Posted on April 22nd, 2017
By Hank Gordon
Hydroponic gardening is not just for professional cultivators anymore, although these professionals depend on hydroponic kits for indoor setups it is also a great way for beginners in indoor gardening. The hydroponic kits these days are build with plug and play features which makes them also suited for the beginners. Most manufacturers build there systems with specific features and we will take a closer look at them in this article.
Oxygen and Nutrients
Without Oxygen and the proper nutrients plants will not grow healthy, and that is why most manufacturers have accommodated their hydroponic kits with highly oxygenated nutrient solutions. They even use, in some cases, large sized aerator stones. These highly oxygenated solutions helps the roots and the plants to grow healthily and vigorously. The healthy growth is specifically influenced by the high content of oxygen in the nutrients.
Light is also essential for healthy growth of plants, it is in fact an integral component of the entire cropping system. Most hydroponic kits have a full-spectrum lighting system. For the appropriate photosynthesis you need to be able to generate an optimum amount of lumen. Lumen are units of the perceived power of a light. The lighting system placed by the manufacturer is perfect for all stages of plant growth.
Easy To Maintain
As with all kind of gardening equipment it is important that it is easy to maintain, and with hydroponic kits this is no different. That is the reason why almost all these grow boxes are designed for easy maintenance support. Most of the side panels of these hydroponic kits can be removed, which promotes an easy maintenance of the plants within the hydroponic system. And most kits have an advanced timer setup to automate the lighting.
Hot Air out, Cool Air In
There is always a mounted fan attached to the hydroponic kits this helps to get rid of hot air from inside. Some of the hydroponic kits also facilitate a front fan for the purpose of exhausting hot air from the internal side of the hydroponic unit. And they often also have a cooling fan installed to ensure a maximum possible cooling system.
Hydroponic Kit Accessories
Most hydroponic kits don’t need any extra accessories they already contain everything you need to set up your own indoor hydroponic garden system. But until a few years ago most hydroponic kits where extremely ugly. This is why most manufacturers offer Rockwool cubes inside the grow boxes where the plants grow. And in recent days, manufacturers offer hydroponic kits in different sizes and shapes, such as in the form of a PC, a locker or a normal kitchen cabinet. These type of kits blend in with the other household furniture and are no longer hideous to look at. But there are also special designed indoor gardens like the AeroGarden.
Growing crops indoor and in a limited space is something that is growing in popularity, that is why the AeroGarden that is advertised on TV is so popular the last few years. The AeroGarden is no more then a special designed hydroponic kit. But no matter what kind of hydroponic kits you choose you will definitely grow healthy and strong crops.
About the Author: The author of this article, Hank Gordon, writes at his website Gardeners Info Point. com about Hydroponic Systems and for example the AeroGarden Black.?
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Posted on April 21st, 2017
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Posted on April 21st, 2017
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Citing violations of its policy regarding “Marine mammal items”, eBay terminated an online listing on Monday by the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, for a 40 ft (12 m) sperm whale carcass reportedly beached upon its shores about a week prior.
With an initial asking price of 99 cents, bidding for the carcass reportedly rose to C$238.03 within 15 bids. Reports variously state the final price of the whale, prior to the removal of the listing from the auction site on Monday at about 2:30pm, was C$2,025 or C$2,075. Listed in eBay’s “really weird” category, the carcass was considered by eBay to be an example of “items made from marine mammals regardless of when the product was made”, which are prohibited as per site rules.
Following a council meeting on Sunday in the town of 950 residents, Cape St. George’s mayor, Peter Fenwick, put the whale up on the auction site in a bid to have it removed from the town’s premises, citing a lack of cooperation from provincial and federal government officials on the matter. “It’s your problem, you solve it”, Fenwick recounted to The Globe and Mail (TGaM) as the response he received from them. Apart from eBay, Kijiji was also suggested as another avenue by which to sell the carcass.
Fenwick told CTV News, several years prior another sperm whale measuring 15 ft was beached in the area, but disappeared without incident, an act Fenwick attributed to be the work of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “This time”, he remarked, “the authorities have told us that it’s our whale, it’s our responsibility to get rid of it.”
On putting the carcass for sale, Fenwick remarked, “We knew we had to do something with it and this seemed to be the least expensive way of disposing of it.” In a news release, Fenwick highlighted a possible use for the carcass, particularly its bones. “The 40 foot sperm whale will make a spectacular exhibit once the fat and muscle is removed, and the town is asking museums and other organizations that could use a whale skeleton to contact the town for further details.”
