Thursday, May 31, 2012

Linda Ackerman Anderson ? Wiley Authorities Speak

Linda Ackerman Anderson

Title: Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results Through Conscious Change Leadership, 2nd Edition


The Change Leader?s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization?s Transformation, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9780470648087 & 9780470648063

Topic/Genre: Leadership and Change/Transformation

Publication Date: Second Editions: October 2010

Price: $80.00 for the?Two Book Set, Second Edition or $55.00 individually

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Linda Ackerman Anderson is a cofounder of Being First, Inc., a change leadership and transformational change consulting and training firm in Durango, Colorado. She specializes in facilitating transformational change in Fortune 1000 businesses, government, and the military. Linda has spoken about conscious transformation at national and international conferences, and is known as a thought leader and inspiring model of her message. During the past twenty-five years, her practice has focused on change strategy development for major change efforts using Being First?s renown nine-phase Change Process Model. She and her partner have established themselves as thought leaders in leading transformation and changing organizational mindset and culture. She is currently developing a leadership curriculum called ?Women as Leaders of Change.?

Ms. Ackerman Anderson?s client list includes the Canadian Government, Intel, Shell, The Nature Conservancy, DTE Energy, US West, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Gas and Electric, Kaiser Permanente, several Bell System operating companies, the U.S. Army and Navy, and Honeywell.

In 2002, Ms. Ackerman Anderson, along with Dean Anderson, wrote Beyond Change Management: Advanced Strategies for Today?s Transformational Leaders and The Change Leader?s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization?s Transformation. She led the development of the landmark work, the Change Process Guidebook, a methodology featuring the Change Process Model and its supporting tools. The Guidebook has been called the most comprehensive, pragmatic and user-friendly resource for organizations undergoing transformational and transitional change in the world. She has also published several articles, including ?Awake at the Wheel: Moving Beyond Change Management to Conscious Change Leadership? and ?Development, Transition or Transformation: Bringing Change Leadership into the 21st Century?.

Ms. Ackerman Anderson was a founding leader of the field of Organization Transformation. She received her M.A. from Columbia University?s Teachers College and her B.A. degree from Boston University.

Speaking Topics

Conscious Change Leadership: Mastering the Six Pillars Required to Succeed at Transformation

Our thirty years of action research has surfaced six requirements leaders need to master to succeed in transforming their organizations for the realities of today?s business environment. These six foundations comprise an advanced approach to transformation: Conscious Change Leadership. Beyond change management, and even beyond change leadership, transformation demands more of leaders?to be proactive, aware of a broader set of organizational and human dynamics, inclusive, and able to design and lead the process of transformation in co-creative ways. This session describes the six pillars of Conscious Change Leadership and provides pragmatic tools and strategies to succeed at each. Conscious Change Leadership is not a quick-fix approach; it is a serious reinvention of leadership for leaders who already recognize that past practices will not get us where our organizations need to go. Leaders must develop themselves so they can do what is truly needed and model it in the organization. If you want breakthrough results, stepping out of the box into Conscious Change Leadership is your gateway.

Leading Transformation: Navigating Your Way to the Future

Transformational change has become the predominant type of change challenging organizations today. It is the least understood, and by far, the hardest to navigate successfully. This presentation defines transformational change, highlighting its unique requirements, and explores how leaders need to transform their traditional practices to be successful in their changing reality. We will present the three essential areas requiring leadership attention from the beginning, the need for a change process roadmap, and how to set up change infrastructures fit for transformation. We will discuss the predictable people dynamics that make the ride so challenging, and how to prepare the organization for the roller coaster of transformation so that people can more consciously expect its complexity, respond rapidly, and succeed at it.

