Uncategorized | Tuesday 2 November 2010 No Comments » Clean Air Lawn Care is giving away a franchise with Opportunity 2011 Opportunity 2010 was so successful that they are doing it again! Opportunity 2011 is a rare opportunity to start your own Clean Air Lawn Care business with tools provided for you to succeed. Opportunity 2011 is a contest designed to give a 2nd chance to someone that deserves it to win a Clean Air Lawn Care franchise. Why Opportunity 2011? Our country is emerging from challenging economic times. There are many hard-working Americans who are currently recovering from unexpected events. At the same time, we are undergoing a climate crisis and a need to re-examine our values as a nation toward living and working sustainably. Opportunity 2011 is designed to give a 2nd chance to someone who has the skills, passion and determination to be successful and do something positive for themselves and their environment, but who doesn’t have the means. Who is the Ideal Candidate? The ideal candidate will be business-savvy, environmentally minded, and passionate about improving his/her life and the environment in their community. AND This candidate would have had a financially challenging year in 2010 (complete financial screening will be performed after submission before choosing semi-finalists). How Will Candidates Be Chosen The candidates will be chosen based on an online submission process which will culminate with a public vote among 5 finalists. The winner will be notified on New Year’s Day (January 1st) 2011. What Will Winner of Opportunity 2011 Receive? The winner of Opportunity 2011 will receive a Clean Air Lawn Care franchise and start-up package worth $35k +. Submissions are being taken now at: http://www.cleanairlawncare.com/opp2011.html. If you know anyone that would be perfect for this opportunity, please spread the word!
What Can You Expect from a Solar Hot Water Installation? Hot running water is a staple demand for all home owners, whether the warmer temperature is needed to run a bath or shower – or if it’s to assist the central heating system. On one hand, electricity can be very expensive to run on a daily basis, not to mention adding to a families’ economic footprint that can damage the world and increase the impact of global warming. Solar energy on the other hand is free, relatively consistent and functional enough to offer hot water all day long – especially if the sun is out. But what can you expect from a solar hot water installation? How do the benefits compare to traditional electrical systems and could they make that much of a difference to a home? How does solar power work? The sun has played a major role on the way that the world works. Its rays have encouraged growth and evolution and it’s a necessity for organisms of all types. It’s not just the health benefits that it boasts however; in fact its rays are more than capable of standing in for electricity when used properly. That’s where solar power comes into the fray. Thanks to the advanced components within solar panels, it’s never been easier to absorb the rays from the sun. Once harvested, these molecules can be converted into energy that is capable of heating up multiple gallons of water in less than an hour. With consistent exposure, this means that homes of all sizes can benefit from hot water all day long – without the cost or impact of using electricity. How can solar energy be of benefit? By opting to have a solar hot water system installed, even the largest home can enjoy warm water for showers, baths, central heat and general uses. Where electricity works by transferring energy via cables and connections, solar power can instead be put to good use immediately within boilers and other water-related features. This can also minimise risks associated with leakages, but that’s just a minor advantage. The real benefits relate to the way in which solar energy can all but replace electrical equivalents. As mentioned above, monthly bills will be lower as the sunlight is free, not to mention water being easy to heat with just a couple of hours of exposure to the sun. What are the cons relating to solar panels? As their name might suggest, the panels do rely on sunlight in order to function to their fullest potential. Although the rays will be strong enough to pierce cloud, panels can struggle to absorb them during especially bad weather. This can result in cold water, but this is fairly minimal when considering that Australia is exposed to over half a year of direct sunlight. For those colder seasons, there’s always the option to have an emersion heater installed and this can be activated to temporarily provide electrical power to the heat source.
