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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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Benefits of Bing and Yahoo Pay Per Click

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With today’s very competitive online marketing, it is important that a business creates a strong marketing effort to build qualified traffic to their website. Pay per click marketing is one great way of advertising on the Internet. It can bring a steady flow of traffic that can result to potential leads and new sales. Over the years, it has been proven profitable, especially if the business is targeting a segment of audience. Adding Bing and Yahoo to your Google pay per click marketing is worth considering.

Pay per click campaign is based on keyword selection specifically designed to revolve around search terms that are relevant for the site. They are normally the ads that show up at the top and right corner of a search page. Generally, search engines do not charge when displaying these ads, but when a visitor clicks on the ad or the link which lands back to the business’ site, only then, is the advertiser charged.

All throughout the pay per click marketing world, Google is leading all other search engines with their 67% market share. However, what most advertisers do not realize is that with the growing amount of traffic on Google, also comes a number of competitors, still making it hard to hit on search result targets.

So, what is the alternative? Over the last couple of years, Bing and Yahoo pay per click have emerged as Google’s number one competitor. Although, Yahoo’s market share only comes up to 11.6% and Bing’s to 16.7%. When combined, they total of over 30% and this can still make a dent with Google’s share. And for any advertisers who overlooks these numbers could be ignoring a large population of potential customers.

Other advantages of Bing and Yahoo pay per click, include:

  • Pay per click with Bing and Yahoo does not cost as much as with Google. – Many advertisers say that taking Google as their host for paid search is a complete campaign suicide, mainly because of their high costs. Relevant keywords being bid with Bing and Yahoo do not cost as much as $2 to $5 per click as with Google. For instance, one of the most expensive keywords in Google includes “insurance,” “loans,” “mortgage,” “trading,” which usually ranges from $30 to $50 per click. So, if you run a business about loans and need to bid on “house loans” keyword, a business can pay as much as $3500 a month for that particular keyword alone with Google. However, Bing and Yahoo give much more reasonable prices. They have the lowest cost per click, even with the most expensive keywords in AdWords that normally ranges from $0.10 to $2, but still lands in the first pages. More so, they offer long-tail keywords of four or more words, but still at a very reasonable price bid.
  • Bing and Yahoo have demographic advantages. – Although recently, Bing removed their feature to target ads by gender and age as they say they improve it to become more accurate. Bing and Yahoo still have a statistical advantage because 58% of their users are women, and their audiences are from an age group of 35-45 and 55-64, which are definite age groups that can afford to buy as much in the Internet. Furthermore, this is probably because Bing is owned by Microsoft, and they normally put default web browsers that come with the computer a user has bought, not unless of course, if they are tech savvy and knows how to change web search engines in their computers.
  • Bing and Yahoo allow their users to import campaigns from Google – most advertisers admit that they are always having a hard time running separate campaigns in Google, and with Bing and Yahoo as they do their best to update each. Now, AdCenter with Bing and Yahoo allows users to import their campaign from AdWords with Google, without even exporting a single file. This is perfect for advertisers who do not want to spend time editing, exporting, and re-uploading spreadsheets from one account to another.
  • Bing and Yahoo pay per click does not run on Internet Explorer alone – Recently, many adCenter users of Bing and Yahoo requested to expand their service outside Internet Explorer. Now, pay per click may also be run through Mac and Chrome users, including all other web browsers.
  • Bing and Yahoo for mobile – paid search through Bing and Yahoo is made easy as they launched Bing on mobile devices through WAP or GPRS connections. Not only will users enjoy “Find My Location,” applications, as well as driving directions and maps, but they will also be able to search for new information through their smart phones, and this means that pay per click campaigns will reach a much wider audience.
  • Bing and Yahoo have representatives to talk to for free, 24/7. – Microsoft has dedicated customer representatives who are specifically assigned to help Bing and Yahoo AdCenter users, even those that are starting with their Bing and Yahoo ads. They have a range of topics that they can help with, from starting up, to billing, managing campaigns, editorial questions, and campaign reports. In fact, they are even open to suggestions and comments, which is the main reason why Microsoft brought about the freedom for users to use their Bing pay per click campaign on other web browsers. More so, these representatives are always active in social media, so it could be easy to reach them in Twitter or Facebook.
  • Cross-Platform Analytic Reports – With Bing and Yahoo’s adCenter report, it becomes easy for users to compare keyword performance for their pay per click campaign with other search engines, so that they can make the most of their budget.
  • Potentially Better Return of Investments – any pay per click campaign is useless if it does not get positive results. Numerous advertisers have vouched that adCenter pay per click campaigns through Bing and Yahoo drove more traffic than keywords run with AdWords of Google, which significantly gives a better return on investment.

