CSI-like skills

first_imgLearning beside an expert Gardner and Fortunato aren’t crime scene investigators.They’re college students who spent their summer working alongsideUniversity of Georgia geneticist and entomologist Tracie Jenkins.In her laboratory on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., Jenkins usesthe same technology seen on CSI-type crime shows to solve insectmysteries. Jenkins uses DNA markers to determine an insect’s origin. Sofar, she’s connected Formosan termites found in Atlanta to thosefound in Macon and south Georgia. They’re related through theirmothers. These same Formosan subterranean termites came to Georgiafrom New Orleans. “It appears as if they hitched a ride from the port city intrucks and rolled into Georgia via the interstate highways,”Jenkins said. She also used DNA to trace termites discovered in theMidwest. “I was able to use this technology to track Asiansubterranean termites found in a box of latex gloves in Columbus,Ohio, to a warehouse in Singapore,” she said. “And, it looks likeat least some of the Asian subterranean termites in Florida camefrom Malaysia.” From a biology student to a biologist “Having one-on-one interaction with a faculty member intheir laboratory is practically unheard of,” he said. “When youstep out of the classroom and into a lab, it’s almost liketurning a key. You’re a biology student and then you become abiologist. Having more student opportunities like this woulddrive interest in the sciences through the roof.” “I’ve listened to lectures for two hours and been bored,”Gardner said. “Seeing the lecture come alive is incredible. I’m apart of the history of the research and I’ve even been published.And I’m just a sophomore in college.” Jenkins enjoys having the students work in her laboratory asmuch as they value the experience. “Over time they become my colleagues and I depend on themand I have faith in them,” she said. “These students are reallydedicated to their work. They come in early, stay late and workhard at time-consuming tasks. But it’s because they are studentswho truly want the experience. “When I see the light come on in these students, I know I’mdoing the right thing by opening up my laboratory to them,” shesaid. “Knowledge moves in both directions and often they teachme as I teach them. I’ve seen the change take place insideMichael this summer. He thinks like a geneticist now.” Gardner just has one regret – being born too soon. “Kids now are so lucky,” she said. “They can buy forensicDNA kits in the toy stores. And to think I played with Barbies.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Mary Melissa Gardner watches the popular television dramaCSI. But she doesn’t watch for the reason most viewers do. Sheand fellow student Michael Fortunato view the show more as sci-fi than reality. “I watch an episode of CSI and think to myself ‘that’s nothow you do that,’ ” she said. Fortunato agrees. “I find myself having CSI DNA band envy,”he said. “You just don’t get perfect bands like that.”center_img Where they’re from, where they’re headed Knowing an insect’s origin is key to insect control. “If we know how they get here,” Jenkins said, “we can tellinspectors what to watch for to keep other termites from cominginto the country or state.” Jenkins, whose work is applied insect genetics, allows hersummer student assistants to apply the science, too. “I’m a college student,” Gardner said. “And I’ve beenworking with DNA sequencing at UGA this summer. At my school itwould be hard for me to even get a (student assistant) slotworking in a lab. Those jobs go to the graduate students first.” Gardner says even if she had garnered a job working in aresearcher’s laboratory at her college, her summer experiencewould have been very different. “I would have spent all summer stuffing pipette tips orporing gels for other people to use for conducting research,” shesaid. “My friends who are upperclassmen would give anything towork in a lab alongside a researcher like I have this summer.” Fortunato, who just completed a post-baccalaureate degree atNew York University, agrees.last_img read more

