Author: Joyia Emard

Getting Your Move On

You’ve experienced the excitement of purchasing a new house or renting a new apartment; now comes the reality of the actual move. Carting all of your stuff from one place to another is where the real work—and the real stress—begins, but a little before-the-move planning and organizing can help make the day a little easier to…

Do Your Homework When Choosing Career Training

As you think about your future, you may be considering options other than attending a traditional four-year college or you may be looking at changing careers. You could be planning for a vocation or employment that instead requires special training, a certificate or a two-year degree. If so, you will need to do some homework…

Don’t Let Dangerous Diseases Ruin Your Trip Abroad

Planning a trip out of the country? Be sure to check in advance for any needed vaccinations or medications because far-off and exotic travel destinations may harbor dangerous diseases. Malaria, measles, chicken pox, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, rabies, dengue fever, flu and typhoid are just some of the serious illnesses found throughout the…

After the Drought: Identifying and Replacing Dying Trees

Bark beetle tunnels beneath the bark of an American elm. (Photo by Deborah Bell/Smithsonian Institution) Dead and dying trees across California are a grim reminder of five years of devastating drought. The southern parts of the state were hit hardest by the drought and have the heaviest tree losses. Most of the affected trees were stressed…

FDA Warns Against Prescribing Codeine, Tramadol, to Children and Breastfeeding Mothers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued its strictest warnings to date against the use of codeine and tramadol in children and breastfeeding mothers. The drugs carry serious risks involving slowed or difficulty breathing and death, especially for children younger than 12. Codeine and tramadol are a type of narcotic medicine called an opioid.  Codeine is…

Don’t Get Burned by Rental Listing Scammers

The real estate market in California is hot and some people searching for apartments and home rentals are getting burned by purchasing useless rental listings. Crooks are ready to take advantage of the unwary by selling listings of rentals that either aren’t available, don’t exist or are in foreclosure. The California Bureau of Real Estate…

California’s Drug Take Back Nets Largest Haul in U.S.

Californians dropped off 37 tons of unwanted medications during the thirteenth National Prescription Take Back Day on April 29 – netting the largest haul out of any state in the country. California also boasted the most drop-off locations and the third highest number of law enforcement partners when compared to all 50 states. During the collection,…

Public Service Employees Are the Unsung Heroes of Government

Public Service Recognition Week May 7-13, 2017 The first week of May marks Public Service Recognition Week which honors the men and women who serve our country as local, county, state and federal government employees. These folks are the unsung heroes of government whose rank and file perform the daily tasks that keep government services…

Consider a Career in Nursing

Considering a career in nursing is a smart move for high school or college students or those thinking of a career change. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, 50% of the registered nurse (RN) workforce is age 50…

DCA Daughters and Sons Discover the Working World

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) welcomed 18 young people for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The kids got the opportunity to see where their parents spend their days working and learned how the department operates by visiting various offices for a behind-the-scenes look. The day’s…

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