Ghana Life: Trees and Place Names

Trees play a major part in Akan culture. They feature centrally in the famous anansesem or spider stories, and are associated with diverse spirits in the traditional fetish religion. Collectively, as the forest, they provide a home for those mischievous mythological midgets, the mmoatia, and the terrible monster, the sasabonsam. In modern times the forests have been felled at an alarming rate and many towns and villages are now surrounded by secondary bush, but the memory of the great trees lives on in the names the ancestors gave to the places where they chose to establish their homes.

The Ashantis even named their capital after a tree. According to legend the location of the capital was decided during the reign of Otumfuo Nana Obiri Yeboa in the late seventeenth century. The king is reputed to have asked his chief fetish priest where he should build his capital city. There were two suitable sites, so the king was advised to plant two okum trees (Bombax Buonopozense), one at each location. One okum tree died so they called that place Kumawu, the okum tree has died. The other okum tree thrived, so that was where they built the great city of Kumasi, the okum tree has stood. Nana Obiri Yeboa is said to have been Kumasihene (King of Kumasi) from about 1660 to 1680. The very next Kumasihene was the first to take the title Asantehene, King of Ashanti.

One of Ghana’a finest timbers has the Akan name odum (Chlorophora Excelsa). Known in the international timber trade by its Nigerian name, iroko, odum is a hard wood of exceptional strength and durability and a major export commodity. A number of towns and villages have taken the name Odumase, under the odum tree, and the name persists long after the odum trees have been felled and their timber exported. The same fate has befallen Pepiase, now devoid of its mahogany trees (opapea).

Many place names have been created by adding ‘ase,’ meaning ‘under,’ to the name of a tree. Thus one finds: Abease, under the oil palm (abe), Besease, under the bitter cola nut tree (bese), and Anyinawase, under the kapok tree (onyina). Oil palms and cola nut trees are still around to adorn the places that bear their name, and the residents of Anyinawase are lucky that as the wood of the kapok tree has no commercial value these mighty trees are left standing after the logging companies have moved on to virgin forests.

Even features of the forest have given rise to place names. The name of Wenchi in Brong-Ahafo Region is said to be derived from wan akyi, the light behind, as the founders walking in the forest saw a light ahead created by a clearing behind the trees in which they could start to build their town.

Many more examples could be given to illustrate the Ghanaian’s traditional affinity with trees. In an age in which men everywhere are relearning their veneration of the natural environment it is to be hoped that commercial logging will soon be reduced to sustainable levels. Then all the trees known to the ancestors will not only be preserved in place names but will stand again over the towns and villages to excite wonder in the children of the future.

The Many Benefits of Using Blue Poly Tarps

Everybody knows what a blue tarpaulin is. They are available usually with grommets in many different sizes and are rather inexpensive. Blue tarpaulins have numerous uses around the workplace and the house in addition to hunting trips, boating, and camping. They are flexible, water resistant, and lightweight. They can be used for protection for diverse items such as designer carpets, delicate flower bulbs, motorcycles, and lawn furniture.

These tarps are very light in weight, and will give great protection temporarily from sun and water damage under many different conditions and circumstances. Some times, when painting is being done, they will be used to protect flooring and furniture. It is important for the consumer to understand the specific applications the blue tarps were designed for so that they can be sure they are choosing the best tarp that they require.

Blue tarpaulins weren’t designed for long term covering requirements. They were only designed to be used as a temporary cover. They are certainly easy to use and lightweight, but they won’t provide protection for the long term. If there is an item that needs to be covered for more than three months, a better selection would be a heavy duty tarpaulin. Heavy duty tarps are thicker and made with significantly thicker fabric which makes them more water resistant and durable.

The blue coating in blue tarps will start to breakdown in short time as a result of inclimate weather and exposure to sunlight. Under most circumstances blue tarpaulins will provide great protection in the short term, they shouldn’t be used to withstand inclimate weather, rough treatment, or for protection for long periods of time.

Blue tarpaulins shouldn’t be used to cover materials or loads that have sharp edges, like glass, tree branches, rocks, concrete, wire, or steel. Blue tarps are made from a material that isn’t designed to withstand that kind of treatment. When the wind moves the blue tarp will not stand up against sharp edges, the material will tear and rip exposing your items to the rain and the sun.

Without having to build a structure a lumber tarpaulin will protect an item that has sharp edges. These tarps are designed specifically for use covering truck loads of lumber and over piles of wood. They are made with seams that are heat treated and heavy gauge material and will hold up better to the rough nature of the items that they are covering. A lumber tarpaulin will resist the tears from branches and twigs to keep your wood secure and dry. Depending on the application, there are many different kinds of heavy duty and lumber tarps to select from.

Many people simply throw away their worn out or otherwise damaged blue tarps. However, actually they are made from a polyethylene woven plastic that can be recycled in same way that milk jugs and plastic soda bottles are recycled. Although a blue tarpaulin is very useful, it won’t last forever.

You should have an understanding of a blue tarp’s limitations and a realistic expectation of what they can do to make sure that your possessions will be protected. The blue poly tarp however,is a very low cost way of covering up your assets for a short period of time.

The Secret to Creating a Powerful Vision Board For Relationships and Romance

My original Vision board success story is about how I met and married the man of my dreams.  I am absolutely sure that if I had not created a Treasure Map for myself in 1991, also known as a Vision Board, Dream Board or Goal board, and not applied all my mind power techniques that I eagerly share with all my students, I would still be single, living in Australia and wondering why life was so unfair. 

Instead I am happily married (since 1994) living in Hawaii, which is a dream destination, experiencing life and travels beyond my dreams and passionately teaching the absolute essence of success.

How? By creating a Vision Board as the powerful foundation and utilizing mind power techniques to attract and manifest the goals represented on the vision and dream boards.

I am not the only one who has attracted the right partner, many of my students have attracted loving, stable relationships, some married 4 years ago, some recently. When you create a Vision Board or Treasure map the images are impressed onto the Subconscious Mind and the goals become long term sustainable reality, as opposed to short term fleeting results.

A word of Caution, when you create your board, ensure the thoughts you have about your “artwork” are supportive and you feel good looking at it. The worst thing you can do with the law of attraction is to put energy into what you don’t want. If the pictures on the board do not give you immediate good feelings, change the images and find pictures that suit your personality style and help you to feel happy.

Is the life you love well represented on your Vision board?

When you look at it can you feel excited about all the possibilities that life has in store for you? Many people put lots of money, fancy airplanes and mansions on their boards but in fact these pictures are too great a leap for some. The term quantum leap is used a lot but how many people are really ready to make that leap? Consider what really makes you feel good about you, the future you want and most importantly, would you be ready and willing to start living it today?

