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Records Management And Its Key Role In Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery

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The UK’s Records Management Society defines records management as, “the process by which a company manages all the elements of records whether externally or internally generated and in any format or media type, from their inception/receipt, all the way through to their disposal”. In this digital age many organisations have set up comprehensive systems to ensure that electronic records are safely stored and backed up, with a plan in place should an unexpected crisis occur. This makes a great deal of sense since some estimates suggest that over 90% of businesses that have had a major data processing disaster will go out of business within 5 years.

These days most employees rely on electronic systems to do their job and lost or damaged files can spell disaster. However while IT systems are often carefully considered and any perceived emergencies planned for, paper records can frequently be neglected. It’s difficult to pinpoint why this is except to say that perhaps manual records are considered unimportant when compared to expensive IT systems. Perhaps it is also the case that the sheer physicality of a paper record makes people (wrongly) believe it is not as important to safeguard as a computer file that could more easily be destroyed or corrupted. But to take this viewpoint is ill advised and short sighted.

Many organisations are under a legal obligation to keep certain records for a specified period of time. For example, financial institutions are now required to keep mortgage loan files for up to ten years after the loan has been repaid. Some medical records must be stored throughout the life of the patient and government institutions are now required to keep certain records for up to 50 years. Companies pay a high price for inadequate record keeping. In January 2003 The Bank of Scotland was fined £1.25m for breaching anti-money laundering rules on the identification of customers because it had failed to retain a copy of customer ID or a record of where it was kept. Often there is a legal requirement to keep the original paper document even when it exists electronically and in any action, the legal weight of records will be greater if the original version is produced. The Business Archives Council, which promotes the preservation of business records of historical importance, gives some other reasons why it can be prudent to save original documents.

Among their points are:

* Transparent corporate governance

Good record-keeping is an integral part of transparent corporate governance. The implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the US has brought heightened scrutiny of an organisation’s internal controls and practices. Trustworthy and accurate records serve as a bedrock for a company’s reporting systems and ensure that they comply with best practice

* A key part of Corporate Social Responsibility

Caring for your heritage can be a key part of a Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Businesses have impacted on the lives of their staff, customers, shareholders and on the communities in which they operate. Business archives record how lives have been affected and changed. Some companies have publicly acknowledged that their own histories are an important piece in the jigsaw of the past and that they have a duty of care to their own archives. Making business archives accessible to the public is a real contribution to the community.

* Brand Building

The past can be used to support present performance. Archives add detail and depth to the public image of a company, differentiating it from the competition. Celebrating significant anniversaries or birthdays brings the long-standing nature and the achievements of the company to the fore. Historic information and images can also be used to support particular brands emphasising their position in the market place.

* A market for nostalgia

Exploiting your heritage can bring in revenue. Companies with well known advertising and packaging logos and images can licence their reproductions in all kinds of ways: the Guinness Toucan, Colman’s mustard and Pears soap are just a few examples of well known images that bring in money for their owners.

* Education

Archives can be used within a business to inform and educate new recruits about a company’s history and successes and pass on company values and principles. Archives can also be used as an educational resource by learners of all ages – some companies have produced very popular and highly regarded educational resources aimed at schoolchildren.

Clearly some of these points would not be put under the heading of ‘Business Critical’ but they do give further background as to why paper records can be so important.

The first rule of thumb for any organisation should be to asses their records according to the following criteria: business value, legal value, administrative value, historical value. The records can then be classed as vital, important, useful or non-essential. For those records deemed vital, the next step is to ensure that the storage of those records is an integral part of your business continuity plan and this means considering how and where they are stored. In exactly the same way as you would safeguard your IT systems and electronic records, consideration should be given to the possible disaster scenarios and how you can guard against loss or damage of those records.

For many companies the first obvious factor to think about is physical location. A Morgan Stanley Brokers note in June 2003 estimated that 70% of businesses are storing records on their own premises. Clearly this has huge implications should that office be subject to any kind of negative event. The horrific and devastating events of 9/11 showed all too clearly the potential risks of storing vital business records on site with many thousands of important documents destroyed. But if not on site then where is the best place? Some companies discount off site storage for those records that are deemed ‘active’ since they can be concerned that, should they need them, it will be a difficult process to retrieve them but any professional records management company should be able to deliver a document back to you within 24 hours and/or a scanned electronic version within a few hours.