Children’s Health Month

first_imgBecoming a parent can mean being hyper aware of the dangers household items—like the stairs, electrical outlets and sharp table corners—can pose to a child. However, some the biggest threats to a child’s safety aren’t visible to the naked eye. This fall, University of Georgia Extension agents started working with local hospitals to help teach new moms and dads about the dangers of radon. They also are teaming up with parents for Children’s Health Month this October, working to keep Georgians aware of the environmental dangers that could be in their homes—from radon, lead paint and poisonous household chemicals. “We want to make sure that parents have the tools and information needed to keep their homes healthy and safe for their families,” said Pamela Turner, a UGA Extension housing specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “We want children to be safe in the environment where they live, where they play, where they sleep — to have that comfort of being at home.” Radon awareness. UGA Extension has offered radon education and testing services to Georgians for the past 10 years. “Many parents are more concerned about the health of the children than themselves. When parents learn of the dangers of radon gas, they will test their home for radon if the child’s health is at risk,” said Becky Chenhall, a UGA Extension radon educator in the college. Radon, a radioactive gas naturally present in north Georgia’s granite bed rock, is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall. The gas leaches out of granite and seeps into homes, where it can collect and reach carcinogenic concentrations over time. In Georgia, more people die from radon-induced lung cancer each year than from drunk driving. While everyone is susceptible to the dangers posed by radon, children face the greatest risks because their lungs are still developing; and, depending on age, they breathe about twice as rapidly as adults. Also, children spend more time near the ground where radon — which is heavier than the ambient air — is in higher concentrations. Chenhall and UGA Extension radon educator Morgan Barnett have been working directly with pediatricians and prenatal instructors at hospitals to teach new parents the dangers of radon — including information about low-cost, homeowner-conducted tests. “Your neighbor’s house could have a low level of radon while yours could have a high amount, or vice versa,” Barnett said. “Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk. Radon is a health concern particularly in north Georgia, but the good news is that all homes with a radon problem can be fixed.” High residential levels of radon can be addressed through a licensed abatement company, which usually achieves abatement by adding extra ventilation to the home’s crawl space or basement. Lead poisoning. In addition to radon awareness, UGA Extension agents conduct a number of safe housing workshops throughout the year on reducing children’s exposure to lead. Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around homes. The primary cause of poisoning is chipping and peeling lead-based paint used in homes built before 1978. Lead also can be found in drinking water supplied by lead pipes and in the soil around buildings and on antique toys painted with lead paint. Children six years old and under are at the greatest risk. If lead poisoning is not detected early, children with high levels can suffer from behavior and learning problems, brain damage, slowed growth and headaches. Adults can suffer from high blood pressure, reproductive and memory problems and nerve disorders. Because there are no obvious symptoms, lead poisoning frequently goes unrecognized. Some lead problems should be addressed by professional companies, but parents can take several steps to keep from exposing a child to lead. The simplest may be to institute a “no shoes” policy inside the house and to use a doormat, Turner said. This keeps visitors and family members from tracking in lead dust or other materials that may be harmful to children. “We track in all sorts of mud and dust into our homes on the bottom of our shoes,” she said. “You walk on the carpet, the dust becomes lodged in the carpet, and your children play on the carpet. Leaving your shoes by the door is one of the easiest, cheapest things you can do to make your home healthier — whether you’re concerned about lead, pollen or other contaminants.” Household poisons. UGA Extension also provides information about keeping children safe from household chemical poisoning and provides step-by-step instructions on poison-proofing a home. In recent years, child health educators have seen an increase in accidental poisonings due to “poison look-alikes,” said Turner, who along with UGA Extension specialists Sharon Gibson and Diane Bales co-authored an in-depth bulletin about the problems. Poison look-alikes are potentially harmful substances that can easily be mistaken for safe ones, usually because they look the same or have very similar packaging. Often, they are used for cleaning, self-care or first aid; but, if used incorrectly or mistaken for something else, they can be harmful. “When parents get in a hurry or are distracted, accidents can happen,” Gibson said. “It is easy to put your cat’s ear-mite drops into your eyes by mistake or to grab the tube of muscle soothing cream instead of the toothpaste. Mistakes like these can cause problems ranging from temporary discomfort, severe illness, permanent injury or even death.” For more information about keeping potentially harmful products — including lead and household poisons — out of the hands of children, see www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing or call 800-ASK-UGA1. For more information about UGA Extension housing programs, see www.gafamilies.org/housing or www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing. For more information about UGA Extension’s radon awareness program, see www.ugaradon.org or email Chenhall at chenhall@uga.edu or Barnett at morgan22@uga.edu.last_img read more

