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Eastern Alliance Insurance Group Review: Need to build an Ecovery Return to Wellness program?

16 Feb

An ecovery program works best when it is implemented before an injury occurs. Why waste precious post-injury time developing a modified duty job when your injured employee could receive the rehabilitative benefits of being back to work, and you could gain from their added productivity?

Whether you need to build an ecovery Return to Wellness program from scratch or you need to re-evaluate your current program, we have the tools and resources you need. You can use our ‘off the shelf’ programs or create your own by selecting only the documents best for your organization. We also provide the option to obtain customized ecovery materials using your letterhead, logo, and branding.

We’re specialists.

We focus on doing one thing and doing that one thing well: providing superior workers’ compensation products and services to businesses and organizations. Since 1997, we have built a strong reputation for being a “best in class” provider of workers’ compensation products and services. We’ve achieved this position by creating supportive relationships and providing our employees and clients with the tools and resources they need to win with integrity. – Eastern Alliance Insurance Group


Meir Ezra: “The Whole World Stinks!”

3 Oct

Meir Ezra — While Grandpa is taking a nap on the couch, his seven-year-old grandson gets some Limburger cheese from the refrigerator and smears it on Grandpa’s mustache.

When grandpa wakes up, he says, “This room stinks!” He goes to another room and says, “This room stinks.” After walking throughout the house, he says, “The whole house stinks!”

Grandpa goes outside and takes a deep breath and says, “The whole world stinks!”

Your attitude about life does the same thing.


  1. Your marriage is not going well. You go to a movie and notice how nobody smiles. Couples seem to be bored with each other. The movie’s happy ending seems phony.
  1. Someone’s nasty comment at work makes your head feel like exploding with anger. While driving home, everyone seems aggressive and rude. You drive like a dangerous, insane maniac. You think about gun ownership.
  1. You watch the news on television for a few hours and feel uneasy. You go outside and look at airplanes as possible threats. You suspect your neighbor might be a bad guy. You jump out of your skin when a kid yells, “Bang!”
  1. Your business just made a healthy profit this month. You celebrate at a restaurant where the food tastes great and the waitress is cheerful. When you go outside, the sunset looks glorious. Everyone seems to be smiling.

Why Life Changes

In an article “Is it Possible to Be Happy?” L. Ron Hubbard writes:

“You remember when you were maybe five years old, and you went out in the morning and you looked at the day, and it was a very, very beautiful day, and you looked at the flowers and they were very beautiful flowers.

“Twenty-five years later you get up in the morning, you take a look at the flowers—they are wilted. The day isn’t a happy day.

“Well, what has changed? You know they are the same flowers, it’s the same world, something must have changed.

“Probably it was you.”

“Actually, a little child derives all of his pleasure in life from the grace he puts upon life. He waves a magic hand and brings all manner of interesting things into being out in the society. Here is this big, strong brute of a man riding his iron steed, up and down, and boy, he’d like to be a cop. Yes sir! He would sure like to be a cop; and twenty-five years later he looks at that cop riding up and down and checks his speedometer and says, ‘Doggone these cops!’

“Well, what is changed here? Has the cop changed? No. Just the attitude toward him. One’s attitude toward life makes every possible difference in one’s living. You know you don’t have to study a thousand ancient books to discover that fact. But sometimes it needs to be pointed out again that life doesn’t change so much as you.”

“The day when you stop building your own environment, when you stop building your own surroundings, when you stop waving a magic hand and gracing everything around you with magic and beauty, things cease to be magical, things cease to be beautiful.”

Add Some Magic to Your Life

Clear out the smell of Limburger cheese and make your life more enjoyable with this exercise.

  1. Look around you. Notice your immediate surroundings in present time. Focus on where you are.
  1. Think of a way you can make your environment a little more comfortable. Write it down.
  1. Think of a way you can make your environment a little more cheerful. Write it down.
  1. Think of a way you can make your environment a little more beautiful. Write it down.
  1. Do these three things.
  1. Repeat as needed until your attitude and the world around you improves.

The article “Is it Possible to Be Happy?” is in the book Scientology: A New Slant on Life and available in our bookstore.

Breen and Associates: Financial Fraud Investigations

15 Apr

Breen & Associates’ financial fraud investigative and consulting services help our clients prosecute or remedy existing threats, and prevent potential threats from occurring.

Our team of investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners have uncovered large scale public and private sector fraud with integrity and repeated success in areas such as:

* Corporate Fraud
* Internal Fraud
* Procurement Fraud
* Vendor Fraud
* Dealer and/or Distributor Fraud
* Kickbacks and Bribes
* Financial Statement Fraud
* Expense Account Fraud
* Embezzlement
* Investigations to “Pierce the Corporate Veil”

Each investigation is subject to careful planning, with consideration to legal propriety and the most effective approach toward prevention and/or recourse.

Boiler Energy Saving Tips

9 Jun

Ensuring your home remains warm and comfortable and that you have hot water on tap when you need it, is a job for which today’s high-efficiency condensing boilers have been specifically designed.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, boilers account for around 60% of household energy bill expenditure so it makes sense to opt for an energy efficient boiler which, over the course of a year, can save you up to £300* on your fuel bills. Not only that, a condensing boiler can also reduce carbon emissions meaning it’s great news for the environment too!