Master the Human Dynamics of Change

One of the most common complaints we hear from leaders of changing organizations is that their people are resistant, confused, and slowing down progress. Why is it so hard to get your people mobilized behind the changes your organization needs to succeed? Why aren?t your managers taking the ball and running with it? This keynote provides you with much-needed understanding about the importance of mastering the people dynamics of change. It offers pragmatic strategies to set up your changes so your people will actually understand your new directions, support the work, and want to give their all to succeed. Explore what threatens and produces resistance, and how to turn people?s resistance into commitment. Learn how to design your changes to meet people?s six core needs and strategies to help them excel while working through their natural reactions to change.

This session shows you how to accelerate your change by planning with a people-savvy head and responding to your people with an open heart. The program is interactive, inspirational and personal, and will mobilize your understanding and enthusiasm for aligning your workforce?and yourself!?behind the change results you seek.

Building Your Organization?s Change Capability: Making the Strategic Decision to Succeed at Enterprise Transformation

The complexity, urgency, and magnitude of change have outpaced most organizations? skills at leading and implementing it. The costs of poor change leadership is too high to ignore. The solution is simple. We must build enterprise capability to ensure success in mission-critical changes. That capability takes the form of leading change as a strategic discipline. All organizations employ strategic disciplines and standard practices around key functions?finance, marketing, sales, HR, IT, etc., but overlook this crucial approach when leading change. The five strategic disciplines for change include the Enterprise Change Agenda, using one common change process methodology, establishing change infrastructures, a Change Center of Excellence, and the Strategic Change Office. This presentation is an information-packed session that will alter the way leaders think about leading change at the enterprise level. It will call them into taking proactive steps to ensure that they can succeed all of the organization?s change efforts.

Avoiding the Predictable Mistakes in Leading Change ? or ? Ten Critical Actions to Support the Success of Mission-Critical Changes (Note: This program can be framed as a Risk Assessment on known mistakes in leading change, or as a recommendation of the ten critical actions that leaders can take to consciously support their success in change. The topics are the same, but the positioning is unique to each version.)

In this thought-provoking session for executives, change sponsors, change leaders, and consultants, Ms. Ackerman Anderson shares 35 years of experience on why more than 60% of all change efforts fail and how to avoid the most commonly made mistakes, or, how to proactively set up your change efforts for success from the beginning. No matter what the industry or type of change, audiences will walk away with insights on how to rethink the type of leadership, strategies, and infrastructures they use to drive their most critical change efforts. The recommendations include proven best practices, approaches, and pragmatic tools.

Being the Change: The Change Leader?s Most Potent Strategy for Leading Transformation

When an organization undergoes transformation, its leaders?at all levels?are its most critical catalyst for the changes required. Transformational change demands deep personal change, affecting the leaders? mindsets and behavior. Most leaders pursue the knowledge and skills to lead the change, and inadvertently leave out the personal development that enables them to understand the nature of transformation, the power that their mindsets have over their success, and the requirement that they walk the talk they are asking of the organization. Leaders must become models of the transformation? ?being the change.? This presentation explores the requirements and predictable dynamics of addressing leaders? personal change as central to their capacity to successfully lead the transformations of their organizations in the 21st Century.

Women as Leaders of Change: Women Have What Organization?s Need to?Succeed?at Change

With change rampant in organizations, executives are scrambling to improve their track record in leading change successfully. What?s so often missing, especially in transformational change, are leaders skilled in a host of advanced human competencies?clear strategy, a flexible process roadmap, authentic relationships, emotional maturity, personal courage to model new ways of being, and a community of motivated supporters. Women are naturals at these competencies!

This presentation clarifies what leading transformational change requires and explores why project management and command and control approaches don?t suffice. It features the innate competencies women possess that make them naturally proficient at leading transformation. These natural inclinations of women are needed to plan for and produce results from change, in partnership with the action-oriented talents of men. Discover these competencies in yourself and learn how to apply them to successfully lead your organization through its change efforts.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sean Parker: Apple Tried to Block Spotify in the US [Spotify]

Apple's iTunes Music Store has become one of the dominant source of digital music sales in the US thanks to the rise of the iPod in the '00s. When Spotify popped up in the US last summer, many wondered what took so long. According to Spotify investor Sean Parker, Apple was part of the problem. More »

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Online Dating Statistics

Posted on May 30, 2012 under Online Dating | No Comment

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Blowing in the wind: How hidden flower features are crucial for bees

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) ? As gardeners get busy filling tubs and borders with colorful bedding plants, scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have discovered more about what makes flowers attractive to bees rather than humans. Published recently in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, their research reveals that Velcro-like cells on plant petals play a crucial role in helping bees grip flowers -- especially when the wind gets up.

