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Safe Driving Tips For Teenage Drivers

It’s a fact: teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group.

However, by practicing safe driving techniques―such as driving defensively―you’ll increase the odds you’ll keep yourself (and your passengers) safe on the road and you’ll increase your changes of getting more affordable car insurance as you build a good driving record.

Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

Whether you’re just getting ready to hit the road or have been driving for months―or even years―take some time to review these 8 safe driving tips.

1) Keep Your Cell Phone Off

Multiple studies indicate using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk ―that’s even when using a hands-free phone.

NOTE . Your state may prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. An increasing amount of states are creating laws regarding cell phone use and texting. Often, younger drivers face stricter laws.

2) Don’t Text

Research shows texting―on average―causes a loss of focus on the road for 4.6 seconds. You can drive the length of a full football field in that time. A lot can go wrong while you drive the length of a football field without your eyes on the road.

Don’t try the “texting-while-stopped” approach, either, as many states ban texting while behind the wheel. And, when you have your head down, you won’t notice key developments that may occur. Remember, you still need to pay attention to the road when you’re stopped.

3) Turn on Your Headlights

Using your headlights increases your visibility and help other drivers see you, even when you feel like it’s light out.

In the early morning and early evening (dusk), you need to use your lights or other drivers might not see you, which can be disastrous.

4) Obey the Speed Limit

Speeding is a major contributor to fatal teen accidents. That’s especially true when driving on roads with lots of traffic or with which you’re not familiar.

Don’t feel pressured to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by you. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets that can cause a sharp hike in your auto insurance premiums.

5) Minimize Distractions

It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you’re cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds.

As an inexperienced driver, you are more apt to lose control of your car. Distractions can significantly increase the chances that you 1) not notice impending danger or notice it too late and 2) lose the ability to control the vehicle.

6) Drive Solo

Having a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Adding additional teen passengers causes the risk to escalate.

7) Practice Defensive Driving

Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind. Stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you in slower speeds, and maintain a larger buffer zone with faster speeds.

Some car insurance companies will even give you a discount if you take an approved defensive driving course to improve your driving skills.

8) Choose a Safe Car

If possible, drive a safe car with the latest safety equipment (such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and air bags), and one with an excellent crash safety record.

Final Word: Teens Becoming Safe Drivers

There’s no substitute for driving experience and the wisdom that age brings, but by applying the above tips you’ll enhance the odds you won’t become a teenage driver accident statistic. Also, when you have a good driving record free of accidents, it’s easier to find cheap car insurance in the future.

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Dukan Diet: What To Know #best #diets, #healthandwellness, #profile, #dukan #diet, #best


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Dukan Diet

Balanced Diet

These diets contain more than the government’s recommendation that between 10 to 35 percent of daily calories come from protein.

Pros Cons

  • All-you-can-eat
  • Filling
  • Lots of rules
  • Could fall short nutritionally

The aim: Weight loss.

The claim: You’ll lose up to 10 pounds within the first week, and continue at a clip of 2 to 4 pounds a week until you reach your goal weight – all while eating as much as you want (of the approved foods, of course). If you follow the rules to the letter, you’ll never regain.

The theory: Counting calories isn’t the key to weight loss; protein is. It’s a weight-loss powerhouse – it’s filling, takes time and work to digest, and has very few calories for each gram of food compared to carb-heavy foods. When protein supplies the majority of a diet. and fats and carbs are all but squeezed out, fast weight loss ensues. (Limiting carbs, the body’s preferred energy source, forces the body to turn to an alternative fuel – stored fat.) That’s motivation enough for dieters to follow a strict plan that rewards the faithful by slowly adding back the bread, cheese and fruit they so dearly missed.

Rankings

Dukan Diet ranked #37 in Best Diets Overall. 38 diets were evaluated with input from a panel of health experts. See how we rank diets here.

Dukan Diet is ranked:

Dos Don’ts

Prepare for lots of rules. All four phases of the Dukan Diet – named for former French physician Pierre Dukan, its creator – are heavy on do’s and don’ts, and even the slightest slip-up is considered destructive. You’ll move from the all-you-can-eat, pure protein “Attack” phase to “Cruise,” which allows selected vegetables on selected days. In the third phase, “Consolidation,” you’ll add more foods that, by now, you’re longing for, such as cheese and bread. By the last phase, “Permanent Stabilization,” you’re relatively free. With just a few (very crucial and very specific) parting rules, you’re permitted to eat anything you want.

Attack: A gourmand’s dream diet, this phase is all-you-can-eat, portion-wise. Any of the following is fair game: lean beef, veal, pork and venison; organ meat including liver and tongue; fish; shellfish; poultry; low-fat ham, turkey and chicken; eggs; vegetable protein such as tofu and seitan; nonfat dairy; water and other no-calorie drinks (yes, even diet soda); and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran. Spices and herbs are encouraged to avoid monotony. Craving something else? Too bad – cheating is expressly forbidden. “[S]uccumbing to any other foods, as small as the lapse may be, will be like puncturing a balloon with a needle,” warns Dukan.

The Attack phase lasts between one to 10 days, depending on how much weight you have to lose. For the majority of dieters – those with 20 to 40 pounds to shed – Attack is typically five days and weight loss is usually 4 to 7 pounds, according to Dukan.

Cruise: In this phase, you’ll add back certain all-you-can-eat vegetables (the nonstarchy ones, such as cucumbers, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and salad greens). Still, Dukan recommends alternating one day of the “pure-protein” Attack phase with one day of protein plus vegetables. (A five-day protein then five-day protein-plus-vegetables plan is also an option). The oat bran recommendation rises slightly to 2 tablespoons.

You should lose at a rate of about 2 to 4 pounds per week, according to Dukan. You’ll continue alternating until you reach your goal weight.

