Awards Honor Mental Health Professionals

Many people with severe mental illness are able to contribute to their communities as working, active individuals – if they’re given the opportunity. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding many mental health conditions can prevent patients from fully reintegrating into society through competitive jobs, independent living and the ability to function within social circles.

Eli Lilly and Company, a corporation with a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products, is sympathetic to the difficulties these individuals face. For this reason, the company created the Lilly Reintegration Awards, which honor treatment teams, programs and services that assist those with severe mental illness as they re-enter the community, as well as individuals with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia who provide hope and support to their peers. The awards are now in their 14th year.

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As summer winds down, thoughts turn to the school year. But it’s easy to put off back-to-school preparations until the last minute, when you find yourself frantically throwing packs of No. 2 pencils in your cart.

This year, why not try for a more organized approach? Here are some tips:

* Go through your child’s wardrobe. The end of summer marks the perfect time to have a fashion show. Have your child put on a fashion show, and note what items you will need to replace. Get rid of ill-fitting, ratty and never-worn items. Consider donating “gently used” pieces.

When choosing back to school clothes, practicality is key. Company Kids Moby Goby line was created to be durable and be comfortable for a longer period of time with their adjustable waistband, double seaming, elastic gussets and fabric lining. Most of the clothing is machine washable, too, which is a must for kids who love the playground!

* Organize classroom supplies. When you receive your school’s supply list, don’t immediately run to the store. Look through what you bought last year — you may still have spare notebooks, pencils or binders that haven’t been used.

All children will need a backpack. If your child’s due for a replacement, look for plenty of pockets for organizing and a fun design. Company Kids backpacks offers backpacks for toddlers, children, tweens and teens. All have ample pockets, compartments, and heavy-duty zippers so your child can stay organized. And their fun prints, like the Blue Zoo backpack, lets each kid represent their personality.

* Take a look around your child’s room. Nothing says that your child’s growing up like entering a new grade, so the start of the school year is a good time to see if your child would prefer more “big kid” décor.” You don’t have to hire a decorator — a few posters and a new bedspread may do the trick.

And don’t forget the college kids! The Company Store offers a twin extra-long bedding package that includes a Company Cotton four-piece sheet set and a LaCrosse Primaloft comforter for $124.99. And unlike other pre-packaged bedding sets, your college bound kid can pick the color for each piece in the set, allowing them to mix and match according to their tastes.

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Six Tips to Personalize Your Workspace

Staring at gray cubicle walls doesn’t exactly lift your spirits, but you don’t know how to decorate your office so it looks like you without looking unprofessional. Here are some tips on creating an organized, professional and attractive workspace, whether you have a home office, a corner office or a cubicle.

PlaqueMaker Plus, a company that specializes in custom frames, signs, trophies and other items, offers the following tips:

•    Ask about your company’s policy on desk decorations. Obviously, you have considerable decorating freedom if you work from home. But your company may have restrictions — find out what they are before you’re required to remove family pictures or that piglet calendar.

Seeking Solutions for Plastic Medical Waste

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recycling efforts tend to center around plastic water bottles and milk jugs, but few people think about the plastics used in hospitals. IV bags, tubing and other types of medical products all contain plastic. And every time a patient enters a medical facility anywhere in the world, they generate waste.

The medical waste produced by hospitals, laboratories, research centers, animal testing laboratories, mortuaries and nursing homes can pile up quickly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), high-income countries, such as the U.S., produce about 13 pounds of medical waste per person per year.

Medical facilities use several methods to dispose of plastic medical waste. Some use incineration, which releases toxins into the atmosphere. Others use autoclaving, or a pressurized steam-cleaning, to disinfect plastics before shredding them. But most medical waste ends up in landfills.

One company, JBI, Inc., has found a better solution — recycling plastic medical waste into fuel. Its CEO, John Bordynuik, was going through old research archives when he found information about a unique catalyst that can efficiently break down plastic molecules into an oil similar to biofuel.

This technology, now called Plastic 2 Oil (P2O), can extract about one liter of fuel from every kilogram of raw plastics.

JBI Inc., which trades on the OTC under the stock symbol JBII, is buying a U.S. air filtration and custom air ventilation company that has worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, as well as numerous federal agencies and organizations within the health care industry. This new acquisition will allow JBI, Inc. to recycle medical waste plastic through its P2O process.

The company is looking for facilities that can be converted into P2O factories. Those who allow P2O factories to run on their property will receive extra fuel from the P2O process.

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As Food Imports Rise, So Do Safety Concerns

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – From New Zealand lamb to Mexican papaya and Columbian coffee, your local grocery store provides a truly international experience. And while plantains, eddo and avocados expand culinary horizons, importing these foods raises legitimate safety concerns.