New Data Reveals Stark Gaps in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Annie Waldman, ProPublicaA new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers.At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, only 35 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate college, a rate that is more than 20 percentage points lower than that of their wealthier peers. And at St. Andrews, a liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina, only 13 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate, more than 50 percentage points less than students who don’t receive the grants.The study found 51 percent of Pell students graduate nationwide, compared to 65 percent of non-Pell students. The average gap between wealthy and poor students at the same schools is much smaller: an average of 5.7 percentage points. That’s because many Pell students attend schools with low graduation rates. (You can now look up whether poor students are graduating at the same rate as their classmates in our newly updated interactive database, Debt by Degrees.)Ben Miller, the senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, said that schools with large graduation gaps deserve greater scrutiny.“Colleges have responsibility to ensure that the students they enroll are well served,” said Miller. “If you’re going to enroll someone, you should do the absolute best you can to graduate them, or else don’t take their money.”The new report comes on the heels of recently released federal education data that has brought new focus on how low-income students fare at college, including how much federal debt they take on and how much they earn after graduation. The graduation rates of low-income students were not included in that data.The group behind the new report, the Education Trust, collected the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients 2014 typically students whose families make less than $30,000 a year 2014 for a selection of more than 1,000 colleges across the country.A spokesman for University of Missouri-Kansas City said many of their students are low-income and that the school is working to do better. “We are not satisfied with that gap,” said John Martellaro. “We are investing more resources in our student success programs in an effort to narrow that gap.” (Read their full statement.)St. Andrews did not immediately respond to requests for comment.At more than a third of the colleges studied, schools were able to serve their Pell students almost as well as non-Pell students, with a gap of less than 3 percentage points.Other schools have managed to graduate Pell students at an even higher rate than their non-Pell peers. According to the new data, nearly 90 percent of Pell recipients are able to graduate Smith College, compared with an 85 percent graduation rate of non-Pell students. And at Western Oregon University, Pell recipients have a graduation rate of 50 percent 2014 nearly 10 percentage points better than their peers.Both schools worked hard to ensure high graduation rates, including improving admissions policies and bolstering financial aid, as well as increasing advising and support services for students at school, says the new report.The Pell Grant program is the nation’s largest need-based student grant program, giving out billions of dollars annually. Yet for years, the data on Pell recipient graduation rates was mostly hidden from the public eye.Although colleges are required to give the government graduation-rate data that’s broken down by gender and race, the data is not required to be reported by income or Pell Grant status. Since 2008, schools are required to disclose Pell graduation rate data if it’s requested by prospective students.“It’s kind of astounding when you think about how much money is spent on the Pell Grant program,” said Andrew Kelly, the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute. “We don’t have any idea about how much of that money goes to producing degrees. We don’t know what happens to Pell recipients after they enroll.”In order to collect Pell graduation rates, the Education Trust filed requests for data through state higher education systems as well as with the schools themselves. Some of the data was purchased from U.S. News and World Report. However, only around 1,150 schools were included in the report, out of the more than 7,000 institutions in the country. The survey also did not include data from for-profit colleges, where many Pell-recipients attend school.Sisi Wei contributed to this report.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