Consolidation: Now, the name of the game is keeping the pounds off. You’re very vulnerable to weight regain, says Dukan, and the only option is a transition phase that lasts five days for every pound you’ve lost. That means dieters who’ve lost 20 to 40 pounds will stay in Consolidation between 100 to 200 days. The proteins and vegetables from the previous phases are still all-you-can-eat, but you can now mix them together as you please. Each day, you also get a serving of fruit, two slices of whole-grain bread and 1 1/2 ounces of cheese. Each week, you’re also allowed two servings of starchy foods like pasta or quinoa, three specific protein indulgences (leg of lamb, roast pork and cooked ham), and one or two “celebration meals” where you can eat anything you want, provided you don’t binge or have them back-to-back. The daily 2-tablespoon oat bran requirement stays.

You’re still required to revert to the “pure-protein” Attack phase once per week.

Permanent Stabilization: Freedom! (Well, sort of.) You can now eat whatever you want six days out of the week, provided you don’t abandon what you learned during Consolidation. And 3 daily tablespoons of oat bran is now a must. The seventh day is a purest-of-pure protein day that mirrors the Attack phase but restricts even more the acceptable foods list. As its name suggests, this phase is meant to last a lifetime.

In 2014, diet creator Pierre Dukan was removed from the French medical register for promoting the plan commercially, as reported by the Guardian.

Dos Don ts

Dos Don ts

Savory galette (pancake)
Savory galettes made with oat bran and Greek yogurt can be eaten alone like bread or as blinis topped with a slice of smoked salmon, or cooked lean ham, chicken or turkey. (Courtesy of Dukan Diet)

Dukan Parsley Tabbouleh
Dukan Parsley Tabbouleh serves as a healthy snack or appetizer alternative to traditional social fare. Filled with herbs and rich greens, it pairs easily with grilled fish or baked ham. (Courtesy of Dukan Diet)

Lettuce-wrap burritos
This lettuce-wrapped burrito is made with lean ground beef and low-sodium broth. For more nutrients, texture, and flavor, substitute iceberg lettuce with cabbage, romaine, or loose leaf lettuce. (Courtesy of Dukan Diet)

Tofu kebabs
Tofu kebabs with red pepper, mushroom, and zucchini can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. This dish pairs well with warm soup or with shirataki rice. (Courtesy of Dukan Diet)

How much does it cost?

Animal protein, vegetables and dairy products are pricey, especially if you’re eating a lot of them – which you will be.

You can buy books like “The Dukan Diet” and “The Dukan Diet Made Easy.” Plus, coaching is available for $29.95 per month.

Will you lose weight?

It’s hard to say. No clinical trials have evaluated the Dukan Diet. An online survey of 1,525 people in 2010 reported that dieters lost, on average, 15 7/10 pounds after the first two phases.

How easy is it to follow?

How much do you like rules? If you want to be told exactly what to do – no matter the difficulty of the request – you’ll appreciate the Dukan Diet’s many guidelines. And while the restrictive phases are short, they are very restrictive, so don’t underestimate the willpower you’ll need.

Convenience: Recipes are abundant and simple. Eating out is allowed, but alcohol is banned during early phases of the diet. Some online support is offered. And ShopDukanDiet.com offers resources such as packaged food and supplements. An 8-ounce serving of Goji berries, for example, is $16.99.

Eating out: No problem, as long as you order from your approved-foods list. If you’re in Attack, try steak with a side of shrimp. During Cruise, throw in some steamed veggies. Just make sure the chef doesn’t add any oil – or worse – butter. If you’re tempted by dessert, Dukan suggests ordering coffee or keeping a yogurt on hand to end your meal on a sweet note.

Alcohol: Off-limits until you reach the Consolidation phase when you can have a glass of wine or bottle of beer with your celebration meal.

Timesavers: None, unless you hire somebody to plan your meals, shop for them and prepare them.

Extras: Online forums and live chats connect you with other dieters and Dukan nutritionists. And for a fee, which varies based on your plan, you can get a personalized program and online weight-loss coaching. Prepackaged Dukan food that conforms to the diet is available online.

Fullness: Nutrition experts emphasize the importance of satiety, the satisfied feeling that you’ve had enough. You won’t go hungry on Dukan. Protein is filling, and you don’t have a calorie limit.

Taste: You’re making everything, so if something doesn’t taste good, you know who to blame. In the absence of many traditional condiments and oils, you’ll want to make full use of the approved herbs and spices to enliven your meals.

Health Nutrition

If you want a healthy diet, look elsewhere, our panel concluded. The high amount of protein could lead to long-term health problems, and shutting out entire food groups poses a risk of nutritional deficiencies. Possible side effects include lethargy, bad breath and constipation.

What is the role of exercise?

It’s required. Brisk walking is Dukan’s exercise of choice – 20 minutes a day in Attack, 30 to 60 minutes in Cruise, 25 minutes in Consolidation and 20 minutes in Permanent Stabilization. Dukan also offers instruction on toning your stomach, thighs, arms and butt.


Level 5 BAA Course #emcare, #emergency #care #training, #safety #products, #paramedic #training,


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Emcare – Emergency Medical Care is a paramedic, First Aid and Fire Training Organisation based in Polokwane in Limpopo
Emcare offers a Level 5 BAA designed for those individuals looking for a career in Emergency Services.

Level 5 BAA (Basic Ambulance Assistant)

This course is designed for those individuals looking for a career in Emergency Services. although many large mines have sent and continue to send their nursing staff and even security staff on this one month long intensive course in Emergency Care.

Our HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) accreditation number for level 5 B.A.A. training is 19/7/53 and the provider number for the CPD point refresher training is ECP018.

  • 160 Hours (1 month full time)

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English proficiency
  • SA citizenship OR valid RSA work VISA
  • 16 years or older
  • Yearly registration with the H.P.C.S.A
  • Professional Practice & Ethics
  • Emergency Care
  • Ambulance Theory
  • Ambulance Technology
  • Ambulance Traumatology
  • Ambulance Practice
  • 90% class attendance
  • C.P.R. competence on adult, child and infant manikin
  • Theory
  • Oral assessments
  • Practical assessments

Final mark – Final mark is the average of the oral, theoretical and practical assessments.

