Natural gas furnaces are a trend these days and a lot of homeowners prefer to use it according to Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning. Apparently, it is currently the most popular home heating option in the market. Its efficient characteristic can also reduce the impact on the environment since its byproducts are only water vapor and small amounts of carbon dioxide.
Moreover, natural gas has barely any emissions of any home heating fuel. Gas heaters need venting to your home's chimney in order to eradicate the carbon dioxide made from your home but make sure to understand the exact venting requirements building and safety codes in your area first.
Natural gas as a heating fuel also has its disadvantages, including it is flammable, can be toxic if a large amount is inhaled, the exhaust produced when burning natural gas known as carbon monoxide is poisonous, and some rural and urban areas don't have access to the current network of underground pipes.
Fire departments often recommend the use of a carbon monoxide detector because this kind of gas is completely odorless. On the other hand, gas companies add a scent to the natural gas to make leaks noticeable. Looking for trustworthy heating systems on the web is simple, just avoid fraud services online. Consider security firms that offer service protection in purchasing items online. Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning can also help you with some alternative heating systems like boilers or hot boilers, water heaters, and garage heaters.
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Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning can perform proper air conditioning service and installation for your home and can help you decide which AC installation is the best for your particular property. You can also schedule installing air conditioning to your home before summer actually begins to their team. This specific home improvement service has great benefits for your home and listed on the following are the reasons why you should have one today:
Even though it is scorching hot outside, you can still have a cool temperature inside your home with an air conditioner that is connected to a programmable thermostat. You can enjoy its steady and cool temperature throughout the day. A new AC system ensures that you will not suffer from the strong heat outside during the summer season.
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Finding the ideal bespoke furniture for your home can be simple as long as you have the patience in doing so. If you're going to be a smart buyer, then you can save money during the entire process and find high-quality furniture that meets all your needs all at once. The following are some basic tips provided by Eric Earl Hamilton Marsden to help you find the best bespoke furniture for your home.
The internet is vast and it can cater all the basic information a person is looking for. When searching for the best bespoke furniture, it's easier to search online for reviews to avoid fraud. You can find reviews for most any type of furniture in every brand. Before spending your money on a certain piece of furniture, it would be better if you can obtain important information about it and compare its results to other furniture. Since reviews are a good source of information to find a dependable company, ensure that your chosen company is indeed trustworthy at the end and offers quality products that suit your budget.
Don't rush things because anything worth having is worth waiting for. Don't stop until you are satisfied even if it will take some more time. Your goal is to have a home that makes you feel happy and comfortable, so don't settle for less and have the furniture that meets your standards. Be consistent in looking for the best bespoke furniture for your home.
As previously stated, comparing significant data, including prices, of various pieces is often necessary, especially if you are on a tight budget. By carefully assessing your records, you can choose the right furniture where you can save up to 50 percent.
Make sure to remember those tips mentioned above to shop great bespoke furniture and buy pieces that you really want. Be a smart buyer and save a little bit of money during the entire process. Put in mind that finding the perfect bespoke furniture for your home requires patience and consistency. Eric Earl Hamilton Marsden believes that you will achieve a unique home with bespoke furniture and the team wishes that you will find the best pieces for your place.
Before the exhibition
1. Draw up a list of objectives for visiting the exhibition. Define what you wish to achieve eg to get an overview of certain types of software, see the latest software functionality, or to meet certain vendors.
2. Plan your visit. Make a shortlist of exhibitors, vendor demonstrations, educational or other sessions you wish to see. Don’t consider spending all day in vendor software demonstrations - they may end up sounding and looking alike and you may end up being totally confused. Plan a balance of visiting stands, meeting vendors, discussing your requirements, as well as attending demonstrations.
3. Mark the locations of the stands / demonstrations you wish to see on an exhibition layout planner so you know your way around the exhibition floor and can save time / avoid getting lost when you are there.
4. Attending with colleagues can help to determine which software to investigate further. However, plan in advance who is attending, who shall see what and when. Aim to cover all items, with colleagues splitting up to cover different parts of the exhibition.
5. Determine how you will get to the exhibition - so that you arrive on time and are able to complete everything. If you are attending for more than one day and need overnight accommodation, book well in advance of the date(s) required.
At the exhibition
6. Follow your visit plan. Ensure you cover the areas you wish to see. Don’t get side-tracked once at the exhibition - you can use any time left over at the end to visit other stands which look interesting.
7. If attending with colleagues - use the opportunity to quickly obtain a large amount of information and to network / create new contacts for later use. Work the exhibition - don’t just stay together or treat as a day out of the office!
8. Take a copy of your outline system requirements* with you - to refer to and / or raise key points with vendors / exhibitors.
