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review 2017-03-15 17:15
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Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are - Sophie Egan

Discussions of food, nutrition, diet and health are nothing new. Author Egan proposes to take us through how what we eat has shaped us who we are and how our diets have been changed due to our work habits, the advancements of technology, the demands on our time, etc.

 

Honestly, the book was very boring and quite disappointing. A lot of the information can be found elsewhere, gleaned from articles and thinkpieces about our eating habits and culinary trends. I agree that the book seems very disjointed. Sometimes it's a lively, interesting read about this particular topic and then sometimes it seems very dry and tedious. It's clear the author had a lot to say and did a lot of research for it. But it doesn't quite hit the mark.

 

For some reason, I had been under the impression the book would talk more about the various foods. Like, what do chicken wings say about us? Why is it such a popular food at times like the Super Bowl? I suppose I had been thinking this would be more of a microhistory looking at particular foods like chicken wings (their origins, their popularity, etc.) rather than looking at concepts like how our jobs affect how we eat.

 

It sounded like an interesting book but ultimately I was still left hungry. Library borrow but you can honestly read up on what she talks about if you follow Food/Nutrition sites/blogs/social media, etc.

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text 2017-03-15 01:53
The Southbourne Tax Group Review: How to Protect Your Business from Fraud

 

5 Commercial Fraud Prevention Tips

 

This March marks the 13th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month. While the annual program focuses on protecting the consumer, businesses should take advantage of the time to better educate themselves on commercial fraud. A recent poll of Canadian businesses found that half of them know or suspect that they have been hit by fraud in past year.

 

There are numerous ways that business fraud can occur in a transaction. It can occur from business to consumer or consumer to business. It can come from internal staff or external threats. But the one familiar element is that the party committing the fraud has acted dishonestly. Business fraud is more common in some industries than others. Banking and financial services, government, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and the retail sector are all industries that struggle with fraud. However, no commercial enterprise, big or small, is safe.

 

As a business insurance and risk management expert, Park Insurance is here to provide you with some helpful tips that could save you from the impending threat of commercial fraud.

 

5 Fraud Prevention Tips You Need to Apply to Your Business Today

 

  1. Preparing for Commercial Cyber-fraud

 

It should come as no surprise that cybercrime headlines this list of commercial fraud prevention tips. But the fact that 50% of Canadian executives admit that their businesses were hacked last year is alarming. Credit card fraud, identity theft, account takeover and/or hijacking attempts are becoming so common that businesses are hiring full-time staff and/or consultants to monitor cyber security. Cyber-fraud occurs from internal (employees stealing corporate information) and external culprits alike and they are becoming more sophisticated with each passing month. Improved staff awareness, real-time software updates, enhanced backup protocol, and encrypted communications will help stave off sophisticated cyber-fraudsters. Follow these six tips to protecting your business from cyberattacks.

 

  1. Pre-Employment Screening

 

Internal fraud is one of the most common forms of business fraud and is certainly one of the most impactful. Not only can it go undetected and occur over a long period of time, devastating your business financially, it can ruin your corporate culture. Trust is immediately lost. From this point forward, institute an improved pre-employment screening program that includes intensive backgrounds checks and more thorough reference checks. If fraud is a significant concern (you operate in one of the higher risk industries mentioned in the introduction) consider using a professional service that specializes in pre-employment screening. Some human resource recruiters offer specialized screening.

 

  1. Improved Internal Accounting (w/Redundancy)

 

You may think that placing one person in charge of accounting, including the processing of payments and invoices, making bank deposits, handling petty cash and managing bank statements is smart because it provides a single point of responsibility. It’s not. It opens you up to internal fraud, should that employee/manager seek to do your business harm. Even if the individual can be trusted, they are at risk of being compromised. If they hold all of the chips, your business can be hit and decimated in one shot.

 

Instead, spread and/or rotate these duties amongst qualified staff. In addition, create redundancy when it comes to the accounting of all financials. This will allow you, for instance, to check duplicates of a month’s invoices and statements to ensure that the numbers match. Have separate parties check financial statements too, for added caution.

 

All of these improved internal accounting policies should be compiled and posted for all to see. If you do have an internal threat working within the company, they will be less likely to take harmful action if they know that these redundant checks and balances are in place.