Cum Laude – A Cum Laude certificate may be awarded when a candidate receives an overall average of 80% or higher.

Not Yet Competent – If a candidate is found not yet competent, he/ she may be entitled to undertake a supplementary assessment consisting of all or part of the components at the sole discretion of the Principal.

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10 Accelerated Masters Degree Programs, safety masters degree.#Safety #masters #degree


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10 Accelerated Masters Degree Programs

The list of schools and degrees assembled here was selected based on the quality of the educational program, balanced against the institutional attempts to design an accelerated program. These programs are from accredited universities, some of them long established traditional schools, which may have been streamlined to meet both academic needs and professional requirements.

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1. Masters in Teaching (MAT) at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education is a degree that may have been developed as an accelerated program to help meet the national teacher shortage. The MAT may be completed by working teachers in one year on a full time basis. There may be several areas of specialization including Social Studies, Mathematics, Sciences, and English. Aspiring teachers new to education may also complete the program in one year and obtain a provisional teaching license.

2. Master of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati has an online accelerated program that comes from one of the criminal justice schools in the nation. The traditional Master of Criminal Justice program may be two years, but the accelerated program may be completed in one year – provided the student can devote enough time to what will be a very rigorous academic load.

3. Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University may be offered as a one year program for professionals who already have developed competence within a specific functional area. It’s an executive graduate level program, for which applicants may be expected to have substantial work experience at the supervisorial or management level. There is a specialization option in the field of Justice Administration.

4. MBA from St Leo University may be completed in as few as twelve months. This accelerated online business program may offer areas of concentration in Accounting, Healthcare Administration, Human Resources Management, Information Security Management, and Sports Management. Students may take up to two classes per eight week term; no GMAT is required for applicants that meet certain academic prerequisites.

5. Master of Education – Curriculum Instruction at the University of Florida is a twelve course, 36 credit hour program that may be completed in one full year of full time study. This degree does require a practicum, to be arranged by the student and a faculty advisor. It may be available with specialization in Educational Technology, and in Teacher Leadership. The accelerated MEd program may be fully accredited for Florida licensure; check with your state Department of Education on reciprocity agreements.

6. Masters in Homeland Security Administration at Tiffin University may be offered as part of the graduate program in Criminal Justice. The online program may be completed in three semesters of full time study, or one full year of academic commitment. Advanced classes include studies in Border Protection, Management of Catastrophic Events, and Emergency Preparedness.

7. Master of Software Engineering from Regis University may be completed in one year of full time study. The accelerated information technology programs at Regis are thirty six credit hour courses of study that include twelve classes which can be divided into four semesters over the course of one full year. This program would be a challenge as an adjunct to a full time job, but it may be completed quickly.

8. Master of Clinical Counseling offered by Post University as an online program may be completed in eighteen months, with an educational format that may consist of eight week course modules offered six times per year. Post may consider this an accelerated program because of the rigorous academic standards – a thesis may be required – and because of the practicum training associated with all accredited counseling


Flood Damage Prevention #audiences,catastrophes #(cat),consumers,floods,natural #disasters,properties,safety,topics,flood #damage,flood #damage #prevention


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Flood Damage Prevention

While fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, your home could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.* Significant sources of water damage to one s property can come from weather-related moisture or flooding, including flooding from heavy rains, flash floods, dam and levee failures, tidal storm surges and mudflows. In addition, new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, increasing the potential for flooding.

Living in a high-risk flood zone can increase the likelihood of experiencing a flood, but being outside a high-risk zone does not mean homeowners are safe; flooding is always a possibility due to causes such as heavy rains, snowmelt and spring thaws.

Protecting Your Property Before, During and After a Flood

There are a number of things you can do to help minimize or prevent water damage to your property. Follow these tips to help prepare and recover from potentially costly flood damage.

Before the Flood:

  • Know your properties flood zone risk and evaluate your flood risk with this reference guide from IBHS.
  • Have your furnace, water heater and other permanent equipment elevated above the expected flood levels of your area.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
  • If you own a generator, have a licensed electrician provide a transfer switch to your sump pump so you can operate it in the event of flooding.
  • To help prevent sewage backup, have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve.
  • Keep sandbags on hand to help divert unusually high water away from your foundation.
  • In snowy climates, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.
  • Learn the flood alert signals of your community.
  • Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
  • Plan and practice an evacuation route. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.
  • Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.
  • Plan a survival kit with important documents, including insurance documents, medications and critical items in the event you need to leave your home.

During the Flood:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information. If advised to evacuate, shut off all utilities and evacuate immediately.
  • Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

After the Flood:

  • Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Once allowed back into your home, inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, promptly report the loss.
  • Be watchful of snakes that may have found their way into your home.
  • Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Remove standing water as quickly as possible, including from your basement. If your basement is flooded, pump out about 1/3 of the water per day to avoid structural damage.
  • Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours after a flood to prevent mold growth. Discard anything that cannot be properly dried.
  • Wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets and shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. Do not energize electrical or electronic equipment that may have suffered water damage without first having a qualified electrician inspect and/or test it.
*FloodSmart.gov,https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/residential_coverage/rc_overview.jsp

Tub Shower Conversion #tub #shower #conversion, #handicap #accessible #tub, #safety #tub, #walk


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Tub to Shower Conversions

Restore independence with Surface Specialists® safety tub conversion. Have your existing porcelain, steel, acrylic or fiberglass bathtub converted into a shower unit at approximately 80% less than the cost of remodeling. The tub to shower conversion process involves removing a section of the bathtub wall and then re-creating a lower bathtub wall height for easy access into and out of the bathtub.

Surface Specialists offers three types of bathtub to shower conversion procedures:

Blend-In Tub Cut Out

Walk Through Insert

Insert with Door

The blend in version of our handicap accessible tub cut procedure is the most natural looking tub to shower conversion option we offer. After the tub deck section is cut out and removed; the sides and bottom of the tub rail are rebuilt. reinforced and sprayed with a color matched coating to seamlessly blend into the existing bathtub.

