do what to hear your views including issues that you believe make it so you cannot support the nominee. Please also follow and connect with me on Twitter.

Charles Laverty

 

Note: opinions are my own an do not reflect those of ABS, its shareholders, management or employees.

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MY Op-ed: SCOTUS Nomination of Kavanaugh a Victory for Small Business

Charles Laverty Op Ed about SCOTUS Nomination

Why Trump’s Nominee Is a Victory for Small Business

In my USA Herald Column I write about an important issue. What the SCOTUS nomination of Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh means for small business. Small business is essential for our country, for the economy, for jobs and for our global competitiveness.

In healthcare, small business, like our team at Advanced Bifurcation System, drives innovations that can improve or lengthen lives.

I hope you will read, share and let me know your comments.

Thank you for reading

-Charles Laverty

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5 Top Time Management Tips For Busy Executives

Charles Laverty Time Management Tips for Busy Executives

Time-Saving Tips for Executives

Being an executive can mean a very busy schedule each day. Sometimes it can even mean having every second planned out for you.

Although everyone in a business has the same hours in a day, being at the top can sometimes feel as if your time is way more limited. Thus, time-saving tips and tricks can make the biggest difference in not only your productivity but also the general functioning and flow of your business.

Here are 5 tips to help you save time as an executive:

Tip #1: Plan your day and week ahead of time

Take some time, even if it is only 30 minutes, at the start of the week to plan your schedule. Set clear objectives of what you want to achieve with your time and structure your weekly plan around those objectives.

Tip #2: Avoid Multi-Tasking

While it may seem productive to complete two tasks at once, all the studies have shown that it is not effective or efficient to multi-task. Although you are doing multiple things at once, you are not fully focused on any of them, producing sub-par work.

Tip #3: Set Short Deadlines

Setting deadlines helps you to get things done on time or ahead of time. Try setting extremely short deadlines to improve your time management. When deadlines are shorter, your focus is heightened, and you are able to complete tasks well ahead of time, without wasting too much time.

Tip #4: Delegate Tasks

Being an executive means having a whole team of individuals with their own sets of skills and strengths. Use that to your advantage and delegate tasks whenever you can. If another member of your team can complete a task more efficiently or effectively than you, then pass it on!

This will not only save you time, but it may also mean that more thought and stronger skills are used to complete the task. This leaves your schedule open to complete the most important tasks that require your particular expertise.

Tip #5: Prioritize your to-do list

After planning ahead (see tip #1), you now have a basic idea of what you’ll need to do each day. At the start of the day run through your to-do list and rank each item in terms of importance. Complete the most important items first, leaving the more menial tasks for later in the day that doesn’t necessarily require as much concentration.

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The Best Tips for Putting Together a Great Executive Team

Charles Laverty Tips for Building A Leadership Team

Building an executive team from the ground up can take a lot of work and careful planning. This groundwork is highly important if you want to create a highly efficient and productive team with all the right skills.

 

There is a process that you need to go through first before you start hiring people to be a part of achieving your business goals.

 

Here are 4 simple tips to get you started on selecting the right members for your executive team:

 

Tip #1: Start with clear goals

Knowing what your ultimate goal is before you assemble a team can help you in putting together the right team for the job.

 

You are then able to select candidates based on the skills required to meet your business goals. It’s obvious that having the right skills is vital and you want to make the most out of the skills available to you.

 

Tip #2: Identify the skills you need

This tip goes hand in hand with tip #1, in that you need to know what your goal is and what skills are needed to achieve it.

 

Brainstorm the skills you need and then seek out individuals to be a part of your team based on what skills they can bring to the table. This will also make the hiring or selection process that much easier and more streamlined.

 

Tip #3: Set expectations from the get-go

If everyone knows what the desired outcome is and understands your overall goal, it will be easier for the entire team to work together to achieve that shared goal.

 

Let your team know what they are in for and what is expected of them before they sign on the dotted line. That way, there will be no surprises down the lien because a single team member (or worse, all of your team members) have not been on the same page from the start.

 

Tip #4: Use feedback to your advantage

When you are given feedback on anything, whether it be your leadership style, your management style or the types of tasks you hand out, use it to your advantage. Be proactive with feedback.

 

Listen to your team and implement changes based on their feedback. This is a great way to eliminate problems before they arise. Encourage your team to always provide feedback to continually better your team.

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On July 4th Honor Military & ICE Families

July 4th Honoring post by Charles Laverty photocredit unknown

Honor Those Who Protect Our Country 

Happy Independence Day! The weather in Newport is going to be sunny and pleasant. I am planning on some classic summer activities with family and friends. On July 4th nighttime, we will catch a glimpse of the huge display happening a little further from us.

Like Memorial Day, July 4th did have a more serious tone when I was young. The 20th Century was focused on major global conflict and the risk of all out catastrophe. Our relative peace allows us to take our freedom for granted, even in a world still filled with dangers.

Keeping Terrorists From Crossing

As President Trump points out, a free society depends upon the rule of law and keeping criminals and terrorists from crossing our borders.

Reminding myself of this, I feel passionately about remembering those who sacrifice and risk themselves to keep our country free. So, when we enjoy the company of our loved ones I think about how it must feel to be deployed abroad or along the most dangerous parts of our southern border. Imagine saying goodbye to your loved ones and knowing they will put themselves in harm’s way to protect us all.

Our Independence on July 4th

PBS has a great short video collection, “Stories of Service”, one of which is titled “The Homefront: Raising a Family”.  This episode focuses on a man whose wife was deployed. Like a single parent, he assumed the roles of both Mom and Dad to their three kids. These videos highlight that that like our armed service members, military families sacrifice as well. I would like to see a similar piece on the risks and dangers that our brave ICE officers face.

So, this July Fourth remember to support the troops and law enforcement on our border and everywhere by honoring their families who have and continue to sacrifice for America. We need to appreciate, respect and honor these families alongside their loved ones who have or are serving.

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The Wall Still A Heated Topic

The Wall Still a Heated Topic post by Charles Laverty

LA times article Trump California Border

I am always amazed at this conversation or debate, the wall is still a heated topic.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this can’t be resolved. I am guessing it is that our friends in Washington just want to use immigration for their own political agenda, otherwise, why can’t we fix this issue.

According to reports there are 11 million people living in the United States.  I am sure, 98 percent of these people are hardworking, family people whom have values and do nothing criminally or don’t have any criminal record.

The Wall is Not The Answer

Why is it so difficult to make this people legal citizens of the United States. Put a program in place that maybe gives them 3 years to become a citizen and if they don’t do that, they get deported back to their original country. Children who were born here and know no other country make legal citizens immediately.

Common sense can easily resolve this crazy situation and take the talking points away from cable TV.  I don’t believe we need walls we just need a common sense approach and resolve this issue.

Trump made a visit to the border and I am responding to this article found here from the Los Angeles Times.

 

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