If that is not acceptable then consideration should be given to copying the record and placing the original off site. The same factors apply to long term or ‘inactive’ storage. When deciding on an off site storage provider another important point to consider includes the environmental conditions of the site. Paper needs to be stored in cool consistent temperatures with a tight humidity band. It is worth reading through BS5454 since this sets the environmental standard for the storage of archival documents. Other points to assess include the risk of flood, fire or terrorist attack and, should any of these occur, how does the records management company in question plan ahead to handle it.

The National Archives previously known as the Public Records Office, has some of the country’s most important records. Acting as the UK government’s official archive, The National Archives looks after many thousands of documents containing 900 years of history from the Domesday Book to the present. The National Archives keep the majority of their material at their headquarters in Kew but they also keep a portion of their archive off site at DeepStore. They suggest that, in order to minimise damage to paper records, organisations should consider the following when planning for disaster.

* The best way to deal with potential disasters is to stop them happening. A first step is to identify and assess sources of potential risk in terms of the probability of an incident occurring, and likely impact if it does, including the costs of recovery.

* The process should include a detailed inspection of the premises and operational activities on site, and consultation with staff in each work area, particularly those such as caretakers or cleaners who have day to day responsibility for the building. It may also be necessary to consult specialist external sources of advice from individuals such as fire prevention offices, security advisers, insurance providers and a qualified conservator.

* Risk assessments should be reviewed at least annually to take account of changed circumstances and a systematic logging of any previous incidents will help to refine those assessments.

* In addition, it is important to be aware of temporary increases in risk, e.g. due to the presence of contractors on-site, extreme weather conditions, unusual activity in adjacent premises. Common sources of risk to paper records (of varying degrees of seriousness) include extreme weather, leaking roofs, plumbing problems, smoking, poor storage of inflammable materials, malfunctioning electrical wiring, lighting, arson or vandalism (up to half of UK fire are started deliberately), gas leaks, industrial accidents in nearby premises and terrorism.

Anna Buelow, Head of Preservation, at The National Archives gives some advice as to how a company should tackle a problem if, despite planning to avoid it, the worst occurs and paper records are damaged by water. She explains, “The prime concern in a disaster situation is to take what measures are necessary to salvage or limit the damage to as many of the records as possible. Ideally, the recovery process should start with a preliminary assessment of those documents in the affected area, designated as being the most valuable or important, identified by the first senior member of staff to come on site.

“For slightly damaged material it may be possible to air dry the items. This should be done in a large, well ventilated area and supervised by an experienced professional if possible. Anything that is saturated should be removed from boxes, packed in polythene bags and labeled. They should then be frozen and dealt with by a specialist agency.”

And what about fire damage? Specialist company Harwell Restoration Services offer the following advice, “Depending on the design of a given building during a fire the smoke residues can travel great distances from the source of the actual fire, potentially creating widespread damage, even if the fire itself only affected one room. Within an office or library, this smoke can present an immense problem, as without restoration, the damaged paper will not safe or practical to use. Fire damage is restorable in the vast majority of cases. Tightly packed paper will not necessarily burn and damage, chiefly caused by smoke residue, is usually restricted to the outer edges, leaving the information inside the book block, archive box or file in tact.”

So when considering off site records management companies it is important to make sure that they have first rate storage facilities. Look carefully at all their systems and ask lots of questions. It’s also worth thinking about where they are sited since even if their building or unit seems safe, a fire or flood in a neighbouring unit could cause real problems.

Despite the emergence of the so-called ‘electronic age, it is clear that there will be a need to store paper records for many years to come. In the light of this is it vital that they are treated as a key part of the business and every company’s business continuity plan should take this into account.



Forex Review System Trading – How it Can Do Wonders For You

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It is a known fact that for earning profit, a person needs to take some risk also. Not a single business out there is without risks. However, the best part with some of the options is that they are quite profitable and the degree of risk involved in them can be minimized with the help of some tools.

If you take the example of Forex trading, you can get benefited easily by taking the help of a good forex review system trading. Though some knowledge of Forex gained through reading books or the advice of experts can do well for a person, but still for making good profits, there is a need of something extra.

That additional thing required is the forex trading reviews online. These reviews are in fact the experiences of small investors and evaluations of the good financial institutions. Such reviews not only provide the necessary evaluation, they also offer the best comparison that is based on the prime indicators of the market.

