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How education could reduce corruption

We live in an era of widely publicized bad behavior. It’s not clear if there’s more unethical behavior occurring now than in the past, but communications technology allows every corrupt example to be broadcast globally. Why are we not making better progress against unethical conduct and corruption in general?Morals are the principles of good conduct, widely accepted by all. The study of morality is ethics, and unethical conduct, which underlies all corruption. Corruption undermines the rule of l...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, Global, Blog, Ethics, Sociology, Un, World Bank, Criminal Justice, UN Convention, Pixabay, The Organization for Economic Co, Tumisu, Fronting Corruption, Jay Albanesecon


Accept death to promote health

We all die and, despite some fanciful ideas to the contrary, we will, as a species, continue to do so. Our daily routines tend to distract us from this fact. However, because death is inevitable, we need to think about how we can live healthy lives, without ignoring how they end.Once we accept that we are going to die, how we spend our money and our time on health begins to shift. At core, we should aspire to die healthy. That means focusing our energy on creating a world that maximizes health r...
Tags: Health, Books, Politics, Featured, Public Health, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, Medical Mondays, Pixabay, Science And Medicine, Pained


Green Tea For Beautiful Hair

The discovery in 2007 that green tea boosts  the production of detoxifying enzymes  is just one of many that have come to establish this beverage and leaf as an ally to human health and beauty. These days, health buffs are just as likely to  sip on a cup of tea  every day to boost skin health as they are to consume it to boost liver health. Green tea is also playing an important role in beauty, with skin- and hair-care companies alike relying on this ingredient to restore hair to a healthy, shi...
Tags: Tea, Beauty, National Institutes of Health, Hair, Green Tea, Pixabay, Health & Well-Being, Medical College of Georgia, Healthy Hair, Beauty Treatments, Lucy Wyndham, Tea for Beauty, Tea for hair, Green Tea Can Promote Scalp Health


Coronavirus Update 6–29–2020: Judge hands McDonald’s a whopper of a rebuke for its COVID-19 response

A month ago I reported on a novel lawsuit filed against McDonald's Corporation in which the plaintiffs sought to have the fast-food conglomerate's alleged failure to comply with health guidance and provide PPE to its employees declared a public nuisance. Last week, the judge , concluding that they were likely to succeed on the merits of their claims. In so ruling, he concluded that the company fell short in its obligation to keep safe its employees and its customers. At issue in the cas...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Executive Order, Rudy, Illinois, McDonald, McDonald s Corporation, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Peter Skitterians


The edible flower guide in Polish!

Summer is here and with the coronavirus pandemic people are growing vegetables and flowers more than ever!!! I absolutely love flowers, their smell and beautiful colors. It doesn’t matter if I make a bouquet out of them, use them in a recipe or just simply enjoy them while sitting in my garden. Breakfast bowl. Image by T Caesar from Pixabay Edible flowers (jadalne kwiaty) add color (kolor), flavor (smak) and texture (tekstura) to sweet and savory dishes. It can be used in cordials, oils and bu...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Nature, Linguistics, Tess, Caesar, Pixabay, Hans Braxmeier, Pixabay Image, Pixabay Dried, Pixabay Edible, Peter Toporowski, Pixabay Rose, Petra Göschel, Volkmar Gubsch, Анна Anna Таскаева Taskaeva


Seven ways to talk to terminal patients

Before COVID-19 arrived in our lives, chronic illness was considered the next worldwide pandemic. But COVID-19 did arrive and life as we knew it has radically changed. Healthcare workers, particularly nurses and physicians, are now having frequent palliative care (the area of end-of-life care that focuses on patient comfort) conversations although most are not trained as palliative care specialists.The prolific use of telehealth has also placed a demand on all healthcare providers to rely on com...
Tags: Books, Featured, United States, Healthcare, Health & Medicine, Palliative Care, Science & Medicine, Pixabay, Pandemic, Palliative Medicine, Communication In Palliative Care, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid19, Comfort Model


20 Years of Attempting to Diversify the Russian Economy – Part II

“Robert has returned to Baku from the east coast of the Caspian sea . He has found excellent naphtha at a depth of 70 feet on Cheleken. Now he has the raw material…”                                                                                                                         A quotation from a letter of Ludvig Nobel to his brother Alfred Nobel on October 31, 1875 Last time we pointed out that Russia wanted to get rid of the oil and gas export dependency; looked at the beginning of t...
Tags: Energy, Russia, Oil, Georgia, Economy, History, Gas, Paris, Linguistics, Royal Dutch Shell, Jordan, Ussr, Siemens, Black Sea, Shell, Nobel


Coronavirus Update 6–4–2020: Can you force employees who participate in George Floyd protests to quarantine without pay?