Our walk through insert creates a handicap accessible tub to shower conversion in just a few hours. The tub deck section is cut out and removed then our plastic composite walk through insert cap is saddled over the existing tub to create quick and easy access tub access. The walk through insert is only available in white.

If you are looking for low barrier tub access, yet still want to be able to bathe in the tub, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a walk-in tub. Our tub to shower conversion utilizing the insert with door option provides both a lower barrier for easy tub access and the ability to close the door and fill the tub with water.

All three tub to shower conversion procedures may not be available for your individual tub. Please consult your local Surface Specialists franchise who can provide you the best options for creating walk through access in your existing bathtub.


Insuring Your Porsche Cayenne #2010, #auto, #blog #post, #car #safety, #driving, #porsche


Insuring Your Porsche Cayenne

Its no secret that the Porsche Cayenne is like no other vehicle in the world. It is a Porsche after all. So it should come as no surprise that this top of the line vehicle requires top of the line (specialty) auto insurance. There are a number of auto insurance providers that only write policies for classic and new Porsche vehicles, while others specialize in luxury vehicles, high-performance (sports car) vehicles, exotic cars, antiques, and other similar vehicles. While we cant name names, we can tell you what these specialty auto insurance providers offer and how to find them.

For starters, the great thing about opting for a specialty auto insurance provider over a traditional auto insurance provider is most specialty insurance providers offer the highest standard of protection Agreed Value. Both you and the insurance company agree on the actual vash calue of your Porsche, i.e. what your settlement amount will be in case of the loss of your car. If you both agree that your Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is worth $70,800 and your vehicle is stolen or totaled, you will receive $70,800, less your deductible. Traditional auto insurance providers rarely offer this level of protection.

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Next, specialty auto insurance providers typically offer the following:

– Genuine Porsche replacement parts
– Convenient 24/7 claims service
– Guaranteed lifetime workmanship on covered repairs through a Porsche repair facility or other authorized repair facility
– Exclusive relationships with high-end providers

In addition to Agreed Value, specialty auto insurance providers will also protect your Porsche Cayenne by providing:

– Physical damage coverage for theft, fire, car accidents, vandalism, weather related damages, etc.
– Bodily injury and property damage liability in case of an accident
– Uninsured motorist high performance car insurance
– Medical payments and personal injury protection (PIP insurance), which cover medical expenses, and in some cases lost wages and other damages

At $1,482 per year, the average auto insurance premium for the Porsche Cayenne is fairly low considering the value of this luxury vehicle. What you must keep in mind is: average rates are just that average. You might drive more miles than the average Porsche owner, you might live in a higher traffic area than the average owner, or you might be younger than the average Porsche owner. Many specialty auto insurance providers prefer to work with individuals age 25 or over. All of these factors (age, geographic location, gender, and mileage) will affect your rates as well as driving record, credit history, employment, number of drivers, and if you plan to insure multiple vehicles on the same policy. Luckily, all Porsche vehicles come loaded with superior safety features. This will help determine rates as well in your favor.

So, where should you look for specialty auto insurance providers? You can start by asking your dealership for a list of providers at the time of purchase. Your dealership will be more than happy to recommend some of the top specialty auto insurance providers in the country. You can also check with your state department of insurance. To locate your state department of insurance website for official figures. Simply search (your state) + insurance department to locate the official website address.

Michelle Burton is a published author and contributing editor for Auto Insurance Tips. Trouvé Media, Internet Brands, and Publications International, Ltd.


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The 7 Cheapest New Cars in the United States

The seven cheapest new cars on sale in the United States all come in under $15,000. Although the phrase “you get what you pay for” seems to be a universal constant, there are a few options listed here that will help you get the most for your money. All prices quoted include destination charges.

To keep outlay as low as possible, knowing how to drive a stick shift is an advantage, since automatic transmissions are usually options instead of standard equipment. A manual transmission will affect resale value, however, so a decision has to be made whether to take that financial hit up front or down the road.

2014 Nissan Versa 1.6 S ($12,800; 27 miles per gallon in the city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined)

This is officially the cheapest new car on sale in the United States, a title it’s held for a couple of years. Unexpectedly roomy for a subcompact sedan — and although no one benchmarks a Versa for driving dynamics, it doesn’t feel like a penance to drive. Air conditioning is standard, along with a CD player. A 1.6-liter engine making a tepid 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque is linked to a 5-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels. and that’s pretty much it.

If you require an automatic transmission (a continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT. is available), or Bluetooth, iPod integration, alloy wheels, a rearview camera, navigation or even one of those little mirrors in the front passenger’s sun visor, then you’ll have to look to one of the higher (and therefore more expensive) trim levels. The thing is, that lifts the budget into an area where you could buy something more peppy and fun, such as the 2014 Ford Fiesta S.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is the hatchback version, bringing 5-door practicality to that relatively large interior space. It costs $2,000 more, though.

2014 Chevrolet Spark LS ($12,995; 31 mpg city/39 mpg hwy/34 mpg combined)

Giving the name Spark to something with only 84 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque from a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine seems a tad optimistic. But where this subcompact 4-door (or five, including the hatchback) wins friends is with pleasing designs inside and out.

As well as air conditioning, the Spark LS comes with power windows, alloy wheels, hill-hold assist and an impressive complement of 10 airbags. It’s another 5-speed manual transmission; CVT is an option. Now’s as good a time as any to mention continuously variable transmissions — without getting too technical, they’re basically one gear. They can be slow to respond and noisy. But that does make them cheaper than auto transmissions containing several ratios.

Back to the Spark: It’s a car with decent interior space that stretches out as far as its headroom. Folding down the rear seats means removing the headrests, which is inconvenient, but that’s a minor gripe for what is generally a good buy.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage DE ($13,790; 34 mpg city/42 mpg hwy/37 mpg combined)

This is an all-new model for 2014, in the United States at least. It seems the main reason why this 5-door subcompact hatch is so cheap is because the company didn’t spend any money making it decent to drive. Or including much sound insulation.

