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How to Clean a Japanese Katana and Saya - 22 Apr 2016 02:06


[[html]]<object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>6. Place a few drops of oil on each side of the blade, or drop some oil onto the oil cloth or nuguigumi sheet then wipe carefully and evenly on each side of the blade.<br><br>Tip: Use an eye dropper or a clean and dry glass rod to reduce excess oil.<br><br>7. Use another clean sheet of nuguigami to wipe away the excess oil, leaving only a thin film of oil evenly covering the katana blade.<br><br>Be careful when working around the habaki (hilt or blade collar) - you do not want any oily build up to damage the tsuba (hilt), especially if it is ornate.<br><br>8. Check the blade carefully (don't touch), to make sure the coating of oil is even and thorough.<br><br>9. Sheath the katana and return the sword to its display.<br><br>To clean the tang of a katana, you must remove the blade from the tsuka (handle). <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="338" /><br><br>Traditional Japanese blades are held in the tsuka (handle) with a single mekugi (peg), made from aged and smoked bamboo. You can find bone or ivory mekugi in ancient katana.<br><br>Cast plastic handles, commonly used on modern replicas, will not be removable. Over time, with repeated use, the plastic handle will become loose. In this case, you will need to make (or buy) a new tsuka.<br><br>Mekugi are usually wedge-shaped and can only be removed from one direction. These pegs should be inspected regularly for damage. If the mekugi fails while you are swinging the sword, the sharpened blade could cause disastrous damage when it flies across the room.<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Forget to wash? Devices track hand washing adherence in hospitals - 21 Apr 2016 09:47


[[html]]RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. Forgetting to wash your hands can be a hazard to your health, but it can be especially dangerous for hospital employees who are around sick patients.<br><br>Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology - beepers, buzzers, lights and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.<br><br>Health experts say poor hand cleanliness is a factor in hospital-borne infections that kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that one of every 20 patients in U.S. hospitals gets a hospital-acquired infection each year.<br><br>"We've known for over 150 years that good hand hygiene prevents patients from getting infections," said Dr. John Jernigan, an epidemiologist for the CDC. "However, it's been a very chronic and difficult problem to get adherence levels up as high as we'd like them to be."<br><br>About 1.7 million health care-related infections occur each year nationwide, and 99,000 of these are fatal, according to Consumer Reports.<br><br>A study published in June in the Journal of Environmental Health showed that 95 percent of people are washing their hands incorrectly. To properly wash your hands, wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. Make sure to scrub your fingertips, between your fingers and the back of your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you're unsure how long that is, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest singing "Happy Birthday" twice.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>If soap and water aren't available, you can use a at least 60 percent alcohol-based sanitizer. Rub it all over your hands until the substance is dry.<br><br>Hospitals have tried varying ways to promote better hygiene. Signs are posted in restrooms. Some even employ monitors who keep tabs and single out offenders.<br><br>Still, experts believe hospital workers wash up, at best, about 50 percent of the time. One St. Louis-area hospital believes it can approach 100 percent adherence.<br><br>Since last year, SSM St. Mary's Health Center in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has been the test site for a system developed by Biovigil Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. A flashing light on a badge turns green when hands are clean, red if they're not. It also tracks each hand-cleaning opportunity - the successes and the failures.<br><br>The failures have been few at the two units of St. Mary's where the system is being tested, the hospital said. One unit had 97 percent hand hygiene success, said Dr. Morey Gardner, the hospital's director of infection disease and prevention. The other had 99 percent success.<br><br>"The holy grail of infection prevention is in our grasp," Gardner said.<br><br>The Biovigil system is among many being tried at hospitals. A method developed by Arrowsight, based in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., uses video monitoring. It is being used in intensive care units at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.<br><br>Akron, Ohio-based GOJO Industries, maker of Purell hand sanitizer, has developed an electronic compliance monitoring system using wireless technology to track when soap and hand sanitizer dispensers are used. The SmartLink system gives the hospital data on high- and low-compliance areas. The company said it has installed the system at several hospitals around the country, but didn't say how many.