Are you in the picture? 

Why my teaching is unique, is that I ask people to put their own faces on the vision boards in the scenes they have chosen. This adds a fun quality and allows the mind and the imagination to visualize the desired future. My first board, created in 1991, had a couple embracing and I happily cut the head off the girl in the picture and put my smiling face in that spot. Ironically, my husband looks so much like the male model in that picture, it is quite uncanny. When the law of attraction “kicks in” and you are willing to receive you will be amazed at how literal the boards can be.

Be Careful What You Ask For

When you are creating a vision board or dream board for the right relationship and romantic partner, be very clear about what you are putting on the board. If you got the replica version of that person, is it what you want? If you got the feeling or the ambiance of the picture would that be OK? Some people throw “caution to the wind” and put pictures on their board, just to see what they attract and that can be fun if you are open. We often laugh about what pictures people are attracted to in class and then a few months later they get what is on the board, but say “it’s not what I meant.”

As we are co-creators with a higher source, God or some refer the power as the Universal intelligence, I always request that my students add an affirmation to every board they design, which I originally I learnt from Shakti Gawain’s book “Creative Visualization”.

“This or something better manifests for me now, for the highest good of all concerned, Thank you.”

This cosmic insurance policy is the safety net for the boards manifesting because you can then attract, either what you have requested or you may get something even better. I did and many of my students have.

Enjoy your boards and the pictures you collect. Remember to be diligent with your mind and feelings and allow the journey to unfold as you start to attract the right relationship.

Sunroom Kits Simplify Sunroom Building

If you'd like to add a sunroom to your home, you might think that you'll have to hire someone to come out and build it for you. But that is not necessarily the case. These days, manufacturers are pushing the envelope by offering sunroom do-it-yourself kits, made out of modular materials, so that the average householder with the time and the inclination can do the installation itself (or herself, as the case may be! )

By putting your sunroom together yourself, you will of course save a lot of money over having to pay people to build it for you. If you have no knowledge of construction work, you do not want to get too ambitious, however. If you're going to put your sunroom together on top of an already existing structure such as a porch or deck, that's one thing, but if you're going to build it as a freestanding attachment to the house, necessitating a new foundation and Complete with heating and air-conditioning … then you might want to consider letting a professional contractor do the job instead.

So what we'll discuss here is putting together a sunroom on the top of a deck, or patio. The first question you need to ask yourself is, are there any neighborhood bylaws that will prevent you from adding such a sunroom to your home?

Second, you must have a professional come out and ensure that your existing deck or patio has the strength necessary to withstand the additional weight of a sunroom. And it's not only the weight of the materials that you have to concern yourself with. Does it snow a great deal in your area? A foot of snow on a roof can weigh a lot, and must be considered. What about the people who are going to use the sunroom? If you build it such that the weight of three or four people can be handled nicely, but someone decides on a dare to try to squeeze a dozen people into the room, the result might not be pleasant.

Before you decide on the design of your sunroom, you'll want to do a lot of research into it. The type of glass you decide to use is the most important part of the room. You do not want the glass to let in too much light – you'll be blinded by the glare and have to wear sunglasses! Also, harmful UV rays have to be blocked out. You want the sunroom to maintain a nice, even temperature, so you'll want glass that will, in essence, keep warm air in, and hot and cold air out. There is glass that can do that! If you're willing to pay for it.

SunPorch (www.sunporch.com) is a company that offers do-it-yourself sunrooms materials, and detailed plans drawn to the specifications you send them, so that you can construct your dream room yourself.

Four Seasons Sunrooms also offers do-it-yourself kits from their SunroomKits arm. (Www.sunadditions.com). They also have contractors who will help you, if you so desire.

Hi-Tech Solariums (www.solarium.com/) is a company based out of Seattle, Washington, but they will ship their solar kits all over the country.

These are just a few companies offering do-it-yourself kits. If you have the time and ability to do-it-yourself, you'll be able to find something you like on the web.

Land Scorecard – Getting the Balanced View on Land Use

First of all, there is a need to understand what exactly the balanced scorecard is. This is an approach that has the ability to raise the profile of important projects, augment functionality and even predict the performance in the future. Thus, it helps in leading the organization to get greater financial earnings. This methodology has already existed for several years now but it was formally introduced in the year 1992 by Robert Kaplan and David Norton. These two not only gave the approach an official name but also devised a way on how to properly use this in order to measure the performance and function of the organization. Generally, this has become a way to plan out and translate the business information that had been too complex before into understandable information. Now, this can be applied on land use with the land scorecard.

Basically, the land scorecard can help you assess the utilization of a certain land area as well as its characteristics. One of the things that you can evaluate here is the percent slope which refers to the rise and fall of the land in 100 feet. To determine this, you will need to subtract the difference of two heights. Then you will need to multiply the result by four when you have taken the slope at 25 feet. After you have gotten the percent slope, you can assess whether it is nearly level, gently to strongly sloping and moderately to very steep.

You can use the land use scorecard to determine the surface layer thickness and the degree of deposition and erosion as well. These are directly associated with the percent slope and can be measured from the top of the outline up to where the subsoil begins. Meanwhile, when the surface layer is more than nine inches, this means that there is no confirmation of subsoil mixing and can be concluded that there is none up to slight soil erosion. Another is that you can pinpoint the soil profile characteristics according to the color and the percentage of organic matter in the surface layer.

The characteristics of the soil profile can also be evaluated through the texture, which can range from fine to coarse. The scorecard also allows you to evaluate the structure of the soil. Since there are different soil compositions, you will have to determine which among them it belongs to. Determining this will allow you to become aware whether the soil is heavily composed of sand, if it is not the real topsoil and if it is platy. The latter pertains to the state, wherein the soil produces clods, which come out of the horizontal contours. Other structures can be deemed as blocky and columnar or prismatic.

The land scorecard also enables you to determine other associate features of the soil including inner drainage and ventilation. This is coordinated with the color of the subsoil and therefore, there is a need to check on that matter first in order to determine such soil aspect. After the data have been collected, the land scorecard user will be able to determine the performance of the soil.

Christmas Vacation

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. The kids are on their school break, and parents can’t wait until they go back, the guests are making their way to their family dinners and the partridge is queuing up for his moment in the pear tree. Christmas movies have been playing in regular rotation. I usually save my favourite movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation until the big day, when the whole family can sit down and have a good laugh.

