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Holiday Gift Guide For A Cyclist

If you know someone who loves to go cycling despite the coming winter season and is planning to give them something this holiday then this article is for you. There are many trendy and latest cycling gears you can get in order to improve their commuting experience. These gifts will not only show how thoughtful you are but will also make sure that they reach their destination safe all the time. There are various products to choose from including jackets and turn signals which will surely make them look cooler and be safer on the road. Despite the help of these smart devices, one must always remember that nothing beats a focus mind and common sense in making sure road accidents are prevented.

  • Replaceable Fix-it Sticks. The Fix-it Sticks might be in the market for a while now but the replaceable ones are the modern version. It will serve its purpose whenever an unexpected breakdown happens somewhere one could not get access to repairs easily. The sticks are made of metal and can easily be assembled into a T-wrench which is compatible in various types of bits.
  • Musguard collapsible fenders. Anything that is collapsible and does not take much space is worth having. This is the same with the collapsible fenders which roll up easily on one’s bike frame if not needed. When time comes that they need to use, they can easily put it back in place to make sure bikes and rider’s pants are protected from rain and mud splashes. For people who are into color matching, the product comes in various colors to match the bike.
  • Zackees Turn Signal Gloves. Hand signal might not be popular in automotive vehicles anymore but they are quite important for cyclists. This glove will help improve signaling by emitting a blinking light once the thumb and index finger clicks.
  • Switch cycling jacket. This type of cycling jacket is from Proviz’ Switch range. This is perfect for both daytime and nighttime use. One side of the jacket is purely reflective while the other side is high-vis or in black color. This will make sure that the wearer is visible whether day or night.
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Pope Francis Talks about Climate Change in Washington D.C.

There is no better endorsement for President Obama’s climate agenda than someone who is the source of immense of moral authority, Pope Francis. On the first day of his visit to America, the Pope called for further action on climate change. He said that it is now a critical moment of history and the problem should not be left to the future generation to solve.

Pope Francis reminded the people that they have a sacred obligation to protect the planet. Making a very rare speech in English to thousands of people gathered at the White House, the Pope praised the President for his recent proposals aimed at tackling the problems of air pollution. The Pope also made a strong pitch to battle climate change with specific reference to the President’s clean air initiative.

The environmental issue is a divisive one in US politics so that one Republican congressman boycotted the Pope’s speech in Congress due to the pontiff’s stance. All the Republican presidential candidates were against the action to tackle climate change because it will hurt the US economy.

The morning begun for Pope Francis as he emerged from the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy See’s equivalent for an embassy. In his traditional white cassock, Pope Francis spent the first few minutes greeting well-wishers who were gathered behind the fence of the diplomatic complex. Afterwards, the Pope boarded a modest hatchback trailed by a convoy composed of large security vehicles. As they made their way to the White House, Washington streets were purposely cleared of traffic for the occasion.

At the White House, large crowds assembled at the South Lawn to get a glimpse of the pope. Approximately, 11,000 tickets were issued but the crowd was certainly more than that. The Pope was offered one of the most rare and respectful diplomatic ceremony that the US government provides visiting dignitaries. Following the military color guard and the playing of the National Anthems, President Obama welcomed the Pope with a brief remark.

After a private meeting with the US President, the Pope rode the specially outfitted jeep that was called pope mobile and greeted the crowd that lined the streets of Washington.

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Plastic Instead Of Aluminum For Reed Valves

Twenty one years, two brothers who did not have any formal technical training created a business that became famous in the world of motorcycles. Steve and Scott Tassinari created a better design for the reed valve that is used to control the mixture of fuel and air on the engine’s cylinder. Today, the company Moto Tassinari has become a leading global producer of reed valves as well as intake manifolds for the two-stroke engine aftermarket.

Steve who is the older of the Tassinari brothers is the creative technical brains behind the design of the reed valve. He tried the design on his own motorcycles and saw that it resulted to better engine timing, higher horsepower and better acceleration. When these performance enhancements are combined with the skills of a motorcycle rider, it will certainly give a big edge in racing.

The existing designs for reed valves made use of cast aluminum. After working long hours to perfect the design, the brother’s decided to switch to plastic. No one has ever done this before but the snowmobile loved the design because they saw the opportunity for better performance. The brothers went back to the drawing board to create a design that will survive the harsh environment that motorcycles are exposed to.

From their hard work, the brothers were able to develop a new design, the V-Force 2 whose performance was greatly improved. In 2003, the next generation valve called the V-Force 3 was introduced. The valve did not require any maintenance and was ready to be sold to the market immediately after removal from the molding machine. V-Force 4 is now available in the market.

