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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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Are Carpet Cleaning Products Safe For The Environment?

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According to a study that appeared in the Journal Environmental Science & Technology, a chemical that used to found in pesticides and more recently in carpet cleaning products was believed to be ingested by wildlife in North America. Dolfins, fishes and birds have been tested positive for perflourophosphinic acids, a common chemical used for a variety of purposes from stain resistant carpet sprays to non-stick cooking surfaces.

Several pesticide formulations in North America and Europe contained perflourophosphinic acids but beginning 2006, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has restricted the use of such chemicals in pesticides because of identified human and environmental risks. The United States restricts the use of these chemicals in carpet cleaning and in the manufacture of pesticides but unfortunately, Canada permits them.

Environmental scientists believe that perfluorophosphinic acids are being used in for commercial products including those used for rug cleaning. The Canadian government conducted a small scale experiment on 102 residential dust samples in Vancouver from 2007 to 2008. 83% of the household dust samples contained perflourophosphinic acids.

A survey of aquatic organisms was also funded by the Canadian government. Blood samples were taken from one type of fish, one type of bird and one type of mammal across North America. Different types of species occupied separate and distinct environmental niches. Concentrations of perflourophosphinic acids were detected on all the species.

The chemical is known to linger in the environment because sunlight, water and microbes are unable to break them down in small harmless chemical components. The mechanisms of the environment being able to clean itself do not apply to this complex chemical. Even human blood samples from North America were detected to contain the chemical; however, there are no published studies on its effects on humans or on other organisms.

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Two Tenants Left Melton Business Park But Site Is Growing


The Melton Business Park continues to thrive despite the recent news that two of the established businesses that have been a permanent resident on the Park, Pera Technology Solutions Ltd and Pera Consulting (UK) Ltd, have already transferred into administration.

There are new 15 companies that have entered to be relocated into the Melton Business Park. These companies came from different parts of the country such as Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Grantham and Loughborough. There are also firms that decided to set up shop there and make the park their new head office in the United Kingdom.

According to the sales and marketing manager under Pera Business Park, Carrie Potter, it is great news for the business park because in a span of three months there have been 15 companies that are vying to move into the site. This is a proof that the business community they have set up in Melton has a great facility as well as a successful one.

Potter also added that their approach is very flexible and they have the capacity to make any office or industrial space a place that meets the requirements of the tenant which is a great contributor in making sure the growth of the business in the future. This, according to her, is the reason why many companies outside of the site are attracted to set up offices within the business park. With this move, the companies are able to expand as well as recruit employees coming from Melton Mowbray. The business park has a comprehensive support package that is suitable for companies that are just staring out and they will have the chance to launch a company within the vicinity of different companies but with like-minded goals.

The 15 new companies decided to occupy an office building and some have industrial spaces because they wanted to relocate and have their new business address in Melton. These companies are comprised of start-up and big business names in the industry.

If you are starting a new company in Thailand and looking for an office space that is affordable and will make the first few years convenient, look up serviced offices in Sukhumvit for options.

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Improving English Teaching Skills Through Refresher Training Courses


Foreign language teachers in Vietnam have to meet the six-level standard at different education levels. For general school teachers, the standards must be met by 2020 in order to continue with the teaching position. One of the options to meet the standards set forth by education department is to take refresher training courses.

According to the deputy director of Quang Ngai Education and Training Department, Nhuyen Minh Tri, at least 80% of the foreign language teachers of Vietnam have been certified to meet the national standards; however, the figures are still questionable if they truly reflect the teacher’s capabilities.

Many parents are curious whether their children can use foreign language for daily communication or for future work if they allow the children to study foreign languages as requested by the school. According to a representative of Tay Nguyen University, about 47% of students were not able to meet the requirements to finish school last year. At least 79% of the students could not meet the requirements of foreign language skills. One of the parents in Hanoi believed that students will not be fluent in English unless they attend a language learning school.

