December 7, 2013
Outdoor toys are an excellent holiday gift for kids. Apart from promoting an active lifestyle, outdoor toys help kids develop coordination and balancing skills. Such toys will get them bouncing, hopping, jumping, and have a great time all day long. Listed below are few items that will encourage your kid to have fun outdoors.
Push scooters are one of the most preferred gift choices to get your children into exercising and sports. Scooters allow your kids to have fun without jeopardising their safety. Modern quality scooters are made of a sturdy steel frame with a slip resistant deck and a wide rear wheelbase for safe riding. There are also kick scooters that fold down easily for storage.
In buying a scooter, decide on the type of scooter that is right for them. Choose a design or style that matches their weight and motor skills. Top choices include trick push, recreational, and grit scooters. Don’t forget to buy safety gear such as helmet, elbow pads, and kneepads.
For those kids who love to play ball, a portable basketball hoop is a great choice. Most basketball hoops come with a backboard rim, telescoping pole, and base. Basketball goals let your kids run and shoot hoops in your yard. This is even a fun way to keep the whole family active and playing together.
When purchasing a basketball hoop for kids, buy one with adjustable height. An adjustable system is ideal if players of different heights and skill levels will use it. You can also look for a system that folds up to be easily transported to a different spot.
Trampoline is another excellent gift choice for kids. This provides good exercise and helps improve balance and agility. Trampolines are available in different shapes such as round, rectangle, or oval. Round ones are great for the garden while rectangular trampolines give optimum bounce in wider spaces. Oval shapes are also bouncier than round ones.
Choose a quality trampoline that can fit in your garden. Good quality trampolines have longer springs, higher galvanised steel frames, and thicker pads. Don’t forget to purchase a safety net around the trampoline to ensure safety.
These are just a few of the gift items that will surely delight your kids. Whatever toy you decide to buy, don’t forget to keep an eye on your kids and monitor their safety as they play.
December 5, 2013
Cars are the backbone of American culture and industry. They represent irreplaceable milestones in every person’s life. Car owners form bonds with their vehicles that are so strong, some owners can’t bring themselves to sell. But, there always comes a point when the vehicle is too big of a burden to keep, and has too little remaining value to sell.
Some companies offer to buy junk cars for cash as an answer to this problem. But, some owners wonder where their vehicles end up after the final deal. In most states, your car will go to three possible places after you sell them to a car for cash company.
In some cases, the individual parts have more value than the entire vehicle. Junk yards strip vehicles for the parts that still work and sell them. Mechanics and restorers go to junk yards to find one-off parts that may not be manufactured anymore. Junk yards sell parts at much cheaper rates than dealerships, making them good spots to hunt for a bargain.
The unusable parts are either recycled or scrapped to save on space, and so they won’t be a danger to personnel and customers walking around the yard.
Some people who buy junk cars are actually mechanics who might see a possibility of reviving your vehicle. Sometimes buying a junk car and rebuilding it with spare parts is cheaper, allowing the reseller to make a profit.
Mechanics do this when they have a client that’s a nostalgia buyer or a collector.
When you sell your junk car for cash, the final possible place it can go to is a recycling facility. The actual method varies from one facility to another, but everything will be given new life. From your tires, to your floor mats, upholstery, even the battery can be used as something else.
There’s always a use for your car, no matter where it ends up. It’s more than likely that at least one of its parts will be back on the road before you are.
December 4, 2013
There’s a great responsibility in owning horses. From basic horse care to horses’ transportation needs, there are many things an owner should know. Horses are creatures that seem to capture people’s imagination. They’re symbols of freedom, passion, and personal drive. Some things about them, however, just aren’t true.
Here are some of the most popular myths about horses:
Horses are mean animals
Horses that are often mistreated by their owners or were never properly trained tend to misbehave. Those that grew up in a gentle and caring environment are more highly to become obedient. They’re companionable animals by nature.
Horses communicate through neighs and whinnies
This is partially true. Horses do neigh and whinny to communicate, but not in a way that’s often depicted in movies. They don’t constantly scream, nicker, and squeal. As they’re relatively quiet animals, much of their communication is done through body language.
Horses with a broken leg have to be shot
This was common practice before. It’s basically done to put the animal “out of its misery”. Until a few years ago, an injured leg meant the end for horses, as their leg size and weight make it impossible to cast the damaged part. At present, however, a broken leg doesn’t automatically mean a horse has to be put down. Many skilled veterinarians can now perform horse surgeries. Also, metal leg implants that are large enough are now available.
Horses always sleep while standing
While it’s true that they do sleep while standing on their feet at times, horses either squat down with their noses on the ground or lie on their side. Sleeping while standing is pretty much just dozing for them, while the other is for a complete sleep cycle.