YouTube Channels Making Money From Advertisements, Memberships Amplify Trump Voting Fraud Claims

first_imgGoogle, Facebook and Twitter and others have struggled to guard against the misinformation as millions of posts arrive each day.Researchers who track misinformation say it is fueled by content creators who see an opportunity to profit from it. Over the last few years, they have pressured YouTube and its advertisers to tighten scrutiny.Some YouTube advertisers now avoid sponsoring political content. But the memberships offering, under which fans pay a few dollars monthly for exclusive content and promotional merchandise, has helped offset lost advertisement sales.- Advertisement – YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google, has rules that forbid channels using its revenue-generation tools from making “claims that are demonstrably false and could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral or democratic process.”Google did not immediately respond when asked if it would suspend ads and membership sales on the channels, a penalty commonly known as “demonetisation.”With ballot tallying ongoing in a few states whose results will decide the hotly contested race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Trump has made unsubstantiated accusations about the Democratic party’s stealing the election. Trump’s supporters have rallied behind the misinformation on social media and in protests outside vote-counting sites.- Advertisement – At least nine popular YouTube channels were promoting on Thursday debunked accusations about voting fraud in the US presidential race, conspiratorial content that could jeopardise advertising and memberships revenue they get from the video service.Reuters found the channels, ranging from ones with 1,000 followers to more than 6,29,000, endorsing claims that fact-checking units of the Associated Press, Reuters and other organisations have deemed false or inaccurate.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One of the channels seen by Reuters, JohnTalks, shared two videos on Thursday about alleged voter fraud in Michigan, a key battleground state in the election that Biden has won, generating more than 90,000 views in eight hours.Among the claims cited was that wagons, suitcases and coolers were used to smuggle ballots into a counting center. At least three news outlets investigated the claim and determined the items carried food for election workers and camera equipment for a local TV station.JohnTalks did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.The liberal online watchdog group Media Matters for America said in a report on Thursday that it found videos making dubious claims post-election have garnered more than 1 million views collectively.YouTube’s policy on “demonstrably false” election information drew attention on Wednesday when CNBC reported that One American News Network was generating ad revenue from its YouTube video prematurely declaring Trump the winner. YouTube said it would not remove the video, but stopped running ads on it.Trump’s talk of fraud has created opportunity for his critics, too. Some popular YouTube channels, which run ads and sell memberships, have generated hundreds of thousands of views on videos rebutting Trump supporters’ claims of voter fraud.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