The biggest advantage of such reviews is that they enable the person get known to the technical analysis of the performance of various brokers over the past period of time. Thus, they provide a rough idea to the newbie as to when to move in the correct direction. Also, there are some reviews that are provided by veterans that can help a person to understand this trading to some extent. Thus, a person can minimize the degree of risk involved in forex trading with the help of these reviews.

Among other advantages of forex trading reviews, the special advantage of such reviews is that they depict the opinions of investors that are very important for a starter. By assessing these opinions, a person can easily have an idea as to follow which plan of action that can offer greater profit with lesser risks.

Thus with the help of the best forex review system trading, a person can minimize the degree of risk and can earn good amount of money easily.

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Foreign Language Translation Services – Widen Your Marketing Reach Locally and Globally

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A few years back, a lot of entrepreneurs believed in this misconception that they don’t need to target other ethnic groups or foreign markets for their products and services. Today, the situation is completely different as businesses have come to realize that there is money to be made by targeting foreign markets and other ethnic groups in the local market. This of course has resulted in a sharp rise in demand for foreign language translation services.

Today, not only corporate houses are utilizing services of translation agencies but a lot of small businesses that operate online have started to use services like translation and interpretation to tap into foreign markets. A big part of these service requirements stems from the fact that businesses first need to understand what their clients and target markets need while the other has to do with how to market those products in local languages. In addition to translation, foreign language interpreting services play a major role in helping businesses to enjoy a global presence.

Opportunities Provided By Foreign Language Translation

Translation agencies are playing a pivotal role in making your marketing material understandable for your target markets and helping you interact with your audiences. Whether it is converting your advertising materials or product information and labels into the target language, the language translation agencies are helping you achieve your business goals in an effective manner. In addition, a foreign language interpreter helps you effectively communicate with foreign clients making it possible to accomplish tricky business deals.

Furthermore, language translation companies also help you provide technical knowledge and help translate documents that are highly technical such as legal contracts, product manuals, and other complex documents. Every professional agency has a pool of translators who not only possess language skills but also have additional degrees and certifications in law, science, medicine, and many more disciplines.

Enabling Businesses Interact With Local Demographics

Today, a considerable chunk of US population consists of ethnic groups who have native languages other than English. The example of Miami best epitomizes this theory where more than 70% of the population does not speak English at home or are not native speakers of English. Foreign language translation services also enable local businesses to tap into that sizable market by providing translation and interpretation services.

Wide Ranging Foreign Language Interpreting Services

The range of services provided by language translation companies is not just limited to corporations or business purposes. There are numerous fields where local population comes to need translation and interpretation services. Imagine having been summoned to testify in a legal proceeding, or doing something as simple as going to a hospital when you are unable to convey your message in English. These are just a few of the kind of situations where a foreign language interpreter can be of enormous assistance.

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Cosmelan – Perfect Skin Lightening Cream

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Do you have freckles, dark skin, or blemishes that you want to heal? Natural Skin Lightening is a secure and alternative treatment to using classic skin lightening items. This post will examine distinct natural skin whitening alternatives and natural skin lightening treatments and cures that you can utilize if you are searching to obtain brighter skin. We’ve previously mentioned some of the greatest skin lightening procedures here, but lets dig into all-natural skin lightening solutions nowadays.

Lemon extract is a organic skin brightening treatment process or remedy that can be used to have whiter skin. Sandalwood paste, in addition to lemon extract is also a pure skin lightening solution. Vitmain B3 has also been known to be utilized as a pure skin brightener treatment. It is safe to apply. Dockweed, also known as Alpha Arbutin, is a natural skin lightening remedy because it will stop redness one the skin and it will also prevent sun tanning.

Acids from citrus and other fruits have also been known to assist get whiter skin. These are particularly safe to us and won’t damage the skin so they are a wonderful all-natural skin brightener option. Kogic acid, which is an ingredient that comes about from the manufacturing of the alcoholic drink Sake, inhibits melanin production. Tretinoin, can be used to treat skin symptoms. One must be watchful to avoid the sun as Tretinoin will make the skin very susceptible to damage from UVB and UVA rays. An exfoliant to the skin that has been a natural skin brightener treatment is Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHA. These Alpha Hydroxy Acids inhibit melanin production.

One of the main purposes you really want to focus on applying natural skin brightener treatments is because some traditional skin brightener treatments contain mercury, steroids, or even Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone has been linked to liver damage, thyroid issues, and even Leukemia. Hence it is recommended to avoid any type of product that has Hydroquinone. Of course any product that contains Mercury should be avoided, too. Although Mercury is banned in most products in the United States, especially products applied for skin treatment, that does not mean that there will be no trace amounts or that even all products you can get are indeed safe.