It’s also one of the lightest cars on sale in North America: 1,973 pounds. The engine is certainly lighter by a cylinder. Yep, this one has three, straining out a wheezy 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque from 1.2 liters of displacement.

Scrimping on cylinders and weight does have a great effect on fuel economy, though, returning the most impressive figures of this group. With the optional CVT, those numbers improve to 37 miles per gallon in the city, 44 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. Yet somehow Mitsubishi still manages to include power windows, mirrors and locks, a 4-speaker stereo system and even an airbag for the driver’s knees. That said, it’s hard to get excited about.

2014 smart fortwo pure ($14,020; 34 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/36 mpg combined)

A successor is expected soon, because this sub-subcompact 2-seater is getting on in years. Space for the couple of passengers is fairly generous, and the trunk area can take just enough luggage for a pair’s weekend away.

This was a good idea for European cities where streets are narrow and parking spaces are few. Things don’t quite work that way in the U.S. Instead, the American smart driver will have to contend with crosswinds gusting off the prairie and a shunt-with-every-shift mechanized semi-manual transmission, neither of which makes the car an attractive proposition. The short wheelbase also makes speed humps irksome.

Most cars have crumple zones, areas of the body that absorb energy in a collision. The diminutive smart doesn’t have room for such things, but it still performs well in crash tests thanks to a safety cell that surrounds its occupants. And eight airbags in a 2-seater is good.

Tipping the scales at a feathery 1,808 pounds means the tiny 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder engine doesn’t feel inadequate when it buzzes out just 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque. Air conditioning comes as standard for 2014, joining power locks.

2014 Kia Rio LX ($14,700; 28 mpg city/36 mpg hwy/31 mpg combined)

As prices rise, the cars become more desirable. The Rio subcompact sedan doesn’t compromise with weak engines or limited seating. It actually packs something of a punch: 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque from a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder unit. This goes to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Rio looks vaguely sophisticated and comes with air conditioning, heated power door mirrors, a CD player and an iPod socket. Power windows, however, are part of an option package. Landing a hatchback version only means parting with another $100.

Downsides include a noisy cabin, a disappointing driving experience and Kia’s seats don’t always provide the desired amount of support. So if you’re on a test drive, pay attention to your posterior.

2014 Ford Fiesta S ($14,925; 27 mpg city/38 mpg hwy/31 mpg combined)

At last, something for the enthusiast. This subcompact sedan feels confident through the curves as well as comfortable on the stretches. A 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine delivers 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.

The cabin is an agreeable place to be, with decent materials and build quality. Standard equipment includes power locks, air conditioning, hill-start assistance, an airbag for the driver’s knees and clever side mirrors that include a convex section to eliminate blind spots. The Fiesta is also rare in its class by offering tilt-telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a 6-speaker audio system.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS ($14,995; 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy/30 mpg combined)

Just squeaking onto a list of cheapest new cars by costing five bucks short of $15k, the Sonic comes with blind-spot-mitigating mirrors, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, hill-start assistance, Bluetooth, air conditioning and keyless entry. Both front occupants get knee airbags as part of the 10 found within the Sonic’s relatively commodious cabin.

Less-than-stellar fuel figures have a silver lining: an energetic 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque from a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine. Like the Fiesta, the standard transmission is a 5-speed manual. Though the Fiesta is the driver’s choice, the Sonic still feels composed.

For those wanting to buy domestic, the Sonic is the only one of the bunch to be made in the States.


DMB Interlock – Safety Services, Inc #interlock #montana, #ignition #interlock, #ignition #interlock


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DMB Interlock Safety Services, Inc has teamed up with Draeger Safety to provide our customers with the very best in Ignition Interlock products. We pride ourselves in being the very best at what we do and strictly adhere to our business ethics.

Our Customers and Employees are the very backbone to the success of DMB Interlock Safety Services. The owners will strive to ensure that each customer is treated with the utmost care and service, providing them the service they deserve. Our employees and Contract vendors will be compensated competitively, providing a work environment in which they can be proud to be a part of.

Our success will be ensured by providing our customers a personalized service during every transaction, with fanatical attention to detail in everything we do. The competitive strength of the company is outlined in our every day operating principals of Safety, Accuracy, Timeliness and personalized friendly service.

Please feel free to contact us and let us know how we are doing. We thank you for your business and look forward to serving you in the future.

NOW PROVIDING EVEN MORE OPTIONS!

DMB Interlock Safety Services is proud to announce our new partnership with SafeKey, Inc. to provide the States of Montana and North Dakota with the latest in GPS vehicle tracking devices and Voluntary Interlock devices.

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  • Los Angeles Helicopter Tours, Helicopter Charters, Helicopter Flight Training, Helicopter Instruction #flight


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    Welcome Aboard!

    Welcome to Los Angeles Helicopters, home of Los Angeles s most outstanding helicopter charters, helicopter tours and helicopter pilot instruction and flight school!

    Business, pleasure or professional aviator, Los Angeles Helicopters provides the best in helicopter transportation, tours and pilot training. Providing a full staff, two airport bases and a tiered fleet of Bell and Robinson helicopters, Los Angeles Helicopters is well equipped to meet your professional and leisure needs.

    Established in 2000, Los Angeles Helicopters is nationally accredited and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Part 141 Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Training Facility. Los Angeles Helicopters has graduated some of the finest helicopter pilots to fly special operations, in commercial aviation and for multiple security forces domestically and internationally. Recognized almost two decades later as the premier flight school in the Southern California region, Los Angeles Helicopters is proud of their alumni and both our students and graduates have rated Los Angeles Helicopters the highest five star rating.

    Los Angeles Helicopters is a full-service luxury and business helicopter chartering company, operating as American Helicopters, flying to Central California, Las Vegas, Nevada and throughout Southern California. Our tiered fleet of helicopters offers luxury and economy options for business and personal travel with the convenience of landing on site at a number of private and commercial destinations.

    Easily accessed, Los Angeles Helicopters has two bases located on each side of Los Angeles County; Van Nuys, in the northeast and Long Beach, bordering Orange County in the southeast. From each airport, we fly both private helicopter charters and tours.

