Sheraz Khan of Longueuil and Brossard QC is helping boost trade industry workforce with specialized home construction

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Sheraz Khan is a well-known and renowned Canadian construction expert

When we build, we always think of how to help the elderly have the highest quality of life through safety and ease.”

— Sheraz Khan

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC, CANADA, July 31, 2021 / — Sheraz Khan is a well-known and renowned Canadian construction expert. Sheraz graduated from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada, with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Sheraz Khan, who is originally from Longueuil, has helped boost trade industry workforce with specialized home construction projects. These projects were specifically made to suit the needs of disabled or elderly people.

Sheraz started his career by working for Lafarge Cement Canada's Montreal Research Facility, in which he maintained safety testing for gears and performed technical evaluations for this kind of machineries, along with other duties related to his degree's expertise.
Sheraz also tutored, which gave him the opportunity to put his math, physics, and engineering abilities to better use through instructing and empowering secondary school students, but also evaluating and reviewing their progress with both children and parents. He also handled real estate investing, acquisition, renovation, and resale on Montreal's south side. Mr. Khan was previously in charge of a wide range of responsibilities, comprising construction, architecture, management, engineering, and implementation, as well as laws and regulations. He was even in charge of the estate rental process, which included managing, preserving, and revamping it. Sheraz Khan, on the other hand, was formerly employed as a real estate agent. Sheraz's responsibilities included facilitating everyday property investment activities, overseeing all aspects of properties from small apartments to large apartment complexes, and managing rents, which included everything from locating homeowners to establishing guidelines and performing evictions. He needed to market the homes to make up for any deficiencies, but also inspect the estate and check for any issues.

Sheraz Khan spent a significant amount of time learning a wide range of applications and tools, including MS Office and Photoshop, C++, Matlab, ANYSIS, AutoCAD, CATIA and Solid Works, and Labview, in order to complete all of the duties and obligations he was given.

This Longueuil-born Sheraz co-owns a construction advisors' business with his colleague Richard Keith Lenon, in addition to his own professions.
Now back to Sheraz’s specialized home construction projects, the work he put into it proved to revolutionize the field. For starters, Sheraz made a plan he was thinking of for a while, and then set it into motion. Basically, this plan was for him to make specialized homes with specific requirements and modifications that would suit the elderly and disabled’s specific needs. The idea that he came up with consists of, first of all, making modifications to the homes’ plans in order to make the general structure more suitable to the elderly’s walking aid and/or equipment. Sheraz also included specific setups for wheelchairs in case the client uses one. After that, Sheraz went on to decide on the kind of materials that would be used in the houses. For example, the floor is not supposed to be too hard so as to reduce the impact it might have on its elderly owners in case of fall or any other similar accident.

The modifications and material used included way more than just that. As we all know, many elderly people start to develop back problems starting from a certain age, which is why it becomes harder for them to reach anything that is too high or too low. To solve that problem, Mr. Khan put plans to make all the needed cupboards and dressing tables reachable by modifying the general height of all built-in equipment in the house. In a way, that would, for example, even be useful for people with special needs that are unable to reach high areas of the house since that would reduce both the physical and psychological strain that they might develop.

While thinking of the elderly, Mr. Khan also thought about the visual problems they start developing, which is why he made plans to integrate a special type of lighting in the house. Since vision declines after a certain age, Sheraz made sure to integrate a special lighting in the walls all over the house. This lighting system he integrated is made specifically to reduce glare while providing enough light for people to safely perceive their surroundings. In a way, that lighting system is similar to fluorescent but with more practicality since the targeted users are supposedly having less visual acuity than normal. In fact, this was also made to suit the needs of even people with severely bad eyesight since it would enable them to perceive their surroundings to a significantly higher extent than they can in dim light or with usual lighting.

Other than these very specific modifications, other simpler ones were made to help and protect the inhabitants of the house, and these include getting rubber grips for faucets to avoid injuries, installing grab bars in the bathrooms to help reduce slipping chances, and even installing smart lock systems, since this would help improve the residents’ sense of safety especially with their reduced mobility, and it would also, at the same time, enable the residents’ caretakers to be able to keep a watchful eye on them especially if the residents suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’ which might put the residents at risk if not cared enough for.