Americans rely heavily on imported food — the U.S. now imports nearly 85 percent of its fish consumption, and fruit and vegetable imports have doubled since 1998. Even products made in the United States may contain foreign products, such as Chinese wheat gluten or Mexican green onions. And while many countries enforce safety standards equal to those used in the U.S., newly industrialized or industrializing nations may not have the resources or infrastructure to meet safety and quality benchmarks.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot pick up the slack. The FDA reports that, due to its own lack of resources, 99 percent of the imports that enter the U.S. are not inspected.

Experts agree that prevention, not inspection, will best ensure food safety. One life sciences company, Global Food Technologies, Inc., has developed an organic processing method that ensures that foods do not become contaminated during processing or packaging. By destroying the microbes in the food without harmful chemicals, the company achieves higher safety standards than the minimum required by law. The processing method, designated by the iPura brand name, is currently being used to produce seafood in several overseas nations. Any product bearing the iPura label is guaranteed to be a result of its comprehensive Source-to-Retail food safety program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 325,000 Americans are hospitalized and 5,000 die annually from foodborne illness. A food company that does not adhere to food safety practices will eventually be driven out of business, a fact that tends to encourage good practices and results in a relatively safe food supply. Yet, reports of new outbreaks continually surface, indicating that more work must be done to safeguard the food supply.

Bright Spot on Employment: Being a Life Insurance Agent May Be Right For You

<b>Bright Spot on Employment: Being a Life Insurance Agent May Be Right For You</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – A Fortune 100 company is hiring in your community. Sound too good to be true? It’s true. While the national unemployment statistics have continued to rise, and the economic downturn continues to leave many Americans jobless, one company is reversing this trend across the country. New York Life Insurance Company is growing its business and recruiting.

Have you ever dreamed of earning a good living while creating your own work schedule and at the same time helping individuals and families in your community? Are you interested in pursuing a career where you are fairly compensated based on the hours and effort you put forth with unlimited potential for growth? As a life insurance agent you can do all of this while enjoying a stimulating career. Further, you will be in a position to help people realize their financial goals — whether that’s funding an education for one’s children, buying a home, or planning for retirement. Working with families to provide life insurance protection can be an extremely rewarding career, in addition to the income potential and flexibility it offers.

Becoming an agent is a great opportunity for recent college graduates, for those who are looking for a new professional challenge, or for those professional agents who may be looking to work for a company that’s stable and has the highest possible ratings for financial strength. Many of the most successful agents previously were employed as nurses, teachers, coaches or entrepreneurs involved in other business ventures. It’s also an extremely attractive career for women, and the number of women selling insurance is rapidly growing.

As an agent for New York Life, you are eligible for generous benefits, will receive comprehensive training and can pursue a fulfilling profession. You will be proudly affiliated with the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States; a company known for its humanity, integrity and financial strength. Contact New York Life today to find out if a career as a life insurance agent is right for you or someone you know. Visit, or write to New York Life Insurance Company, 51 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y., 10010, for more information.

Expanding and Recruiting: Roche Pharma Research Seeks Scientists

<b>Expanding and Recruiting: Roche Pharma Research Seeks Scientists</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – With well over 100 projects in research and over 60 NMEs (New Molecular Entities) in development, Roche’s new product pipeline is among the best in the pharmaceuticals industry. Roche invests almost $9 billion a year in research and has nine pharmaceutical research centers located on three continents. Because of current expansion, Roche’s Nutley, N.J. site will become the company’s second largest global research center.

“Roche Nutley is a science-centered organization which encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and is experiencing growth in these tumultuous times,” said Marcia Geremakis, director, human resources for Roche Pharma Research in Nutley, N.J.

Roche is expanding its research facility in Nutley with a major focus in inflammation, oncology, metabolic disease and RNAi therapeutics. It plans to continue to staff the Nutley facility with world-class scientists. Roche and Genentech are currently integrating their U.S. operations, which presents an opportunity for scientists to join the company at the start of a new chapter for Roche. In addition, many scientists working on inflammation drugs are moving to Nutley from the site in Palo Alto, Calif. and Roche will be adding over 120 new positions in the next year — approximately 50 in inflammation.

Roche Pharma Research in Nutley has a tradition of developing innovative new medicines. Research activities are focused on creating clinically differentiated medicines based on small molecules (chemical compounds) and therapeutic proteins (mainly monoclonal antibodies and peptides), including glycoengineering and next-generation biologics. In addition, Roche is now exploring small interfering ribonucleic acid molecules (also known as RNA interference, or RNAi), a promising approach based on the concept of targeted gene silencing (turning genes on or off) that is hoped will eventually yield powerful new therapeutic options.

Roche’s strong funding, increased investment in R&D and entrepreneurial, creative environment make the company an ideal organization where scientists can devote much of their time to science and see their work make a difference in patients’ lives.