<br><br>HyGreen Inc.'s Hand Hygiene Reminder System was developed by two University of Florida doctors. The Gainesville, Fla., company now features two systems used in seven hospitals, including Veterans Administration hospitals in Chicago, Wilmington, Del., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.<br><br>One is similar to Biovigil's green badge method. In HyGreen's, a wall-mounted hand wash sensor detects alcohol on the hands. The badge includes an active reminding system. Unclean hands create a warning buzz. If the buzz sounds three times, the worker is noted for noncompliance.<br><br>HyGreen spokeswoman Elena Fraser said that because some hospitals are moving away from alcohol-based sanitizers, HyGreen offers a second system. A touch of the sanitizer dispenser clears the worker to interact with a patient. If the worker shows up at the patient bed without hand-cleaning, the series of warning buzzes begins.<br><br>Fraser said hospital infections have dropped 66 percent at units of Miami Children's Hospital where the badge system has been implemented.<br><br><img src="" width="397" /><br><br>Nurses using the Biovigil system at St. Mary's near St. Louis wear a badge with changeable colored lights. A doorway sensor identifies when the nurse enters a patient's room, and the badge color changes to yellow.<br><br>The nurse washes his or her hands and places them close to the badge. A sensor in the badge detects chemical vapors from the alcohol-based solution. If hands are clean, the badge illuminates a bright green hand symbol.<br><br>If the nurse fails to sanitize, the badge stays yellow and chirps every 10 seconds for 40 seconds, then flashes red. Once the flashing red starts, the nurse has another 30 seconds to wash up, otherwise the badge turns solid red, denoting non-compliance. Either way, each instance is tracked by a computer. The hospital can track each individual's compliance.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Registered Nurse Theresa Gratton has helped lead the effort toward hand cleanliness at St. Mary's. She heard about the Biovigil system in early 2012 and convinced the hospital to give it a try.<br><br>Gratton said patients are aware of the risk of infection and frequently inquire about whether caregivers have washed their hands. She said the badge relieves their anxiety.<br><br>Bill Rogers, a 65-year-old retiree recuperating at St. Mary's from back surgery and a heart scare, agreed.<br><br>"The first thing I noticed up here was the badges," Rogers said. "It is comforting for me to know their hands are clean as soon as the badge beeps and it goes from yellow to green."<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="362" /><br><br>St. Mary's is expanding the Biovigil system later this year to other units of the hospital and to employees other than nurses, though details are still being worked out, Gardner said. Eventually, the system may be expanded to SSM's seven other St. Louis-area hospitals, he said.<br><br>Biovigil's chief client officer, Brent Nibarger, said customers won't buy the system but will pay a subscription fee of about $12 a month per badge.<br><br>The CDC's Jernigan said the high-tech systems can only help.<br><br>"For a health care worker, keeping their hands clean is the single most important thing they can do to protect their patients," Jernigan said.<br><br>2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Tips On How To Clean Windows - 21 Apr 2016 07:05


[[html]]If you are cleaning smaller windows it may not be possible to use your squeegee. In this case you can simply use your cloths to clean them. To do this you want one damp cloth and one dry one. Use the damp cloth to remove the dirt then use the dry one to polish up the window and remove the film of water you have left. For a more detailed write up of how to do this you can read this article on how to clean windows. There is also a simple video guide over on the right of the screen.<br><br>Sometimes when you are cleaning windows you will come across stubborn stains. The most frequent of these is bird muck. Sometimes this will come off easily when you apply the soapy water, sometimes however you need to take a different approach. You should have a scraper with you, this is a small device with a sharp blade. Wet the area with the bird muck on and carefully scrape it off the window. Occasionally you get some bird muck that is baked onto a window and very hard to remove, here it can be a good idea to soak the bird muck with soapy water, leave it for ten minutes then come back to it to get it off. <br><br>Sometimes there are other stains on windows that are tricky to get off. One can be cement, if someone has had some building work done there can be little balls of cement stuck to the window. Dont try to rub these off with a cloth, there is a danger of scratching the window if you do this. Instead you should once again use your scraper and gently scrape them off. Another thing that is very awkward is grease. If there is grease on a window you will find that you usual method simply moves the grease around the window. In these circumstances you need a strong cleaner. You can pick up something like kitchen cleaner which should do the job, just carry a bottle of this in your vehicle so you can use it whenever you need it, always use a separate cloth when using your strong cleaning liquid though.<br><br>Although window cleaning looks easy it can sometimes be a little bit more tricky than you would expect. Following this simple guide though should give you all the information you need to be a successful window cleaner. You may find that it is not easy using your squeegee at first, but practice for a while and you will soon master the technique. Window cleaning is a great job and it can pay very well, if you do a good job and clean windows well I am sure you be a very successful window cleaner.[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to Clean a Dog Collar or Leash - 21 Apr 2016 06:33