On top of these modifications, a built-in system to get access to all kinds of support and/or medical help is installed into all these houses. In a way, it is a form of system that would enable the residents to get access to any help they might need which, in case of emergency, might even be able to improve survivability of the residents. Basically, this system, along with the other modifications, would also make the elderly and disabled residents feel safer and more at ease despite any kind of impairment that they might have due to age, sickness, or any other reason.

So far, this project has received positive reviews and feedback which is why Mr. Sheraz Khan is quite excited about what the future is holding for this project and the further updates he is going to involve in the making of future versions of it.

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Judith August Cosmetics Launches Exciting New Line of Plastic-Free & Eco-Friendly Lipstick Pencils

Judith August Cosmetics chic everything pencil lipstick

Judith August Cosmetics love everything pencil lipstick

Judith August Cosmetics

Judith August Cosmetics etp semi matte rouge lipstick

Judith August Cosmetics vegan and plastic free

The company has been a staple in the beauty industry since 1986.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2021 / — Judith August Cosmetics is pleased to announce the official launch of its highly anticipated line of plastic-free and eco-friendly lipstick pencils.

For over 30 years, Judith August Cosmetics has created effective, multi-purpose makeup designed to meet the unique needs of each user. With a passion for creating the best corrective concealers on the market, founder and former model Judith August is still creating relevant and useful products, focusing more now on color cosmetics.

In the company’s most recent news, Judith August Cosmetics has launched its most exciting product to date – The Everything Pencil – Semi-Matte Rouge Lipstick Pencil. This lipstick pencil is a multi-use, vegan, eco-friendly pencil for the lips and cheeks. The pencil has a creamy, semi-matte finish, formulated with Vitamin E, Sweet Almond Oil, and Shea Butter to make it the ultimate resource for nourishing and moisturizing the lips.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the release of our new lipstick pencils to our loyal consumers,” says owner Judith August. “As a small, indie company, we are always looking for ways to innovate and become more environmentally conscious and our new launch is a highly anticipated extension of our keystone product, The Everything Pencil – Face & Body Concealer. We anticipate The Everything Pencil – Semi-Matte Rouge Lipstick will be a huge hit!”

The Everything Pencil – Semi-Matte Rouge Lipstick provides users with a host of benefits and features, including:

• Zero-waste packaging in biodegradable paper from sustainable forestry
• Vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free
• Three stunning shades: Love, Chic, and Showgirl
• Multi-purpose use for lips and/or cheeks
• Affordable pricing
• Fast delivery
• And more!

Currently, The Everything Pencil – Semi-Matte Rouge Lipstick is available in packages of one, two, or three for those who prefer to purchase more and save.

For more information about Judith August Cosmetics or to view the company’s full line of products, please visit

About Judith August Cosmetics

Judith August Cosmetics was created in 1986 by founder Judith August, who developed the first concealer in a pencil form in the United States. Since then, the company has remained true to its mission to stay small and exclusive in order to provide effective multi-use products in small batches. You can find August’s line of cosmetics sold in exclusive pharmacies, catalogs, specialty stores, plastic surgeon’s offices and in spas and salons nationwide.

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Announcing Hot Tub Removal in Puyallup, Washington

Hot Tub Removal by Rainier Junk Removal

Hot Tub Removal by Rainier Junk Removal

PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 / — It's time to take those old hot tubs out of your backyard and replace them with something more useful. Hot tub removal is a part of the process when you are ready to start fresh. Hot tubs are made from metal, insulation foam, plastic, and water to be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Rainier Junk Removal has been helping homeowners in Puyallup, Washington remove their hot tub for years now! We will provide you with all the information you need about how we dispose of your spa cover and how to prep it for disposal.

If you're interested in recycling your spa cover instead of throwing it away, read on!

1. What is a hot tub made of?

Hot tubs are made of metal, insulation foam, plastic, and water. Spas are made of metal (typically steel) or fiberglass with a cover that is either polyester or vinyl, which contains PVC plastics. Hot tubs have an interior built-in pump to circulate the water while spas do not. Hot tubs also use electricity for heating, whereas spas use propane or natural gas. Hot tubs typically have seats and jets to massage your back, whereas spas do not, but they may be available as an optional add-on for a spa purchase.

2. How do you dispose of a hot tub?

Disposing of a hot tub is pretty straightforward. Make sure you take apart your hot tub by cutting it first to make to process easier. Once the hot tub is cut apart, remove any debris accumulated in the water and drain it. Hot tubs can be disposed of by taking them to a recycling center or hazardous waste facility for free.