GAO looks abroad for food-safety oversight lessons

first_imgJul 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report examining the results several developed nations and the European Union achieved when they consolidated oversight of food safety in a single agency, a step often advocated in the United State for solving some of the problems linked to contaminated imported and domestic food.The report was requested by members of congressional food safety committees that are considering—amid widespread complaints that regulatory fragmentation hobbles the country’s food safety system—whether sweeping changes are needed to reduce the number and speed the investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks. The 101-page report was released Jul 14 but is dated Jun 2008.Coming amid the nation’s largest produce-related outbreak, in which tomatoes and jalapeno peppers are the top suspects, the report’s release is designed to assist lawmakers who face renewed pressure to consolidate food safety oversight under one agency. Several high-profile food contamination incidents have unfolded over the past 2 years, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fresh spinach and ground beef and toxic chemicals from imported ingredients used in pet foods.In January 2007 the GAO added federal oversight of food safety to its high-risk series list, which marks it as a high priority for broad transformation to make the process more efficient, effective, and accountable.Within the last year the two federal agencies that handle most of the nation’s food safety efforts have issued their own safety plans. In October the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a list of proposals to reverse the upswing in ground-beef recalls and E coli illnesses. The following month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an Import Safety Plan and a Food Protection Plan that proposed features such as enhanced inspection of high-risk imports and authority for mandatory recalls.The GAO said its report isn’t meant to compare the food safety systems of other countries with the United States, but rather to explore the processes other countries use and the challenges they face. The report looks at import safety and outbreak response methods in Canada, the European Union, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The GAO did not evaluate countries’ management of their food safety systems.Common themes emergeGAO inspectors pointed out that the United States shares some of the same food safety challenges as other nations, including the ones surveyed in the report. For example, imported food accounts for a growing portion of the food supply, consumers are eating more raw foods, and aging populations mean more people will be more susceptible to foodborne illnesses.”All [of the selected countries] are high-income counties where consumers have high expectations for food safety,” GAO officials wrote.The authors said the report follows up on a 2005 GAO report that described the approaches and challenges that seven countries (Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) faced as they reorganized and consolidated their food safety systems into a single agency.Some members of Congress and consumer groups have called for a similar consolidation of the US food safety system, which is now divided among more than a dozen federal agencies.The GAO found several common themes in the national food safety systems:Farm-to-table oversight that focuses on avoiding problems throughout the food chainProducer responsibility for food safety, for both domestic and imported goodsSeparate risk-assessment and risk-management agencies, with some cases countries separating risk management from industry-promotion functionsCooperation between government veterinarians and public health officialsMandatory recall authorityIn examining how countries handle imports, the GAO found a high degree of coordination among the European Union, its member countries, and some nonmember countries. When food safety problems are found at one of the 300 EU inspection posts, a rapid alert is sent electronically, detailing the risk to human health or animal feed.The auditors also found that Japan sets yearly goals for import inspections of targeted food groups and places the burden of additional inspections on the importers.Most of the countries told the GAO that their procedures for tracing foodborne illness outbreaks are generally similar to those used in the United States. However, the EU has a traceability requirement for all foods that is designed to help speed outbreak investigations; producers at each manufacturing stage must document where a particular food came from and where it is going next—”one step forward and one step back.” Also, Canada, Japan, and the EU have mandatory identification programs for certain animals that document where the animals came from and where they were sent for slaughter. The countries use a variety of tools, such as ear tags, “passports,” or bar codes.Some of the nations said coordination between government veterinarians and public health officials is crucial, particularly when investigating zoonotic diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or avian influenza. For example, the GAO said a 2004 outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in cattle in the United Kingdom never struck humans, thanks to rapid communication between the country’s Health Protection Agency and the Veterinary Laboratory Agency.All the countries have mandatory recall authority, but said they rarely need to use it. For example, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the authority is effective “because it is there,” contributing to better industry cooperation. The CFIA said it has ordered only seven recalls.Are system reorganizations effective?The countries the GAO looked at said they have not done comprehensive evaluations of their reorganized food safety systems. “One food safety expert noted that it is difficult to determine the effectiveness of a food safety system because it involves proving that something did not happen, i.e., that exporters did not try to ship unsafe food to a country,” the report says.However, several countries did track indicators such as number of inspections performed, number of enforcement actions taken, number of foodborne illnesses, and consumer satisfaction. For example, in the United Kingdom, the public’s confidence in the government’s ability to protect against foodborne illnesses was 60%, as compared with about 44% in 2001.In Japan, however, a consumer survey of the government’s risk communications found that the public did not understand the concept of assessing risk, which has prompted the government to try to better communicate its food safety role to the public and clarify its risk messages.Meanwhile, German officials sought feedback from stakeholders, who have suggested improvements in the country’s food safety system. Some of the stakeholders told GAO auditors that one benefit of food safety system reorganization is having a single contact point.Nations voice future concernsThe GAO queried experts in the countries about the challenges they expect to face over the next decade. The answers included:Climate change effects such the emergence of new pathogens and new patterns of disease spreadDemographic changes, such as an aging population and greater immigrationNew food trends and technology, such as new convenience items and the rise of processing systems that involve nanotechnology, genetic modification, and decontaminationIndustry changes that include consolidation in the food industry and an increase in global food trade.See also:GAO report on food import safety and foodborne illness outbreak response in selected countrieslast_img read more

Spa City government works for the people

first_imgRemember the Edsel car? The best research and the smartest people in the automotive industry developed a new car with everything people said they wanted. However, no one bought an Edsel because it was overpriced and overhyped.The proposed new Saratoga Springs constitution is similar. It has everything that sounds good, but won’t be bought by knowledgeable Saratoga Springs residents who understand we already have a unique city government that works for our unique and wonderful city.Jackie ClarkSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