[[html]]How to Keep your Dog Clean<br><br>I detest stinky dogs. I love my pups, but they share my home and furniture, and I insist on canine cleanliness. Years of baths and bribing have taught my dogs that, no matter what their dog park friends tell them, bathing is not a leading cause of canine death. They still aren't happy about bath day, but at least they don't actively fight it. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how clean and fluffy a dog is if his or her collar is a filthy mess. Dogs are famous for rolling in disgusting finds, and collars are usually in the center of the action. Nothing ruins the clean dog experience like a stinky collar!<br><br>So how do you clean a dog collar? How about dog leashes? How many sweaty summer walks has your dog's leash experienced, and how many times has it trailed through the dirt behind a bouncing pup? Neither the washing machine nor dishwasher seemed like a good idea, so I modified a hand washing techniques to work the grime out of essential dog equipment. This article will go over an easy way to clean dog collars and leashes to remove the dirt and smell without damaging the webbing material or metal pieces.<br><br>How to Wash Smelly Dog Collars and Leashes<br><br>All you need to wash dog collars and leashes is:<br><br>a large bowlsoap,and hot water.<br><br>Note: I used dish soap because my dog collars and leashes were so soiled that they felt oily, but you could also just use liquid hand soap, body wash, or shampoo. If your dog has sensitive skin, you might want to use a dog shampoo you know works well for your pet.<br><br>Add soap to the empty bowl. Use your judgement on how much to use, but I unscientifically recommend about two good squirts. You'll want enough soap to be effective, but there is no need to use even 1/4 of a cup of soap. Adding the soap before water helps the soap dissolve more easily.Fill the bowl almost to the top with hot water. Run the water gently to avoid uncontrollable amounts of soap bubbles.Add your dog collars and/or leashes. I have two dogs and find that all four items do not fit in a bowl at the same time. Instead, I wash the collars and leashes separately. Let the items simply sit in the soapy water for a few minutes.For added grime extraction, scrub the material against itself. Do not use a brush or scrubbing sponge as this may damage or weaken the webbing material. The video to the right demonstrates how to scrub a collar against itself. If the items are really soiled, apply additional soap to the webbing and scrub it in. You can see filthy soap bubbles on the pictured red leash!If the water is visibly soiled, dump it and add fresh hot water. Additional soap is okay, but usually not necessary. Allow the items to soak a few minutes more.Repeat step #5 until the water remains clear. If you used a large amount of soap, make sure you rinse the items under running water. If you've already soaked them in several changes of soap-free water, this is unnecessary.<br><br>Supplies for washing dog collars | Source<br><br>Add soap according to how dirty the collars are. More grime = more soap | Source<br><br>Submerge the collars/leashes in soap water | Source<br><br>Dirty collar water | Source<br><br>Muddy bubbles | Source<br><br>As long as the water turns this color, dump it and resoak the items. | Source<br><br>How to Dry Dog Collars and Leashes<br><br>Dogs don't have pockets, so they need to wear collars with identification. Your dog's collar is only helpful if it's around his or her neck, so getting collars dry as quickly as possible and back to work is important. Leashes and collars can stay wet all day, especially during humid summer months, but putting them in the dryer isn't a good idea because the metal buckles make lots of noise and can damage the appliance.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="309" /><br><br>Luckily, you can actually get most of the water out of dog accessories with an absorbent towel. If you want to use paper towels, you can, but you'll have to use a whole lot of them. Using a bath or beach towel is better.<br><br>Simply grasp one end of the collar or leash firmly with one hand and hold the towel around the item with your other hand.Pull the item through the towel several times, moving to a dry area of the towel as needed.<br><br>The video below demonstrates this technique. By removing most of the excess water, and a little extra dirt, you can get collars back into wearable condition with minimal air-drying time. A dog isn't just your buddy - many household pets are attached to each other, too. By keeping their collars on as much as possible, you're protecting your friends, as well as their friends.