3. How does Rainier Junk Removal dispose of your old hot tub?

Our team is professionally trained in removing old hot tubs. We make sure to take all precautions when taking apart your hot tub and taking it to the right place to be disposed of. This will save you, the homeowner, a great deal of time and money! Don't worry about renting a truck or saw to haul away your old tub when you can give Rainier Junk Removal a call!

4. What can I do with my old spa cover?

Your old spa cover can be recycled with your hot tub. If you're worried about water, don't sweat it! Hot tubs are drained of all their fluids before being disposed of, so there's nothing to worry about when recycling the covers.

5. Why should I recycle my spa cover and not throw it in the trash?

Spa covers should be recycled instead of thrown away because they are made of a material that will take hundreds of years to decompose.

The disposal process for hot tubs is very long and pricey, so by recycling your spa cover, you're helping make the world a cleaner place! Recycling just one old spa cover can save up to three cubic yards of landfill space.

If you are looking for an experienced team to remove your old hot tub, Rainier Junk Removal is here! To learn more about our junk removal services, give us a call today at 253-345-JUNK or visit our website

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Brian M. Stovsky's Passion for Cancer Cure

Brian Stovsky's Passion for Cancer Cure – VeloSano

CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 / — People are regularly told to follow their passion for a career as it tends to help folks succeed versus just work at a job. However, when a passion involves helping others in need, it doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with only career work and a job. Brian M. Stovsky knows that personally, as he and his family have been supporting the VeloSano Bike Race event since its start.

Efforts Involve More Than Just Bike Racing

Brian Stovsky’s passion for VelaSano isn’t about professional road bikes per se. The race is a regular event dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Aside from keeping participants fit and giving folks an additional outdoor activity to engage in every year, the program generates millions of dollars for cancer research nationwide, with different events occurring regionally. Brian Stovsky has regularly participated in the race, practically becoming a regular name even in 2020 when it was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

The Cleveland Clinic System

Per Brian Stovsky, the Velosano Bike Race has been consistently dedicated to helping fund cancer research activities at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. Multiple races occur, but the big one Brian Stovsky and family have always enjoyed has been the Bike to Cure, a big weekend bike race blowout locally. Interestingly, the race is not about winning a competition. As Brian Stovsky can attest, the goal of the event is more about participation, raising cancer research and cancer condition awareness, and fundraising. Every rider commits to a route running from 10 to as much as 100 miles. The riders are responsible to help raise money per how many miles they ride, and that money then goes straight to research the following year in the form of grants. From Brian Stovsky and the Velasano records, so far the bike race has generated over $24 million for cancer research.

A Massive Reach Via Just a Bike Race

With hundreds of folks like Brian Stovsky helping every year, the Cleveland Clinic has been able to support the work of well over 450 different medical professionals in the fight against cancer. Thousands of people have been treated by the Clinic, as well with practical applications developed through the same research. Organized with 26 other clinics nationally, the work financially helped by people like Brian Stovsky continues to produce successful clinical trials as well as treatment breakthroughs not seen just five years ago.

A Rare & Unique Funding Approach

Brian Stovsky has no problem continuing to support the VeloSano Bike Race events and related fund-raising. The entire effort moves 100 percent of fundraising into cancer research with nothing going towards administration or side efforts unrelated to the primary purpose, making it unique and rare among charity operations that typically remove a cut for bureaucracy costs. In that regard, Brian Stovsky and others know every dollar raised on a bike is going directly to helping someone with cancer and making a real difference health-wise.

As noted earlier, sometimes passions don’t need to be career-related. Brian Stovsky found his with VeloSano.

Caroline Hunter
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Klamath River Dams: KRRC says 'Drain 45-Billion Gallons of Fresh Water From Lakes During Extreme Drought and Wildfires'

Copco (seen in photo) and Iron Gate Lakes hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water that is desperately needed for domestic, agricultural and wildfire suppression uses under the Klamath River Basin Compact Act

Copco (seen in photo) and Iron Gate Lakes are full, and hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water that is desperately needed for domestic, agricultural and wildfire suppression uses under the Klamath River Basin Compact Act. Photo (July 20, 2021): William E. Simpson II

A drawing from 1913 by famous engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle that shows the naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam holding back the Klamath River creating 'Clammittee Lake', which was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began. Migratory fish didn't

