Dr John Smith: Cransley Hospice staff can hold their heads up high

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Dr John Smith: Cransley Hospice staff can hold their heads up high

Our heads go down and we mutter something like “it was nothing, anyone could have done it”.

That may be the case, but it generally isn’t, for we have made the choice to care about someone, when others might have walked away.

So it’s heads up and a big thank you for saying that.

This week it happened to me. I hadn’t seen the lady for 16 years when she said “hello”. To be honest I could not recognise her and said so. No worries because it was a long time ago when her mum was a patient in the hospice. Sixteen years on and she wanted to thank me for the care that was given.

She hadn’t forgotten and did not want to forget. What was a difficult time became a good time, and out of that time came even more good because some time later she began to work in the hospice too. It made sense of the tragedy and the memories that she has are good ones. There are no regrets.

The word hospice literally means a resting place on a journey. In the sense that we use it today the journey is coming to an end.

To rest we need support and good symptom control, to rest we need to know that our family and friends are being cared for, to rest we need people to listen to us, to hear our fears, to hear us say thank you for the life that we have been given and, yes, to be able to express our regrets for what we have struggled with, for the wrongs we may have done, to seek forgiveness and to be forgiven.

Hospice is often the place where we begin to make sense of our lives, a sort of summing up of what we have been, what we are and what we mean to others.

It is when this happens that people express their thanks. And it is not a transitory thank you either, it is almost lifelong. Yes, I can hold my head up high and Cransley Hospice and its staff should too.





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Troubleshooting AC Compressor Problems #ac #compressor #locked #up


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Troubleshooting AC Compressor Problems

Air conditioner problems often originate in the compressor. While other issues can go wrong, AC compressor problems are quite common. They are much more likely to occur when routine maintenance isn’t performed on an air conditioning system. The majority of air conditioner compressor issues require professional intervention. However, having a basic understanding of common compressor issues is very useful. By knowing the basics, you can provide more accurate and helpful information to HVAC technicians, and your repair should go a lot more smoothly. In some cases, it may even turn out that the problem is being caused by something simple, and you may be able to avoid a service call altogether.

Common AC Compressor Problems

If the cause of your air conditioning problem isn’t immediately apparent, it’s reasonable to start troubleshooting the issue by taking a look at the compressor. AC compressor problems can trigger various symptoms. A few of the most common include:

  • Unit Turns On and Off Frequently – HVAC technicians refer to this as “hard starting,” and it is problematic for a number of reasons. Every time the compressor kicks on, significant amounts of energy are used. When air conditioners constantly cycle on and off, their ability to achieve and maintain comfortable temperatures is greatly reduced. This issue also hampers an air conditioner’s ability to remove humidity from the air. Hard starting is often caused by blown fuses, but it may also be triggered by electrical problems in the compressor. Something as simple as a frayed wire may be to blame. For safety’s sake, leave electrical issues to the professionals.
  • Reduced Cooling Capacity – An improper refrigerant charge is often to blame for reduced cooling capacity, but it may also be caused by pressurization issues in the compressor itself. If the suction pressure is too high or the discharge pressure is too low, the unit will be unable to maintain the optimal pressure. In turn, its ability to adequately cool your home will be greatly diminished.
  • Motor won’t Start – If the motor in the compressor won’t start at all, a faulty start capacitor is almost certainly to blame. Some units don’t have start capacitors at all, and solving this problem is as simple as having one installed. If your unit already has one, it may be failing or may have failed completely. In that case, replacing it may do the trick.
  • Compressor won’t Start or Keeps Failing – This issue is also usually caused by a defective motor. What usually happens is that the insulation that protects the windings gets worn away. It doesn’t take long after that for the motor to burn out and quit working. A burned out motor can be a costly proposition. With any luck, a fuse will trip to keep it from working once a problem develops. This will actually protect the motor, and the repair will be less involved and less expensive. Unfortunately, compressors sometimes won’t start because they are locked up and beyond repair. They tend to be the most expensive air conditioning components, so this can spell disaster for an AC system. Unless the compressor is still under warranty, it may be time to invest in a whole new system.
  • Compressor Overheats – A variety of problems can cause an air conditioner compressor to overheat. Faulty wiring may be to blame, or the motor may again be the culprit. When it comes to troubleshooting AC compressor issues, you can see that most of them need to be diagnosed and repaired by experienced HVAC technicians.

Ruling Out Simple Problems

One of the best steps to take when troubleshooting AC compressor issues is to keep it simple. It’s easy to overlook very basic problems and have professionals intervene when they’re not really needed.

First and foremost, make sure that power is actually going to the air conditioner. A tripped breaker or blown fuse could prevent that from happening. In the case of a tripped breaker, you can be up and running again on your own in no time.

Even if power is going to the air conditioner, it may not be making it to the compressor. If you have a multimeter, you can check yourself. Otherwise, you will have to wait until a technician can come out to check for you.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

As long as the compressor is still under warranty, you should be able to have it repaired or even replaced without a lot of fanfare. If it’s no longer covered by a warranty of any kind and can’t be repaired, however, you may want to invest in a new air conditioning system entirely. It’s not fun to fork over all of that money, but advances in energy efficiency will result in lower bills, and you should be able to recoup your investment before too long. Air Conditioning Southeast dealers can help you make the most informed decision possible and provide information regarding rebates and tax incentives as well.

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Free Backup Software & Data Protection: FBackup #backup #software,fbackup,free #backup #software,free #backup,free


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Free Backup Software

Main Features

It’s free for personal and commercial purposes

FBackup is a backup software free for both commercial and personal use. This means that you can save some money by not having to buy another backup program.

  • Automatic backups

    You define a backup job, set it to run automatically, and forget about it. FBackup will automatically run the backup at the scheduled date, so you have the benefits not only of having your data protected, but you’ll also save precious time.

  • Backup with standard zip compression

    When using “full backup”, the sources will be archived using standard zip compression. FBackup uses ZIP64 compression, which means that it can create zip files over 2GB in size. Also, you can password protect your backup zip files.

  • Exact copies of files

    If you don’t want to have the files stored in one zip file, FBackup can make exact copies of the backup sources using “mirror backup”. Since FBackup will also back up empty folders, you can use this backup type to create in the destination a “mirror” copy of the original files. So it’s not only a file backup software.

  • Protection against WannaCry & other ransomware

    WannaCry Ransomware is one of the most aggressive crypto-viruses and FBackup protects your data against it. With FBackup you can create backups of your important data and store those online in Google Drive. This way, even if your data gets encrypted by WannaCry or other ransomware viruses, you’ll still have uninfected copies stored online.

    • Easy to use

      The main functions of a backup program are backing up and restoring. These are very easy to run with FBackup by using the included backup wizard. Just start the wizard, select What, Where, How and When to run the backup and you’re all set. For restoring you just need to open the restore wizard and you’ll be asked where you want the restore data to be saved (original location, different one. ).

    • Run actions before/after backup

      For each backup job, you can define an action to execute before or after the backup. For example, you can select “Clear backup” before the backup runs, so that all the previous backed up files will be cleared before loading the new ones. As an after-backup action, you can set it to stand by, log off, hibernate or even shut down the computer once the backup has successfully finished.

    • Automatic updates

      FBackup automatically checks for updates weekly, so you’ll know when a new version is released. The option to check for updates can be disabled, but we recommend that it is enabled so that FBackup will be up-to-date.

    • Multiple backup destinations

      By default, your backups will be stored on the local Windows partition. To be sure you have a secure backup, we highly recommend you to store the backups on other destinations supported by FBackup (such as an external USB/Firewire drive, or on a mapped network drive). This way, if your computer suffers a hardware failure, you’ll have your data safe on an external location.

    • Backups in the Cloud

      With FBackup you can back-up your files and folders in the Cloud to your existing Google Drive account. Simply connect your account with FBackup and you’ll be able to use it as a Cloud destination. This lets you combine the best of both worlds, your favorite free backup program with world-renowed free cloud storage.

    • Backup plugins

      You can load plugins for backing up or restoring specific program settings or other custom data (like game saves, email data, etc.). Once loaded in FBackup, these plugins will list the sources needed to be backed up for that particular program in “Predefined Backups.” You can see a list of all the available backup plugins here: Free Backup Plugins

    • Backup open files

      If a file is in use by another program at the time of the backup, FBackup will still be able to back up that file, because it uses the Volume Shadow Service that Windows provides. So, as long as you’re using Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista, XP, 2012/2008/2003 Server (32/64-bit), FBackup will back up those open files. As an example, you will be able to back up your Outlook emails and settings without closing the program first.

    • Multi-language

      You can choose a language for the user interface from the languages currently supported. If you want to help us translate the website or its interface into another language, you can do so by visiting the Languages page.

    FBackup is a free data backup software, it is not recommended for full system backup (disk image backups).


    Low Back Surgery Exercise Guide -OrthoInfo #back #up #and #restore


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    Copyright 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

    Low Back Surgery Exercise Guide

    The exercises shown here are also available in Spanish: Guía de ejercicios para la parte baja de la espalda Guía de ejercicios para la parte baja de la espalda (topic.cfm?topic=A00466).

    Regular exercise to restore the strength of your back and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery after low back surgery. Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise for 10 to 30 minutes, 1 to 3 times a day during your early recovery. They may suggest some of the exercises shown below.

    This guide is designed to help you better understand your exercise and activity program, supervised by your physical therapist or orthopaedic surgeon. To ensure your safe recovery, be sure to check with your therapist or orthopaedic surgeon before performing any of the exercises shown.

    Initial Exercise Program

    Ankle Pumps

    • Lie on your back.
    • Move ankles up and down.
    • Repeat 10 times.

    Heel Slides

    • Lie on your back.
    • Slowly bend and straighten knee.
    • Repeat 10 times.

    Abdominal Contraction

    • Lie on your back with knees bent and hands resting below ribs.

  • Tighten abdominal muscles to squeeze ribs down toward back.
  • Be sure not to hold your breath.
  • Hold 5 seconds.
  • Relax.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Wall Squats

    • Stand with your back leaning against wall.
    • Walk feet 12 inches in front of body.
    • Keep abdominal muscles tight while slowly bending both knees to 45°.
    • Hold 5 seconds.
    • Slowly return to upright position.
    • Repeat 10 times.

    Heel Raises

    • Stand with your weight evenly distributed on both feet.
    • Slowly raise your heels off the floor.
    • Hold 5 seconds.
    • Slowly lower your heels to the floor.
    • Repeat 10 times.

    Straight Leg Raises

    • Lie on your back with one leg straight and one knee bent.
    • Tighten abdominal muscles to stabilize your low back.
    • Slowly lift leg straight up about 6 to 12 inches and hold for 1 to 5 seconds.
    • Lower leg slowly.
    • Repeat 10 times.

    Intermediate Exercise Program

    Single Knee to Chest Stretch

    • Lie on your back with both knees bent.
    • Hold thigh behind knee and bring one knee up to chest.
    • Hold 20 seconds, then relax.
    • Repeat 5 times on each side.