On retaining the whale himself, Fenwick stated, “As a town we would dearly love to keep the whale and put it on exhibit in the town but the cost of such a venture would be hard to justify.” Fenwick told TGaM the whale was “in half decent shape”. “This one looks like it died very recently and hasn’t decomposed much”, which Fenwick suggested elsewhere was due to the whale’s present location, partially submerged in near-freezing water. However, Fenwick noted its close proximity to a residential area, saying homeowners who lived there were “very interested in seeing the whale gone.”
eBay was not the only organization who barred the sale from taking place. “We also got threatened by the federal department of the environment, and told to pull the ad off or they would prosecute us”, said Fenwick on the opposition he said he received from Environment Canada, which viewed the sale as contravening a federal act designed to protect endangered species. “I received a call from the federal department of the environment saying that you’re not allowed to sell any parts of sperm whales, even if they’re dead.” he added. “So I said, ‘Oh that’s very good, I’m glad to hear that, now can you send somebody over here to get rid of it for us?'” Fenwick’s request was met with a negative response from Environment Canada.
“They’ve got to sort it out somehow. The uncertainty means it just sort of sits there and rots.” Once decomposition sets in, Fenwick remarked the carcass would become a “real nuisance”. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a whale that’s been rotting on the beach for a couple of months — actually sometimes you can’t see it for the clouds of flies around it — but you can smell it for about a mile”, he added.
On finding alternate means to dispose of the carcass, Wayne Ledwell, a member of Newfoundland’s Whale Release and Strandings, suggested the whale be towed out to a remote area. “They need to do that right away, when they come in and they’re fresh,” said Ledwell. “No one wants to go touch them … everything becomes gooey and slippery and you can’t stand up on the whale and it gets on your boots and you can’t get the smell off and then you go home and the dog rolls in it and you get it in your kitchen and you curse the whales, and you curse the government and … it becomes a mess.” Fenwick said they’d considered the idea, enlisting a local fisherman who, however, judged his engine too small for the job.
Previously, blue whale carcasses washed ashore in the towns of Trout River and Rocky Harbour, located about 150 km further north, and were taken by Royal Ontario Museum for preservation of the skeletons. Fenwick suggested the sperm whale carcass in his town might also meet a similar fate, as the sperm whale’s status as the largest toothed whale might prove to be a drawing attraction for such a facility.
Regarding what he plans to do next with the carcass, Fenwick said “If we’re not allowed to sell it, we’re willing to drop our 99 cent price down to a zero.” He said he hoped some eBay bidder stays interested in the whale. “We’ll be glad to talk to them about giving them the whale. We’re hoping that’s not illegal.” He also said he hoped the publicity from the town’s predicament, which garnered national attention, and its unusual means of finding a solution, would draw in someone interested in taking the whale off his hands at their own expense.
Should the whale fall under new ownership, Fenwick advised it be moved away from the town to a beach devoid of people, and the blubber left as food for seagulls, insects, and other predators. He estimated “It’ll probably take a year or so to get down to the skeleton.” As monetary gain was reportedly not what the town cared about, Fenwick was willing to offer the carcass for free, though one report noted money raised from the listing could have gone towards the building of a skate park.
The listing on eBay, as put up by Fenwick, read:
||This 40 foot sperm whale rolled up on the beach last week. The actual seller is the town of Cape St. George which is responsible for disposing of it before it starts to decay. Once the fat and flesh is removed you have a spectacular 40 foot skeleton of the largest toothed whale in the world, great for museums and other attractions. To prevent it rotting in the town it can be towed to isolated beaches on the Port au Port Peninsula to allow the seagulls and other birds to remove the flesh. Call 709-644-2290 or 709-649-7070 for more details.
Please note the successful bidder will have to remove the whale within 30 days
Posted on April 12th, 2017
Submitted by: Simona Rusnakova
How you decorate your bedroom is very important as this is the space most people use to relax. Light oak furniture is often used in bedroom decor because of its versatility. Additionally this wood can be carved into many different styles which suit most peoples tastes.
Light oak bedroom furniture and colours
One of the biggest problems that people face when decorating their bedroom is matching furniture to their wall colour. Often the wall will be painted of plastered first and then the furniture will be thought about. When you work with dark wood it is hard to make a happy atmosphere if your wall is also dark. One of the many virtues of light oak bedroom furniture is that it will go with any colour. If you choose deep and dark colours for the wall the furniture will create a contrast of light and dark. Of course if you are going for light colours then the furniture will continue the light theme.