While the movie is a rip-roaring comedy, there are some scenes that if they happened in real life, wouldn’t be a laughing matter. The scene with Uncle Lewis lighting a cigar next to a dried out Christmas tree is one of my favorites. Many people prefer a real one. however they forget to add water regularly which can cause the tree to dry out and become a fire hazard.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during the four year period 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 250 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year, causing an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage annually. Christmas tree fires aren’t a regular occurrence but based on these statistics, they can have serious ramifications.

Here are some tips so that you can have a safe Christmas without winding up as another statistic.

-If you leave your tree for a few days before you trim it inside your house, the tree will naturally open up. This ensures that the branches don’t open up inside next to candles.

-Keeping your tree hydrated and moist over the holidays will greatly reduce the chances of a fire. Spraying it daily with water and keeping the base full of water will prevent dryness and make it more resistant against fire and flames.

-Don’t overload your Christmas tree with too many lights. Using a power strip to connect multiple sets of lights will reduce the risk of overloading electrical circuits.

-It’s important to keep it away from open flames such as candles and especially fireplaces and stoves.

Finally, keep pets and children away from your tree. Remember what happened to the cat in Christmas Vacation who was chewing on the wires. Children have been known to take unnecessary chances.

It’s important that you and your family enjoy your live Christmas tree on Christmas morning with presents all it. These basic Christmas tree tips can go a long way.

Dry Cleaning Facts

Dry cleaning facts about … Dry Cleaning! What else?

  • Moths Love Dirty Clothes – This is a Fact. Moths always look for protein in stains, perspiration and other matter collected on our clothes. It is here that they lay their eggs, the larvae then feed on the protein and in the process eat the fabric, wool and cotton are at risk.
  • If you find a moth in the wardrobe beware!
  • Always clean your clothes as winter moves to summer. Not only do you lessen the risk of moth damage (which has increased dramatically over the last four years in London), but your clothes are clean and ready as autumn returns. There are various methods of keeping the moths away and one of the most pleasant is using natural cedar, it smells pleasant to most humans, but the moths hate it.
  • Never leave the plastic cover from the dry cleaner covering your clothes in your wardrobe, in humid conditions the clothes can not breathe and this can help attract moths etc. To prevent dust gathering, cut the plastic cover some 4 inches (10 centimeters) from the shoulder, this will act as dust protection, but still allow the fabric to breathe.
  • Dry cleaning is a wet process that is water free. Dry cleaning is favored by garment manufacturers, especially because it will not harm the fabric or the construction of the item. Dry cleaning favors the removal of grease & oil based stains whereas wet cleaning / washing favors water based stains. For this reason we should always be advised as to the nature of the stain.
  • Clothes should always be washed or dry cleaned regularly. Modern methods are not harmful to clothes, especially here at 123 Cleaners where we have recently invested in the most technologically advanced dry cleaning machines available, enabling us to clean even the most delicate garments. Stains should always be treated as soon as possible, even though stain may seem to disappear it is still there. These stains will "develop" over time and may well "set" and not be possible to remove at a later stage.
  • Stains should never be rubbed, this can damage the fibers, and while not unnecessarily noticeable at the time of the "accident", after cleaning may well result in color or pile damage. Only blot a stain, preferably with clean white absorbent tissue and have it cleaned as soon as possible. Never put white wine on red wine or salt on a wine stain, this will only make the dry cleaner's job more difficult and may result in the stain not being removed.
  • Always try to point out any stains when bringing the garment for cleaning, and where possible identify the stain so that the correct treatment can be applied. Help Us To Help You.
  • Fabrics are becoming ever more elaborate, particularly in the "designer" and more expensive garments. Never apply deodorants, eau de toilette, perfume etc. Whether in spray or solid form while wearing the garment. Always apply before wearing and allow to it dry. Modern deodorants etc. Can damage a fine fabric particularly when mixed with perspiration.
  • Garment manufacturers must by law attach a care label into every garment. This is to help the dry cleaner know which cleaning method to apply to the garment, in order to achieve the best result. All clothing manufacturers should test their garments, not just for cleanability, but the various component parts such as trims, sequins beads etc. As well as color fastness, the suitability of glues (eg in hems and interlinings) and the fabric make up. Just because the garment was expensive to buy does not indicate that it has been fully tested.
  • A garment without a care label will have to be cleaned at the owner's risk. Since without a care label instruction from the manufacturer the cleaner may not know the best cleaning method to apply to the fabric, and therefore can not be held responsible for the consequences. However here at 123 we should be able to give you the correct advice.
  • There is no guarantee that a stain can be removed in dry cleaning or wet cleaning. Some modern fabrics have weak dyes, so that stain removal can be difficult, especially if the stain is stronger than the fabric dye, or has been left in the garment for some time. It is fair to say that stains left for more than one month may be difficult to remove, the longer they are left the more difficult it becomes. Neverheless payment in full is still required as the cleaner will have spent reasonable time trying to rejuvenate the item.

Once-A-Month-Cooking: How to Make Your Plan Work

As one of the oldest children in a family of nine, I know that cooking for a crowd can almost be a full-time job. Once-a-month-cooking has been a lifesaver for our family. In the beginning though, when we first heard of cooking 30 meals in one day, it sounded rather impossible. It was not until we had tried it, though, that we found it is not only possible, but it can even be quite simple and fun!

Blessings

If you are skeptical about taking on what might seem like an overwhelming task to you, let me first share some of the blessings which have resulted for our family from once-a-month-cooking.

o It has saved us many hours of trying to figure out what to have for dinner and answered the infamous question, “What’s for dinner?”

o We have been more readily able to show hospitality to other families when the main dish is already made and in the freezer. (We usually plan ahead for this by doubling or tripling seven to ten of the recipes on cooking day to use as “company meals.”) In like manner, it is much easier to being meals to needy families when you have casseroles in the freezer ready to be pulled out and heated at the drop of a hat. (We also plan for this by preparing many of the dishes in disposable pans.)

o It saves time (You only have to do mountains of dishes one day a month, not every day! You also don’t have to start dinner at 4:30 p.m. or earlier everyday… just pull dinner out to thaw in the morning.) and money (You can usually save quite a bit by buying in bulk).

o We are brought closer together as we spend a special day as a family cooking these meals.

o This is an excellent lesson in Home Economics for your children. Mom always has the oldest girls plan the menu, grocery list, and strategy for the cooking day. She often has us do the grocery shopping, as well.

Planning

Proper planning is essential for a successful cooking day. I usually start planning at least a week in advance. First, pick which day will be your cooking day. Clear your schedule that day. You will want to focus your energies entirely on cooking.