    Hamstring Stretch

    • Lie on your back with legs bent.
    • Hold one thigh behind knee.
    • Slowly straighten knee until a stretch is felt in back of thigh.
    • Hold 20 seconds.
    • Relax.
    • Repeat 5 times on each side.

    Advanced Exercise Program

    Hip Flexor Stretch

    • Lie on your back near edge of bed, holding knees to chest.
    • Slowly lower one leg down, keeping knee bent, until a stretch is felt across top of the hip/thigh.
    • Hold 20 seconds.
    • Relax.
    • Repeat 5 times on each side.

    Piriformis Stretch

    • Lie on your back with both knees bent.
    • Cross one leg on top of the other.
    • Pull your opposite knee to your chest until a stretch is felt in the buttock/hip area.
    • Hold 20 seconds.
    • Relax.
    • Repeat 5 times on each side.

    Lumbar Stabilization Exercises with Swiss Ball

    Abdominal muscles must remain contracted during these exercises (see “Abdominal Contraction” above). Perform each exercise for 60 seconds. The farther the ball is from your body, the harder the exercise.

    Lying on Floor

    • Lie on your back with knees bent and calves resting on ball.
    • Slowly raise arm over head and lower arm, alternating right and left sides.
    • Slowly straighten one knee and relax, alternating right and left sides.
    • Slowly straighten one knee and raise opposite arm over head. Alternate opposite arms and legs.
    • Slowly “walk” ball forward and backward with legs.
    Sitting on Ball

    • Sit on ball with hips and knees bent 90° and feet resting on floor.
    • Slowly raise arm over head and lower arm, alternating right and left sides.
    • Slowly raise and lower heel, alternating right and left sides.
    • Slowly raise one heel and raise opposite arm over head. Alternate opposite arm and heel.
    • Marching: Slowly raise one foot 2 inches from floor, alternating right and left sides.
    Standing

    • Stand with ball between your low back and wall.
    • Slowly bend knees 45° to 90°. Hold 5 seconds. Straighten knees.
    • Slowly bend knees 45° to 90° while raising both arms over head.
    Lying on Ball
    • Lie on your stomach over ball

    Slowly raise alternate arms over head.

  • Slowly raise alternate legs 2 to 4 inches from floor.
  • Combine 1 and 2, alternating opposite arms and legs.
  • Bend one knee. Slowly lift this leg up, alternating right and left legs.
  • NOTE: Be careful not to arch your low back!

    Lying on Ball
    • Lie on your stomach over ball.

    “Walk” hands out in front of ball until ball is under legs. Reverse to starting position.

  • “Walk” hands out in front of ball until ball is under legs, then slowly raise alternating arms over head.
  • “Walk” hands out in front of ball and slowly perform push-ups.
  • To protect your low back during aerobic exercise, maintain your spine in a neutral position while stabilizing with your abdominal muscles.

    1. Stationary bike for 20 to 30 minutes.
    2. Treadmill for 20 to 30 minutes.

    Last reviewed: February 2017

    Contributed and/or Updated by: Daniel K. Park, MD

    Peer-Reviewed by: Stuart J. Fischer, MD

    AAOS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products, or physicians referenced herein. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, or locate one in your area through the AAOS “Find an Orthopaedist” program on this website.

    Copyright 2017 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

    Guía de ejercicios para la parte baja de la espalda (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00466)

    Low Back Pain (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00311)

    Preparing for Low Back Surgery (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00597)


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    Strathcarron Hospice – Virtual Christmas Tree – Donate and Light Up A

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    Strathcarron Hospice – Light Up a Life – Virtual Christmas Tree

    Simply write a Message Tag in memory of a loved one and it will be added to our virtual Christmas Tree, and a new twinkling star will appear in the sky. You can browse the Messages Tags below, with the most recent at the top. Just click on a name in the list below to read the Message Tag and their Star will twinkle more brightly. See below to donate and add your own message! (Requires Flash 8 or greater).

    Special lights will be shining this Christmas at Strathcarron Hospice and also in Alloa, Cumbernauld, Stirling and Falkirk to honour and celebrate the lives of much loved relatives and friends. You can sponsor as many lights as you wish. For each light sponsored you will receive a special Light Up a Life Card which you can keep yourself or send to someone who shares your memories. The suggested donation is £5 per light, but all donations will be equally welcome. If you would like to sponsor a light in memory of loved one please see the main website or go along to our Light Up a Life Desk at The Thistle Centre Stirling, The Falkirk Mall, Tesco Cumbernauld or Alloa, or contact the Fundraising Department on 01324 826 222.

    In the meantime Light Up A Life with our virtual Christmas Tree below.

    To create a message simply donate any sum from £5 using the form below. On payment you will be able to enter your Message Tag in memory of a loved one. It will be added to the tree and a new twinkling star will appear in the sky. The name of your loved one will then show on the list enabling the world to share your message of love. It’s as easy as 1- 2- 3. Step 1: Donate using the form below. Step 2: Type in your Message. Step 3: Your loved one’s name appears on the list.

    *If you are a UK taxpayer and you tick this box, we can claim an extra 25p in every pound you donate from the Government. Our donations are handled by Secure payments through Paypal. You don’t need a Paypal Account, just pay by credit or debit card. For more information call our fundraising department on 01324 826222.





    The Steam Team, water damage clean up cost.#Water #damage #clean #up #cost


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    The Steam Team is the number one choice for cleaning and restoration in Austin,Texas. We have over three decades of experience in cleaning and maintaining commercial and residential flooring. We take pride in our reputation, experience, systems, education and guarantee. Our mission is to provide you with the most outstanding service experience ever. We also are leaders and specialize in restoration, from water damage to smoke and fire damage restoration. Voted best rug cleaning in Austin by the Austin Monthly Magazine.

    Steam Team and TST Restoration Services:

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    Since 1983, our number one goal has been customer satisfaction, and over the years we have continually raised the bar in exceeding customer expectations. In fact, we even guarantee our services; if at any time you are not completely satisfied, we will do whatever it takes to rectify the problem. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and all of our technicians are IICRC Certified. We provide award winning customer service and are recognized as a leader in the industry.

    Contact us today for a quote or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you as we have served the larger Austin area for over thirty years! If you live in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Marble Falls, Westlake, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Leander, Dripping Springs, Buda, Kyle, Bastrop, Pflugerville, Spicewood, San Marcos or in any other city in the Austin Metroplex area, Call us at 512-451-8326 to schedule an appointment for all of our residential or commercial cleaning or restoration services. We service Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Georgetown, Round Rock, Manor, Hutto and Austin carpet cleaning customers everywhere.


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    The Florida Board of Nursing (Board) approves new pre-licensure nursing education programs that meet the application requirements specified in Section 464.019, Florida Statutes. This Section of Florida law also defines the Board s regulatory authority over established nursing education programs.

    Nursing education programs in Florida that hold specialized nursing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) are not regulated by the Florida Board of Nursing. Consumers are advised that the Board is not authorized to conduct site visits, and oversight of approved nursing education program quality measures is limited by Florida law.

    All concerns or complaints pertaining to approved nursing education programs in Florida should be directed to the Consumer Services Unit of the Department of Health s Division of Medical Quality Assurance.


    Termination Guidelines, by Jeffrey Barnett, Psy #termination, #psychotherapy, #counseling, #abrupt, #treatment #plan,


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    Termination Guidelines

  • Clarify expectations and obligations from the outset. The Office Policies are the best way to articulate and discuss such expectations and obligations. (Zur Institute’s Clinical Forms .)
  • Be familiar with the relevant guidelines and standards in your professions’ Codes of Ethics with regards to termination and abandonment issues. Summary of the different Codes of Ethics on Termination Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Some terminations are short and swift, while others may be long and protracted. Then termination can have different meanings and be just an end of a phase in intermittent-long-term therapy. The form and type of termination depends on the client, setting of therapy, therapeutic orientation, quality and type of therapist-client relationship and the therapist.
  • If necessary, review with patients their insurance coverage, limits to managed care contracts, and how utilization review may impact on termination. Set up arrangements for addressing patient treatment needs if continued authorization is denied.
  • Make adequate arrangements for coverage during any periods of planned or unplanned absences.
  • Provide patients with referrals to other treatment sources, if needed, and work to assist them in their transition to other health care providers.
  • Be cautious in regard to termination of patients who are in crisis. Try to avoid terminating clients who are in acute or temporary crisis due to payment issues.
  • The average number of visits among U.S. patients receiving psychotherapy in 2007 was 8 sessions, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
  • 41 percent of patients in the U.S. quit psychotherapy “prematurely,” according to a 2010 study in the journal Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
  • Many clients unilaterally decide to drop out of therapy. They may do that with a phone message or by simply not showing up to their next scheduled appointment. You must remember that it is the client’s prerogative and choice whether to continue in therapy or not. Except in extreme situations, such as when the client poses a danger to self or others, you need to respect their choice. Do not tacitly condone patients dropping out of treatment when your clinical judgment indicates continued care is needed. When clinically and otherwise appropriate, notify the patient of your assessment and recommendations. There is no ethical, clinical or legal mandate to send a registered letter to client. Different clients and situations may require different actions and, at times, lack of action.
  • The question of whether therapists need to send a letter to clients who unilaterally dropped out (i.e. pre-mature termination) was recently addressed by Davis & Younggren in a 2009 PPRP article, where they clearly stated “In ordinary circumstances, however, letters are typically unnecessary and potentially counterproductive to the natural dissolution of the relationship (Davis, 2008). For instance, the client might feel embarrassed or scolded for his or her oblique termination and be less inclined to return. The client might perceive the psychotherapist’s actions as controlling and unnecessarily intrusive. It might seem that the psychotherapist is trying to break up with the client or get rid of him or her with such a formal action. Routine letters of closure not only present an unrealistic administrative burden on the provider, they add to the risk of negative client reactions.” (p. 575)
  • It is not unusual for therapy to break down rather than go through a smooth, clear or distinct termination process with patients with personality disorders (i.e. BPD) or those who were diagnosed with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or Bi-Polar disorders. Termination with these clients can be very abrupt or very long, painful, confusing and tumultuous. Obviously, each case should be handled according to the specific context of therapy. The context of therapy includes client, setting, therapy and therapist factors.
  • You can terminate treatment with clients (or another person with whom the client has a relationship) who threaten or stalk you, your family member or your employees via phone, email, online, in-person or other means. You can also terminate treatment with clients who intrude into your private life via the Internet or in “real” life. You are allowed to protect your privacy and secure your own, your family members’ and employee’s sense of privacy and safety. (Document, document and document.)
  • You must terminate therapy when it becomes reasonably clear that the patient no longer needs the service, is not likely to benefit, or is being harmed by continued service. For those patients who have ongoing treatment needs, when appropriate, one should offer to provide them with assistance with referrals to other appropriately trained and accessible professionals (except when we are being threatened, assaulted, stalked, or other relevant situations).
  • Document discussions of termination issues, agreements reached, decisions made and their rationale, and, when relevant, document the recommendations and follow-ups. Purchase a Termination Summary form
  • Termination of treatment is not always a permanent ending of the professional relationship. Termination is often not relevant during, or an end of phase in, intermittent-long-term psychotherapy. These forms of therapy may continue throughout the life span of individuals and families.
  • Termination is a phase of each patient’s treatment. If possible and appropriate, plan for it, prepare for it, process it. Additionally, each clinician should consider termination in light of their theoretical orientation and treatment approach, each patient’s/client’s diagnosis and treatment needs, and any relevant diversity factors that might impact the process.

