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    Increase In Boiler Repair Before The Winter Season


    The weather during the month of October in the United Kingdom was quite mild but it has been predicted by reports that the coming winter season will bring heavy snowfall during the course of several months. There are even predictions that this winter will bring the worst snow that the country has never seen in over 50 years. Though many of the residents will be busy preparing their winter wardrobes as well as preparations for the coming Christmas holiday, there is one thing that should not be forgotten in preparation for the cold and that is the household boiler.

    There is an expected increase in service calls for boiler repairs and inspection before the winter snow hits the ground. It comes as no surprise since homeowners are only preparing months before the cold season. While there are some that may be calling for repairs before the winter starts, there is still a high number of emergency boiler repair situation to be expected as some people are quite confident with their old and trusted boiler without foreseeing its unexpected breakdown in the middle of winter. Repairs will vary from the boiler taking up a longer time to heat up than normally expected to other more pressing yet unnoticeable changes such as emission of carbon monoxide gases.

    In the United Kingdom, carbon monoxide has been branded as the silent killer for many does not have an idea that it is already around them. It is not easy to detect the substance since it has no accompanying taste, smell and it is not visible to the naked eye. There is one way to ensure that this does not happen, especially for boilers that are over a decade, and that is regular servicing to ensure that carbon monoxide poisoning will be prevented over the holidays.

    Another less scary concern is that the boiler will heat up the room longer than it usually takes. This will not cause any fatal harm but will create discomfort for the people inside the home or office building. This issue is quite common during winter thus the many emergency call outs received by various boiler repair companies. To have your boiler checked and serviced before the winter season, contact Capital Plumbing & Heating Sheffield.

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    Historic Storm Hits The US

    Northeast Snow

    A historic storm is set to hit the Northeast region of United States according to the National weather Service.

    Snow is slowly hitting the areas that are in direct path of the storm. The temperatures are almost freezing and the wind gusts are reportedly getting stronger by the hour.

    The mayor of New York City warns the inhabitants of the city to prepare for the worst.

    Storm Warnings

    The National Weather Service cautioned the Americans living in the Northeast coast to that the storm can be life threatening. The weather agency also described the storm to be historic. The worst of the storm will be experienced Monday night to Tuesday.

    It is expected that the storm will bring about 3 feet deep of snow. It will also carry strong gusts of wind possibly reaching to 70mph along with freezing rain.

    Economic impact of the storm

    The blizzard expected to hit the US will leave economic damages to the states affected by it. Retail businesses will take a very big blow of the destructive natural occurrence. It is estimated that retailers will lose at least 85 percent of their business in the worst case scenario. This is a devastating $1 billion impact in the Northeast region.

    Stores will have to close down as well as offices in the private and public sectors. The working population will lose their hourly pay. Slippery and snow covered roads will also increase accidents.

    On the other hand, the storm could potentially bring bigger revenue for some business establishments. People are expected to hit the grocery stores to buy food and necessary provisions during the storm. Supermarket sales are expected to increase as well as sales in gasoline stations and hardware stores. Shovels, ice scrapers, snow blowers and gas to run this item are expected to be in demand. Snow removal services will also be cashing in big in the aftermath of the storm.

    Political impact of the storm

    The historic storm is also set to test the leadership skills and ingenuity of the governors in New Jersey and New York. After experiencing the brunt of hurricane Sandy in 2012, these leaders are about to face another nightmare with this life threatening storm.

    Both governors have already declared state of emergency for their respective states as the storm approaches.

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Professional Services Of An Expert Carpet Cleaner

Professional Services Of An Expert Carpet Cleaner

No matter how handy you are or thorough when it comes to cleaning, there are certain techniques in carpet cleaning that only a professional knows. You can also regularly clean your carpets but without the right cleaning agents and the right equipment, you still can’t prevent the eventual demise of your carpets. This is the reason why most practical home and business owners prefer getting the services of professional carpet cleaners.  Some of the services a carpet cleaner can provide include the following:

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Just like in any other trade and services, there are certain techniques of carpet cleaning that only a professional can provide. They would know the right cleaning procedure and materials required to remove deep-seated dirt and stains. There are do-it-yourself remedies on the internet but only a professional knows how to make your carpet looking like brand new while keeping it safe and protected along the cleaning process.