The goal is to inhibit melanin production by using all-natural skin brightener creams. One must be extremely careful, however, when using these products because it is easy to sun burn. There are many other basic organic skin lightening habits you can implement if you desire to get whiter skin. These include having a balanced diet, but also a diet that is high in leafy green vegetables, having a diet that is high in anti-oxidants so your body will be pure, and focusing on cleaning your skin pours to keep the skin clean.

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The Use of Oregano in the Treatment of Prostrate Cancer.

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Prostrate cancer develops in the prostrate, a gland in the male reproductive system which accumulates zinc and produces citrate. It surrounds the urethra and is associated with urinary dysfunction. A single mutation in the DNA of a prostrate cell leads to the abnormal growth of the cell, which ultimately leads to cancer. Nearly 5-10% of prostrate cancer occurs due to the heritable DNA mutations. Obesity and increase in the level of androgen promotes the prostrate cell growth effectively. It is the second deadliest disease after lung cancer. Nearly 10,000 men die every year due to the ailment. Treatment includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy which provide a number of side effects.


Herbs and spices are known for their antibacterial,anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous properties which ignites the idea of using them in the treatment of various types of cancers. Oregano(Origanum vulgare) is an important culinary herb used as a food additive for its flavourful leaves. The chemical compounds such as carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene contributes to the flavour. Among these compounds, carvacrol plays an important role in cancer treatment. Oregano is rich in vitamin K and fibre.


Carvacrol, a phenol with antibacterial properties is present in the oregano oil. It gives a pleasant taste and odour and hence prevents bacterial contamination. It induces apoptosis of cancer cells. The main mechanism of how the carvacrol compound kills the cancer cells is still unknown.


Though oregano is a culinary herb, its medicinal properties were recognized and utilized by Hippocrates in the early centuries for stomach and respiratory ailments. It serves as a cure for sore throat in Greece even today. It is used as a cure for respiratory ailments and nervous disorders in the Austrian traditional medicine.


Inappropriate diet increases the risk of prostrate cancer but researchers have confirmed that the people who consume pizzas are less likely to get prostrate cancer. Results show that mediterranean food serves as a healthy diet for people with prostrate cancer.


It is estimated that nearly 10,000 people die every year due to prostrate cancer in The United Kingdom and it increases year by year. The current research of Dr. Supriya Bhavadekar, a leading researcher in the field of Cancer in United States may provide an alternative for the treatment of prostrate cancer by the introduction of oregano based drugs in the future.

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From General Hospital to American History X – And Beyond

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Ever heard of John Martinuzzi? Unless you’re a real soap opera fan from way back in the 1980s, you’ve probably not heard of him. Ever heard of John Morrissey? Unless you’re an aficionado of film and know who produced which topnotch film of this or that year, you’ve probably not heard of him, either.

In fact, as a consumer of TV and movie entertainment, you’re likely not any more familiar, by name, with Mr. Morrissey than you are with Mr. Martinuzzi. Yet if you’re a regular consumer of TV and movie entertainment, be assured, you are aware of the products put out under these names.

In 1982, John Martinuzzi originated the role of the deliciously-evil Stavros Cassadine on ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL, and went on in 1984 to play David Preston on CBS’ THE GUIDING LIGHT. John Morrissey is the established producer of recognized and celebrated films, namely the critically-acclaimed AMERICAN HISTORY X, among others, both for the big screen and television.

What makes this interesting is that Martinuzzi and Morrissey is the same man. Actor, producer, writer, photographer, clothing designer-these are his professions in just the first 50 or so years.

It’s in the transition from one name to the other, one form of visibility to another, that the meat of the story is revealed. For all practical purposes to anyone who may have followed his screen work, John Martinuzzi seemed to disappear from the face of the earth, and at that time, his just-growing “fan base”-as John Martinuzzi aka Stavros-was left wondering if he, like Stavros, had passed away . . . or at very least, dropped out of the industry to become, say, a car salesman.

What did happen?

John Martinuzzi, the man, is alive and well, living in Los Angeles, but the name is no more.

