What Makes an Effective Criminal Investigator?

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Crime investigator at workA career in criminal investigation is perhaps one of the most exciting professional paths one could pursue. Although stressful, this job is highly rewarding, not only in terms of remuneration but, moreover, in terms of acquiring a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction should you be able to close demanding criminal cases on your favor.

To land a position in law enforcement agencies—whether local, state, or federal—your best shot is completing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Certifications from accredited criminal investigation training programs can also boost your professional profile, notes The Center For Legal Studies.

Aside from your educational background though, it is just as crucial that you are equipped with these three qualities.


Here, knowledge encompasses a variety of subjects. These include knowledge of laws and regulations, knowledge of technology used in handling criminal cases, knowledge of recognized strategies in problem solving, and knowledge of accepted research methodologies, among others.


Much of criminal investigation will rely on your analytical skills. From reviewing hundreds of pages of documents to transcribing hours of court testimonies, a considerable bulk of the job will require utmost discernment on your part. Throughout your career, your main goal is to look for answers, and your success in this endeavor is contingent on your ability to analyze just how and where to find these answers.


Law enforcement and, consequently, criminal investigation, is one of those vocations highly prone to ethical breaches. This is why before jumping into this profession, it is crucial that you first assess the strength of your moral fiber. Gauging your capacity to stick to your ethical standards despite stress and pressure is what will save you from committing legal and moral trespasses throughout your career.

Criminal investigation is not for the faint of heart. This job is one of the most demanding careers out there. But if done right, the level of personal satisfaction this profession can give you is tantamount to charity work. It is public service, after all.

Practical Ways to Maintain Your Laser and Engraving Machine

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Engraving machineAs with different types of equipment, lack of proper maintenance on your laser and engraving machine can result in more expenses – and this is something that industry experts at AP Lazer will attest to. This is because poor maintenance will lead to poor results, which means you may have to redo the work. Lack of maintenance on your existing unit would likely also necessitate buying another machine sooner than anticipated. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most productivity from your machine, as well as to lengthen its lifespan.

Clean the Optics

Since out-of-spec optics affect beam quality, cutting performance, mode quality, and optics life, it is important to clean these parts as regularly as possible. Blowing off dust using compressed air usually provides satisfactory results. In case there is some sticky dirt on the optics, it is advisable to use lens wipes and methanol or alcohol, or a mild soap solution. Since the lens and mirrors are fragile, it is important to avoid touching them with cleaning tools or even with your fingers.

Clean the Exhaust System

Understand that residue from the material being lasered coats the inside of the machine’s exhaust system. Cleaning this buildup is vital because airflow into the system must not be restricted. When there is a restriction, smoke from the cabinet is not released to the atmosphere. This results in dirty rails and optics that affect the quality of engravings.

Check the Air

Most brands of laser and engraving machines need an assist gas to provide quality cuts. The assist gas could be oxygen, shop air, or nitrogen. Since the different types of gases require different types of flows, it is important to set your machine at the best flow with respect to the type of assist gas you would be using. In some cases, lack of quality air support can make materials catch fire. This can be dangerous to you, the machine, and your shop.

Maintaining such a machine should be effortless, and it is so long as you keep up with it. Modern equipment comes with built-in monitors that offer a plethora of maintenance options. Since manufacturers offer comprehensive maintenance, it pays to make regular maintenance appointments with the equipment manufacturer.

Despite Smaller Workforce, More Locals in Singapore Have Jobs in 2017

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Smiling professionalsSingapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that more locals were employed in 2017 with around 21,300 people, up almost double the figure in 2016.

The increase occurred amid a decline in foreign jobs, which caused overall employment to drop for the first time in 15 years. While there were more locals with jobs, employment opportunities became more limited.

Employment numbers

During the last quarter of 2017, job opportunities fell by 20 per cent, according to a Morgan McKinley report. It also showed a 37 per cent drop in the number of people who looked for new jobs. This might indicate that competition became less evident in Singapore’s job market, but fewer opportunities negated any chance of easily landing a job.