Carpet Treatment and Care

With one look at your carpet, a Franklin Carpet Cleaner would know exactly the type of treatment and care needed on it. Carpets are made of different materials. There are carpets made of synthetic materials while there are those that are made of environment-friendly ones. The type of treatment needed for a specific carpet material vary which means that using the wrong cleaning materials could damage your carpet rather than protect it.

Carpet Maintenance

Once your carpet has been cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner, the next advisable thing for you to do is have it maintained periodically by skilled cleaners. This way, you can be sure that your carpets will remain at its optimum shape. With proper care and maintenance of your carpet, it will keep you from spending money for carpet replacement not to mention labor costs.

Finding a carpet cleaner to do the works is not a daunting task. You can seek for referrals from your friends who might have recently had their carpets cleaned or you can check out websites on the internet. There are a lot of professional cleaners waiting for you. All you need to is access some of these websites today for more information.

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Why Is Health Insurance In Massachusetts So Burdensome?


Small businesses and individuals in Massachusetts can expect their health insurance premiums to rise by double digits over the next six months which is nearly twice the pace of last year. On average, small businesses can expect 8.2% increase in cover that will be renewed on October 1 of this year. The rate increase will affect 106,426 individuals who are from companies that employ less than 50 people. Members who are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield’s HMO Blue Plan can also expect a 4.6% increase by October 1 compared to the 8% a year ago.

Massachusetts Division of Insurance also announced that the Harvard Pilgrim HMO Plan with more or less 30,000 members will increase its rates by 14.2% while the rates of Neighborhood Health Plan coverage are scheduled to be increased by at least 18%. New rates were also announced for individuals who will get cover for 2017. Individual plan rates are set to increase by 6.7% on the average for 16 plans. The increase will affect an estimated 268,000 individuals. Similarly, rates for Harvard Pilgrim and Neighborhood Plan will also increase by 15% and nearly 19% respectively.

Why are premiums so burdensome? The rise in premiums is due to higher drug costs and medical costs. According to Chris Goetcheus of Insurance Division, plans with healthier populations have to make payments in millions of dollars for those less healthy members under the federal Affordable Care Act. In fact Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim has announced a net loss of $34.2 million for the first 6 months of 2016 on their revenue of $1.6 billion. The insurance company has cited concerns over the rising costs of pharmaceuticals and the Affordable Care Act. Another company, Aetna has announced that it would drop off insurance exchanges in some states because it has become relatively unprofitable.

If you are planning to move to Thailand, it is suggested to obtain Health Insurance (ประกันภัยสุขภาพ) for your own protection. The last thing that you would wish on yourself is getting sick but if you have health insurance, you have peace of mind that somebody will be paying for the medicine and hospitalization expenses.

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Seeing The Bike’s History Through The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum And Hall Of Fame

Seeing The Bike's History Through The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum And Hall Of Fame

For anyone who walks down Lazelle Street or Main Street especially during a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, he is bound to see bikes suited in modern technology. Meanwhile, a step inside Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame shows anyone a history of the motorcycles which were far simpler yet advanced than they seem.

Inside the museum

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame has two floors displaying a collection of American, Japanese and European bikes alongside a couple of customs.

For anyone who goes through the single entrance door looking towards the left, a 1998 Excelsior Henderson is seen in its crate.

In the first floor, there are old Indians, Harleys, an ACE Inline 4 from 1992 and a restored Flying Merkel.

There are different photos, paraphernalia, patches and other notable items from the past displayed in walls.

There is also a small area paying homage to Clarence “Pappy Hoel” who is the founder of the Sturgis Rally.

On a back wall, there are pictures from the many rallies providing a sense of how the event has evolved from over the years.

There are bikes, scooters and history from Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons, Ariels and Hondas. A Vincent Black Shadow is also displayed elevated and featured solo.