    Speaking of tours there is no better helicopter company than Los Angeles Helicopters! Helicopter tours go to wine country, Catalina Island, Palm Springs, San Diego, Las Vegas, Coachella Valley, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ynez, Temecula, Big Bear Mountain and even land in downtown Los Angeles on a private helipad!

    Got a minute? Los Angeles Helicopters provides sight-seeing tours starting at 20 minute flights, that take guests from the Hollywood sign to the breaking surf of Malibu. Kids love flying with Los Angeles helicopters and we make affordable adventures for the whole family.

    Ask around and you will hear that flying in a helicopter is an unforgettable experience. Oceans, mountains, skyscrapers, and more, come see how beautiful the world is flying with Los Angeles Helicopters and experience a higher standard!


    The Monitoring Center – Security Alarm Monitoring $ Per Month #home #security,


    6 month FREE Sign up BONUS

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    In recognition and respect for our Seniors, we monitor medical alarm signals at the same LOW monthly rate of ONLY $9.99/month. We monitor all of your devices at the same LOW price. Do NOT pay EXTRA for any device attached to your alarm system.

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    The Monitoring Center recognizes that seniors are on a fixed income. In order to assist we GUARANTEE your rate will NOT increase as long as you subscribe to our service.

    No Phone Line?

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    • Control your home alarm from your mobile device, tablet or computer.
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    Texas Defensive Driving Class (DSC – Driving Safety Course) provided by Safe


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    We reserve the right of admission to all of our courses. We also reserve the right to terminate the registration of a student when a student activity is deemed improper as per Course Policies found on form DS-270-D1 and or the On-line Registration page.

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    If you’re looking for an On-line Texas defensive driving course, that’s convenient and fits into your schedule, Safe Driver Centre offers the course for you! It is designed with your needs in mind: to dismiss a traffic ticket, to obtain a discount in your insurance or for both!

    This Texas On-line defensive driving course has a Help Desk available 24/7 staffed with knowledgeable and courteous licensed instructors (licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation) ready, willing and capable to help you when the need arises.

    This On-line defensive driving course is available in English and in Spanish

    There is no faster On-line defensive Driving course in Texas!

    Individuals and companies use this Internet defensive driving safety course (DSC) because it is flexible and convenient, as well as educational.

    This on-line defensive driving safety course assists Texas drivers with traffic ticket dismissal, reduction in insurance rates, obtaining a driver record and becoming a safer driver. You can log on at any time from anywhere you have Internet access. No classroom to attend nor schedule to follow, you work at your own pace. You finish the course as fast or as slow as you want. You are in charge!

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    Types of Service – Honeywell Intrusion and Communications #burglar #alarm, #burglary, #home


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    Types of Service

    The AlarmNet network’s reliability is assured with a state of the art network control center that houses dedicated communication services and hardware platforms. Hardware servers and communication paths are completely redundant, with hot back-up databases housed in two separate locations. If one system were to have a catastrophic event, the other system can take over without any service interruption. Both locations are equipped with battery and generator backup along with technical support 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week for uninterrupted service. This level of sophistication allows us to handle alarm communication for UL listed and critical high-line security installations.

    Network Architecture

    In the AlarmNet architecture, although each of the networks are independent of one another, subscriber radios and Internet transmitters may send messages from one network and be received at nearly any central station location in North America over another technology. The AlarmNet Network Control Center (NCC) accomplishes this integration. This design offers the following important benefits:

    1. Integration of Multiple Networks

    One of the fundamental principles behind AlarmNet is the integration of different network types. In the AlarmNet architecture, member central stations are equipped with AlarmNet wireless or Internet receiving equipment or both. This equipment communicates directly with the AlarmNet network. Depending on its needs at installation at the protected premise, an installer may choose to use any of the available types of subscriber radios or Internet transmitters, whichever works best for that installation. Although each of the different products may report through a different network, the central station does not need to incur the costs of time, money, or labor to operate, maintain, and integrate all of these networks.

    When a central station signs up with AlarmNet, it establishes a network connection scheme between the central station and AlarmNet and as a result gains access to any of its customers at the protected premise through that scheme and the interaction of AlarmNet.

    2. Learn One, Know Them All

    All of the different subscriber devices used for the different network services have a similar look and feel. The same programming tool is used for most of the devices. All signals are delivered to the central station in a uniform, familiar reporting format. This assures that the central station can receive signals from any type of AlarmNet subscriber; past, present, or future. Once equipped to receive alarm messages from the AlarmNet network, the central station can provide network services to any subscriber without additional expense.

    3. Supervision and Speed of Delivery

    AlarmNet radios and transmitters are supervised on a regular basis. The supervision is performed automatically, and is transparent to the central station. The AlarmNet network communicates with all AlarmNet devices on a regular basis, assuring that they are operational. The AlarmNet network reports to the central station only when there is a problem. The central station does not need to worry about supervision or maintenance of the network, since the network performs these functions automatically. The central station only receives the signals it needs: actual alarm or trouble messages. When the network receives an alarm, it automatically and immediately forwards the signal to the appropriate central station. The AlarmNet transmission generally will reach the central station before the traditional dialer-based signal, in cases where an AlarmNet device and the digital dialer both send signals.

    4. Secure, Redundant, Wireless Protection

    Not all competitive wireless subscriber services offered in the market are wireless at both ends. For example, due to the design of the cellular network, competing cellular services deliver signals to the central station over the regular switched telephone network. In these cases, the communications integrity of the central station (and all premises protected by that central station) is vulnerable to the same weaknesses as any landline-dependent customer (line cut, service outages, and natural disasters). Limited services such as these protect only a portion of the communications chain. Standard AlarmNet wireless delivery, however, assures an end-to-end wireless system that provides redundancy, supervision, and verification of message delivery. It only makes sense that the central station should use wireless communications to maintain the same level of security and performance in its communications infrastructure as it does at the protected premises.