The study focuses on special cells found on the surface of petals, whose stunning structure is best seen under an electron microscope. According to lead author, Dr Beverley Glover: "Many of our common garden flowers have beautiful conical cells if you look closely -- roses have rounded conical petal cells while petunias have really long cells, giving petunia flowers an almost velvety appearance, particularly visible in the dark-colored varieties."

Glover's group previously discovered that when offered snapdragons with conical cells and a mutant variety without these cells, bees prefer the former because the conical cells help them grip the flower. "It's a bit like Velcro, with the bee claws locking into the gaps between the cells," she explains.

Compared with many garden flowers, however, snapdragons have very complicated flowers; bees have to land on a vertical face and pull open a heavy lip to reach the nectar so Glover was not surprised that grip helps. But she wanted to discover how conical cells help bees visiting much simpler flowers.

"Many of our garden flowers like petunias, roses and poppies are very simple saucers with nectar in the bottom, so we wanted to find out why having conical cells to provide grip would be useful for bees landing on these flowers. We hypothesized that maybe the grip helped when the flowers blow in the wind."

Using two types of petunia, one with conical cells and a mutant line with flat cells, Glover let a group of bumblebees that had never seen petunias before forage in a large box containing both types of flower, and discovered they too preferred the conical-celled flowers.

They then devised a way of mimicking the way flowers move in the wind. "We used a lab shaking platform that we normally use to mix liquids, and put the flowers on that. As we increased the speed of shaking, mimicking increased wind speed, the bees increased their preference for the conical-celled flowers," she says.

The results, Glover says, give ecologists a deeper insight into the extraordinarily subtle interaction between plant and pollinator. "Nobody knew what these cells were for, and now we have a good answer that works for pretty much all flowers," she concludes. "It's is too easy to look at flowers from a human perspective, but when you put yourself into the bee's shoes you find hidden features of flowers can be crucial to foraging success."

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  1. Katrina Alcorn, Heather Whitney, Beverley Glover. Flower movement increases pollinator preference for flowers with better grip. Functional Ecology, 2012; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02009.x

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Internet Guru Robert Scoble Says Twitter Feels A Lot Like A Ghost Town

Google+ isn't getting a lot of fair coverage in the press, says Internet guru Robert Scoble.

While a lot of the tech press has said Google+ is a "ghost town," Scoble says it's actually Twitter's started to feel more like a ghost town.

"Seriously, I know Twitter's not a ghost town, but it sure feels like that because of the usage model there," Scoble said in a post on Google+. "As it has turned into more of an "information utility" and less of a community it feels more and more empty."

Since July of last year, he's gone from 0 to 1.5 million followers on Google Plus, and 13,000 to 261,000 followers on Facebook. But he's only gone from 240,000 followers to 260,000 followers on Twitter.

He said that's because there aren't any noise controls on Twitter, so users are getting overloaded and aren't following more people.

Here are some of the highlights of his argument over on Google+:

So, what's the new social media ghost town? I say it's Twitter. Follower growth has NOT kept up there with the other services, which is telling me something.?

1. That while number of tweets have gone up, people are getting overloaded so they aren't following more people. Why is that? Because there isn't any noise controls on Twitter (Facebook's feed, on my screens, is a LOT more useful than Twitter's feeds).

2. I'm on Google+'s suggested user list, which is gifting me a huge number of followers. But I got up to 230,000 without ever being on that list here. Lots of people are signing up and at least a few ARE sticking around here.

