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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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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Student Walk Outs

Student Walk Outs Not Going to Solve post by Charles Laverty

Student Walk Outs

Student walk outs is not the answer to resolve the gun issue. When Trump was elected he spoke about the Washington lobbyists. He said that was a cancer he was going to stop the flow of money to congress people and Senators. That should have happened, but of course never did.

The NRA is fine but they should be prohibited from giving money to political figures. There are many different laws that could be passed to solve the gun issue but as always, the money talks.

We need guns off the streets, we need the film industry to stop making movies that show guns killing people left and right and we need parents, single or married, to have family values with their children.

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Asian Market is Strategically Important

Asian Market for a Strategic Move post by Charles Laverty

Asia is a Strategically Important Market for ABS

There have been quite a few exciting new developments at ABS in the last few months. I recently traveled to China to promote our new technology with investors and potential strategic partners. We know that the Asian Market is a great business partnership.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to returning in the near future.

Our plans for Asia were recently announced in a press release.  In turn, discussed our decision to embark on a new fundraising initiative to raise an additional $20 million.

We believe our stenting technology can reduce the need for open-heart surgery and save many lives. Clinical trials are expensive to conduct though and that’s why we’re targeting these additional funds.

Our Technology is Unique

The way the ABS system works is unique. Our procedure uses a dual catheter system to simultaneously place stents in both the mother and daughter arteries of a bifurcation lesion.

The goal is to simplify a complex procedure and reduce the amount of errors that occur during surgeries. Using current technology, it’s not uncommon for surgeons to have to replace stents within a few months. We want to eliminate that requirement.

Seeing A Need in the Asian Market

Why the focus on China and Asia in general? Unfortunately, this region has experienced a major increase in incidents of cardiac related illness in the last couple of decades.  It seems to be getting worse. It’s a market that needs innovative companies like ABS to reverse the trend.

It isn’t just China though. Heart disease is on the rise in other major countries such as India and Japan as well. Part of this is because of greater integration with global markets.

Fast-food chains are quite common in this region of the world now as consumers have more disposable income. They’re also leading more sedentary lives as their affluence is allowing for more leisure time.

While efforts are being made to change lifestyles and improve diets, new and innovative medical procedures must be part of the solution as well.

Our expansion into Asia is an important phase in ABS’s development. We’re excited about the prospects and we’re looking forward to developing new partnerships there. The goal is to make sure we’re ready for production in major Asian markets once final regulatory approval has been achieved.

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Increased Congestion Hinders Quality of Life

Increased Congestion points to lower quality of live post by Charles Laverty

LAX Passenger Traffic Up Nearly 4% in January 

We often see traffic growth as a sign of increased congestion and a diminishment of the quality of life in urban centers.

I recently returned from China, a country has has seen explosive growth on a scale never seen in the United States.

On a very significant degree, China has embraced this growth.  In turn, the development of its infrastructure development keeps pace with economic growth, with very few exceptions.

America needs to invest heavily in infrastructure, to provide the foundation for sustained and beneficial economic growth.

The article I read can be found here.              

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School Shootings is a Shared Responsibility

School are really getting prepared post by Charles Laverty

Responsibility is Across the Board

In the wake of the Parkland devastation, the Newport-Mesa School District says its school safety methods have it prepared to do what needs to be done.

It is commendable that schools and their boards across the country are being proactive.  They are establishing methods and procedures to protect our children and school teachers against society’s most evil people.

The responsibility to protect our schools is a shared responsibility.  The often-missed “front line” of this responsibility are the parents.

Parents need to pro-actively communicate with their children, and seek appropriate help when trouble signs appear.  Mental illness must be viewed with the same seriousness as physical illness.

We readily seek professional help for a child when he or she is physical ill. That same mantra must apply when our child is seemingly mentally ill, as well.

The article I read can be found here.

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