Drawing by engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle that shows the naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam holding back the Klamath River creating ‘Clammittee Lake’, which was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began in 1911, Nature barred fish migration past this lava dam

A CAL-FIRE water tanker drafting water from Iron Gate Lake to fight wildfire

‘Beneficial Use’: CAL-FIRE drafted over one-million gallons of water from Iron Gate Lake to battle the 38,000 acre Klamathon Wildfire that was stopped before it incinerated the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Ashland OR: Photo by; William E. Simpso

Firefighting helicopter draws water from Iron Gate Lake on the Klamath River to fight the Klamathon Wildfire

Firefighters drew over 1-million gallons of water from Iron Gate Lake (one of the lakes behind the Klamath River dams) to fight the 38,000-acre Klamathon Fire that threatened Ashland Oregon and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – Photo: William E. Si

A Golden Eagle is seen fishing on Copco Lake. Both Bald and Golden Eagles, being large raptors require areas of open-water to catch the fish they eat. Photo: M. Gough

A Golden Eagle is seen fishing on Copco Lake. Both Bald and Golden Eagles, being large raptors require areas of open-water to catch the fish they eat. Photo: M. Gough

In the midst of Climate Change, Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) proposal will drain 45-billion gallons of fresh water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes

In the midst of extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires, Klamath River Renewal Corporation ('KRRC') is proposing what is tantamount to draining our canteens before we cross a massive desert”

— William E. Simpson II – Naturalist

YREKA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 / — It's no secret that the west coast of America is gripped by extreme drought that is forecast to continue into the foreseeable future.

According to experts, Climate Change is driving the weather patterns that are now depriving the western U.S. of normal annual precipitation, as well as the snow-pack that is critical for water storage into spring and summer.

The results of Climate Change are drier, hotter and longer summers. And with that comes the extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires.

The Dumbest Idea Ever?

A shell corporation going by the name of the 'Klamath River Renewal Corporation' (KRRC) wants to remove the dams on the Klamath River that hold 45-billion gallons of fresh water.

Copco and Iron Gate lakes are two large lakes that hold 45-Billion gallons of water. More here:

These two lakes are formed by two of the 4-dams on the Klamath River.

Draining the 45-Billion gallons of water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes and destroying structurally sound water-storage dams during a water crises that is combined with catastrophic wildfires is just insane.

Western states, especially California and Oregon, are facing evolving extreme drought resulting from Climate Change, that according to some climate models may last for a decade or more.

California desperately needs more dams, not less.

The insane level of irony in KRRC's proposal to drain the 45-billion gallons of fresh water from Iron Gate and Copco Lakes, and also destroy their dams, which are structurally sound, that today would cost about $1-billion dollars just to replace them, is that they are also planning to charge Californians and Oregonians close to a $1-Billion dollars to destroy the Klamath River dams and drain that precious water, destroying that water storage and management system!

And instead of burning fossil fuels to make the replacement energy for about 80,000 homes and businesses if the dams are removed, by keeping them, electrical consumers can take comfort in knowing the energy they are using is clean hydro-electric power.

No water to drink, shower or flush toilets!

In Southern Oregon and Northern California, domestic and municipal wells have gone dry, or will soon be dry.

Thousands of people in several counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon are suffering severe water shortages. In the Klamath Basin, residents are already having to bucket borrowed water just to have some drinking water and flush toilets, as over 100 domestic wells have gone dry, with hundreds more at risk of going dry..

And according to some long-range forecasting models, we are in a long period of extreme drought that could last for a decade or more!

In the midst extreme drought and catastrophic wildfires incinerating the west, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation ('KRRC'), a non-profit shell corporation is proposing what is tantamount to draining our canteens before we cross a massive desert.

Draining 45-Billion gallons of stored fresh water during an extreme drought has to be the dumbest idea ever!

Why would anyone even suggest such a crazy concept?

Well, Mr. Glen Spain, a member of KRRC's board of directors may have said it best, when he said it's about money, not salmon!

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The False Premise

The key premise that has been served-up to the public and legislators is that removing the dams supposedly will restore a mythical salmon migration. And even if that was a good trade-off and exchange for people going without water to drink, bath and flush toilets, and having ample water to fight catastrophic wildfires, facts prove their 'premise' for dam removal is a fake!