Menu Planning: After you have chosen your cooking day, begin menu planning. Go through your cookbooks and find recipes suitable for freezing. Strive for variety. My list usually includes: one-dish dinners, meatloaf, meatballs, layered casseroles, soups, chili, hamburgers, meatless dishes, and so on. Make sure that you include a number of family favorites, in addition to any new recipes you may be trying out. You do not want to fill your freezer with meals your family won’t find appetizing! When you write down your menu, make sure and write down the cookbook and page number the recipe came from. In addition, mark whether you are planning to double or triple the recipe.

Make Your Grocery List: Using your menu list, write down the quantities of ingredients needed for each recipe. I like to categorize like ingredients on five to seven different lists (meats, vegetables, cheese, pasta, spices, etc.). Take these lists and combine all like ingredients onto a final list. For example, if there are fifteen recipes calling for one pound of ground beef, you will write “15 pounds ground beef” on your final grocery list.

After you have made your final grocery list, make sure and check your cupboards to see what you might already have on hand. You probably have most of the seasonings. But be sure that if you need four teaspoons of garlic powder, you actually have that much in the jar. I have not checked thoroughly before, and it has been real headache.

I have found it most helpful to keep a separate “food preparation list” along with my grocery list which states what is to be done with the items which I need large quantities (Such as, if one the items on your list is “20 pounds of chicken breasts,” note beside that item how many cups need to be cooked and diced, how many chicken breasts need to be cooked and left whole, how many need to be left frozen, etc.).

You will also want to make sure you have plenty of freezer bags and foil on hand. These will be essential on your cooking day.

Cooking Day Strategy: It is wise to develop a basic cooking day strategy of what you will do when. This does not need to be an exhaustive list, but it will save you time and effort if you have planned the basic order of what you will be cooking when. If you are going to be working together as a family on cooking, plan who is responsible for what tasks. Although everyone will need to be flexible, it will definitely save hassle to have most of the schedule worked out ahead of time.

Shopping: The day before you begin cooking, do your grocery shopping. Make sure you do not rush through this. Read your list thoroughly and check to get the best deal.

Cooking

The sooner you can start in the morning, the better. Begin by cooking the meats, grating the cheese, chopping the onions, or whatever bulk preparations your “food preparation list” says you need to do. If you have planned to make soups, you should start these early on, as they usually need to cook for longer.

Cooking the meat is one of the most time-consuming projects and you will probably find you end up browning ground beef and boiling chicken most of the day! As much as is possible, use all of the burners on your stove at the same time.

Keep soapy water in the sink at all times and take turns being on “dish duty.” As soon as a dish is used, wash it. This will save you from having an enormous mess at the end of the day. You might also find it helpful to take a five-minute kitchen cleaning break every hour or so to wipe down the counters and put things away which you are no longer using.

Freezing

What do you do with the completed dishes? Here are some guidelines for freezing:

o We always designate the kitchen table as our “finished recipe” zone. We often have someone who is specifically just working on labeling things and taking them to the freezer from the kitchen table.

o Proper labeling is a key factor in making sure you know what you have in freezer. Make sure you label the containers with the recipe, the cookbook it came from, the page number, how many it serves, and any additional instructions for the dish. Also write out a list with all of the recipes you make and freeze and how many they serve on the outside of your freezer.

o Transfer soup to a big bowl and cool for about an hour. You can either place the soup in plastic freezer bags or plastic containers with lids (32 oz. cottage cheese and yogurt containers work well for this).

o Most other recipes can be transferred to plastic freezer bags. Do not fill the bags very full, as foods expand when frozen. Do not put anything which is still hot into bags. You will likely split the bag at the seams and have a gigantic mess to deal with!

o Use smaller labeled bags for cheese or anything else to be sprinkled on top once the dish is cooked. Make sure you keep these in a very accessible place in the freezer.

o If the recipe is something like lasagna which cannot be frozen in a plastic bag, freeze it in the size of pan the recipe calls for, cover with foil, and label.

I wholeheartedly encourage you to give once-a-month-cooking a try. If you are like us, you will soon wonder how you ever lived without cooking this way! You could also simplify this plan and just cook for two weeks at a time to start.

For further information, ideas, and recipes, I highly recommend you read Once-A-Month-Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg and Dinner’s in the Freezer by Jill Bond.

Happy Cooking!

Metal Coasters Insert Style Into Your Promotional Campaign

These days with all the technologies and evolution, metal has been used in every part of our lives. We can not imagine our lives without metal. It's used in electronics, furniture, buildings, etc.

People care for beauty, there are always new ideas and designs to enrich our lives with beauty. Metal has been used to make our homes and offices very stylish. It has been used to make metal coasters. They can be as craft pieces that make nice decor.

They can be made from many different materials like: Zinc alloy, copper, iron, aluminum, stainless steel, silver, or gold. Some materials are affordable but other materials like silver or gold are expensive. Different shapes can be made but the most elegant is the round shape.

They may have plating of gold, silver, bronze, nickel, chrome, copper, anodized plating, or misty plating. Prices vary depending on the metal used and if they are plated. Their bottom is covered with velvet to protect the table or furniture surface from scratch and to give it a nice look.

Metal coasters can be a set of four, six, or eight. A nice stand from the same metal that they are made of or a nice box can be added to make a very elegant gift or it can be used as a décor or your desk or on the shelf.

They can also be used to spread your brand. You can add your company's logo or your product. If you want to distribute them in big quantities, you need to choose light and not expensive material like aluminum. Make a special design and add some colors, you will have a wonderful set of coasters to use in your promotional campaign. But if you're looking for big customers or even potential customers, you can make few sets of coasters with expensive metal like gold or silver. Add your logo and a stand with them, and be sure you will earn more customers.

Decide your metal coasters according to your company's budget. It would be good to make some special sets for special customers, and make the rest from affordable metal. Do not choose cheep metal because it will be rusty. No one would like to have rusty coasters as a decor on his desk.

Some of them can be handmade printed especially if they are made from gold or silver which make them very expensive. This can be an excellent gift to be presented to your loved ones.

Other designs can have a round piece of fabric, velvet, or plastic to keep the cup from slipping. Lights can be added in the middle or at the edges to make decorative designs.

If you are looking for elegance, go for metal coasters. If you want to gain big customers, they are the best gift to be presented as they are very original, stylish, and modern. Furthermore, you can make them personalized with a design and style that has not been used before. This makes them the ideal promotional coasters to give to important business contacts and corporate executives.

Process of Food Digestion – An Interesting Story

How food gets converted into nutrients

When food is solid we chew it. We swallow it if it is liquid. Then it goes down our throats. It is interesting to learn what happens to food in entire digestive track and how our food habits influence our health, fitness and wellness.