Bedroom furniture ranges
Bedroom furniture comes in a multitude of ranges and designs. Light oak is used in most ranges because of its beauty. This also means that if you are going for a decor style then you are likely to encounter this wood in a range you like. Within these ranges you will find that this wood is used for everything from wardrobes to headboards to the chest of drawers. This is just a display of how well this wood can fit in, in any house.
Light oak and perceptions
When you decorate you generally want to create something that is aesthetically pleasing. Light oak furniture is ideal for this as it can create many visual effects.
Enlarging a room. If you have a house where the bedrooms are not that big then light furniture is the way to go. The lightness of the wood will make even the smallest room look bigger. This illusion of space is both aesthetically and emotionally pleasing.
Adding some light to the room. There are many houses that have small windows in the bedroom and this makes the room very dark. The worse thing to do is add more dark furniture. Light oak furniture will make the room look lighter than it possibly is. The lightness of the room will also give it an airier feel which many people find very pleasing.
Light emotions. Many people find dark wood to depressing and not happy at all. On the other hand they often view light wood to be much happier. If you are going for light emotions then light wood would be better.
When you choose bedroom furniture it is worth the time to look at light oak furniture. This wood furniture can lighten the room as well as make it seem bigger. This wood is also part of many different furniture ranges which means that it can suit and decor design you might have for your bedroom. You can also use this furniture in childrens rooms as they can grow with them.
About the Author: This article was submitted by Simona Rusnakova,
consultant of 3r.ie, on behalf of LarryOKeeffe.com, providers of
, furniture Limerick, furniture Tipperary and other types of furniture online in Munster, Ireland.
Posted on April 4th, 2017
By R Reich
When you’re researching Disability Insurance one of the areas you run into is something called the “occupational class”. Insurance of all types is based on an estimate of the financial risk to the insurance company. Based on that data a premium (payment) is calculated.
The factors that go into determining a rate for disability insurance include, among others, one’s health history, age and occupation.
Based on historical claims records, some occupations have lower claims experience than others. Logically, those occupations with lower claims would be assigned an insurance rate in a less expensive “occupational class” and thus would be charged less for someone at the same age with an occupation that has more likelihood of claim payment.
To take an obvious example, it stands to reason that a worker at a fireworks plant has more likelihood of disability than a CPA. This is an extreme example and it gets very fine tuned. Even an M.D. who is in family practice may have a different occupation class for physician disability insurance than a general surgeon – all based on the industry and that insurance company’s claims experience with the occupation and specialty.
Part of what we do at ProtectYourIncome is sort through this complex set of facts to make sure you get the right company, at the right rate in the right occupational class. Some companies have better rates for different occupations and different specialties within an occupation. We know who they are and who fits you.
With all the disability insurance policies we have set up for clients we’re very up on which disability companies will be right in each set of circumstances. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to help you with this decision.
About the Author: Richard Reich, writes articles on disability insurance for
– Disability Insurance Online, an online source for disability insurance quotes and information. For more information, visit
Posted on April 3rd, 2017
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Besides becoming a political stomping ground for the Pan-Green and Pan-Blue coalitions, there are other changes from past years of Taipei Audio Video Fair (TAVF). With those changes in mind, Wikinews reporter Rico Shen interviewed You-peng Wang, chairman of the Taipei Electrical Commercial Association (TECA), the main organizer of TAVF, about the 60th year anniversary of TECA and the changes to the show.
Posted on April 3rd, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Ford has announced sweeping cuts of 21% (168,000 units) in its US and Canadian production, resulting in the partial closure of ten of its plants during the fourth quarter. The measure comes on top of existing turnaround plans announced in January, in which 25,000 to 30,000 positions should be cut and 14 plants closed by 2012.
Ford is the world’s third-largest automaker and the U.S.’s second-largest. However it has in recent years been struggling with poor profitability and shrinking market shares. In 2005 it lost $1.6 billion and recently the company reported a second quarter loss of $254 million and a 34% year-year decline in sales for the month of July.
George Pipas, director of sales analysis at Ford, points to rising gas prices having negative impact on the sale of the companies SUV lines as well as its sales leader, the F-series pickup truck as being the direct cause of the latest initiative.