A 1913 drawing by the famous engineer/dam builder J.C. Boyle shows that a naturally-formed 31-foot-tall lava dam was holding back the Klamath River creating 'Clammittee Lake', and was present when construction on Copco 1 dam began!

In fact, according to engineering drawings, the 132-foot-tall Copco 1 dam was built about two-tenths (2/10) of a mile downstream from the natural 31-foot-tall lava dam and Clammittee Lake. (SEE IMAGE of J.C. Boyle's drawing)

And when the Klamath River filled-in behind the larger man-made dam, the smaller dam and its natural lake were covered under the waters of the new larger lake, which is very similar in size to an even older lake that was formed in the same location by an ancient 130-foot-tall lava dam that stood for millennia, before finally eroding. When that ancient 130-foot-tall dam eroded, it allowed Clammittee Lake to then settle behind the remaining 31-foot-tall natural lava dam holding back the Klamath River, and barring upstream fish migration.

Nature, not man, had ordained that fish could not migrate past this point of multiple large lava dams for millennia!

Hard geologic and engineering evidence proves there was no fish migration past Ward Canyon the series of natural lava dams that blocked fish migration for many millennia.

Extreme Drought and Water Crises Amidst Catastrophic Wildfires

Medford is running out of water as are many surrounding towns. Hornbrook, CA is 'out of water'!

In Klamath Falls, hundreds of domestic wells are already dry, and more are expected to fail in the coming days and weeks.

Bend has its tourists on water rations. Ashland Oregon and Yreka, CA are next, as are other towns in Oregon and CA!

Firefighters are now having trouble fighting catastrophic wildfires due to limited water!

Showing up at a wildfire with a 'dry hose' is a recipe for more towns and cites getting burned to the dirt!

Amazingly, with all that's going-on, there are some people who think draining lakes is a 'good idea'… yes, it's true, there are people who are that poorly informed.

It's primarily uncaring people who reside outside the region, and the misinformed locals, who want to drain Billions of gallons of water into the sea!

And that idiotic agenda is driven by misleading propaganda fed into the media by KRRC, a non-profit shell company originally formed in an office in New York City.

Considering these intolerable conditions, which are predicted to get worse in the coming years, must we also suffer KRRC's plan to charge Oregon and California taxpayers $1-Billion to remove the Klamath dams and drain 45-billion gallons of precious fresh water from Copco and Iron Gate Lakes into the sea?

And shockingly, at the same time as promoting the removal of the Klamath River dams, California governor Gavin Newsom, is tapping the wallets of Californian taxpayers $5.1-Billion for a water bill to, now get this, 'build dams' !

Does the movie 'Idiocracy' come to anyone's mind?

Richard Marshall
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CAL-FIRE Fresno Battalion Chief Mike Alforque discusses the critical importance that water from Iron Gate Lake played in stopping the deadly Klamathon Fire

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IFC GLOBAL Certification Centre in Turkey, announces partnership with BeVeg.

IFC is now a BeVeg International Authorized Certification Body

TURKEY, TURKEY, TURKEY, July 30, 2021 / — IFC GLOBAL Certification Inspection and Training Services Inc. is an independent and impartial certification body established to provide services for conformity assessment services (system certification, product certification and inspection).

International First Certification (IFC GLOBAL) meets customer needs and maintains customer satisfaction with its highly trained and experienced staff. It aims to provide reliable and fast solutions to its customers and to keep all of its applications meticulously.

IFC is now a BeVeg International Authorized Certification Body

BeVeg helps to prevent and reduce consumable products and services of animal origin, to avoid animal exploitation, and to minimize the possibility of any cross-contamination with animal material. The standard has applications in many areas such as food, cosmetics, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, restaurants and textiles.

BeVeg is the world’s only ISO accredited vegan technical standard, trademark and program, which makes it the most reliable vegan trademark claim on the global marketplace. BeVeg is an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification standard built in accordance with ISO/IEC 17067 as a conformity assessment programme and accredited by the National Accreditation Centre (NAC)

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More CellCore Muscle Testing Workshops Coming Soon

Dr. Todd Watts, Muscle Testing Workshop

CellCore Biosciences, Meridian, ID

Health Company Continues to Provide Educational Events for Practitioners in 2021 and 2022

MERIDIAN, IDAHO, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 / — CellCore Biosciences is hosting another muscle testing workshop September 10-11th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The health company has successfully hosted 4 of these events now. The company’s founding doctors, Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts, are joined by Dr. Allan Lindsley and Dr. Darren Schmidt in demonstrating the innovative testing method.

