Leveraging UV Light for a Healthier and Safer Workplace

How To Leverage UV Light for a Healthier and Safer Workplace

The dreadful multistate E. coli outbreak at Chipotle, which hospitalized 21 and prompted JP Morgan analysts to forecast the company will have lost three years of earnings between fiscal years 2014 and 2017, has underscored the extent to which all businesses—not just food service—are vulnerable to bacterium-borne illness. Whether you’re operating a restaurant, manufacturing plant, retail store, business office, school, health/medical center, sports complex or any other facility where clients, customers, business associates, patrons, visitors and even resident employees can use restroom facilities and otherwise touch shared spaces, how well that facility handles the sterilization and disinfection of indoor spaces can make or break the bottom line—both immediately amid the swift consequences should illness present, and longer term due to permanent damage to the brand reputation that will assuredly persist to some degree.

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The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le’s “Letter To My Refugee Mom” is what the title suggests it is – a straightforward, sincere, moving epistolary spoken by one generation toward the legacy of sorrow and struggles of an older generation. While the events (war, exodus, refugee life) that Le’s “letter” addresses have their roots in historic events of four decades past, the themes in this piece are no less relevant in today’s world – which we all know has its share of continuing war(s) and refugee crises. Le’s letter is a particular account, that will surely resonate on a collective level.

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Our Vietnamese Hearts

Our Vietnamese Hearts

The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco, my family and I sang it to mark our first anniversary in exile.

Nearly four decades have passed since then. If I were to sing it now, not that I remember the lyrics entirely, I would sing it with a tone full of irony. So removed from that emotional juncture, I wonder to what extent is the song’s declaration still true? Vietnam is accessible now to the Diaspora, but to what extent are we still here for her? Who, in fact, are we?

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“Queen of Katwe”, A Powerful Testament To The Strength Of The Human Spirit

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

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