<br><br>A dog isn't just your buddymany household pets are attached to each other, too. By keeping their collars on as much as possible, you're protecting your friends, as well as their friends.<br><br>You can keep collars and leashes looking and feeling fresh, year after year, with just a few minutes of cleaning! Washing your dog's collar and leash is a good idea after they're done playing in the mud, going to the beach, or swimming in a lake. Unless your dog is exceptionally dirty, washing his or her collar and leash every bath day is probably not necessary. Use your best judgementif it looks, feels, or smells weird, wash it. Keeping a dog's collar helps his/her coat clean longer, too. As soon as you strap a dirty collar around a clean neck, that fur becomes soiled.<br><br>We can do it, dog lovers. Together, we can show the cat people that owning house dogs doesn't automatically equate to a stinky home and dirty furniture!<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Four decades later, workers enter site of "Atomic Man" accident - 21 Apr 2016 05:12


[[html]]SPOKANE, Wash. — Workers have entered one of the most dangerous rooms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.<br><br>The so-called McCluskey Room in the Plutonium Finishing Plant is named after worker Harold McCluskey.<br><br>He was covered with radioactive material in 1976 when a glove box exploded. McCluskey, who was 64 at the time, lived for 11 more years and died from causes not related to the accident. He became known as the Atomic Man.<br><br>The room has largely been closed since the accident because of radioactivity. But workers are now proceeding with the final cleanup of the room as they get the Plutonium Finishing Plant ready for demolition.<br><br>Hanford, located near Richland, Washington, for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons. The site is now engaged in cleaning up the resulting radioactive mess.<br><br>Cleaning up the McCluskey Room is expected to take a year.<br><br>A crew with contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Co. donned specially designed radiation suits before entering the McCluskey Room earlier this week. One of their first tasks was improving ventilation to better protect workers from airborne contamination as they clean out its equipment.<br><br>"This was the first of multiple entries workers will make to clean out processing equipment and get the McCluskey Room ready for demolition along with the rest of the plant," said Bryan Foley, project director for the Department of Energy. "It has taken a year to prepare for this first entry."<br><br>The room was used to recover americium - a plutonium byproduct - during the Cold War.<br><br>McCluskey was working in the room when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode. He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from americium ever recorded - 500 times the occupational standard.<br><br>Covered with blood, McCluskey was dragged from the room and put into an ambulance headed for the decontamination center. Because he was too hot to handle, he was removed by remote control and transported to a <a href="">cleaning equipment suppliers</a> steel-and-concrete isolation tank.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="271" /><br><br>During the next five months, doctors extracted tiny bits of glass and razor-sharp pieces of metal embedded in his skin.<br><br>Nurses scrubbed him down three times a day and shaved every inch of his body every day. The radioactive bathwater and thousands of towels became nuclear waste.<br><br>McCluskey also received about 600 shots of zinc DTPA, an experimental drug that helped him excrete the radioactive material.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="308" /><br><br>He was placed in isolation in a decontamination facility for five months. Within a year, his body's radiation count had fallen by about 80 percent and he was allowed to return home.<br><br>Earlier this year, The DOE released a video about preparing to clean up the McCluskey Room (watch below).<br><br>2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. <br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Business For Sale; 73 -- Business Services; REST EQUIPMENT CLEANING. - 20 Apr 2016 07:44


[[html]]This business provides a quick, safe, clean and cost-effectiveprogram to maintain deep fryers without interrupting day to dayoperations. The micro-filtration and vacuum cleaning removes smallcontamination particles that causes oil breakdown, resulting in cleanerand longer lasting oil, hygienically clean fryers and improved foodquality. Owners live outside territory tired of commute. Includes twoprotected territories in Central Florida. To establish 1 territory FiltaCorp. est it cost $80,000.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="378" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Selling Price: $89,000 Gross Annual Sales: $49,000 Region:&#13;Southeast (AR LA TN MS AL GA FL) Listing #:47149 (B) [To receive the&#13;contact name for this listing, reference the five-digit number which&#13;follows each listing and e-mail to FirstList, moc.tsiltsrif|sregrem#moc.tsiltsrif|sregrem.&#13;FirstList will forward the contact pertaining to the principal or&#13;intermediary representing the business for sale in order to obtain&#13;additional information.]&#13;&#13;<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>COPYRIGHT 2009 Vision Quest Publishing, Inc.<br><br>&#13; No portion of this article can be reproduced <a href="">cleaning equipment</a> without the express written permission from the copyright holder.&#13; <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="380" /><br><br>Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Zep Inc. Launches New Energy Division Offering High-Performance Maintenance Products for Fast-Paced Oil and Gas Operators - 20 Apr 2016 06:24