Horses never get sick
Ponies are animals that can go for years without health problems. Horses, however, need constant vet visits, as they’re prone to all kinds of health issues. On the average, they should be sent for a checkup twice a year.
Now you know the real deal behind these stories. The next time you go for a ride with your equine friend, think about these myths, especially the one about proper treatment. Give them all the care they need: healthy diet, safe and comfortable horse float for travel, and regular health checkups.
December 3, 2013
Elwood, recognized as the world’s ugliest dog of 2007 died at eight. The Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving morning.
According to Karen Quigley, owner of Elwood, the New Jersey canine had been battling some health issues during the past months. The ugliest dog of 2007 died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving morning. Elwood was dark colored and hairless,with only a patch of white fur on his head. Fans often called him as YODA or E.T because of his resemblance to those characters.
Ugliest Dog Title
Elwood won the title of the ugliest dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California. He won his crown a year after he had finished second. Elwood became an online darling after getting the ugliest dog title. He developed a worldwide following and appeared in more than 200 events for animal rescue groups and nonprofit animal organizations.
“He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful,” Quigley said. “He will truly be missed.”
December 2, 2013
Losing someone dear is a heartbreaking experience. But finding out that your loved one’s death was due to the negligence or reckless behavior of someone else, pushes the grief behind anger. This is because you believe that your loved one’s death could have been prevented.
To obtain justice and compensation on behalf of your loved one, you can file for a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit can also help you find a sense of closure and provide compensation for the financial hardships that your family will experience if you depended on your deceased loved one’s income. Here are the most common circumstances that can result in a wrongful death.
Car accidents are one of the common causes of wrongful death. If speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence was a factor in your loved one’s death, you can file for a wrongful death claim. You can also file a case against an automotive company for defective breaks, tires, and other car parts that might malfunction while driving.
Medical malpractice is another common cause of wrongful death. This happens when healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, or other medical personnel failed to deliver appropriate care for your loved one. When this results in death, the victim’s family can contact a wrongful death lawyer to file for a wrongful death lawsuit.
It is the responsibility of the employers to meet the standards in employee safety. This is to avoid work-related accidents which could lead to injuries or wrongful death. If an employee is killed as a result of an accident at the workplace, you can file a lawsuit. Employers may be held liable if faulty equipment or improper training caused your loved one’s death.
Aviation accidents may happen if the pilot of the plane is under the influence of alcohol while flying or a piece of equipment malfunctioned. When this results in death, the family member can file a lawsuit against the airline or the aircraft’s manufacturing company.
When you’re facing the tragedy of a wrongful death, it is important to take the right steps to protect your legal rights. It is advisable to contact a wrongful death lawyer to know the compensation you are entitled for. This can also prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of your family during this hard time.
December 2, 2013
The US government has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a copyright infringement claim that it used but didn’t pay for “thousands” of copies of military software.
Apptricity from Irving, Texas said it settled with the Army and the US Department of Justice for a fraction of the software’s value. It has provided logistics programs to the army since 2004.
The company said it had found last year the software had been installed on many more machines.
A DOJ spokeswoman had confirmed the settlement case, but would not provide further details.
Apptricity’s software allows the military to monitor the movements of soldiers, as well as key supplies and equipment. It was used in relief efforts after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and in the Middle East.
According to court documents filed last year, the agreement with the military was that only 500 named users could access the software.
The piracy only came to light after US Army official mentioned “thousands” of devices running the software.
November 29, 2013
They say that there are things better left unsaid. It turns out your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues, however, have plenty to say, specifically about your overall health.
The aching tooth, the sore gums, and the stains you’ve been noticing and ignoring may seem like small problems, but they could be your mouth’s silent cries for help. Say you live in Perth and you’re experiencing some of these problems, it may be time to visit your local Applecross dentist and have your mouth checked.
To help you out with your toothaches, here are some of the most common dental problems and what they could mean.
Sharp Sudden Tooth Pain
A sharp sudden pain in one or more teeth when biting down could be a sign you may have tooth decay or cavities. Certain bacteria take sugar from your diet and convert it to acid, causing holes and tooth decay. And when the holes get deep, these can cause sensitivity, and eventually, cavities.
If the pain occurs only from time to time, and isn’t confined to a certain tooth, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But if it’s recurring, you should seek dental care from your local Applecross dentist.
Tooth loss could be a sign that you have osteoporosis. This bone disease affects all the bones in your body, including your jaw bone and your teeth’s enamel. Your jawbone and the alveolar bone—the kind of bone around the roots of the teeth—are both susceptible to osteoporosis, causing them to erode. These can lead to tooth loss, mild facial deformities, and even pain in and around the temporomandibular joint.