Using Martinuzzi as his last name, the actor came to public light in 1983 as Stavros Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL, a part which he had no way of knowing would live on in soap history. And though Stavros reportedly died during Martinuzzi’s tenure, the character was eventually resurrected, with another actor in the role. This is when John Martinuzzi slowly began to morph into oblivion – or so it appeared to the general public who’d come to enjoy his compelling portrayal of such a complicated character. Though Martinuzzi took on another nationally-known role on THE GUIDING LIGHT a few years later, that character never grabbed viewers in the same way. Then-he was gone to daily visibility. No more John Martinuzzi.

It didn’t really happen that fast, though. Things were changing in John’s life. Lots of things. To start from the beginning-what originally brought John into the bright lights of stage, television, and film, and what came about to bring about his change in personas?

He was born in the 1950s. At a point where there was no male figure in his life, his mother worked as assistant to the famous Eartha Kitt, and she and John lived with her. He called Eartha the “head of the household,” and said she was “stubborn and aggressive in her way, but very smart.” It was a “unique” atmosphere, since the head of their home “was a black woman.” John became accustomed early on to “women and blacks in positions of power.”

He, his mother, and Eartha went from theater to theater, and, as he put it, acting “just seemed like . . . what grown ups did.” So when he grew up, John followed suit. He went to college, then to drama school in London. He did a considerable amount of regional theatre before going on to Broadway.

How did he make the transition to soap operas?

He auditioned. As John Martinuzzi, he auditioned six times for the role of Stavros Cassadine. Though he had been born John James Morrissey III, his parents divorced and his mother ultimately remarried. He was adopted by his stepfather and lived as John Martinuzzi well into adulthood-and notoriety as an American actor, a time which had started with these auditions.

John said, “By the time it got to the end” of the casting process for the part of Stavros, “I had come to be what they imagined, and they changed some dialogue for me and when I would improvise, they would add some of what I said.” Stavros was uniquely his, and even though he held that part for only a year or so, he put an irresistible stamp on the character . . . so much so that, over 25 years later, viewers still talk about “John Martinuzzi” and his portrayal of Stavros Cassadine. And the next thing they want to know is, “Whatever happened to him?”

After his stint on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and then THE GUIDING LIGHT, and other less-visible roles, John moved from in front of the cameras to behind them as a movie producer. During this time, he made the decision to return to his roots. Now the name change. It came about when he fell in love and asked his sweetheart to marry him.

“Will you take my name?” he asked her.

“Not the Italian one,” she replied, “but I’ll take your real name.” He acquiesced, and returned to his birth name. For about 14 years, John James Morrissey III was a married man with a family, working regularly as a movie producer. He helped raise his wife’s daughter from a previous marriage whom he calls “a spectacular girl,” with softness in his voice, and John Martinuzzi slipped into the past.

By changing his name, John didn’t realize he was effectively cutting away one portion of his public persona. It didn’t even cross his mind. Amazingly, he was totally unaware he even had a following. When the issue of the Stavros re-cast was brought up, John was surprised.

“I don’t think the role was recast. Relatives were chosen. I don’t think Stavros himself was recast.” He hesitated. “Maybe I don’t even know.”

He didn’t know. He was told Stavros was brought back in 2001 with Robert Kelker-Kelly in the part, and he asked pointedly, “Was Genie on the show?”

“Genie” referred to Genie Francis, the actress who originated the role of Laura Spencer, and went on to become half of Luke and Laura, one of the most famous soap couples of all times.

When informed that Genie was on the show at the time, John’s response was short. “Genie would’ve opposed me coming on to do it.”

This brings us to the real history between not only the characters-Laura and Stavros-but also between the actors-Genie and John.

“I have not followed GENERAL HOSPITAL,” John explained. “I did not follow GENERAL HOSPITAL when I was on it.”

After only a slight hesitation, it was evident he had made a decision, a decision to tell his story. “I fell in love with Genie Francis and we lived together for several years.” This explained the realism behind their electric onscreen chemistry. “We did some plays after our work [together] . . . had a good time. She was concerned about becoming a better actress . . . so we went to New York-she wanted to study with my acting teacher. We went to New York; I was cast in some plays, she was studying . . . .”

He stopped for a moment to collect his thoughts, as if trying to decide how best to relate the next part of their shared drama.

“I was an alcoholic, I am an alcoholic, and I didn’t really know it but she did. She had been exposed to alcoholism with her father, and she had had her own process with drugs and alcohol even though she was quite young. She understood a lot more about alcoholism and A.A. than I did, so I think that I was not a viable partner for her, really.”