During the past decade, Roche has been recognized as a great place to work by several publications, including FORTUNE and Science magazines. The company was also listed as one of AARP’s Top Companies for Workers Over 50.

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Tips to Safely Ship Large Items

<b>Tips to Safely Ship Large Items</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Transporting large, valuable items often creates anxiety. Will you open the box only to find an antique vase in shards? Will the package even reach its destination?

To ensure that items arrive safely, you have to pack them correctly. Make sure that you have a variety of packing materials on hand, including boxes, bubble wrap, loose fill and packing tape.

Bulky or irregularly shaped items, like furniture, exercise equipment, paintings and sculptures, require special consideration. The experts at Pak Mail, a shipping company with 500 plus stores in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Panama and Japan, offer the following tips:

– Wrap it. Before packing an item, you’ll need to protect it from scratching or breaking. Wrap items in bubble wrap, tissue or plastic. If shipping several items in the same box, wrap each item individually. Use non-acidic paper to protect artwork.

– Pack it. Use foam or rubber as a second layer of packaging -; this will help absorb shock and vibration during shipping. Make sure that items are packed securely in their boxes. Most damage occurs when items have room to move or shake.

– Make it secure. Choose a hard, puncture-resistant surface, like plywood, for the outer layer of your package.

– Hire a professional. For items that prove especially cumbersome, consider hiring a shipping company that specializes in custom packaging and large items. For example, Pak Mail builds custom crates for unusually awkward or large items. You don’t even need to bring the items to a Pak Mail location -; the company will pick up your item, pack it safely and then ship it. There are no size, weight or piece limits. The company has successfully shipped everything from precious art works to dinosaur fossils.

– Get a guarantee. Declare and cover the value of your items. Make sure that you have each item’s tracking numbers so you can watch their progress.

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Creative Incentives Increase Customer Retention, Gains

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In today’s economy, many businesses struggle to stay afloat, much less profit. But when the going gets tough, the tough get creative — businesses are finding new ways to motivate employees, attract new customers and keep their current clients happy.

Believe it or not, sales and discounts hurt businesses more than they help. With so many businesses offering sales, it takes a steep discount to stand out from the crowd. Put items or services on sale too often, and customers will wait for another sale before they buy, meaning that the company will make less money per purchase.

What does drive sales? Well, happy customers. Customers are much more likely to use a company with friendly, capable employees. So instead of devaluing their product, companies need to find ways to improve customer service while drawing in new customers and keeping old ones.

One Wisconsin bank seems to have found a solution — in travel incentives. The Madison Branch of Anchor Bank hired a company called Motivation Advantage to run a travel incentive promotion in all of its 60 locations. Motivation Advantage designed a three-day, two-night package that customers could use for a trip to nearby cities and states, or as far away as Florida or California.

The promotion offered vacation getaway packages when customers chose the branch for a loan. But the bank made sure that its regular customers could also qualify for the travel incentive, either by taking out a new equity loan or refinancing an old one.

Employees also participated. Those who encouraged customers to sign up for loans could earn vacations.

Travel remains a large motivator — everyone wants to get away for a while. Ninety-one percent of Americans take a vacation every year, making travel incentives especially appealing. Savvy companies can use such incentives to boost employee morale, retain valued customers, attract new business and launch new products.

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Industrial Slowdown Puts Trucking Firms in Driver’s Seat

<b>Industrial Slowdown Puts Trucking Firms in Driver’s Seat</b>“></td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It may go against our common knowledge of the economy, but it turns out that long-haul trucking could remain relatively healthy during a deep recession.

General intuition would hint that the trucking industry would be in shambles because about 80 percent of U.S. industry relies on trucks to move freight, and many of these companies are downsizing. And despite trucking bankruptcies skyrocketing in the first three quarters of 2008, these foldings have slowed as efficiencies from industry consolidation and lower diesel prices have kept many successful fleets in business.

Now, the outlook of the trucking industry is looking much better. Why? Because for the past few years, the trucking industry has suffered a trucker shortage. And with current unemployment rates so high, trucking companies are finding a new crop of top-notch drivers.

North South Leasing, a Michigan-based truck leasing company, has seen its lease applications triple since June 2008. North South Leasing leases semi-trucks to owner-operators, who run the trucks as small businesses. General Manager Bob Anderson reports that his company has booked 80 new, active leases from clients who are offering more collateral and accepting shorter terms. “Other finance and lease companies made their standards so high that people who would receive credit just a few years ago can’t get it today,” said Anderson. “We keep our standards reasonable.”

Driving schools are finding their trucker training classes packed. Blue-collar and white-collar workers from every economic bracket now consider trucking a viable way to earn a weekly paycheck.

“Like many other industries, trucking is experiencing a very difficult time during the current economic recession,” said Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association. “But looking at recent trends, all signs point to a strong, vital, long-term future for our industry.”

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