    In order to maintain a redundant, invulnerable link to subscribers using wireline-terminated networks, a service provider must maintain at least two physically distinct and independent connections to every network type. AlarmNet maintains such connections at every level, saving the central station the expense and complexity of maintaining such an elaborate communications infrastructure. AlarmNet’s connection to the central station also has two layers of redundancy: every central station is equipped with a primary and backup transceiver.


    Orlando & Central Florida Crime News – Orlando Sentinel #crime, #news, #safety,


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    Crime

    More crime news

    An Orange County jury will likely decide this week whether a man convicted in the murder of an 83-year-old woman should be sentenced to life in prison or death row. Juan Rosario, 30, was convicted in April of murdering Elena Ortega, as well as robbing and setting fire to her home in 2013. The same.

    A suicidal man at Orlando International Airport who pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at police and begged, “shoot me, shoot me,” was taken into custody Tuesday night, nearly three hours after officers surrounded the screaming suspect. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the.

    A 42-year-old woman who worked at a Maitland therapy center was arrested last week after she was accused of molesting two underage girls, according to the Polk County Sheriff s Office. Deputies said Jessica Lazzara was doing a therapy session at the Polk County home of a mother and her two daughters.

    Thirty-two stores sold liquor to underage confidential informants over a two-day period leading up to Memorial Day weekend, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. The informants visited 92 stores throughout the county to purchase alcohol as part of an undercover alcohol buy operation, deputies.

    A 45-year-old man was shot and killed Monday night at an apartment complex near the Mall at Millenia, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The man, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was found lying in the road at West Oak Ridge Road and Harbor Chase Circle at the entrance.

    More crime news

    After agreeing to give a man a ride at a Home Depot, a 76-year-old man was carjacked by his passenger, deputies said Monday. The suspect approached the driver at about 4:20 p.m. Monday and asked for a ride. At the time, they were at Home Depot on Diplomat Circle, which is off Lee Road west of Interstate.

    A wildfire near the Orange-Brevard line grew to about 2,000 acres and briefly threatened 11 rural homes Monday, a Florida Forestry Service spokeswoman said. Forestry service spokeswoman Julie Maddux said Monday night “we’re not going to be doing an evacuation,” but cautioned that shifting winds.

    A man is facing weapons charges after allegedly shooting a man on Daytona Beach early Saturday morning, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Around 1:30 Saturday morning, Beach Safety officers heard shots fired near the Ocean Deck restaurant on South Ocean Avenue and responded to the.

    A pedestrian was hit and killed while crossing U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee, troopers said Sunday. As Jamel Brown, 37 of Naples, walked across the road, a Ford Focus traveling eastbound in the middle lane collided with him, a crash report states. After impact, Brown was dragged underneath the.

    Police protocol for hostage situations during terrorist attacks may need to change in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre last year, according to the group hired by the U.S. Department of Justice to review the Orlando attack. Local law enforcement agencies should create policies specifically.

    More local news

    Winter Garden police Monday released the name of three men who were shot early Saturday at a wake. Dante Horne, 26, was in critical condition. Johnathan Hightower, 22, was in stable condition after surgery, and Donald Rodgers, 24, was treated and released at a hospital. The men were among a group.

    A Sanford woman who performed illegal cosmetic silicone injections was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say the illegal procedures done by Deanna Roberts, 47, led to health problems and the death of a prominent drag performer — 36 hours after she had a silicone injection.

    Newly released video footage shows a man attacking his former co-worker at Universal Orlando. Fredrick Torres, 35, a former contracted caricature artist, was arrested after the 2016 New Year’s Day attack. He had just been fired and told his boss he was going to kill one of his co-workers, police.

    As the trifecta of the MegaCon convention and two new theme-park attractions lure an even larger average amount of visitors to the tourism-driven region this Memorial Day weekend, Orlando-area law enforcement agencies are tasked with keeping them safe, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

    Orlando police officer Will Anderson parked his cruiser behind the suspect’s car and got out. What happened next during the July 2015 incident was vividly captured from his cruiser’s dashboard camera: Anderson ran around to the front of the teen’s car and the driver took off, striking Anderson.

    White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press say that the Paris accord is a BAD deal for Americans and that the president s action would keep his campaign promise to put American workers first.

    President Donald Trump s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday could make it difficult, if not impossible, for the world to stay on track to reach an internationally agreed goal of limiting dangerous global warming, scientists said. That goal, which sought to.

    Despite last-ditch appeals from the chief executives of several major U.S. companies and months of letters and outreach to the White House from some of America s largest companies and CEOs, President Trump announced that the United States would exit the Paris climate agreement, breaking ranks from.

    A gunman stormed a casino in the Philippine capital and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people, authorities said. The gunman stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he fled but was found dead in an adjacent hotel early.

    Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 12-year-old from Fresno, California, showed little emotion and didn t take much time as she plowed through word after word. Sometimes she would blurt out questions.


    Insuring Your Porsche Cayenne #2010, #auto, #blog #post, #car #safety, #driving, #porsche


    Insuring Your Porsche Cayenne

    Its no secret that the Porsche Cayenne is like no other vehicle in the world. It is a Porsche after all. So it should come as no surprise that this top of the line vehicle requires top of the line (specialty) auto insurance. There are a number of auto insurance providers that only write policies for classic and new Porsche vehicles, while others specialize in luxury vehicles, high-performance (sports car) vehicles, exotic cars, antiques, and other similar vehicles. While we cant name names, we can tell you what these specialty auto insurance providers offer and how to find them.

    For starters, the great thing about opting for a specialty auto insurance provider over a traditional auto insurance provider is most specialty insurance providers offer the highest standard of protection Agreed Value. Both you and the insurance company agree on the actual vash calue of your Porsche, i.e. what your settlement amount will be in case of the loss of your car. If you both agree that your Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is worth $70,800 and your vehicle is stolen or totaled, you will receive $70,800, less your deductible. Traditional auto insurance providers rarely offer this level of protection.