Even with the 67% market share of Google, if combined with costly prices for their pay per click campaign, and with their other seemingly flaws, Bing and Yahoo still strike as a better alternative to Google, and as they make a dent to Google’s ad campaign, soon more and more advertisers will realize the benefits and power of what Bing and Yahoo can offer with the increase of their sales and rapid growth of their business.

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Top Three Attributes of the Car Accident Lawyer You Should Retain

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Car accidents, including motorcycle and truck accidents, are serious business. They happen every day and, even if you’re the safest driver in the world, they can still happen to you. If you suffer serious injuries from a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, it is vital that you first speak to a car accident lawyer before you reach any settlement with the insurance company, which would like nothing more than to pay you the least amount possible. However, choosing the right lawyer is not as simple as the decision to consult with one. Here are the top three attributes that you should look for in a prospective car accident lawyer to retain.

Expert

One of the most critical attributes to look for in a prospective auto injury lawyer is whether he or she actually specializes in car, motorcycle, and truck accident law. As an injured accident victim, you will be relying on lawyer you retain to maximize your recovery from the insurance company. Do yourself a big favor and make sure you retain a lawyer who specializes exclusively in representing auto accident victims.

There are many attorneys in each state practicing personal injury law. However, personal injury law can cover a wide-range of injuries. You don’t want a personal injury lawyer that handles a wide variety of personal injury lawsuits. You want a lawyer that specializes exclusively in car, motorcycle and truck accident law; someone who day-to-day represents auto accident victims.

For example, if needed heart sugary, would you want a general surgeon operating on you or a heart surgeon? Retain a lawyer specializing in representing auto accident victims. This can make a significant difference in how much you recover from the insurance company. You do not have to worry about expert auto lawyers being too expensive for you, because they generally do not charge hourly fees but, rather, a contingency fee.

Experience

The second most critical attribute to look for in a prospective car injury lawyer is his or her experience level. It’s not just a matter of being an experienced lawyer, you want an attorney who is very experienced in representing auto accident injury victims.

Following a car accident, the injuries you sustain may change your life drastically. Now is not the time to put your life and the way you are able to lead it in the hands of a rookie. Try to find a car accident attorney with at least five years of experience, ideally someone with experience representing car accident victims against the same insurance company. Consult with a seasoned lawyer who has many years of experience going up against the insurance companies.

However, it’s not just a matter of experience in car accident law. You want an attorney with years of trial experience, because your case may require going to trial.

Success

Finally, when considering a prospective car accident lawyer, you want to make sure he or she has been successful in the past and in the present. There is no point selecting a specialized lawyer with years of experience if he or she has not been successful against the auto insurance companies. It should not be difficult finding out how successful your prospective car lawyer is in representing auto accident injury victims. Just ask! If he or she has a proven track record of success, they will tell you and give you examples. Ideally, they will have been successful for past clients with similar injuries that you have sustained in the car accident.

In the end, you want a car accident lawyer who is an expert, experienced, and successful with respect to auto accident law in your state. Do not settle for anything less. There is absolutely no reason why you would need to.

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Sales Force Automation Software: Business Need

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Sales Force Automation Software was a major challenge before some decades that is successfully superseded by our techno-giants. The entire business community was longing for a system that could control; and monitor the track of sales and marketing activities. Things were getting tougher for an executive or an entrepreneur to manually handle the entire sales process and organizational activities. Moreover, the interaction with the clients was worsened. The answer to all those worries came in the form of this Software.

Streamlines Sales tasks

Sales Force Automation Software basically is another name for Customer Relationship Management Software. Its prime motto is to provide one-to-one interaction of organization executives with their customers. The primitive form of this Software was just for maintaining contacts. But rapid advancement of technology and rigorous endeavors from the technocrats has made it capable of overpowering the entire sales stage.

Online Sales Software handles all the sales tasks easily and gives you accurate sales reports on time. It is easy to use software which fulfills all the needs of the organization. It saves the precious time of the sales team and sales managers.

