March 6, 2014
Window shutters offer a level of flexibility that no other window covering can match. Shutters have slats you can tilt to adjust the level of light you need. They complement any interior design palette, from traditional to country-style and contemporary. Most importantly, they make homes more energy-efficient. Shutters act as insulators of heat, making your house cooler during summer. Obviously, switching to window shutters and updating the look of your home while increasing its energy-efficiency is a smart move.
Here are some creative ways to design your living space with shutters:
Paint it Pretty
Add excitement to a plain room by choosing a colourful finish for your window shutters. Red, orange, or yellow suits a north-facing window, casting a warm light into the room. Pink, blue, and green add interest into a plain interior, while lighter shades make private spaces relaxing, yet stylish.
Go for Solid
Solid shutters are the perfect choice if you want to achieve full privacy and noise reduction, while incorporating a touch of period style in your room. You can’t control light as with louvred shutters, but you can have them work like curtains, closed at night and fully open during the day. Choose a design from home improvement stores that suits the interior of your room. Full height solid shutters in Perth with custom paint finish and raised panel inserts are an ideal option.
Hide Your Flaws
Window shutters are a great way to hide flaws. If your window isn’t attractive; or the view outside doesn’t inspire, consider a shutter installation. Shutters in a dark or stained wood are perfect to create a traditional, old colonial feel, while craft wood in chalk white keeps a modern home classically contemporary.
Perfect for the Office
Neat and practical, shutters aren’t just a great window treatment for the home, but also work great for an office. Choose vibrant colours, such as red, blue, yellow, or green, to add some energy to your workplace. Full height poplar wood shutters in custom paint colour and with regular front facing pushrods and thick slats are ideal for a home office.
Other than providing flexibility and making your home more fabulous and energy-efficient, window shutters can also increase the value of your property. Install these window coverings and get a higher appraisal when you sell your home in the future.
March 1, 2014
The ability to fix a broken car is supposed to be life skill, but not everyone has the time to learn it. Cars are just so expensive to repair, and doing it by yourself, especially if you’re guided by guts rather than knowledge, can cause costlier damages. This is why you should go to an expert auto mechanic when car problems arise. But there are some things you need to give heavy consideration when dealing with these specialists.
Make a List of Routine Questions from Mechanics
If you aren’t prepared to answer the questions of a mechanic, chances are you might lead him into making wrong diagnoses. Check your car thoroughly and make a list of questions that the mechanic may ask. Auto mechanics normally ask how many cylinders your engine has, how much oil it takes, and how often you bring it to the service center for upkeep.
Take note of Terms and Phrases
As mentioned, you need to check your car thoroughly before bringing it to the shop. Going over your car manual again may make you realize that there are parts you didn’t know existed before, which may have an indirect effect on your car’s condition. If you take note of technical terms and phrases, you’re actually protecting yourself from the vested interests of a questionable car mechanic.
Ask for a Written Quotation
When asking for a quote, make sure that it’s in written form. This protects you from unwanted financial obligations. Otherwise, the $500 worth of repairs might magically become $550 once it’s done.
Practice the art of negotiation when asking for a quote. Auto mechanics can be considerate, especially if you don’t approach them in an arrogant manner. Invest in building a good relationship to ensure that you’re going to get something beneficial in the end.
Finally, if negotiation doesn’t work and the service is too slow and flimsy, walk away. There are other car mechanics that can provide you better service. Bonus tip: never drop off a car that is dirty and full of clutter. Show some courtesy. Your mechanic will be grateful for that.
February 28, 2014
On Sunday, Nature Geoscience published the findings on the oldest piece of crystal on earth. Scientists have dated an ancient crystal known as zircon to approximately 4.4 billion years, confirming it as the earliest piece of the crust of the earth.
Best Dated Crystal
John Valley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and head study author, noted that the zircon is the best-dated and oldest crystal among all the crystals that scientists have discovered.
Found in Northern Perth, Australia in 2001, the piece of zircon possesses a translucent red characteristic. The stone displays a blue glow when there are too many electrons. At its largest dimension, the crystal is only 400 micrometers long.
According to scientists, the chemical characteristics of the stone suggest that the temperature of the earth during its earliest times could have sustained liquid water. Experts say, this may mean that the earth could have supported life as early as 4.4 billion years ago.
NASA and other institutions continue to explore and analyze chemical characteristics of different rocks to learn more about the history of the earth.