Fishing in Krabi Being secluded from the surrounding areas for centuries led many of the residents of Krabi to turn to fishing as a career, and this tradition has continued as the decades have gone by. With direct access to the coast, Krabi has become a location synonymous with fishing activities, and both locals and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the fresh water fishing potential. The sea line boasts a great number of fish – many of these are common throughout Thailand and Asia, although there are several unique species native to Krabi. The best way to get to the beaches around Krabi is by car, and a reliable rental car service is recommended for visitors to town. Here’s a look at the types of fish that can be caught by either sea or river fishing. Giant Mekong Catfish These bottom-feeders grow to epic proportions, and there even stories that claim that people have been swallowed whole by them. The methods for catching these catfish vary, and they can be tempted to the surface with the promise of a fresh meal, as well as dug for underground by feeling out their hiding places. You’ll know when you’ve caught a catfish because of the sheer power behind them – not to mention their weight which has been known to exceed 100kg! Arapaima These underwater predators are a common sight within the rivers and streams that run through Krabi, but catching one isn’t as easy as it might seem. They are an intelligent fish with a knack for breaking free from even the most well-equipped fisherman’s grip, and the best times to catch them are early morning, or late in the evening when they come out form their hiding places to hunt. Alligator Gar These incredible alligator-fish hybrids are said to be millions of years old, with their origins being traced back to the dawn of the dinosaurs. They are aggressive and will bite if provoked, meaning that they will often bite in to bait without hesitation. They can reach weights of up to 54kg and often form the basis for many Thai dishes, but catching one at full size can be a challenge due to their immense energy levels. Big Head Carp Considered one of the most common inhabitants throughout the rivers and coasts of Krabi, the big head carp is as gigantic as it is elusive. Even with the sheer number of them; catching one has proven difficult for even the most experienced fishermen. They are said to love the scent of blood, so other fish are often used as bait, but be warned as the diet of a big head carp can often lead to them growing far larger than a grown man! Amazon Stingray After being introduced to the local water supply in and around Krabi over a century ago, the Amazon stingray have since thrived. They are a much more common sight in the open waters of beaches, but they can be caught on the rivers too. […]
Tuesday, saw the US Dollar again the winner of the currency wars as the US Index hit an 11 year high (95.59). Inverse as Gold is the the Dollar, it ended the trading day only $2.00 negative from the open but suffered a huge drop of $13.00 in an hour during the US session. Actually may of the pairs were rather subdued yesterday with much more movement seen from Monday’s action. The Euro and British Pound closed just about where they opened, with the Aussie Dollar making some nice gains after Gov. Stevens decided to keep the Interest rates unchanged. The Canadian Dollar was noticeably stronger across the board also. Stock Markets were down on low volatility, perhaps many Investors now waiting for the big one, Friday’s Non Farm Payrolls report. So what was the driving catalyst for yesterday’s Market movements? Usually it is Central Banks Yellon, Draghi, Carney, or Greece’s Tsipras but no, it came form Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu who addressed US Congress and talked about Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran’s OIL reserves with possible further sanctions and US poor policy with Iran. OIL price reacted immediately and is up $1.00 and over the 50.00 a barrel finishing the day at 50.59. Hedge funds are now reassessing their OIL short positions with many having actually closed out long term shorts.. This is also the reason GOLD had its big drop while Netanyahu was speaking. Inflation has been depressed for two reasons – the strength of the US Dollar and the massive drop in Energy prices. The effect is low interest rates which hurts real growth and employment and increased risk-taking by borrowers and yield hungry lenders. All this leads to mispricing of assets prices like the Stock Market and real estate. The annual Inflation rate for the Unites States for the past twelve months is – 0.01%, target 2.00%. Central Bankers spend most of their time strategising how to stay out of the deflationary spiral which Japan has suffered during the last 20 years. For the second month in a row the Australian Dollar reacted prematurely to the official release time of its Interest Rate statement by Gov. Stevens. In the minute before the AUD/USD jumped up 50 pips curiously being bid. Was it high frequency algorithms or underhanded people in the know, trying to gain an advantage in the Market? ASICS, the regulatory body, said it is under investigation and will not comment at this time. You can read about Timothy K. Fife at SeekingAlpha
America appears to once again be divided on an international issue, as a split over whether the talks with Iran have a positive or negative outlook proves to be a divisive issue. In this newest hot-button issue, the Iran talks were reported on by CNN with “optimism” from Switzerland in its report. “It is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives,” President Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. “This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.” On FOX News, the claims were that the U.S. negotiation team, lead by the Vice President, had “caved” on issues to keep the U.S. and the World safe. Popular right-wing pundit Sean Hannity repeated “A deal with the Devil” ad-nauseum on his television program. Diplomats from both sides of the meeting said that progress had been made, but admitted there was still little that had been fully resolved. Instead, there appears to have been bullet-points taken under strong consideration, and noted as the framework for what the deal would need to look like. According to CNN, Iran must reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent overall. In return, Europe and the U.S. would lift sanctions on the country. From http://usfinancepost.com/us-media-split-on-iran-talks-as-small-steps-are-made-24638.html
