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The modern era of University of Iowa football helmets began with a yellow helmet, gray facemask, black vertical stripe, and black numbers on the side. This design was used until 1964 and was brought back once in 2010 in a game against Ball State to commemorate the 1959 Rose Bowl champion Hawkeye team. The first major change occurred in 1965 when the numbers on the side were replaced with a Black “I” with a white circle and thin black outline in place of the logo. However, this logo did not last long. For 1966 the “I” was dropped and the helmet was just solid yellow with black and white vertical stripes.

A logo returned in 1971 with a large soaring eagle on a black background. The eagle had a lot of shading. Since the background was now black, the vertical stripes changed to a single yellow vertical stripe. This was the second time a logo had only lasted one year. In 1972, the logo was changed and all shading was removed. The eagle was solid yellow in color and its talons were similar but slightly altered and thicker. In 1974, Iowa decided to return to the solid design and reverted to the solid yellow hull; this time it just has a black stripe without the white stripe outline like they did in the late sixties.

The year 1977 marked another change. As was popular at the time, the italicized Iowa name was applied to the yellow hull with black stripe. The Iowa decal was black but outlined in black. As different colored masks became available, the Iowa uniform designers decided that a black mask would fit perfectly with this design. The overall design looked pretty sharp as black and yellow are some of the easiest colors to read and see from afar (the billboard industry knows this and uses this scheme often when trying to get your attention) .

The current Iowa football helmet has been in use for over 30 years, believe it or not. The black helmet with a yellow stripe and graphic Hawkeye head came into use in 1979. This is one of the most memorable logos in college sports and immediately commands attention with the beak, eye, head, and part of the head. which extends from the eye towards the body. . High schools and other teams have used this popular logo. There have been a few occasions since 1979 when Hawkeye’s football team used a different helmet. At least twice they have worn an all-black helmet to mourn the victims of the campus shooting or the parents of a player. They also wore a gold helmet once in 2004 to celebrate Kinnick Stadium’s 50th anniversary.

One last interesting element of the Iowa Hawkeyes football helmet has been the “ANF” lettering which was placed on a small decal on the back of the helmet. This was used in the mid to late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Many people wonder what those letters mean when they look at historical photos of Hawkeye’s gear. “America Needs Farmers” is what ANF stood for and was meant to support struggling farmers. Even in 2011, they continue to have special America Needs Farmers days where farmers are invited and honored. It makes sense when you think of Iowa as the corn and soybean growing capital of the United States.

On my last trip to Palm Springs I had the opportunity to participate in the annual Childhelp Celebrity Golf Invitational at Porcupine Creek and the Indian Wells Golf Resort held each January in the California desert.

Being an avid golfer, my friends and I put together a foursome including actor, producer, and soccer star Fred “the Hammer” Williamson for two days of fantastic golf action.

On day one, our group was picked up at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells, where we were taken to the private estate of Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison. Known as Porcupine Creek, this private golf course and estate is nestled in Rancho Mirage against the mountain. It is surrounded by the most beautiful grounds I have ever seen. In addition to a 35,000-foot private residence, the grounds contain four guest houses, the smallest of which is 4,000 feet. Needless to say, our day of golf at this unique property was like spending a day in the Garden of Eden.

Our second day of golf was played at the Indian Wells Golf Resort on the Celebrity Course. Known for its well-maintained greens and serene atmosphere, this course is adjacent to the very luxurious IW Club. The Club and course were closed for the event, but I understand that it is normally open to the public.

Along with the two days of golf came the three nights of parties held at the Hyatt Grand Champions Ballroom. Our wives joined us for these festivities and the food and entertainment were top notch.

Baseball great Johnny Bench was the biggest celebrity winner over the course of the two-day event and I got a chance to speak with Johnny, who played with his son. In addition, another twenty celebrities participated in the event, each of them paired with a different team throughout the two days of golf. Among some of the other daily celebrities I saw were baseball Hall of Famer Steve Garvey, football player and actor Ed Marinaro, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer of KISS, Dancing with the Stars personality Tony Dovolina , All My Children actor John Callahan and rock group Loverboy’s lead singer Mike Reno. In addition to the golf awards, there were other honors given to those who had been great supporters of ChildHelp.