Mouth process:

When we chew our food in mouth it gets broken into small pieces and gets mixed with saliva. Saliva is a colorless watery liquid which is always present in our mouth. It contains enzymes which digest food. These enzymes in saliva convert insoluble starches into water-soluble substances.

Actually this is the process of digestion. Enzymes convert many complex food substances into simpler substances which then can be absorbed by the body and used for its needs. These enzymes are made by different organs / glands. What finally remains after processing of the food in the digestive track is not useful for the body & is thrown out as stools or faeces.

When we smell food, our mouth waters. Saliva starts flowing down from the three pairs of salivary glands — one pair below & in front of each ear, another pair at the back of the lower jaw & the third pair underneath the tongue.

We normally produce about 8 to 10 cups of saliva in a day, in our mouth.

The enzyme in this saliva breaks down carbohydrate into simpler soluble forms of sugar.

The more we break our food by munching, the better. Saliva can then act faster on the food. Thorough chewing helps digestion process. (It is said, every mouthful of food should be chewed 32 times, once for each tooth).

Food then passes down our throat through food pipe. The small flexible lid in our food pipe, called epiglottis, closes automatically when we gulp down our food. It prevents food from going down the wrong passage which is wind pipe, lying alongside.

Stomach Process:

Stomach is an important bag shaped organ. It constantly contracts and relaxes and churns the food inside. Inside lining of stomach secretes many enzymes.

These enzymes help to breakdown proteins in order to allow body to absorb nutrients. These nutrients are then used up by body for body repair or body growth or as a fuel (energy).

Large number of glands is present inside lining of the stomach. One of the enzymes, called Renin, converts protein from milk, into soft curd. Another enzyme, called Pepsin, breaks down the long protein chains into smaller units called Peptones which are soluble in water.

Stomach also makes a large amount of hydrochloric acid. This is the same acid which we see in the chemical laboratory. This acid does many jobs as follows:

1) It weakens the proteins by loosening some of their links.

2) It dissolves minerals from various foods we eat

3) It kills bacteria which enter our stomach with the food we eat.

Food stays in the mouth for a few minutes but stays in the stomach for hours. maximum secretion of Renin, Pepsin & hydrochloric acid takes place about two hours after eating a meal. Food digestion at this time goes on very actively.

Digestion in the stomach is basically breaking down of proteins into simpler peptone unitswith the help of two enzymes and hydrochloric acid.

Outflow valve of stomach which remains closed most of the time during the day, opens up occasionally & allows very small amount of semi-digested / digested food to proceed further into small intestine. This valve opens and closes automatically. It allows partly digested semi-fluid, pasty food to pass through to small intestine.

Small intestine process:

Small intestine is a long tube which further processes the semi-digested food which comes from stomach.

Top part of small intestine is called duodenum and is about 25 cms long. There are main three juices which digest food in the small intestines. Bile juice, a bitter substance comes from liver.

Second one comes from pancreas and third one from small intestines. Juice from small intestine trickles from many places along the way. Small intestine is quite long about 5 to 6 times longer than your own height. It is properly folded in the abdomen. Most of the digestion takes place in this small intestine.

The digestion process is somewhat complicated. Pancreatic juices contain many enzymes and hormones. These help breaking down of peptones (derived from proteins) into individual amino acids.

Pancreatic juice also digests both fats and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates get converted into soluble glucose by pancreatic juice. Similarly, Lactose (present in milk) is also converted into soluble glucose.

Fats are digested to give simpler substances with the help of another kind of secretion of liver.

The liver is the chemistry laboratory of the human body.

Blood flows from heart to liver. The liver controls the level of sugar in the blood & storage of such sugars in the muscles. It takes amino acids from the blood and makes them into proteins and stores it.

It releases these proteins when required by the body. It also destroys poisonous substances and stores vitamins and minerals.

All the food which is by now broken down into simple, mostly water soluble substances is absorbed in the body through small intestine.

The inner lining of the small intestine has a number of tiny, finger like projections called villi. These are sucking organs which seize the digested materials and transfer them to the blood.Blood carries these nutrients through circulatory process to various organs of the body.

Some part of digested fats also gets carried away through another network called lymphatic system. This system also empties its contents in blood, somewhere near the neck.

Vitamins and minerals are often water soluble and are not broken down further & absorbed in the blood after being detached from the food when other nutrients get digested. Vitamin A which is fat-soluble, gets absorbed in the small intestine somewhat like fat itself.

Food which we eat finally reaches blood. It is then carried to all parts of the body, to supply their needs of energy and the body building and regulation of body functions.

Large intestine process:

The large intestine is situated next to small intestine and is tubular in shape. Its inside is smooth without any projections. It is placed in abdomen in the shape of English letter U upside down.

As the digested food passes along the intestine, water is absorbed from through the walls and into the blood. The food becomes less liquid and becomes hard. Breaking down of the digested food gives rise to some substances which carry bad smell. The undigested food is then thrown out of the body in the form of stools through the opening called Anus.

How the digested food is made useful?

Carbohydrates (starches & sugars) are broken down first in mouth and then in the small intestine into simple sugars chiefly glucose.

Glucose is absorbed by the villi of the small intestine directly into the blood stream. It travels all over your body and is used by muscles as a source of energy for their working.

A small part of glucose is converted into glycogen which is the form in which glucose is stored both in muscles (about two thirds) and in the liver (about one third).

Some glucose is always circulating in the blood and the level is steady. When the sugar level goes up it is a sign of a fault — such as the disease diabetes.

Fats are broken by way of intermediate simpler forms eventually into glycerol & fatty acids. Part of these fatty acids directly go into the blood and then to the liver as does glycerol. These fatty acids are either used for energy or sent via blood to other parts of body. They then may be used for energy or built back into fats, which are dispatched through the blood for storage as fatty tissues.

Any excess food which we eat above our requirements is converted into and stored away mostly in the form of fat. When we get insufficient food (e.g. during fasting) fat deposits are first used up.

Proteins reach blood stream as amino acids which are their building blocks. At various places in the body, these amino acids are picked up by the body organs and built into variety of compounds.

Tissue proteins, enzymes, hormones and so many other chemical compounds are protein in nature. Liver itself makes and stores body proteins.

Vitamins and minerals are also stored in the liver. Whenever body needs them, these are released to the body parts and organs.

Conclusion

There are thousands of interconnected processes going on in our body, all the time. Food is digested and then absorbed in the small intestine. All the absorbed vital nutrients are then circulated via blood to different body parts / organs. And the process goes on.

What are your Options Regarding Forex Options Brokers?