The services sector expanded in March, albeit only just, as financial services, health and retail led the way. The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Services Index declined by 1.5 points in March but, at 50.2, remained just above the key 50-point level that separates expansion from contraction. Finance and insurance services was the dominant force driving growth, up 4 points to a booming 73. Health and community eased slightly last month, but remains well in expansion at 57.5, while retail trade rose 2.9 points to 52.6 – the first time that sector has expanded in six months. Personal and recreational services also rose in March, ending three months of contraction, but hospitality contracted for a fifth straight month, while wholesale also continued declining, and communications slumped 9.5 points to 33.8 and has been contracting since December 2011. The sub-indices for sales, employment and new orders all expanded last month, but all three were only just above 50 points. Deliveries and stocks both fell. From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-07/services-sector-expands-on-back-of-finance-health-and-retail/6374448
Carpet Cleaning Services 3 Different Types of Carpets When it comes to choosing a carpet, you’ll want to be sure that you find one that’s reliable, durable and most importantly; looks great. With so many options to choose from, how can you be sure that you’ve chosen the carpet that’s right for you when it comes to cleaning? Well fortunately, you’ll be able to find some of the greatest carpet cleaning services in the phonebook or online and they’ll be able to take care of your carpet no matter what it’s made of. Here’s a look at the different types of carpets. Nylon Carpets These types of carpets provide some of the most reliable material around. They are very heavy duty, stain resistant, very soft and are considered some of the most affordable carpet types on the market. Cleaning is a straight forward process and your carpet cleaner will be in and out of your home in no time. One of the biggest benefits has to be nylon’s versatility as it can withstand high temperatures and can keep the warmth in during those colder months. Polyester Carpets If you’re looking for a vibrantly colored carpet that holds the color even as the years go by then polyester is the way to go. The material is very easy to dye and it will absorb most colors to create great patterns and designs. One of the biggest problems with a polyester carpet is that they are quite prone to staining as the material will absorb most liquids that drop on to the fibers. Fortunately there are specific carpet cleaning services that specialize in polyester treatments so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Polypropylene Carpets These types of carpets are as resistant to stains and dirt as nylon carpets and in many ways they provide a lot more options as the fibers are easy to dye and can remain in great condition if looked after properly. The fibers are much longer than with nylon carpets so one of the main problems is that dirt and crumbs can fall in to the recesses, but that’s where a good cleaning service comes in handy as they will have the equipment to lift away all traces of dirt. Wool Carpets Wool is the softest and most luxurious carpet material available and as a result it can be very expensive. Many people say that the negatives unbalance the positive aspects of a woolen carpet, but that doesn’t stop people from deciding on their soft fibers to look great around their home. One of the main concerns with wool is that it will absorb colors very well so woolen carpets are very prone to staining, but if you prefer style over functionality then there’s really no competition. If you’d like to have your woolen or any material carpet treated by a professional carpet cleaning service then don’t hesitate to do so as they can really keep your carpet looking its best all year round.
Different Levels of Fire Resistance Whether you run a successful manufacturing factory, or if you’re just starting out in your industry, one of your priorities should be to protect your machinery from fire damage. Fire protection equipment for factories can be the difference between avoiding severe damage to your machinery, or losing out and being lumped with a huge bill for repairs. So what do you need to know about the different types of fire protection equipment? Well the first thing to bear in mind is that fire resistant products have 3 categories. These categories are known as Class 100, Class 150 and Class 350, but further categories exist in between. The numbers ‘100, 150 and 350’ refer to the level of heat that the object can repel. This method of rating refers to the level of fire resistance a particular product has, so let’s get to know what each class means and what they are capable of when it comes to protecting from fire damage. First up we have Class 100. This rating applies to standard pieces of equipment such as building structures and data/ storage safes and implies that the materials that comprise the structure of the object can withstand temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, or 52 degrees Celsius internally, or 2000 degrees Fahrenheit/ 1090 degrees Celsius externally. Although these temperatures are extremely high, this is often necessary as data safes and storage facilities will contain a range of valuable information or equipment and will need to be able to repel heat for a certain amount of time. The next official class is 150 and can do all of the above, but instead of operating below 125 degrees Fahrenheit, this rating implies that the contents must be kept below 150 degrees Fahrenheit, or 65.5 degrees Celsius. The external resistance will remain the same as with other heat classes, meaning that the contents will remain below the class of temperature, while the external material of the container or material withstands temperatures reaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit/ 1090 degrees Celsius. The final class is the most extensive of the 3 and can withstand internal temperatures of 350 degrees Celsius. This temperature is incredibly hot and is more than capable of melting certain types of metals. This class is most often used to protect paper documents which are most prone to catching fire. As you’ll notice, the higher the temperature class, the weaker the contents contained within, or in this case; the more prone to fire damage. If you’re keen to protect your factory equipment, then it’s important to house your machinery within materials in the above classes. For machinery and electrical components, Class 150 should suffice, whereas paperwork and documentation will require a much higher level of protection and so Class 350 protective gear is recommended. Find out more at http://trafalgarfire.com.au