Concerning muscle testing, Dr. Jay explains, “The methodology is advanced at finding the core issues for a patient, yet simple to implement in your practice.”

Over 340 practitioners have been able to complete a CellCore muscle testing workshop so far and more opportunities are on the horizon. The upcoming workshop are as follows: » September 10–11, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN
» October 26–27, 2021 in Boise, ID
» December 10–11, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ
» February 4–5, 2022 in Atlanta, GA
» April 1–2, 2022 in Orange County, CA

The workshops have had between 50 and 120 attendees depending on the venue. Each workshop offers two days of in-depth, hands-on learning for practitioners. Besides focusing on muscle testing, these workshops also discuss the science of root causes and CellCore products.

Christina Riley, Director of Events for CellCore Biosciences, says, “Each of the four workshops we have hosted so far have sold out to max capacity. Even in the midst of where we are in the state of the country, the fact that we sell out every event speaks volumes.”

To learn more info about the Minneapolis workshop, visit the website here. To attend a workshop, you must be a registered CellCore practitioner. To learn more about becoming a CellCore practitioner, go here.

About CellCore Biosciences: CellCore Biosciences is a wellness company that believes a “healthy microbiome is a healthy you.” This starts with opening drainage pathways, supporting energy at the mitochondrial level, and detoxing unwanted substances. Their core values are front and center in the company mission: “Creating solutions that work is what we do. Restoring hope and health is who we are.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jessica Tidwell, Public Relations Manager for CellCore Biosciences, at

Jessica Tidwell
CellCore Biosciences

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Losers Win Gold Medals at UNESCO World Heritage Olympics

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World Heritage Committee Chairperson

UNESCO World Heritage Paseo del Prado

Spain’s Paseo del Prado added to the World Heritage List despite expert recommendation to “go back to the drawing board”

"World Heritage" unesco "CNH Tours"

Measuring the extent to which the WH Committee agrees with its own experts. A clear trend towards complete disregard.

The coveted "World Heritage" status is awarded to sites against the recommendations of UNESCO's own experts.

Even if our team of global experts doesn't agree, we'd like to grant World Heritage status to this site.”

— World Heritage Committee member

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, July 30, 2021 / — What if the Olympic organizers awarded gold medals to all athletes who participated, regardless of their performance? That’s what just happened at the annual World Heritage (WH) Committee meeting these past days.

The twenty-one member intergovernmental “World Heritage Committee” (the Committee) has been meeting to carry out the business of the WH Convention. Among other things, the Committee examines proposals for the inscription of new WH sites to the WH list. Like the Olympics, this is a major event – one that regularly generates more global press coverage than any other UNESCO event.

This year, 37 proposals were considered for WH inscription. These proposals are submitted by national governments and carefully evaluated against several rigorous criteria by WH Convention’s designated natural and cultural heritage experts – IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). Evaluations include extensive site visits, consultations with stakeholders and detailed desk studies. Final recommendations are arrived at following an expert panel review of all available information.

Among all the proposals considered at this year’s meeting, IUCN and ICOMOS concluded that 20 of them met all the criteria for recognition as WH sites. Taking the advice of its experts, the WH Committee duly inscribed these onto the WH list .

For the remaining 17 proposals, the experts concluded that they either did not have any potential for being recognized as WH sites, or that they should be sent back to the drawing board due to missing information / poorly prepared justifications / absent legal protection / management or conservation plans. In each case, the experts provide clear rationale for their recommendations and a suggested way forward so that the nominations can be improved and presented again for consideration at a future WH Committee meeting.

Despite the expert advice to the contrary, the WH Committee handed out gold medals to 16 of these 17 sites – i.e. they were given full WH status, the "gold medal" of heritage sites on Earth. Inexplicably, Mongolia was the only one for which the WH Committee agreed with its experts. Mongolia's proposal, "Deer Stone Monuments and Related Sites, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture", was sent back for further improvements.

The Committee's willingness to hand out gold medals to nominations that do not meet established criteria is not a new phenomenon. Over the past 15 years, its tendency to ignore its own technical experts has become increasingly blatant. The Concordance Factor – an indicator that measures the extent to which the WH COM agrees with the recommendations of its own technical experts, shows a widening rift, going from as high as 73.5% concordance with expert recommendations in 2005, to an all time low of 3.7% concordance this week. In short, the Committee is handing out gold medals to everyone who just bothers showing up.