Nguyen Thuy Hoang is sending his daughter to a foreign language learning school where English lessons are being taught by highly experienced native English speakers.  He is doubtful whether his daughter will learn English that is being taught in general schools considering that they only do grammar exercises and practice writing. General schools do not have listening and speaking lessons which are required to learn English.

When teaching English, the focus must be on listening and speaking not on writing and reading to prepare for exams. Education experts believe in the importance of upgrading the quality of English teachers. Teachers who want reforms and need guidance including those who advocate reforms must be given the refresher training course.

Many students dream of teaching in Thailand because it is a mentally and financially rewarding position. In order to achieve the dream, the best option is to take TEFL course tailored for the needs. A teaching job is guaranteed to those who have obtained TEFL certification.

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Inbound Marketing Insights From Hubspot’s State Of Inbound 2016 Report


The Boston-based automation software provider of inbound marketing HubSpot recently published the 8th installment of the State of Inbound 2016 Report.


In the report, the majority of the respondents (85%) from 132 countries were non-HubSpot customers who have marketing backgrounds in small, mid-sized, B2B and B2C businesses.


Moreover, almost a quarter (24%) of the respondents of the survey named “outbound marketing” their company’s primary marketing approach. This particular methodology gives SMBs and marketers unbiased insights into prevalent inbound marketing best practices and norms worldwide and how they match with the more traditional outbound practices.


The maturation of inbound marketing


The top 3 sales and marketing priorities of those companies represented by the respondents suggested that organizations are starting to recognize the importance of popular inbound marketing objectives for each stage in a customer lifecycle.


  • Lead Generation/Conversion – 74% of the respondents named converting leads/contacts into customers as a primary sales/marketing priority.
  • Growing Web Traffic – 57% of the respondents reported that growing traffic to their websites is the leading focus.
  • Upselling – 46% of the respondents listed that increase in revenue comes from existing customers.


In the early days of inbound marketing, it was the primary focus. Practitioners worked on leveraging SEO and web-based content to propel website traffic to generate leads. Throughout the years, inbound marketing has gradually shifted its emphasis from merely drawing in prospects to leading them down towards the sales funnel to having them being lifelong advocates and satisfied customers which crewdo does an excellent job at.


The effectiveness of inbound marketing


The report cited that respondents are four times more likely to rate their marketing strategies highly for those from inbound organizations.


Lead quality has always been a problem for companies. When marketers were asked which strategy provides them the highest quality of leads for their sales team, 59% named inbound practices and only 17% named outbound.


Inbound adoption varies per industry


The report suggested that there is still a wide variance in adopting to inbound marketing among the industry sectors. HubSpot released a graphic break down of inbound adoption on different levels per industry. Tech-centered industries like IT, e-Commerce and software tend to be the top invested industry in inbound marketing. Traditional industries like financial services, industrial & manufacturing and healthcare & medical tend to be behind.

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The Rare Experience Of Diving In Forbidden Waters


Many people are aware of the Hawaiian Islands that stretch from Hawaii to the southeast end of the chain to Kauai at the northwest end. However, there is an island whose existence is unknown to the greater majority. The privately owned island of Ni’ihau measures 6 by 19 miles and lies 18 miles west of Kauai and 138 miles southeast of the closest Northwestern Island. The population of Ni’ihau is less than 200 residents.

The brothers who own the island of Ni’ihau have restricted access to the island in order to preserve their privacy. Even Mick Jagger was not allowed to land his helicopter on the island. An invitation to visit the island of Ni’ihau is considered unique and rare. Recently, the owners started helicopter tours but without interaction from the island’s residents. Visitors are not allowed to scuba dive on the famous reefs around Ni’ihau.

Ni’hau is no longer the forbidden island but the 33-mile journey across the Kaulakahi Channel is still very intimidating. Experienced divers who have tried diving around Ni’ihau and its neighboring island Lehua Rock are one in saying that the place is one of the best in Hawaii. Lehua is an entirely different world from Kauai with its rich green mountains and heavy rainfall. Ni’ihua and Lehua do not receive much rainfall so that its waters are blue and clear making the underwater experience worth the high price and long sea voyage.