9. Take plenty of business cards - to hand out to exhibitors and to save filling in their forms with your details.
10. Take a pen and small note pad for jotting down key items, demonstration notes, points of interest, contacts etc.
11. Attending exhibitions can be tiring. They can be hot (particularly in poorly ventilated demonstration rooms) and you may do a lot of walking. Be prepared - wear comfortable clothing and take regular refreshments throughout the day.
After the exhibition
12. Review the information you have obtained and write up notes / ideas as applicable. Discuss with colleagues. Then determine which software vendors you wish to follow up on and investigate further.
The final report discusses “audit firm transparency reporting,” which is a practice “employed by audit firms to be transparent in their own reporting to investors and other stakeholders about the firm itself, notably, with respect to firm governance and elements of their system of quality control for their financial statement audits.”
According to the final report, an audit firm transparency report should contain information that is:
“[C]lear, useful and presented in sufficient detail to be meaningful to the different groups of likely users of the report.”
“[F]act-based and not potentially misleading.”
“[U]nbiased and not oriented toward marketing or selling services.”
“[C]oncise, specific to the firm and avoids the use of boilerplate language.”
“[T]imely, accurate and complete.”
“[B]alanced in communicating the audit firm’s output measures of audit quality in addition to any input measures.”
“[S]ufficient in terms of explaining the limitations of the indicators of audit quality, including that the indicators may not be comparable across audit firms.”
For more information, see the press release and final report on IOSCO’s Web site.
There are many benefits of attending an accounting technology event - especially if you’re considering replacing your accounting software. These include:
• improving your knowledge of the accounting software market, the latest trends and what’s available
• checking out a software vendor’s latest offerings- in a low-key, informal way
• comparing multiple vendors quickly and efficiently, in just one day
And it would be even more beneficial if you had details of what you need from your new accounting system. Gathering requirements and preparing a spec doesn’t have to be hard - the Accounting Software RFI/RFP Template can help you quickly and easily gather your requirements and prepare a requirements specification (and also a RFI and RFP).
Clicking a link below, will take you to the event website, where you can obtain more details such as the expo or conference contents, who’s exhibiting, locations and whether it’s chargeable or free to attend.
Although every attempt has been made to make the above calendar as accurate as possible, this cannot be guaranteed. For more details, contact the promoters directly.
Here is an easy process to follow to help you decide.
1. Gather all the information for each potential vendor and prepare a summary of the key criteria for each.
2. Bring your project team together to jointly review the information, the summaries, discuss the pros and cons of each of the potential vendor solutions.
3. Then, jointly rank each of the vendors against your key criteria.
(i) Software functionality. Clearly the most important criteria, so focus on your key functional requirements and where the solution(s) from each vendor, differ from each other.
(ii) Implementation. Even the best software will not work well, with a poor implementation. So you need to be very sure that you either have the skills, experience and resources on board, or can acquire these from the vendor, or other service providers, or by retraining existing employees.
(iii) ROI (return on investment) / TCO (total costs of ownership). Re-check both calculations for 7 year time scale, for each vendor - as each vendor solution may have different benefits as well as different costs.
(iv) Maintenance and support / SLA (Service Level Agreement). Be sure of what you are getting for your annual (or regular) payments, that it is appropriate and represents good value for money.
(v) Software technology. Should be forward looking technology and either match that of your business or heading where you are heading. However, some forward looking technologies may be closer to where you are heading than others. (Solutions or vendors using old technology should have been removed at the RFI stage).
(vi) The vendor. Their business strength, business and product direction, and how well you get on with the vendor are important. Equally, so is a process or arrangement to protect your investment in the software, should the vendor themselves be acquired or taken over by another organisation.
(vii) In this example, we’ve included 6 key criteria for the project as a whole. You may have more criteria and may also wish to use some form of weighting and scoring rather than simple ranking. If so, amend your table accordingly.
You’ve finally got board approval to select a new software system - then what? You’ve actually got to do it! So, here is a quick ‘project initiation checklist’ of 30 things to consider at this stage. If you can tick everything ‘yes’ - you’re ready to start!
Ref Project Initiation Checklist
What is the software / system selection project?
1. Has the project proposal been approved by the board without any changes to the proposal? Or if the board has made changes, can you manage these?
2. Has sufficient funding been approved for the software selection phase?
3. Are the project objectives still the same as within the proposal?
4 Is the project scope (inclusions and exclusions), still the same as within the proposal?
5. Are the project deliverables still the same as within the proposal?
6. Have deliverables been defined for each stage within the software selection?
7. Have acceptance criteria been defined for each deliverable?
When will the project be undertaken?
8. Have the start and completion dates been defined and agreed?
9. Have dates for the key deliverables within the project been defined and agreed?
Who is involved with the project?