Yesterday I discussed the legalities of placing on an unpaid leave of absence employees who engaging in leisure mass gatherings outside of work. What about employees who you discover gathered in mass to protest George Floyd's murder and racial injustice? There are legitimate concerns that the mass protests taking place in cities around the country will cause an acceleration of COVID-19 spread and a spike in cases. Can you place protesting employees on an unpaid leave of absence to quarantine ...
Tags: Law, Colorado, North Dakota, Connecticut, New Mexico, District Of Columbia, Title VII, South Carolina, California New York, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Bruce Emmerling, George Floyd


How paternity leave can help couples stay together

The birth of a child is accompanied by many changes in a couple’s life. The first few weeks and months are a time of acquiring new skills and creating new habits which allow parents to carry on with their other responsibilities while also caring for the new family member. Many decisions need to be made: Who does the cleaning? Who does the grocery shopping? Who cooks? Who feeds and changes the baby?In recent years many countries have acknowledged the importance of fathers taking parental leave on...
Tags: Books, Featured, Marriage, Economics, Spain, Sociology, Journals, Iceland, Maternity Leave, Social Sciences, Paternity Leave, Business & Economics, Pixabay, Subtopics, Iceland Norway Sweden, Mabel Amber Public Domain


How to sound Russian in less than 4 letters

An interjection is, ironically, a big name for the little words we use to express emotions. Here are five such utterances that have less than four letters. These interjections will help you feel and sound more Russian than saying babooshka over and over again (with the exception of Kate Bush, of course.) Image by Bogdan Korneker from Pixabay   Эx [ˈɛx] “Эх” is certainly one of the most versatile exclamations out there and could be used to express anything. If you’ve ever felt misundersto...
Tags: Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Kate Bush, Russian Language, Vocabulary, Pixabay, Russian for beginners, Karlson, The Russian Emotion, Bogdan Korneker, Jeh, Laurie Chipps


Coronavirus Update 5-27-2020: Is McDonald’s really a public nuisance?

As I've written in the past, it's difficult bordering on impossible for an employee to sue their employer based on an alleged COVID-19 exposure at the business. First, they have to overcome the issue of workers' comp exclusivity. And if they can manage to clear that, they still have the causation problem of proving that the exposure of this highly transmittable virus happened at work (as opposed to anywhere else in the world).  There's nothing like a pandemic, however, to spark the creativity...
Tags: Law, Manhattan, Reuters, McDonald, McDonald s Corporation, OSHA, Smithfield Foods, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA, PPE, Akukahr


Is collecting medical data really essential for health care?

The United States spends an inordinate amount of money on health care. Much of this spending goes to data acquisition, to medical monitoring, and to assessment of how our health systems function. But are there other areas where money devoted to gathering health data might be better spent?Our health is a product of the world around us. This is perhaps most easily understood by thinking about how much time we spend in the various places where we live, work, and gather.Data from the Bureau of Labor...
Tags: Books, Featured, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, Pixabay, Pained, PhotoMixCompany


Coronavirus Update 5-8-2020: Can you legally refuse to return to work to someone at “high risk” for COVID-19 complications?

As you start recalling employees to your physical workplace from remote work-from-home arrangements or furlough, you are concerned about an employee who has an underlying medical issue that the CDC says places him at a higher risk for complications from coronavirus. Can you refuse to return this employee to work? According to recently updated guidance from the EEOC, the answer might be “yes.” According to the CDC, the following medical conditions places one at a higher risk for severe illn...
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Warren Buffett's investor presentation slides

This tweet flew by about Warren Buffett’s slides during his annual investor meeting. VCs: “please make sure you get someone to design your slides or nobody will take you seriously.”Warren Buffet: pic.twitter.com/viu7wG17GK— Yuri Sagalov (@yuris) May 2, 2020 A sans serif font and centering the text would have made it look better, but overall, this slide is actually not that bad. One big message without distractions. (If Warren had used SlideMagic with this template, his slide would have looked l...
Tags: Warren, Warren Buffett, Warren Buffet, Layout, Speaking, Investor presentation, SlideMagic, Pixabay, Yuri Sagalov


Integrated Pixabay image search

Pixabay offers a large database of free stock images. The site has become increasingly useful over the past years. In 2020, free images are now often better than paid stock photos, simply because the designer/photographer tries less hard to add effects and edits to the original photographs. (This is all written from the perspective of a corporate presentation designer, there are probably other people out there who value edited images).Each free image site has its own profile. Unsplash has bette...
Tags: Images, Speaking, Unsplash, SlideMagic, Pixabay