The Tassinari brothers proved that plastic can be used to produce reed valves instead of aluminum. Besides being better, the valves were more cost effective. Different companies have tried to copy the valve but no one has met the high level of performance.

The aftermarket is your source for motorcycle parts and accessories to upgrade your bike. Solo motorcycle parts are significantly cheaper than OEM parts but with high quality and performance. There is a huge selection of parts even for the most popular motorcycle brands.

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Preventing Stains On Upholsteries Even Before They Take Place

Advantage Chem-Dry which a franchise of Chem-Dry, a carpet and upholstery cleaning provider, has launched a new product in the domestic and commercial market for deodorizing and removing obstinate stains from upholstery. Upholsteries are usually subjected to different stains from lipstick, beverages, paint products and permanent markers. These stains are stubborn but they can be removed through the application of Advantage Chem-Dry, a non-toxic stain removal that can permanently remove stubborn stains from upholstery, carpets and household stuff.

Daryl Olsen who is the proprietor of Advantage Chem-Dry has developed a preventive subscription to avoid persistent marks even before they take place. The product is proven effective for carpets and upholstery. A tough defensive coating is applied to cover fabric strands so that it can easily fend off different kinds of liquid and smudge-causing chemicals. The product also prevents stains from doing further damage to carpets and upholstery.

According to a healthy study, Advantage Chem-Dry is effective in getting rid of allergens and microbes that can be found in the corners of furniture. They are often trapped in upholsteries and carpets. These are the substances that usually cause respiratory problems in the workplace. If these allergens and microbes are removed efficiently, absences due to respiratory illnesses can be avoided. Advantage Chem-Dry has low moisture content so that it is not hazardous to humans and pets. The product is more suitable to homes and offices than other brands.

If the homeowner employs the services of professional technicians to clean carpets and upholstery, it is important to remove clutter and other household stuff prior to the process. This will allow the cleaning technician to see and clean all sides of the upholstered furniture. It is also advised to inform the technicians of existing problem areas so that concealed dirt and stains can be efficiently removed.

It is also common for upholstery to have unpleasant smells which air fresheners cannot remove. Experts from upholstery cleaning Perth will make sure that carpets and upholsteries will smell favorable without any unwanted odor. Upholstered pieces of furniture can be expensive and it is a waste of money to throw them away because of stains and unpleasant odor.

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What Thailand Imparts To The World In Terms Of Universal Healthcare

Thailand demonstrates that a well studied system and a committed leadership can boost health affordably. During the decade, the plan minimized infant mortality, worker sick days and in turn, lifted families’ burdens financially.

Thailand’s Universal Coverage Scheme of 2001

For most countries around the world, they are moving towards a universal healthcare. However, for many, it just remains a goal. Fortunately, Thailand’s leaders have successfully implemented a healthcare reform without it costing too greatly.

About 25 percent of Thais in 2000 were uninsured. Many people had policies but with incomplete protection. The country was in a crisis healthcare-wise. About seventeen thousand children aged 5 below died, and two thirds were from uncomplicated preventable infectious diseases. Twenty percent of the poorest homes fell to poverty due to own healthcare spending.

Then in 2001, the country launched their Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS). It was described as an ambitious healthcare reform done by a developing country.

The UCS spread to Thai provinces on the next year. It provided inpatient, outpatient and emergency care.

By 2011, the scheme already covered 98% or 48 million of the Thai population.

Thailand’s road to UCS

In January 2002, the UCS was already in every province. However, the comprehensive care took decades to get developed. Since the 70s, there was already free healthcare for poor families. The country had various Health Insurance (ประกันภัยสุขภาพ) schemes leaving a lot of people without coverage. The development of clinics, hospitals and staff to support this universal coverage took several years.

The challenge for any universal healthcare

Dr Sara Bennett who is an associate professor working at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health indicated that the challenging part for any universal healthcare especially in most developing countries is quality. While most healthcare funded by the government is free, it is inaccessible geographically. Aside from this, poorly trained staff are administering, and there are limited facilities.

Other countries’ move to universal healthcare

Other low income and middle income countries are also moving towards a universal healthcare. Bennett said that they are offering coverage to a lot of people. Numerous countries, according to her, are making notable steps towards this including those very poor countries.