3. Over on Facebook there are ways to get spread around more, and juice its suggested user feature (this is one thing Facebook does better than Twitter or Google+ since this list is algorithmic and doesn't show a single same list to every user), which gets you more users.

4. Facebook juices its subscriber numbers through lists. If you get put on a list with, say, 30,000 followers, all those followers will be added to your follower count.

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Microsoft lands an official software outlet in Iraq


Believe it or not, there hasn't been an official distributor for Microsoft software in Iraq in the near-decade since it's even been an option; if you wanted Windows or Office in the past several years, your choices were limited and seldom legal. Baghdad's Legend Lands is filling those big shoes through a deal with Microsoft that will see it provide both official copies, support, and other help for Iraqis that want to take the honest path. Stores across the country will take care of everything from large-scale government orders down to a Tikrit family's first home PC. The move won't completely quash piracy concerns, but it's a big step towards normalcy in technology for the desert nation.

[Image credit: Shbab4ever]

Microsoft lands an official software outlet in Iraq originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 May 2012 04:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Host Set Visit and Interviews


Though the Twilight series comes to an end later this year with Breaking Dawn ? Part 2, author Stephenie Meyer?s follow-up, a sci-fi novel called The Host, is already getting the big screen treatment.? Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) wrote the script and is directing, and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan is set in the lead role of Melanie Stryder.? In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie?s consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl.

MTV recently visited the New Mexico set of The Host, and video has gone up from their visit that includes our first look at a few scenes being filmed, as well as interviews with Ronan, co-star Max Irons, and Meyer herself.? Hit the jump to take a look.? The Host opens on March 29th, 2013.

Video via MTV.

Here?s the synopsis for The Host:

THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.


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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Minimalist Lifestyle Guide to Happiness | Minimalist Living

A guide to happiness?

Do we really need a guide to be happy?

What is happiness?

Do you ever wonder how to find happiness or am I the only one?

I actually read
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

by Gretchen Rubin and rather enjoyed it.

She felt a bit stuck in her life and realized that there had to be more than just plodding through day after day.

Just a regular person with a fairly regular life.

And her prescription for happiness is quite straight forward.

I do recommend the book.

The various definitions of happiness all seem rather fuzzy to me.

What makes one person happy may not make another person happy.

Should we even be spending time and energy wondering how to be happy?

Why can?t it just happen damn it?!

Hell maybe it does and I don?t realize it! I am so caught up in thinking about happiness that I miss it.

Oh dear.

Anyway I digress.

What is interesting is that I have what most would call a very good life. And I do realize that so then I end up feeling guilty.

I want for nothing. I am healthy. My son is good(most of the time). I have an amazing girlfriend.

Shouldn?t that be enough?

I love my own version of minimalist living. I could do better at living a minimalist lifestyle, but I am a work in progress.

There were lots of amazing comments on the last post and it struck me on how many mentioned either happiness or contentment.

Are these two concepts the same or are they mutually exclusive of one anther?

Maybe what I need to realize is there is not any such thing as ?when I achieve x,y,z I will be happy?.

This is tricky to remember at times.

I do realize it from a ?stuff? point of view.

I need to remember it more from ?life in general? point of view.

I also need to make note of what does make me happy.

Here are some things that help me to feel happy and content.

  • laughing with my girlfriend
  • the ocean/the beach
  • my son
  • nature
  • music/dancing
  • seeing little kids laugh
  • the chipmunk that I feed in the driveway
  • blogging and blog comments
  • animals

I have at various times in my life felt a bit lost and a bit out of place. Like I do not fit in so this doesn?t help.

Add in a healthy dose of low self esteem and a giant freak head and you have a recipe for wondering about stuff.

That?s to make Tammy laugh.


I am not sure about the idea that happiness comes from within.

I mean I do get that and that happiness is a choice.

I do get to choose my attitude for the day.

Life is 10% what happens and 90% how we respond to it.

I just need to remember that and concentrate on the moments that actually help me to feel happy.