Coronavirus Update 4-27-2020: Bringing your employees back to work when unemployment pays them more than you do

At 2 pm today, Governor DeWine will announce his plan for restarting Ohio’s economy (currently expected to begin on May 2). One huge issue, however, is how businesses can incent their employees to return to work if unemployment is paying them more than you will. Including the CARES Act’s $600 unemployment bonus that expires on July 31, an employee earning maximum unemployment benefits from the State of Ohio earns $1,247 per week, the equivalent of an hourly rate of $31.17 or a yearly salary of...
Tags: Spotify, Law, Ohio, DeWine, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Gerd Altmann


How is Earth celebrating its day with coronavirus pandemic?

Earth Day is an annual event, held on April 22nd, to demonstrate support and foster knowledge about environmental protection. It was first organised in 1970 in the USA. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. In Poland the first Earth Day (Dzień Ziemi) was held 30 years ago. Though the coronavirus has caused life-t...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Holidays, Environment, Earth, Rome, Nature, Culture, Linguistics, Poland, European Space Agency, Countries, Victory Gardens, Pixabay, Paris Madrid, Current News


Coronavirus Update 4-15-2020: Declaring professional wrestling an essential business demeans the sacrifices all essential workers are making

Have you taken the “Florida Man challenge”? It’s a hoot. You type “Florida man” along with your birthdate to discover the head-scratching things Floridians have done on that date. For example, “Florida Man February 13” (my birthday) yields this gem: Florida Man Carrying Steroids and Marijuana Crashes Van While Attempting to Flee Cumby PD. And if you take the challenge for today, winner winner chicken dinner: Florida Man High on Flakka Has Sex with Tree and Calls Himself Thor. It should therefo...
Tags: Florida, Law, John Oliver, Orlando, Hulk Hogan, Ron DeSantis, Linda McMahon, Vince McMahon, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, DeSantis, Trump Super PAC, Performance Center, America First Action, Steve Buissinne


Coronavirus Update 4-10-2020: The top 5 things I’m doing besides working

How are you filling your non-working time? We used to fill our time running our kids all over the place for various lessons, rehearsals, and gigs. Now, however, we have a lot of down-time, with nothing to do. So how am I filling my time when I’m not working? (Which, btw, I’ve been doing a lot of over the past month.)           1. Walking … a lot. We are walking a ton of miles. As in 4 – 6 miles per day. The rings on my Apple Watch are very happy. Partly because we have 2 high-energy dogs (one ...
Tags: Law, West Coast, Pixar, Kate Hudson, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Zoominar, TanteTati


Coronavirus Update 4-6-2020: We CARES about unemployment

The past two weeks have seen a record 10 million new unemployment claims. This number does not even include many of the millions more who have had their hours or wages cut as businesses continue to struggle with the realities of operating in a world turned upside down by coronavirus. Sadly, we should expect this situation to get a lot worse before it starts to get better. Thankfully for each worker unemployed or underemployed as a result of coronavirus, the CARES Act provides significant finan...
Tags: Law, Ohio, States, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation PEUC, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PUA, PEUC, Short Time Compensation STC


9 Principles of Experiential Marketing in 2020

Did you know that 68% of app developers surveyed mentioned an increased demand in the event app space since 2018? Or that 60% of marketers today agree that live event experiences at an event increase impressions and lead generations?  The beauty of marketing lies in the evolution of strategies and methods that adapt and change as the years go by, as more and more tools are introduced. First, it was Web 2.0 that marketers needed to adapt to, but fast forward a few more years, it’s now Web 3....
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Digital, Experiential Marketing, Pixabay, Best Affiliate Marketing Plugins


Coronavirus Update 4-1-2020: The mechanics of the tax credit for paid family and sick leave under the FFCRA

One of the questions I have received the most since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is how employers claim the tax credit available under the Act for paid leave provided to employees. Late yesterday, the IRS published a detailed list of FAQs explaining all of the mechanics of this tax credit. I want to focus on the key employment law piece of these FAQ, how an employer should substantiate its eligibility for tax credits, i.e., the documentation you need to keep. ...
Tags: Law, Irs, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Steve Buissinne


Coronavirus Update 3-31-2020: Employers, PLEASE don’t take your employees’ stimulus checks (plus video of yesterday’s Zoominar)