Higher education, however, improves a person’s odds of finding work. If you seek to build a career in healthcare, a master’s degree in psychology from the James Cook University Singapore serves as one option to boost your credentials. Patrick Tay, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general, believes that aiming to increase your skills and knowledge will be important to stay competitive and in-demand.

Further learning

Aside from higher education, Tay said that workers should intend to upgrade their skills in digital technology. It may also be crucial to prevent yourself from being laid off, as retrenchment occurs in some companies due to the “rapidity of digital and technology disruption,” he added.

Still, a positive outlook in 2018 may likely keep the retrenchment rate on par with the previous year. The MOM recorded 14,340 layoffs in 2017, down from 19,170 year over year. Manufacturing companies particularly downsized their workforce in the previous quarter, while construction and services laid off fewer workers, according to the ministry.

Singapore’s employment sector may have been a mixed bag in 2017, but knowing that you have the relevant skills for an in-demand job increases your chances of clinching work.

Install Baseboard Trim In Four Easy Steps

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wooden baseboardA series of baseboard trim can create a visual connection between your home’s walls and its adjacent flooring to complement its overall architectural design.

In fact, several houses in Brampton has beautifully crafted baseboard molding in their homes. Here is how you can install Miskas Wood Products baseboards and complete your home’s look.

Locate the longest wall and cut a scarf joint on your baseboard

You may start the process by determining your house’s longest wall. If you have a piece of molding that’s longer than your wall, you may use one baseboard to cover all of it. Ensure to cut each end of your baseboard at least 90 degrees so that it’ll run directly to each side of the wall’s right angle.

Make a coped joint

A coped joint is used where the baseboard trims fit an inner corner joint. To create one, you should put one piece of your baseboard flush against the house’s interior wall and place it at a 90-degree angle. Next, you should lay the other baseboard trim on the floor facing down. Hold a spare piece of molding at a right angle facing down the board and trace the baseboard’s profile with a pencil as a reference. Now, cut along the reference point to create a back bevel cut. You may finish the remaining back slope using your three-square and half- round file.

Cut miter pieces for exterior corners

Continue the previous process around the room. Once you get to an outer corner, mark the place where it’ll meet the other piece of the baseboard molding’s outside corner. You can do so by setting aside a square against the wall’s surface where it meets. Then, cut the baseboard molding at a 45-degree angle by using a power miter saw. Ensure that the second piece is on the same way before nailing it in place.

Fill in any gaps

You may use wood filler to fill in any holes and gaps found in your baseboards. Ensure that it’s dried out entirely before you sand off any excess. You may also use calk to fill the crack between the wall and the baseboard.

These are just the basic steps on how to install baseboard trims on your home. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, hiring a professional is always a great option.

What Are The Most Dangerous Jobs In The US?

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Farm tractors on the fieldFamers and truckers joined thetop 10 list of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. for 2016, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

The analysis based the rankings on the number of fatal injury rates, which were determined per 100,000 full-time employees in each industry.

Risky Occupations

Farmers landed on the seventh spot after recording a fatal injury rate of 23.1 per 100,000 workers in 2016. There were 260 fatal injuries during the year. On the other hand, truck drivers ranked as the seventh least safe job with a fatal injury rate of 24.7 per 100,000 workers. Fatal injuries in 2016 comprised a total of 918 incidents, while non-fatal cases reached more than 80,000.

Motor vehicle accidents account for 80% and 44.6 of fatal injuries among truck drivers and farmers, respectively, which is why employers should consider investing more in products such as a wireless trailer light system and other safety equipment from Tow Mart. A majority of workplace fatalities result from accidents, particularly in 36 states that recorded an increase in worker-related deaths.

Other Industries

While farming and trucking jobs are risky, the most dangerous job in the U.S. in the last two years involved work in the logging sector. The fatal injury rate among loggers reached 135.9 per 100,000 workers.

The analysis also noted that the industry is around 38 times riskier than the typical job in the country. Commercial fishing, aviation, roofing professionals, refuse and recyclable material collectors, and structural iron and steel workers completed the top 10 most dangerous occupations.


The analysis does not intend to scare away Americans that aspire to join these industries. Instead, it should serve as a reminder to employers that safety at the workplace should be a top priority. How do you keep your employees safe?