[[html]]ATLANTA(BUSINESS WIRE)Zep Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance maintenance and cleaning chemicals, today launched Zep Energy, a new business division within its North American Sales &amp; Service unit that is dedicated to meeting the needs of Oilfield service companies that cater to the oil and gas industry. In addition to providing a wide assortment of high-performance maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products, the division has Oil &amp; Gas Specialists that will work closely with customers to provide a range of support services to help make them more operationally efficient. <br><br>Time is money in the oil and gas industry, said Steve Nichols, Group President of Zep Inc. Thats why our group of consultants is so important. Oilfield customers need products that work efficiently, are compliant, and are safe for employees to use. We supply superior product and equipment solutions that help the service companies work faster, safer and more economically. <br><br>Zep offers more than 60 products designed for the oil and gas industry, including new degreasers that remove honey oil, invert oil based drilling muds, and hydraulic oils. The energy business of Zep Inc. also offers a full line of specialty greases that are resistant to hydrocarbons/ H2S (hydrogen sulfide) as well as GreenLink environmentally preferable products. The full range of products includes: <br><br>Solvent-based degreasers Water-based degreasers Greases, lubricants and anti-seize agents Coatings and penetrants Vehicle care/cleaners Personal care products (heavy-duty and waterless hand cleaners) Concrete removers Parts cleaning and pressure washing equipment (chemicals and equipment) Laundry detergents Personal protective equipment <br><br>One of the ways Zep helps make Oilfield service companies more efficient is by helping them to reduce waste. To that end, the company has launched a new, innovative product: the Dura Shot S Sprayer, a heavy-duty compressed air sprayer made of lightweight, anodized aluminum, with a trigger spray handle. This easy-to-fill sprayer holds 24 ounces and can be used for both solvent- and water-based cleaning agents. A twist-off cap means no tools are required, and it can spray in both vertical and horizontal positions. This piece of equipment eliminates the need to use aerosol products that are costly, and in many cases non-compliant, but still allows Oilfield workers to get their jobs done. <br><br>The build of the sprayer creates a lighter feel and easier maneuverability, explains Tim Dalrymple, Vice President of Business Development. Plus, the trigger handle is durable and allows for positive control. <br><br>In addition to innovative products, Zep offers oil and gas companies a range of support services at the national, state/province, and county levels. <br><br>About the Zep Energy Division <br><br>Since 1937, Zep Inc. has served the maintenance, repair, and equipment/vehicle operations industry with high performance products that work right the first time. Today, Zep Energys Oil &amp; Gas Specialists are meeting the needs of oil well service and drilling companies with products including heavy-duty degreasers; aerosol penetrants, lubricants, and corrosion protectors; greases; parts washers and pressure washers; hand care; grounds care; PPE; and other support products. For more information, visit or call 1-877-I BUY ZEP (1-877-428-9937). <br><br>About Zep Inc. <br><br>Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2013 net sales of approximately $690 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation ("MRO") market, which together now comprise approximately 60% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep, Zep Commercial, Zep Professional, Enforcer, National Chemical, Selig, Misty, Next Dimension, Petro, i-Chem, TimeMist, TimeWick, MicrobeMax, Country Vet, Konk, Original Bike Spirits, Blue Coral, Black Magic, Rain-X, Niagara National, FC Forward Chemicals, Rexodan, Mykal, and a number of private label brands. Founded in 1937, some of Zep Inc.'s brands have been in existence since 1896. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at <br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How To Choose Between A Franchise Or Independent Gas Station - 20 Apr 2016 06:04