Anyone who’s followed GENERAL HOSPITAL‘s history has heard the rumors that Genie and her leading man at that time became an offscreen item. What happened to that romance, however, has been nearly as much of a mystery as the whereabouts of that leading man since he left daytime TV. Here he was now, personally explaining all that had gone on behind the scenes.

“It was impossible to carry on and so after a few years, we broke up. She left, and it was very upsetting to me.” His voice tinged with regret. “. . . she became angry with me because I was upset with her.” They did things against each other, as so often happens when love gets hurt. John sounded surprised at the depth of his recollections all these years later. “I don’t even barely remember the things I did that upset her but, apparently,” he laughed uncomfortably, “she’s still upset, I discovered years later. She’s one of the few women I’ve had a serious relationship with that I didn’t remain very good friends with . . . and for whatever reason, I have not remained friends with Genie.”

So the stormy truth of the Laura and Stavros/Genie and John story is finally revealed. He lived with his regrets and went on after Genie, though still not toning down his lifestyle.

“I did two years on THE GUIDING LIGHT, as John Martinuzzi.” The name change hadn’t yet taken place-the disappearance was still a few years into the future. “That was interesting,” he continued, “but I think my alcoholism began to flare more during that time . . . soap opera acting just wasn’t what I was interested in. It was a little too limiting.”

John sighed heavily. It sounded as if he hadn’t visited this period in his life in quite some time. “I was very young and extremely frightened of taking a step away and trying to get somewhere more on my own, go in whatever direction I really wanted to go as an artist, on any level. . . . I did some plays while on the show. And right after my contract ended, I came to L. A. in 1987. I had acted on a bunch of episodic television but found I was at the peak of my alcoholism and still in denial, still not recognizing it, but it was interfering in my life.”

What happened? Love happened. “I met this woman, and I liked her a lot . . . and I met some other people who were film producers, and film production began to interest me. . . . Acting is ego-oriented. Even [for] actors who are not particularly egotistical.”

The surprise here was that John didn’t seem to be an egocentric man. When the world has but one or maybe two personas on which to base an impression, and when those personas are self-serving and not-so-nice, it’s an unfortunate mistake to expect the person behind the characterizations to be similar.

The man himself was quite the opposite. “It’s constantly, ’til you are a star, having to worry about how you look and having to run around chasing work. Self-focused. And the parts of oneself that aren’t necessarily the most interesting. So I was sick of it. I was attracted to producing films. I hadn’t particularly stopped acting, I hadn’t consciously stopped acting, but I got more and more involved in producing.”

When asked if he’d consider acting again, he replied, “I like acting. It’s really fun. It’s the best of lifestyles that . . .” he laughed, the sound happy, young, impish, ” that I’ve lived. You show up on the set, everybody treats you really nicely and you get a lot of privileges. Nice ego-boosting things happen, then you go out and play and . . .” again he laughed, “that’s all that’s expected out of you. It’s emotionally-challenging but I like that. But I’m not so eager to pursue that because I don’t want to worry about running around looking for work. It’s a pain in the ass.” More light-hearted laughter. “So,” in final answer to the original question, “if people ask me to act, I do.”

It was here in his story, at a time where he was in love and moving away from acting and into producing-a true life change-where he proposed, and his lady said, “Yes.” She wanted to become Mrs. Morrissey, though, not Mrs. Martinuzzi. John reverted to the name given him at birth, and this lifestyle worked well for a time, long enough for him to get used to being a husband and a father. While he was married, he produced the well-accepted AMERICAN HISTORY X with Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, and Stacy Keach.

“I’ve produced 14 or 15 movies and some television stuff, and I have an ongoing career as a producer and a lot of credibility and a good position in the industry, so I think I’m in good shape, and I can make good money doing it.”

Unfortunately, though his professional world was going well, his personal life went through another major change. By 2001, with a solid career as a film producer, he and his wife had split. John was again on his own . . . and this seemed to encourage a desire for something new in his professional life, as well.

“I was feeling I’d grown limited by what I was doing as a producer,” he explained. “Producing is so depependent on such a huge collection and variety of people it can be monumentally frustrating. I can certainly make a good living and get a lot of movies made, but I’m no longer interested in making movies that don’t compel me, like American History X did. I’ve made some movies just to make a living, and I don’t particularly want to do that.”