Forex option brokers can generally be divided into two separate categories: forex brokers who offer online forex option trading platforms and forex brokers who only broker forex option trading via telephone trades placed through a dealing / brokerage desk. A few forex option brokers offer both online forex option trading as well a dealing / brokerage desk for investors who prefer to place orders through a live forex option broker.

The trading account minimums required by different forex option brokers vary from a few thousand dollars to over fifty thousand dollars. Also, forex option brokers may require investors to trade forex options contracts having minimum notional values ​​(contract sizes) up to $ 500,000. Last, but not least, certain types of forex option contracts can be entered into and exited at any time while other types of forex option contracts lock you in until expiration or settlement. Depending on the type of forex option contract you enter into, you might get stuck the wrong way with an option contract that you can not trade out of. Before trading, investors should inquire with their forex option brokers about initial trading account minimums, required contract size minimums and contract liquidity.

There are a number of different forex option trading products offered to investors by forex option brokers. We believe it is extremely important for investors to understand the distinctly different risk characteristics of each of the forex option trading products mentioned below that are offered by firms that broker forex options.

Plain Vanilla Forex Options Broker – Plain vanilla options generally refer to standard put and call option contracts traded through an exchange (however, in the case of forex option trading, plain vanilla options would refer to the standard, generic option contracts that are traded through an Over-the-counter (OTC) forex dealer or clearinghouse). In simple terms, vanilla forex options would be defined as the buying or selling of a standard forex call option contract or forex put option contract.

There are only a few forex option broker / dealers who offer plain vanilla forex options online with real-time streaming quotes 24 hours a day. Most forex option brokers and banks only broker forex options via telephone. Vanilla forex options for major currencies have good liquidity and you can easily enter the market long or short, or exit the market any time day or night.

Vanilla forex option contracts can be used in combination with each other and / or with spot forex contracts to form a basic strategy such as writing a covered call, or much more complex forex trading strategies such as butterflies, strangles, ratio spreads, synthetics, etc . Also, plain vanilla options are often the basis of forex option trading strategies known as exotic options.

Exotic Forex Options Broker – First, it is important to note that there is a couple of different forex definitions for "exotic" and we do not want anyone getting confused. The first definition of a forex "exotic" refers to any individual currency that is less broadly traded than the major currencies. The second forex definition for "exotic" is the one we refer to on this website – a forex option contract (trading strategy) that is a derivative of a standard vanilla forex option contract.

To understand what makes an exotic forex option "exotic," you must first understand what makes a forex option "non-vanilla." Plain vanilla forex options have a definite expiration structure, payout structure and payout amount. Exotic forex option contracts may have a change in one or all of the above features of a vanilla forex option. It is important to note that exotic options, since they are often tailor to a specific investor's needs by an exotic forex options broker, are generally not very liquid, if at all.

Exotic forex options are generally traded by commercial and institutional investors rather than retail forex traders, so we will not spend too much time covering exotic forex options brokers. Examples of exotic forex options would include Asian options (average price options or "APO's"), barrier options (payout depends on whether or not the underlying reaches a certain price level or not), baskets (payout depends on more than one currency or a "Basket" of currencies), binary options (the payout is cash-or-nothing if under does not reach strike price), lookback options (payout is based on maximum or minimum price reached during life of the contract), compound options (options On options with multiple strikes and exercise dates), spread options, chooser options, packages and so on. Exotic options can be tailored to a specific trader's needs, therefore, exotic options contract types change and evolve over time to suit those ever-changing needs.

Since exotic currencies options contracts are usually specifically tailor to an individual investor, most of the exotic options business in transacted over the telephone through forex option brokers. There are, however, a useful of forex option brokers who offer "if touched" forex options or "single payment" forex options contracts online where an investor can specify an amount he or she is willing to risk in exchange for a specified payout amount if The undering price reaches a certain strike price (price level). These transactions offered by legitimate online forex brokers can be considered a type of "exotic" option. However, we have noticed that the premiums charged for these types of contracts can be higher than plain vanilla option contracts with similar strike prices and you can not sell out of the option position once you have purchased this type of option – you can only attempt to Offset the position with a separate risk management strategy. As a trade-off for getting to choose the dollar amount you want to risk and the payout you wish to receive, you pay a premium and sacrifice liquidity. We would encourage investors to compare premiums before investing in these kinds of options and also make sure the brokerage firm is reputable.

Again, it is fairly easy and liquid to enter into an exotic forex option contract but it is important to note that depending on the type of exotic option contract, there may be little to no liquidity at all if you wanted to exit the position.

Firms Offering Forex Option "Betting" – A number of new firms have popped up over the last year offering forex "betting." Although some may be legitimate, a number of these firms are either off-shore entities or located in some other remote location. We generally do not consider these to be forex brokerage firms. Many do not appear to be regulated by any government agency and we strongly suggest investors perform due diligence before investing with any forex betting firms. Invest at your own risk with these firms.

History of Educational Technology

There is no written evidence which can tell us exactly who has coined the phrase educational technology. Different educationists, scientists and philosophers at different time intervals have put forwarded different definitions of Educational Technology. Educational technology is a multifaceted and integrated process involving people, procedure, ideas, devices, and organization, where technology from different fields of science is borrowed as per the need and requirement of education for implementing, evaluating, and managing solutions to those problems involved in all aspects of human learning.

Educational technology, broadly speaking, has passed through five stages.

The first stage of educational technology is coupled with the use of aids like charts, maps, symbols, models, specimens and concrete materials. The term educational technology was used as synonyms to audio-visual aids.

The second stage of educational technology is associated with the ‘electronic revolution’ with the introduction and establishment of sophisticated hardware and software. Use of various audio-visual aids like projector, magic lanterns, tape-recorder, radio and television brought a revolutionary change in the educational scenario. Accordingly, educational technology concept was taken in terms of these sophisticated instruments and equipments for effective presentation of instructional materials.

The third stage of educational technology is linked with the development of mass media which in turn led to ‘communication revolution’ for instructional purposes. Computer-assisted Instruction (CAI) used for education since 1950s also became popular during this era.

The fourth stage of educational technology is discernible by the individualized process of instruction. The invention of programmed learning and programmed instruction provided a new dimension to educational technology. A system of self-learning based on self-instructional materials and teaching machines emerged.

The latest concept of educational technology is influenced by the concept of system engineering or system approach which focuses on language laboratories, teaching machines, programmed instruction, multimedia technologies and the use of the computer in instruction. According to it, educational technology is a systematic way of designing, carrying out and evaluating the total process of teaching and learning in terms of specific objectives based on research.