  • FHA 203k loan rehab guidelines and requirements #fha #203k #loan,203-k,home #improvement #loan,fha,


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    HUD FHA 203k loan rehab program

    Search for a 203-k Consultant

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. These programs operate through FHA-approved lending institutions which submit applications to have the property appraised and have the buyer’s credit approved. These lenders fund the mortgage loans which the Department insures. HUD does not make direct loans to help people buy homes.

    The FHA 203k loan program is the Department’s primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. Basically a home improvement loan. As such, it is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding homeownership opportunities. Since these are the primary goals of HUD, the Department believes that FHA 203k loan is an important program and they intend to continue to strongly support the program and the lenders that participate in it.

    Lenders have successfully used the FHA 203k loan program in partnership with state and local housing agencies and nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate properties. These lenders, along with state and local government agencies, have found ways to combine the FHA 203k loan with other financial resources, such as HUD’s HOME, HOPE, and Community Development Block Grant Programs, to assist borrowers. Several state housing finance agencies have designed programs, specifically for use with FHA 203k loan and some lenders have also used the expertise of local housing agencies and nonprofit organizations to help manage the rehabilitation processing.

    HUD also believes that the FHA 203k loan program is an excellent means for lenders to demonstrate their commitment to lending in lower income communities and to help meet their responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). HUD is committed to increasing homeownership opportunities for families in these communities and Section 203(k) is an excellent product for use with CRA-type lending programs.

    This program can be used to accomplish rehabilitation and/or improvement of an existing one-to-four unit dwelling in one of three ways:

    � To purchase a dwelling and the land on which the dwelling is located and rehabilitate it.

    � To purchase a dwelling on another site, move it onto a new foundation on the mortgaged property and rehabilitate it.

    � To refinance existing indebtedness and rehabilitate a dwelling;

    To purchase a dwelling and the land on which the dwelling is located and rehabilitate it, and to refinance existing indebtedness and rehabilitate such a dwelling, the mortgage must be a first lien on the property and the loan proceeds (other than rehabilitation funds) must be available before the rehabilitation begins.

    To purchase a dwelling on another site, move it onto a new foundation and rehabilitate it, the mortgage must be a first lien on the property; however, loan proceeds for the moving of the house cannot be made available until the unit is attached to the new foundation.


    Repairing Your Flooded Basement #how #to #clean #up #flooded #basement


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    Repairing Your Flooded Basement

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    A flooded basement is a major threat to the safety and hygiene of your home. Standing water in your basement can damage your foundation, cause mold and mildew growth and ruin furnishings or stored items. Use these quick steps to safely remove water from your basement.

    1. Examine Your Exterior

    A flooded basement is sometimes the byproduct of a damaged home exterior. Check the outside of your home for signs of deterioration before entering your basement; working in a structurally unsound environment can be dangerous.

    Storms and heavy rain can exploit weak parts of your home and cause flooding. Falling trees and tree limbs can also damage your exterior and create a wet basement. Additionally, storm-related destruction can affect power and gas lines. Call a pro immediately if you notice downed power lines or smell gas near your home.

    2. Turn off Your Utilities

    Turn off your electricity and gas before you begin work on your basement. Even if you don’t have damaged utilities–or your utility company has already turned off your electricity and gas–it’s a good idea to double check. Working in a gas- and electricity-free area will prevent accidental injuries. Here’s a quick look at how to turn off your power and gas mains:

    • Electrical
      Your home’s electrical master switch is located on your breaker box. Open the breaker box door and locate the master switch. Electrical mains are usually large switches above or below your breaker panels. Flip the switch to cut power to your home. In some cases, your breakers are located in the basement. Call your utility company and have them shut off the power to your home before crossing a flooded basement to flip your power main.
    • Gas
      Your gas main is usually on the outside of your home near your meter. Your main’s on-off valve is located on the incoming pipe (coming from the ground), but some newer models have the switch on the outgoing pipe. Most utility companies prefer professionals to turn your main on or off. Unless it’s an emergency, call a pro to shut off your gas.

    3. Ventilate Your Home

    Open the windows in your basement and throughout your home to reduce odors and lower moisture levels. You can also rent fans and blowers to move air into your basement.

    4. Begin Pumping

    Flood water will affect the balance of pressure between your basement’s interior and the surrounding soil. Removing all of the water in your basement at once can overwhelm your walls and cause them to crack and even collapse. Pump the water down several feet—or inches depending on the total depth of the water—and mark the height. Wait 24 hours and check the water line. If your mark is under water, it’s too early to pump. Wait another 24 hours, pump out the same amount of water and mark the level. Repeat these steps until the water level remains stable. Pump out small increments of water in 24-hour cycles until your basement is water-free.

    5. Remove Flood Deposits

    Remove all wet or water-damaged items in your basement. Use a shovel to scoop out mud, sediment and any other accumulation. Flood debris can cause health hazards and breed mold and mildew. Lastly, hose down your basement walls and flooring with a bleach-water mixture.

    6. Change Vents and Filters

    Vents and filters are particularly vulnerable to moisture and can affect the health of your home, even after abatement.

    Replace moisture-affected filters immediately. Continuing to use water-damaged filters will reduce the efficiency of your home and potentially spread harmful mold and other contaminants. Mud and sediment can also accumulate in vents and block airflow. Remove any grates or vents and wash them in a bleach-water mixture before finalizing your cleaning.

    The Importance of Hiring a Pro

    Unless you have experience draining flooded basements, it’s a good idea to hire an abatement pro. Flood professionals will ensure your home is moisture free, and they’ll also tackle additional problems like mold and mildew growth. Flooded basements can result in harder-to-spot problems like damaged basement walls and flooring. Your pro will identify these issues and provide an appropriate solution.


    How to get HTTPS: Setting up SSL on your website – Expert


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    How to get HTTPS: Setting up SSL on your website

    If you are collecting ANY sensitive information on your website (including email and password), then you need to be secure. One of the best ways to do that is to enable HTTPS, also known as SSL (secure socket layers), so that any information going to and from your server is automatically encrypted. The prevents hackers from sniffing out your visitors sensitive information as it passes through the internet.

    Your visitors will feel safer on your site when they see the lock while access your website knowing it s protected by a security certificate.

    Overview

    The best thing about SSL is it s simple to set up, and once it s done all you have to do is route people to use HTTPS instead of HTTP. If you try to access your site by putting https:// in front of your URLs right now, you ll get an error. That s because you haven t installed an SSL Certificate. But don t worry we ll walk you through setting on up right now!

    Setting up HTTPS on your website is very easy, just follow these 5 simple steps:

    1. Host with a dedicated IP address
    2. Buy a certificate
    3. Activate the certificate
    4. Install the certificate
    5. Update your site to use HTTPS

    Step 1: Host with a dedicated IP address

    In order to provide the best security, SSL certificates require your website to have its own dedicated IP address. Lots of smaller web hosting plans put you on a shared IP where multiple other websites are using the same location. With a dedicated IP, you ensure that the traffic going to that IP address is only going to your website and no one else s.

    An affordable host I recommend for a dedicated IP is StableHost. At this time it s under $6/month, but you can get it cheaper if you order for a full year. They re my host and I ve been blown away with their support and performance. Oh, and here s a coupon for 40% off: expert40

    If you don t have a plan with a dedicated IP you can ask your current web host to upgrade your account to have a dedicated IP address. There will probably be a charge for it it could be one-time or monthly fees.

    Step 2: Buy a Certificate

    Next you ll need something that proves your website is your website kind of like an ID Card for your site. This is accomplished by creating an SSL certificate. A certificate is simply a paragraph of letters and numbers that only your site knows, like a really long password. When people visit your site via HTTPS that password is checked, and if it matches, it automatically verifies that your website is who you say it is and it encrypts everything flowing to and from it.

    Technically this is something you can create yourself (called a self-signed cert ), but all popular browsers check with Certificate Authorities (CA s) which also have a copy of that long password and can vouch for you. In order to be recognized by these authorities, you must purchase a certificate through them.

    NameCheap is where I buy my certificates. They have a few options, but the one that I find best is the GeoTrust QuickSSL. At this time it s $46 per year, and it comes with a site seal that you can place on your pages to show you re secure which is good for getting your customers to trust you. You ll simply buy it now, and then set it up by activating and installing it in the next steps.

    Step 3: Activate the certificate

    Note: Your web host may do this step for you check with them before proceeding. This can get complicated and if you can wait 1-2 days it may be best to let them do it.

    If you re activating the certificate yourself, the next step is to generate a CSR. It s easiest to do this within your web hosting control panel such as WHM or cPanel. Go to the SSL/TLS admin area and choose to Generate an SSL certificate and Signing Request . Fill out the fields in the screen below:

    Host to make cert for is your domain name, and the contact email can be blank. When you ve filled it out, you ll see a screen like this:

    Step 4: Install the certificate

    Note: Your web host may also do this step for you too check with them before proceeding. This can get complicated and if you can wait 1-2 days it may be best to let them do it.

    If you re installing up the certificate yourself, this is the easiest step you ll ever do. You have the certificate in hand, all you need to do is paste it into your web host control panel. If you re using WHM.CPanel, click the Install an SSL Certificate from under the SSL/TLS menu.

    Paste it into the first box and hit submit. That s it! Now try to access your site via https://www.domain.com you should be secure!

    Step 5: Update your site to use HTTPS

    At this point if you go to https://yoursite.com you should see it load! Congrats, you ve successfully installed SSL and enabled the HTTPS protocol! But your visitors aren t protected just yet, you need to make sure they re accessing your site through HTTPS!

    Keep in mind that you typically only need to protect a few pages, such as your login or cart checkout. If you enable HTTPS on pages where the user isn t submitting sensitive data on there, it s just wasting encryption processing and slowing down the experience. Identify the target pages and perform one of the two methods below.

    You can update all links to the target pages to use the HTTPS links. In other words, if there s a link to your cart on your home page, update that link to use the secure link. Do this for all links on all pages pointing to the sensitive URLs.

    However, if you want to ensure that people can only use specific pages securely no matter what links they come from, it s best to use a server-side approach to redirect the user if it s not HTTPS. You can do that with a code snippet inserted on top of your secure page. Here s one in PHP:

    Another server-side approach is to use mod-rewrite. This won t require you to change any of your website files, but will need you to modify your apache configuration. Here s a nice mod-rewrite cheat sheet. or just use this example:

    This will ensure that if anyone accesses a page via HTTP they will automatically be redirected to HTTPS.

