A Home for My Heart

A Home for My Heart

So far, my college years have been very memorable. I have had some of the best moments and experiences here at my university. I met a lot of amazing friends, insightful professors, and learned valuable life lessons. I would not trade it for anything in the world. Unfortunately, all is not perfect. One problem is my current living condition. I stay at the dorm at my school. I dislike staying there for numerous reasons. My girlfriend Becky and I decided that we would live off-campus next year. We looked for Manassas Park apartments

My girlfriend Becky and I have been dating since freshman year. I can’t see myself with anyone else besides her. Read the rest of this entry

We Moved So the Kids Would Have Other Kids to Play with

We Moved So the Kids Would Have Other Kids to Play with

We wanted the kids to have other kids to play with. The place we were renting was filled with people that did not have any children. There was one other child in the building our kids would occasionally play with. They needed more than just online friends, so we looked at renting Ballantyne apartments in Charlotte. We found District South apartments, and the whole place looked perfect for us as a family to move to. The pool with its fountain looks like ones we have seen while on vacation at resorts. It is really cool to have something like that to use right where you live at any time you want.

The outdoor space is just as beautiful as our apartment. Read the rest of this entry

Ideas For Science Fair Electricity Projects

Ideas For Science Fair Electricity Projects

Science Fair Electricity

In the 21st century those citizens of developed nations often take for granted their access to electricity. We all simply flip a switch and have all manner of electrical gadgets at our disposal. In the last couple of decades these opportunities have grown to include communications across the globe via the Internet. All of this is possible due to our access to electricity and other forms of power. While this has been around over 100 years now, science fair electricity projects are still some of the favorites for students. Many of us who use electricity every day have no idea how or why this works. We are clueless about the science of protons, electrons, and neutrons while reaping their benefits on a daily basis. Students who choose science fair electricity projects are not among the uneducated! They are some of the brightest students who are able to understand the invisible processes required to make the light bulb come on when the switch is flipped up and go off when it is flipped down.

Science fair electricity demonstrations are some of the most interesting at the event. While some projects involve computer graphics or visual representations of the processes that the student has studied, science fair electricity allows for hands on experience. Students who make presentations for science fair electricity events can give live demonstrations of the nature of their subject. There will be groups of students and parents gathered around for a chance to participate in these experiments. All spectators will want to place their hand on the static electricity ball just so their hair will go flying in all directions. Other braver spectators will volunteer to touch their tongue to a potato that they are sure will not shock them. This is always a great crowd pleaser when students get their parents and teachers to volunteer for mild but unpleasant shock!

While all science fair projects hold interest, the science fair electricity projects are definitely the liveliest! Students can use sensation, light and sound to demonstrate their science fair electricity project findings. Students, teachers and parents alike will leave the event with a greater understanding of the properties of electricity by learning the concepts in hands on, or tongue on, fashion!

Health care in Haiti a battered system is dealt another blow

Health care in Haiti a battered system is dealt another blow

When a powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, many of those injured by collapsed buildings lay in the streets pleading for help. Even for those with open fractures and head injuries, there was little else they could do.

Haiti is not prepared to handle disaster.

By every measure, it’s the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and it has a health care system to match.

There have been improvements in overall life expectancy and infant mortality, and vaccination programs have helped largely eradicate some diseases like polio, but the country remains desperate for affordable health services. What few services existed declined in the last two decades because of political instability.

The country spends less than $85 per person on health care every year, and much of what is actually delivered is done by a patchwork of agencies from around the world.

Haiti has a public health crisis, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, one of several foreign medical aid groups that operate free emergency health services in the country. MSF’s own clinics are often overwhelmed by people who can’t afford to pay for private care. Public hospitals and clinics are plagued by management problems and shortages of medications, says the organization.

“The reality of what we are seeing is severe traumas, head wounds, crushed limbs, severe problems that cannot be dealt with with the level of medical care we currently have available with no infrastructure really to support it,” said Paul McPhun, operations manager for the group’s Canadian section. The country’s health indicators are grim. The average life expectancy is about 52, and Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the region.

More than 138,000 children under five die of preventable diseases every year, and women routinely die terrible deaths in childbirth because they live too far away from medical help, in rural areas without services or simply can’t afford to pay for services.

UNICEF says that out of every 100,000 live births, 670 women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2006. That’s five times the Latin American average.

Diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are leading causes of death. There is poor sanitation and increasing malnutrition, brought on by growing poverty.

In rural areas, only 14 per cent of residents have adequate sanitation, and most rural Haitians lack even basic health care services.

Best Home Nas – This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Home Network Storage Buyers Regret

Best Home Nas – This Is What You Need To Know To Avoid Home Network Storage Buyers Regret

If you are looking for the best home NAS to consolidate your data, music and media files then you want to buy the best home network storage you can for the money. A home NAS device is an investment that should last you quite a few years if you buy the right one.

The right buying guidance will help you determine what features and benefits are important to you and will actually be useful in your home.

Some people want a home NAS solely for the purpose of backing up their individual computers. For that you may not be interested in NAS RAID to protect your data from a hard drive failure since it is only serving as a backup to other hard drives. Sooner or later, though, you will find yourself storing something on there that is NOT just a backup file and ultimately can lead to heartache when the inevitable crash occurs.