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Weak Value Of Baht Resulted To Increase In Foreign Buyers Of Condos

There is an increase in the number of foreign investors who are planning to buy condos in the central business districts of Bangkok that are within the middle to upper class market. These for foreign buyers are mostly coming from neighboring Asian countries. The increase in demand is due to the Asean Economic Community which took effect at the start of 2016. Add to that the fact that baht continues to stay weak in the global market.
Due to the implementation of the AEC, the property developers in Thailand are now in a positive challenge to showcase their current residential projects abroad most importantly in countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Middle East, China and Singapore.
According to Nuttaphong Kunakornwing, the chief executive officer of SC Asset Corp, they have already plans to go on road shows to present their luxury condo projects in other countries within the year including Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These countries are chosen because of the trend that was witnessed last year in terms of foreign demand.
The company introduced their latest luxury project last year, Saladaeng Ond, and it has already accomplished a sales amount of 900 million baht coming from foreign buyers originating in other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
The CEO also revealed that the Saladaeng One condo units cost around 13 million baht each or 310,000 baht per square meter. Thirty per cent of the total customer target of the condo project has come from the foreign market.
Srettha Thavisin, the president of Sansiri, said that the demand for condominiums have increased especially for foreigners who are hoping to buy one with price target of more than 5 million baht.
It was only last year that the company was able to record 3.5 billion baht for their presales coming from foreign market. For this year, they are expecting to accomplish foreign presales of around 5 billion baht from its target amount for the whole year which is 42 billion baht.
If you are looking to invest in a property in Thailand, visit Find Thai Property for the list of available ones in the market.

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Former Chancellor Katehi Leaving House Could Cost UC Davis

Once Linda P.B. Katehi decides to leave the residence of the UC Davis Chancellor along with all her furniture, the university has no choice but to get new replacement for the chairs, sofas and all furnishings needed for the big space dedicated to the public area which is used to entertain visitors. The amount could reach up to tens of thousands in dollars.

According to Dana Topousis, the spokeswoman for UC Davis, a year after moving into The Residence, Katehi decided to give away the furnishings and surpluses some which are owned by the university way back in 2010. The Residence is known to have a house area of 7,779 square foot.

Based on a statement by the former administrator of the university, she decided to replace all of the furniture inside the public area which is around 4,920 square foot with her own furnishings.

It was only last month when Katehi decided to resign from her post because of the pressure she is receiving from the President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano. The president issued a suspension to Katehi last April and already preparing to last month to present the outcome of the investigations to the regents of UC. Katehi needs to leave the residence of the chancellor before or on October 31.

The Residence is a house that adapted a ranch-style located in a tony neighborhood that is close to the campus. It is used in various functions both private and public. It has also served a lot of receptions, performances, donor cultivation, distinguished speakers, meetings, and appreciation dinners and alumni gatherings.

The furniture that is used to house in the public area was bought by The Ryerson Society back in 1998 which cost $185,000. This is according to Larry Vanderhoef who is the late former chancellor. This piece of information is written in his book called Indelibly Davis. It was Katehi who decided to relocate the furniture, give away and donate some. She replaced it with her own furniture and it is still unsure whether she will bring with her all the furniture she has moved in with.
For new homeowners, it is important to purchase Quality Home Furniture that will last a long time.

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The Costs To Society Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction

A freedom of information request was forwarded to Wolverhampton Council to determine whether there is enough to help the drug and alcohol addicts in the city. The request revealed that £15,240,224 was spent to provide help to the city since 2013 with another £5 million to be spent this year. According to a spokesman of the council, the costs of drug and alcohol addiction to society are about £15.4 billion annually.

When drug dependents are treated, their health and wellbeing is improved and crime in the community is reduced. The safety of communities is compromised when the users of heroin and crack are not treated because they commit crimes that cost an average of £26,000 annually. Early intervention is a better option because of the greater benefits. Based on estimations, for every £1 spent on drug treatment, society saves £2.50. Why so?

According to Sunny Dhadley of Wolverhampton Service User Team, when charity receives a small amount of cash, it goes a long way in treating drug dependents. However, if the central government does not make the effort to change its usual methods in the way things are done, fewer people will be helped. This does not necessarily mean that more money is required to help people.
Last year, the charity was able to help 953 people with addictions. They direct people to the treatment centers and provide them assistance in searching for accommodations. What needs to applied in helping drug dependents is a more personal approach because drug and alcohol addiction cannot always be treated in isolation.

There are many reasons why people fall to addiction from poverty, criminality, mixing with the wrong crowd and events that they cannot cope with. The goal should be to find the real reason behind the addiction in order to apply the best possible treatment.

At Passages Malibu, it was discovered that the one-on-one approach for drug dependents is most effective. There are 21 different types of treatments which care customized to meet the requirements of the patient. A team of professionals work with every patient to ensure that the patient will be able to return to society as a respectable and trustworthy human being.

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