It would make me super happy if you would share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks and have an awesome day.

?Live simply ?

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President, to president, to president - Los Angeles Times

"You will be our president when you read this note," George Herbert Walker Bush wrote to Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 campaign, denying Bush the provisional vindication that reelection provides until history has its chance to judge from a distance. Nonetheless, in Oval Office tradition, Bush left a note for Clinton to read on taking office, and it echoed the message of transitions past, even between bitter political rivals: "I am rooting hard for you."

Note the pronoun: You will be our president. My president. In our interviews and research into the private relations among these most public men, the pronouns matter. At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress talk past each other and their supporters view collaboration as corrupt, presidents talk to, and about, one another in very particular ways.

"President Obama and I didn't talk much about politics when we played golf the other day," Clinton told us, as we discussed the distinctive code of the "Presidents Club." Clinton was exhausted that day, he recalled, but "when my president summons me, then I come and I would play golf in a driving snowstorm." Which suggests how far the two men had come since their proxy war in 2008.

The offers of help come, often across party lines, because former presidents know what incoming presidents only learn over time.

On the day Franklin Roosevelt died and Harry Truman found himself suddenly responsible for saving the free world, Herbert Hoover sent a cable. "You have the right to call for any service in aid of the country," Hoover wrote, and to the horror of the Roosevelt loyalists in the White House, Truman took him up on the offer. He invited Hoover to the White House to ask his expert advice about preventing a humanitarian catastrophe across Europe. Once they got past their mutual suspicions, the two presidents formed an extraordinary alliance to move food from the countries that had it to the ones that needed it.

That was only the first of their joint missions. It didn't matter that Truman thought Hoover was "to the right of Louis XIV," he said. They never talked about politics anyway because they had something more important in common. "We talked," Truman said, "about what it was like being president."

So did Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy ? when they finally got around to talking at all. Here again were two men with little use for each other, after a campaign in which Kennedy portrayed Eisenhower as too staid, even too soft, allowing a supposed "missile gap" with the Soviet Union.

By October 1960, Ike told one Oval Office visitor, "Listen, dammit, I'm going to do everything possible to keep that Jack Kennedy from sitting in this chair." Ike called Kennedy "Little Boy Blue"; Kennedy referred to Ike as "that old ass?."

But upon Kennedy's election, the stakes would change, and so did the conversation. When they met at the White House in December 1960, Eisenhower tried to alert Kennedy to what was coming. "No easy matters will ever come to you as president," Eisenhower warned him. "If they are easy, they will be settled at a lower level." So how you organize your staff matters, he explained, and he wrote that night in his diary that "I pray that he understands it."

Only a few months later, the two men picked up their conversation ? following the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. The language of presidential transition is formal, instructive, supportive; now that they were both presidents, it was raw.

"No one knows how tough this job is until he has been in it a few months," Kennedy admitted.

"Mr. President," Eisenhower replied, "if you will forgive me, I think I mentioned that to you three months ago."

"I certainly have learned a lot since," replied Kennedy.

And they talked about how the whole thing had gone wrong. But when they talked to reporters afterward, Eisenhower pledged his support; he ordered his fellow Republicans to resist "witch-hunting." The New York Times headline read "Eisenhower Urges Nation to Back Kennedy on Cuba," with a photo of the two men walking together at Camp David. That was a photo Kennedy very much needed.

If ever a president needed the solace of this tight fraternity, it was Lyndon Johnson. Barely an hour after Kennedy died, he walked into the cabin of Air Force One to be sworn in as president, and aides who were like family suddenly jumped to their feet. "It was at that moment I realized nothing would be the same again," Johnson recalled. "A wall ? high, forbidding, historic ? separated us now."

That night Johnson called both Truman and Eisenhower. "I have needed you for a long time," Johnson told Ike, "but I need you more than ever now."

"Any time you need me, Mr. President," Ike said, "I'll be there."