On the first night, donors such as Ron and Sherrie Auen of the Berger Foundation and “Wild Bill” Bill Laughlin were among those congratulated for their tireless work and generosity. There were also silent and live auctions that raised many dollars to help the charity. The highlight of that event was when “Wild Bill” donated $100,000 to help build an outdoor recreation center. It was amazing when mouths dropped open and breaths gasped at the generosity that spread.

As the evening drew to a close, we were entertained by the soothing sounds of singer Jon Secada along with a variety of bands that played the final night, allowing guests the opportunity to show off their dance moves.

Overall my group had a great time and you can be sure this event is on my calendar for next season.

You have to love the NFL, the regular season or the preseason! The Dolphins outscored the Panthers last night by 323 yards to 145, gaining 20 FDs to Carolina’s nine (the Panthers were only 2-for-14). However, the final score was Carolina 19-10, a win and a ‘cover’ for the Panthers!

My bye game for Friday is Oak A’s over Tex Rangers at 8:35 ET. It’s a Las Vegas Insider Friday as I look to extend my current streak of 7-1 (87.5%) in MLB (since August 5) and look to post three straight Las Vegas Insider wins in NFLX (won with the Cardinals in the Week 1 and 30-3 with the Pats in week 2) with my LONE Las Vegas Insider in week 3 of the NFLX. Plus, check back for more MLB.

How did the Panthers win? First, the Dolphins had a 32-yard TD pass nullified by a penalty and then, on that same drive, they saw Ronnie Brown stopped on a fourth-and-one play at the goal line. An excellent outfield tackle ended another Miami drive deep into Carolina territory, forcing a 23-yard Mare FG. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams returned it for a 98-yard TD! Soccer is back!

Week 3 continues with five more games tonight, highlighted by the Giants and Jets at the Meadowlands (8:00 ET) and the Steelers visiting the Eagles in Philadelphia at 8:00 ET on ESPN. Carolina’s win last night brings the team’s record to 3-0 (2-1 ATS), joining the Oakland Raiders (who played in the HOF game) as the only 3-0 teams in the NFL this preseason (Raiders also are 3-0 ATS).

Four other teams, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston and the NY Giants join Carolina and Oakland as teams still undefeated this preseason. These six teams have combined to go 14-0 SU and 13-1 ATS. ATS’ only loss came in Week 1 when the Panthers beat the Bills 14-13 as three-point favorites.

The Giants and Cowboys share five-game preseason winning streaks (both are also 5-0 ATS), the longest active preseason winning streak among NFL teams. The Giants play the Jets tonight and are favored by 4 1/2 points with a total of 36. The Cowboys host the 49ers on Saturday night at 8:00 ET and are favored by seven points with a total of 36.

Six teams remain winless in preseason this year, all 0-2. The list includes Buffalo, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Washington. The six teams are a combined 0-12 SU and not much better ATS, going 2-10.

The Steelers play tonight in Philadelphia and it will be interesting if Big Ben finally sees some action as he has only attempted eight passes so far. The Eagles have played three games and McNabb has looked good. Philadelphia is favored by three points (34 1/2).

The Chiefs and Colts are winless and both have eight-game losing streaks in preseason in their games this week. The Colts are in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday night (7:00 ET) to play the Saints, while the Chiefs host the Rams at 8:30 ET on Saturday. The Colts, who are 2-6 ATS during their streak, are favored by 3 1/2 points with a total of 42, while the Chiefs, who are 0-8 ATS during their eight-game losing streak, are favored by 3 1/ 2 points with a total of 39 1/2.

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Thursday night’s 6-2 win over the Cardinals gave the Mets seven straight wins overall and 11 straight at Shea Stadium, their longest home winning streak since September 1995. The Mets (78- 48) went to 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1999 and lead Philadelphia by 14 1/2 games in the NL East.