February 25, 2014
After the victory of Great Britain at the Winter Olympics held in Sochi, UK Sports expects to increase its funding.
Winter Olympic Victories
In the recently finished Olympics, Team Great Britain won four medals, matching their total from the 1924 Winter Olympics held in France. In the past four years, six sports shared a fund of £ 13.4 million. With the recent victory of Great Britain, experts believe the budget is set to increase to support the team for the 2018 Olympics.
Snowboarder Jenny Jones placed third in the slopestyle’s Olympic debut while Lizzy Yarnold won a gold medal at the Women’s Skeleton, continuing the tradition of her country to win a medal at this sport category. Great Britain’s women curling team took the bronze medal while the men received a silver medal.
Additional Investment in Winter Sport
Liz Nicholl, the chief of UK Sport, notes that the athletes deserve and need the support after their outstanding performance. According to her, it is too early to say what the investments will be for each sport, as they will be discussing the details over the coming weeks. However, she is anticipating more investments in winter sports.
For Nicholl, their victory shows that the approach they are using for the athletes and their sports are working. According to her, it makes them confident with the system.
February 24, 2014
Hyperthyroidism is a condition where your thyroid glands release excess hormones, leading to hormone imbalance and other problems. When not managed properly, patients may experience an eye disease due to their thyroid disorder.
Here are some frequently asked questions on thyroid eye disease:
What are the Causes of this Condition?
Abnormal antibodies cause hyperthyroidism, resulting in an overproduction of thyroid hormones. These antibodies also cause inflammation and swelling of the muscles responsible for the movements of your eyelids. They are also the reason for the inflammation of the soft tissues around your eyes. As a result, your eyes may stop moving and protrude.
How Do I Know if I Have Thyroid Eyes?
In general, you may experience eye problems as soon as your thyroid gland starts producing excess hormones. There are some instances, however, when you may notice changes on your eyes and vision before your doctor detects hyperthyroidism. You may feel pressure around your eyes. As they protrude, you may experience ocular tearing and irritation. The protrusion will also lead to overexposure of your eyes during daytime and difficulty closing them during nighttime, leading to dryness and corneal injury.
Inflammation of your eye muscles may lead to limited eye movement, resulting in double vision.
Is Thyroid Eye Disease a Severe Problem?
The complications caused by the eye disease of a thyroid disorder, such as double vision and corneal scarring, can be disabling. Furthermore, when the inflammation continues, it may compress the optic nerve, causing progressive blindness.
What are the Treatments for this Condition?
You may treat simple eye discomforts, such as dryness, using topical lubricants. To protect your eyes during the day, think about wearing wrap-around eyeglasses. At night, sleep with eye shields and keep your head elevated. To relieve pressure in the eyes, doctors recommend orbital decompression, a process where a surgeon removes fat and part of your eye’s bony orbit.
For swelling and inflammation, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or oral cortisone. Depending on your condition, your physician may also require radiation treatments to manage inflammation. To restore the appearance and function of your eyes, you may need to undergo orbital or reconstructive eyelid surgery. Health care practitioners recommend treating the inflammation before any type of surgery.
Thyroid eye disease is a common complication of hyperthyroidism. With proper management, you may not have to worry about vision loss and other problems.
February 19, 2014
A test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study shows.
Biomarker for teen depression
Researchers at the University of Cambridge measured the stress hormone cortisol in 1,858 teenagers and found that those with high levels coupled with mild depression symptoms were up to 14 times more likely to suffer clinical depression later in life.
Looking for high levels of stress hormones and reports of feeling miserable, unloved, or sad, could find those at greater risk.
The screening tool was tried on teenage boys and girls, but found to be most effective with boys.
“Through our research, we now have a very real way of identifying those teenage boys most likely to develop clinical depression,” said lead researcher Prof Ian Goodyer in a statement.
“This will help us strategically target preventions and interventions at these individuals and hopefully help reduce their risk of serious episodes of depression, and their consequences, in adult life.”
February 19, 2014
Understanding traffic rules is just as important as learning how to drive. Your safety and of the motorists and pedestrians around you depend on how you behave on the road. It is better to be extra cautious and adopt defensive driving principles whenever you are behind the wheel.
There are strict penalties for stepping out of your line, one of which is getting your license suspended. In the state of California, this can happen to you for various reasons. While some cases are familiar to many, like racking up too many speeding infractions, there are some cases you may not know that can cost you your license.