Web Based Technology

Online CRM Software encompasses cloud computing technology to perform the sales force automation. From Cloud Computing, we basically mean data to be stored in servers that are remotely located and are connected through network. Cloud Computing uses the SaaS module to provide this technology. SaaS stands for Software-As-A-Service. That means, the software needs not to be installed at the client’s computer. It is hosted from a remote server and its complete package can be accessed from there itself.

This Software has sorted out most of the problems faced by the entrepreneurs handling small to big organizations. Its easy usability, portability and anywhere operable flexibility have proved its worth over the previously launched hosted application.

Some Benefits of Online CRM Software over the premise hosted software are:

1) Premise hosted need to be installed to a computer. Thus it gets system specific. You can’t avail the software once you change the software. It can be used anywhere and at anytime, you can access the software any time you required.

2) Online CRM Softwares are cost effective. Whereas premise hosted software are much costlier than that.

3) There is a lot of extra IT infrastructure needed to successfully run premise hosted application. Whereas online application provide all kinds of functional service on a remote access basis.

4) The entire data load in case of premise hosted is upon your system. So, any time, there are chances of data crash and hardware failure. While in case of cloud computing, entire data load is upon the server. So your system is always safe from the impending dangers.

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Addition To The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 Proposed By HSE

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It was only in 1983 that Asbestos (Licencing) Regulations introduced the requirement for companies or individuals working with asbestos coating or asbestos insulation products to possess a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) licence.

Another twenty years elapsed before the 2003 Regulations instructed that the relevant authority must be notified of the details to any asbestos work which required a license, at least 14 days prior to the commencement of work. The Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2006 unified all previous prohibition and licencing regulations into one comprehensive reference document.

Following correspondence with the European Commission, the HSE is presently in consultation on plans to once again modify aspects of the 2006 Regulations. The aim is to more accurately reflect current levels of health risk concerns to companies and organisations who come into working contact with chrysotile white asbestos, estimated to be still present in a half a million premises around the UK.

Despite the continuing asbestos awareness campaigns of HSE, inconsistency of working knowledge and methods by construction firms and premises owners to the necessary actions required when first inspecting site building, encountering, containing and disposing of asbestos material.

Despite being banned from the 1980s onwards, white asbestos continued to be used in insulating materials such as wall board, wall coatings and cement products found in a wide variety of commercial and domestic building applications.

Currently, there are two existing categories of asbestos work:

1. Licensed asbestos work

2. Non-Licensed asbestos work

Currently, non-licensed work is exempt from requirements to:

– Notify work with asbestos to the relevant enforcing authority

– Carry out medical (respiratory) examinations

– Maintain registers of work (health records)

– Hold an asbestos licence

– Have arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies

– Designate asbestos areas

While the licensed asbestos work category remains unchanged, HSE propose to modify non-licensed asbestos work by introducing additional measures for short duration exposure to ‘friable’ ( fragile and disintegrating) or ‘damaged or degraded’ asbestos. A new category of asbestos work is to be introduced in addition to the two existing categories.

3. Notifiable Non-Licensed Work (NNLW).

Work under this new category will be exempt from requirements to:

– Hold an asbestos licence.

– Have arrangements for accidents, incidents and emergencies.

– Designate asbestos areas.

However, work under the new category will require employers to:

– Notify their work with asbestos to the “relevant enforcing authority”.

– Carry out medical (respiratory) examinations.

– Maintain registers of work (health records).

HSE propose that requirements for notifying work with asbestos, health records and medical surveillance will not apply where:

a) Exposure of employees to asbestos is sporadic and of low intensity.

b) It is clear from the risk assessment that the exposure of any employee to asbestos will not exceed the control limitwhere the work involves –

(i) Short, non-continuous maintenance activities in which only non-friable materials are handled.

(ii) Removal without deterioration of non-degraded materials in which the asbestos fibres are firmly bonded in a matrix.

(iii) Encapsulation/sealing of asbestos-containing materials which are in good condition.

(iv) Air monitoring/control, and the collection /analysis of samples to confirm whether a material contains asbestos.

Existing regulations do not specifically require the asbestos to be ‘non-friable’ or ‘non-degraded’ and the European Commission also seems to require a respiratory examination of industry personnel every three years due to uncertainty of not will knowing if there has been an encounter with asbestos in ‘notifiable’ situations.