According to dive guides, people should not miss the opportunity to experience the underwater seascape that is dramatically different from other diving sites all over the world. Gaither Rosser of Bubbles Below Kauai considers Ni’ihau are one of the three spectacular diving sites of the world because of the abundance of fishes and the chance to see large sharks, stingrays and other denizens of the underwater world.

In Thailand, one of the best diving sites can be found in the Similan Islands. In order to enjoy the opportunity to explore what the island has to offer, try Similan liveaboard dive trips from early November to early May. Diving during this time of the year will allow you to an unforgettable experience in the underwater world.

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House Spaces That Sell


Spring signals the beginning of another season – the house hunting season which Melburnians treat as a sport.


Kitchens and bathrooms


There is nothing more like a wonderfully designed kitchen or a bathroom with plenty of wow elements that slow a person down.


According to Steven Whiting who is a principal of Whiting Architects, kitchens as well as bathrooms are where house sellers make a statement.


Real estate agents agree on this point that these spaces make the biggest difference for buyers and that walk-in wardrobes and storage spaces are also up there on the list.


Tom Roberts from Nelson Alexander also agree that these spaces get the price of a home higher.


Kitchens are more than dining areas


Kitchens, in particular, have changed to become the focal point of a house. It is no longer a place to just prepare for meals. The space is now embracing the active, open, well-trafficked living or dining area.


The kitchen is now where family as well as friends gather and chat, usually around an island bench. It is where kids do homework, where parents go online to catch up on the day’s events or to shop, or where they relax with a bottle of wine.


The boundary of the kitchen is starting to become blurred according to Whiting.


There is also an element of lifestyle in kitchens. This is where people play at Masterchef and entertain. These are pleasures which gave rise to high end appliances and coffee stations.


Bathrooms are more than washing or bathing areas


Bathrooms also have changed to become more than just washrooms. In many cases, bathrooms take on comforts like what five star hotels have. Similar with kitchens, bathrooms are already integrated with spaces like wardrobes or bedrooms.


Personal spaces


Whiting mentions that kitchens and bathrooms are personal spaces. They are designed functionally and aesthetically from an occupant’s habits or behaviors.


Consequently, newly renovated spaces for kitchens and bathrooms have quality materials and great design. They also have great fixtures and fittings like oak and stone top vanity units (for example, a Single or a Double Basin Vanity Unit) or storage cabinets and spaces which are plus points for vendors.

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Burglaries In Queensland Takes Place While Homeowners Are Inside

Einbrecher dringt in ein Haus ein.

Almost four out of every 10 burglaries take place while people are inside the house which shows that criminals are now more brazen than ever.

According to the latest research conducted by RACQ Insurance surveys, homeowners are inside the property while 37 per cent of the burglaries are committed including attempted ones.

30 per cent of these cases revealed that either doors or windows are left open or were not locked by the homeowners.

A statement from the spokeswoman of RACQ revealed that during burglaries where there are people inside the property while the crime is being committed, the ordeal can be a cause of great trauma since the properties are not the only ones that may be lost but the personal safety of the people are also compromised.

The spokeswoman also added that it is a despicable act of violation and it is now a known fact that many of the burglars are more brazen as the years pass. There are the simplest security measures that should be done by the homeowners every time such as shutting all the doors and windows and making sure that they are all properly locked.

Based on the survey, men are in higher risks of leaving the windows and doors open compared to women.

The burglars are targeting items that can be grabbed easily and these are on the top of the list of items that are taken along with cash and jewelry. There other popular items being stolen such as laptops and cameras. They are also targeting the car keys, house keys, sports gear, smartphones and personal IDs such as passports and licenses.

The spokeswoman cautioned that homeowners should not leave their cash and wallets where it can be easily taken and it is important to have a safe where the valuables can be stored. Do not feel secured with having high walls and windows because thieves can have a way through that too.

Many doors are forced open during 38.5 per cent of the incidents thus security screens in Perth for doors and windows are important for extra security.

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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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