Educational technology during the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age

Educational technology, despite the uncertainty of the origin of the term, can be traced back to the time of the three-age system periodization of human prehistory; namely the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age.

Duringthe Stone Age, ignition of fire by rubbing stones, manufacture of various handmade weapon and utensils from stones and clothing practice were some of the simple technological developments of utmost importance. A fraction of Stone Age people developed ocean-worthy outrigger canoe ship technology to migrate from one place to another across the Ocean, by which they developed their first informal education of knowledge of the ocean currents, weather conditions, sailing practice, astronavigation, and star maps. During the later Stone Age period (Neolithic period),for agricultural practice, polished stone tools were made from a variety of hard rocks largely by digging underground tunnels, which can be considered as the first steps in mining technology. The polished axes were so effective that even after appearance of bronze and iron; people used it for clearing forest and the establishment of crop farming.

Although Stone Age cultures left no written records, but archaeological evidences proved their shift from nomadic life to agricultural settlement. Ancient tools conserved in different museums, cave paintings like Altamira Cave in Spain, and other prehistoric art, such as the Venus of Willendorf, Mother Goddess from Laussel, France etc. are some of the evidences in favour of their cultures.

Neolithic Revolution of Stone Age resulted into the appearance of Bronze Age with development of agriculture, animal domestication, and the adoption of permanent settlements. For these practices Bronze Age people further developed metal smelting, with copper and later bronze, an alloy of tin and copper, being the materials of their choice.

The Iron Age people replaced bronze and developed the knowledge of iron smelting technology to lower the cost of living since iron utensils were stronger and cheaper than bronze equivalents. In many Eurasian cultures, the Iron Age was the last period before the development of written scripts.

Educational technology during the period of Ancient civilizations

According to Paul Saettler, 2004, Educational technology can be traced back to the time when tribal priests systematized bodies of knowledge and ancient cultures invented pictographs or sign writing to record and transmit information. In every stage of human civilization, one can find an instructional technique or set of procedures intended to implement a particular culture which were also supported by number of investigations and evidences. The more advanced the culture, the more complex became the technology of instruction designed to reflect particular ways of individual and social behaviour intended to run an educated society. Over centuries, each significant shift in educational values, goals or objectives led to diverse technologies of instruction.

The greatest advances in technology and engineering came with the rise of the ancient civilizations. These advances stimulated and educated other societies in the world to adopt new ways of living and governance.

The Indus Valley Civilization was an early Bronze Age civilization which was located in the northwestern region of the Indian Subcontinent. The civilization was primarily flourished around the Indus River basin of the Indus and the Punjab region, extending upto the Ghaggar-Hakra River valley and the Ganges-Yamuna Doab, (most of the part is under today’s Pakistan and the western states of modern-day India as well as some part of the civilization extending upto southeastern Afghanistan, and the easternmost part of Balochistan, Iran).

There is a long term controversy to be sure about the language that the Harappan people spoke. It is assumed that their writing was at least seems to be or a pictographic script. The script appears to have had about 400 basic signs, with lots of variations. People write their script with the direction generally from right to left. Most of the writing was found on seals and sealings which were probably used in trade and official & administrative work.

Harappan people had the knowledge of the measuring tools of length, mass, and time. They were the first in the world to develop a system of uniform weights and measures.

In a study carried out by P. N. Rao et al. in 2009, published in Science, computer scientists found that the Indus script’s pattern is closer to that of spoken words, which supported the proposed hypothesis that it codes for an as-yet-unknown language.

According to the Chinese Civilization, some of the major techno-offerings from China include paper, early seismological detectors, toilet paper, matches, iron plough, the multi-tube seed drill, the suspension bridge, the wheelbarrow, the parachute, natural gas as fuel, the magnetic compass, the raised-relief map, the blast furnace, the propeller, the crossbow, the South Pointing Chariot, and gun powder. With the invent of paper they have given their first step towards developments of educational technology by further culturing different handmade products of paper as means of visual aids.

Ancient Egyptian language was at one point one of the longest surviving and used languages in the world. Their script was made up of pictures of the real things like birds, animals, different tools, etc. These pictures are popularly called hieroglyph. Their language was made up of above 500 hieroglyphs which are known as hieroglyphics. On the stone monuments or tombs which were discovered and rescued latter on provides the evidence of existence of many forms of artistic hieroglyphics in ancient Egypt.

Educational technology during Medieval and Modern Period

Paper and the pulp papermaking process which was developed in China during the early 2nd century AD, was carried to the Middle East and was spread to Mediterranean by the Muslim conquests. Evidences support that a paper mill was also established in Sicily in the 12th century. The discovery of spinning wheel increased the productivity of thread making process to a great extent and when Lynn White added the spinning wheel with increasing supply of rags, this led to the production of cheap paper, which was a prime factor in the development of printing technology.

The invention of the printing press was taken place in approximately 1450 AD, by Johannes Gutenburg, a German inventor. The invention of printing press was a prime developmental factor in the history of educational technology to convey the instruction as per the need of the complex and advanced-technology cultured society.

In the pre-industrial phases, while industry was simply the handwork at artisan level, the instructional processes were relied heavily upon simple things like the slate, the horn book, the blackboard, and chalk. It was limited to a single text book with a few illustrations. Educational technology was considered synonymous to simple aids like charts and pictures.

The year 1873 may be considered a landmark in the early history of technology of education or audio-visual education. An exhibition was held in Vienna at international level in which an American school won the admiration of the educators for the exhibition of maps, charts, textbooks and other equipments.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952), internationally renowned child educator and the originator of Montessori Method exerted a dynamic impact on educational technology through her development of graded materials designed to provide for the proper sequencing of subject matter for each individual learner. Modern educational technology suggests many extension of Montessori’s idea of prepared child centered environment.

In1833, Charles Babbage’s design of a general purpose computing device laid the foundation of the modern computer and in 1943, the first computing machine as per hi design was constructed by International Business Machines Corporation in USA. The Computer Assisted instruction (CAI) in which the computer functions essentially as a tutor as well as the Talking Type writer was developed by O.K. Moore in 1966. Since 1974, computers are interestingly used in education in schools, colleges and universities.

In the beginning of the 19th century, there were noteworthy changes in the field of education. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), right from its start of school broadcasts in 1920 had maintained rapid pace in making sound contribution to formal education. In the USA, by 1952, 20 states had the provision for educational broadcasting. Parallel to this time about 98% of the schools in United Kingdom were equipped with radios and there were regular daily programmes.

