Landmark LGBTQ+ Events You Need to Know About Following Pride Month
Jul31

Landmark LGBTQ+ Events You Need to Know About Following Pride Month

With June having been pride month, there’s been a lot of talk about history and events within the LGBTQ+ community, especially on the legal front. And while there are a lot of legal problems and cases that happen throughout the year, there are still legality issues the LGBTQ+ community is facing. But fortunately, there have been vast improvements over the past few years. So let’s take a look at a few important events that happened during pride month that impacted the LGBTQ+ community. Ecuador Legalized Same-Sex Marriage There are numerous countries around the world that have very liberal LGBTQ+ laws. The Netherlands was the first nation to decriminalize homosexuality, Canada’s Prime Minister openly supports the LGBTQ+ community, and even Malta, a prominently Catholic nation, was the first European nation to ban conversion therapy. An average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S. each year, and many of these are now same-sex marriages. But there are still many countries that have yet to legalize same-sex marriage. However, Ecuador is no longer one of them. While same-sex unions have been legal for a decade now, those with a civil partnership had fewer rights than couples married under law. The ruling was made in a landmark case after several couples and advocates filed legal claims. And while people with an attorney typically get three to four times more for a claim when they have an attorney, this lengthy legal battle ended in a 5-to-4 ruling. Wisconsin Lawmakers Celebrate Pride Month Countries, states, and cities all around the world have celebrations in honor of Pride Month. And this year, lawmakers in Wisconsin celebrated Pride Month for the first time at the State Capitol. Lawmakers expressed their pride in how far the state has come in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. State Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) said, “If you had told me then that 14 years later, I would be standing at the Wisconsin state capitol as an openly gay elected representative, speaking about June as LGBTQ Pride Month, with the governor standing next to me, I would never have believed you.” And while those in attendance felt the joy and pride within the community, both lawmakers and advocates also acknowledged there is still a long way to go regarding equality. The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots Pride Month 2019 was especially important because June 1st was also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, or the Stonewall Uprising. This event occurred in 1969 when members of the LGBTQ+ community stood up against harassment from police. This was years after the LGBTQ+ community began uprising in the 1950s, forming groups that lobbied for equality and acceptance. Stonewall consisted of a...

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Dr. Martin Schwartz Releases Bioscaling Gel For At-Home Tartar Cleaning
Jul22

Dr. Martin Schwartz Releases Bioscaling Gel For At-Home Tartar Cleaning

People of all ages dread going to the dentist, but a new product from Dr. Martin Schwarz is making it possible for consumers to tackle a major oral health issue at home. Yahoo announced earlier this month that the German-based oral care brand is releasing Bioscaling, an antibacterial gel that tackles dental plaque and bad breath. Dr. Martin Schwarz sees the revolutionary formula as a way for average consumers to carry out oral hygiene sessions on their own in the comfort of their bathrooms. The typical recommendation is that patients should go to the dentist for teeth cleaning and examination every six months. These check-ups help prevent oral problems like plaque build-up. However, patients may be able to avoid the usual professional dental scaling that gets rid of plaque if they use Bioscaling to improve their overall oral hygiene. The unique antiseptic formula of Bioscaling includes the naturally occurring compound, microcrystalline sodium bicarbonate. This compound is thought to significantly decrease the number of harmful microorganisms. By mitigating the amount of these microorganisms in a patient’s mouth, it will help remove dental plaque. As dental plaque turns into tartar within the first 24 to 72 hours, users of Bioscaling may also be able to aid in preventing tartar build-up that can lead to periodontal disease. With the gel, patients can also avoid the complex in-office dental procedures that remove tartar. According to a spokesperson of Dr. Martin Schwarz, Dr. Matthias Berg, Bioscaling could help with several other oral health problems as well. When the gel removes the bacteria that form plaque, it will also be removing the same bacteria that often cause bad breath. It does this by liquidating the harmful bacteria and restoring the natural pH level of the oral cavity. The gel’s active ingredients also help remove biofilm from the teeth, which is essential in preventing tartar from forming. All of these functions in one product help to make the process of dental scaling much more accessible to those who need it. With the average American having about $38,000 in debt, not including mortgages, a trip to the dentist for a pricey procedure to remove tartar isn’t always in the financial cards. Instead, consumers can avoid high co-pays and dental bills by using Bioscaling at home. Users can apply the gel to the teeth’s surface in a few ways, including with a sonic toothbrush, a manual brush, or mouth trays. For those who are still interested in services a dentist’s office can provide, there have been recent strides in plaque-removal technology for in-office use. A team of engineers, biologists, and dentists from the University of Pennsylvania developed a...

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Hearing Loss In The Workplace: What You Need To Know

