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Bellemont Paper Factory to Shut Its Doors By Winter 2019, Company Officials Say

Though it's been in business since 2001, a paper products plant in Bellemont has announced its plans to shut its doors and cease operations by winter of 2019, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. While this closure could lead to the loss of approximately 116 jobs, officials insist it was purely a financial decision that was made to "further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the professional hygiene business in North America." The plant's parent company, Essity, also shut down a similar plant in Flagstaff last year. These plants produce a raw paper material that's eventually manufactured into products like paper towel, tissues, and toilet paper. The U.S. paper recovery rate reached an all-time high of 67.2% in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase, but Am...
Sustainable, Refrigerated Shipping For Goods Big And Small
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Sustainable, Refrigerated Shipping For Goods Big And Small

The shipping industry has long had logistic challenges in the form of perishable goods. In recent weeks, the world's second largest container shipping company and a popular e-commerce grocery service have both found sustainable solutions. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed a contract to lease 2,000 cube refrigerators containers from SeaCube Containers that are 40-feet high and outfitted with Carrier Transicold's natural refrigerant-based NaturaLINE refrigeration system. This system from NaturaLINE helps to protect the environment by using repurposed CO2, proven to be the refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential (GWP) out of all container refrigerants that are currently in use. As typical shipping containers are made of durable steel that lasts an average of 2...
Protecting Your Small Business From Malicious Email
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Protecting Your Small Business From Malicious Email

Email is far from dead, folks. Businesses ranging from large to local all benefit from having an email system in place. For a small business, setting up an official email is a great way to keep all important business matters and inquiries in one convenient place. It's a little alarming, but about 97% of the 60 billion emails sent each day are considered spam. These spam messages may have been written intending harm for the receivers, or they may just be 'junk mail'. Email hosts nowadays have decent spam filters in place to comb through your incoming mail, but malicious messages can still slip through. Recognizing a Malicious Email They notify you of an order you never made, e.g. via PayPal or Amazon, and offer a link to cancel it. The email asks you to reply with personal info such as...
Starbucks Closes One Afternoon for Employee Anti-Bias Training
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Starbucks Closes One Afternoon for Employee Anti-Bias Training

Did you visit a Starbucks location during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29? If you did, you probably found yourself locked out of the building and unable to get your daily venti caramel iced coffee with skim milk. About 90% of U.S. households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat. If your regular frozen treat is a Frappuccino and you weren't able to get it last week, there is a reason. The reason why your Starbucks was closed, along with so many other locations throughout the country, was to host a racial bias education day. According to Time about 175,000 participated in the diversity training. This moment comes after a high-profile incident occurred in April in a Philadelphia Starbucks. The incident involved a white store manager calling the police on two black men who were si...
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How An Arizona Gas Station Receipt Saved a California Resident Nearly $800

It's safe to say that most drivers know the difference between diesel and unleaded gas, including California resident Brittney Brewster. But after a mixup at an Arizona border gas station, she's warning other drivers to be extra careful at the gas pumps and always keep their receipts. Brewster was driving to the Valley for a summer vacation with her family on June 1 when she had to stop for gas. She chose the Sunmart with Chevron gas station in Ehrenberg, Arizona along Interstate 10 as her destination. Everything seemed to go smoothly -- that is, until Brewster got back on the highway and noticed that her SUV was sputtering and emitting black smoke clouds. "We were debating on pulling over but we weren't sure what was happening," she said. "And then all of a sudden black clouds o...
What Happens to Frozen Embryos Following Divorce: Arizona’s New Law
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What Happens to Frozen Embryos Following Divorce: Arizona’s New Law

Many couples across the United States have chosen to store their frozen embryos in fertility clinics as a result of in vitro fertilization. IVF is a very popular choice for many, as about 85% to 90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. But, what happens to those frozen embryos if the couple ends up getting divorced? The State of Arizona has come up with a solution. According to Buzzfeed, Arizona is the first state to pass a law that would give the embryo to the divorced person who wants to develop it to birth. Researchers say marriages only have about a 50% chance of lasting, which means a solution was much needed. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same. Gary Marchant, a law professor at Arizona State University, spoke with Buzzfeed about how th...
Arizona Becomes 7th State to Introduce Dental Therapists
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Arizona Becomes 7th State to Introduce Dental Therapists

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed a law that allows dental therapists to practice in specified settings throughout the state. The law will take effect August 3 and will allow dental therapists, a midlevel provider, to be a licensed profession. Along with six other states, Arizona will now allow dental therapists to practice in settings like tribal settings, federally qualified health centers, and nonprofit community centers. Like many states, Arizona has growing dental health needs. And with dental therapists, certain procedures, like fillings and extractions, will be able to be done at decreased costs. With the number of people who need dental implants growing by 500,000 every year, more states are taking action to provide easier access to dental care. The bill was sponsored b...
Demand For Big Data Talent Surges To Boost Business Productivity
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Demand For Big Data Talent Surges To Boost Business Productivity

The demand for Big Data skills in the business world is on the rise. According to the latest Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis, the demand for Big Data skills has increased by 78% since last year. What's more, the demand for contractors increased by 128% during the same period alongside a 68% increase in the permanent jobs market. Big Data refers the enormous amount of data that's created and collected by businesses on a regular basis. The data collected is too complex and voluminous to be analyzed manually and so must be analyzed using specific software. Some of the key qualifications in demand for those in Big Data roles include experience with Python, Hadoop, Spark, MongoDB, Hive, Java, Tableau, AWS, and Cloudera. Employees with multiple skill sets including broader IT ...
Deaths Among Older Drivers and Pedestrians On the Rise in Arizona
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Deaths Among Older Drivers and Pedestrians On the Rise in Arizona

The Association for Safe International Road Travel estimates that over 37,000 U.S. residents die in road crashes every year. For senior citizens, the risks of driving accidents often increase due to slowed reaction times, reliance on medication, or changes in vision or hearing. A recent report has found that seniors in Arizona, in particular, have become much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash in just the last few years. Since people are living longer on average, seniors now account for a larger proportion of the population. Currently, there are an estimated 46 million people over the age of 65 living in the U.S., representing 15% of all Americans. By 2060, researchers estimate that this demographic will represent 24% of the entire population. Because seniors are living longer,...
How to Use Social Media to Market Your Small Business
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How to Use Social Media to Market Your Small Business

Small business owners are battling multiple fronts in an effort to grow their business and often don't invest the necessary time into their marketing campaign. Beyond that, many small business owners aren't sure of how to go about promoting themselves successfully. One of the major aspects of marketing in any industry is a business's online presence. The average consumer uses online research and forums to decide whether or not a business is worth it, and 72% of consumers will trust a local business if it has positive reviews. So the first step is to make an appearance on the information highway. Having a stellar webpage is a good place to start. Websites need to have intuitive, simple navigation while maintaining a high rate of engagement. Videos, photos, and quality content are all ...