He needed to expand again. He had the means, and he ” . . . started writing more, I’m a photographer, and I shoot for a variety of publications. A few years ago I decided I was interested in women’s clothing so I started to design. My line is starting to take off. . . . I just made a major sale to Sears in Mexico. Sears in Mexico is partnered with Sachs, and they’ve bought my line, called John Morrissey, as well as a number of other boutiques in Mexico City. I’ve started to sell in Miami. I’m putting all my attention on this Mexican process because my clothes go on sale there in September.”

What led John to take his clothing venture south of the United States border?

“At the time I split with my wife, I decided to learn how to speak Spanish. I’ve had an increasing interest in Central and South America, and have travelled to Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay.” Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, and Chile are on his list of future travel spots.

John’s journey-emotional as well as literal-painted the picture of an entrepreneur, a man with varied but connected interests, and a determination to not limit himself to only one but, instead, excel at all of them.

When it was suggested that he was an entrepreneur, he thought for a moment before responding. “Producing is entrepreneurial. I think what I am is an artist, and I find different media or venues in which to express or practice or develop my art. For me, it all comes from the same place. . . . Designing clothes and writing and taking pictures and producing movies and acting, and all of it is sort of the same thing. I know it isn’t, it requires different skill sets, but the impulse comes from exactly the same place. I think of myself as an artist. Some of the stuff I do requires entrepreneurial skills, of which mine are very limited.” He laughed, as if he couldn’t quite see himself in that role.

Yet, in hearing his story, there seemed to be little about this man that could be described as “limited.” He gave off an air of one who was confident, yet not oversure. Capable but not arrogant. Someone who knew his way around romance but who truly prefers being in love with one special lady.

Which brought about a revealing comment from John. In talking again about his first real national role, that of Stavros on GENERAL HOSPITAL, he said, “It was quite interesting to me because it sort of changed my view of myself. I thought of myself as a character, kind of a weird-looking guy, and I got cast as a very sexy guy. It had a great impact on my self-image.”

Sometimes that’s what it takes. Perception coupled with acceptance and action. John went for the role, it was given to him, he learned to play it, and he excelled.

That could, in fact, be John Morrissey’s modus operandi these days. Not only has his name changed. In his own words, “On September 17, 1993, I stopped drinking and doing drugs and I’ve been clean and sober ever since. In 1996 I quit smoking.” Each time he’s gone around another curve in life, he has found a new role. Up for every new challenge, he’s figured out how to play each one. Seems that for every corner John will turn, he’ll continue to happily surprise himself.

But make no mistake. If you want to keep an eye on this artist, from here on out you need to be watching for John Morrissey, not John Martinuzzi!

John Martinuzzi may be gone but there’s no sorrow there. Morrissey is here to stay!

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Online Small Business Accounting Services for Improved Accuracy

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It is quite a challenge to run a small business these days and owners have to wear many hats in order to get the job done. When you are taking it upon yourself to handle a lot of tasks, you are bound to mess up at some point, and if an error occurs with your accounts it can be very expensive. Additionally, fixing such errors wastes valuable time that you could be using to manage key administrative issues that are vital to your business.

Owners often face a dilemma in this situation as they cannot afford to hire a full-time professional accountant with their limited resources. This is the precise reason that SaaS models like small business accounting services and payroll accounting systems are becoming more and more popular with small business owners. Following are some of the benefits of such accounting services.

Additional Security

Use of the Internet’s increased security modules ensure your data is safe and secure so you don’t have to worry about unauthorized access, manipulation or theft. This is a common occurrence when your data is stored at your premises and can be accessed by anyone making your sensitive business information vulnerable to theft and manipulation. Since the reputation of these small business accounting services depends on safeguarding your data, they will go an extra mile to protect it.

Affordable Prices

These accounting services are far more affordable and accurate than a professional accountant hired locally. The online accounting services provide solutions to a large number of clients reducing their costs per client and making it more affordable to the marketplace. This is a classic win-win scenario for small business owners as they can get quality, reliable services at reasonable prices. At the same time, the switch from in-house accounting to online accounting enables employers to focus on more productive areas of their businesses.

Ease of Use

One added advantage of small business accounting services is that they are less complicated than your everyday accounting software which at times can be overly complex for the average business owner. You have the ease of sending your data automatically by email, or you can scan documents like payroll time sheets and then send them by email. Another advantage offered by most of the accounting services providers is the availability of a live professional 24/7 via online chat or email for any problem that you may run in to.

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