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million people) aged 18 and over have some trouble hearing, and by age 65, one out of every three people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Some are born with malformed inner ear bones, some suffer from diseases that attack the soft tissues within the ear, but most incur this damage throughout their lives simply via exposure. While the occasional concert won’t do too much harm, workers in the construction industry are forced to deal with loud noises on a daily basis. How Does Hearing Loss On The Job Happen? Before we break down the major risks construction jobs pose to your eardrums, let’s take a look at how our ears become damaged by loud sounds. It all comes down to decibel ratings; defined as the unit used to measure the intensity of a sound (and abbreviated dB), the decibel scale varies greatly due to the sensitivity of our hearing. Here are a few examples. Near-total silence – 0 dB A whisper – 15 dB Normal conversation – 60 dB A lawnmower – 90 dB A car horn – 110 dB A rock concert or a jet engine – 120 dB A gunshot or firecracker – 140 dB Any sound above 85 dB can cause hearing loss, and, as you can see, that encompasses a lot of noises. However, the loss is related both to the power of the sound and the length of exposure; this can make working with loud power tools and machinery for eight hours a day, five days a week incredibly dangerous. Awareness And Safety Knowing that fact, it’s unsurprising to find out that hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition after high blood pressure and arthritis in the United States. In fact, bout 22 million workers (17%) are exposed to hazardous noise each year. Considering the fact that the average construction site clocks in at around 100 dB, wearing protective gear is more important than ever. The CDC states that if you have to raise your voice to be heard over a noise, it is likely at a hazardous level and should be safeguarded against; even simple foam earplugs can go a long way in protecting your sensitive eardrums from irreversible...

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Coffee Crisis: Demand And Prices Go Up As Production Goes Down
Jul18

Coffee Crisis: Demand And Prices Go Up As Production Goes Down

There’s no doubt that the world is full of coffee-lovers. More coffee was harvested last year than ever before and some projections estimate that global coffee demand could double by 2050. Even nations that have traditionally been more inclined to consume tea, such as China and Japan, now also have thriving coffee cultures. Coffee is almost as old as tomatoes and chillis, which were first harvested in Latin America thousands of years ago.This caffeinated boom is partially a result of a culture that is placing more value on the artistry of baristas and the range in flavor of coffee beans. It’s also arisen from the wider variety of coffee types now available. Over 50 years ago, coffee outlets of the twentieth century began selling chilled options. Since then, coffee menus everywhere have featured an increasingly wide variety of drinks. The issue with this coffee boom is that by 2050, the same year demand is supposed to double, about half of the Earth’s land suitable for growing coffee will no longer be viable for farming it. Just as a changing climate and rapid urbanization reduced the Everglades that once covered nearly 11,000 square miles in South Florida, areas for coffee cultivation around the world are rapidly diminishing. This leaves those in the business of producing coffee with the seemingly impossible task of growing twice the coffee with half of the land. “We’re going to have less coffee, higher prices and coffee that is less differentiated in taste and lower on the quality scale. If everybody is okay with the fact that we are going to be paying $10 to $15 a cup for crappy coffee in thirty years, that’s fine,” said Dr. Tim Schilling, founder of the nonprofit organization World Coffee Research (WCR) and the newly appointed head of WCR Europe. Fortunately, the coffee producers of the world have a few plans on how to overcome this coffee crisis. One of these plans is the creation of the F1 hybrid. The WCR has identified specific strings of molecular and genetic code in certain coffee varieties that indicate crop yield, disease resistance, high cup quality, and more. All of these characteristics help the organization choose the two parents with the most biologically diverse DNA set. From this careful breeding, they’ve created the modern F1, which grows quickly, is less susceptible to disease, and bears fruit a year earlier than normal. As growing this hybrid is neither easy nor cheap, other initiatives are in the works as well. On July 10 and 11, the second World Coffee Producers Forum took place in Campinas, Brazil. The first iteration of this forum took place...

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Digital Marketing Trends of 2019

Small businesses understand that digital marketing is essential to grow their business. With an increased understanding on the impacts of digital marketing, there is more money being invested into this marketing tactic. Consider that businesses that show up on the first page of Google get roughly 92% of consumer traffic. We’ve reached out to the top digital marketing experts to ask them what SEO trends to expect in 2019. Backlink Like a Boss Andrew Fiore of Jupiter Web Design says, “Outreach and Guest Posting will be a big factor in ranking websites this year along with years to come.” Technical SEO “One of the most effective but overlooked SEO strategies for 2019 continues to be proper implementation of rel=”canonical”,” explains Jason Reece of ioCreative. “By optimizing your landing page strategy for SERPs, you can sculpt cornerstone content to propel the user’s journey. And if you want a better landing page presence, employ a page-by-page taxonomy and reduce the number of self-referring URLs. Google will reward you!” Keep It Simple “The latest trends in marketing seem to be about making things much more complex than they need to be. If you want your marketing to be successful, focus on doing the basics really well, and doing them consistently. Forget the shiny objects. Pay attention to creating a website with the most helpful content possible,” echoes Brian Walker of 5 Stones Media. “Create that content in as many ways as it makes sense for you (written, video, audio, visual graphics), and share that helpful content out through social, email, podcasts, and even direct mail in some cases. Give your audience every chance you can to see and hear your message. Theres no excuse not to do it. Its easier to do this now that it ever has been.” Intuitive Client Experiences “Contextual Commerce. We’ll see a lot of it in the coming years. Your smart speakers are just the beginning,” describes Ramon Helwegen of ecomstream. “Have a look at WeChat in China and see what shoppable content really means. Intuitive client experiences and frictionless payments.” Invest in Schema Since major search providers collaborated on Schema standards in 2011, the protocol has offered marketers many short-term benefits. Rich results help smaller sites stand out in SERPs, offering higher click-through-rates and end-users are able to quickly judge more information than ever in results,” says Matthew Banes of Williams Commerce. “Schema carries different implications long-term. Search is diversifying from the familiar ‘Query>Result>Visit’ standards. Increasingly a mixture of voice recognition, smart-devices, and machine-learning recommendations process information, bookings & transactions for with a site visit, or even a screen-view. These systems must understand data in semantic terms to avoid irrelevancy,...

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