    Tips

    • Understand that HTTPS doesn t mean information on your server is secure, it only protects the TRANSFER of data from your visitor s computer to yours, and the other way too. Once the sensitive data is on your server it s up to you to keep that data safe (encrypt in database, etc).
    • Some people just look for a lock on the page, not on the browser. After you ve installed SSL you might want to try adding a lock icon on your pages just to let them know it s secure if they don t look in the url bar.

    Summary

    What makes a website secure? A properly installed security certificate.

    Congratulations! You ve successfully protected your website by installing an SSL cert and made your visitors less prone to attacks. You can breathe easy knowing that any information they submit on your website will be encrypted and safer from packet sniffing hackers.

    Resources Used

    God of The internet says:

    A SSL cert means nothing these days. Its a false sense of security. Anything you do online is open to public attacks and eyes. This includes bank logins and transactions. The SSL cert is just a way for these companies to grab your money.As a security expert, I can tell you this from first hand. I can sit anywhere in a public place where people use their wireless device and steal any info they send across the airwaves including bluetooth.

    This appears to be the internet equivalent of saying we are all going to die .yes but in the mean time we all have to live, so comments like this are extremely unhelpful with out giving a solution, so thanks for increasing the sense of vulnerability and may be you can give your solution? If SSL is useless then what do you suggest?

    Hadi Altaha says:

    No excuse any more for not having EVERYTHING SSL on the internet. It is too easy (thank you for this still relevant article) AND now always FREE thanks to Let s Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/ ). I use Dreamhost, and the combination is truly a fix it and forget it solution. Just apply for the certificate, follow the rules on this article and you are done. It automatically renews.

    NO MORE EXCUSES!

    Thanks for your information. Today, I read about HTTPS. Google Says, Its a Ranking signal. So, I am going to buy a ssl certificate. Can you please tell me which ssl provider is best?


    25 Free Low Cost Advertising Tips by Small Business Expert Tom Egelhoff


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    25 Free Low Cost Advertising Tips

    by Tom Egelhoff

    (Tom’s FREE Podcast for this topic is available. – For More Info Click Here)

    If there is one mistake small town businesses make more often than any other it’s, What ever is left over, we’ll use for advertising.

    Marketing and advertising is an investment, not an expense.

    I know it sure seems like an expense to me when I’m writing the check, but trust me it’s not.

    Without enough money put aside for advertising your sales can go down and you suddenly have less and less for promotion.

    When do you advertise the most? For most businesses it’s the first day of business.

    Don’t you have a Grand Opening, balloons, flyers, ads, on-site radio stations, contests, and prizes?

    Did the income from sales pay for that? No, it didn’t. You advertise most when you need business. You advertise more when you don’t.

    An average cost of advertising is usually 1 to 5% of gross sales, which can vary according to location, local advertising rates, and industry. Car dealers need more advertising than funeral homes.

    Before we get to the 25 tips let’s look at the basic strategies of successful advertising.

    * In order to be successful, your advertising must provide a consumer benefit or solve a problem.
    * That benefit or solution must be wanted by the consumer.
    * The product or service you are offering must be tied directly to that benefit or solution.
    * The benefit or solution must be distinctly communicated through medial advertising. In other words, be clear, forget the advertising glitz and make sure the message isn’t lost in the ad.

    A small-budget advertiser doesn’t have the ”deep pockets to develop big advertising campaigns. Some time you need to break the rules to be noticed.

    Avis did it by admitting they were Number 2 in the car rental business and that campaign took them from 6th place to second place.

    When they stopped that campaign they dropped back to 6th again. In the past year they have gone back to it.

    Budget conscious advertisers must achieve top results for their advertising dollar. Expand your dollars by adopting some creative techniques.

    Here’s 25 tips I hope will help you.

    1. Radio, newspapers and magazine specialists will frequently give free help in developing an advertising strategy. Things like demographic information, money-saving ways to produce your ads etc.
  • Place your ads in off hours or in unusual locations for less. Many times you can still reach your target market with these spots.
  • Instead of a one-time big splash ad, be consistent with frequent small ads that work.
  • Monthly magazines sometimes have unsold ad space at the end of the month they will sell at a discount.
  • If you have an 800 number, put it in every ad for immediate response and feedback.
  • Try advertising consistently in the classifieds. These ads may draw more customers than more expensive display ads.
  • Can you barter for the cost of ad production? Maybe the newspaper needs painting in exchange for an ad about your paint store.
  • Piggyback advertising are the ads you receive with your Mastercard bill. Is there someone in your town that sends out a lot of bills? Can you put a small flyer in with their bills and split the postage? Or pay a small fee?
  • Split advertising costs with the people who sell to you. Vendors and manufactures are always looking for exposure. Let people know you carry their products and have the vendor pick up part of the ad cost.
  • Are there up front advertising discounts for cash?
  • Consider advertising in regional issues of national magazines. The costs are lower and you can still reach your target market. TV Guide is a good choice. It stays around for at least a week. Time, Newsweek, and US News and World Report may stay in local doctors offices for years.
  • Share ad costs with neighbor business. Video stores and Pizza parlors are natural partners. Have coupons to each others stores or share the cost of flyers.
  • Try reducing the size of your ad (not in the Yellow Pages) or length of your radio spots. A 60 second spot is not twice as much as a 30 second spot but you won’t get twice as many customers for a 60 over a 30. Going with small ads or shorter spots will allow you to do more ads which normally pulls more customers. It’s better to be there every day with small ads than every month with one big one.
  • Develop tight production controls to minimize the need to reject finished ads. The message is more important than the messenger. Don’t try to produce ads that win awards, produce ads that sell.
  • Who are your very best customers? Aim your ads to talk directly to people like them.
  • What will suppliers give you in the way of point-of-purchase materials. Posters, stand ups, handouts, etc. Some have excellent display racks you can use.
  • Some national chains like Coke and Pepsi provide outdoor signs for businesses. There are also indoor lighted signs you write on with special markers to advertise your special offers.
  • Can you sponsor a community event? A fun-run, golf tournament, or other event that will be well publicized in the community. Your name may not be prominently displayed but sometimes the positive exposure in the community will bring in new customers.
  • Small businesses can seldom afford saturation advertising. You must be selective in the media that reaches your customers. Pin your ad reps down and make them show you exactly how their media reaches your target audience.
  • Exploit the media you choose to the fullest. If your message is verbal, you don’t need TV. Use radio, billboards and newspapers to the fullest.
  • Consider direct mail. A letter and brochure before customer contact can increase business. An IBM study concluded that selling time can be reduced from 9.3 to 1.3 total hours with direct mail advertising. A Sales and Marketing Executives International Study showed salespeople went from eight orders per 100 cold calls to 38 orders per 100 when direct mail was used.
  • Try an editorial style ad. These are ads that look like actual stories in the newspaper. They will have advertisement at the top of the article. Develop a good headline, and 50% more people will read the article than would read an ad of the same size.
  • You can’t match larger competitors dollar-for-dollar but, you can use unusual approaches (like the Avis idea above), color, music, slogans, humor (be careful here), or media selection to win your market away from the big guys.
  • Due to the high costs of conventional advertising on, radio, TV, newspapers, many cost conscious business have been forced to look for lower cost methods. Can you advertise on parking meters, taxi boards, balloons, blimps, and grocery shopping carts. Community bulletin boards, movie ads, and weekly newspaper shoppers.
  • Key your ads. Put something in the ad that will let you know which media it came from. On coupons, put a code that will record the paper and date of the ad. In radio or TV, have them mention the ad to get the discount. Ask every customer how they found you.
  • Plan for a rainy day. During the year put a small amount aside each month for emergencies. You never know when you’ll need to react quickly to whatever the competition is doing. You must be able to capitalize on breaking national events or news regarding your industry. If negative things happen in your industry you may need to respond quickly to make sure the right message is presented.
  • Always give the customer more than you promised and more than they expected. This is tip number 27 of the 25 we advertised. Maybe this last one is the one you needed.
  • I hope these tips will help your business grow. Not all may be relevant to your particular situation. Hopefully, they will illustrate the importance to plan and control your advertising budget.

    Listen in on Tom’s weekly radio show Open For Business on AM 1450 KMMS Radio, Bozeman.
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    Based in Bozeman, MT, Tom Egelhoff is the author of How To Market, Advertise Promote Your Business Or Service In A Small Town. and The Small Town Advertising Handbook: How To Say More And Spend Less. He is also a seminar and workshop presenter and trainer. He may be reached at 888-550-6100 or PO Box 271, Bozeman, MT 59771-0271

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    Las Vegas Vacations: Package – Save up to $570 #myton #hospice

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    Las Vegas Vacations

    Las Vegas Vacation Packages

    When Las Vegas calls, pack your sunglasses and leave your watch behind. This party town shines brightly under a desert sun by day and neon lights by night.

    Once a dusty, desert town in Nevada, Las Vegas is now a playground of big hotels, outrageous neon lights and outlandish personalities. Its transformation into a gambling hotspot began in 1931, when the first gaming license was issued. Since then, Vegas has continued to expand and evolve, from a post-war gangsters paradise and favored hangout of the mid- 60s Rat Pack to a glittering spectacle.

    The themed hotels of Vegas are legendary. Experience ancient Rome at Caesars Palace or climb aboard a gondola at the Venetian. Marvel at the Mirage s erupting volcano, see The Big Apple s skyline at New York-New York, or drink a cocktail at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel.

    While it s known as Sin City, Vegas is more than gambling and adult entertainment. Families will find plenty of innocent fun, some of which, like the Bellagio Resort and Casino’s nightly fountain show, is free. A stroll along the Las Vegas Strip or The Forum Shops will also cost you nothing. At the Fremont Street Experience watch the nightly parade without paying a cent.

    You can also see fantastic Las Vegas shows featuring A-list, superstar performers, and for the seriously adventurous, experience the thrill of driving an exotic performance or true race car.

    Las Vegas provides experiences on an extravagant scale. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, is a just a few hours drive away. There s a record-breaking free fall at Stratosphere Tower and exotic sea creatures at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Shark Reef Aquarium . Even Sin City s seedy past is on display at the fascinating Mob Museum .

    Though the famous all-you-can-eat buffets and juicy hamburger joints remain, Vegas has stepped it up in the food stakes, with a fresh crop of restaurants attracting discerning clientele. The shopping here rivals New York and Los Angeles, with hundreds of designer boutiques, opulent malls, children s stores and plenty of souvenir stops. If you can’t find it in Vegas, it probably can’t be found.

    For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Las Vegas page.

    Accommodation in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas features a nice range of places to stay. Expedia’s hotels in Las Vegas page has all the details.

    The SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, located at 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard, and the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, at 3960 Las Vegas Blvd S, are fine examples of upmarket Las Vegas accommodation options. If those recommendations aren’t what you’re looking for, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, and the Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South may be more your style.

    If you’d rather stay closer to Las Vegas Convention Center, the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand and the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas are both nearby.





    Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys #personal #injury #lawyer, #injury #lawyer, #accident #lawyer, #accident


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    Zanes Law

    Tucson Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyers

    The Zanes Law injury lawyers have helped clients recover tens of millions of dollars on their personal injury claims. Over the years, we have helped thousands of clients on everything from normal everyday car accident claims to extremely complex wrongful death claims. We take an aggressive approach to how we represent our clients because we care deeply about them and understand that we are here to fight for them. Our personal injury lawyers are some of the best in Arizona and have helped clients on a variety of injury cases, which include car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death claims, and more. We are personal injury attorneys and car accident lawyers with years of experience.

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    We are an Arizona personal injury law firm with offices in Tucson and Phoenix, but we help clients nationally. So regardless of your location, we can help you on your personal injury or car accident case. Our Tucson and Phoenix personal injury lawyers are here to help you, regardless of where you live.

    TUCSON PHOENIX CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS

    If you drive a car, unfortunately sooner or later you will be involved in a car accident. At least that is what the statistics show. If and when that happens, Please call a Zanes Law Phoenix car accident lawyer or Tucson personal injury attorney so that we can help you. This is important. It is important that you have a Phoenix personal injury attorney or a Tucson car accident lawyer who has the experience to get you the compensation that you deserve. Hiring the right personal injury lawyer will help to ensure that you get the highest compensation possible. Although there are many car accident law firms and personal injury lawyers to choose from, it is the Arizona car accident lawyers at Zanes Law who have a proven track record of success. Our personal injury lawyers strive to provide our clients with the best possible representation and our car accident lawyers have successfully helped thousands of clients.

    4 WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU AFTER YOUR ACCIDENT

    The attorneys at Zanes Law have helped thousands of injured people make smarter, more confident legal decisions so that they are made whole after an accident. Today it’s your turn.

    Do you have questions or concerns about health insruance, providers, and covering medical costs?

    Medical Bills

    Medical bills caused by an auto accident are a cost that should be covered by your injury settlement. If you have health insurance, you should present your insurance card to all medical providers so they will bill your health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you will need to find a medical provider that will treat you on a lien. This is something that Zanes Law can help you with.

    *Treating on a lien: This means that you will not be charged any up-front costs for treatment and the provider will be compensated upon your settlement. This provider would require payment for their services before you receive your proceeds from the claim.

    Property Damage Insurance

    Car rentals: If you have rental car coverage through your insurance carrier, you should request your car rental through them. It’s usually an easy process and your insurance will be reimbursed if liability is accepted by the adverse party. When you do not have rental coverage, you will have to wait until liability is established with the other driver’s insurance.

    Property damage: Open a property damage claim with your insurance company (even if the accident is not your fault). If you have collision coverage on your insurance, your insurance company will fix your car and will work with the other car’s insurance to ensure they cover the costs. Please note, you may be required to pay your deductible up-front if liability has not yet been established. Once it is, your insurance company will be able to get your deductible back and reimburse you. Click here for information about property damage after a car accident.

    Bodily injury: Injury claims are completely different than property damage claims. If you are injured due to a car accident, we recommend you consult with a personal injury lawyer or accident lawyer to open your bodily injury claim for you. If you were injured in the accident, you need to seek medical care immediately and you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you are injured and choose to speak with the insurance adjuster on your own, you must make it clear to the adjuster that you are in fact injured. However, our advice is that you seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney and that you limit the conversations that you have with the insurance adjuster. Let your personal injury attorney handle all of these conversations on your behalf.

    Lost Wages Compensation

    Lost wages: If your accident has caused you to miss time from work, you are entitled to some type of compensation through your injury claim. You should document all time you took off and keep all doctor’s notes that justify your time off.

    Pain and Suffering: This is a term used in the legal industry that refers to emotional and physical stress, as well as the actual physical pain, caused by a car accident. Injury victims are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.

    Overall compensation: Settlement amounts are directly correlated to the facts of a particular case. Some factors that determine a settlement amount are: types of injuries sustained, how long the individual sought medical treatment, total amount of medical bills, future medical bills, and many other factors. We recommend that you contact the personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law in order to find out what the actual value of your claim is.

    Everything

    Bills, property damage, medical treatment, insurance, lost wages, and compensation.

    If all of the above are concerning you right now, we recommend you speak to a personal injury attorney to answer your specific questions. Yes, a personal injury attorney. Not a general attorney who practices all case types. A personal injury attorney works on these cases all day, everyday and is more experienced when it comes to injury claims. An accident attorney can assist with motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, premise accidents, bicycle accidents, mass torts, burn injury and class action lawsuits to name a few.

    Arizona Law Offices

    4222 E. Thomas Rd. #230
    Phoenix, Arizona 85018
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    Phone: 602.999.9999
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    Mainline Backwater Valves and backflow prevention valves #backwater #valves,sewer,sewage,check #valves,floor #drain #backwater


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    Backwater Valves; presenting the new, innovative valve product designed to more economically solve flooded basement and sewer backup problems.

    Raw sewage in your basement. Can you imagine it spewing out of your toilets, shower stalls and sinks? With record high precipitation in many parts of the nation, some families have experienced such unfortunate events. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult to repair, but also create dangerous health hazards. A floor drain backwater valve or mainline backwater valve can save the day. These check valves are also sometimes referred to as backflow prevention valves or backflow preventer valves .

    While cities and municipalities work relentlessly to clean and inspect sewer main lines, it is still possible for a sewer main to plug up and allow water and sewage to flow into the dwellings it serves. But help is here! By installing the award winning Mainline Fullport Backwater Valve (sometimes referred as a Backflow Preventer ) in the main line to the sewer, property owners reduce their exposure to such an incident to almost nothing.

    Who’s at risk? Your home or building may be susceptible to sewage backups if the lowest drain is less than 24 above the nearest upstream manhole. Most building codes require owners to install a backflow prevention valve to minimize the chance of flooding at properties with drains that meet the specification mentioned above.

    How does it work? A backwater valve can be installed in the basement at the exit point from the home or building, or in the sewer lateral outside of the building.

    The “lateral” is the underground pipe that carries sewage from private property to the city�s sewer main. The backflow valve is installed downstream and prevents sewage from backing up into the lateral beyond ( above ) this valve.

    ( SPECIAL OFFER. Access Box at reduced charge with the purchase of a 4963 ABS or PVC Backwater valve – an $89.00 value)

    When installing in a lateral, the backwater valve is placed in an access box to make maintenance easy.

    Backflow prevention valves (and all safety check valves for that matter) should be inspected on a quarterly basis and anytime you think they have closed. With our award-winning design, patented backflow valve, you can simply look through the clear plastic lid for easy visual inspection and remove the screw-off cap to clean out any debris!

    Note: This type of check valve should not be confused with and does not replace the sewer trap that prevents sewer gas from entering a building where it is installed.

    Measurements, Specifications and IAPMO Certifications

    Mainline Fullport Backwater Valves offer the right solution for your sewer backup problems. SPECIAL OFFER: Mainline Backwater Valve Combo with Access Box ($89.00 value if purchased separately) Valves without Access Box are also available with a slight shipping discount in the price.

    Protect Your Home with a Backwater Valve
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    backwater-valves.com is independently owned and resells products produced and manufactured by Mainline of Canada and assumes no liability for the installation of backwater valves and related products.

    Be sure to check with the plumbing authority in the municipality in which your valve is to be installed to insure that your installation is in compliance with local code, and be sure have your valve inspected by your local plumbing inspector after installation. Inspect your valve frequently; the Backwater Valve through its clear plastic housing top, and the Adapt-A-Valve, by removing the gate cassette.

    Pipe end-to-end, the Adapt-A-Valve takes up 6 of run in your line and the outlet is 1-1/2 LOWER than the inlet, so in just 6 the level of the pipe at the outlet side needs to be 1-1/2 lower.

    Pipe end-to-end, the Backwater Valve takes up 12 of run in your line and the outlet is 3/4 LOWER than the inlet, so in just 12 the level of the pipe at the outlet side needs to be 3/4 lower.

    Depending upon the amount of slope in your line (2% minimum is required for proper operation), you may need to replace several feet of pipe downstream from the valve to average out this loss of fall.

    NOTE: New Straight-Fit and ML-FR4 require less slope. (refer to detail pages for these products)

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    What Is a Divorce? #divorce, #separate, #custody, #moms #and #dads, #remarriage, #remarry,


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    What Is a Divorce?

    Do you know someone whose parents are divorced? Are your parents separated or divorced? Chances are that you can answer yes to one or maybe both of those questions. And you are not alone! About 1 out of every 2 or 3 marriages ends in divorce.

    A divorce happens after a husband and wife decide not to live together anymore and that they no longer want to be married to each other. They agree to sign legal papers that make them each single again and allow them to marry other people if they want to.

    Divorce Is Hard for Everyone

    It might sound simple, but it’s not easy for a husband and wife to decide to end a marriage. Often they spend a long time trying to solve problems before deciding to divorce. But sometimes they just can’t fix the problems and decide that a divorce is the best solution. Change is a natural part of life, but when it happens to your family, it is sometimes really hard to deal with.

    Sometimes both parents want to divorce, and sometimes one wants to and the other one doesn’t. Usually, both parents are disappointed that their marriage can’t last, even if one wants a divorce and to live apart more than the other.

    Sometimes it hurts kids’ feelings when one parent wants to leave the house where they live. It is hard not to take it personally. It’s important to remember that divorce happens between the husband and wife, and even though it affects the whole family, it doesn’t mean that a parent who leaves the house doesn’t care about the kids.

    Many kids don’t want their parents to divorce. Some kids have mixed feelings about it, especially if they know their parents weren’t happy together. Some kids may even feel relieved when parents divorce, especially if there’s been a lot of fighting between parents during the marriage.

    It’s important to remember that divorce doesn’t change one important fact: A dad or mom who lives somewhere else is still your dad or mom. That’s forever. That will never change.

    Kids Don’t Cause Divorce!

    People divorce for lots of different reasons. Usually, parents divorce when they have too many problems and they just can’t seem to fix them, no matter how hard they try. Sometimes anger builds and parents fight a lot or say mean things to each other. Sometimes they stop talking to each other because they’re mad at each other, and sometimes they meet someone else that they fall in love with and want to live with.

    Adults have their own reasons for divorce. Whatever the reasons are, one thing is for sure: Kids don’t cause divorce.

    Still, many kids believe they’re the reason their mom and dad got divorced. They think that if only they had behaved better, gotten better grades, or helped more around the house, the divorce wouldn’t have happened. But this isn’t true. Divorce is between moms and dads only!

    Even if you once heard your parents argue about you, or your friend next door thinks his parents broke up because he got in trouble at school, these things don’t cause a husband and wife to end their marriage.

    You might feel you’re to blame for your parents’ divorce, but you are not the cause. And the fact that your parents decide not to stay married is not your fault.

    Kids Can’t Fix Divorce!

    Just like the divorce is not a kid’s fault, getting parents back together is not up to the kid, either. And most likely, this doesn’t happen, although plenty of kids wish for it and even try things they think might work. Acting like an angel at home all the time (who can do that?) and doing really well at school may make your mom and dad happy, but it doesn’t mean they’ll get back together.

    The opposite is also true. Getting in trouble so your mom and dad will have to get together to talk about these problems is not going to make the divorce go away either. So, just be yourself and try to talk through the feelings you have with a parent, another family member, friend, or teacher or counselor .