New York’s seven-game winning streak is the longest active in MLB, with the four-game winning streaks of the Marlins and Padres (both had days off yesterday) as the second-best. The Rockies are riding a six-game losing streak entering play on Friday, the longest active losing streak in MLB.

Highlights of Thursday’s play included the White Sox’s win over the Tigers, 10-0. Detroit had beaten Chicago in the first two games of this four-game series, but Chicago won the last two games, leaving them 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central and keeping them a half game ahead of the Tigers. Twins in the wild card race.

Jon Garland pitched a complete game and has now won each of his last 10 road starts. In the last 10 years, only two other pitchers have had such long streaks, David Wells (he won 13 consecutive road starts, between 1999 and 2000) and Chris Carpenter (10 in a row in 2005).

Carlos Zambrano continued his season-long role as the Cubs’ stopper, pitching seven innings and earning the win against Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. It was his 10th win this season immediately following a Cubs loss, the most such wins in the majors. It was the fifth time this year that Zambrano won a game to snap Chicago’s streak of at least three losses. The Cubs are 18-10 (.643) in games started by Zambrano and just 36-63 (.364) in games he doesn’t!

The weekend kicks off with a full 15-game schedule, and two American League series provide the most compelling stories. The Minnesota Twins look to seize sole possession of the AL wild-card lead on Friday night when they begin a critical three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field (8:35 ET).

Minnesota (74-52) started slowly for the first two months of the season before turning it around. The Twins, who are 49-19 since June 8 after opening the season 25-33, matched the White Sox (75-52). ) after sweeping a three-game series at Chicago from July 24-26, but was never able to take the lead.

Radke (12-9, 4.35 ERA) starts for the Twins and is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this year, while Javier Vazquez (11-8, 5.13) will face Minnesota for the second time. consecutive output. . He was the underdog on Sunday, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings of a 7-3 loss. The right-hander dropped to 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts against the Twins this year.

The Angels host the Yankees tonight in Anaheim (10:05 ET) in the opener of a three-game series. The Angels (67-61) are 4-3 against the Yankees (76-50) this season and look to capture the season series for the third straight year. They are 53-51 against New York since the start of the 1996 season, the only team with a winning record against the Yankees during manager Joe Torre’s tenure. Los Angeles also knocked New York out of the playoffs twice in four years, including a five-game victory in the division series last season.

Jaret Wright (9-7, 4.63) returns to the rotation when he takes the mound for New York. Wright hasn’t started since August. 17, though he has made a couple of appearances out of the bullpen since that outing. He is 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 road starts this year, but just 2-2 with a 7.60 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.

John Lackey (10-9, 3.92 ERA) has struggled in his career against the Yankees, going 3-6 with a 5.74 ERA in nine regular-season starts. He lost in New York on August 2. 14 after allowing three runs and 11 hits in seven innings in a 7-2 loss. He is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA in his last four starts and opponents are hitting .332 against him in his last eight starts after hitting .195 in his first 18. Lackey is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA. in 14 starts at home (team is 8-6).

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Minnesota once had a backup catcher named Matthew Lecroy, whose last name is just a different letter from the player who could soon become the Twins’ regular backup. Now that an injury has sidelined Jason Castro for the rest of this season, second-place Minnesota must replace him with an experienced receiver.

An obvious choice would be TJ Realmuto of the Marlins, who made him available over the winter as part of their rebuild. Apparently, Miami’s asking price is too high, due to the status of the Realmuto team’s friendly contract.

Former Twins wide receiver Kurt Suzuki will likely request a consultation, but his current team, Atlanta, is in the lead and isn’t likely to want to turn things around when dealing with his veteran backup. Few other clubs have the luxury of additional wide receivers, except possibly for the Indians.

Cleveland has a couple of talented catchers on the Major League team, while one of its top prospects is also a catcher. Francisco Mejia at age twenty-two already had some big league experience, but thanks to the two guys in front of him, the Indians have Mejia trying out other positions this year.