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    Next, specialty auto insurance providers typically offer the following:

    – Genuine Porsche replacement parts
    – Convenient 24/7 claims service
    – Guaranteed lifetime workmanship on covered repairs through a Porsche repair facility or other authorized repair facility
    – Exclusive relationships with high-end providers

    In addition to Agreed Value, specialty auto insurance providers will also protect your Porsche Cayenne by providing:

    – Physical damage coverage for theft, fire, car accidents, vandalism, weather related damages, etc.
    – Bodily injury and property damage liability in case of an accident
    – Uninsured motorist high performance car insurance
    – Medical payments and personal injury protection (PIP insurance), which cover medical expenses, and in some cases lost wages and other damages

    At $1,482 per year, the average auto insurance premium for the Porsche Cayenne is fairly low considering the value of this luxury vehicle. What you must keep in mind is: average rates are just that average. You might drive more miles than the average Porsche owner, you might live in a higher traffic area than the average owner, or you might be younger than the average Porsche owner. Many specialty auto insurance providers prefer to work with individuals age 25 or over. All of these factors (age, geographic location, gender, and mileage) will affect your rates as well as driving record, credit history, employment, number of drivers, and if you plan to insure multiple vehicles on the same policy. Luckily, all Porsche vehicles come loaded with superior safety features. This will help determine rates as well in your favor.

    So, where should you look for specialty auto insurance providers? You can start by asking your dealership for a list of providers at the time of purchase. Your dealership will be more than happy to recommend some of the top specialty auto insurance providers in the country. You can also check with your state department of insurance. To locate your state department of insurance website for official figures. Simply search (your state) + insurance department to locate the official website address.

    Michelle Burton is a published author and contributing editor for Auto Insurance Tips. Trouvé Media, Internet Brands, and Publications International, Ltd.


    SharePoint Contract Management Software #policy #management #software, #contract #management #software, #sharepoint #policy


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    Contract Management Software Microsoft SharePoint

    Contract Management Software System on Microsoft SharePoint

    As your organization grows, so does the number of contracts you enter with vendors, partners and customers. Has your contract management process evolved along with your business growth? Or, are your general counsel, attorney and contract managers’ days slowed by trying to prioritize contract requests, contract negotiations, checking on contracts’ statuses and looking for contract renewal dates in Excel spreadsheets and share drives?

    ConvergePoint recognizes your legal team’s need for a contract management system to handle the full contract management lifecycle, from contract requests, reviews and approvals through obligation management and renewals. Our Enterprise Contract Management System, built on Microsoft SharePoint (available on Microsoft SharePoint 2016. Microsoft SharePoint 2013. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Office 365 – SharePoint Online ), automates the contract management process, ensuring you never again have to worry about uneconomical contracts auto-renewing, missed business opportunities and wasting time searching for and compiling contract information.

    Manage the Entire Contract Lifecycle

    ConvergePoint’s Contract Management Software streamlines the entire contract process with a full-featured contract solution on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. Let your legal team rely on our contract tracking software to manage contract creation, send automated notifications about upcoming deadlines, manage contracts that are renewing and expiring, and quickly find important contract details that are important to the business.

    Because the software is built on the Microsoft’s SharePoint document management platform, it is the best contract management software to work with for Microsoft Office files, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook and Active Directory. The software provides unique functionality to automate contract managers’ most time-consuming and tedious tasks including version control and renewal alerts.

    The user-friendly SharePoint and Office 365 contract management system guides your contract managers through the contract process, while the general counsel and business teams are able monitor progress and statuses from the real-time dashboard.

    With easy document migration tools and quick deployment options, our SharePoint and Office 365 contracts software allows you to be up and running in days or weeks, not months. Because our top notched software is intuitive, training your users is simple, and our IT support team empowers them to train others with the help of tools and guides.

    If you are on the Microsoft Cloud, extend your existing Office 365 business investment with an online contract management system that streamlines your storage of contracts and automatically alerts you on expiring contracts as well provide you with significant tools during the authoring, review and negotiation phases.


    Case Study: Ensuring welfare and safety of nurses while conducting home visits

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    Weldmar Hospicecare Trust of Dorset are now able to ensure the welfare and safety of their nurses with Crystal Ball’s Lone Worker Protection

    Challenges

    The Trust’s community nurses regularly conduct home visits on their own, so it is imperative that their welfare is monitored at all times.

    Prior to May 2012, the Trust had a self-developed paper-based process in place to monitor and report on community nurses’ home visits. However, the system was no longer proving to be adequate and a subsequent internal review identified two clear objectives to replace the system.

    Firstly, the existing welfare protection processes required some form of automation.

    Secondly, the internal reporting capabilities needed to be improved in order to meet the Trust’s legal requirements to lone workers.

    The Solution

    Following careful consideration of other lone worker solutions on the market, WeldmarHospice Care Trust made the decision to implement Crystal Ball’s Mobile LWP solution in May 2012.

    It provided a cost-effective remedy to all Weldmar’s key requisites, with additional features such as routine welfare checks and panic alarms appealing to management as a means of ensuring the safety of the community nurses.

    Today, when the nurses visit patients at their homes, they use Mobile LWP to check in and check out of visits, ensuring their whereabouts can be traced if necessary. The lone worker app also sits discretely on the community nurses’ smartphones requiring minimal interaction to operate.

    The Outcomes

    The introduction of the system has enhanced the safety and welfare of the community nurses at Weldmar and addressed health and safety legislations.

    Joanna Higgs is Head of IT for Weldmar:

    “Being able to locate the nurses has been a huge benefit and the nurses feel much safer knowing that if something was to happen somebody would respond.”

    She also comments on how the panic alarm feature has been a useful safety aspect:

    ”The alarms have gone off a couple of times and we have responded and phoned them straight away, this has made the nurses feel a certain sense of security”.

    Weldmar has also found the history and audit trails beneficial on a number of occasions where specific incidents have happened, as it has allowed them to gain a greater understanding of these events. Furthermore, with Crystal Ball’s system
    being completely web-based, Weldmar have access to the system across several sites simultaneously.