Summing up the most common rationale expressed repeatedly by the WH COM members:

“Even if our team of experts doesn't agree, I believe this site should be on the World Heritage list. All the problems identified by our experts can be dealt with at a later date".

Applied to the Olympics, this rationale would be equivalent to the judges in the gymnastics competition saying:

“We’re awarding gold medals to all participants because we're sure this will encourage them to practice harder and do better at future Olympic competitions”, or "This athlete has spent so much time practicing, we’d like to give them a gold medal for their effort, even if they lost”.

The WH Committee is made up of 21 official government representatives from the countries that were voted onto it for up to six years – few are heritage professionals. While Committee members come and go, one thing doesn't change: The WH Committee will regularly make decisions on nominations from countries whose representatives currently sit on the WH Committee. Any student of good governance will see that such cozy arrangements consist of a textbook case of conflict of interest. For World Heritage, such arrangements seem to lead to plenty of mutual back-scratching – studies have shown that more sites are inscribed onto the WH list from countries that sit on the Committee than otherwise.

One of the WH Convention's official strategic objectives is to strengthen the credibility of the WH List. With this year's embarrassing performance, it has become painfully clear that the main threat to the WH List's credibility lies in the WH Committee's systematic disregard of its own experts.

Marc Patry
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STP and STC announce the release of its newly developed EHS audit protocol for New South Wales, Australia

Latest EHS Regulations Updates Assist Companies to Achieve EHS Compliance

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, July 29, 2021 / — STP ComplianceEHS (STP) and Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) announce the release of its recently updated EHS protocol for New South Wales, Australia. This audit protocol, which covers relevant national and State of New South Wales EHS requirements, was previously updated in March 2019. The regulatory date for the current release is March 2021.

Leading companies around the world use EHS audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, share, archive, and export audit findings in a cost-effective manner. EHS audit protocols are prepared by STC in partnership with STP and continue to focus on those national (plus, in some cases, regional or provincial) EHS requirements that have site-specific applications for manufacturing operations. As a leading EHS management consulting firm with a global network of experienced EHS teaming partners, STC has in-depth knowledge and technical expertise of local/regional EHS requirements.

STP and STC maintain leading-edge EHS audit protocols for more than 50 jurisdictions. The protocol documents are written in English and are available in MS Word, Adobe Acrobat and Excel formats, as well as through STP’s web-based portal or can be integrated into an existing company platform. Using the protocols’ custom templates and advanced functionality features, auditors can easily track audit findings and manage data over time to improve compliance, risk management and safety performance. In addition, STP’s formatting is compatible with leading risk management and sustainability platform providers.

Highlights of selected legislation covered in the newly developed protocol include:

The national Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 were updated to incorporate new rules for charging refrigeration and air conditioning equipment which came into force on 1 January 2020 to support the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down and reduce emissions of climate-damaging HFCs. These Rules ban the charging of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment with a higher global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant than the equipment was designed to use, with an exception for refrigeration or air conditioning equipment that is essential for health or public safety purposes where the design refrigerant is not available.

The national Product Emissions Standards Rules 2017 were updated to delay the commencement of the prohibition on supplying an emissions-controlled product that was due to commence on 1 July 2019 for 12 months, until 1 July 2020. The delay will allow an additional 12 months for suppliers and retailers to sell uncertified stock that was imported before the commencement of the import prohibition. Under the Product Emissions Standard Rules, certain propulsion marine engines and non-road engines are designated as “emissions-controlled products” which must be certified as meeting the Australian emissions standard, or a recognized foreign standard, in order to be imported or supplied in Australia.

The National Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 and the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990 were repealed and have been replaced by a new regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 and the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019.

The National Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 (assented to in March 2019) establishes a new regulatory scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), for the importation and manufacture (introduction) of industrial chemicals in Australia. The AICIS replaced the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) on 1 July 2020. The AICIS establishes a new way of categorizing and introducing industrial chemicals that focuses the pre-introduction assessment on higher-risk chemical introductions and provides streamlined introduction pathways for lower-risk chemicals that are intended to reduce the regulatory burden for industry. It also focuses on post-introduction evaluation and monitoring to help maintain the protection of the health and safety of the public, workers, and the environment.