So far the following plants are thought to be affected:
St. Thomas Assembly of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Wixom Assembly Plant of Wixom, Michigan, Michigan
- Louisville Assembly of Louisville, Kentucky
Michigan Truck Plant of Wayne, Michigan
St. Paul, Minnesota
Kansas City Assembly of Kansas City, Missouri
- Norfolk Assembly of Norfolk, Virginia
River Rouge Plant of Dearborn, Michigan
Ford’s stock fell 17 cents (2.1%) to $8 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Posted on March 17th, 2017
Submitted by: Andrew Yule
Finding out that you need to have an operation can seem frightening. In order for you to be able to fact whatever is coming your way you need to trust in the hands that are guiding you there. This means that you have to make sure that the surgeon that you are choosing for your joint replacement surgery is someone that you feel comfortable with. To do this, there are several different things to consider. Here are a few points that can help you to make the best possible call when you are working on finding a good fit for your medical professional.
One of the easiest ways to find someone who might be able to fit your needs is by asking your primary care physician for a referral. Often, medical practitioners work alongside other specialists in order to send business back and forth. These doctors will only refer patients to other reputable physicians that they trust. This means that you can ask the doctor that you know and love about who you should go to for your joint replacement surgery and you can get an answer that might satisfy you. Still, if you do not really know your doctor that well or you would rather find someone on your own you are going to want to keep other tactics in mind.
Explore the Options
The internet can be a powerful resource when you are looking for a surgeon to fit your needs. All you have to do is do a quick search for candidates in your area that specialize in the service that you require and you will be well on your way to finding some choices. Make a list of everyone that seems like a good fit and begin digging deeper in order to discover more. Read reviews or testimonials from patients who had good and bad experiences with the surgeon to get a feel for what to expect. See what the success level is for operations to understand if you are taking a risk or not. Finally, after narrowing down your list, make some calls and set up an appointment to get looked over for your surgery. This will be the best move you make in regards to making your decision because you will get to meet your candidate and see if you feel comfortable from the start.
Know Your Needs
Finally, you might want to take time to think about why you are considering this option in the first place. Are you dealing with chronic pain? Is the pain caused by a recurring condition or is it new? You need to know what you are dealing with in full before you jump to the decision of having joint replacement surgery. Since surgical options are not inexpensive and are also dangerous if not needed, you are going to want to see if your specific situation actually requires surgery or not. The more you know the easier it will be for you to make a decision that will benefit you immensely.
To get the right help for your health it can be important to go about searching in the right way. Find the correct surgeon for you by being diligent in the way you go about your process.
About the Author: Weston Barnes is a write and an avid reader. When he’s not writing about business, marketing, health, pets, or relationships, he’s immersed in his latest book. When Weston was little, he would have to sneak a book light into his room so he could read until the wee hours of the night.Visit at
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Posted on March 16th, 2017
Saturday, August 2, 2008
A 54-year-old German farmer who lost both arms in a farming accident six years ago has become the first patient to receive a complete double arm transplant. The patient, whose name has not been released, underwent the operation at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, part of the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), last week; he is said to be recovering well.
The operation lasted 15 hours and was performed by a team of 40 specialists in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Orthopedics and Anesthesiology, under the direction of the head of the Plastics and Hand Surgery department, Prof. Hans-Günther Machens, Dr. Christoph Höhnke (Head of Transplants, Senior Physician; Plastics and Hand Surgery) and Prof. Edgar Biemer, the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Clinic.
In a press statement released by the clinic, it was revealed that the patient had been thoroughly physically checked and had psychological counselling prior to the surgery to ensure he was mentally stable enough to cope with the procedure. Since completion of the surgery, the patient has been on immuno-suppressant drugs to prevent rejection of the new limbs.
Following the surgery, the press release from the clinic’s press manager, Dr. Tanja Schmidhofer, included the following statement:
||The flow of blood was [re-]started in intervals of 20 minutes because the anaesthetists had to make sure that the patient would not suffer from the blood flowing back from the transplanted parts. No significant swelling was seen, nor indeed any ischemia (lack of blood flow to the tissues). This is a testament to the surgeons who established a fully functioning blood flow…the main nerves, the Musculocutaneus, Radial and Ulnar nerves were all attached and sewn together, and finally an external fixator was applied, with pins in the lower and upper arms, avoiding the risk of pressure points and sores. The operation was successfully completed after 15 hours.
Without the immuno-suppressant drugs given to the patient, the risk of there being a Graft-versus-Host Reaction or GvHR, would have been significant due to the upper arm containing a large amount of bone marrow, consisting of ICC’s or Immuno-Competent Cells, which would have triggered a near total rejection of the new limbs. A GvHR is a condition which results in the cells from the transplant attacking the immune system of the body.
Indications from the clinic suggest that the double attachment went well, although it could be up to 2 full years before the patient is able to move the arms.
The donor arms came from an unnamed teenager, who is believed to have died in a car accident.
Posted on March 16th, 2017
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