The bikes telling the stories

There is little technology used in the museum to communicate or inform goers of the history of these motorcycles or the rallies. There are only a number of monitors playing the World’s Fastest Indian and some short clips of documentaries and interview.

The challenge of the museum

According to the executive director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, Myrick Robbins, they already recognize the need to integrate modern technology for anyone to have a great museum experience. He already has bigger plans. With just being on the job for 3 months, he has already a vision of the museum being something more.

Even though the museum has a lot to improve on, for someone who is an enthusiasts of motorcycles and of Solo motorcycle parts

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Why Self-driving Vehicles Will Not Affect Jobs

Why Self-driving Vehicles Will Not Affect Jobs

It was only last Thursday that Uber made an announcement regarding its plan to offer rides in Pittsburgh for customers using self-driving vehicles. The announcement brought about feeling of dismay to people who think they might be losing their jobs soon. There is no denying the fact that sharing economy companies such as Uber are expected to represent the largest source when it comes to job increase in the economy of the country. When Uber decided to turn into automated vehicles, does this mean that workers are going to lose their jobs?

During an interview conducted by Business Insider with the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, he argues that all drivers of Uber should not be dismayed. He estimated that there will still be a lot of works for drivers in many years to come. He said that in cities such as the Bay Area or San Francisco, there are around 30,000 active drivers working for the company. The company is planning to expand from 30,000 vehicles to maybe a million in the future. When the data has reached million, there is still a need for the company to use vehicles that are human driven or hybrids. This is because there are a lot of locations wherein self-driving cars won’t be able to reach or there are conditions that an automated vehicle might not be able to handle properly compared to human. While the jobs offered may only be a small percentage of the entire fleet, it is still expected that there will be around 50,000 to 100,000 human drivers needed for a million-car company. Kalanick said that the need for human drivers will not dwindle as fast as everyone thinks.

The argument that Kalanick is putting up is not a made-up one since there are other industries where it has happened. Take for example the time when automated teller machines were released and many assumed that because of this machine a lot of bank tellers will be losing their jobs. That was not the case. Uber drivers need not worry because they will be keeping their jobs in bkk.

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Who Is Responsible For Tree Removal After A Storm?

Who Is Responsible For Tree Removal After A Storm

According to Trees Atlanta, metro Atlanta has the nation’s highest urban tree canopy which means the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees from a bird’s eye view. During stormy summer months, the risks of trees falling on your yard are very high but how you remove the tree will make the difference between a headache and heartache.

The most common step undertaken when a tree falls in the yard is to call the insurance company but when the storm affects a whole neighborhood, the homeowner becomes responsible for removing the tree no matter where it came from. This means that even if the tree is rooted on the neighbor’s yard, if it crashes into your yard, it your problem. Once the insurance company gives the green light for tree removal, you become responsible for hiring the contractor.

However, most homeowners will usually take it upon themselves to remove the fallen tree using a chainsaw because sometimes contractors are too busy. Unless the homeowner is highly skilled in the use of chainsaw, it is best to leave the tree removal to professionals. Under the federal law, tree cutting requires the use of personal protective equipment like chaps, safety glasses and other gear whenever a tree is cut from the ground.

Chaps are very important when using the chainsaw because they can save the leg from injury. Chaps are made from material that can stop the chainsaw blade from bruising the skin even if it is running at full speed. Protective glasses will save the eyes from injuries due to flying splinters. Not unless you are a professional in tree removal, the job can be quite dangerous and the potential of ending up in the emergency room is quite high. Even with skill and experience and the necessary power tools, it is important to take all the necessary precautions before tackling the tree.

In Australia, the best option is Tree removal Perth for the highly technical but delicate task of removing damaged trees from your yard. It is very critical to hire professionals when the tree is located near power lines because they have certain techniques to ensure safety during the removal process.