Throughout the twentieth century and right up until the present day, dangers of asbestos exposure were continually ignored by building trade personnel or building owners. As a result, joiners, plasterers, plumbers, electricians and other operatives would be constantly at fatal risk of inhaling deadly asbestos fibre dust, which remains permanently embedded within the linings of the lungs and would develop into asbestosis disease or the malignant incurable cancer, mesothelioma.

The first asbestosis symptoms would not appear until some 15 to 50 years later, often at an advanced stage when prognosis would be between 4 to 18 months.

In the UK, the number of deaths from mesothelioma has risen to 2, 250 in 2008 and over 2,000 diagnosed cases are recorded each year.

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Outsourcing Your Plastic Surgery Marketing

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As a plastic surgeon you set yourself apart from other doctors. Every day you prove your expertise and skill by sculpting and shaping clients into the people they want to be. That is why it is a good idea for you to do what you do best and let marketing experts do what they do best. Hire a professional plastic surgery marketing team and let them increase your client base.

What an SEO Professional Can Do For You

An internet marketer is skilled at optimizing your website for higher search engine ranking. The whole idea behind marketing is being seen and a professional knows how to get you seen better than anyone. He has spent years creating ways to grab the attention of the consumer. Just as you have spent years perfecting your skills.

It would take you just as long to learn how to successfully market your business. You didn’t learn how to be a plastic surgeon just by watching the techniques on television or by reading a few books. You learned hands on with the guidance of a professional. A marketing expert learned in much the same way.

Don’t Try to Do Everything

When you try to do everything on your own you end up stressing out and making mistakes. A few plastic surgery marketing mistakes can cost you quite a few clients. But, if your stress causes mistakes in your practice, then you are really in trouble. You could even lose your license. Outsourcing your marketing strategies takes away all of that stress.

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How to Stop Being Resigned to Living With an Alcoholic

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Alcoholism is an illness that can be much harder for those living with an alcoholic than it is for the alcoholic. Those with an alcoholic parent or spouse know the hardship of constantly worrying that their loved one will drive while intoxicated, sell personal valuables in order to finance their habit or go on a binge and disappear for days.

For many living with an alcoholic means constantly worrying about paying the bills, having to clean up after their alcoholic loved one, looking out for various signs of alcoholism, dealing with abuse, and even being unable to sleep from fear of what will happen next.

Instead of allowing or becoming resigned to the situation you must fight back. This is the only way to ensure better future! Use these top 5 tips to make a positive change to your live.

1. Take an honest look at the alcoholic: Recognizing the line between social drinking and alcohol abuse is not always easy to identify. Although an individual who only drinks a few glasses during the weekend might not be considered an alcoholic, anyone who drinks to the point that it affects their regular life can be considered to be abusing alcohol.

Talk to the alcoholic parent or spouse. Sit down and ask them why they drink. Discus worrying symptoms that indicate alcoholism such as drinking to the point of blacking out, needing to drink to feel better about their life and feeling ashamed over their drinking habits.

2. Let the alcoholic accept the consequences: To get out of resignation, let the alcoholic experience the negative consequences of drinking and do not let yourself take on responsibility for their actions. When living with an alcoholic do not call in for them if they miss work, never purchase alcohol for them, do not help them to bed or cleaning up the empty bottles after they have been drinking. To stay out of debt and get them to see how bad the situation has become do not buy alcohol for them or give them money to buy more.

3. Accept the reality: To change your life with an alcoholic parent or spouse, you need to accept the reality. Do not live in denial or make excuses for the signs of alcoholism being displayed. You should also not feel guilty or try to threaten or bribe them into giving up alcohol. Instead, deal with your own emotions, because this is the only thing you have power to control.

4. Do not engage: When living with an alcoholic, you are likely to notice that when heavily drinking they may start arguments, throw items around, or become verbally abusive. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into playing mind games or involved in fights! Make sure your spouse experiences being loved by you but detach yourself from the situation. If needed, leave the house for a few hours or go out with friends. By not accepting the outburst and bad behaviours they will see even faster that they need help.

5. Get Support: The road to recovery will not happen in just a few weeks or months. For some the process can take years! To get the emotional support needed to recognize and treat the signs of alcoholism therapists, support groups, online forums and even eBook systems can be accessed.

These treatment methods are enormously helpful for both the alcoholic and the individuals living with an alcoholic.

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