Archive for April 28, 2009

>I got tagged!

>I’ve been tagged by Fraught Mummy of Brits in Bosnia – toddlers, dog and all so have decided to answer the call, with a New York flavor(sorry Brits!). To complete the meme I need to answer the following questions:

1. What are your current obsessions?
My nails and my skin (just found out I have rosacea).

2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Grey hooded sweat jacket with bleach spot on hood and nail polish (dark pink) on front next to zipper.

3. What’s for dinner?

4. Last thing you bought?
Lip gloss

5. What are you listening to?
I-pod, the Frey and five for fighting.

6. If you were a god/goddess who would you be?
The pretty one with no skill or power

7. Favourite holiday spots?
New York City, and um, New York City

8. Reading right now?
A Whisper in the Dark: Twelve Thrilling Tales by Louisa May Alcott
Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling.

9. Four words to describe yourself.
Pessimist, artist, procrastinator, friend

10. Guilty pleasure?
Kahlúa® coffee liqueur

11. Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak?
My Tigger and Fred

12. Favourite spring thing to do?
Walk from Grand Central Terminal to Central Park

13. Planning to travel to next?
New York

14. Best thing you ate or drank lately?
Spicy iced chocolate and signature dessert from MarieBelle in SoHo

15. When did you last get tipsy?
In Albany on a business trip

16. Favourite ever film?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

17. Care to share some wisdom?
If you are ever in NYC during a rainstorm, don’t step in the puddles.

18. Song you can’t get out of your head?
Just saw Phantom and Masquerade keeps running through my head.

Rules of the meme. Respond and rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Tag 8 people. I couldn’t think of any questions to add or replace so here it is, also I couldn’t think of 8 people to tag so . . .

I just tagged DeSeRt RoSe at DeSeRt RoSe BoOkLoGuE


>On April 28, 1947, a six-man expedition sailed from Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.

~The New York Times~

>A Pakistani Underworld
Despite a threat from Islamists, two Pakistani brothers stealthily manufacture fetish and bondage wear, earning more than $1 million a year from their Western customers.

Lacy Threads and Leather Straps Bind a Business


>In 1989, April 28th was designated Workers Memorial Day to direct attention to workers who have been killed or injured on the job. This day was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The first Worker Memorial Day was observed in Canada also on April 28th. Today, labor unions, employers, community groups and others around the world now mark April 28th as an International Day of Mourning.

The goal of Worker Memorial Day is to remember those who have suffered and died on the job. As we remember those who have died in workplace catastrophes, suffered diseases due to exposure to toxic substances or been injured because of dangerous conditions, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the need to revitalize our commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace.

For this reason, the day has special significance to those who are dedicated to addressing occupational health and safety issues. Despite the difficulties and challenges we face in achieving the goal of reducing and eliminating workplace hazards, we must remain ever vigilant. Since the passage of OSHA, the job fatality rate has been cut by 60 percent and more than 306,706 lives have been saved.

However, too many workers remain at risk. In 2006, more than 4.2 million workers were injured and 5,703 were killed as a result of job hazards. Another 50,000 died due to occupational disease. While this year’s number of fatalities represents a slight decline from the preceding year (5,734), fatal work injuries among Hispanic workers increased from 917 in 2005 to 937 in 2006. This is the highest number of fatalities among Hispanics yet recorded by the census. In addition, coal mining industry fatalities more than doubled in 2006, due to the Sago Mine disaster and other multiple-fatality coal mining incidents.

That is why workers, employers, unions, community leaders, city council, state legislative representatives and others commemorate and publicize this important day. OSHA’s past efforts have demonstrated that worker safety and health is directly linked to the existence and effectiveness of a safety and health program in a workplace. Join OSHA this year in reflecting on the successes we’ve had in addressing workplace hazards as well as the challenges that we face ahead.