While a trade to the Twins would allow Mejia to remain in his natural position, a deal is unlikely. First, the Minnesota Wild prefers a veteran catcher with experience in a pennant race. Also, the Twins don’t need a long-term replacement, just a catcher to replace Castro for the rest of this season. It’s also doubtful the Indians would make a deal that would strengthen a Minnesota team that is just one game behind them in the standings.

One name that came up certainly meets the experience criteria and a short-term stay, and remains unsigned after filing for free agency last November. Though Carlos Ruiz led the Philadelphia Phillies to two pennants as well as a World Series Championship, at nine and thirty he would be considered an old man for the exacting demands of an everyday catcher.

That brings us back to former Twins catcher with the French name, Matthew Lecroy. He has been off the field for more than a decade and is currently employed as a coach in the minor leagues, so obviously he will not be Castro’s replacement.

No, Minnesota’s next receiver won’t be Lecroy, but it should be Lucroy. That’s the last name of All-Star catcher Jonathan, who currently announces games for the A’s.

With Oakland in the midst of a rebuild and holding back the rest of the teams in the AL West, the front office would likely be willing to trade Lucroy for a top-10 Twins prospect. Since he only signed for 2018, Minnesota would simply lease Lucroy for this season.

Giving up a prospect for a rental player might seem shortsighted, until you consider the Twins’ position this year. Everyone in their division other than Cleveland is in rebuilding mode, giving Minnesota plenty of win prospects and a good chance to repeat as a Wild Card if they can’t beat the Indians.

Basically, the Twins need to attack now.

In the Berryessa Union School District in San Jose, California, they are seeing the difference between highly “qualified” teachers and truly effective teachers. They are beginning to see that how certified a teacher is and how extensive their resume is with college courses and credentials does not mean that they will actually be effective at teaching students.

When hiring teachers for a school, the only requirement is that they are “qualified”. Schools look at teachers’ educational backgrounds, what schools they’ve been to, what college courses they’ve taken, what their test scores are, and what their credentials are. Just because someone looks good on paper doesn’t mean they can do the job effectively.

Teachers are central to a child’s life because they spend fifty percent of their childhood in school with these ineffective teachers. Statistics show that there is a fifteen percent chance of a student getting a highly effective teacher for one year and the statistics for having a highly effective teacher five years in a row is only 1 in 17,000. These statistics are unfortunate. We want our children to have the best and get the most out of their elementary, middle and high school education so they are college ready.

Currently, universities and in-school teacher programs say they don’t have the resources or time to educate teachers on how to effectively teach and prepare students for college. Of course, not all teachers fall short in their teaching effectiveness, but most do and that’s because of the flawed college curriculum for Liberal Studies. While earning their teaching degree, they are not taught how to work with students or how to understand social development. Her main focus in college is teaching kids how to be critical thinkers and how to motivate them.

It is important that teachers have excellent social skills and are able to work with each student individually. This is the basis of the teaching. Teachers must not only be effective in teaching students and preparing them for college and life, but they must also be able to communicate effectively with students’ parents to ensure the student gets the best support possible.

Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, students need as much support as possible. These years can be difficult, with all the new information you need to retain, all the planning for college and careers, and the pressures of balancing your social lives. If they have teachers who are not teaching them effectively, they waste their time and energy. One statistic said that a student learning from an ineffective teacher for three years in a row could hinder her performance by fifty percent. This is why it is so important that universities expand their teaching programs to teach liberal studies students “how to” teach and not just how to get students to think critically.

This has to be a reform in all schools. They need to communicate with current teachers and require off-campus classes to teach them how to effectively teach students and communicate with parents. This will benefit our children and help give them the education they deserve to start a fulfilling life.

High school football players who want to play in college are often faced with unfamiliar terms when they get involved in the college football recruiting process. In particular, you’ll often hear of “red shirt” as well as “gray shirt” and “green shirt,” terms that refer to the player development and recruiting strategies used by many colleges to recruit football players.

NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules allow a college football player to complete five years to complete his four seasons of eligibility. That fifth year in which the player does not compete on the field, although he practices and receives his scholarship like any other soccer scholarship player, is called the red jersey year. New recruits typically redshirt their freshman year because they tend to need more time to develop as college players who can contribute to team success. A freshman who plays in games during his freshman year on campus (doesn’t have a redshirt) will have only three extra years to play, but a freshman who doesn’t play in games during his freshman year in college ( is in the red jersey) will still have four more years of eligibility to play after that first year.

A high school player receives a green jersey or is “green shirt” when he graduates early from high school and thus forfeits his spring semester there in order to enroll in college during that semester. Almost unknown until recent years, the green jersey allows high school players to participate in spring practice with their varsity team, develop their soccer skills and understand the team’s system during the spring and summer, and possibly begin play in games the following fall. This system gives the player and varsity team an early start in preparing to play college football, but comes at the cost of leaving high school early, which may or may not be the best long-term strategy for a student. .

A player receives a gray jersey or is “gray shirt” when he signs a letter of intent on signing day in February, but does not enter college full-time until the following spring instead of the following fall. He doesn’t receive a scholarship, practice with the team or take college courses full-time until he enrolls in the spring. Grayshirting a player allows a college to sign a player, but delays his play in games for another year. In effect, the gray shirt gives the player another year of practice before playing, since the NCAA-mandated five-year period of eligibility does not begin until the student enrolls full-time. College programs that have already been awarded close to the maximum number allowed under NCAA rules are being forced to sign a small recruiting class, and they are more interested in players who are willing to grayshirt.

The increasing use of these strategies is another indicator of the continuous changes in soccer recruitment in recent years. High school players, coaches, parents and others should be aware of them and the options each offers for a football recruit.

The NBA — some say appropriately — considers Halloween its 2006-2007 coming out party.

A quartet of teams took the field for the first time in the regular season, though this momentous occasion was somewhat blurred in the hoopla of the NFL’s parties and ongoing wars.

“People still like football,” said New Frontier’s head of betting, Tony Nevil.

“It will be like this for three or four more weeks, at least until the end of the universities.

“These are weeks that will also define the NFL.

“Interest in basketball, professional and college, will increase when (colleges) start playing those tournaments at the end of November.

“I once heard a man say, ‘You start the NBA in short sleeves and you finish it in short sleeves, too.’

“That’s very true.”

Nevil noted that a good portion of the early NBA action focuses on totals.

“It’s a struggle those first four weeks or so as teams work through their rotations,” he said.

“I see it as an extension of the preseason.

“It’s a time when handicappers follow the teams in the local newspapers (on the Internet).”

November is also when the basketball faithful look ahead to the spring playoffs and begin to speculate on which clubs will win the league conferences.

Some Las Vegas residents may be paying more attention to the league than usual, as the city is set to host the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in February.

That level once thought unattainable was achieved in large part due to the efforts of the Maloof family, owners of the Palms Hotel and Casino, as well as the Sacramento Kings.

Friends of NBA Commissioner David Stern, ever since George Maloof Sr. owned the Houston Rockets in the 1980s, the clan had little trouble convincing Stern to put on the annual extravaganza smack in the middle of the basketball mecca. US sports betting, once bookies agreed not to take shares in the East-West Talent Show, a stance considered a bit hypocritical by some.

The future action of the first finals is, as usual, spread out.

The teams getting the most play are the ones that have dominated in recent years, although some longer shots are drawing betting attention.

“The Spurs, the Mavs, the Suns and the Heat,” said Jeff Sherman, supervisor and oddsmaker for Hilton SuperBook, as he scrolled through computer charts that indicated the top contenders.

Defending champion Miami and San Antonio, which has won two titles in years, opened as co-favorites Hilton 4/1, closely followed by Phoenix at 9/2 and Dallas at 5/1.

Detroit, the 2004 champion, was published on 8/1.