Doctors See an Increase in Patients Who Don’t Pay

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doctor with patientThe Affordable Care Act has brought healthcare to more people but also caused an increase in patients who don’t pay their bill. Offering more finance options and using revenue cycle management can ease the problem.

The Affordable Care Act was passed to do exactly that, bring access to healthcare to lower income families. The law made it a requirement to obtain insurance and a marketplace of affordable policies was set up for consumers to choose from. However, those policies typically have higher deductibles compared with plans prior to the act. The cheaper the premium, the higher the patient’s out-of-pocket expenses will be.

While Affordable Care Act assistance has seen an overall increase in revenue taken by hospitals and clinics, there has also been an increase in the number of patients who cannot pay their bills. High deductible plans have been popular since the change in law, due to their affordable premiums, but they have increased out-of-pocket expenses by more than 200%.

Managing Patient Finances Professionally

For doctors who don’t want the headache of chasing unpaid bills, they can hand over the financial management to a revenue cycle consultant, leaving them free to get on with caring for their patients. A revenue cycle consultant can:

  • Improve patient access to services
  • Improve patient financial services
  • Manage revenue.

Revenue Cycle Management Explained

Revenue cycle management puts in place effective booking systems so that all the patient’s details, including their insurance provider are taken down before their appointment.

It’s also about verifying the patient’s eligibility for treatment on their particular insurance plan. If this is done prior to making a claim, it can cut down practice expenses. Rejected claims cost around $25 per claim.

Providing the patient with an electronic breakdown of their treatment and cost will improve compliance with bills. It’s convenient and most patients like to know what they will have to pay in advance. Offering payment by installment online, over a longer period will also help struggling patients pay their medical bills and reduce unnecessary practice losses.

More patients are accessing medical services due to the Affordable Care Act, but care is still not affordable to some because of increased deductibles. Using a revenue cycle management system can reduce unpaid bills and improve the efficiency of medical practice.

Fire Sprinkler Systems: How to Keep Them Ready for Emergencies

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Fire alarm on a wallIt’s not common for a fire sprinkler system to be used all the time. In fact, most buildings live their lives without having the sprinklers go off at all. But even so, they still need to be maintained to ensure their best performance if a fire strikes.

Regular maintenance involves checking for leaks and upgrading to carbon steel fittings. Here are some ways to ensure that you have a functional and reliable sprinkler system that’s ready for emergencies:

Check your water pressure quarterly

If other parts of your building receive a good amount of water pressure, so should your sprinklers. A professional could tell if all the valves are open and produce the right amount of water pressure for the sprinklers to spread water in a room.

Make sure control valves are always open

It is easy to check electronically controlled valves. But non-electronic valves must be checked manually every week to make sure they are ready to spew out water in case of a fire.

Clean sprinkler heads

Dirt can accumulate on sprinkler heads, especially if they are located in a place where the air is not kept clean. Use non-corrosive cleaning solutions regularly and make sure the sprinklers are not painted over when repainting the ceilings.

Have a professional inspection

A fire service technician should conduct a full system inspection and maintenance check-up once a year. Any repair or replacement must be done immediately.

Make sure the sprinkler path is clear

Remove objects that are too close to the sprinkler heads. These may prevent the water from effectively spreading out through a room if a fire strikes.

Fire sprinkler systems are installed as part of the fire safety requirements for every building. Do not let the thought that it may never be used stop you from having regular maintenance check-ups. You will never know when or where a fire can occur in your building. Everyone’s safety should be of utmost importance.

Here’s Why Your Small Business Will Fail

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Frustrated businessmanAt present, there are more than 17,000 startups in the U.S. About 90% of them, however, are bound to fail. While you may blame the economy for this statistic, how about you consider businessmen, too? Yes, hardworking entrepreneurs fail as well, and below are some factors why they do:

Poor leadership

Anybody can start a company, but not everyone can lead. Poor leadership typically result in bad business decisions, which ultimately puts a company in jeopardy. If you think you’re a good leader, hone your skills constantly to take your business forward. If you’re terrible at leading, hire the right people who can drive your business to success.