The National Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019 (effective 1 July 2020) support the new industrial chemicals regulatory scheme established by the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. These Rules set forth the technical and operational details and the requirements introducers must meet, including the requirement to categorize their chemicals that are not listed on the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals.

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About Specialty Technical Consultants
Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. (STC) is a specialized management consulting firm working to enhance environmental health and safety (EHS) performance. Through its consulting services, STC partners with clients to strengthen management systems' design and implementation and identifies needs and implements solutions to meet business objectives. Services provided include EHS compliance support; risk assessment; EHS auditing; corporate responsibility and sustainability; EHS management systems development and implementation; EHS regulatory information tools; and EHS training.

STC is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Supplier Clearinghouse for the California Public Utilities Commission, and as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

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BORON—Friend or foe?

Dimewater Inc. Boron Reduction System

Dimewater Inc. Boron Reduction System

Dimewater Inc. Commercial Reverse Osmosis System

Dimewater Inc. Commercial Reverse Osmosis System

Pure Drinking Water

Pure Drinking Water

Medical and agricultural communities refer to boron as a micronutrient. Commercial uses for boron are abundant as well. Is this common element friend or foe?

VISTA, CA, UNITED STATES, July 29, 2021 / — Unless you are old enough to remember early TV shows sponsored by 20 MULE TEAM BORAX, there’s a good chance that you have never heard of boron.

As a close cousin to carbon on the Periodic Table of Elements, boron is a very lightweight element that appears worldwide on land and in the oceans in various concentrations. Scientists have not universally agreed whether boron originally comes from the sea and aerosols to land or dissolves from land sources and finds its way to the sea via surface water discharge. It doesn’t exist naturally as the element boron, but rather as solid boric acid (H3BO3) or as borax (Na2[B4O5(OH)4].8H2O). Both forms are readily water-soluble, so boron can also be found in well water supplies because it dissolves in rainwater and percolates through the soil into aquifers. Aquifers in contact with borax mineral deposits as well as those with seawater intrusion will also have elevated boron levels.

Commercial uses for boron compounds range from improving rare earth magnets for electric vehicle batteries to a detergent additive. As a detergent additive, borax (see above formula) actually precipitates the calcium (hardness) and leaves the sodium in the water. This process is similar to physical water treatment non-salt water softeners which are rapidly replacing salt type water softeners with devices that use zero water and discharge zero pollutants to drain.

Both the medical and the agricultural communities refer to boron as a micronutrient. In this status, some presence of boron is vital to human and animal development as well as plant health. For humans and animals, boron works in concert with vitamin D to assist the assimilation of calcium which is necessary for bone, tooth, and brain tissue growth and maintenance. Ideally, humans will ingest approximately 1 mg of boron daily through consumption of green, leafy vegetables, drinking water, and non-citrus fruits. Above 3 milligrams daily some health issues may arise including diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and headaches. Fatal doses are in the 15,000 to 20,000 range. Drinking water has the potential of raising the boron intake above healthy levels, thus the USEPA sets a non-mandated limit of 2 (children) to 3 (adults) milligrams per liter; the World Health Organization limit is 2.4 mg/l, and states including California set an upper limit of 1 mg/l.

In plant growth, the effective uptake and use of phosphorus and calcium are assured with only trace amounts of boron available at the roots. This presence follows Liebig’s Law of Minimums meaning that in the absence of boron, plants will not absorb phosphorus or calcium at sufficient levels regardless of how much is applied. Unlike standard human upper tolerance levels, damages to plants begin at in-the-water levels of >0.5 mg/l for blackberries and cannabis to >15 mg/l for asparagus.

If there is insufficient boron present, there are readily available supplements for humans, animals, and crops. Excess boron, especially in water, is an entirely different issue. The go-to technology of reverse osmosis simply doesn’t work. The low energy of the boron ion negates ion diffusion upon which osmosis membrane rejection depends upon. Likewise, traditional ion exchange resins fail to remove boron regardless of what regenerant chemical is used.

Recently, an adsorption filter medium selective to boron and not interfered by other ions has become available. Devices are available as disposable point-of-use cartridges for point-of-use drinking water applications as well as regenerating small and large pressure vessels for agricultural applications. Typically, a bit pricey, but proven to be effective. The agricultural versions often mean having a viable business or not.

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Dime Water Inc.
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