10. Provide names for:
- project sponsor:
- project manager:
- project team:
- key users:
- user management (who are responsible for signing off the requirements and accepting the system selection deliverables):
11. Have all the roles and responsibilities been defined?
12. Have all the roles and responsibilities been communicated?
13. Do all resources (involved) have sufficient time available for the project?
14. Is project resourcing sufficient?
15. Do all resources have sufficient knowledge / skills to undertake their part in the project?
16. Have you prepared and issued a project organisational chart?
17. Does everyone understand their role within the project?
How will the project be carried out?
18. Have you determined your project management / system selection methodology?
19. Have you prepared a revised (or final) project plan / gantt chart?
20. Are the responsibilities, milestones and deliverables clear?
21. Has this been issued and discussed with all involved?
22. Does everyone understand it?
23. Have you purchased tools to help you document your business requirements / select your new system? eg Axia’s System Requirements & RFI/RFP Templates
24. Have you set up project communications? eg planned regular (weekly) project meetings, defined an email list of other people to be kept informed?
25. Have you set up an issues escalation process?
26. Have you set up project monitoring? eg using a project management tool
27. Have you defined quality standards and specified how these will be maintained?
28. Have you reviewed your risk analysis and mitigation strategies?
29. Have you reviewed your project constraints / assumptions and checked that they are still valid?
30. Have you created project contingencies? eg additional time, funding or resources which can be called upon if required
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Our philosophy is to involve client’s staff as much as possible, whilst providing the in-depth expertise. So client’s costs are minimised and all concerned obtain a complete understanding of the solution.
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On June 16, Kaiser Doctors and area leaders broke ground at what will eventually be the new Promenade Medical Office Building in south Elk Grove. The two-story, 67,000- square-foot Kaiser Permanente facility will be designed to focus on matters affecting patients’ mind, body and soul. It will feature a 50-meter outdoor sports track that will be part of a 4,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Center where athletes can be evaluated and rehabilitated.
In addition to the sports center, the medical office will also house adult medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, health education, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. Elk Grove Mayor Sophia Scherman, Vice Mayor Steve Detrick, city council member Pat Hume, Dr. Richard Isaacs, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Liu, M.D., broke ground where the new facility will be built. “Your presence in Elk Grove means more quality health and wellness for our residents,” Scherman said in a speech before they broke ground.
Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Liu also addressed the crowd. Liu said the building will be “thoughtfully designed” with soothing colors, local artwork and a coffee bistro inside. “We’re committed to making our facility a one-stop shop,” she said. “We’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time,” Isaacs said. “Driving through the community, we’re aware of the economic impact in this area.”
Liu echoed that statement in her speech, saying, “I’m sure it won’t be long until this facility is surrounded by retail stores and restaurants.” The building will be adjacent to the vacant Elk Grove Promenade Mall site where construction halted due to developer General Growth Properties undergoing bankruptcy. When Scherman addressed the crowd, she discussed the unfinished mall behind her. “Although there is no set date, the mall will open,” Scherman said; “hopefully, within two years, it will be completed.”
Kaiser is thinking about the future, Isaacs said. “We’re really hoping this will stimulate this part of the region,” he said. Since 1999, Kaiser began phasing out the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic in construction and implemented more environmentally friendly construction materials in their building designs. The Promenade Medical Office Building will be built so that solar energy panels can be added in the future.
Carman stopped exercising after leaving the military in 1991, and the pounds began piling on. But after his father died at age 54, and at the urging of his daughter, a nursing student, Carman decided in 2012 to start making a change. He credits Kaiser’s Live Well, Be Well program for his improved fitness. Carman dropped 40 pounds since starting the program and trimmed 6 inches from his waist. And in September, he was able to stop taking the blood pressure medication he’d been on for 10 years.
Carman ran in the December marathon as part of a four-member relay team with his daughter and friends. His goal is to run half the marathon this year, and the entire course in 2015. He’s also working on losing another 20 pounds. The constant encouragement Carman receives through Kaiser has helped him overcome his biggest obstacle: sticking with his exercise program consistently. “I’m just very grateful for everything my employer does,” Carman said. “We want all of our staff and physicians to be role models for our community,” said Dr. Richard Isaacs, physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.
Kaiser’s program offers more than 250 wellness options that focus on six categories: physical activity, healthy eating, emotional health, prevention, healthy workplace and healthy community. Issacs, a head and neck surgeon, said the program has caused a cultural transformation at the company, reducing absenteeism and making employees happier and more engaged. “I’m watching our employees actually transform their lives,” Isaacs said. “They look different. They just exude health.” Employees encourage colleagues to get involved, take lunch-time walks or train for competitions. There are free exercise classes, with yoga, Zumba and boot camp among the popular options.
Employees can track their health improvements online and enroll in a wellness university, where they earn credits and even graduate.