McDonald’s restaurant in Kuta Beach to shut doors after 20 years

first_imgThe McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Kuta Beach, Badung regency, Bali, will bid farewell on Tuesday after 20 years of operation on the popular tourist island.A flyer posted by the management at the outlet’s entrance has gone viral on social media. “Thank you for carving stories with McDonald’s Kuta Beach for 20 years,” it says, adding that the store will close at 9 p.m. local time.Badung Industry and Manpower Agency head Ida Bagus Oka Dirga said no employees would be laid off, according to the store’s operational unit. “The employees will be reassigned to McDonald’s stores throughout Bali,” Ida said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: McDonald’s Sarinah tribute backfires as fans defy social restrictionsBadung Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head I Gusti Ketut Suryanegara said that he would deploy a team to guard the outlet on Tuesday to anticipate people flocking to the store for a final tribute, as happened at the McDonald’s Sarinah in Jakarta recently.“We will just patrol, with one team monitoring there,” Gusti said, adding that the management would not hold any special events.Kuta resident Febri said he was saddened by the plan because the store had been his go-to place for years.“There are lots of [memories]. It has been my hangout place since elementary school because it’s near my house, and it has a nice beach view,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Retro pad’s potential lures large range of buyers

first_imgThe home at 20 Bushing St, Wynnum West.A 1960s home ripe for renovation has sold in Wynnum West a week before auction.Marketing agent Chris Buitenhuis of Ray White Manly said the three-bedder at 20 Bushing St sold for $460,000.“The new owners are local first-home buyers — a young couple,” he said.Mr Buitenhuis said the home was on the market for the first time since it was built and had open-plan living, dining and kitchen, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. It also has a double carport, back veranda and low maintenance yard.The home at 20 Bushing St, Wynnum West.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The house is on a 607sq m block close to primary and secondary schools, public transport, shops and restaurants.“The property attracted quite a bit of interest (during the marketing campaign),” Mr Buitenhuis said.“The appeal was the location.”The bayside agent said the home attracted a wide range of buyers, from investors and renovators to first homebuyers and owner-occupiers.“We probably had about 20 people come through in the couple of weeks it was on the market,” he said.last_img read more

These are the five things women want in a new house

first_imgStudy nooks near the kitchen are important to women buyers according to Sherrie Storor.THESE are the non-negotiables the five top things that women buyers want in a home.To coincide with International Women’s Day, real estate coach, Sherrie Storor, has revealed her top five. Practical Floor Plans “Women are drawn to spaces that integrate family and entertaining, so combined kitchens and family rooms are essential,’’ she said. “For those with young families, a practical floor plan is key in the decision-making process. The kitchen needs to be on the lower-level looking out over a grassed play area or pool so parents can always have them in eyesight.’’ Clear Access from the Garage to Kitchen If there is one thing most people can’t stand it is carting groceries up from the garage, up a flight of stairs, through a hallway, to the kitchen, according to Ms Storor. She said having easy from the garage to kitchen was important, particularly when your hands are full with things like bags and children. Modern technology More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“Women love detail and practicality in a home,’’ Ms Storor said.“A home with integrated technology is fast becoming the norm. It might sound crazy, but eventually, USB charging points will be in every new build, just like a power point.’’“Importantly, a charging point is much more aesthetically pleasing than having big, chunky chargers hanging out of the wall.’’ A Study Nook Close to the Kitchen “Women are working from home more frequently. When starting a business, it’s more practical and affordable to work from home,’’ Ms Storor said.She said having a study nook close to the kitchen it easier to combine work and home life. Bathrooms with an Abundance of Cabinet Space No one has time for clutter, mess, or having to race into another bathroom or cupboard to find a product or vitamin.“Bathrooms with plenty of cabinet space and drawers improves time efficiency for the busy working professional or mum.’’last_img read more