The Spurs are the current 4/1 favorites, with the Suns, Mavs and Heat at 9/2 and the Pistons at 9/1.

Sherman clicked on Cleveland, Chicago and the Los Angeles Clippers when asked to name clubs considered long shots that are taking bites.

The Cavaliers have gone from 1-15 to 1-11 to win the Championship as expectations for LeBron James rise.

The Bulls, who blew out the Heat 108-66 in their opener Tuesday, are still 15/1, while the Clippers are still 40/1.

The Los Angeles Lakers, always a local favorite, also remain 40/1.

Nevil thinks he’s pretty safe in predicting that the Suns, who lost 114-106 Tuesday to the Lakers, who were playing without Kobe Bryant, will win the West.

“They’re young, they’re aggressive and if they stay healthy they’re going to be tough to beat down the left coast,” Nevil said.

He feels he’s taking a risk by predicting that Cleveland will win the East.

“They’re a long shot, but I’m sticking with LeBron and the Boys,” Nevil said.

“Maybe this is his year.

“They are young and hungry enough.”

Conventional knowledge states, typically a politician, will pay close attention to a variety of polls/polls, in order to stay/become popular and serve their own personal/political agenda and/or self-interest. ! However, in recent times, we have witnessed, in many circumstances, where, despite general support, from the general public, for a specific issue, etc., partisan behavior continues, etc.! For a variety of reasons, this strategy seems to work, because political marketing/advertising, etc. does indeed provide an alternative message, and because many voters often seem to vote against their own interests. , create this politician – monster! With that in mind, this article will briefly attempt to consider, examine, review, and discuss 6 specific, seemingly popular topics that many politicians/public and elected officials regularly avoid.

1. Minimum wage increase: The minimum wage, in this nation, has not increased in over a decade! Consider what it means, for someone, to try to get by on $7.25 an hour! At 40 hours per week, that means, before taxes and deductions, just $290 per week. Fifty-two weeks, per year, this translates to $15,080 per year. Nearly 60% of states have their own minimum wage, higher than the national average, but over 20 of them still bring theirs in line with the national! Almost all polls indicate that raising this salary to a more reasonable and realistic level is widely supported by many politicians who continue to avoid doing anything about it.

two. Economic stimulus: Due to the economic ramifications, stemming from the need to close and/or limit businesses, etc., during the horrible pandemic, many people are suffering dramatically from a financial perspective. Polls indicate the vast majority of individuals and businesses support a big stimulus, but we continue to see partisan politics. The proof of this, is not one, Republican, voted for this much needed measure!

3. Affordable, quality health care: Among developed nations, the United States is the only nation where prescription drug and health care costs seem out of control. This is another scenario, where most Americans claim to want to see improvements, but politics and politicians continue to get in the way!

Four. Equal Justice: Isn’t equal justice, rights and freedoms a constitutional guarantee, even though many see a level of systemic racism that creates a very different situation? We need to demand that all of our freedoms be protected, consistently, rather than merely selective!

5. Fairer and more responsible elections: The US turnout, in the 2020 presidential election, was among the highest in recent memory, yet we only witnessed an overall turnout of around 65%, compared to eligible voters! Instead of being happy to see this improvement in citizen participation, we are apparently witnessing a concerted effort to restrict future participation, especially among minorities!

6. Adaptation and/or elimination of the Electoral College: While most people affirm, feel, and believe in the concept of one person, one vote, the impact of the Electoral College is often to make certain smaller states much more influential in presidential elections. Twice this century, the winner of the popular vote lost, due to the Electoral College, and, in the 2020 election, we witnessed an effort, by the then sitting president, to question the results of the vote, in certain states, to reverse the results, although he lost the popular vote, by more than 7 million votes! We need to address this, either by adjusting the way the Electoral College works and allocates representation, or by doing away with it, and going back, just, to popular voting!

Who do some of these politicians serve and represent, if, even when the vast majority supports something, they still refuse to do anything, productive, towards that end? Wake up, America, and demand better representation, and become a more informed voter!