[[html]]If you're actively pursuing buying a gas station, excellent idea! But should you invest in a franchise or an independent station? To be as sure as possible that you're making the right choice, take a bit of time studying detailed answers to questions similar to these:<br><br>Question #1: Who is responsible for environmental issues?<br><br>Environmental compliance issues are the biggest difficulty in buying a station. If you run afoul of environmental laws, and have to pay for costly clean-ups or new equipment, it could be the end of your enterprise. I'm not exaggerating! Here are a few instances that you may not have considered …<br><br>* Underground leaks. If one of your tanks leaks, who pays for the clean-up - you, or the gas company who sold you the franchise?<br><br>* New equipment. If every station in your state is suddenly required by law to install a new kind of vent for underground tanks, you will have to pay for that equipment if you're an independent.<br><br>* Site remediation. If you sell your station, who pays for removing the underground tanks, cleaning up the soil and getting the certification that states your property's remediation (clean up) has been approved by the state?<br><br>Question #2: If you buy a franchise, can you stop worrying about environmental problems?<br><br>In general, the answer to this question is yes. Your parent company (Exxon, Mobil, etc.) will install any new equipment that the state requires, and will step in to do the clean-up if one of your tanks suddenly develops a leak underground.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>However, you should never make any assumptions in this area. You and your attorney have to comb through your franchising agreement to understand exactly what's covered, and what's not!<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="392" /><br><br>Question #3: If I'm buying an independent, what do I really own?<br><br>If you buy a small independent station with no ties to a major brand of gasoline, the answer to that question is relatively straightforward. You're probably buying the business as an entity, as well as the real estate where the business is located, along with the tanks, pumps and other equipment that you'll need to sell gasoline. However, the picture can become complicated somewhat if you are buying the business, but not the real estate (land, buildings). You and your attorney need to pin everything down.<br><br>Question #4: If I am buying a franchise station, what do I really own?<br><br>The answers to this question can be more complicated than you'd expect. After you purchase, for instance, you may end up owning the building - but not the land and equipment, which are owned by the parent company. Or you could lease the building and the land, but have the canopies, pumps and other equipment owned by the parent company.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="339" /><br><br>Remember, different franchising organizations set up their ownership packages in entirely different ways. To find out if the deal is right for you, you'll need to go over all franchise plans and documents closely with your attorney.<br><br>Question #5: If it's a franchise, who pays for what?<br><br>If you buy a franchise, you'll probably be surprised to find out about all the things that your parent company expects you to pay for. Some or all of these items might not be covered, so be sure to ask ahead of time:<br><br>1. Insurance and Repairs - You may have to pay to insure and maintain the parent company's pumps, signs and canopies.<br><br>2. Rent Increases - If the parent company leases you the grounds and buildings, be prepared to get hit with significant rent increases every two to three years. Make sure you get these terms clearly spelled out in the franchise agreement.<br><br>3. Promotional Items - When the parent company decides to sell a new kind of coffee in your convenience store, or to offer special gas discounts on Tuesdays, and decides to advertise those offerings with special signs - will you be responsible for paying for them?<br><br>4. Payroll and Benefits - Don't expect the parent company to pay salaries or provide benefits for your employees. It's the one area where you'll find that you're suddenly operating like an independent business.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Copyright (c) 2009 Richard K Parker<br><br>By: Richard K Parker<br><br>Article Directory:<br><br>Richard Parker is the President and founder of the Diomo Corporation - The Business Buyer Resource Center. His inspiring materials, seminars and consulting have assisted thousands of business buyers with achieving their life long dream of buying a business. Want to learn more about effective business buying strategies that actually work, then look no further than=&gt;<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Israeli Military’s Spring-Cleaning Call: Return Our Gear, Please - 20 Apr 2016 00:34


[[html]]Photo Israeli soldiers during an exercise last month. The Israel Defense Forces has offered amnesty to former soldiers who bring back equipment. Rifles, grenades and a jeep are among the returns. Credit Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency RAMAT GAN, Israel The bearded man placed three overstuffed shopping bags on a table at the entrance of a military base here, his expression turning to embarrassment as he emptied them, as if dropping off dirty laundry.<br><br>Out came parts of old khaki uniforms, a helmet, a winter hat with earflaps, an army-issue snowsuit, a clear plastic bag bulging with machine gun clips, and a metal box packed with neat rows of ammunition. The man hurried off without identifying himself.