One employer is an anomaly, two is a trend that must be stopped. Last week, I nominated for the Worst Employer of 2020 an unnamed national restaurant chain that was reported to be stealing (the company called it “absorbing”) its employees’ CARES Act stimulus checks by reducing their scheduled hours in a pro-rata amount. Now, another employer has been outed with similar plans. According to KXAN, an unnamed national company advised its employees that it would be preemptively deducting funds from...
Tags: Law, Congress, Oklahoma City, DOL, Pat Russell, KXAN, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Paycheck Protection Program, Lost Ogle, ImageNet Consulting, Employee Emergency Compensation Program, ElisaRiva


6 Simple Ways to Promote Your Blog

These days, launching a blog is a no-brainer: all you need is a blog theme, a couple of clicks on the mouse, and you can start brainstorming ideas about what you want to write about. However, the fact that starting a blog is easy doesn’t mean that blogging has no value to offer to businesses. On the contrary, according to FirstSiteGuide , blogging can help you establish expertise, network with others in your industry, and even make money! Still, it takes more than just producing engaging ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising, Linkedin, Blog Promotion, Facebook YouTube, Facebook With, Blog Tips, Pixabay, Gerd Altmann


Coronavirus Update 3-30-2020: DOL FAQs on the FFCRA, the threequel (and a Zoominar reminder) #coronavirus

A quick reminder that I’ll be live on Zoom today from 1 - 2 pm ET discussing all things Coronavirus, including the DOL’s most recent additions to its Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs (part 1 of which I covered here, and part 2 of which I’m covering below). You can access the Zoominar here: https://zoom.us/j/856368874 (and don’t forget that Norah promised to join for a song at the end). Now, onto the most recent development—the DOL’s weekend additions to its coronavirus paid family ...
Tags: Law, DOL, FMLA, Jon Hyman, Norah, Pixabay, COVID, Zoominar


How to Stop Getting Sick all the time after a serious illness?

Image Credits : Photo by Pixabay from Pexels For someone who used to hardly get sick for a day in the entire year to suffering an autoimmune disease, I can relate to a deteriorated health and body. Usually, it is difficult for others to understand the agony faced by the patients suffering from autoimmune diseases, however mild or severe. Only you realize how weak your body becomes and how it is difficult to do even a simple task. It looks as if you are getting sick all the time. However...
Tags: Health, India, Seo, Autoimmune Diseases, Healthy Habits, Knuckles, Scleroderma, Pixabay, Ways Your House, Low Immune System, Nutritious Food at Regular Intervals


How work conditions shape healthcare

A few hours before he died, my patient, a 21-year-old man (a boy, really) who was undergoing treatment for a blood cancer came to my ward from the emergency department where he had presented with fever. His parents came with him. The emergency clinicians had begun the right protocol to address his fever. My duties, as his ward nurse, were to follow that protocol. He was doing well. He even tried to crack a joke. I laughed, though I was too old to get the reference. His joy, with his smiling pare...
Tags: Health, Books, Featured, Healthcare, Nursing, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, Medical Mondays, Pixabay, Medical Ethics


Governments should tackle air pollution by banning old cars

Air pollution continues to be a serious problem in many cities around the world in part because of a steady increase in car use. In an effort to contain such a trend and persuade drivers to give up their cars in favor of public transport, authorities increasingly rely on limits to car use. Some places have banned drivers from using their vehicles on certain days of the week. Good examples of these driving restrictions include Athens (where restrictions were introduced in 1982), Santiago (1986), ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Climate Change, Mexico, Germany, Economics, Rome, Beijing, Air Pollution, Pollution, Santiago, Paris, Mexico City, Athens, Journals, Manila


How air pollution may lead to Alzheimer’s disease

Air pollution harms billions of people worldwide. Pollutants are produced from all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, residential wood burning, and forest fires so they are found everywhere. One of the most dangerous of these, fine particulate matter, is 20 to 30 times smaller than a strand of human hair. Their tiny size allows them to be easily inhaled into the body, causing a number of adverse health effects. Over the past few decades, it has become widely recognized ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Journals, Health & Medicine, Alzheimer, Science & Medicine, Pixabay, Ralf Vetterle


Learning microbiology through comics

What do most people know about microbes? We know that they are tiny creatures that can attack us, causing illness, and kill us. Recent outbreaks such as measles and the Wuhan coronavirus are discussed in the media heavily. We understand microbes through mass media; it is not surprising there is widespread antibiotic abuse.However, scientists are also to blame; we are failing to communicate science to society with accurate and rigorous facts and also in simple words so everybody can understand, e...
Tags: Books, Comics, Ebola, Featured, Education, Comic Books, Bacteria, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Journals, Wuhan, Microbes, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Pixabay, Fems Microbiology Letters