Modern boiler versus old boiler

Modern boilers are more efficient because they are condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a bigger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is therefore more efficient.

If you would like to find out more about Baxi’s range of highly efficient condensing boilers, visit our page explaining what condensing boilers are. If you are unsure of the type of boiler you require, try our interactive product selector.

Alternative options               

Although a brand new boiler can be a dramatic way of reducing your fuel bills quickly and over a relatively short period the savings will pay back the initial investment, there are a number of other alternative changes you can make to your heating set up that will save you money.

Below we have listed just some of the ways you can easily make your home more energy efficient and therefore cost effective.

Baxi’s top energy saving tips:

Replace your boiler

If your boiler is over ten years old, chances are you are spending more money than you need to on your household energy bills.

Today’s high-efficiency condensing boilers have been designed for maximum fuel efficiency, lowering heating bills and reducing carbon emissions.

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Boiler Energy Saving Tips

Rating Criteria for RFP

2 May

An overview of rating criteria for evaluating software RFP’s

You can use many different scoring schemes for rating criteria for rfp’s. Whatever you use, however, should be applied consistently across all proposals for evaluation.


Types of scorings

  1. Simple Yes or No scores. Quick and easy to use, but omits how important specific features or functionality are to you.
  2. Combined weighting and scoring method to indicate to what degree your rfp requirements are met by the vendor/software. Slower to do, but does take into consideration the importance of different criteria within an RFP.
  3. Scoring schemes and weighting, may be as elaborate as you require. They need to provide you with sufficient analysis/evaluation, without being too complex, confusing or take too long. Our preference is for something that is quick to use and provides the required information eg both option 1’s below – see the RFP Evaluation Template. However, ultimately the choice is yours. Just ensure you have a written justification for your chosen scoring and weighting schemes.


Scoring schemes include

  1. 0 to 3 range, where your requirements are: not met (0), partially met (1), fully met (2), exceeded (3). Straightforward and easy to use.
  2. -3 to +3 range, where your requirements are: not met (-3), fully met (0), exceeded (+3), with points in between. More complex, more aggressive scoring, which will separate out the software/vendor’s scores. However, confusingly, a zero score is actually a good score!
  3. 1 to 10 range, where your requirements are: not met (1) and exceeded (10), with points in between. Again, will separate out software/vendor’s scores more than with a ‘0 to 3’ range. But because of the wider range, it may be more difficult to agree a consensus scoring.
  4. Percentage of points available overall (adding up to 100) eg software functionality (0 to 50%), support and maintenance (0 to 20%), implementation assistance (0 to 15%) and price (0 to 15%).
  5. Percentage of points available for each requirement eg exceptional (100%), exceeds requirements (80%), meets minimum requirements (60%), not meeting minimum requirements (30%), unacceptable (0%), with percentages in between.


Weighting schemes include

  1. 1 to 3 range where an essential requirement is (3), desirable requirement (2), nice to have requirement (1).
  2. 1 to 5 range, where an essential requirement is (5), desirable requirement (3), nice to have requirement (1). Will give greater emphasis towards the essential and desirable requirements.
  3. Overall percentage weights eg 50% software functionality, 20% vendor capability and 30% price.


Using scores and weightings

Consensus scores, multiplied by weighting in a matrix provide an unbiased evaluation of the vendor’s proposal. Weighted scores may be summed to arrive at scores for certain functionality criteria or software modules.

Proposals ordered by total weighted scores, form a basic priority list – highest scores first. The results provide a short list of the top 2 or 3 vendors to include within the final software selection process.

BP Announces Sale of Non-Operated Interest│netlog

20 Dec

BP Announces Sale of Non-Operated Interest in Sean to SSE PLC

Release date: 17 December 2012

BP announced today that, as part of its decision to market its stakes in non-operated North Sea assets, it has agreed to sell its interest in the Sean gas field in the UK North Sea to SSE plc for $288 million in cash.

The sale comprises BP’s non-operated 50 per cent stake in Sean. Completion of the deal is anticipated during the first half of 2013, subject to regulatory approval.

Trevor Garlick, regional president of BP North Sea, said: “The divestment of BP’s interest in the non-core, non-operated Sean field is consistent with our strategy of focusing on high value assets with long term growth potential.”

In the last two weeks BP has also completed the sale of its non-operating stakes in the Alba and Britannia fields to Mitsui and the Draugen field in Norway to Shell, deals that were announced earlier in 2012.

Notes to Editors:

Sean Gas field:

Sean is a gas field in the Southern North Sea and is operated by Shell. Current net BP production from Sean is around 18,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

BP in the North Sea:

BP is a major investor in the North Sea (UK and Norway) with an extensive portfolio of production from existing reservoirs, new projects under development, and growth potential in undeveloped resources.

BP’s annual North Sea production averages around 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and the company has over three billion barrels of estimated proven and contingent resource available in the region.

The company employs over 3,000 staff in its North Sea business and operates around 30 oil and gas fields.

BP-operated producing assets include Clair, Schiehallion, Foinaven and Magnus in the Shetland area; Andrew, ETAP. Harding and Bruce in the UK’s central North Sea; and Valhall, Ula, and Hod in Norway. The company also operates the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland, the CATS gas terminal in Teesside and the Forties Pipeline System and Kinneil terminal in Scotland.

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11 Dec

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