Learning to Play the Guitar Whether you’re an aspiring rock star, or an avid guitar enthusiast; learning to play the guitar correctly can mean the difference between falling short of the mark, and reaching obtaining new skills to impress the masses. So what can you expect when it comes to learning the guitar? How difficult will it be and are you prepared for the journey? Here’s a look at what you can expect from guitar lessons. First of all, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right equipment. Although guitars vary in price, they’ll all do the same thing, even if some models do have more functions and features than others do. If you’ve chosen an acoustic guitar for example, then you’ll most likely find that your guitar is best suited for solo playing, whereas if you’ve opted for an electric guitar you’ll be able to plug your instrument in to an amplifier and let the whole street hear your chords. Once you’ve decided on the type of guitar that you want to play, you’ll need to decide on whether or not you’ll be using a set of guitar picks, or if you prefer to use your fingers. Picks provide a little bit more accuracy when it comes to playing, but there’s something quite soulful about using your fingers to create the melody for a song. Once you’ve got your gear in order, the next thing you’ll want to do is to book a few guitar lessons. Even the most experienced guitar players will have had to learn from somewhere, so unless you intend to be self taught, it’s a good idea to book a lesson or two with a good guitar teacher so that you really learn to play like a professional. During your lessons, you’ll be introduced to each chord and finger position, as well as learning how to create certain notes and string effects. Although the string effects are better suited to intermediate to experienced guitar players, you can still try your hand at them while you’re learning. A good guitar instructor will understand your pace and skill level and they’ll encourage you to try harder each time. Once you’ve mastered the chords and notes, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced methods of guitar playing, all of which your teacher can help you to fully understand and practice. One of the most common problems that new guitar players encounter is the way to position their hands. Left-handed players will mirror their right hand equivalents and there are a great range of left-handed guitars too so you won’t have to miss out if you fall in to this category. Just remember that your hands should remain fluid, manoeuvrable and ready to reposition in a split second. The more that you play, the easier these positions will come, so just keep practicing and you’ll get there soon enough.
Wednesday 18 August 2010 1-800-Recycling.com Partners with GenGreen Los Angeles (August 17, 2010) – It was announced today that 1-800-Recycling.com, an interactive nationwide company dedicated to simplifying and enhancing the consumer recycling experience, has partnered with GenGreenLife.com, a leading online resource for people looking to live a locally-focused, environmentally conscious lifestyle. The two organizations have agreed to pool their resources and exchange recycling location listings from their respective databases. Via its mobile App, online resource and phone service, 1-800-Recycling provides information about recycling services and facilities to anyone, anywhere by zip code. Designed to make the recycling process easy and more accessible, 1-800-Recycling.com will now also be recommending GenGreen approved recyclers as responsible locations for the deposit of recycling materials. GenGreen created and maintains the largest database of accredited green businesses and organizations in North America, with a growing group of almost 75,000 companies currently in their system, covering everything from farmers markets to solar panel companies. Of the partnership, Charisse McAuliffe, Founder and CEO of GenGreen said, “We are very pleased to be working with 1-800-Recycling. At GenGreen, we recognize that we are not in this alone, creating partnerships with like-minded groups, such as 1-800-Recycing, we can do our part in helping spread their important message”. “We are extremely proud to be partnering with a consumer friendly and passionately green resource such as GenGreen,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International, the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, and parent company of 1-800-Recycling.com. “1-800-Recycling shares a common mission with GenGreen – to provide users with information that helps them live a greener life. By pooling our expansive nationwide databases together, we will now be able to further increase our geographic resource footprint – helping more people in more places to recycle responsibly. We are extremely proud of this collaboration and what we will be able to accomplish together!” 1-800-Recycling.com provides users with nationwide outreach to help users find recycling locations nearest to them (every zip code in the country is covered) for whatever it is they wish to recycle. For more information on recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.comor www.urbanmining.org. # # # 1-800-Recycling.com provides users with nationwide outreach to help users find recycling locations nearest to them (every zip code in the country is covered) for whatever it is they wish to recycle. Through its iPod App, 1-800-Recycling.com website and 1-800-Recycling phone service, users are directed to responsible recyclers of electronics, tires, oil, paint, glass, plastic, wood, mattresses, carpet, junk – almost anything that can be recycled. Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e- waste, is the parent company of 1-800-Recycling.com. GenGreen has assembled the largest database of environmental and healthy living businesses in North America. There are over 75,000 approved business members listed on GenGreenLife.com as of August 2010. GenGreen helps these businesses by guiding them in their green practices, and promoting their goods and services to the environmentally conscious consumer through their website GenGreenLife.com and their mobile applications “Find […]