And indeed he drove to Washington the next day, to view Kennedy's casket lying in state and then sit with Johnson and offer his help. Johnson wanted to know what specifically he should do. So Eisenhower got a legal pad and sat in Johnson's outer office, writing out in longhand what Johnson should say to an emergency joint session of Congress.

He asked the secretary who typed his notes to burn them after and make only two copies, one for Johnson and one for himself.

And what was that advice, from a revered, retired Republican president to a suddenly elevated Democratic one? That Johnson would carry out "the noble objectives so often and so eloquently stated by your great predecessor." Eisenhower knew what the country needed at that moment; it was not a time for partisan positioning.

And so it has been. Though heartsick over his loss in 1976, Jerry Ford helped Jimmy Carter get started on a handful of projects even before Carter was sworn in. Clinton called Richard Nixon late at night to talk about Russia and to learn how to organize his day ? a mystery that Nixon recalled having as well. Late in his second term, George W. Bush often called Clinton on Sundays, and the two men talked, mostly about politics, in a coded, sentence-finishing vernacular that a top Bush aide described as nearly unintelligible even to him.

It's true that presidents have their feuds, many of them bitter and long-lasting. But by and large the code remains intact. Just recently, Bush gently took issue with Barack Obama's energy and tax policies, and then he added, "I don't think it's good, frankly, for our country to undermine our president. I don't intend to do so now."

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy are editors at Time magazine and the authors of "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity."

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Jose Canseco kills Al Gore on Twitter

The Twitter feed of Jose Canseco is fantastic, but he took his unique brand of crazy, troll-worthy commentary to a new level by killing Al Gore this afternoon.

?Jose Canseco ? @JoseCanseco
al gore was a head of his time .i miss him rest in peace buddy hug for u?

I have no idea either? my only logical conclusion is that Jose Canseco just watched Futurama and was missing Al Gore?s head-in-a-jar.

At any rate, thank you, Al Gore, for creating the Internet so Jose Canseco could someday tweet prematurely about your death on it.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

GI seeks dismissal of 10 counts in WikiLeaks case

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Three Benefits of DIY Home Improvement ? Breathing Life Into Floors

Article by Kelly Church

Removing your popcorn ceiling may be best left to the experts in some cases. This it because popcorn ceiling asbestos can be harmful and even deadly. However if your ceiling is asbestos free it is a perfect home improvement project that you can tackle on your own.

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Coca-Cola Launching Africa Campaign

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) has decided to launch a pan-African campaign to inspire Africans.

Coca-Cola Launching Africa Campaign

The campaign will be launched at a mega event named ?1 Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa?, which will be held at the Lusaka Showgrounds in Zambia.

Albert Mulei, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) Zambia Senior Operations Country Manager said, ?There are close to a billion people in Africa and we believe that each of them has a reason to believe in the continent. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) plan to capture and share these reasons across the continent in order to inspire all Africans to turn things around and be proud of the continent they live on.?

Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) company shares are currently standing at 74.55.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Portland Pest Control - Those Springtime Pests are Back

Many people cannot wait for springtime to come. Everything comes to life and most people start spending a great deal of time outside. However, things are not always good for homeowners during the springtime.

Pests will return in force whenever the weather warms up. If you have not taken appropriate measures, then they will easily penetrate your home and take advantage of the vital resources they require. Here are some tips to help keep this from happening.

Ants present one of the main problems during the springtime. Your standard ants will just be in search of food, but carpenter ants can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your home if they build a nest somewhere inside. You can help keep ants from marching through your doors or windows by spraying the borders with vinegar.

The strong smell will cause them to turn back around. You will have to spray vinegar quite a few times during the spring since the rain will eventually wash it away.

The most dangerous springtime pests to watch out for are termites. You never want to take your chances with these pests since they can cause damage that takes a lot of money to repair. Hire an experienced professional instead of trying to keep them away on your own.