Failure to understand market

Many small businesses discount the importance of a good marketing research. Knowing your audience and their habits are essential, so you can sell your product or service effectively. Identify your market at the onset so you can reach them, sell to them, and make your business profitable.

Inadequate cash reserves

Salt Lake City-based bankruptcy lawyers explain that small businesses could go bankrupt if they fail to keep enough cash that will carry them out for six months or before their business starts making money. Remember that putting up a business is a risk; you’ll never know when you’ll earn so it’s important to have an emergency fund to keep your venture running.

Poor human resource

Knowing what to hire, when to hire, and who to hire are vital in every organization. Hiring too many people can lead your business to bankruptcy. Being undermanned, on the other hand, can burn out your employees and lead them to resignation. Be careful in situations like this one. Make sure you’re hiring enough people.

Putting up a business is exciting, but doing it hastily will only lead it to failure. Slow down and rethink your decisions as they may affect your business in the long run. You’ve got plenty of time to succeed anyway.

4 Easy Steps to Give your Savings a Boost

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teenage girl posing with piggy bankAre you tired of living from paycheck to paycheck and literally having 0 dollar in your savings account? Well, today, we are going to change that up, as we are giving you four easy steps to do so that you can turn your life around, save lots of cash in the future, and finally get to put them in your chosen CT bank.

Step 1: Track your Spending

List every little thing that you spend on and keep track of it regularly. Yes, that includes even the smallest things – pens, gasoline for your car, clothes, shoes, and even candies!

Being self-aware of your spending and seeing where your hard-earned money is going will help you be more conscious of your spending habits.

Step 2: Keep your Budget Realistic

Setting a very small amount of budget each week or month will only frustrate you and make you want to spend more money than planned. Instead, make sure to compute all of your bills that you have to pay, your daily spending, your wants and needs, and make a budget around that.

The extra money that you will have on hand you can contribute to your savings account.

Step 3: Invest your Money

Instead of spending all of your money away on things that you do not actually need, why not invest it somewhere worthwhile? Investing your money is a great way to double, or even triple, your savings. You just have to make sure to invest in all the right things – research is definitely the key to this.

Step 4: Keep it in the Bank

Get a savings account for yourself and ask your bank never to allow you to withdraw it until a certain time (which should both be decided upon by both parties). Keeping it safe in a bank of your choice will force you to keep putting money in, as well as prevent you from withdrawing it anytime you want.

Added bonus: you get a certain amount of interest on your money!

Saving money may not be fun, and it can be difficult, but once you reap its benefits after a few years, you’ll be thankful that you did it!

Specialty Features You Should Consider When Buying Industrial Floor Mats

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Close-up hot of floor matIndustrial floor mats are great for commercial settings. Most of these mats share common features aimed at improving protection and safety at the workplace. Standard industrial applications for these mats include improving traction on slippery or wet surfaces and ergonomic support in difficult working conditions.

In addition to these essential uses, manufacturers design some floor mats for specific applications. These mats have unique features to enhance their use in particular settings. Here are some features floor mats for industrial use have.

Antimicrobial Features

You could typically find this feature in mats designed for the medical industry, as well as in operating theatres, laboratories, ICU and histology departments among other sensitive medical chambers and environments.

They sustain and ensure cleanliness and sterility of the workplace. You could optimise the functionality of mats with antimicrobial features by including slip resistance, waterproofing, and anti-fatigue features.

Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) Features

Mats with ESD features enhance workplace safety against electric shock. These mats have electrically conductive along with static dissipative properties which conduct and neutralise static and electric charges.

ESD floor mats are sometimes known as welding safe matting systems due to their wide use in the welding sector. You could opt for additional features with the mat for increased efficiency.

Vibration and Noise Reduction Features

These mats have with vibration and noise reduction pads which soak up the excess dissonance in noisy workplaces like fitness centres and gyms.

These mats also have essential industrial features which reduce muscle stress during exercise. Noisy workplaces and those with vibrations also use these to minimise distraction and hence improve productivity.

Chemical resistant mats protect industrial floors from the different chemicals used in the particular workplace. Oil- and grease-resistant mats are useful in many industries to keep the floors clean and intact. In addition to protecting the floor, these mats protect the workers from slips, falls and chemical injuries.