 

  1. Encourage Whistleblowing

 

Whistleblowing may seem like a dirty word when it comes to fostering a trusting corporate culture, but in the end your staff should see that it is nothing to worry about – if there is nothing to worry about. Institute an official fraud reporting protocol for staff, vendors and even customers/clients to anonymously report suspected fraudulent activities. It is essential that everyone involved receives a clear document that explains what constitutes fraud. It must also state that the process should never be used to air grievances, which can happen when there is friction between employees. Reports should be backed by facts and evidence. Lastly, it must be made clear to employees, vendors, and customers/clients that all reports are regarded as confidential without reprisal.

 

  1. Secure Insurance to Hedge Business Risk of Fraud

 

For all of your efforts, fraud can still occur. You want to protect your business from this, hedging the risk of all damages that can come in the form of financial loss, liability, and innumerable other concerns. For a comprehensive and unbiased accounting of your existing policy, secure the services of an independent insurance broker with expertise in all forms of commercial crime and commercial liability insurance. Contact Park Insurance before your business joins the approximate 50% of Canadian businesses that have been hit by fraud.

 

Additional resources for business accounting tips are available here

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review 2017-03-09 16:24
How to find your dream dog by Dixie Teny
How To Find Your Dream Dog - Dixie Tenny

When I was looking for a dog I really wish I had of had this book. I do have 2 dogs, and they are more like my kids then pets and I wouldn't trade the for the world. Both of my dogs are over 10 years old and I know one day I will be looking for another one. This book is a very informative guide to helping you choose the right dog for you and your family. I do not believe in picking a dog because it is cute and then taking it to the pound a month later because it chews on everything in the house. If you knew before hand how to choose the perfect pet this would not be a problem and the animal shelters would not be over run with animals. 

 

When my kids were young, we decided to let the have a dog. We went to the local  and looked at all the dogs available. We foudn the cutest little black puppy. He was a Weimaraner. We had never heard of this bread. I asked the lady working there and she told oh he is a medium sized dog, so we took him home and named hi George. We were in effect lied to. A Weimaraner is kin to the Great Dane. George turned out to a huge dofg and my small children after a few months could not really play with him considering my husband was 6 feet tall and George could stand on his back legs and easily put his paws on my husbands shoulders. George ended up having to live in the back yard. After that there were no more dogs. We switched to cats since we knew how big they would get. If we had of had a book like this I would of never made that mistake. Of course if I had of told the lady we would be back and would of researched more as well I would not of made that mistake. But oh he was so cute and sad looking locked in that cage. 

 

Anyway back to the book. Dixie Tenny has done a wonderful job bin this book of letting us know just what to expect from Dogs. Not just that they are great companions, but how to take care of a dog, how much work goes into adding a dog to the family, many ways of choosing a dog. Do not go into choosing a family dog blindly. Really research, and thing about it, and read this book. 

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review 2017-03-09 00:00
Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Energy, Potency, and Strength
Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and ... Herbs for Men's Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Energy, Potency, and Strength - Rosemary Gladstar Review to come.
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review 2017-03-07 17:50
Book Review: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
How to Eat Fried Worms - Thomas Rockwell

This book was short, sweet, and hilarious! I can just imagine 10-year-old boys making this sort of bet with each other. I admit, the part where he at the worms was kind of gross, but I enjoyed all the ways he tried to make the worm appetizing. It was also funny seeing how the other two try to trick Billy into losing the bet (and there are a couple of good tricks).

 

I do have to say that this book is somewhat dated. Written in 1973, some of the phrases used and attitudes of the parents/children just don’t fit in with how today is, but it still a great read. When it comes down to it, it’s all about dealing with peer pressure and that will stay relevant forever.

 

I thought the narration was phenomenal. Sanders really brings the characters and the story to life. However, I’m not a big fan of background music in my audio books, and there was a decent amount in this one. It wasn’t enough to really bother me, but I did find myself wishing they would cut out the music and just let the man tell the story!If you have a couple of hours to spare (whether for reading or listening to an audio book), then go for it and pick this one up. It’s worth it!

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2756
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