Pale and sore gums and swollen tongue may be signs that you’re anaemic. When you have anaemia, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells, or your RBCs may not have enough haemoglobin. As a result, your mouth and some parts of your body may not be getting enough oxygen.
Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, so any changes or problems with it could mean something is wrong in some part of your system. Visit your dentist regularly to ensure you do not only have a healthy mouth, but a healthy body as well.
November 27, 2013
For freelance videography, the quality of your work depends partly on the contents of your camera bag. Your cameras and lenses are the lifeblood of your craft. You need different sets and models, just as a soldier needs extra ammo and maybe a spare sidearm. And for videography, you shouldn’t attempt to shoot a non-repeatable event with only one camera and lens.
Other than cameras and lenses, you should also carry a handful of essentials in your videography arsenal. Having these items on hand and knowing how to use them can spell the difference between great shots and footage you cannot use.
One of the biggest differences between still photographs and videos is the presence of audio. If you’re filming something memorable, chances are you also need to capture the best audio possible. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting stunning shots only to find out you didn’t get the sound or you captured horrific sound quality. Invest in a great microphone to make sure you will capture great films.
Video files are larger than still photographs. Just filming a 1-hour HD clip can burn approximately 1GB of your storage. If you’re taking your freelancing career to the extremes, make sure to invest in memory cards that have a minimum storage of 32GB. Shooting a video with inadequate storage space can lead to data overload, causing your camera to freeze up, possibly ruining your footage.
Now that you have your audio tools and memory cards secured, you need to learn the basics of video editing. Raw video footage can be rough and unappealing to watch, but post-production work can put the pieces together to make a great film. From downloading and using After Effects video templates to trimming down unnecessary shots, post production should be your one of your main concerns before publicizing your work.
Deciding to jump into freelancing can be terrifying. You can ease your way inside it, but you might need to take the plunge especially if one event involves good earnings. Quitting your regular job and not knowing when your next paycheck will come be can be daunting. As such, you need to hone your skills to become a better freelancer. From mastering the use of After Effects templates to attending videography trainings, learning never stops when you’re freelancing.
Just shoot, shoot, and shoot! You will know the secrets behind great films if you keep doing what you’re doing and continue to learn along the way. By securing the essentials and honing your skills, you’ll be well on your way to making some stunning films!
November 26, 2013
Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour issued a new law making it illegal to conduct public protests of more than 10 people without government approval.
A law regulating protests
Egypt has been hit by political turmoil and protests for years since the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The uprising marked the beginning of unrest in the country.
Drafts of the bill have been widely debated since the military backed government first floated it in October. Mansour approved an amended version Sunday.
The law comes days after officials lifted months-long emergency order that granted security officers sweeping powers.
Scale of political violence
The government takes aim at protesters, as the bill required prior notice for public gatherings and set hefty fines for violators.
Activists and human rights organizations immediately denounced the new law, arguing it aims to restrict protests, allow repressive police practices, and keep security officers largely accountable for possible abuses.
The new law also aims to ban protests in places of worship — a decision rights group has considered as a blow to political freedom.
November 24, 2013
A data center usually has different systems for managing servers, power, network, cooling, and its facilities. These components go through different consoles, which are often handled by different support teams. This results in issues such as lack of organization of IT assets.
Data Center Infrastructure Management or DCIM solves this issue. It works by gathering data from different components and unifying them in a single infrastructure. This infrastructure integrates the task of managing all of the data center assets and systems. DCIM is designed to provide a real-time monitoring and management platform for all systems across IT infrastructures.
DCIM can help detect stranded power and allow businesses to avoid additional equipment acquisitions. DCIM can also identify the least efficient IT areas that need improvement. It can also determine if the UPS, generators, and PDUs are all operating properly and not overloaded. With DCIM tools, businesses lower their operating expenses by up to 20 percent. These tools also extend the life of a data center for up to five years or longer.
Reduce Cooling Costs
DCIM can minimize cooling-related costs. Data centers tend to overcool, putting to waste as much as 45 percent of energy costs. To run data centers at higher temperatures with minimal cooling and yet maintain safe operation, managers must measure and monitor temperature carefully in real-time. Using DCIM tools, businesses can save by up to 4 of their energy costs for every degree rise in their data centers’ overall temperature.
Accurate asset management
Managing a complex data center is a challenging task. With DCIM, accurate management is possible. This can defer capital expenses, which allows businesses to have another year of using the data center. This means foregoing the establishment of a new data center by packing more computing and storage equipment efficiently into the existing one.
The reliability of an infrastructure is one of the challenges that managers face as even a second of downtime can cost a considerable amount of money. With the help of an effective DCIM system managers are given a high level view of the entire operation. This allows them to identify potential problems before they turn into major threats.