    Date reviewed: January 2015


    Hospice care is not about – giving up hope – Prayers for

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    Hospice care is not about giving up hope

    When I tell folks I am a hospice chaplain, I often get puzzled looks. Most people do not understand what hospice is about. Just as often, I am told “That must be hard,” or “You must be a special person.” What they mean by that is, they can t imagine a job such as mine could be anything but depressing. The truth is, many people are afraid to talk about hospice.

    The specialized health care program known as “hospice” today was introduced by a British physician, Cicely Saunders, in 1967. But even before Dr. Saunders organized this program, the work of hospice was done as a community initiative. It came out of people s loving support for their neighbors and friends as they faced life-threatening illness. The term “hospice” was used in Medieval times to denote a place of rest or shelter for folks who were ill or weary from a long journey.

    Thanks to Dr. Saunders and other pioneers, hospice is now available in this country to anyone who has been diagnosed with an illness for which there is no medical cure. Hospice patients come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from different ages, social classes, and illnesses. Today, hospice care involves the work of health care professionals who are trained to deliver symptom management and to provide guidance, emotional and spiritual support related to end of life issues. However, the movement and philosophy of hospice continues to depend on community: local volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, and cards and visits from friends mean a lot to those who are ill and/or unable to leave their homes.

    For many people, the word “hospice” has come to be associated with “death” and “giving up hope.” When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness, it is common to feel as though the world is crumbling and life can never feel good or normal or light again. But even when medical treatments cannot offer us hope for a cure, there can still be hope – for meaning, for connections, for quality of life, for meaningful time.

    People are surprised sometimes to find that life can still be beautiful and enriching in the midst of illness. Hospice families (or any families struggling with illnesses) have many difficult moments marked by sadness, anger, or exhaustion. But they also have wonderful moments that are full of life. I see families doing that everyday saying things they might not have thought to say, reminiscing and reaffirming, celebrating birthdays, holding each other.

    A life-threatening diagnosis changes one s priorities. When our bodies are failing, we have to become more selective about how to spend our energy. When time is an issue, we are more aware about how we want to spend it. The truth is none of us knows how much time we really have. Life is a gift, and it is meant to be lived – fully and richly, to its very last drop.

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    Meet the team that makes up Housecall Providers #westerwood #hotel

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    Meet the Housecall Providers Team

    Leadership

    Terri Hobbs was named the executive director of Housecall Providers in July 2011. Her leadership and fiscal management abilities have propelled the organization to its current status: A $9 million (revenue) nonprofit employing nearly 90 and serving almost 2,000 homebound patients a year through primary and palliative care and hospice services. Terri has deftly managed the rapid growth of the organization while positioning it to play a much larger role in the medical community, both in Oregon and nationally.

    Housecall Providers is one of the 15 sites currently participating in the Independence at Home national demonstration project. First-year data released last summer showed that Housecall Providers achieved the highest cost savings of all the sites at $1,133 per patient per month or 32%. In 2014, Housecall Providers was given the Small Business Innovation Award by the Portland Business Journal and this year the Journal has placed Terri on its Executives to Watch list for 2016.

    Dr. Pamela Miner became our second medical director on November 1, 2014, following the retirement of Housecall Providers founder, Dr. Benneth Husted. Pamela received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. In 2007, she accepted a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at Harvard University and a year later joined Providence Health and Services in Portland as a palliative and hospice care physician. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time and talent exclusively to palliative care. As an expert in the field, Pamela will guide the expansion of our palliative care services to provide holistic support to patients as they manage the impact of their chronic conditions while further integrating our primary care and hospice programs.

    Rebecca Ashling graduated from Walla Walla College School of Nursing in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from the University of Phoenix in 2006 with a Master of Science in Nursing. Prior to nursing school, she worked as a nursing and medical assistant for 13 years. After nursing school, Rebecca entered maternal/child nursing and then discovered her passion for hospice, feeling that a “snapshot” of a patient did not allow her to provide comprehensive care. Rebecca is passionate about all-embracing end-of-life care and making sure that all of the “pieces” fit together for every patient and family.

    Dr. Nancy Cloak joined Housecall Providers as a volunteer physician in 2014. A practicing psychiatrist for over a decade, she was drawn to hospice work since serving as a caregiver for a family member. Nancy finds that providing end-of-life care blends her abiding interest in general medicine with the best parts of being a psychiatrist, listening and working with a multidisciplinary team. She assumes the role of Hospice Medical Director after serving since 2014 as a physician with the Housecall Providers hospice team.

    Nancy received her medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed her residency at the prestigious Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. Following residency, she worked as a psychiatrist with medically complex patients in a variety of settings, including geriatric, palliative care, and eating disorder treatment centers.

    Mary Sayre joined the Housecall Providers leadership team in 2013 as Primary Care Program Director. The Portland native brings a wealth of medical knowledge to the position with her 20 years’ experience as a nurse. Mary created the transition team to support our patients involved in the national demonstration project, Independence at Home (IAH). Her skill at navigating the healthcare maze and her patient-centered approach were key reasons why Housecall Providers has been so successful. Mary designed another innovative program in the fall of 2015 when she launched the in-home palliative care team to support our frailest patients and complete our continuum of care. With the frequent changes in healthcare, Mary is working to prepare the primary care team to embrace this challenging time with focus and determination.

    Susan Ehrman joined Housecall Providers in September 2014 following five years as the Program Director for Women’s Impact fund in Charlotte, NC. Susan brings over 30 years of nonprofit management experience, including fundraising for Tufts University, Emerson College, Harvard Law School, and 15 years as the Director of Development for Hospice Palliative Care Charlotte Region. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Playing for Others in Charlotte. Susan is pleased to be back in her native Portland.

    Staci Larson joined Housecall Providers in September 2015 as the Director of Finance. A Portland native, she earned an Accounting degree from Linfield College in 1986 and has practiced in the public accounting sector for over 15 years. Staci’s emphasis is in the areas of taxation and accounting for small to mid-sized businesses and served most recently as the controller for a Willamette Valley medical practice. Prior to that position, she spent 10 years as the finance officer for the Energy Loan Program at the Oregon Department of Energy where she managed the complex accounting and finance issues of a multi-million dollar bond and loan portfolio. Staci’s expertise on financial matters will help to guide Housecall Providers through the increasingly complex healthcare environment.

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    Adoption at the Movies: The Boss Baby (SPOILERS) Adoption Movie Review #pregnant


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    Tim Templeton has the perfect life for a seven-year-old boy. His parents dote on him, play games with him, engage his imagination, and send him to bed each night with stories, hugs, and a special song. One day, Tim s parents ask him if he would like a baby brother he says that he doesn t want one because after all, he is enough. But, the baby shows up anyway. Tim s new baby brother The Boss dresses sharp and, as Tim finds out later, can talk. The Boss is concerned that there will not be enough love for babies in the world because people are starting to love puppies. In the meantime, Tim starts to fear that there will not be enough love for him in his parents hearts because they re falling in love with the new baby.

    SPOILERS AHEAD THE REST OF THE WAY

    The Adoption Connection

    There is no talk of adoption in the film. However, any child who has welcomed a new sibling into their family might relate to Tim s fear that his parents won t be able to love him enough. The movie harps on that fear. The Boss Baby tells Tim, (roughly paraphrasing) You re seven and a half. You re old. It s time to make way There s only so much love to go around. Tim suggests that they could share, but the Baby says, There s not enough love to go around, and if you don t adjust, there eventually won t be a place for you. This leaves Tim wondering whether he can be fired from his own family; in order to protect his place in his parents hearts, Tim sets out to rid himself of the new baby, first by trying to prove that the Baby is sinister, and then by trying to catapult him out of a window.

    Some kids who have been neglected prior to coming into foster care might connect with a question that Tim asks The Boss Baby, You missed childhood? You never had someone to love you?

    Eventually, Tim and The Boss Baby come to care about each other, and see the value of family. Tim is ultimately assured that he ll never be fired from his family.

    Tim eventually comes to nurture his brother; he even sings his baby brother the song that his parents used to sing to him.


    In a heaven-like celestial baby factory, The Boss Baby is designated for management instead of belonging to a family because he doesn t quite fit in, and doesn t appear to be ticklish.

    The Baby s words to Tim are very unkind, and they could be painful for some kids to hear. Tim s attempts to defeat his new baby brother could be very dangerous if a young child mimicked them with a real-life baby; in particular, after the baby threatened to destroy Tim s treasured stuffed animal, Tim prepares to use his baby brother s swing chair to catapult the baby from a second story window onto the street.

    Tim s parents don t seem particularly sensitive to Tim s feelings; they cover Tim s pictures on the fridge with pictures of the new baby. Tim feels rejected when his parents don t do his regular bedtime routine with him.

    Tim wishfully remarks that his parents might be able to return the baby to the store and get their money back. It s a quick remark, but it could catch some sensitive ears by surprise.

    At one point, Tim expresses a sentiment that other big siblings probably have said or thought at times, but it still could be hard to hear; he tells the baby, My life was perfect till you showed up. I wish you d never been born. The baby, who did not appear hurt by other things Tim said, appears cut by this remark, and walks off.

    One character intends to make it so that no one will ever want a baby again.

    A kid behind me cried during a scene when it appeared that an infant was imperiled.

    BIG SPOILER ALERT: When the Boss Baby leaves Tim s home, small kids wave magic wands to make Tim s parents forget that he ever existed. Although they do this to Tim s parents without their consent, Tim is given the option whether to forget The Boss; he chooses to remember his brother. Later, The Boss decides to be born into Tim s family. It s nice to see that the brothers have chosen to accept each other, but it could be hard for some kids to think that their parents could easily forget them this could be particularly painful for kids who wonder whether their birth parents remember them, or who fear losing their adoptive parents. On a side note, Tim has a very active imagination, and it s possible that his entire experience with The Boss Baby was imagined in response to his mother s apparent pregnancy; the film doesn t make that clear, though, and most kids probably won t make that assumption. END SPOILER

    The Boss Baby had some funny moments and ultimately ended happily, but it didn t live up to the hopes I had for it, and it s got some aspects that make it hard to recommend for young or sensitive viewers. Most kids 11 and up should be fine, but younger kids especially those for whom permanency hasn t always been a sure thing might find certain aspects of this one very troubling. It would be helpful for parents to directly remind their children that the children will never be fired from the family, and that there is enough love to go around, no matter how many kids come into the home.


    Questions for Discussion

    Can parents love more than one child with all of their heart? Can a child love more than one parent (or more than one pet) with all of their heart?

    Where does love come from? Do you only have a certain amount to give, or can you make (or find) more?

    What are the good parts of having a new brother or sister? What parts scare you?

    This movie is not about a baby being adopted.
    Notice the night before he came the parents were putting Tim to bed when the mother is pregnant and the baby is kicking.
    Also, when the Boss Baby comes back into the world, he enters through a spiral or figuratively the birth canal.
    This is a story of loss of a baby sibling.
    Also note that when he goes back, he falls into an angel decorated cake and makes angel wings. Thus implying the child had died and went back to heaven or baby Corp where babies come from.