Driving Without Insurance
If you do not have a valid auto insurance coverage, it is better not to drive at all. It can cost you $100 to $200 on your first offense and $200 to $500 for the second. Plus, authorities have the right to impound and tow your caraway until you obtain insurance and pay the towing fees. Things could be worse – you can get into an accident. Whether you are at fault or not, your license may be suspended for up to four years.
Failure to File an Accident Report
You need to file accident reports with the Department of Motor Vehicles immediately, especially if the accident is serious, as in someone was injured or killed. Failure to notify the police within 24 hours and to file a report with the DMV within 10 days may result in having your license suspended. Failure to show proof of financial responsibility can also remove your rights to drive.
Failure to Pay Child Support
Other than accumulating infraction traffic tickets, you may also get suspended for not paying child support. In fact, it is the first non-driving offense that can cost you your license. The deed is considered a federal offense which explains its link to temporarily revoking your driving rights.
Having a good driving discipline does not hurt. When you obey the rules of the road, you are essentially saving yourself and others from tragedy. It is also good to stay away from situations such as the above examples that may cost you your freedom to drive.
February 14, 2014
Going to art school is no walk in the park. You’ll hear a lot of exasperated sighs and talks on making practical choices. But just because it’s tough doesn’t mean art school isn’t rewarding and thrilling.
School season is upon us and it’s time for freshly sharpened pencils. Before you enter the art department in your PA College, read this survival guide from graduates and faculty from schools around the country.
Choose Classes Based on the Professor
Most art students choose their courses based on the subject, thinking that if they like it, they’re guaranteed to have a good experience in class. Remember that an excellent teacher can make even the dullest subject truly interesting, while a poor teacher can make your favorite subject boring and monotonous. As a freshman, choose a course taught by a brilliant professor. In the end, you may even end up taking a master’s degree in that course.
Collaborate With Other Students
Being surrounded by like-minded friends is one of the greatest assets of being in art school. Students normally make the mistake of working on their artworks alone in their dorm room. If you work alone for a long time, it’s easy to feel tired and exhausted. You can instead take your art materials and meet your classmates in a studio to do your assignments together. With the companionship of friends, you’ll motivate each other to stay focused and be able to ask for feedback on what you’re working on.
Talk With Your Professors
Always communicate with your professors when you have any concerns. Many professors will respect you for having the initiative. If you’re thinking what your academic standing is, ask your professor how you’re doing. If you want to be a student assistant in PA school’s art department, let your professor know that you’re interested in a position.
The most important tip is to separate yourself from your work and don’t take criticisms personally. Keep in mind that it’s your work being critiqued, not you. Be constructive, listen intently to what your advisers are saying, and be eager to give every criticism a chance.
February 13, 2014
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he is suspending the death penalty in the state, saying capital punishment was being used unequally and inconsistently.
‘Too many doubts’
Inslee said his decision came after a few months of research on current cases and discussions with prosecutors, family members of homicide victims, and law enforcement officials.
“There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment, there are too many flaws in this system today,” Inslee explained at a press conference. “There is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”
He hopes the suspension of the death penalty will allow officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”
Death penalty moratorium
Inslee’s moratorium means that if a death penalty case comes to his office, he will issue a reprieve. That is not equivalent to a pardon and doesn’t commute the sentences of those convicted of death.
“During my term, we will not be executing people,” said Inslee. But “nobody is getting out of prison, period.”
February 11, 2014
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has compared China’s efforts to claim disputed territories to Nazi Germany’s before World War II, drawing a fierce Chinese backlash on Wednesday, February 5, branding him ignorant and amateurish.
‘Enough is Enough’
According to a report from the AFP, in an interview with the New York Times, Aquino called for world leaders not to make the mistake of appeasing China as it seeks to cement its control over contested waters and islands in the strategically vital South China Sea.
“At what point do you say: ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it -— remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II,” Aquino told the New York Times in Manila on Tuesday.
The Philippine leader was referring to the failure by Western nations to back Czechoslovakia when the Adolf Hitler-led Nazi Germany occupied western parts of the European nation in 1938 in the run-up to World War II.
Aquino’s statements come less than two weeks after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made comments regarding a parallel territorial dispute with China by comparing Sino-Japanese relations with the events that started World War I.
China’s foreign ministry did not release any statements as of posting but an angry commentary was released on the state-run Xinhua news agency.
“Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has taken an inflammatory approach while dealing with maritime disputes with China, has never been a great candidate for a wise statesman in the region,” the commentary said.