Sidney L. Pressey, a psychologist of Ohio state university developed a self-teaching machine called ‘Drum Tutor’ in 1920. Professor Skinner, however, in his famous article ‘Science of Learning and art of Teaching’ published in 1945 pleaded for the application of the knowledge derived from behavioral psychology to classroom procedures and suggested automated teaching devices as means of doing so.

Although the first practical use of Regular television broadcasts was in Germany in 1929 and in 1936 the Olympic Games in Berlin were broadcasted through television stations in Berlin, Open circuit television began to be used primarily for broadcasting programmes for entertainment in 1950. Since 1960, television is used for educational purposes.

In 1950, Brynmor, in England, used educational technological steps for the first time. It is to be cared that in 1960, as a result of industrial revolution in America and Russia, other countries also started progressing in the filed of educational technology. In this way, the beginning of educational technology took place in 1960 from America and Russia and now it has reached England, Europe and India.

During the time of around 1950s, new technocracy was turning it attraction to educations when there was a steep shortage of teachers in America and therefore an urgent need of educational technology was felt. Dr. Alvin C. Eurich and a little later his associate, Dr. Alexander J. Stoddard introduced mass production technology in America.

Team teaching had its origin in America in the mid of 1950’s and was first started in the year 1955 at Harvard University as a part of internship plan.

In the year 1956, Benjamin Bloom from USA introduced the taxonomy of educational objectives through his publication, “The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, The Classification of Educational Goals, Handbook I: Cognitive Domain”.

In 1961, Micro teaching technique was first adopted by Dwight W. Allen and his co-workers at Stanford University in USA.

Electronics is the main technology being developed in the beginning of 21st century. Broadband Internet access became popular and occupied almost all the important offices and educational places and even in common places in developed countries with the advantage of connecting home computers with music libraries and mobile phones.

Today’s classroom is more likely to be a technology lab, a room with rows of students using internet connected or Wi-Fi enabled laptops, palmtops, notepad, or perhaps students are attending a video conferencing or virtual classroom or may have been listening to a podcast or taking in a video lecture. Rapid technological changes in the field of educational have created new ways to teach and to learn. Technological changes also motivated the teachers to access a variety of information on a global scale via the Internet, to enhance their lessons as well as to make them competent professional in their area of concern. At the same time, students can utilize vast resources of the Internet to enrich their learning experience to cope up with changing trend of the society. Now a days students as well teachers are attending seminars, conferences, workshops at national and international level by using the multimedia techno-resources like PowerPoint and even they pursue a variety of important courses of their choice in distance mode via online learning ways. Online learning facility has opened infinite number of doors of opportunities for today’s learner to make their life happier than ever before.

Are There Any Good Golf Shoes For Sore Or Arthritic Knees?

In order to speed up play, and get more paying customers per day on the course, many private and public golf courses have made golf carts mandatory. That is a good thing for golfers with arthritic knees who would probably have to give up the game if they had to walk every step while carrying a golf bag for all 18 holes.

The pain and stiffness of arthritis in the knee is caused by cartilage breakdown. Age is a major and unavoidable risk factor. As many as 50% of golfers over 50 are likely to experience at least mild pain and discomfort in their knees while playing golf. Being overweight increases the risk, as does a prior injury to the knees, or a family history of osteoarthritis. As our society ages and puts on the pounds the number of golfers with arthritic knees will continue to increase.

Medical professionals say that “high loading” arthritic knees (placing unusually high amounts of stress on part or all of the knee joint) increases the risk of more serious injury and makes the arthritic condition progress faster. Carrying a golf bag for a few miles over the uneven terrain of a golf course would certainly qualify as high knee-loading so it’s always a good idea for golfers with arthritic knees to ride in a golf cart even when it is not required by course management.

Rheumatologists, doctors who specialize in arthritis treatment, have learned that shoes have a substantial impact on knee-loading, particularly when walking. Their research has shown that flat, flexible shoes significantly reduce knee-loading when compared with shoes with less flexible soles.

Researchers evaluated several different kinds of footwear and determined that while walking barefoot produced the least amount of knee-loading, not too practical a solution for a golfer, that flip-flops and slippers were closest to walking barefoot and were the best type of footwear to reduce knee-loading.

When shopping for your next pair of golf shoes look for shoes that bend easily at the midpoint. Most golf shoe manufacturers have a line of sneaker type golf shoes that will be more flexible than their cordovan style shoes. Sandal type golf shoes are also worth a look but only if they also bend easily. According to the medical research flexibility is the most important factor.

Properly prescribed knee braces and wedged orthotic shoe inserts can also be used to relieve the load on the knee while wearing golf shoes.

Wearing the right golf shoes will make you more comfortable on the course today and will probably lengthen your playing time too.

G Loomis Fishing Rods – An Honest Review

Of the many available fishing rods in the market, G Loomis are among the all-time favorites. It is said that the kind of fishing rod that a person uses defines what kind of fisherman he is. This has always been a belief in the industry given that the fishing rod is the most important gear that one can bring during a fishing trip besides the boat, of course. No matter how adventurous a fishing trip may seem, if the rod that he uses is the G Loomis, which is a really good and dependable rod, he will surely be able to get through it like a pro.

These rods have always been popular because of their top of the line design and functionality. Every item in the G Loomis range goes through extensive design studies and researches by competent people only to make sure that the rod will be able to deliver just the ultimate fishing experience to anyone who will be using it. Besides the great design, the quality of materials used for these rods have also been receiving acclaim. Among the primary materials used for G Loomis Rods is graphite which is known for its strength and versatility. There is also stainless steel which makes the rods resistant even to salt water. G Loomis has also always been proud of its fiber blend technology which is incorporated in every piece of the rod that they produce.

Also another advantage is that they are very light in weight. This makes easy carriage and assembly possible. Despite the light weight, the performance is never compromised. This is the commitment of the makers of these fishing rods. They build rods that are down in terms of weight but always high if performance is going to be rated. In fact, G Loomis Rods has been built with parts that usually can only be found in very expensive fishing rods. Among these parts are the tapers and the tips that can be replaced depending on the kind of fishing that the user is up to.

One even greater feature of the G Loomis Rod is that it is very sensitive. That is one even the beginner in fishing will surely go home happy because he will be able to catch something with it. It is very much easy to assemble and is able to cast flawlessly. Finally, it is easy to maintain and to keep working at its best. There are no complicated instructions, just the basic cleaning and packing and one will be good to go with it. With all these features you will expect that G Loomis Fishing Rods are expensive and difficult to find. In truth however, these rods are in fact among the most affordable of their kind in the market. You can also have the G Loomis Fishing Rod just by ordering it online if you want to avoid going to the store yourself.