Mosquitoes are not only annoying pests, but are dangerous as well since they can transmit diseases. They will be attracted to any area that has standing water, so you do not want any of it near your home. If your gutter system is broken, then fix it. The same goes for damaged chimney flashing and other structural problems that can lead to excessive moisture around your home.

You should also be aware that mosquitoes build nests in bushes. Therefore, you should spray them a few times to help keep the population down.

Humans are not the only ones that have a problem with pests. Any pets living in your household will not be too fond of them either. This is particularly true when it comes to fleas. If you live near a wooded area, then you will also need to keep your eye out for ticks too. There are numerous ways to prevent both fleas and ticks, so make sure you adopt at least one of those measures.

Do not find yourself too caught up in enjoying springtime weather so you forget this is the time pests come back. Use appropriate pest control measures to ensure they do not cause problems in your home.

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Performing Arts and The Elements That Follow: Art Center

The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona's largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant.
The Mesa Art Center is something I am going to have to visit when I'm on the westcoast, down in AZ. People like Yo-Yo Ma, Death Cab for Cutie and Lily Tomlin have all performed here. Death Cab for Cutie has one of my favorite singers in there band. Who also is in my favorite alteriative band The Postel Service. In addition to art galleries and a museum shop, MAC engages the community with on-site studio classes in art, pottery, acting, dance and more. I would really enjoy going to one of theses classes one day if I keep up with this uncovered dream and if I'm good at it.

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Health-insurance refunds on the way for Arizonans

by Ken Alltucker - May. 24, 2012 06:25 PM
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Arizona consumers and businesses can expect to collect more than $36 million in refunds this summer from health-insurance companies under new provisions of the nation's health-care law, according to two reports.

The reports show consumers who have purchased individual health-insurance plans will get $24.4 million in refund checks or credits to future premiums. Insurers also will refund $9.3 million to employers with small-group plans of fewer than 50 people and an additional $2.9 million to companies with larger plans of more than 50 people, according to reports by Consumers Union and Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Affordable Care Act requires health-insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care or efforts to improve health-care quality for consumers and small businesses. For large businesses, that threshold increases to 85 percent spent on medical care or health-quality initiatives.

The new "medical-loss ratio" standards, which took effect Jan. 1, 2011, are meant to provide relief to consumers and businesses and prevent insurance companies from keeping a significant portion of customers' premiums for salaries, brokers' fees, profit and other administrative costs.

The first round of rebates, based on insurers' spending for 2011, must be sent to customers by Aug. 1.

Representatives for Washington, D.C.-based Consumers Union said the report shows that the health-care law's rules are beginning to pay dividends for consumers both in rebates and lower rate increases.

"The MLR (medical-loss ratio) is starting to work for consumers by holding down those rate hikes and bringing consumers more value for their money," said Sondra Roberto, a Consumers Union staff attorney.

The Consumers Union report showed that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona expects to rebate $8.7 million to more than 77,000 individual policyholders. UnitedHealthcare's Golden Rule Insurance will refund nearly $8.7 million to more than 30,000 policyholders. Aetna Life, Mega and Humana also expect to refund consumers.

Small businesses also can expect some relief, with Blue Cross Blue Shield anticipating refunds of about $3.2 million to more than 3,700 small businesses. Humana, Aetna and Trustmark Life Insurance Co. each expect to refund at least $1 million to small-group plans.

Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives said the Consumers Union's report accurately reflects its anticipated rebates to policyholders. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arizona's largest health insurer as measured by premiums, paid $2.8 billion in medical claims last year.

"Because our medical costs were lower than expected, we are pleased to pass on these savings to our members," Blue Cross Blue Shield spokeswoman Regena Frieden said.

The Consumers Union report suggested that the medical-loss ratio requirements are moderating rate increases. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, for example, sought rate changes last year that ranged from a 3 percent increase to a 2.9 percent decrease, according to Consumers Union.

But Blue Cross Blue Shield's Frieden said the company's rate increases reflected a downward trend in customers' use of medical services, likely an outgrowth of the economy.

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