To encourage healthy eating, there are on-site farmers markets and employee gardens at Kaiser’s South Sacramento Medical Center, as well as at offices in Davis and Rancho Cordova. There, workers grow vegetables and chefs demonstrate healthy cooking techniques. The program’s emotional health component encourages employees to pursue creative outlets. Toward that end, the South Sacramento Medical Center held its third annual art show March 28, where physicians and employees displayed paintings, photographs, sculptures, quilts, beadwork and floral arrangements.
This summer, as many as 16 third-year medical students from the College of Medicine will begin a year of clinical rotations at Kaiser Permanente medical centers in Sacramento, South Sacramento, Roseville and Vallejo.
“Drexel University College of Medicine represents a longstanding commitment to excellence in medical education and Kaiser Permanente embraces this opportunity to partner with their faculty in bringing top-notch emerging physicians to the Sacramento region. We know that many of these students will choose to live and practice right here in our own community,” said Dr. Richard Isaacs, physician-in-chief, South Sacramento.
“We’re delighted to have our students participate in this partnership program and have the opportunity to learn about the unique model of care at Kaiser Permanente,” said Dr. Barbara Schindler, professor and vice dean for educational and academic affairs for the College of Medicine.
Premed students attending the Drexel campus in Sacramento have already had opportunities to observe Kaiser Permanente’s model of care through a unique 10-week physician shadowing program that was started in March 2011. Drexel’s Interdepartmental Medical Science program is one of very few such programs in the country. This is the first time the program was taught outside of Philadelphia.
“Our physicians are really excited about welcoming and training this first group of medical students who are expected to arrive in late June and begin their clinical rotations on July 1st,” said Dr. Lisa Liu, South Sacramento’s assistant physician-in-chief of health promotion who is spearheading the training program. “It’s a great opportunity to expose medical students to the power and integration of Kaiser Permanente and to showcase how we truly are the model for health care in this country.”
Kaiser Permanente and Drexel are also proud to co-sponsor the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 2013 study mission, taking place this September in Philadelphia.
Drexel’s College of Medicine has partnered with Kaiser Permanente in California to help ensure a strong physician workforce for the future and to further develop emerging health care leaders for the Sacramento region.
This summer, as many as 16 third-year medical students from the College of Medicine will begin a year of clinical rotations at Kaiser Permanente medical centers in Sacramento, South Sacramento, Roseville and Vallejo.
The medical students will do rotations in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, outpatient psychiatry, family medicine and adult medicine.
"Drexel University College of Medicine represents a longstanding commitment to excellence in medical education and Kaiser Permanente embraces this opportunity to partner with their faculty in bringing top-notch emerging physicians to the Sacramento region. We know that many of these students will choose to live and practice right here in our own community," said Dr. Richard Isaacs, physician-in-chief, South Sacramento.
"We're delighted to have our students participate in this partnership program and have the opportunity to learn about the unique model of care at Kaiser Permanente," said Dr. Barbara Schindler, professor and vice dean for educational and academic affairs for the College of Medicine.
Premed students attending the Drexel campus in Sacramento have already had opportunities to observe Kaiser Permanente's model of care through a unique 10-week physician shadowing program that was started in March 2011. Drexel's Interdepartmental Medical Science program is one of very few such programs in the country. This is the first time the program was taught outside of Philadelphia.
"Our physicians are really excited about welcoming and training this first group of medical students who are expected to arrive in late June and begin their clinical rotations on July 1st," said Dr. Lisa Liu, South Sacramento's assistant physician-in-chief of health promotion who is spearheading the training program. "It's a great opportunity to expose medical students to the power and integration of Kaiser Permanente and to showcase how we truly are the model for health care in this country."
Kaiser Permanente and Drexel are also proud to co-sponsor the Sacramento Metro Chamber's 2013 study mission, taking place this September in Philadelphia.
Founded in 1992 by U. C. Berkeley (Boalt Law School) graduate Jeffrey Wilens, the Law Center has successfully prosecuted numerous class and individual actions against payday loan companies, creditors, automobile dealerships, lending institutions, timeshare marketers, and other businesses for racketeering, consumer fraud, false advertising, unfair business practices, credit reporting and debt collection violations.
Typically, Mr. Wilens will represent the consumer in his or her dispute with the business for a small or no initial fee, and will thereafter pursue litigation as necessary on a contingency fee basis. If the consumer is successful, he or she will usually be reimbursed for any initial legal fees.
Examples of actual and potential recoveries by consumers can be found in the pending lawsuits and successful cases sections. It can be seen that the individual consumer can receive significant monetary compensation even in the case of relatively modest damages. Moreover, most consumer protection laws authorize a separate award of attorney’s fees, which maximizes the consumer’s recovery.