The average American worker uses almost 10,000 sheets or about two boxes of paper a year depending on the Resource Conservation Alliance in Washington DC, this number does not include any paper used for magazines, newspapers, and personal use. while according to international digital edition we use over 786 million trees just to keep the world on paper for one year. Over the years, studies have shown that paper consumption continues to grow. indicates that consumption increases by 20% year after year.

Many companies don’t even include paper as a line item in their annual budgets; this may be a mistake, as these same companies do not recognize the true cost of paper. When evaluating the true cost, we must also consider storage, lost documents, waste, and labor costs. Let’s take a closer look at these pieces of the puzzle, storage, for example; in an average office with 50 people on site and average document flow, approximately 200 file cabinets, taking up an additional 2,400 square feet of office space (based on 12 square feet each) to contain what is in flow today and more than $40,000 in additional costs for the cabinets. Those same documents could fit on a single server and significantly reduce cost. In fact, they could reduce your physical footprint along with costs. With prime real estate costing more than $2.00 per square foot, even in these tough times, the monthly savings would be $4,800 per month or almost $58,000 per year. For many small and medium-sized businesses, this could be the cost of an additional employee, which could mean little or no reduction in their workforce.

Next, we need to look at the cost of labor. We will use the same office in this example. These same 50 people spend approximately 1.5 hours a day generating, archiving, and accessing paper, which includes having to recreate documents that also go missing. These employees earn an average of $30 per hour, with some executives earning significantly more. They spend a combined total of 75 hours a day playing paper. This is costing the company $2,250 a day, $49,500 on the low end a month, or almost $600,000 in salary a year to play the part. Beyond the cost of labor and storage, the cost per print (CPP) should also be considered. Average CPP is $0.015 and includes toner, paper, and minimal maintenance. This does not include the cost of the printer or major repairs like battery kits, etc. With an average of 10,000 sheets per office worker, this office generates 42,000 documents a month or just over half a million sheets a year. At $0.015 CPP they are spending $630.00 a month or $7500 a year.

If we could cut each of these costs in half, this company would be saving $332,750 per year on real estate, salary, and CPP or $27,729.16 per month. With the introduction of digital document management in their environment, this company would begin to see an immediate ROI and could reduce costs and increase productivity.

Additional investigations of pricewaterhousecoopersshows the time spent on paper in a typical organization today:

o 90% of all pages handled each day in the average office are simply shuffled.

o The average document is copied 19 times.

o 7.5 percent of all documents are lost, 3 percent of the rest are misfiled.

o Professionals spend 5 to 15 percent of their time reading information and up to 50 percent of their time searching for it.

o There are more than 4 trillion paper documents in the US alone, growing at a rate of 22 percent per year.

Taking these numbers into account with the others mentioned above, it is vitally important that companies begin to analyze the cost of paper in their organizations and what they can do to reduce it, not only to align their budgets but also to help our global customers. . situation too.

Have you ever been in a car accident? During the average lifetime, there is a very good chance that you or someone you know will experience such an unfortunate event. Statistics show that during their lifetime, one in four people will have a car accident. After a collision with a fender, whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can take a pain reliever or two and maybe do some physical therapy. Then when you feel better, you may never think about it again. But what if the symptoms persist? Or, worse yet, if you have no symptoms, can an accident come back to haunt you?

What is whiplash”?

The nonmedical term whiplash was first used in 1928. Although more precise terms, such as flexion and extension acceleration neck injury or soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury, have sometimes replaced it, “whiplash” continues to be used. commonly for this type of soft tissue. neck injury Dr. Arthur Croft, a specialist in whiplash injuries, estimates that up to 3 million whiplash injuries occur each year in the United States, and that one in three people will suffer from the condition.

Whiplash injury is a sudden strain or trauma that affects the bones, discs, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons of the neck, an area of ​​the body that involves seven vertebrae and is known as the cervical region. Harmful forward and backward or even sideways jerking of the head and neck is caused not only by car accidents, but also by contact sports, various amusement park rides, falls, and assaults. Statistically, motor vehicle collisions, contact sports, and amusement park rides are the top three causes.