    Hi! Thanks for your comment. Your perspective is interesting, and you might be right. I don t think the story intended to be about adoption, although I did see some similarities to adoption.

    What I think was actually going on in the story, and I wonder your take on it, is that Tim has a pretty active imagination. I think the Boss Baby never happened, and it was just how Tim was processing getting ready for a baby brother. That s why no one but Tim remembers the Boss Baby — what do you think?


    BackupAssist – System State backup and restore #backupassist, #backup #assist, #backup, #back


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    System State backup and restore

    What’s included in a System State backup?

    The exact system components that make up your machine’s System State depend on the operating system installed and how it is has been configured. A System State backup generally includes a copy of any installed device drivers and related files, most of the Windows directory, the Windows Registry, the Active Directory configuration (where applicable) and system files under Windows File Protection.

    System State backups for Vista and Server 2008 are usually between 7GB and 15 GB and for XP and Server 2003, they are generally much smaller, being between 200MB and 300 MB. Many files in the Windows directory have multiple hard links. If you are backing up the System State using the File Replication Engine or the Rsync Engine and have Single Instance Store enabled, only a single copy of each multiply linked file will be stored on your backup destination. This data does not need to be copied on subsequent backups, which reduces backup times and saves storage space on your destination.

    Why is a System State backup useful?

    From a System State backup you can restore your Windows system settings in the event of a system failure or corruption. A System State backup is therefore particularly important for disaster recovery purpose as it eliminates you having to reconfigure Windows back to its original state before the system failure occurred.

    We recommended that you always have a recent backup of your System State and that you should perform System State backups on a regular basis, even daily, to increase your level of protection. We also recommended that you perform System State backups before and after any major change is made to your server.

    How to back up the System State

    With BackupAssist v6 you can schedule local* ‘System State only’ backups across all modern Windows operating systems, or even back up the System State as part of a larger backup including files and applications, using File Replication, Zip, or Windows Imaging. A System State backup includes important Windows systems settings, such as the Registry, and is crucial for system recovery.

    *BackupAssist cannot be used to back up the System State of a remote machine; you must install BackupAssist on each server of which you require a System State backup.

    Complete the following steps to configure a BackupAssist job to back up the local machine’s System State:

    1. Launch BackupAssist and either edit an existing File Replication, Zip or Imaging job by selecting Edit from the top menu and choosing the appropriate job, or create a new File Replication, Zip or Imaging job by going to File New backup job .
    2. If you are creating a new job check the Backup local system state option during the Files and Folders step of the Job Creation Wizard.
    3. If you are editing an existing job select Files and folders from the left menu, click the Local system selections tab, and then enable the Backup local system state option .

    How to restore the System State

    Complete the following steps to restore the System Stattefrom a BackupAssist backup using the BackupAssist Restore Console:

    • Note. you cannot restore the System State from an Image backup using the BackupAssist Restore Console. You must use the built-in Windows tool, wbadmin. Visit wbadmin.info for instructions.
    1. In BackupAssist, Click Restore in the top navigation bar and choose the BackupAssist Restore Console .
    2. Click Load all known backups to load all backup catalogues located in the BackupAssist settings folder, or use the Browse option to locate the backup set from which you want to restore.
    3. Choose the job that corresponds to the backup from which you want to restore the System State
    4. Use the calendar to select the date of the backup from which you wish to restore.
      • Note. dates for which backups are available are marked in bold on the calendar.
    5. Use the middle pane to expand the loaded backup set and select the System State to restore.
      • Note. files located on the Windows system drive (C: drive in the example above) may be available for restore, even though only the System State was selected for backup. These files are associated with the System State. If you choose to restore individual files from this list and not the System State, the System State will not be restored, and the files themselves may not restore correctly. If you choose to restore these files together with the System State, the System State option will override selections where there is an overlap. If you want to perform a full restore and are unsure which files are included in the System State we recommend selecting both the System State and all other files listed.
    6. Once you have made your selections click the Restore to button on the bottom right of the window.
    7. The restore confirmation screen will then load:
      You can choose to restore the System State either to its original location or to an alternate location of your choosing. If you select an alternate location click [. ] to set an alternate restore path.
    8. Once you have selected where to restore the System State to, click OK to perform the restore.
      • Note. if you are restoring the System State to a machine that hosts Directory Services, you will be prompted to reboot into the Directory Services Restore Mode.
      • Note. During a System State restore the necessary files are copied to a temporary directory and then moved to their correct location after a reboot of the machine. Before the restore starts, the Restore Console will take a VSS snapshot of the volumes to be restored. This allows the user to manually roll back to a pre-restore state, if necessary, using Windows’ previous versions feature.


    Dr John Smith: Cransley Hospice staff can hold their heads up high

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    Dr John Smith: Cransley Hospice staff can hold their heads up high

    Our heads go down and we mutter something like “it was nothing, anyone could have done it”.

    That may be the case, but it generally isn’t, for we have made the choice to care about someone, when others might have walked away.

    So it’s heads up and a big thank you for saying that.

    This week it happened to me. I hadn’t seen the lady for 16 years when she said “hello”. To be honest I could not recognise her and said so. No worries because it was a long time ago when her mum was a patient in the hospice. Sixteen years on and she wanted to thank me for the care that was given.

    She hadn’t forgotten and did not want to forget. What was a difficult time became a good time, and out of that time came even more good because some time later she began to work in the hospice too. It made sense of the tragedy and the memories that she has are good ones. There are no regrets.

    The word hospice literally means a resting place on a journey. In the sense that we use it today the journey is coming to an end.

    To rest we need support and good symptom control, to rest we need to know that our family and friends are being cared for, to rest we need people to listen to us, to hear our fears, to hear us say thank you for the life that we have been given and, yes, to be able to express our regrets for what we have struggled with, for the wrongs we may have done, to seek forgiveness and to be forgiven.

    Hospice is often the place where we begin to make sense of our lives, a sort of summing up of what we have been, what we are and what we mean to others.

    It is when this happens that people express their thanks. And it is not a transitory thank you either, it is almost lifelong. Yes, I can hold my head up high and Cransley Hospice and its staff should too.





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    Strathcarron Hospice – Light Up a Life – Virtual Christmas Tree

    Simply write a Message Tag in memory of a loved one and it will be added to our virtual Christmas Tree, and a new twinkling star will appear in the sky. You can browse the Messages Tags below, with the most recent at the top. Just click on a name in the list below to read the Message Tag and their Star will twinkle more brightly. See below to donate and add your own message! (Requires Flash 8 or greater).

    Special lights will be shining this Christmas at Strathcarron Hospice and also in Alloa, Cumbernauld, Stirling and Falkirk to honour and celebrate the lives of much loved relatives and friends. You can sponsor as many lights as you wish. For each light sponsored you will receive a special Light Up a Life Card which you can keep yourself or send to someone who shares your memories. The suggested donation is £5 per light, but all donations will be equally welcome. If you would like to sponsor a light in memory of loved one please see the main website or go along to our Light Up a Life Desk at The Thistle Centre Stirling, The Falkirk Mall, Tesco Cumbernauld or Alloa, or contact the Fundraising Department on 01324 826 222.

    In the meantime Light Up A Life with our virtual Christmas Tree below.

    To create a message simply donate any sum from £5 using the form below. On payment you will be able to enter your Message Tag in memory of a loved one. It will be added to the tree and a new twinkling star will appear in the sky. The name of your loved one will then show on the list enabling the world to share your message of love. It’s as easy as 1- 2- 3. Step 1: Donate using the form below. Step 2: Type in your Message. Step 3: Your loved one’s name appears on the list.

    *If you are a UK taxpayer and you tick this box, we can claim an extra 25p in every pound you donate from the Government. Our donations are handled by Secure payments through Paypal. You don’t need a Paypal Account, just pay by credit or debit card. For more information call our fundraising department on 01324 826222.





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    German shepherd in fatal Grover Beach dog attack could be euthanized #grover


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    Alex Geiger, who resigned from the Grover Beach Police Department early this month, is facing two felonies after his two dogs got loose and mauled two neighbors, killing one. City of Grover Beach

    Alex Geiger, who resigned from the Grover Beach Police Department early this month, is facing two felonies after his two dogs got loose and mauled two neighbors, killing one. City of Grover Beach

    February 08, 2017 4:35 PM

    Second dog in fatal attack could be declared a ‘vicious animal’ and euthanized

    By Matt Fountain

    The former Grover Beach police officer who owned the two dogs involved in a fatal attack last month has given up custody of his second dog, which could result in it being euthanized if San Luis Obispo County declares it a vicious animal .

    The dog is one of two formerly owned by Alex Geiger that attacked 85-year-old Betty Long and 64-year-old David Fear on Dec. 13, resulting in Fear’s death three days later. Though Geiger’s Belgian Malinois was almost immediately determined by county Animal Services investigators to have been the primary aggressor in the attack and was euthanized the same day, the German shepherd was initially spared.

    Geiger could face about four years in state prison if convicted of two felonies for failing to properly secure the animals, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled to enter a plea in two weeks.

    On Wednesday, Animal Services Director Eric Anderson said he could not disclose specific findings of the investigation but that the German shepherd did participate in the attack.

    “We knew (the Belgian Malinois) was primarily responsible, but the degree to which the other was involved wasn’t immediately clear,” Anderson said. “Through the investigative process we learned more about the exact degree it was actively involved.”

    Following the attack, the German shepherd was placed under a standard quarantine and observation period of 10 days. The dog remained in confinement, however, pending the criminal investigation.

    Anderson said Geiger has given up custody of the dog, which is being held under specific conditions by a private owner outside San Luis Obispo County. After the disposition of Geiger’s criminal case, the county will file a civil motion to have the German shepherd declared a vicious animal.

    Should a Superior Court judge find that the dog meets the criteria, the judge could order the animal to be euthanized, or kept confined under specific practices as a lifelong condition for the new owner, Anderson said.

    Geiger, 25, resigned from the Grover Beach Police Department on Feb. 1, a day before the District Attorney’s Office filed two felony counts of failing to maintain control of a dangerous animal. District Attorney Dan Dow previously said Geiger “failed to use ordinary care in keeping the animal,” which led to injury and death.

    Dow said his office’s investigation did not uncover evidence of criminal negligence, a necessary component of a manslaughter charge. Officials have not disclosed how the dogs got loose.

    The euthanized Belgian Malinois was a fully trained police dog formerly assigned as Geiger’s partner in the city of Exeter. where the dog performed patrol operations for about a year despite biting a trainer’s hand during an exercise. Officials have not released the background of the German shepherd.

    An arrest warrant was issued for Geiger on Feb. 2, and he posted $20,000 bail through Great Dane Bail Bonds in Visalia one day later, according to court records. He was not physically booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

    Geiger is scheduled to appear at a San Luis Obispo Superior Court arraignment Feb. 21.