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Why Rio Olympic Swimmers, Sailors And Windsurfers Have To Keep Their Mouths Close

A group of children living in the vicinity of Museum of Tomorrow took advantage of the sunny afternoon to cool bathing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay. Besides the risk of diseases, the site is also a port area where there is movement of boats and ships. (Photo by Luiz Souza/NurPhoto)

The Olympics is now being held in Rio de Janeiro and health experts are advising marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers to keep their mouths closed to avoid the risks of getting sick due to microorganisms in the waters. Based on recent tests made by the government and some independent scientists, a veritable Petri dish of pathogens can be found in the city’s waters from rotaviruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to the drug resistant super bacteria that are fatal for people with weak immunity systems.

Research reports from the Federal University of Rio also revealed serious
contamination on the upscale beaches located in Ipanema and Leblon where most of the millions of spectators will be frolicking during the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee itself acknowledges that the city’s waters are dangerously unclean in some places; however, places where the Olympic swimmers will compete like the waters off Copacabana beach meet the safety standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the Guanabara Bay there are high levels of human waste but it presents limited risks to the sailors and windsurfers because they will not have direct contact with the waters. Most of the sewage and trash produced by the city’s residents flows untreated into the waters and becomes a serious sanitation problem.

Foreign athletes are actually concerned over the waterborne illnesses that can affect their quest for the Olympic Gold. The athletes have to ensure that their mouths are closed to prevent succumbing to gastrointestinal diseases. According to reports from the Associated Press, the disease-carrying viruses are 1.7 million times the level of what will be considered as hazardous on Southern California beaches.

The Rio Olympics is beset with so many problems from the Zika virus epidemic that dampened ticket sales to the environmental and health hazards of the city’s contaminated waterways that yield more trash than fish.

Keeping Water systems clean is usually a multibillion effort that is financed by governments and private donors. If hazardous waste in waters is not treated properly, aquatic life is in jeopardy. However, there are strategies that can be implemented to overcome these water safety issues and ensure ideal habitats for aquatic life.

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The Importance Of Hooded Sweater In Today’s Style


During the Haute Couture week that was held in Paris during the start of July, Vetements which is one of the labels included in the event went to unveil its most recent collection. The latest collection is far from what is usually considered as high fashion in Paris. This month we have witnessed what is considered the latest face of luxury consisting of tracksuits from Juicy Couture and billowing capes from Carharrt.

It has been a standard practice by the brand, led by Demna Gvasalia, the Georgian designer along with his brother Guram, to not only look at what is present at the catwalk but also what can be seen in the surrounding. To be specific, one has to take a look at the outfit that are worn by the groupies that are located and waiting just outside of the show.

It was noted that among the diehards that wore their garments with emblazonment, there are also those that prefer the hooded sweater. It was once considered an outfit for teens younger than 14. Not it is considered an important item, as crucial as the right handbag they wore. What makes these hoodies quite different is the signature mainstream appeal that is brought about by Chloe Paddington.

The hooded started to become more popular starting in 2006 in an attempt by David Cameron to reduce the number of crimes and up until now it still considered a long process.

The latest among the fashion craze is the skating culture which currently became acceptable to people with high fashion taste. Many labels are responsible in making the hoodie more than what it is before, a representative of an urban youth, and labels such as Palace helped in expanding its peripheries. Palace is a well-known skater brand. Its founder, Lev Tanju is from the southern part of London. It is a known brand and is located at the Dover Street Market. From its shop, hoodies can be seen hanging beside sweaters created by Raf Simons and Simone Rocha’s dresses. It will not be surprising if a few years from now we’ll see ugly Christmas sweater on the catwalk.

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Will Plain Packaging Be The End Game For The Tobacco Industry?


Is plain packaging the end game for the tobacco industry? Health Canada is proposing new packaging rules for tobacco products similar to what Australia is doing. Tobacco products are being used by more than 5 million Canadians. About 37,000 people are killed every year by tobacco and it is expected that more will die prematurely if they do not quit the habit.

If the logos and colors on tobacco are removed, the graphic health warnings on the packages will become more powerful because the brain will easily understand the unambiguous messages. People are actually worried about the youth and they want rebranding so that the product will look different. However, the tobacco industry has fired back. Nobody in Canada started smoking because of the packs particularly since packaging is already covered with graphic health warnings.