Various symptoms are associated with whiplash injury, including but not limited to neck and back pain, nausea, numbness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo (loss of balance), swelling, hearing impairment, headaches, visual disturbances , fracture and paralysis. Occasionally, there are no symptoms initially, only appearing days, weeks, or even years after the injury. The consequences of whiplash range from mild pain for a few days (the most common outcome) to severe disability caused by restricted movement of the head or cervical spine, sometimes with persistent pain. Between 40% and 50% of people with whiplash injuries are likely to experience permanent pain.

Treatment of the injury

After an accident, it’s important to get checked out right away, either at an emergency room or with your chiropractor. As long as a fracture has not occurred, a chiropractor can perform an exam that begins with taking a detailed history, followed by orthopedic and neurological tests, a range of motion test, postural control and palpation, and x-rays to see the extent. of damage or change. in the spine. The neck should be perfectly straight on an x-ray, and your chiropractor will be able to identify any misalignment (subluxation). In a side view, the neck should show the arc of a circle. Loss of cervical curve, which is common in physical impact, can cause any of the whiplash symptoms listed above.

Treatment for whiplash includes passive and active exercises, gentle massage, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, spinal and extremity adjustments, as well as therapies such as traction to correct spinal posture, electrical stimulation to relax muscle spasms, stretching and ice. Applying ice immediately after most whiplash injuries helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Each application should be maintained for 10 to 20 minutes every hour. After 24 hours, it is recommended to alternate between ice and heat, up to 20 minutes per treatment. The ice or ice pack should be wrapped in a towel before use. To sleep, the patient can roll up a towel and place it under the neck while lying on the back so that the back of the skull rests on the bed, a position that promotes healing of the injury.

Chiropractic preferred

Many studies have shown that chiropractic and acupuncture are more effective than medications in treating injuries sustained in car accidents. According to the Insurance Research Council, “nearly a third of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from chiropractic physicians.” This is an impressive number considering that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined that there are more than 12 million MVAs a year involving more than 20 million vehicles.

In a related study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers showed that “treatment of facet joints [which link the bones in the spine] not only relieved severe neck pain, but also resolved psychological distress associated with car accidents.” According to another study published in the book by Dr. Stephen Foreman and Dr. Arthur Croft, Whiplash Injuries: The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001), a recent comparison of medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care in a randomized trial reported that “comparison of medications (Celebrex, Vioxx, or acetaminophen [acetaminophen]) to acupuncture and spinal manipulation over 9 weeks in people with chronic spinal pain (including neck to low back pain), the authors demonstrated a fairly profound superiority for chiropractic spinal manipulation.”

Many people choose chiropractic care for treatment because of its advantage in improving soft tissue (ie, ligament, muscle, tissue) injuries, especially of the spine. Since injuries associated with car accidents are usually sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and their associated ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic is the treatment of choice.

Prevention of further injuries

Several proactive factors can help prevent whiplash injuries from occurring or worsening while driving. Aside from the obvious steps to avoid distractions in the first place, like not using a cell phone to call or text, using a full lap restraint system is a must. Drivers and passengers should position the head restraints in the middle of the back of the skull and try to keep their heads on the head restraints while the car is moving. Looking ahead and frequently checking rearview mirrors is also crucial for the driver.

Because some whiplash injuries have effects that last for years, if a whiplash accident occurs, immediate attention is critical. Seeking good medical and chiropractic care without delay can help prevent further injuries from developing and avoid the need for surgery.

Dr. Chad Laurence is one of fewer than 400 physicians worldwide to have been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of Clinical Posture Biomechanics. His practice focuses on structural correction of the spine, nutrition, massage therapy, acupuncture, family care and pediatrics, as well as support after personal injuries and car accidents. Dr. Laurence can help relieve symptoms for people suffering from a variety of physical problems, including neck and lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, limb problems, and arthritis.