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    Las Vegas Vacations

    Las Vegas Vacation Packages

    When Las Vegas calls, pack your sunglasses and leave your watch behind. This party town shines brightly under a desert sun by day and neon lights by night.

    Once a dusty, desert town in Nevada, Las Vegas is now a playground of big hotels, outrageous neon lights and outlandish personalities. Its transformation into a gambling hotspot began in 1931, when the first gaming license was issued. Since then, Vegas has continued to expand and evolve, from a post-war gangsters paradise and favored hangout of the mid- 60s Rat Pack to a glittering spectacle.

    The themed hotels of Vegas are legendary. Experience ancient Rome at Caesars Palace or climb aboard a gondola at the Venetian. Marvel at the Mirage s erupting volcano, see The Big Apple s skyline at New York-New York, or drink a cocktail at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel.

    While it s known as Sin City, Vegas is more than gambling and adult entertainment. Families will find plenty of innocent fun, some of which, like the Bellagio Resort and Casino’s nightly fountain show, is free. A stroll along the Las Vegas Strip or The Forum Shops will also cost you nothing. At the Fremont Street Experience watch the nightly parade without paying a cent.

    You can also see fantastic Las Vegas shows featuring A-list, superstar performers, and for the seriously adventurous, experience the thrill of driving an exotic performance or true race car.

    Las Vegas provides experiences on an extravagant scale. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, is a just a few hours drive away. There s a record-breaking free fall at Stratosphere Tower and exotic sea creatures at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Shark Reef Aquarium . Even Sin City s seedy past is on display at the fascinating Mob Museum .

    Though the famous all-you-can-eat buffets and juicy hamburger joints remain, Vegas has stepped it up in the food stakes, with a fresh crop of restaurants attracting discerning clientele. The shopping here rivals New York and Los Angeles, with hundreds of designer boutiques, opulent malls, children s stores and plenty of souvenir stops. If you can’t find it in Vegas, it probably can’t be found.

    For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Las Vegas page.

    Accommodation in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas features a nice range of places to stay. Expedia’s hotels in Las Vegas page has all the details.

    The SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, located at 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard, and the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, at 3960 Las Vegas Blvd S, are fine examples of upmarket Las Vegas accommodation options. If those recommendations aren’t what you’re looking for, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, and the Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South may be more your style.

    If you’d rather stay closer to Las Vegas Convention Center, the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand and the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas are both nearby.





    Hospice care is not about – giving up hope – Prayers for

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    Hospice care is not about giving up hope

    When I tell folks I am a hospice chaplain, I often get puzzled looks. Most people do not understand what hospice is about. Just as often, I am told “That must be hard,” or “You must be a special person.” What they mean by that is, they can t imagine a job such as mine could be anything but depressing. The truth is, many people are afraid to talk about hospice.

    The specialized health care program known as “hospice” today was introduced by a British physician, Cicely Saunders, in 1967. But even before Dr. Saunders organized this program, the work of hospice was done as a community initiative. It came out of people s loving support for their neighbors and friends as they faced life-threatening illness. The term “hospice” was used in Medieval times to denote a place of rest or shelter for folks who were ill or weary from a long journey.

    Thanks to Dr. Saunders and other pioneers, hospice is now available in this country to anyone who has been diagnosed with an illness for which there is no medical cure. Hospice patients come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from different ages, social classes, and illnesses. Today, hospice care involves the work of health care professionals who are trained to deliver symptom management and to provide guidance, emotional and spiritual support related to end of life issues. However, the movement and philosophy of hospice continues to depend on community: local volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, and cards and visits from friends mean a lot to those who are ill and/or unable to leave their homes.

    For many people, the word “hospice” has come to be associated with “death” and “giving up hope.” When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness, it is common to feel as though the world is crumbling and life can never feel good or normal or light again. But even when medical treatments cannot offer us hope for a cure, there can still be hope – for meaning, for connections, for quality of life, for meaningful time.

    People are surprised sometimes to find that life can still be beautiful and enriching in the midst of illness. Hospice families (or any families struggling with illnesses) have many difficult moments marked by sadness, anger, or exhaustion. But they also have wonderful moments that are full of life. I see families doing that everyday saying things they might not have thought to say, reminiscing and reaffirming, celebrating birthdays, holding each other.

    A life-threatening diagnosis changes one s priorities. When our bodies are failing, we have to become more selective about how to spend our energy. When time is an issue, we are more aware about how we want to spend it. The truth is none of us knows how much time we really have. Life is a gift, and it is meant to be lived – fully and richly, to its very last drop.

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    Meet the Housecall Providers Team

    Leadership

    Terri Hobbs was named the executive director of Housecall Providers in July 2011. Her leadership and fiscal management abilities have propelled the organization to its current status: A $9 million (revenue) nonprofit employing nearly 90 and serving almost 2,000 homebound patients a year through primary and palliative care and hospice services. Terri has deftly managed the rapid growth of the organization while positioning it to play a much larger role in the medical community, both in Oregon and nationally.

    Housecall Providers is one of the 15 sites currently participating in the Independence at Home national demonstration project. First-year data released last summer showed that Housecall Providers achieved the highest cost savings of all the sites at $1,133 per patient per month or 32%. In 2014, Housecall Providers was given the Small Business Innovation Award by the Portland Business Journal and this year the Journal has placed Terri on its Executives to Watch list for 2016.

    Dr. Pamela Miner became our second medical director on November 1, 2014, following the retirement of Housecall Providers founder, Dr. Benneth Husted. Pamela received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. In 2007, she accepted a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at Harvard University and a year later joined Providence Health and Services in Portland as a palliative and hospice care physician. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time and talent exclusively to palliative care. As an expert in the field, Pamela will guide the expansion of our palliative care services to provide holistic support to patients as they manage the impact of their chronic conditions while further integrating our primary care and hospice programs.

    Rebecca Ashling graduated from Walla Walla College School of Nursing in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from the University of Phoenix in 2006 with a Master of Science in Nursing. Prior to nursing school, she worked as a nursing and medical assistant for 13 years. After nursing school, Rebecca entered maternal/child nursing and then discovered her passion for hospice, feeling that a “snapshot” of a patient did not allow her to provide comprehensive care. Rebecca is passionate about all-embracing end-of-life care and making sure that all of the “pieces” fit together for every patient and family.

    Dr. Nancy Cloak joined Housecall Providers as a volunteer physician in 2014. A practicing psychiatrist for over a decade, she was drawn to hospice work since serving as a caregiver for a family member. Nancy finds that providing end-of-life care blends her abiding interest in general medicine with the best parts of being a psychiatrist, listening and working with a multidisciplinary team. She assumes the role of Hospice Medical Director after serving since 2014 as a physician with the Housecall Providers hospice team.

    Nancy received her medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed her residency at the prestigious Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. Following residency, she worked as a psychiatrist with medically complex patients in a variety of settings, including geriatric, palliative care, and eating disorder treatment centers.

    Mary Sayre joined the Housecall Providers leadership team in 2013 as Primary Care Program Director. The Portland native brings a wealth of medical knowledge to the position with her 20 years’ experience as a nurse. Mary created the transition team to support our patients involved in the national demonstration project, Independence at Home (IAH). Her skill at navigating the healthcare maze and her patient-centered approach were key reasons why Housecall Providers has been so successful. Mary designed another innovative program in the fall of 2015 when she launched the in-home palliative care team to support our frailest patients and complete our continuum of care. With the frequent changes in healthcare, Mary is working to prepare the primary care team to embrace this challenging time with focus and determination.

    Susan Ehrman joined Housecall Providers in September 2014 following five years as the Program Director for Women’s Impact fund in Charlotte, NC. Susan brings over 30 years of nonprofit management experience, including fundraising for Tufts University, Emerson College, Harvard Law School, and 15 years as the Director of Development for Hospice Palliative Care Charlotte Region. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Playing for Others in Charlotte. Susan is pleased to be back in her native Portland.

    Staci Larson joined Housecall Providers in September 2015 as the Director of Finance. A Portland native, she earned an Accounting degree from Linfield College in 1986 and has practiced in the public accounting sector for over 15 years. Staci’s emphasis is in the areas of taxation and accounting for small to mid-sized businesses and served most recently as the controller for a Willamette Valley medical practice. Prior to that position, she spent 10 years as the finance officer for the Energy Loan Program at the Oregon Department of Energy where she managed the complex accounting and finance issues of a multi-million dollar bond and loan portfolio. Staci’s expertise on financial matters will help to guide Housecall Providers through the increasingly complex healthcare environment.

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    Hospice Isle of Man – Light up a Life #hospice #stories

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    Hospice Isle of Man – Light up a Life

    Tuesday 6th November 2012 11:40AM

    The Reverend Lynda Brady, Chaplain to Hospice Isle of Man, has announced that there will be four Light up a Life services this year in different locations around the island, adding three more to the one traditionally held at the Hospice.

    The Light up a Life services create a space to help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones, and to look forward with hope. Following the successful pattern of last year the services are being held across the Island again this year so that more people will be able to take part easily at a place and time that is convenient for them.

    The Hospice service will be at 5.00pm on Sunday 9 December and the additional services are as follows:

    – 7.00pm on Friday 14 December at St Columba s Roman Catholic Church, Port Erin
    – 5.00pm on Sunday 16 December at St Paul s Anglican Church, Ramsey
    – 7.30pm Monday 17 December at the Peel Methodist Church, Peel

    The Hospice Book of Remembrance will be brought to each service and there will be carols, readings, and reflection.

    At the service in the Hospice, the Christmas Tree is decorated with white lights, each of which represents a life, and each of the three additional services will include something similar, probably with candles.

    Local choirs or music groups are being invited to participate, and refreshments will be provided at the end of each service.

    Lynda is particularly pleased that churches of all denominations are involved in the planning and leading of the services and is looking forward to seeing everyone who comes along to each service to which all are invited.





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    Hospice Isle of Man – Light up a Life

    Tuesday 6th November 2012 11:40AM

    The Reverend Lynda Brady, Chaplain to Hospice Isle of Man, has announced that there will be four Light up a Life services this year in different locations around the island, adding three more to the one traditionally held at the Hospice.

    The Light up a Life services create a space to help families and friends to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones, and to look forward with hope. Following the successful pattern of last year the services are being held across the Island again this year so that more people will be able to take part easily at a place and time that is convenient for them.

    The Hospice service will be at 5.00pm on Sunday 9 December and the additional services are as follows:

    – 7.00pm on Friday 14 December at St Columba s Roman Catholic Church, Port Erin
    – 5.00pm on Sunday 16 December at St Paul s Anglican Church, Ramsey
    – 7.30pm Monday 17 December at the Peel Methodist Church, Peel

    The Hospice Book of Remembrance will be brought to each service and there will be carols, readings, and reflection.

    At the service in the Hospice, the Christmas Tree is decorated with white lights, each of which represents a life, and each of the three additional services will include something similar, probably with candles.

    Local choirs or music groups are being invited to participate, and refreshments will be provided at the end of each service.

    Lynda is particularly pleased that churches of all denominations are involved in the planning and leading of the services and is looking forward to seeing everyone who comes along to each service to which all are invited.