According to Igor Dzaja of JTI-MacDonald Corp. the Canadian government should crackdown on illegal smokers instead of implementing misguided regulations. Plain packaging is interfering with the freedom of consumers on products like alcohol and junk food. Canada should stop from importing a failed Australian experiment that introduced plain packaging.

However, David Hammond of the School of Public Health, University of Waterloo says the plain packaging has contributed to the large decline in smoking in Australia. Hammond has looked at the tobacco industry for several decades and found out that packaging does matter. Evidences from consumer tracking revealed that packaging can increase the market share of brands.

For example, regular Coke uses red while Diet Coke uses silver. Perfume packaging makes the product more appealing to women. If cigarette packs are light in color, it leads smokers into thinking that the cigarettes are also “light.” The tobacco industry is fighting plain packaging because it is the remaining bastion of their marketing. They are going to fight with all their available resources.

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Latest Interactive Maps Developed For Zika Virus

Latest Interactive Maps Developed For Zika Virus

Because of the increasing number of people that are affected by the Zika infections all over America, more and more people are getting worried and they are asking if how far the virus is going to spread and if any of them are at risk of contracting the disease.

In the United States alone, around 1,300 people have already been confirmed to have Zika and out of the total number there are 400 pregnant women infected while seven babies have been diagnosed. The Zika virus is known to be brought by foreign mosquitoes and can be transferred from person to person through sexual contact or pregnancy.

Mosquitoes that are found in the United States may now be carrying the virus after it has been discovered that a woman from Miami have been diagnosed with the virus despite the fact that she has not recently travelled anywhere abroad. The health officials are yet to rule out the possibility that she may have sexual contact with someone who is infected with the virus.

Control teams are now already on the works to test various native mosquitoes to make sure whether Zika is already in the country.

In order to have a perspective of the damages and development of Zika virus within a year since its discovery, a new set of interactive maps have been launched. It shows what part of the maps Zika is currently treated and how many patients have already been diagnosed as well as information on which cities are in possible danger of contracting the disease.

The graphics also shows calculations on the range of the mosquitoes that are carrying the Zika virus which are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The map has since shown that there are states in the country that have zero chance of experiencing an epidemic caused by the virus.

Maps such as these provide very important information especially where the health of the citizens is at risk. For other types of maps such as the illustrated maps, it is geared toward creativity and can be used as a piece to beautify a home.

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A New US Facility To Overturn Chinese Dominance In Bitcoin Market

A New US Facility To Overturn Chinese Dominance In Bitcoin Market

In the recent years, China has proven to be a great threat when it comes to systems with capitalistic economy. It also has the largest number of people in terms of population count thus it is considered by a lot of manufacturing companies as an ideal location for their facilities and factories. Aside from its steady growing economy in the world market, the booming country in Asia is also now the dominating force in the Botcoin community.

According to an analysis that was conducted, off all the top Bitcoin mining pools, there is clear evident that companies from China have 51 per cent of the overall hashing power. The 51 per cent is divided by the top three of the mining pools and all of these are Chinese. The network that bitcoin has is decentralized up until this moment and many of the people that are involved in the said community are worried that because of the dominance that the Chinese have they might decide to centralize the mining of the bitcoin. In addition to this concern, there are also issues regarding the plan of China to finally take over what is now known as the leading among all digital currencies.

Mining operation in China is favorable for them because of many reasons including a low labor costs in comparison to other countries. China’s manufacturing industry is also the largest in the world thus it is the most ideal place wherein mining hardware can be manufactured as well for a lower cost. Electricity is also much affordable compared to the ones in developed nation thus bitcoin mining could turn out a great profit in the country.

The continued dominance of the Chinese companies in the bitcoin community is now being challenged by a new venture spearheaded by John McAfee. The company he owns, MGT Capital Investments, will be involved in a new bitcoin mining facility that will be installed in the United States. The said facility will be powered by hydroelectricity and will be located in the Washington state. Operation will start on August 1 and if they have the proper hardware and knows the Bitcoin Network Difficulty Metric, they might just be able to come out on top.

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