<br><br>He was one of many Israelis taking advantage of a four-week amnesty offered by the Israel Defense Forces, which is appealing to former soldiers harboring equipment at home to return it, with no questions asked and no risk of prosecution. Return centers have been set up at more than 100 police stations and military bases, like this one in a Tel Aviv suburb.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="282" /><br><br>Its not safe to keep this stuff at home, said Col. Yosi Ilu, the head of the militarys logistics department. Say Mrs. Cohen has a grenade in her house that her husband brought back by mistake from reserve duty. She can bring it back, no questions asked. It should be in the hands of the army or the police. Its a violation for civilians to hold onto it, and its dangerous.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="302" /><br><br>There were concerns, he said, that such weaponry could fall into the wrong hands of children, criminals or terrorists.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>The retrieval, the first since 2008, is scheduled to continue until mid-April, and it coincides with the spring cleaning ritual practiced by many Jews in the weeks before Passover.<br><br>So far the retrieval has yielded several Kalashnikov assault rifles, a Carl Gustav submachine gun and an old Sten gun, Colonel Ilu said. A resident of the southern desert town of Arad returned an M-16 assault rifle, and in the northern town of Tiberias, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, someone turned in an Uzi submachine gun.<br><br>Photo Israeli soldiers during a drill in the Golan Heights last month. Credit Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images Europe Amid the piles of uniforms, the haul has also included pistols, grenades and at least one parachute. A kibbutz turned over a weapons cache from the 1948 war surrounding Israels establishment.<br><br>Publicity for the amnesty has included television advertisements that play on a collective nostalgia in a country where most 18-year-olds are conscripted for service, and many are then called up for reserve duty, sometimes into middle age. One ad features a man who finds it hard to separate from his army sleeping bag. In another, a man returns the door of a military jeep.<br><br>That apparently inspired one veteran to return an entire military jeep he stole 15 years ago. The man, who has not been identified, had painted the jeep black and driven it around the countryside, unlicensed, avoiding the cities, the Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported.<br><br>Veterans offered differing explanations for why soldiers had not returned equipment that was essentially on loan while they served. Some, the veterans said, feared losing equipment and liked to keep spares at home. Others, they said, had kept it in case equipment was lacking when they were summoned for reserve duty.<br><br>Colonel Ilu said there was no shortage of equipment. The soldiers have all they need, as do the reservists, he said, explaining that the army had heavily restocked after equipment scarcities during the Lebanon war in 2006. The colonel said he believed that in most cases, reservists kept equipment as souvenirs.<br><br>The 2008 amnesty yielded about 7 million shekels worth of equipment, or about $1.8 million. Since then, Colonel Ilu noted, Israel has warred three times with rocket-firing militant groups in Gaza. Maybe, he said, reservists took equipment home by mistake or not by mistake.<br><br>Writing about the militarys ad campaign in the newspaper Haaretz over the weekend, Rogel Alpher, a commentator and a television critic, described the thefts as a strange kind of collective kleptomania fever and criticized the military for leniency. In the I.D.F. there are no criminals, there are naughty soldiers, he wrote. The forgiving attitude, he added, strengthens the feeling that what happens in the I.D.F. stays in the I.D.F.<br><br>At the entrance of the military base in Ramat Gan, a soldier dutifully logged each item that came out of the bearded mans shopping bags. The clothing was put in large cardboard crates labeled General equipment, Weapon accessories and Uniforms, including thermals.<br><br>An officer came to handle the ammunition. He placed it in a plastic crate that, by lunchtime, contained four metal boxes of bullets. Farthest away from the soldiers, but closest to the main road, it was lined with sandbags.<br><br>Continue reading the main story <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Top 14 Financial Frauds of All Time - 19 Apr 2016 22:07


[[html]]By Geoffrey James<br><br>Sales Machine Blogger<br><br><img src="" width="320" /><br><br>With the documentary Inside Job winning an Oscar, you'd think that massive financial fraud is a modern invention. Well, think again.<br><br>History is full of scams and frauds that removed billions of dollars from the pockets of investors and destroyed entire economies. This post contains some of the most memorable.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="280" /><br><br>There is one huge difference, though, between the Great Wall Street Ripoff and the all the rest of these history-making scams. See if you can figure it out, before you get to the end of the gallery.<br><br>IMPORTANT: Enjoy this post? To see more, email me through my website:<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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