All hard disks will eventually fail. No exceptions. Any hard drive that does not fail on you is a hard drive you did not own long enough. Hard drives are like light bulbs, they can last a week or a decade. Most, though, fail somewhere in between.

My guess is that once you see how much you can really do with the best home NAS devices out there you will want to start taking advantage of those features.

If you are like most people and are using your new home network storage device to consolidate all of your music, movie and data files from all of your computers you may decide that the ability of the better NAS devices to automatically copy your files to an online backup service with a reasonable annual fee is a great option.

Let’s face it, most backups just do not happen unless they are setup to work automatically.

Another really cool feature is that you can download movies, which are usually pretty large, straight to your home NAS that is connected to the home network and then stream that movie to your PlayStation, XBox or even right to your new HDTV to watch.

Many cheap NAS devices available do not have the ability for media streaming and other cool multimedia functions like the best home NAS devices will.

Another item that you will want to take into consideration is how many hard drives you want the home network storage device to contain. Most will hold at least two and offer to “mirror” those in a RAID1 array.

Larger units of four or even six hard drive bays give you the option of starting out with only a couple of hard drives and then expanding later on. It is best to ensure that the NAS device you buy is able to expand the storage area without having to backup your data, reconfigure the unit with the new or larger drives and then restore your data back onto it.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

The Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival is a schedule of fashion events for everyone to enjoy showcasing Australia’s leading designer brands and retailers. Featuring five days of free and ticketed public events, the festival profiles the contemporary Spring Summer collections of local and international fashion brands as these new season’s looks arrive into stores throughout the city.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival will promote Sydney’s diverse fashion market from major department stores through to independent retail outlets and will include collection shows, in-store promotions, celebrity events, exhibitions, launches and after parties in and around Sydney. Festival activities will herald a schedule of lunchtime and evening runway collection shows featuring an eclectic mix of the season’s fashion spanning broad-appeal fashion merchandise through to independent ready to wear designer labels.

Festival nightlife will certainly be a highlight as the city transforms into a true celebration of all things fashion. The official Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival bar will be open to the public creating a true destination to experience all the buzz of fabulous, fashion fun. Several other bars and clubs around the city and beyond will also join forces with Rosemount to present a fringe schedule of events catering for every fashionista’s need. Note to self – plan those party outfits now.

A specially created tent structure will be erected in Martin Place, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. This purpose built showroom will boast state-of-the-art lighting, sound and staging configurations. The event will profile Sydney’s innovative and eclectic fashion offering from major department stores to independent retail outlets and will herald a multi-day schedule of lunchtime and evening runway collection shows, in-store promotions, celebrity events, exhibitions, launches and after parties in and around Sydney. The festival promises to attract Australia’s biggest names in fashion, alongside a host of celebrities and international models. Brought to you by the same professional team of experts responsible for the world-renowned fashion industry event, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

Calling all fashionistas! Get tonged and tousled at the Redken Retreat by the Official Redken Backstage Style Team at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival in Martin Place. Located onsite in Martin Place, the Sydney meets New York style Redken Retreat blow-dry bar will be the hottest venue for RSFF ticket-holders to be primped and preened. All guests of the Redken Retreat will also receive a complimentary hair consultation and gift bag of products.

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An Overview of Professional Sports Pitch Construction

An Overview of Professional Sports Pitch Construction

A well constructed sports pitch and a quality surface well enhance the standard of the game being played and the players performance. Non league through to professional clubs and their ground staff aim to provide the best sporting experience within their budgetary constraints.

Professional advice can ensure you get the best pitch within your budget and will help avoid future performance issues, which can include poor surface drainage, sunken areas, excess compaction, and poor root growth.

A sports ground contractor can offer different construction and maintenance options. These should cater to your clubs requirements while delivering you a project to the highest standards and with minimal disruption to the club.

When choosing your sports turf contractor look for accreditations or associations they have from professional bodies which relate to pitch specifications, standards of work and materials used. These may be from the IOG or LDCA as examples.

Sporting bodies also offer advice and specifications for pitch construction for each sport. These can be found on the SAPCA website. The site works for the following sports would typically involve the following:

Football & Rugby Pitch Construction
Site set up.
Strip the existing surface using a GKB Combinator or Koro Field Top Maker.
Football or Rugby pitch drainage solution to include main drain and laterals, backfilled with drainage gravel and sand.
Spread and laser grade sports sand / rootzone.
Final ground preparation using a Blec Rotor Rake.
Apply a pre turf or seed fertiliser.
Surface installation with football turf or sports seed.Bowling Green Construction
Site set up.
Excavation of the base.
A bowling green drainage solution using a main and laterals backfilled with washed drainage gravel.
Laser grade a gravel over the entire crown green bowls surface.
Install concrete channels around the edge of the playing surface.
Laser grade rootzone across the surface.
Apply a pre turf or seed fertiliser.
Surface installation with Bowling Green turf.Cricket Wicket Construction
Site set up.
Strip the existing surface using a GKB Combinator.
Install cricket wicket primary drainage solution using a main drain and laterals back filled with washed drainage gravel and drainage sand.
Spread a gravel carpet to create a drainage layer.
Spread and laser grade topsoil.
Spread and laser grade heavy loam topsoil.
Spread and laser grade topsoil.
Final ground preparation by hand raking.
Apply a ryegrass Cricket sports seed.